voting day

get out your ballots and punch your “chads” ’cause today is voting day! i have it narrowed down to 2 names for my little business. are you ready? drum roll please……..

the poppy shop
the pleated poppy

please leave me a comment on which is your favorite and why. i’m totally open to any negative or positive (of course) feedback.

now you may be asking, “what happened to the giveaway?”. a while back i offered a special little prize to the person who suggested the name i chose for my business. after agonizing (seriously!) every day, and getting tons of opinions i narrowed it down to 2…. but not the 2 i just told you. i have 2 favorites from all your suggestions. the first is “the girl on a red swing” suggested by robbin, which i love, love, love, how its totally random but gives such a neat visual and is very “rememberable”. the negatives on this name are 1) it may be too long, and 2) it has nothing to do with my products. the other is “fresh picked” by deborah w., which i loved for its simplicity and how it represented my products. the problems that i kept going back to on this one were 1)its grammatically incorrect, and 2) its a bit forgettable, easily confused with other names. so up until just 2 days ago i thought it would be one of those names, but neither was hitting me as “this is the one”. then i looked back at some scrap papers i had on my desk that had names scribbled on them from a dinner a couple months ago with lisa and her husband. we brainstormed all through dinner on names. one of them was “pleats & poppies”. i really liked how it sounded, but didn’t put it in the running. i think because poppies looks and sounds too much like puppies? i pulled that paper out again the other day, morphed some of the suggestions, and “the pleated poppy” and “the poppy shop” hit me as winners.

so robbin, deborah, and lisa: please choose any item i have left in my shop. if there’s nothing there you’re interested in (because my stock is sooo low), but have a more specific request based on items you’ve seen offered before, email me and we’ll work something out. and one more person: 8 year old morgan cheney (my husband’s father’s cousin’s son’s daughter!). she has given more suggestions (by email) than anyone else, so she can choose a little something, too!

so here’s a little update on the biz: at the end of september i’m hoping to have a booth at the harvest festival in arroyo grande. my friend joy is going to spend the weekend hanging out with me (so sweet of her). i’m super SUPER excited about this! i can’t wait to set up and decorate my booth. but… i’m really low on products right now, even lower after i sold out of all my flower brooches over the last couple of days (thanks again, lisa!). my mind is going so much faster than my sewing is for all these new things i want to whip up. unfortunately, this couldn’t come at a worse time for me as my oldest starts kindergarten in 6 DAYS, and i have a lot to prepare for with homeschooling part time. i don’t know how i’ll fit in all this extra crafting and fulfill my duties as a teacher, wife, and mom. so for all of you that have requested more brooches, you may just have to wait. i actually have a huge pile of about 30 of them sitting next to me right now, just waiting for me to assemble them, but 2 things are stopping me from putting them up for sale: 1) i should really save them to stock up for the harvest festival, and 2) my camera is still broken and looking unrepairable, so even when i do finish those flowers i won’t be able to show them to you until i can borrow my husband’s work camera. (for those of you who are totally bored with this post right now, feel free to leave because i’m totally rambling!)

this last week has felt like a nesting week, like i’m prepping to have a baby. the idea of homeschooling is so exciting and terrifying all at once. thankfully, we’re going to a school that will guide us along and keep me in line! this week i’ve been organizing random drawers, sifting through piles, sorting through outgrown clothes – all the things that will really have no impact on how i home school, but for some reason seem totally necessary. along with all this house prep i also want to get lots of things ready for the festival so that i can not stress too much when school is going, but really i’m taking on too much. silas has been sick (and super grumpy) all week, the girls have been fighting way too much, my husband is out of town all week for business, i’m constantly cooking and picking up and nursing and getting someone to sleep, so i really don’t have time in my day to do it all (so why am i rambling on and on when i can be sewing?).

so thanks for listening and remember to cast your vote for our favorite name!

oh, and because i hate to post without a picture, here’s one of my little one year old!



  1. 1
    Shealynn Benner says:

    I like “The Pleated Poppy”. To me it just flows well. :) Sounds cute too.

    Check out my blog… there’s a giveaway going on!!! :D

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    i vote for the pleated poppy . . . such a cute name and i haven’t heard anything close to it anywhere! good luck! kristen

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    pennymalley says:

    Love the Poppy Shop! And I know what you mean about getting ready for the homeschool adventure- I’ve cleaned out the kids’ bedrooms and am working on the craft closet… none of which directly affect teaching, but maybe we’ll do better if we feel the rest of our house isn’t falling down around us? See you tomorrow night at the parent mtg!

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    The Pleated Poppy all the way! It paints the perfect picture in my mind of all the cute little sewn flowers you make.

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    Jill Duarte says:

    I vote “The Pleated Poppy”. Very cute name.

    I too am at warp speed readying my home by organizing and sorting before school gets underway. Like you said, it doesn’t really have anything to do with getting kids ready for school but I guess it just makes me feel like I can focus on what’s necessary (food, sleep, laundry, schoolwork, teaching) once school starts. Also, nothing makes a rocky day seem better than being able to open your linen or craft closet and find it all in order!

  6. 6

    Love the pleated just sounds good.

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    Yeah Morgan gets a prize! She will be thrilled. Of course, I will ask her to vote when she gets up :o)

    I am voting for the Pleated Poppy – so so cute!

    You will do awesome with homeschooling – there will be days when it is overwhelming but it will all be worth it in the end! I always “nest” before the school year starts as well. It just seems to help to put everything in its place before I get started.

    Praying for you!

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    Anna Willett says:

    i vote for the poppy shop. it sounds cute and i think it matches your items.

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi Lindsey. The Poppy Shop sounds good to me. Looking forward to buying more things from you. Joelle in Winnipeg, Canada.

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    I really like “The Pleated Poppy” it has a nice ring to it and doesn’t just come right out and say HEY! i’m selling somethin…(with shop in the title it’s too blunt!)

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    I vote for The Pleated Poppy. Very cute and very original name. When I first glanced at the names I thought the first one read The Poopy Shop. LOL

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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    the pleated poppy! Very cute, fun to say, and does have conntation of your fabric magic! :)

    Hope little man is feeling better!

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    Spencer Family says:

    I like “The Pleated Poppy”. Between the two I think it stands out more and would be more memorable.

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    I vote for the poppy shop, but I like the pleated poppy, too. No matter what you call it, you can count on me to shop there!

    PS-I gave you “The Smile Award” on my blog!

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    Modest Mousketeer says:

    I vote for the Poppy Shop… it has a more fluid ring to it and the name implies a shop of lovelies whatever they may be! I think it’s important to pick a name that can grow with you also, you may change the direction of your crafts some times and “pleated” might not always make sense… just a thought! Good luck!

  16. 16

    Poppy Shop

  17. 17

    I vote for Poppy Shop. Love it!! Went on Gracie’s new school’s website. Wow!!! Love it!!

    Have a great day!!!


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    Anonymous says:

    The Pleated Poppy for sure!

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    Kristen Borland says:

    the pleated poppy!

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    i vote for the pleated poppy as well. i did like the poppy shop at first until you mentioned that it sounds like puppy. but, they are both super cute.

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    The Toney Family says:

    I vote for the poppy shop. The pleated poppy just doesn’t sound as cute to me… for some reason it brings to mind an old women’s store. Don’t know why… just thought I’d be honest :) I love the poppy shop though. You could have a really cute logo.

    How has silas been sick? Isaiah has been sick too. Not fun. I love his stylin shorts though!

    I’ll be praying for you these next couple of weeks. You’ll be able to do it all: just maybe not all at once :)

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    Anonymous says:

    The Pleated Poppy sounds great!

    Let me know how the show goes!

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    Carrie Haughey says:

    I like the Poppy shop, but it sounds a bit too much like poppycock to me… which is sad,

    so my vote is for the Pleated Poppy

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    Anonymous says:

    I like Poppy Shop. Maybe the rhyme in the title will stick in the mind and “Shop” seems a little old fashioned… kinda “the shop around the corner” feel, and like it will be just packed with cute little things. Like someone else said, I also think it doesn’t box you into certain items.

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    Jacquelyn says:

    Ha Ha … note to self, don’t hop on the computer right after you wake up from a nap. I read the first one as ” the poopy shop” (thinking you were trying to relate in some bizarre way to mothers of small children) so I’ll have to vote for “the pleated poppy” since I was able to read that one correctly.

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    Anonymous says:

    I agree with jacquelyn…i hate to say it, but I read BOTH names as “poopy” instead of “poppy.” My office mate thought the same thing as well! Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but you asked for honest opinions…

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    I love the Pleated Poppy! It’s a unique name and doesn’t say flower shop to me. Great choice either way though!

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    blessedme says:

    My vote is for the pleated poppy.

  29. 29

    Love The Pleated Poppy!

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    Mommy Toy says:

    I love the Poppy Shop

  31. 31

    Pleated Poppy!!!! How cute and fun!!!!

  32. 32

    Morgan votes for the pleated poppy. When she finally decides on her item we will email you. Now if she only asked me I could give her a few ideas!

  33. 33

    I love love the pleated poppy. So glad you picked something with poppies in the name, I love poppies. You have way cute stuff, keep up the good work, and don’t stress.

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    pleated poppy. i’ve never heard anything like it. i can’t believe i get something free. i definitely want more flower brooches. i need fall colors… love ya!

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    one vote for each. sorry no help here. okay i actually lean more towards “the poppy shop.”

    i have to clean out everything before school starts, and we get into the full swing of school and taxi’n and everything.
    it allows me to approach a new canvas ready to be painted with all the memories of a new school year.

    and i’m o.c.d.

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    Anonymous says:

    I vote for “The girl in the red swing” I LOVE that name!! Who cares if it doesn’t have anything to do with what you are selling? (Well I guess you do!). I can picture the business cards now . . .

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    Anonymous says:

    I like the “Poppy Shop”, but either way, you’ll do great.

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    ok, when i see pictures of your silas, he absolutely reminds me of my tucker. they are almost the same age and look so much alike! crazy. anyways. my vote is for pleats & poppies because ya know, pleats and sewing, and then at least its about sewing cute little things. and i can just picture one of your brooches for the logo picture. i didn't like poppy shop because it sounds like the coffee shop. kinda random, but you asked. ;) here's to finding some sewing time! right there with ya!

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    The Pleated Poppy.

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    Jessica Stier says:

    I vote for The Pleated Poppy. It’s so whimsical and adorable, just like your cute products.

    I just found your blog today. I LOVE it. I am adding you to my Google reader and will now follow you religiously!!! I am super excited to get to know you better.


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    Deborah W says:

    Wow, I’m pleased that my suggestion, fresh picked, came so close! It IS grammatically incorrect…but I don’t like freshLY picked, heh heh. As for the final two, I googled them both and didn’t find any other Pleated Poppy names for shops or blogs, but there IS a blog called Poppy’s Shop, and a Tin Poppy blog. I think I saw a reference to Red Poppy as well. I’d go with Pleated Poppy; it’s snappy, different, and definitely has a “sewing” connotation. Oh, you offered my a gift — so nice!! I am not picky, love ALL your stuff. Just send me whatever you have handy. E-me ( for my address at your convenience, and thanks!

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    ok, I like pleated poppy because I think poppy shop sounds like a flower shop – but that could be the florist in me :) both are cute though

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    unfinished says:

    love “pleated poppy”. reminds me of the big red icelandic poppies which actually look like the petals are pleated. one of my favorite flowers.

    always lovin ya, mom

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    Stephanie says:

    My favorite is “The Pleated Poppy.” “The Poppy Shop” sounds too matchy matchy and rhyme-y (I don’t think that’s a word but I think you get my idea).

    Congrats on the new direction, new business, and starting Kindergarten! We start in 2 days!!

  45. 45

    “The Pleated Poppy” sounds like such a cute name. It really seems fitting and it is a very unique name!

    Good Luck!

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    asnipofgoodness says:

    Pleated poppy gets my vote, soooooo cute!!! I think pleated says sewing, and fabric, and poppy gives you that out of the ordinary off the wall feel you were looking for. i love it, terrific choices both of them! The best of joy in your new business.

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    I vote for the Pleated Poppy. It ellicits great color and texture in my mind’s eye. It’s crafty and makes me think of fabric. Poppies are such cheerful, vibrant flowers. Just like your work!

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    Anonymous says:

    Pleated poopy! Arent you amazed at how many people read your blog….blog more!

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    Shelly Primm says:

    I like them both but I am leaning toward “the pleated poppy”.

    Have a great week!

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    Anonymous says:

    I totally love pleated poppy, so cute, and clearly labels you as a seamstress, can’t wait to see more of what you make!

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    Jeff and Robin says:

    Lindsey, Thanks for the comments. I like your pick. I would go with Pleated Poppy. It’s unique and the double “P” sound is catchy! Yay for making a choice!

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