Saturday, February 26, 2011

February Blog carnival: What's in a Name?

The strong beautiful women of the FamiLee. Nana on the right, Becky next to her
 and I on the left make up The FamiLee Jewels. My sister Donna is center and our niece Jessica to her left.

The FamiLee Jewels started in 2007. The jewelry that we started making as a hobby was overtaking our homes and we needed and outlet for it.
The discussion to choose a name was a spirited one.
We are a FamiLee of strong women.
My Mom, Ella (Nana to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren), the matriarch of our group raised 4 children on her own while going to school for an accounting degree to improve her job prospects.  She sets the example for the rest of us to live up too.
We are steel willed and opinionated but kind and compassionate too, having been taught by Nana that we are fortunate to have been born in a country that allows us to influence our own destinies. She has always given back to her community  through volunteerism and  the rest of us were raised to do so. 
We are a family of overachievers with high expectations of ourselves and each other.
We are as my sister Donna says "The glue that holds this family together".
Becky was the one to suggest that our name be The Family Jewels. We chuckled at her recommendation but kept coming back to it.
Isn't each member of our family a precious gem?
Don't we cherish one another more than personal riches?
What could be better?
It turned out only the spelling.

With a last name like Lee we couldn't resist the sybolism of changing the spelling to The FamiLee Jewels.

Our Most Precious Jewels.
Becky is busy raising the next generation.

Follow the links to find out how other business chose their names.


Island Girl


Bead Sophisticate

Northern Girl

Starving Jewelry Artists



Paintin by Faith


  1. What a nice story! I've always thought you had a great name, and now I can see just why!

  2. Great story behind the name. It must be great to share one's passion with family members.

  3. What a wonderful story and such beautiful sentiment behind your name, I love the pic - thank you for sharing with us.

  4. Such a logical name... and I agree it's a nice story! How many of you are still making jewelllery?

  5. 3 of us still make jewelry. Myself, Nana and Becky. Becky is a busy Mom who also works full time goes to school. Her time for jewelry is limited. Fred has joined us as the setup man and tool maven (he's the one that built my fantastic jump ring machine). We also sell his wood turned pens and wine bottle stoppers.

  6. I love it!!! And the 'Lee' is most perfect!

  7. I've always loved that twise in the spelling of your business name and now I know why it is there. That was the perfect choice. Thank your sharing your story, I found it to be most interesting. My family of women have a similar background with the matriarch. :)

  8. That is a great story. Kudos to your family of strong women. And I like the twist adding your family name.