Three years ago, Ashley Mudd was working as a Secretary Lunch Manager at her son’s school when she came across a festive turkey wreath on Pinterest that spoke to her inner crafter. “I thought to myself, ‘I can make that.’ So I did!,” said Mudd. Little did she know that one wreath would lead to the creation of dozens more and, eventually, to the establishment of her full-time, home-based business she befittingly calls, Busy Bees Wreaths & Crafts.
While custom-made wreaths are the main specialty at Busy Bees, it was the addition of a vinyl machine two years ago that Mudd credits for the sudden growth of her business. “I made my first Starbucks cup with a simple name around their logo and posted it on Swip-Swap,” said Mudd. “I sold over 500 cups in about 48 hours.” It was in that moment Mudd knew that if she gave it her all, she could expand her creative horizons and turn her passion into a profitable (and fun) home business.
Today, Busy Bees Wreaths & Crafts offers made-to-order wreaths, custom-designed shirts, and personalized mugs and wine glasses for any party or occasion. Customers can place orders by phone and text, or online through the Busy Bees Wreaths and Crafts Etsy, Facebook, and Instagram pages. “Right now, my most requested is stainless steel wine glasses and unicorn shirts.” And, with Easter just around the corner, orders for wreaths have been trickling in.
For inspiration, Mudd follows other crafters, like Ba Bam Wreaths (“Her work is amazing!”) and still looks to Pinterest for fresh ideas. However, the Busy Bees Wreaths & Crafts creations are all her own. “I like to think of my style as custom work,” said Mudd. “If I think I can do it, I will definitely try.” Very rarely does she tell someone ‘no”. “It happens, but not very often.”
To further promote her creations, Mudd participates in a few craft shows each year and is currently working on establishing Busy Bees Wreaths & Crafts as an LLC.“I would love to do more, but between my husband’s MCSO schedule and my son’s high school, I’m very busy. “Add to the mix a toddler daughter, whose sleep schedule pretty much regulates Mudd’s work hours. Still, she finds the time to fill orders. “I just love creating items for my customers and making them happy.”
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Written by: Jodi Hale
Jodi Hale is an editorial/advertising assistant for North Phoenix Family Magazine as well as a freelance writer. The mother of three amazing boys ages 7, 13 and 15, she has served on the PTA board of their school for more than 8 years, collaborating with teachers, staff and community members to enrich the learning environment for all students through positive and engaging educational experiences. Jodi also volunteers as a public relations specialist for Musical Theatre of Anthem, promoting the theater’s year-round training opportunities and award-winning productions. She loves reading, free-hand drawing, creating props, and raising her boys to embrace life with purpose.