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Thank you to everyone who sent entries for the name contest via comments & emails.  I really appreciate it.  It was JUST what I needed to get the ball rolling with this project.  I didn’t realize until after I started this name contest, that it was actually 2 separate contests.  One for the items on Etsy, and one for the upcoming venture that I am getting ready to leap off into.  🙂 

Here is the master list of names for scarves and bags:

  • Love Runneth Over
  • Sweet Winter
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Fairy Wings
  • Candy Girl
  • Bubble Bath Bliss
  • Orange you Glad You Bought Me
  • Morning Sensation
  • North by Northwest
  • Northern Lights
  • Alaskan Summer
  • Alaskan Winter
  • Las Delicias
  • When I’m not here I’m cooking
  • What’s for dinner?
  • The Sweetest Thing
  • Dew You Miss Me
  • No Ordinary Garden
  • Fall Fling
  • Plum Passion
  • Savory Seaweed
  • Sweet Valentine
  • Sun Kissed
  • Alaska Bound
  • Sweet Home Alaska
  • Carte Blanche
  • Sweet Romance
  • Delightful Dahlia

Now all of the bag/scarf names can and will be used.  So that is great!  The harder part was narrowing the business name down to something more fitting…  I coerced my friend Laura (whom I am hoping to not-so secretly partner with in this business) to help out!

Drum Roll please…                                                                

Here is the master list of names for our new business adventure:

  • Synergy
  • Hearth
  • Synergy Hearth
  • Simply Handmade 
  • The Stash
  • The Cache
  • The Handmade Stash
  • MagArt
  • The Sewing Shack
  • The Sewing Shoppe
  • Simply Handcrafted
  • Fabrics ‘n Fairbanks
  • Needle in a Haystack
  • Patterns and Patches
  • Caribou Crafts
  • Boats and Totes
  • The Knitting Room
  • The Knit Stitch
  • The Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Destiny
  • Penguin Threads
  • Moose & Yarn
  • Heavenly Hemmed
  • Stitches and Stashes
  • Blissful Stitches
  • Mag Totes

What a list!  🙂  When Laura and I started looking at the lists, some names were very obvious contenders and others were definitely not.  Nothing too cutesy, something that suggests the content, nothing with our names, but something all artists can relate to. 

The final name:

The Stash: A place for learning and creating all things handmade.

Ta Da!  We like the fact that all artists, regardless of their medium of choice have a stash of sorts.  Whether it is pencils, fabric, glass, wood, paint, paper, etc.

What do you think?  I am anxious to hear from you!               

As I was blog surfing tonight I came across this article

Has some great questions, or rather it left me with some good questions.

*   When you have a great idea, SHOULD you share it?  (My natural tendency is to trust EVERYONE, and think that EVERYONE is on my side. I am aware enough to know that this is not the case.)
*   Is it feasible, now in 2008, with the economy where it is at, to start a new business?
*   How will a community based gift business go over in this day and age?
*   Why, why is my brain so preoccupied with having my OWN business? Am I glutten for punishment? Will I sink or swim?

I am plagued with these questions and so many more, day & night, most nights (all night), when I should be sleeping.

I have signed up for a Starting a Small Business Class on February 8th. Wish me luck!

My hopes for this are that I can fine tune my ideas for a new, small business here in Fairbanks. Guess if it goes GREAT we could have a chain of them across the nation! Okay, okay I will think small first. 🙂  I would dearly love to start a sewing lounge here in town with a gift area on the front of the shop.

What is a sewing lounge you ask? This is a place where people can come and be creative together.  There will be sewing machines for rent, cutting tables & supplies to use, couches available for those with yarn issues! 🙂 Classes will be offered from different artisans in the community, featuring their particular trade. The boutique will hold ALL locally made items! What do you think? This creative space would have a good energy about it, and hopefully bring more people together and form a better sense of ‘community’. 

I know that I keep mentioning that word, are you sick of it yet?

How about the word synergy? Do you like that one? I looked it up online and the definition that I liked best was: the working together of two things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. This is something that I love to do, working with others, to complete a task/event/etc., that could not be done alone, and having it turn out FABULOUS! I love to try new things, some I like when I am done, some I don’t. But at least I have tried! That is what would be so great about having artisans coming together to teach their trade! It feels good to make something with your hands, it feels good to learn something new, it feels good to know that you are surrounded by like-minded people and ‘creating’ things.

I Took The Handmade Pledge!