I think they do this at some of the other stores as well, but the Borders in Ramsey has a sort of S-n-B on Monday nights - I don't knit, so I've never been, but they advertise it a bit, so it might be worth checking out -
If you know someone who has a Dremel, I think that would be perfect for what you are doing. You might be able to rent one as well, if you have a tool rental place around. They have endless uses ... here's a thread about them ...
I agree with everyone else - talk to her about it, don't talk to her about it - that's your choice. But going forward, do these 2 things first - check to see if the domain name is available, and that it is available with the county/state (depending on where you live). Then, and only then, should you start to work on logos, business cards, letterhead etc.
Good luck, and remember - if this is the worst thing that happens to you while starting up your own business - you won't be doing too bad!!!
plainmabel, I think the telcommuting thing is a great idea - commuting is such a waste of time! Or, if that's not possible, does your company have any sort of flex time plan - can you work 4 days a week for 10 1/2 hours a day, thus giving yourself one extra day at home? It's a lot of juggling, I agree! I do some sewing/repairs on the side, and it's difficult because I have a bunch of kids, and I sew at the dining room table - and it's the only place in the house to eat, do homework, etc. So yes, we all juggle!
Make your workspace as efficient as possible - very key. Double the portions of the dinners you cook, so that you have a full meal already made at least one night of the week. Have your spouse/significant other be responsible for dinner another night - and don't be critical of what you get - for one night a week, the meal doesn't have to be a culinary delite or nutritional wonder! Try to keep your bookkeeping/administrative details to one night a week, if possible - less disruptive to the creative juices. If that's not possible, do the accounting stuff first, then your craft - you're more likely to keep up with the paperwork that way. Consider enlisting help in that area if possible - even a teenager who has some basic computer knowledge can relieve you of 3-4 hours of paperwork a week or web design work a week - and it will be $$ well spent, as you will be using that time to create instead of adminstrate.
Finally, I echo everyone else - 2 most important things - don't be afraid to delegate, and if at all possible, make sure you have 1 day/night to just veg - watch a movie, read a book, go out w/friends - sleep! Burnout is a tough thing to overcome once you're there. Good luck!
I've also always heard that not using your flash is best, when possible. Also, my sister-in-law is a graphic artist who has done a lot of catalog and magazie work - she says - there is not a picture you see in a professional catalog or magazine that has not been re-touched or altered in some way! So don't think you are not doing a good job taking pictures because they don't look like the pros - the pros have a lot of help.
If you don't have/can't afford Photoshop to work on your photos, try either Paint Shop Pro (I think it's under $100) or check out this article at TechTV.com about free image editors - Gimp is supposed to be almost as good as Photoshop!
I loved it because you could do large as well as small items - I think the extra width was a great asset! Of course, it totally depends on what you are using it for ... I'm sure you can find some cheaper than this, but I think if I was going to buy my own, I'd hold out and save my pennies for a big one!
Of course, I haven't ever used a Xyron, but everyone that I have heard from said it's great!!!
I agree with aryn - I just priced a spiral binding for work at Staples - they have either wire or plastic - under 25 pages it is under $1.75 - it's a little more if you are doing more pages than that. Sometimes they can do it while you wait - I've never had a job take longer than 24 hours. Very cute idea for gifts, ditzyred!