This is the story, or stories, behind Victoria Gwen Design’s name and it’s logo, the red poppy.
My name is Tanya and I had introduced myself a bit on the Welcome page, but this page is just more about the ‘Why’ behind the name and the logo. So buckle up for a quick, all over the place story behind the name post including some side stories for good measure!
Well, here’s the gist of it all: I’ve been married for twenty-three years to this really great guy and we have two amazing daughters, 17 and 19 years old. I decided to name this business after my girls simply because they are the absolute lights of my life. I have always said that they and their dad are my moon and stars.
There’s actually a little more to just how special these names are though …
These are actually their middle names and Gwen isn’t even Kasey’s whole middle name, it’s just what she told people it was for years! In fact, she would say “Kasey GwenGwen” because she couldn’t say “Gwendolyn”. Of course, it was the most adorable thing ever! She is named after the most wonderful mother-in-law a girl could ask for and I was blessed to say was a friend of mine also-so kind, so loving and just accepting for whoever you were. And Kiley, she is named Victoria after a second cousin who was my mom’s best friend-we always called her Aunt Vicky. She was a hoot! When that woman laughed, which was often, you couldn’t help but laugh too… She was always fun to be around, playing cards, going to Bingo with mom, and so many other things. My girls have been named after two very strong, beautiful souls and are emmulating that on a regular basis!
So, that covers the name.
The poppy represents my grandma Genny who is no longer with us either. My grandma was an AMAZING woman. I know we all say things like that about our grandmas-and we should- but mine really was a true-blue, one of a kind, boss babe before it was even really a thing. She was the manager of the dry goods section of the local store which covered everyything from health and beauty to shoes, workboots, and clothing for the whole family, including outer wear. We would go with her on buying trips to Minneapolis when she had trade shows to go to, she and grandpa took all of us grandkids on multiple trips all over the place with lots of camping and fishing in there! All six of us original grandkids would stay the night frequently and grandma would make us SIX DIFFERENT breakfasts so everyone had what they wanted. Her sour milk donuts-to die for! (I have that recipe in her handwriting hanging on my kitchen wall with one of her donut cutters). She was very civic minded and active in church with being Sunday school superintendent and a teacher at differnet times, as well as on the church board for as long as I can remember. Grandma also served on the Village board for a long time, quite a number of years as president. She also was instrumental in the American Legion Auxiliary for again, as long as I can remember. This is why the poppy is always something I will associate with my grandma.
I have be SO blessed to have some amazingly strong women in my life and learned a long time ago that hard work does pay off. My grandma also taught me that there is literally nothing that you can’t accomplish if you put your mind to it.
In the words of the immortal Paul Harvey, now you know … the rest of the story!