Hi, Lily, here! The name Little Honey has a big place in our hearts. My grandfather, Otto Francis, used to call my mother, Amy, his "Little Honey". "Get in the car, Little Honey, we're going for a ride." I never knew got to know him, but from stories, I can tell that he instilled a great deal of craftsmanship in my mother. He taught her to DO not follow. I've always loved hearing stories of my grandfather– how he would bask in the sun and say "warm to the bone". I can feel the love from him and my grandmother, Carroll Lee, through family stories. My grandparents were both resourceful and determined people, growing what they needed in the garden, making their own clothes, fixing their own cars, etc. I think this was passed down through generations, ultimately leading us to create what we needed.
When I was in middle school, we got a beehive that my mother and oldest brother, Sean, became passionate about. I remember being very excited when I heard we were getting the hive. It was so interesting to learn about them and observe. They had their protocols ingrained in them after thousands of years of evolution. They had a two-mile radius that the worker bees would fly off to collect pollen from blooming plants and trees. In the spring when we put the hive out, it was simply one level of the multi-tiered hive. We would periodically check on them, and it seemed like in no time they built out the honeycomb into the perfectly symmetrical geometric shapes. It was mesmerizing. On top of that, each small hole was filled with the golden honey, so pure and delicious.
The bees were so determined, each having a specific task, ultimately serving the queen. We became obsessed with the beauty in nature. The beauty of how everything has a place. It plays in perfectly with Little Honey, ya know, because bees make honey. The honeycombs in our logo symbolize the love for our bee hive, which is no longer after a few too many moves & winters. Having the beehive helped us notice more. We were excited when our garden would start sprouting because our beloved bees would have a food source and would start producing honey when the weather began to warm. The natural cycles of Earth became apparent and important more so than before.
The name Little Honey intertwines both a familial love and a passion for nature. Otto Francis gave the endearing nickname to my mother, that has carried on for many years. The cycles of creation that our honeybees gave us a fascination for the natural world. Inspiration is all around us if you're looking for it.
Thanks for sticking with this. Big love to you all.