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What’s in a Name?

Don’t you just love to learn how some etsy shops got their interesting names?  Me too.  So, let’s find out – in their own words…

aCageyBee  a Cagey Bee ~ live artfully ~ original artwork by kgb  My initials are KGB (Kris G. Brownlee), so I couldn’t resist doing something with it. was already taken, so unfortunately I had to stick the “a” in front of it, but at least it indicates I’m a particular cagey bee as opposed to *the* KGB!

AuntiePrincess  Auntie Princess Vintage, Supplies, Handmade Ribbonwork   My shop name comes from my nephew.  When he was a young lad, his dad (my brother-in-law) always called one of his sisters “Princess.” Understandably, my nephew thought that was really her name. Being a polite young lad, he called her Auntie Princess. The name stuck, but sadly Auntie Princess perished from cancer at a much-too-young age. I always thought that it was a cute name, and when I opened my vintage shop here on Etsy, it seemed like the perfect choice.

Purplelemondesigns  Custom Stamps & Stationery  Purple Lemon Designs came about because I am a little bit different, and I think that translates to my business. When I began thinking of a name for my business, I was thinking about things I liked. Lemons have always been a favorite. I love how they smell, how they taste and how they look. I also think that lemons are so versatile; they can be used in cooking, decorating and sometimes just to eat. The purple came in because I wanted to put a twist into the name. What is more twisted than a purple lemon? My design company is versatile and a bit different from other design companies…It says it all in the name!

MachoMachismo  Macho Machismo Vintage  My girlfriend had been selling on etsy for several years and convinced me to open a shop. I named it MachoMachismo because I felt like I was joining a woman’s club and decided to be over-the-top masculine in a humorous manner. Though I am used to being outnumbered by the opposite sex, growing up with mostly women, I still felt a little out of place. However, the buyers and sellers have made me feel welcome, and my experience on Etsy has been very enjoyable and plan to keep at it.

PieceMama  ~Folksy Quilts & Funky Designs~  My business name came about one day while going on a lullaby drive — a country road that I take when trying to lull my littlest for his nap.  I started thinking about how I wanted my business to be about family (I love being a mama) and about helping to meet needs, so I try to design *pieces* to help with making life a little bit more *peace*-ful and easy.  I try to live my life as a Peace Mama and my business as a Piece Mama, and the two intertwine.

BitterMoonD  Unique Fused Glass Jewelry Designs by Kris Marie  The Bitter part of my name derives from my grandmother’s maiden name, Bitterly. When I was little, my mother used to take my brother and me to the Balboa Park Science Museum in San Diego – my favorite place in the world. It was there that I bought my first pair of dichroic glass earrings from the gift shop. Fun fact: Dichroic glass was used by NASA before it ever was an art medium! (“So, that is where the “moon” in your name comes from?” you ask.) Well, frankly I am just a nature freak and love the night sky. It is a total coincidence (or fate) that I picked the name Bitter Moon and later found out about the dichroic glass connection to NASA. Then, I remembered being a kid, the Space Museum and those mesmerizing dichroic glass earrings – and the storyteller in me just kinda took over.

chokingonstatic  Chokingonstatic Graphic Design and Printables   I came up with the name of my shop when I was looking through some old CD booklets. I really liked the artwork that the blood brothers had at the time, and while flipping through their lyrics, one sentence stood out to me – “choking on the static of a dial tone.” I thought that this sounded really cool and decided to combine the words “Choking on Static” together to form the name. To make it more formal, I turned it into ChokingonStatic Design.

AKeepersJackpot  A Keeper’s Jackpot   I was having a hard time deciding what to name my shop. I had seen the website which is an anagram generator. I first plugged in my full name and my maiden name, but didn’t find anything I liked.  When I then threw in the names of everyone in the house, including my husband, our two cats and me, it was a very long anagram. So, I shortened it to all of our nicknames.  I liked having “jackpot” in the title, which left me with A Keeper’s Jackpot and A Peeker’s Jackpot.  I thought a shop named A Peeker’s Jackpot sounded very creepy, so Keeper’s it was!

SpinalFusion  My crafting resurgence came while recovering from ‘spinalfusion’ surgery in 2004, and my daughter introduced me to the current DIY scene. Although I have dabbled in all aspects of crafting, my main focus is now jewelry and accessories made from new, vintage and found objects.


  1. What a fun post, Lois! Thanks for including me.

    Comment by Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs — 12/14/2009 @ 7:42 am

  2. Lois~ I *thoroughly* enjoyed reading all the stories behind the business names. What a creative idea for your blog! Thank you for including me. I appreciate it!

    Comment by Jewel — 12/14/2009 @ 10:47 am

  3. What a great idea! Lovely post!

    Comment by Made By Melissa — 12/14/2009 @ 4:06 pm

  4. This turned out great! Thanks for including me 🙂

    Comment by Jessica — 12/14/2009 @ 4:44 pm

  5. Fun post. Thanks, Lois.

    Comment by Linda B — 12/15/2009 @ 8:18 pm

  6. Nice post, a great idea – I love reading about the real people behind the shops.

    Comment by Tammy — 12/16/2009 @ 8:35 am

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