"So, how did this thing get to look this way, anyway? What's her thing with butterflies? Who is IKANDY? Did she design it? What the heck??"
Well, those are all good questions. The only thing that was my idea was "pink." I bought it white, I wanted "not white." I took it to a local guy in the Sault, Al Proulx, an extremely talented artist and painter, and asked him to put as much pink on it as possible. That was the extent of my instruction. The rest of the creativity was all him. When complete, Al likes to name his work, and as this was a kandy paint job, he asked me if he could call it IKANDY. Naturally I said, "yes!" I loved it.
At the time it was painted, it's not like I had this "THING" for butterflies or anything. Sure, they're beautiful, but I didn't love them to some level where I thought, "I'm going to turn my car into a giant pink one!" lol Regardless, I loved it when I saw it, and in hindsight, it worked out perfectly. When you fast forward seven years, it's how I met my husband and why I'm in such a great place in my life right now. Kurt saw me step out of it - the rest is history. So, I guess, in the end, come to find out I do have a thing for butterflies. So much so, that today butterflies are very much an inside "thing" with Kurt and me. In fact, we have a saying, "because butterflies." It simply refers to the butterfly effect and it's serendipitous tickle of fate. If you are unfamiliar with the butterfly effect, you can read about it here. To think the way the butterfly effect had to play out perfectly for us to ever meet, let alone marry, is quite remarkable. I'd even say virtually statistically impossible.
Lastly, to those of you finding yourselves wondering why I'm holding the award upside down in the picture below, I was excited. lol It was my first car show and I placed in the top 40. I had no idea I was holding it upside down