What’s in a Name?

Thanks for following along on my blogging journey! I’ve been trying to think of some fun tidbits to write about and tonight I decided to explain where the name of my blog comes from.

It started when I turned 16 and got my driver’s license. I was fortunate enough to have a car – a third-hand red Escort station wagon – and my parents let me choose what I wanted on the license plate. Of course, I opted for a vanity plate and submitted several different options to the state. The one I received was  “CTRY GL 7” – for “country girl.” The “7” was because an all-letter plate was more expensive!

I don’t remember what other words I submitted, but the Country Girl plate fit me just fine. In fact, it also fit my younger brother, who inherited the car when I was done with it and didn’t want to go to the hassle of changing the plates!

Fast forward about 10 or so years. I had an opportunity to do some freelance magazine work, writing and photography, and decided to form my own business to be more professional about the whole thing. I didn’t want to just use my name, and I wanted something versatile that wouldn’t tie me into just photography or just writing. I kept coming back to “Country Girl” and added “Creations” because I liked the way it sounded and it represented what I was trying to do.

Around the same time, my mom gave me a challenge: take pictures of objects around the farm that resembled letters and spell out words like “family.”

Family

The first letter print I made. This one hangs in our home, along with a couple others I’ve made over the years.

I took that challenge and began to look for letters all over the farm. I’ve built up a gallery of all 26 letters at least once, most in multiples, and sell custom framed pictures of names and words. They make unique gifts for weddings and other special events, and I’ve even used items special to people to make truly one-of-a-kind items.

A co-worker commissioned this piece for her parents. She brought in her dad's lasso and other personal items for several of the letters. I love the way it turned out!

A co-worker commissioned this piece for her parents. She brought in her dad’s lasso and other personal items for several of the letters. I love the way it turned out!

It’s a fun hobby and one I hope to put more time into as Little C gets older and more independent. Maybe she and I can even look for new letters together!

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