Unorthodox Crafts
 
In the beginning, I named purses simply so I could identify them in conversations with customers.  The names were boring and practical:  Pink and Blue and Paisley or Maroon and Green.  But over time I came to see each purse as an individual work of art.  The process of combining ties was trickier than I originally thought.  Sometimes the colors matched perfectly, but the patterns on the ties contrasted too much.  Sometimes the colors were not quite right, but blended surprisingly well nevertheless.  Sometimes the colors and designs were perfect, but the dimensions were slightly off. 
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Good colors, but the geometric pattern fights with the soft floral design

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Colors slightly different, but they blend together well


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Good colors  and designs , dimensions slightly off




I believe I have learned from experience and I strive to make each purse a visual treat - a practical work of art that you can carry with you.

I am fortunate to have a friend who is a writer.  She helps me name the purses and eReader cases (in fact, she came up with the idea of naming the cases in the spirit of Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books: The Case of the.....).  Finding the right name has become an eagerly anticipated ritual for both of us.  Sometimes the names are obvious, other times we take  twists and turns and end up with a name that even we have a hard time explaining.  Sometimes the process is organic, other times it is fanciful.   Always, it is fun and creative.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Started as It's Black and White.  Then Red All Over.   Then Ebony and Ivory. Ended up as Perfect Harmony. Perfect!!


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Stream of consciousness:  Winter Scene, On the Slopes, Skiing, Downhill Skiing........... finally: It's All Downhill

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For my brother, Mark, the Baltimore Ravens fanatic, there was only one option:  The Case of the Raven Lunatic

I have found that people are drawn to objects which have names.  The names help create human connections to inanimate objects.  The names also emphasize the one-of-a-kind nature of the products.  Naming my necktie products helped me to understand and acknowledge that each piece is a work of art.  I hope my customers see this as well.