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Monday Morning Musings: What’s in a Name?

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Have you ever wondered how some etsy shops get their names? I did and decided to find out.  Here are but a few of my Etsy Twitter Team, Etsy Bloggers Team and Etsy North Georgia Street Team compatriots and their shop name origins – in alphabetical order!

 BellflowerTextiles  Handmade makeup bags, coffee sleeves, and crayon rolls

belleflowerI knew that I wanted a flower name for my shop since I planned to use a lot of nature-inspired fabrics and colors. I also wanted a name that there weren’t too many of on Etsy so that users wouldn’t be confused trying to find my shop. I finally chose BellflowerTextiles because bellflowers grow in my yard and are one of my favorite cottage flowers.  It was also a nice tribute to my aunt, Wanda Belle, who was the crazy artist in the family and who passed away a few years ago.


CelloRaisen  Girls and Boys Clothing and Accessories

CelloAs you might have guessed I play the cello. To create friction between the horse hair on the bow and the string, you have to put “rosin” on the bow hair. Rosin comes in a small rectangular wood case in a box. One day in science class, my lab partner went into my backpack to get a pen and found my box of rosin which was labeled “cello rosin.” He/she thought it would be funny to change a letter here and add a letter there, and CelloRaisen was born.


curiousmess  curiously quirky art decor and jewelry

curiousI was trying to come up with a name that described my very random way of working. I jumped all over the place so much that I figured to some I must seem like such a mess. Now, I just needed to find a good word to describe my “mess.” I liked “beautiful;” however Jason Mraz’s new album with “Beautiful Mess” had just been released, and I wanted something more original. One day, my husband just  threw out “curious” as a suggestion, and I LOVED it!


 ElephunksTrunk  Hats, fascinators, coin purses, and ribbon chokers! 

ElephunksI was sitting around with my husband and trying to come up with a shop name that would capture my sense of aesthetics without being too specific to any one kind of item. I wanted to be able to expand into new kinds of items without making my shop name outdated. My personal goal has always been to strive for a funky elegance. My husband suggested combining those two words. I blinked at him and said “Elefunky?” He smiled and suggested “Elephunk’s Trunk.” I like it because it speaks to my aesthetics and my love of elephants.


 FirebirdHouse Unique Vintage Modern Jewelry and Textiles 

firebirdhouseMy shop name came from two sources. I am a redhead (firebird), and my nickname is Phoenix. I got it years ago from a good friend who said I always seem to rise up out of the ashes, and it stuck. When I got ready to name my shop, I thought that the myth behind my nickname was a great choice for jewelry and textile designs created from old and new components, so I played around with it until I came up with firebirdhouse


foxygknits  Hand knit scarves, shawls and wraps 

foxyI have a little granddaughter who is 2 ½ years old. Right before she was born and we were selecting our grandparent names, I joked that I would be “Grandma Lo” by day and “Foxy G.” by night. When I was trying to come up with a name for my shop, Foxy G. Knits was a natural!


inmyheadstudios  Altered Dominoes, Scrabble Tile Pendants, & Cards

inmyheadMy Etsy shop name came from the fact that all my ideas are “in my head” and span so many different media that sometimes I feel like I must be about 30 different people. That’s also where the logo idea came from – the three little people dancing in my head.


JaybirdDesigns  Unique Crochet Boutique & Original Crochet Patterns

JaybirdBeing a child of the early 1970s, there were always a TON of Jennifer’s
in my classes. So, my entire life I have had nicknames. Most people called me J.J., but my maternal grandmother called me Jaybird. Since shewas the one who blessed me with my creative talents and was the amazingwoman who taught me to crochet, I figured Jaybird would make a greatname for my business to honor her memory.


lostmitten  Nintendo Perler Bead Crafts & Handmade Geekery

lostmittenEver since I first thought about opening an Etsy shop, I wanted to call it Lost Mitten because I just always liked the name. I knew that my shop would have some knit items in it. In fact, I generally sell fingerless gloves and have never sold any mittens in my shop!


PunkyJane Handcrafted and personalized jewelry and accessories

PunkyJaneI was lucky enough to share my middle name, Jane, with my paternal grandmother, Gertrude Jane, and had always counted my blessings that my parents passed on her middle name rather than her first!  When our second daughter was born, I felt a warm and somewhat fuzzy feeling as we pondered middle names for her and considered Jane.

Now, I come from a long line of peculiar names and had always felt a little plain as Sandra Jane.  To my mom, however, I was always Punky Jane – short, I guess, for her little Pumpkin Jane.  As I began designing personalized jewelry, I got a similar warm and fuzzy feeling and hoped it would make people feel good – both giving and receiving these little trinkets. So, PunkyJane it is.  Here’s to warm and fuzzy!


 Seedlings Jewelry Because.  Handmade jewelry: silver, copper, chainmaille, pearls. 

seedlingsAt one time, the main style of earring I was making looked like grapes.  So Captain Obvious here called them The Grapes. I really liked how the type of bead used in the earring looked like seeds, and I think that’s from where the idea for “seedlings” came.

The meaning of “because” is two-fold.  First and foremost, I want what I make to be natural and easy, something you can wear any time “just because.”  The second meaning has to do with why I give a portion of sales to Heifer International.  Although I feel strange getting paid for doing something I love, I don’t feel strange turning that into sustainable resources and education for a community.


 storybeader  unique jewelry & personal haiku poems by Storybeader 

storybeaderMy name, storybeader, is a play on words, taken from those little Native American pottery figurines called storytellers. With every necklace I make, I write a little story, a haiku, for the buyer. And now that I am sewing (and selling) journals, I also write haikus for them as well!


threepeats  vintage materials/modern design 

threepeatsthreepeats came from the design of my first necklaces. There were three sections of recycled vintage beads separated by three sections of recycled vintage chain: three repeats  = threepeats!



  1. I would like to be able to have a small neon sign with Seedlings that floats over my head when I walk around, similar to the Arby’s hat in recent commercials!

    Comment by seedlingsjewelry — 10/26/2009 @ 5:08 am

  2. Love the article – you are asking the questions everyone wonders about! Thanks!

    Comment by Julie Schieffelin - Cowgirl Jewels — 10/26/2009 @ 6:14 am

  3. I wish I had read an article like this before I chose my shop name. What made so much sense to me apparently means “winning three titles in a row” to sports fans around the country! I wonder how many basketball fans have ended up at the threepeats Jewelry site and ask WTH (What the Heck) is this stuff?

    Fun to see what inspired other artisans!

    Comment by Suzanne@threepeats — 10/26/2009 @ 6:53 am

  4. great post. It’s always fun to see how people come up with names for their shops. Great idea. {:-Deb, the storybeader

    Comment by storybeader — 10/26/2009 @ 8:18 am

  5. You always have such good ideas for posts, and it’s really fun to see what inspired people :)Thanks for including me!

    Kristen, the firebird

    Comment by Kristen — 10/26/2009 @ 8:26 am

  6. Great stories gals!! 🙂

    Comment by Maria — 10/26/2009 @ 9:29 am

  7. Thanks for including me! You can see my logo Lois speaks of in my shop banner at

    Comment by vickie of In My Head Studios — 10/26/2009 @ 10:07 am

  8. Neat! I often wonder about people’s shop names, especially when you can tell that people put a lot of thought into them. This is a great collection of fun names and I am honored to be a part of it.

    Comment by Elephunk — 10/26/2009 @ 10:54 am

  9. Love this! So fun getting into the thought process of these creatives. Great job!!

    Comment by Sandy — 10/26/2009 @ 11:40 am

  10. Interesting new facts!

    Comment by Crystal from KIZZ — 10/26/2009 @ 11:41 am

  11. Lois, you’re so fun. Your posts are always so interesting to read.

    Thanks for the surprises and chuckles.


    Comment by Linda B — 10/26/2009 @ 2:02 pm

  12. Oooh- great idea for a post!! ALWAYS wondering about shop names, and the cool people behind them! 🙂

    Comment by Verve — 10/26/2009 @ 3:02 pm

  13. This was a blast to read! All of you have wonderful shop names, I enjoyed the clever inspiring storys!

    Comment by londi — 10/26/2009 @ 3:20 pm

  14. A very interesting article. Its always fun to see what inspired shop names.

    Comment by crochetgal — 10/26/2009 @ 3:42 pm

  15. I love your creative take on blog subjects!! I didn’t see a place to follow your blog — does the mean I’m already following you? I came here from your tweet.

    Comment by SherrysPaperie — 10/26/2009 @ 7:57 pm

  16. ha!
    i get asked about this all of the time! i chose ‘spinalfusion’ because i started crafting again after a spinalfusionm surgery in 2004. my oldest daughter introduced me into the current diy community and i’ve been going strong ever since!
    thanks for posting!
    marsha spaniel

    Comment by marsha spaniel — 11/09/2009 @ 11:07 am

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