When I first started my business, I called it, very imaginatively, AN EGG BY JANE.
Gosh! How’d I think that one up?
During my keynote address, I repeated a conversation I’d frequently have with new vendors.
“What’s the name of your company?” they’d inquire.
“An Egg by Jane,” I dutifully answered.
“A what?” was the typical retort.
“An Egg by Jane,” I’d repeat slowly, then spell it out. It often led to a discussion about what I did, but I preferred to simply dictate the spelling and move on.
I’ll never forget receiving a package of gift boxes I’d ordered with my business name printed as AN EGO BY JANE–as if that made more sense than an EGG by Jane.
Besides the importance of a good name for your business, the whole process helped me to keep a sense of humor about myself and what I was contributing to society.
Good thing! I’ve recently had the gift of a publisher re-printing my book, Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax and Dye that had been in print for about 15 years after which it suddenly disappeared. I watched its value escalate on amazon and also on ebay. Clearly, the public still wanted my take on pysanky.
Fortunately, along came an advocate for the re-publishing process and a deal was struck with Schiffer Publishing who did a lovely job of re-issuing my book this spring.
It’s right there on page 20 of their catalog alongside Gourding and Knot Making. I can brag that the Egg Deocrating category is mine alone.
If you’ve been hankering for my book for the past few years, here’s your opportunity to own your own copy.
If you’ve been hankering for a decorated egg in the Ukrainian tradition, I point you, with honor, to a remarkable talent, Helen Badulak, whose work is still available since mine is not.