The story of how my logo came to be is somewhat complex and quirky, this seems to be a running theme with me! What’s the deal with the mushrooms anyways? Well, for me the mushrooms represent my unconventional sense of design, I like to use items that we see everyday in an unexpected way.
For the last twenty years of working in flower shops, I have been making arrangements based on what I think people expect, but then found that when I made an arrangement for a gift to one of my own people I would do very different work. For example; add mushrooms, or copious amounts of moss (you can never have enough moss), bark, various types of fibers, junk and the list continues. In fact , it wasn’t until last year at Christmas time while I was in the process of opening my shop, I had a lot of orders for Christmas. I took myself back to when I spent Christmas in Holland and started using potatoes, onions, mushrooms. I went to the grocery store with a whole other perspective. Then I realized that it was this very quirkiness that would make my shop a success.
As for the Dill Flower, If someone were to say to me “Go to your happy place” I would mentally transport myself into a flower cooler full to the brim with all sorts of blossoms and most importantly a bucket of fresh dill flowers. The combination of that big floral sent mixed with the pungency of the dill is just something I even crave on a bad day.
Another happy place I’ve found in the last few years is working with children through The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area. My last posting was at Holy Family Catholic School as facilitator of the after school program. I took this job very seriously and often jumped through hoops in order to share interesting, exciting and meaningful activities with the students. I don’t believe that gluing macaroni to paper is art for example, I do however find that making homemade marshmallows or pasta from scratch is something that children might never get to do otherwise. This was always worth the effort for me.
One particularly wacky occasion our club celebrated was National Pickle Day, November 14th, every year. We celebrated the cool as a cucumber pickle by taste testing many different kinds and of course it wouldn’t be a party without googly eyes now would it? Many a paper pickle were made complete with googly eyes, pipe cleaner arms and legs and construction paper bodies. I think one kindergarten student even turned out a robot pickle, which seemed quite reasonable at the time.
Now, it was a few months past National Pickle Day that I happen to be wondering through Picker’s World, (Kingston’s finest deposit of old junk) when there it was…. I found the find of all finds!!!!! A stuffed Super Pickle!!!!!!!!! This Super Pickle was then flown into my classroom the next day to the sounds of screaming and laughter from my new bunch of pickle fans!!!! Super Pickle then became a big deal for the rest of the school year, everyone wanted a chance to fly Super Pickle around the classroom! Oh so much fun.
Now, Super Pickle himself did have one other very important mission, he made an appearance and stayed for a while in my Dad’s room at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital. He along with his two roommates were quite surprised and delighted when I flew super pickle down the hall, into their room and then around the room and up to their pillows several times apparently this is what 30 something women do??
So, there is one last reason that Dill is part of my logo…. that is…. the colour as it is “FANCIER THAN GREEN”…. it is Chartreuse!