Guest post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots
When I decided to open a shop and start my blog, I knew I wanted to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the retina (in the eye) that has affected a few members of my family so to incorporate it, I came up with EyeLoveKnots. I don’t have many eye related or inspired items, but I do have a number of children’s items created for my little cousin’s affected by this cancer.
Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team share the stories behind their shop names below! Enjoy!
Edna from AddaSplashofColour says:
I grew up with my Aunt who battled depression and I’ve lost family members to depression. There was a brief moment in my life when I was spiraling towards depression. It was after my husband’s brain surgery to remove a tumour. I had to quit my job in order to take care of him and my son which affected my confidence. So when I opened my shop I wanted to create colourful items that inject energy. Adding tastefully designed colourful items can be a great mood lifter. Especially in winter when is it is gloomy and grey here in Melbourne. Imagine how nice it would be to come home and find a room that is inviting.
Alison Kelly from DelanoDesignsHome says:
Delano is a family name and when I was having trouble thinking of what to call my business my daughter suggested Delano Designs. The Delano part of the family was very creative so it seemed like a great way to honor my family and I like how it sounds. Here is one of my newer blankets.
Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:
Hi, I’m Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA! My sister, Susan, and I design whimsical and unique quilt patterns
Our shop name came from our maiden name “Passmore”, along with the nickname that my brother-in-law used for my sister, “Ms P”. When we decided to pursue our dream of having a quilt pattern design business, we added the word “Designs” to her nickname, and then “USA” to the end of our name.
Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals says:
When we first started out our business name was Ivy & Em (our nicknames). We make jewelry, home wares and accessories through re-purposing old bicycle parts into fun and functional designs – we’re also (as you’ve probably already guessed) slightly obsessed with bicycles.
As our business grew we felt we needed to have something that reflected our brand, the products we make and our story a little more… we decided on Tread & Pedals.
We use the tread of bicycle tyres to make our belts and we pedal our wares – we also make wheelie cool clocks (and love puns, especially cycling related).
Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:
Emma Kay is actually my middle name. The Kay comes from my Aunty – it is also her middle name. My mum gave it to me when I was born.
I chose the Emma part. I chose it when I was 8 years old. My step dad was adopting me legally. Mum asked me if I wanted to change anything about my name, since we were going through all the paper work anyway. I asked to add Emma.
Singer-songwriter Bon Iver made an album called ‘For Emma, Forever Ago‘. I heard it for the first time on a friend’s old Toyota’s car stereo during a road trip from Sydney to Canberra during autumn – clear blue skies, multi-coloured leaves, a chance to get to know one another better.
I’ve listened to the album many times since then, but could barely tell you what the lyrics are. I listen to the melodies and the slow rhythms. Its an album I put on when I need to sooth myself.
One of the songs on the album is called ‘For Emma’. Bon Iver has described Emma as “an elusive subject… Emma is a statement, a sentiment and a closing of my own history.”
He elaborated further in another interview: “Emma isn’t a person…Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma’s a pain that you can’t erase.”
His words resonate with me. I agree that Emma is a feeling. But Emma to me is not pain so much as sentiment. Longing and loss. A moment from childhood that flashes through your mind before you can catch it all.
I don’t want to erase Emma. I want to keep it. Hold it close. I want to curl up with it on the lounge while I gaze out of the window and reflect on days past.
Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:
Jack Jack’s Wayart came to be in part my nick name is Jack Jack the Way art come as my style of art. So I put the two words a one Wayart.
It took me some time to decide on a name one day it just came to me. I like my shop name it just fits
My shop offers custom design one of a kind door decor. Me.
Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:
We developed our concept before we chose a name for our business and when it came to choosing our name it was difficult. When you specialize in offering designs and accepting custom orders for inspired designs, we needed a name which described the concept of our endeavor. Combining The Sky is the Limit with Graphic Design Artwork, Design’s the Limit was born. We couldn’t find any other businesses with our name, so we purchased the domain and registered a trademark for our business. We welcome custom design requests and as we say, “We can design for any ideas you have in mind!”
Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:
My shop name came about because after earning my Doctorate in 2009 my partner started calling me DD (Doctor Dawn), so this eventually translated into DeeDee, ergo DeeDeeDeesigns!
Tammy Richardson from VintageCastaways says:
My animal rescue is called Castawayacres that is what I named my shop to start out with. As I use a lot of my profits from the shop to help buy food and pay vet bills on the animals I rescue.
I have a few months back changed the name to VintageCastaways to give it more of a feel for what I sell.
That is how I became VintageCastaways.
Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:
I have an antique booth that I started out with first, so I really didn’t have a name for it.
I decided I wanted to go online and really try this avenue and make it a success.
My husband came up with my shop name. He used my name and said since I search out items for my shop then I am selecting vintage items and salvaging them from garage sales, estate sales, and others.
I really like it and the alliteration, he loves alliterations so go figure.
Sue from SuesAkornShop says:
I named my shop after my father in law who passed away. I opened it to help me deal with my grief and to keep his memory alive. He was a special guy.
Jennifer from CocoaDragonfly says:
I’m not sure I like it anymore, but “CocoaDragonfly” comes from our first rabbit, Cocoa, and our many dragonflies here. I like it, until I say it out loud!
Liesbeth Visscher from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says:
First it was Zathura. I was thinking of a catchy name but i realized I had to make something that can relate to my handmade jewelry.
So, one evening i was Just Having Fun With Beads And Findings and so JHFWBeadsAndFindings was born!
And this was the necklace i was making that evening.
Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:
This is going to totally sound corny compared to all your stories, because all of you have put such important meaning into your shop names, and mine was sort of an accident.
My legal business name has been Sachs Design since 1999 – hence my last name is Sachs (pronounced SAX) I really wanted to get vanity tags for my car one year with my business name on them but I couldn’t fit all the letters so I figured out that I could do:
SAX D SIGN
and squished them all together – and there ya go – it evolved into Saxdsign
I have since moved (13 years ago) and those old tags had to be turned in. Maryland doesn’t offer that many spaces on their plates so I have different tags now, but kept SAXDSIGN as a brand now.
See not very exciting!
toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says:
When we first opened everything listed was toys and all were from the 1970’s easy way to find us. Since then we’ve added some collectibles. Seems easy to remember when searching online too. Pretty oldies but goodies available for a fun era in history.