Happy Independence Day!
Today I have decided to celebrate my American independence by pursuing happiness via a secret dream I've been treasuring in my heart for years: I'm going to open an Etsy shop to sell my crafties!
I dabble a lot in polymer clay jewelry and knick knacks, origami, and knitting, and have been known to make anything from cartoony teddy-bear nativity sets for Christmas to sculptures out of seashells and even origami earrings. I also plan on making some more nerdy stuff as I find the time... perhaps some Star Trek or Firefly themed stuff. I once thought about making a line of little pig figurines for each character in Star Wars, but I only got around to making Princess Leia Organic, All Natural Alderaan-Bred Pork.
I'm still putting together the particulars for the shop, but I have two major decisions left before I can launch it (I also want some cool pics for the banner and whatnot, but I have a friend who is a graphic designer and I can take care of that later).
1. I need an ear model. I'm thinking about asking my friend who lives in the neighborhood. She has a very pretty slender neck, and would make a great neck and ear model for my earrings. Or perhaps another friend of mine, who has the most gorgeous flaming red curls you've ever seen. (Sadly, I still suffer from the same rampant acne that troubled me as a teen, so, trust me, nobody wants to see pictures of mine!)
2. I can't come up with a good name. I want something that really reflects who I am and the things I treasure, but everything I can come up with seems kind of silly or overstated... nothing really meshes with the kinds of things I'm selling.
So, are you ready? Here is a big moment for me, both as a blogger and soon-to-be shop owner! I am going to host my first contest! With prizes even!
ETSY SHOP-NAMING CONTEST
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to suggest a name for my shop. No worries; I'll give you some ideas so you're not starting totally from scratch. You can enter as many name suggestions as you want until midnight on July 9th. Then I will pick one (or maybe none... who knows?), and whoever suggested it gets to pick a free pair from a selection of earrings in my shop (so make sure you leave your email address when you comment). Okay, ready, set... GO!
Here are some ideas I've already had to pull from my faves.
Little Bird (the meaning of my daughter's name)
Firefly reference (shiny, tightpants, browncoats)
Star Trek reference (something in Klingon would probably be pretty funny)
Something about me being a mom
A Bible reference (sorry, I can't pick just one!)
Polymer clay (maybe a play on the word "polymer"?)