I go by a lot of namesâ€”wife, mom, preservationist, entrepreneur,
Julie…just to name a few. The one that sticks out the most though is
Professional Flower Killer. I didnâ€™t come up with that name. It was more
my daughterâ€™s idea. Of course, she didnâ€™t say I was a killer, but close
She was talking to one of her friends from school and her friend asked where I work. At first, she said, â€œmy mom works at home.â€ And I was taken abackâ€”I am not a stay at home mom, not that there is anything wrong with that. I do make my own hours and am home when my girls are home. This is the benefit of having a home-based business. Unfortunately, sometimes it is confusing for my girls since they also like to barge into my office daily while Iâ€™m working! How am I supposed to get any work done or talk to my clients?
So how does a 6 year old explain floral preservation? She tells her friends that I kill flowers of course! It made perfect sense. I do kill flowers, albeit, in more technical adult speak, I dry flowers with a freeze dryer and that process gives a beautiful end result. A near perfect dried flower that resembles the original fresh flower. The flower will not mold or turn an ugly brown. It lasts for years. I purposely take fresh flowers and dry them for my clients to give them a memento from their most special memories.
Hence, I am now known in certain elementary circles as the Professional Flower Killer.