There was something special about the land in North Carolina and what was produced there. Fresh ingredients, hand-picked as needed -- this allowed us to barely go into town. If there was a need for something or someone was ailing, we knew my Grandmother, Catherine Moore had a home remedy for it. As a child I looked on as she sprinkled baking soda in our sneakers, cleaned just about everything with vinegar or tied string to the windows, which I later learned was to keep the pigeons at bay. Who knew.
Those memories that I cherish, and the simple-yet-filling way of life helped push to create a product that brought me back there – Limegreen.
I spent lots of time with one of my favorite people in North Carolina as a child (I'm the littlest one in the pic). I called him ‘Ole’ Dad’ - he was my Great Grandfather. I remember how funny he was and how I was happy, as long as I was within a couple of feet of him. He was silly, a jokester - he called me ‘Rock.’ As a kid it was just a nickname, but as an adult I know that name to mean more. In similes and metaphors, it refers to someone or something that is extremely strong and reliable. Thanks Ole’ Dad.
I try to be one of those people who laugh everyday, at something – usually myself. To my family I am the funny, and always silly, one. It’s a title that I love. I love that when I'm around my friends and family there is always laughter. My sense of humor is what grounds me and keeps me sane.
I am a maker, I make products and beautiful things, however this past September I created something so much more - a beautiful baby girl. She has changed me in every way. I see myself in her. She loves to laugh and smile constantly - everything is funny to her (which isn’t so funny to me at three in the morning). It’s a great feeling to bring her to the studio and create. I love that she sees me doing what I love, everyday.
Wandering down the street, half dancing, half singing (possibly telling myself a story) while eating a cookie ... that scenario could have been 25 years ago or yesterday. As the expression goes, some things never change.
When I get comfortable in a place, you will know it, because I sing to myself (just a little). I don't sing because I am good, actually I couldn't be worse. At Limegreen, I got comfortable on day two, so the singing jokes started flowing.
If I can manage it, I like to take the tune on the road ... even if it is just down the block, on a train out of town or an airplane ride across an ocean. I have lived in some cool places and shared some pretty epic experiences. People, places and music are my lifelines.
The Urban-dictionary Definition of Lime green is in part '... a very pleasant combination of sophistication and energy ...' (shout-out to my father for pointing this out)." My most ideal way of life would be somewhere in the middle of those two — what a perfect position!
The name Slow dancer came less for my dancing, and more for the slow music I listen to. I could make you remember every lyric to Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder's songs, because I play them so much. Those two guys have always been my 'go to' people when I want to mentally escape and create.
The passion that both of these amazing artist evoke in their music is the same passion I feel when I am making something for someone in the studio. It feels very personal. I know that this 'thing' I have made with my hands will be in someone else's hands soon... And those are the priceless connections that Limegreen has create for me.
Why I create // As a kid, I used to take electronics from around the house (things I didn't think my parents would notice) take them apart and try to make them work better. Nine times out of ten, it didn't work again ... But that one time that it did made me feel like I made it better and fixed something in the world. Limegreen gives me that same feeling of changing the world -- with every soap bar I prepare to ship, every bottle I fill, every order we place for new organic / wild harvested ingredients. We always look around and question "how can we improve? what can we make better?" One thing that couldn't get much better is working with these people everyday.
In addition to meeting the makers, you get to see everyone that plays parts in our products' development on our ABOUT wall and our LIMEGREEN Life on Facebook.