As Shakespeare said, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  So I'm thinking that it means if you call a rose a peony, it will still be the same.  Not so, for surnames, it seems.  My name is Crystal. I started out as Crystal Harris, spent some time as Crystal Harris Ogle, and ended up as Crystal Harris Donnelly. If you’re a woman don't you just hate the fact that you always end up changing your name when you marry or remarry. Anything you did pre-second marriage is erased. It’s just not fair.

Let me illustrate this bias. Not long after my second marriage in order to receive a discount on a purchase at Macy’s, I applied for a credit card. Would you believe it? They turned me down! It seemed that I had no credit. It didn’t matter that I owned a home paid off several vehicles and was in possession of at least 6 other credit cards, I virtually did not exist.  I had about as much credit as my 15-year-old daughter and believe me that isn't the way to stay young.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, it's simple. When I assemble the lists of my accomplishments in Craft Designing and writing, some will be when I was Crystal Harris Ogle. Some of my art credits are Crystal Harris Donnelly, and finally, some things are just Charris…a compilation of my original first and last name.  I've sold things on Etsy as Art2Cee2 as well. 

If you own a piece of art that is signed “Charris,” well, it’s my work. If you purchased or read something from Charrisart…again, mine. If you have followed craft instructions by a person named Crystal H. Ogle, Crystal Donnelly, Crystal Harris, or Art2cee2, well, then you’ve known me all along.

 I don't think that this is what they mean when they say someone has a split personality!  I have been married to a wonderful man for 13 years now, most of the kids are grown and I have plenty of credit...and a Macy's card.


  1. Hi Crystal!
    Stopping by to say hi and to let you know that I am a new follower via "Mom's Monday Mingle".
    Looking forward to reading your blog :)
    Bismah @

  2. Crystal - these turned out darling and what a great idea for using corks. Really cute.

    Thanks so sharing this on your #simplybebetsy gallery.
    Sharon and Denise


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