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What’s in a name? Part Deux!

Now for a slight focus change on the name issue. This time it’s not my name, but the name I have to come up with for something. I hope you remember the post last week about my desire to start some sort of urban community farm. Perhaps you’ve even noticed that tab in the top right corner that I’ve started in hopes of getting some information about this project up and make some decisions. (Don’t bother clicking on it just yet, I have nothing there, hopefully by the end of the day I will though!)

I’d like to get going on this project and start getting the word out there, but I feel as though I should have some sort of name for it before I go handing out flyers or business cards or anything of that sort. A name gives it some sort of authority, purpose. That’s where the name question comes into play.

I could easily go with something like “Midtown Farm” except that it’s not the only community garden in the midtown/downtown Sacramento area, and I don’t want it to be misleading. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and I’ve had pretty much zero inspiration on that front. Since some of the information is going to be tied to this site for at least a little while, I was thinking of using “pure midtown farming” or something like that, but (and I know this is going to shock some of you who know me) I don’t want this to be all about me.

If this is supposed to be about the fruits and vegetables, it should probably be more about that. So I’m asking for help. With the collective minds of awesome people reading this, I’m pretty sure we could have a name in no time.

The best part though, is that I’ve decided that I don’t really need a name to get some information out. So while we’re working on that and getting it figured out, I’ll be putting together some information and trying to build some interest around the neighborhood.

I figure that once we actually have a site and people involved to have some direction to the project, that’s when we can figure out a name that matches the spirit behind the project.

Even so, I’d like to have some ideas to go into it, so let’s get some ideas flowing!

Silver Lining

I often try to look for the silver lining in storm cloud types of situations. I’m often better at doing this for others than I am for myself, but let’s not get picky here and just celebrate that I’m about to talk about a silver lining for myself right now!

I’m unemployed.

I don’t want to be.

Rent is due much sooner than I’d like and I don’t have all of it for this month.

Those are all not happy things. The amount of debt that I’m getting myself into by charging a lot of things that I should just not be spending money on is also not a happy thing. The things that I’ve been able to do around my house when I’m not looking for a job are happy things.

I have made curtains for 8 windows in our house, and am getting ready to make some pelmet boxes that were introduced to me by a lovely blogger at The Little Green Notebook.

I have started a pretty awesome garden, including making a planter from the grate-thing that Jake used to store his clothes in and some landscaping fabric. There is currently a tomato growing on the plant in that container that I hope will be huge an ripe soon, and I hope it will be followed by many more! There aren’t many blooms on it at the moment to turn into tomatoes, but I think that might have to do with the transplant last week and getting used to the new container and surroundings. The strawberries were stunted a bit when I moved them and now they are extra awesome!

My roommate and I are painting the last parts of the interior of our house, though as I type this she is doing a lot more painting than I am. It’s one of those things that I really have to be in the right frame of mind for, and when I tried tonight, I just wasn’t feeling it. She will probably finish the room she’s working on tonight, and then it’s mostly my room I have to take care of!

More important than the act of creating things that I’ve been able to do is the feeling that being creative has once again stirred in me. Once I get going, there are a million things that I want to do! I have tons more that I’d love to get done before school starts.

Let’s see… I could organize my room and be able to keep it clean; Redo the old furniture in the basement and sell it; Plant a million more things so our grocery bill goes down; Make the display for my makeup I’ve been wanting to do; start making jewelry again and maybe sell some on Etsy. I need to stop before I start making new things to do in my head.

I’ve realized through all of this that a lot of the times that I get in a kind of funk, it’s coinciding with times that I haven’t created anything in a while. I hope to be able to continue even small projects all the time now that I am aware of this phenomena. If you’re feeling yourself in a funk, I suggest the same. Maybe just try buying the ingredients to make pizza instead of buying a frozen one. Even the little things help!

More time for creativity please!

I’ve recently gathered quite a few blogs that I’m really enjoying reading for the creativity represented in them alone. One of the best parts of these blogs is that I often find new ones simply by reading the ones that I already follow. I found the following today, and while under some circumstances I think that things like this could be a little over the top for a 2-year-old’s birthday party, if one has the time to do this sort of stuff, I say go for it. I can’t even imagine the amazing parties that z man (Zach?) will have as he grows up. That’s one creative mother. Way to go!


I found that great post through A Little Sussy. A great blog by a great photographer who takes pictures like the one below, which she happens to have made the subjects of! (Sorry for not showing that I’m an English major with that last sentence.)

Easter gift for neighbors!

That would also be the blog through which I found this awesome little book I’ve already told you about.

There are far too many awesome blogs for me to show you something from each of them, but in the next few days I hope to start compiling a list of them in the side bar, so you can check them out there! At one point I would have been extremely envious of these women for not only their creativity, but also the time in which to pursue it, but today I have decided instead to turn it into fuel! I’m not sure how, but I am determined to find the time to make my own projects when I would like. Maybe my sister-in-law and I can start with stuff for my brother’s birthday! He wants a cookie cake, I think she and I can manage that without turning to Mrs. Field’s!