Monday, June 17, 2013

The Name Game: Citric Sugar

Carly is here this week from Citric Sugar.
 I had to show this amazing quilt first--you can read about it here. Really--take the time to read this post!

I just adore Carly. She is so creative and very funny. And she does something that would totally freak me out. She is a member in an improv comedy troupe!  Last year, I suggested that maybe she and I could do a private swap, making something special for each other. I had never done a swap before. As is typical when I suggest something, the other person nearly always finishes first. (Terri, are you reading this? I am working on that CD playlist swap. Really, I am.)

Anyway, this is what I received in the mail from Carly.
Those pieces are teeny tiny, like 1/2" squares! Orange zipper, orange lining--Carly pays attention to all the little details. (Oh, and we both share a love of orange.) It is gorgeous and I just love it so much!

You want to know more about her, right?

Carly, how did you choose the name for your blog?

I wanted a name that reflected me and my style. I'm a bit of a softie but I tend to disguise that with humour, therefore: Citric for the zing, Sugar for my inner marshmallow. I wanted something that would make a good "brand" name, too, if I suddenly developed ambition but didn't tie me down to a particular theme if I later changed my mind about the direction of my blog.  I kept having this image of a sliced ruby red grapefruit stuck in my head but thought, hmmm.. Slice of Grapefruit sounds more like an overly food-conscious diet blog.  (Most definitely not me - bring on the cheesecake!)  Instead, I liked the idea of something not too sweet but not too edgy, either.  Simple. Fresh and clean. 
Were there other names you considered, and can you share any of them with us? 
Bittersweet was a word I tossed around a bit but it sounded too chocolatey and brown, kinda fussy, and potentially maudlin. I wanted the name to somehow keep me on a sunnier path with what I chose to share, to remind me of positive things, and refresh my optimism, as well as my creativity. Plus, orange is my favourite colour and it just wasn't going to blend with 'bittersweet'... So I nixed that word.  I'll save maudlin and wistful for another blog - haha!
Now that you are recognized by Citric Sugar, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else? 
I'm not going to lie - I kinda love it.  I am really comfortable as "Citric Sugar", and it's evolved into a bit of a nickname in real life, so that's pretty cool.  I don't think I'd change it if I could. I'd have to start an entirely new blog in a totally new direction and that sounds like an incredible amount of work. I'd prefer to save that energy for all my other creative endeavours...
Thanks for inviting me to play The Name Game!!
Thanks for playing along this week, Carly!
I hope all of you will hop over to Carly's blog and say hi.


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Molly said... #

I also hail orange as the most supreme of all colors and I love the name citric sugar- how clever!

Susan said... #

Nice to be introduced to a new blog! And its a great name!

Needled Mom said... #

What beautiful work she does! I loved reading about that quilt and all of the meaning of the different blocks. Thanks for the introduction to another orange lover.

Carla said... #

I follow Carly's blog. She is very talented and I love her writing!

Unknown said... #

I just love the idea of doing a swap! I've never done one before. Her work is beautiful.

Amanda Rose

Sheila said... #

Such a variety of interesting work.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said... #

Great to get to meet another blogger and Carly's work is beautiful. I really enjoyed the quilting and the philosophy behind the first quilt (via the link). Thanks for another intro, Cindy :)

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Such a great selection of photos - I'm off to see more!

Vicki said... #

Thanks for such a grand introduction! Do love your name Carly!

Michelle said... #

I love your spotlight of Carly, although I will always think of her as Citric Sugar ;-) She does such beautiful work!!! In addition to her fabulous quilting, she has to be one of the most thoughtful and kindest blogger!! I frequently read her comments around blog land, and she is so generous with her support of other quilters!!

Teje Karjalainen said... #

Hi! The quilt in the first photo was the one that impressed me so to start to follow Carly - it was in Blogger's quilt festival. Carly, I love your colourful and very talented work and your name is very delicious and perfect for you! x Teje

CitricSugar said... #

Ah, shucks, you guys… I'm blushing over here! Thanks so much, Cindy - this was too fun!

sarah elizabeth :: {no} hats said... #

Ha! This was so much fun to read! P.S. How lucky are you to get to call that beautiful miniature patchwork creation your own?!

Dresden Quilter said... #

Love the name, and love the blog!

Rene' said... #

I love Carly and her blog!!! So glad you featured her on The Name Game.

Rene' said... #

P.S. Thank you Cindy for sharing the link to Carly's Teacher Identity Quilt! I just read that post and was overwhelmed!!! Don't know how I missed this before so thank you again for including that link in Carly's feature.