Startup Stories: Starlight Stitches

Starlight Stitches' owner, Lacy Pontes, with her twin girls

Startup Stories: Starlight Stitches – Innovative Business Model Connecting Family, Community, Quality, and Innovation

Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
Starlight Stitches is a handmade brand of children’s apparel and cloth diapers. We create fun and unique items that are functional, stylish and comfortable.

Our modern cloth diapers are not the same as what your parents and grandparents used. They are a hip and trendy accessory to baby’s wardrobe while still being absorbent, functional, and easy to use.

While we are extremely passionate about providing quality products, it is our business model that is the most exciting to us. We have developed a model that allows our 15 employees to bring their children to work with them to participate in free co-op style childcare. While the adults work and help contribute to their household’s income, their children get to play and learn in a fun and engaging social environment. Our employees no longer need to pay the high costs of daycare for low quality care.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
The creation of Starlight Stitches came after my twin girls were born. I starting making them cloth diapers and it decided that it would be fun to try to sell some. I didn’t realize at the time the commitment I was making! What started as a hobby quickly grew beyond what I had imagined.

As the demand for Starlight Stitches products grew, my husband and I realized that I would not be able to produce items quick enough from our dining room table ( which worked great as a sewing table but impeded on our desire for sit-down family dinners). We both began to dream about what was possible for Starlight Stitches, for our family, and for our community. One day, we took a LONG drive to try to get our teething twin girls to take a nap. Somewhere out in the desert of New Mexico, our business model was born. We talked about the possibilities, stretching outside of the traditional workplace “box”, and imagined an environment where parents could interact with their children throughout their work day. It just seemed natural, like the way work would have been performed in the “olden days”.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Starlight Stitches provides quality, handmade items to children in an age of cheap, disposable products. We also provide a way for our 15 employees to contribute to their household’s income without having to send their children off to daycare.

What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how are you working to overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me is balance. I really struggle with taking on too much work and when I am not in balance, the time with my family is what suffers. I have been working diligently on scheduling separate time for work and time for family.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
Creative

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
I am really new to Project Eve but am so inspired by what I have seen and the community that I have the opportunity to join.

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry or startup story.
When it comes to sewing, the difference between making a fun, pleasurable, project and one that makes you want to rip your hair out really comes down to organization and having the right tools for the job. I really like to keep a small “kit” handy that has all of the tools I might need for the project I am working on. Next to my sewing machine, I make sure to keep a pair of small scissors, a seam ripper, extra needles, extra (threaded) bobbins, a notebook (to record details such as tension settings), a pen, etc.

Company: Starlight Stitches

Website: http://igg.me/at/StarlightStitches

Follow my organization on social media here:

https://www.facebook.com/StarlightStitches

Please submit your story to the largest archive of entrepreneurial startup stories in the world so, together, we can motivate women in business to think beyond traditional boundaries, support one another, embrace change and view challenges as opportunities. Whether you are a small business owner, a freelancer, a serial entrepreneur, own an online business, operate a storefront on Main Street, or even moonlight with an amateur blog our 500,000+ community would like to hear your Startup Story! Answer seven short questions to create a blog of your story today!

57 COMMENTS

  1. My brother recommended I might like this web site. He was once entirely right. This submit truly made my day. You can not believe simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing superb information. Your website is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles.

  3. Generally I don’t learn post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, very nice post.

  4. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Many thanks!

  5. You could definitely see your skills in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  6. 351479 196110You developed some decent points there. I looked more than the internet for any dilemma and located most individuals goes as properly as along with your internet site. 387869

  7. Great – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  8. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you really understand what you are talking approximately! Bookmarked. Please also talk over with my web site =). We will have a link exchange contract among us!

  9. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be useful to read content from other writers and use a little something from other websites.

  10. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog? My website is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would genuinely benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Appreciate it!

  11. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.

  12. 54136 310323Of course like your internet site but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it extremely bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless Ill surely come back once again. 952032

  13. you’re truly a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you’ve done a fantastic task on this topic!

  14. You could certainly see your skills in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  15. What i do not realize is in fact how you’re now not actually a lot more well-appreciated than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize therefore significantly on the subject of this matter, made me individually consider it from so many numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved except it’s something to do with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs great. Always handle it up!

  16. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  17. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success. If you know of any please share. Appreciate it!

  18. It is the happiest day of my life so far, when I am watching these funny movies at this place, because after full day working I was so tired and now feeling well.

  19. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say superb blog!

  20. These days of austerity plus relative anxiousness about having debt, some people balk contrary to the idea of having a credit card in order to make purchase of merchandise or even pay for a vacation, preferring, instead just to rely on this tried plus trusted method of making payment – cash. However, in case you have the cash there to make the purchase 100 , then, paradoxically, that is the best time to use the credit cards for several good reasons.

  21. My spouse and i got now thankful Albert could conclude his studies because of the precious recommendations he grabbed when using the blog. It is now and again perplexing to just happen to be making a gift of points which often other people could have been selling. We really see we have the blog owner to give thanks to for this. The main explanations you made, the straightforward web site navigation, the relationships you will make it possible to create – it’s mostly spectacular, and it’s really letting our son in addition to the family recognize that that subject is exciting, which is especially important. Thanks for the whole thing!

  22. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Great. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  23. I’ve observed that in the world of today, video games are the latest craze with kids of all ages. Many times it may be out of the question to drag your children away from the activities. If you want the very best of both worlds, there are lots of educational activities for kids. Thanks for your post.

  24. Good site! I really love how it is easy on my eyes it is. I am wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which may do the trick? Have a great day!

  25. 940397 533376When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any manner you possibly can take away me from that service? Thanks! 77420

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here