Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I chose Birth Designs because that's what I am... what it is... it really was about designing around Birth, Babies, and Pregnancy. But, it is also about the Birth of ideas and design. I was told by many to use my name if I wanted to succeed, but I have done just fine :)
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I picked my name because I am a lefty and I liked the alliteration of my first name along with left. The hook, obviously, is my crochet hook. I remember in school saying I was, "Laura, the left handed Lithuanian." (My grandfather was born in Lithuania.) Love all those "L"s.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Well...Double Blossom is named after a kind of Japanese plum blossom that has two rows of petals. I picked the name when I was living in Tokyo and a Japanese friend pointed out a "double blossom" in a garden one day.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Terryann is my name. Boring I know... but no worries about copyright or trademark... and it is kind of catchy.
Monday, March 24, 2008
This may sound strange, but I spent most of my life trying to NOT to be noticed. I've always had an alias. There were 4 Lisa's in my homeroom class in highschool and I ended up being LB - how someone else got to be Lisa B. first is beyond me. Anyway, LB morphed in to Elle Bee (my blog ID, my craft ID, etc.). But when I decided to get serious about my art (beaded jewelry), I thought it was time to really "own it" so the fact that I have my name emblazoned isn't that I'm vain, but rather, I'm finally (after 40+ years) stepping up and saying, yes, I DID create this, as a matter of fact. A statement of ownership, if you will. Plus, I thought the majority of my customers would be family and casual friends, who might not thing to look for Elle Bee.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
'The ERN' is all about my nickname - you guessed it, Ern. Short for Ernie, which developed out of Erin Lee. And Lee is my middle name after my mom's middle name, which came from her father's middle name, which is Leroy. Really, 'The Ern' is easier, isn't it? The Irish theme of my Etsy site is because all those people I'm related to are of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh heritage. So there you have it!
I think I'd had a lot of espresso when I wrote that! Most people just call me "Ern," but I added the "The" because it seemed...better for a shop name.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
My husband is in the military and he flies a helicopter nicknamed "the PHROG". In our house, it seems we are always talking about the PHROG. Afterall, it's what puts food on our table. It's moved us to 5 states in 4 years. It's what makes my kids yell "dadda" when they hear one fly over. It's the sound of freedom for us. I also happen to think lilly pads are pretty neat, so this name just kind of stuck. Plus, Phrog Phluff sounds like a frog wearing a Tutu. :)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
We wanted a short name that you got the idea of what we sold just from the name (things for baby).
At the time, my then 2 year old daughter kept calling a bathing suit a "babyhoot" and we would always ask her questions to try to get her to say it again: "What should I wear in the pool?" "What's that thing called again that you wear to the beach?" And we thought that would be a perfect name for our business. The longer story version is in our profile. ;)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My shop name came from a conversation I had with my man friend quite some time ago. He'd been calling me 'baked potato' for a couple of weeks as a joke pet name, and I had gotten bored with it and told him that I didn't want to be called 'baked potato'. He asked me what I'd like to be called instead and I thought for a moment then said, "Something cute and tiny." He laughed and asked what was cute and tiny and the first thing that came to mind and out of my mouth was, "Little Cookie". It was a pretty funny exchange and it kind of stuck, so when a year or so later I was trying to think of a shop name, there it was.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
So I told her how the name MayRae came to be. It's nothing too flashy, but I do dearly love it. May was the middle name of my great-grandmother (who knit). Rae is the middle name of my mother (who crochets and taught me). Together, they are MayRae (Mary, if said quickly and with a silly little accent like the priest in The Princess Bride awesome movie!) which is the first name of my grandmother (who crocheted and taught my mom) and my MIL's middle name (who knits and taught me). I love how it encompasses the generations in my family and how we can all connect through a simple thing such as the love of a craft.
I'd love to tell you about the names of other Etsians and how they came to be. If any of you would like to share your thought process, please comment here or send me a conversation on etsy.com. It's interesting what creates our alternate identities!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
A blanket bunny to tuck them in with... And a soothing bath to end a wonderful family holiday. Here's even some salts for you!
Go to etsy.com and search the Promotions Forums for Homefront this Monday from 1600PST-2100PST. I've put a few links in to help you out.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Here's to tomorrow and what the day may bring! One more farewell to Jazzy!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
to boutique children's clothing...
to photography... and beautiful aprons. I could go on... but you'll just have to check us all out (all 60+ of us!)
On another note, I've almost finished the body of my daughters sweater, and made a rug. I will post pics tomorrow night. It has just been a crazy ride this week, such is life :)