What’s In a Name?

I was a rep for a stamping company for many years…. you know, one of the home party companies.  Of course, for most of my tenure, I only did workshops in my home for my dedicated following.  I wasn’t really into “growing my business”; I just wanted have fun with my stamping friends and get the company discount.

I have stamps and accessories from many companies but even though I’m not selling any longer, I still get excited when the annual catalog comes out.  The first day to order is today.  One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that the colors of ink/paper in the catalog aren’t always QUITE the same in person as they are in the book.  You wouldn’t think I would be too fussy about my ink colors (especially if you could see how many I already have).  But when you have a lot, you don’t want duplication.  If I’m going to get another pink pad or green pad, it needs to be a different shade.  When I saw new colors called Polished Pink and Parakeet Party, I visited my rep (I signed up with her the day I resigned as a sales person) to see those colors in person.

Parakeet Party is a light but vibrant green but it occurs to me that the average person wouldn’t figure that out immediately.  And it made me think about some of the incredible names that stamp companies come up with for their colors.  Here are just a few… can you figure out what color they are by the name:

    • Coastal Cabana
    • Cadette
    • Alchemy
    • Mermaid

Of course a lot of them are more obvious:  Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Bubblegum (just about ever company that does ink pads has one named this) and one of my favorites – Not Quite Navy.  I’m thinking that when they have meetings to talk about ink names, there must be alcohol involved!

What’s your favorite Crayola box?  8-pack?  24-pack?  64?  Living large with the Ultimate 152?  What about neons?  Or glitters?  Or confettis?

88 thoughts on “What’s In a Name?”

  1. Favorite is Skin Tone Colors of the World. Truth be told, I haven’t purchased a box as yet. But I do remember that “flesh” (pinkish) as a color name was dropped 60 years ago. Kudos to Crayola.

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  2. I use washable markers most of the time in the play therapy room. I have these pure white cloth dolls with no features drawn on them that kids can use the markers on, and which I can throw in the wash and they come out white again. The are called Blanco dolls. Many of the kids I see like colored pencils or markers over crayons. I personally like to live large with the 152.

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    1. I had dear friends who lived in Easton, PA for many years, so I have actually visited the place. Two years ago they moved to Boston. Haven’t visited them there, as yet, but would like to.

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  3. I don’t think it’s my imagination to say that Crayola crayon colors aren’t as vivid as they used to be. I don’t know if that is the result of using less pigment in order to reduce the cost of manufacture or if they’ve been reformulated to eliminate pigments with some measure of toxicity.

    On the subject of product varieties with names, I noticed several years ago that those products with a scent—shampoos, dryer sheets, deodorizers of various sorts—that once carried concrete scent names like lavender suddenly acquired metaphoric names like “ocean mist” or “autumn splendor”. It’s hard to dispute the fidelity of scents with names like that but is that why companies made the switch?

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      1. Agreed, Clyde! I can take natural essential oils, but artificial scents make my head hurt and my sinuses swell…and if I’m really unlucky, give me an asthma attack.

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        1. Even most essential oils give me a headache, lavender being one of the worst. Vanilla and lemon are OK but otherwise give me scent free everything.

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      2. Even without a dramatic physical reaction, I am repelled by artificially imposed scents. It makes me wonder, who are the customers these companies are catering to? Why do perfume companies even exist?

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  4. I was a 64 kid because I don’t recall ever seeing a 152 box. But it took me a long time to work up to 64. I always thought periwinkle was a cool color. I like the idea of a box of crayons with every skin tone in the world. Such a simple thing might have gone a long way to educate us baby boomers that “flesh tone” didn’t only apply to white folks, and other people in the world with different color skin were also valuable humans.

    Gave up crayons around age 12, so never got into anything fancy like glitters or neons. Call me an old fogey if you like. 😉

    Chris in Owatonna

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  5. Our pup will be delivered to us at noon. He will be trimmed up like a show Cesky Terrier. His name is Kryrill, after the evangelist to the Slavs, St. Cyrill, who allegedly developed the Cyrillic alphabet with St. Methodius.

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        1. Dovish, Husband says, but more cloudy and foggy, the color of a cloudy morning after a storm, in Central Oklahoma, sort of a misty grey.

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        2. Or Essence of the Storm Gray or Great Depression Gray or Off-Black Whistling Warmth or Squirrels Beware Duochrome?

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    1. Is Kryrill what you’ll be calling him, or is that just his official name on papers documenting his pedigree?

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  6. I was a fan of the 64 box, and have always loved putting colors together in designs. When Joel was at Waldorf school, they used block (rectangular) crayons for the kindergarteners – the colors seemed more vibrant, but that may have just been the Stockmar brand?

    Now I like colored pencils – I have the beautiful set I bought on my month-long Amtrak trip. I also like vibrant colors of Fine Point Color Markers – this set of 24 is from Pentel. I wish someone would have told me earlier – this is a form of art, because I always thought I wasn’t at all artistic. Maybe some day will take a drawing class – and meanwhile I wish I’d make time to play with my pencils.

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  7. HI-Was the 64 the one with the sharpener built into the box? I always liked that. Seems like mom wouldn’t buy very often though… I took tim’s idea of giving crayons for Christmas a few times. Some of my family didn’t understand but it’s still a great idea.

    Actual confetti is called ‘herpes of the stage’ because it never goes away. Theater people hate confetti and it’s banned from most stages. Glitter is almost as bad. I’ve done streamer cannons, but never confetti cannons.

    I love the neon colors.
    With the advent and proliferation of LED lighting, the sheets of colored gels are rapidly disappearing. They had great names. And multiple shades of blue! One company, Apollo, had the best names: ‘Simply Mauvelous’, ‘Submissive lavender’ and ‘dominant lavender’, ‘Putting green’ and ‘Margarita green’, ‘Sailor Delight Orange’ and ‘Hot Wings’. ‘Spanked Pink’, ‘Tease Pink’ and ‘Sassy Pink’.

    I vividly remember using something like cyan and black and thinking what a neat combination those were.

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      1. Oh, I meant crayons; you didn’t read my mind bill.

        I do have gray gels to pull the intensity down. And I have ‘black wrap’, black aluminum foil, for masking. But yeah… black gel isn’t that helpful.

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  8. OT for yesterday recall.
    I discovered this morning a possible recall of Avelina gluten free oats.
    Purchased two packages from Menards for a buck each. Really a bargain. Why?
    Checked preparation instructions for stove top.
    Mix 2 cups of milk or water with 1 tablespoon of Avelina. Cook at medium temperature for 3 minutes. Add sweetener as desired.
    It made for REALLY runny oatmeal at that ratio.

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  9. I am not a fan of crayons. Did not like coloring in school. No idea why. Of my two kids one has artistic ability he ignores and other wishes she had some. My sister gets nasty jealous about my limited abilities. Of three grandkids girl is crafter and always has been. Took art classes in high school. Learned knitting in fifth grade does lots of crafts but has never taken up crayons. I taught those two basics of watercolor and dry pastels: mr tuxedo never liked any of it but tried. Other grandson is high functioning autistic with lots of muscle control issues so hates art. Has not been a crayon in this house for a decade. I gave most of my pastels to MN grandkids school. I need something in my life. Trying to pick up at least sketching again. Not with crayons. Once knew an artist who was a genius with crayons

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  10. Our frabjous day! I was on the stand for 2 minutes while they established my credentials to establish the foundation for my notes, and I was excused!!

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  11. BTW, billinmpls, I completely agree with your assessment posted yesterday of the “Supernatural America” exhibit; they didn’t have a clear idea of what constitutes “supernatural,” and the exhibit was too broad and too vague. I’d forgotten about the synesthesia artists, or I’d have complained about them too!

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  12. I am already back home from hip replacement, where I will the restroom f the day away. The surgery was 5pm yesterday evening. I am already reordering along with a Walker.

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    1. I’m glad you’re doing so well, Jacque. Rest up but walk whenever you can to strengthen. You will recover quickly!

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        1. I saw the photo on FB, and he is cute. I have to ask, is his name Kryrill as you indicated above, or Kyrill as you introduced him on FB? I hope the latter; the former is hard to get my tongue around. Hope you all get a good night’s sleep tonight.

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  13. I don’t color much anymore but my choice would be the 64-box of crayons. No neons or glitters or weird flesh tones for me, thanks. Just the usual colors. I’ve never been good at drawing but I’ve done some nice things with acrylic paint. I like to use an ink pen for some drawing.

    I was Glenda the Good Witch for Halloween once, many years ago. I carried a small amount of glitter and showered it everywhere. I’m not sure they ever forgave me.

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  14. Today I had a cyst in my upper back removed, and a biopsy taken of the growth on the top of my head. I had hoped they would take them both out, but apparently the one on my scull looks “suspicious,” so she wanted to proceed with caution. Right now both my head and my back hurt. Awaiting the pathology report to determine what the next step is. Hopefully just another day surgery visit.

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