Luvabee

If you look at the calendar on this blog, you’ll see the last week has had spotty coverage.  My goal starting in December was to post every day.

This week I have an excuse.  I’ve been starting a little company.  If you want to check out an unfinished-in-progress type of weblog, you can Google Luvabee.com.

I’ve been seriously experimenting with home spa since last summer.  It’s just fun.  When I went to the bee shop to get some local beeswax, the gal who seems to run the place said she’d start carrying my product. Out of the blue . . .

So, naturally, I had to develop a product.  I started last Saturday when I picked up the beeswax. It’s been a crazy week.

First, I use beeswax and honey in my products because they’re very healing and they support bees and beekeeping, something we need to do with the decimation of honey bees due to pesticide use.

So I had a “cause”.

I chose to make my products simply with the best ingredients.  I’m all about simplicity whenever I can bee (sorry!)

Then, I was driving and got a flash of the name Luvabee in the exact font that is featured on my unfinished weblog, with a kind of fuzzy bee image behind it.  Another out-of-the-blue moment, but I was thinking I needed a name.

When I got home I furiously started drawing, and came up with this cute little bee and logo:

My next step was to whip up a batch of lipbalms and lotion bars.  I had made soaps and lotion bars the previous weekend (for friends . . . or the farmer’s market . . .).  I had a break in subbing so I’ve been working all day, every day, trying to make product, create labels, start the site, apply labels, reapply labels a couple days later when they started to come off . . . .  it’s been a blast — and I really mean that!

I don’t know where it will go, but I started it instead of just thinking about it, and it’s become real.

Do you have a dream you’ve been putting off until later?  Is it something you can start with a few minutes or hours here and there? You might be surprised with the results!

I never expected someone to say they’d buy my product.  I never expected all my testers to love the products! (Not tested on animals! but people!).  I never expected to be able to upload my logo onto WordPress and have it actually work.

Whether this stays a tiny little company, or grows big, I’m glad I did it.

Now please forgive me for not posting more this week.  I’m about to get back to some canning very soon . . .

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6 comments to Luvabee

  • I’m totally a scanner too! I’m an educator, a food blogger, a knitter, and a yarn dyer. And those are just the main things I juggle on a daily basis! I’ve dabbled in so many other things in the past, too.

    It’s funny that I just figured out what kind of planner/journal thingy I need to keep all of my crazy ideas in one place. So far, so good. It’s made a huge difference in feeling organized while also having a place to dump and process all of my scanner-madness. 🙂

    I’ll definitely have to check out the book. I’d love for you to check out my blog as well – I think we have very similar interests!

  • elizabeth

    What a great photo on your blog! You’re right — we have some similar interests. Isn’t it nice to have a blog where you can bring together your interests? In a way, this is like the planner/journal thingy Sher was talking about . . .

  • Congratulations on turning your passions into something new and wholesome to share with the rest of us. I’m a fan of Barbara Sher and her scanner philosophy. The Scanner Daybook idea has helped me organize my blog and art projects. Have you considered setting up an Etsy.com store to sell your products in addition to the local store? Best of luck in your endeavors!

  • elizabeth

    Wow — I never knew there were so many scanners out there . . .

  • dorothea

    I’m using the luvabee products you sent. Great idea and clever as well. I know I’ll want more. Thanks

  • elizabeth

    Glad you like the luvabee!

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