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Thursday, January 29, 2009

How I Got My Business Name

So you may wonder when you see my blog name: Mimi-Toria's Designs, and wonder, how in the world did Gretchen come up with that name? Well, I'm going to answer that question here for those of you that don't know me. I decided to start making jewelry when Emily, my daughter, was just two years old and I was a stay at home mom. When Emily was just 1 years old, she would say her name was Mimi Toria which was how she said Emily Victoria. That is how I came up with my name.
For years, I have used the below photo of Emily which also has a double reflection of my Mom (photo on table by mirror). All of the photo props were brought to the photo shoot by me and were significant to me. My Mom had bought me the lace dress, the shoes are my wedding shoes, the photo of my Mom, a long strand of pearls that were my Mom's, etc.
Below in this photo you can see the triple reflection of my Mom. I love this photo and have a color tinted one of it in our home, and use it for my business as well. My business is in memory of my Mom as I lost her to cancer when Emily was just 8 1/2 mos. old. My Mom was a very self giving person and I dedicate my business in memory of her.
Emily Victoria Schaumann - my daughter at age five.
Tomorrow is would of been my Mom's birthday and I plan to do a tribute in memory of her and wanted to post this blog before that one.


  1. Thanks for sharing that, Gretchen! I love that everything has meaning. I'm a big fan of nostalgia!

  2. Ah yes............I have always meant to ask you about that name. Your story is sooooooo cute.


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