Odenweller went to buy a homecoming mum for her sophomore son’s date, she
wanted to splurge.
normally a very practical person, but something got into me," Misty said.
My daughter had graduated from high school the year before, and I had more
homecoming dollars in my budget, so I went for it. I spoke with a very popular
mum designer and was told to pick out add-ons. I had no idea how much those add-ons were going to add to my bill.”
went to pick up the final product, Misty says she was shocked by the price tag.
$400, and that ate at me for an entire year. All I could think about was the
good I could have done with that amount of money.”
feeling stuck with her, and during her son’s junior year, Misty decided to make a mum for his date on her own. She had crafting experience, and after the urging of a friend,
gave it a try. And it turns out, she was pretty good at it.
"The funny thing is that when the mother
of my son's date saw my work, she asked if I'd make his garter, too.”
accidental side business took off, Misty decided she wanted it to be more about
ministry than money. At the time, Misty’s son was attending Northland Christian
School, so she opted to donate all of the next several year’s profits to the
school’s tuition assistance program.
Now, when a client mentions he or she is supporting a specific group, Misty donates $10 of the order back. In
addition to making an impact on an organization, each mum is given personal
attention and care from Misty and Shaw Smith, her friend who now dresses and
accessorizes each stuffed bear that goes onto a mum.
really a service and ministry for me,” Misty said. "I pray over each mum or
garter and put a bible verse on the back. This year’s verse was Psalm
37:4: ‘Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your
her generosity and unique touches, Misty has developed a devoted clientele.
Many students have even had her create their mums or garters each year of their
entire high school careers.
had a senior who picked up her final mum from me,” Misty said. "She was so
excited, she hugged me twice. That makes all the work worth it.”
has watched her business grow, she’s seen requests for bigger mums become more
"Mums are a
tradition farther back than I even know,” Misty said. "Originally you may have
had a fresh mum with a few ribbons, and if you were really lucky, you received
a double mum with some trinkets and a little cowbell on your ribbons.”
have changed, and as any true Texan knows – bigger is better.
people tell me they want the gaudiest thing I can create. I tell them I don’t
do gaudy -- I only do beautiful. Others just want something that’s
personalized or themed.”
Misty’s attention to detail and unique designs, she says her pricing isn’t on
the high-end. She strives to keep her creations reasonable. In fact, her
average is about $150.
prices upfront and have an open conversation about how much each person is
willing to spend,” Misty said. "I learned that the hard way. I don’t want
clients to be surprised when they pick up their dream mum or garter. That
would ruin the moment.”
more about Misty’s business, Mumstrocities by Misty, click here.
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