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    Posted March 25, 2014 by
    akingsley
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    Lakewood, Colorado
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    Pint-size entrepreneurs

    She Makes Happy

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     akingsley's daughter Scout, 7, expressed interest in participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace in Denver, Colorado, which is an event that allows young business owners to sell their products to the local community. Their company Happy Wear was born one night while the mother-daughter team were crafting and laughing together.

    Scout wanted to create wearable happiness, so to speak. "She wanted to make stuff that made people happy when they wore it or used it," akingsley said. Things like "Paperclip necklaces, earrings, purses, barrettes, you name it!"

    Happy Wear has expanded into an Etsy shop, and the two fill orders from around the country. Scout loves talking about her business, akingsley says.

    "She enjoys being the 'Artistic Director.' There is great power in creating, making, taking risks and shaping ideas and making them come to life. I want [Scout] to see the value of hard work and dedication as well as the creative side of being an entrepreneur."
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    Happy Wear began as an extracurricular project for the Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace event in Denver, CO. Kids are challenged to think up and start their own business and sell whatever they make at the annual marketplace event. They learn the ropes of starting a company and all that is involved in running a business. Being a seriel entrepreneur, I of course dove head first into the project with my daughter Scout.

    Scout began creating paperclip necklaces that were varied in color and size. They are so fun, bright and happy... and immediately after seeing her first necklace something clicked for both of us... and HAPPY WEAR was born and has spiraled into something quite magical!

    The initial event that spawned HAPPY WEAR was amazing and we both found a LOVE for making things with our hands and learning new techniques, skills and ways to create. We also continue to teach one another. She has become the "Creative Art Director" and I do the gluing!

    There isn't a day that goes by where one of us isn't crafting, making, tinkering and thinking of the next thing we want to make! We share ideas and have so much of fun together!

    We are the best of business partners and I love being able to share this experience with my daughter while also finding a life long hobby and passion for creating and making.

    This truly has been the most magical, unexpected gift and Scout and I are just getting started! Scout applied and has been accepted into the Denver Mini-Makers Faire as well as the Horseshoe Market, both highly anticipated events.


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    A school project gone bonkers! All started with a paperclip, giggles and my desire to teach my daughter how to start, run and grow a business.

    The initial event that spawned 'HAPPY WEAR' was amazing! I had never crafted a day in my life until November 2013 and we both found a LOVE for making things with our hands.

    Happy Wear has brought us a ton of joy and laughter. My daughter, the Creative Director and I share ideas and have so much of fun together! We are the best of business partners and I love being able to share this experience with my her while also finding a life long hobby and passion for creating, making and continually learning.

    This truly has been the most magical, unexpected gift!

    Happy Wear was born in November 2013.
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