I love seeing the artwork that arrives at Happy Doodles, and making it come to life. My favorite thing, though, is hearing about kids' reactions when they see their drawings transformed into soft, huggable toys.
Cookies for Cramming was my first business. We delivered cookies and milk to our fellow college students as they studied for final exams. Luckily, we passed our own exams, and we earned enough for ski passes and a spring break trip which I spent shivering with sun poisoning in a fleabag hotel, but that's another story. Next was a career in marketing, first at large companies where I collected tons of frequent flier miles and then from my house as a consultant when my kids were little and I needed more flexibility. Then I decided to follow up on an idea that I've had for many years.
An artist and a dog
When she was young, my sister drew an amazing dog over and over again, with wag lines looping around a big, swishy tail. I thought it would be cool to bring it to life by making it into a stuffed animal. Then, when I had my own kids, I thought how they would love to have huggable versions of their creations. Last summer, I had the good luck to rediscover a childhood friend. She is an artist who loves to laugh and create beautiful things.She inspired me to follow my dream and voila, Happy Doodles was born!
Thanks for hearing my story.