Friday, November 21, 2008

And It Was Born

Some of you know, some of you don't and some of you have asked about my little business. I think it was 8 years ago we were broke, I mean we didn't have a pot to tee tee in broke. It was the Christmas season but what could we give anyone with very very little to buy anything with.

I always save my Christmas magazines each year. I started scanning them for ideas of something (anything) homemade. I was desperate! I am not a crafty person by nature, but I can cook and I love to do stuff in the kitchen. I finally found a bean soup recipe and a hot cocoa recipe that I liked (at least most of it). I tweaked them and tried them out on hubby and he loved them. He said maybe you should do this for a living (half way kidding around). I told him I couldn't ever come up with enough recipes to make that many mixes (at least for a business). Boy, was I wrong. After Christmas had come and gone that year several friends and relatives asked if they could buy more of the cocoa and the soup mix. Well, yeah!

I spent that winter trying out recipes I had come up with on my hubby and to my delight he loved most all of them. I would add several more over the next 2 or 3 years. Now, Marva's marvelous Mixes has over 100 different mixes that I make and sale. We have anything from drink (cocoa, teas, coffee), soups, breads, muffins, cookies, dips, seasonings, brownies and even pie crusts. I do all types of gift sets and baskets for all occasions. My busiest time is at Christmas though.

Up until I had the boys I did arts and craft shows all over the southeast. I hope to do a couple next year here locally. I still have several regular customers and ship as far away as Australia. I also have a Christmas open house each year.

We had a website and took it down since it did not do well a few year back. I am happy to report that I will have another one up by the end of the first week of December. It will be through blogger and be more like a little store. I will do exact shipping prices, not just guesstimates.

I hope to see you at Marva's Marvelous Mixes. I will let you know when I get it up and going. I am so excited about this new venture to market my mixes through this great avenue!

Many blessings!


Leahann a.k.a Kimberly's Mommy said...

oh I can't wait. What a great idea.

Nikki said...

Be sure to advertise it here on this blog, so we faithful readers can purchase things, too!

MyKidsMom said...

That is SO neat Marva! I'm not at all surprised you would do something like this, with all the varieties of things you come up with for canning and recipes. I'm looking forward to checking out your store!:)

Julie @ blessedwithfive said...

MARVA, HOW WONDERFUL!!! I will place an order!!! Let us know when you have your store up and running!!! I am sooo excited!!! I can't wait!

I hope you get to feeling better . . . back pain is horrible!!!

I so wish you and I lived closer!!! The boys would have such fun together and we could actually sit and chat! I would love to have a special friend close!

mamacantrix said...

Let me know when you get the other site up...I WILL be sending the link out! Not to mention visiting myself.... How did I get so lucky as to find you?

Nico said...

Yay! I can't wait to see your new site :)

Michelle said...

I can't wait, mixes make great gifts. ~Michelle