Friday, June 13, 2008

Feeling Cottage-y

A few weeks ago I posted a couple of photos of baby quilts. Do you remember those? I'd hung one from a clothesline and draped the others over a chair. Just wanted to share what I'd been doing during rainy spring afternoons that week. No big deal. Or so I thought.

It seems those photos have spawned (don't you just love that word?) a Cottage Business. You know, a home-based business. This one, I suspect, a product of less thought and intention and more serendipity than most. To make a long story short, I got inquiries about selling the quilts. So I did. After all, I hadn't made them with any specific use in mind; I'd just made them because I enjoy making them. When I was approached by buyers, I said yes. Hey, my mamma didn't raise a fool! ;-)

Still more amusing, at least in my mind, is the fact that I've got orders for more.

Go figure.

So here I have this little, completely unexpected cottage business...without a name. I mean, what should I call it? Nothing? Something? As an author I'm accustomed to having titles for things, right from the get-go. The instant I open a manuscript file and begin to write I title the thing--even if it's only WIP #so-and-so. Or Current WIP, that's a popular early stage book title around here. Sometimes it's Blasted Book! or--well, you get the idea. A title, always a title.

Cottage quilt business? Title-less. I've got to admit I'm unsettled by that. Really bugged. I've been mulling over business titles since I sold the last quilt and have come up with a couple, but none are, I don't think, The One. You know, the one that will make me smile, nod and say, "Yeah. That's the one."

I've got--and remember these are only ideas, not set in stone--these...Cottage Quilts...Quilt Du Jour...and Crazy Writer Quilts. I'm kind of leaning to the last one because really, I must be nuts to even consider this. What do you think? Any ideas? Suggestions? A large club with which to knock myself upside the head?

Hope you have a great weekend. Me? I'll be gardening, quilting, writing and, hopefully, dancing beneath the stars with my hero. Yeah, we had a clear, star-filled sky last night...summer dancing has begun around here. Let the calendar catch up to us for a change! Have a good one, friends!


Anonymous said...

I am so not surprised about this. Cottage Quilts, I like that name a lot.

And I love it that you dance in the moonlight. So romantic!


Marianne Arkins said...

Cottage Quilts works for me, too! LOL... or maybe just call it "Serendipity".


Dru said...

Your quilts were beautiful. I like Cottage Quilts.

Have a good weekend.

Unknown said...

I wasn't fast enough! I wanted to ask if they were for sale. Taking orders?

Unknown said...

And I like Marianne's idea. Serendipity is a cool name!!

Diane Craver said...

That's amazing and congratulations on your new business. I like Cottage Quilts - it's perfect.