Meet Siouxsan Miller and Anne Simonetti, best friends who used to live across the street from each other in Ferndale, MI. They are the creative minds behind Green Daffodil, their hand-poured candle company that is both vegan and soy based. Siouxsan began creating soaps about 16 years ago and 9 years ago Anne came on board and they began making candles and lip balms together. Their goal is to create a healthy product that promotes happiness and a 'green' lifestyle by being as earth friendly as possible with ingredients and packaging.What are your goals in the future, both artistically and in life?
Siouxsan ~ In life I would like to travel more and give back to the community as much as possible. Artistically, to keep building our company will staying true to our vision.
What are you currently working on?
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?
Siouxsan ~ Well, most people don't know we started this company at the start of the housing bubble. Our start up money came from rehabbing old furniture that we garbage picked and other items that were headed for the landfill.
What is your strongest memory of your childhood?
Anne ~ The first time I went to Florida...it was still pretty untouched and wild. We would sit on the beach in the moonlight and watch the sea turtles come on shore to lay their eggs.
Siouxsan ~ Thinking 'my street' was the whole world of never ending friends, games, fun, exploration, endless koolaid, open doors, and just pure joy. And coming home when the street lights came to life.What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Anne ~ Retail store manager, sales rep., and advertising sales.
Siouxsan ~ I have worked for two different clothing designers, photo lab, the BBAC art center, and retail.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Siouxsan ~ Do what you love, be open to explore, and stay true to your voice. Success is not defined by money alone.
What has been the best cultural event you visited in the past year?
Anne ~ A lot of what we do is inspired by nature. We both love to garden and be outdoors.
Siouxsan ~ We both have noses like 'bloodhounds' so we take in the smells of herbs, flowers and more to inspire and get it right in our work.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Anne ~ If you loan a friend money, do so without strings attached. If you get paid back, that's a bonus!
What's the one thing you cannot live without?
Anne ~ Flannel sheets...it's like sleeping in the middle of a Teddy Bear.
Color: Anne ~ green of course! Siouxsan ~ this year's Pantone is "Greenery" which is our color!
Pet and/or animals: Anne ~ two black labs, Kira & Hanna
Season: Anne ~ Spring, it's when daffodils come up!
Movie: Anne ~ not sure I have just one, but I love anything with Mel Brooks. Siouxsan ~ Don't have just one but love Mel Brooks as well. Also love Gone With The Wind, Giant, and Citizen Kane.
Board Game: Anne ~ Trivial Pursuit. Siouxsan ~ I like card games.
Holiday: Anne & Siouxsan ~ Halloween
Best cup of coffee: Siouxsan ~ I'm a tea drinker.
Ice cream: Anne ~ Treat Dream's Salted Caramel. Siouxsan ~ I am a traditional chocolate Stroh's gal.
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