Following my last post, the wonderful Tilly suggested that my Etsy store name dilemma might be solved if I 'ask the audience' for input. It's such a great and obvious idea, that I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it before! You friendly people are so creative and imaginative and I can only hope that you'll be willing to share some of that with me, because I'm desperately in need of some help.
During this arduous process I've discovered that although I may be good at picking out fabric, I really don't have a knack for choosing names. I've had my poor parents brainstorming for weeks now, but we just can't seem to find a name I like enough. It doesn't help that my thought process has been rather erratic.
To begin with I longed for something pretty, girlie, kitschy. Something to reflect the lovely fabric in my blog banner. Ideas included Sew Splendid, Handmade Chintz, Polka Dot Pink and various other names that were either clichéd or taken.
Then I was determined to come up with a vintage-sounding name/persona along the lines of Edith Cherry and Veronica Darling. But could I think of any decent ones!?! I got as far as Ruby...that's it :o(
I then resorted to more 'practical' names which all sounded a bit lame.
I've also made things harder by preferring to stay away from the words 'vintage' (because my makes will be not truly vintage, merely inspired by) and 'sew' / 'sewing' (in case I want to expand to selling other things). Having said that, it's almost impossible to fulfil all my criteria and at the same time find a name that is available both on Etsy and as a URL.
Anyway, I have (with help from others) come up with a rather mixed bag of potential names, none of which particularly excite me:
(Little) Miss Sew and Sew
Back to Fashion
Taking/Take Back Fashion
Sew Now and Then
The Kitsch Stitch
Has the disappointment of discovering that my favourite names were already taken made me unable to see potential in any of these names? Do you like any, or better still, do you have a favourite? Do you have any other suggestions or ideas? I'd absolutely love to hear them!
I know that many of you have plans for your own future shops, so please only help if you feel you can without giving away too much.
Anyway, thanks for all the support so far and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Choosing a name is such a big commitment, but with your help, I just might get there in the end ;o)