Announcement   When my son was born in 1989 I had 2 options. To go to work full time and put him in day care, or open a business and keep him home with me. I had some experience doing craft shows so I opted for the second option and decided to try my hand at starting a "Real Paying" full time - craft business.

In the meantime while visiting in laws out of state, I had a HUGE fight with my husband and while we were driving home, I didn't want to be in the same car with him, so I had him pull over at the first place that I saw, which was a Gift Shop. I stormed out of the car COMPLETELY FURIOUS, and then proceeded to spend ALL of my hard earned cash ($40.00 - [ which for all intents an purposes, was more like a million dollars to me, because i DID NOT HAVE $40.00 - to spend ) on a GIANT Teddy Bear for my son. This is something that was COMPLETELY out of character for me because I grew up poor and ALWAYS had to watch every single penny......however, I was REALLY MAD, and at that moment I really didn't care!!! I wanted that bear for my son, and I was gonna get it!!

Of course he loved it up, and the time finally came when it needed to be washed. I was amazed when I took him out of the washer - I couldn't believe how clean he was. he looked like new. I was so.ooo excited! BUT THEN CAME THE FATAL MISTAKE..........I PUT HIM IN THE DRYER! And He Melted. COMPLETELY MELTED!!!!! All of his beautiful silky soft white fur turned into a scorched tangly mess! I was devastated. Cory's $40.00 beautiful beloved bear was now a heaping scratchy mess!!!!

Then I had the bright idea to buy fur and try to re- make the bear. I AGONIZED over ripping Cory's bear apart - forlorn as he was! But I finally did it, and made a pattern out of him. I made the new bear and was SHOCKED that I actually was able to make a stuffed animal. And it was just as sweet as the original. I couldn't believe it! But then i thought, "maybe I can make him again, only this time change the arms and make his paws bigger." So i did---- and this one was even CUTER!! And it was really fun! Then I made him again.... a 3rd time! This time I changed the shape of the head and made his ears bigger. And i just kept going and going and going.....So this is how i got bit by the Big Bear "Bug"

Judi Lynn Designs was born and by 1995 the business was in full swing.
In the early days before the internet, I did advertising in many popular craft magazines most of which are now defunct, however my patterns were shipped all over the world. Over the years my patterns have been showcased in many publications and for a time I had a relationship with McCalls / Simplicity.

I have since moved on to other business, but this one remains my favorite by far. It has been my training ground. When the business was so.ooo busy that I had to hire people to run it, I would always frustratingly say " business is like a baby. You LOVE it, and GROW it, and NURTURE it, but then it grows up - turns into a teenager- and starts TALKING BACK!! "

I really didn't like those days because I couldn't enjoy the success of it. Things were too hectic. Every day I would say " the day is almost over and ONLY 18 more things to do" etc. Only some days it was 30 or 60. I did all of the designing; writing; illustrating of instructions , plotting patterns, working on special paper with special pens; designing Cover Fronts; mock up's for ads; working with the photographers; color combos, bleeds; Left align. Right align; Center .
""Na..Na...No... its too far off to the left" etc. ; 1'st, 2nd and 3rd drafts. Designing layouts for the Magazines 'IT NEEDS A FRESH EYE! Changing; Tweaking; Catching mistakes etc. And training / managing staff. On and on and on....

Then 9/11 happened and EVERYTHING changed, The Paper industry spiraled, and so did the business. It made for a "perfect storm" against this industry. Paper prices went through the roof as did shipping and most things associated. Also the internet was gaining popularity which meant that most of the magazines eventually went out of business. And so did my well established platform.

The money was great but it was deceiving. And the time absorbed in the business can never be regained.

So now, all of my advertising is through the internet and sales are slow but steady and they are managable. Now I'm back in contact with my customers on a personable level which is exactly the way I like it! Big bear hugs and kisses to all the friends I've made over the years. Your kids are now having kids they need a bear too! : ) <3 Judi

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When my son was born in 1989 I had 2 options. To go to work full time and put him in day care, or open a business and keep him home with me. I had some experience doing craft shows so I opted for the second option and decided to try my hand at starting a "Real Paying" full time - craft business.

In the meantime while visiting in laws out of state, I had a HUGE fight with my husband and while we were driving home, I didn't want to be in the same car with him, so I had him pull over at the first place that I saw, which was a Gift Shop. I stormed out of the car COMPLETELY FURIOUS, and then proceeded to spend ALL of my hard earned cash ($40.00 - [ which for all intents an purposes, was more like a million dollars to me, because i DID NOT HAVE $40.00 - to spend ) on a GIANT Teddy Bear for my son. This is something that was COMPLETELY out of character for me because I grew up poor and ALWAYS had to watch every single penny......however, I was REALLY MAD, and at that moment I really didn't care!!! I wanted that bear for my son, and I was gonna get it!!

Of course he loved it up, and the time finally came when it needed to be washed. I was amazed when I took him out of the washer - I couldn't believe how clean he was. he looked like new. I was so.ooo excited! BUT THEN CAME THE FATAL MISTAKE..........I PUT HIM IN THE DRYER! And He Melted. COMPLETELY MELTED!!!!! All of his beautiful silky soft white fur turned into a scorched tangly mess! I was devastated. Cory's $40.00 beautiful beloved bear was now a heaping scratchy mess!!!!

Then I had the bright idea to buy fur and try to re- make the bear. I AGONIZED over ripping Cory's bear apart - forlorn as he was! But I finally did it, and made a pattern out of him. I made the new bear and was SHOCKED that I actually was able to make a stuffed animal. And it was just as sweet as the original. I couldn't believe it! But then i thought, "maybe I can make him again, only this time change the arms and make his paws bigger." So i did---- and this one was even CUTER!! And it was really fun! Then I made him again.... a 3rd time! This time I changed the shape of the head and made his ears bigger. And i just kept going and going and going.....So this is how i got bit by the Big Bear "Bug"

Judi Lynn Designs was born and by 1995 the business was in full swing.
In the early days before the internet, I did advertising in many popular craft magazines most of which are now defunct, however my patterns were shipped all over the world. Over the years my patterns have been showcased in many publications and for a time I had a relationship with McCalls / Simplicity.

I have since moved on to other business, but this one remains my favorite by far. It has been my training ground. When the business was so.ooo busy that I had to hire people to run it, I would always frustratingly say " business is like a baby. You LOVE it, and GROW it, and NURTURE it, but then it grows up - turns into a teenager- and starts TALKING BACK!! "

I really didn't like those days because I couldn't enjoy the success of it. Things were too hectic. Every day I would say " the day is almost over and ONLY 18 more things to do" etc. Only some days it was 30 or 60. I did all of the designing; writing; illustrating of instructions , plotting patterns, working on special paper with special pens; designing Cover Fronts; mock up's for ads; working with the photographers; color combos, bleeds; Left align. Right align; Center .
""Na..Na...No... its too far off to the left" etc. ; 1'st, 2nd and 3rd drafts. Designing layouts for the Magazines 'IT NEEDS A FRESH EYE! Changing; Tweaking; Catching mistakes etc. And training / managing staff. On and on and on....

Then 9/11 happened and EVERYTHING changed, The Paper industry spiraled, and so did the business. It made for a "perfect storm" against this industry. Paper prices went through the roof as did shipping and most things associated. Also the internet was gaining popularity which meant that most of the magazines eventually went out of business. And so did my well established platform.

The money was great but it was deceiving. And the time absorbed in the business can never be regained.

So now, all of my advertising is through the internet and sales are slow but steady and they are managable. Now I'm back in contact with my customers on a personable level which is exactly the way I like it! Big bear hugs and kisses to all the friends I've made over the years. Your kids are now having kids they need a bear too! : ) <3 Judi

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$40.00 disaster turns in to a thriving Craft Business

When my son was born in 1989 I had 2 options. To go to work full time and put him in day care or open a business and keep him home with me. I had some experience doing craft shows so I opted for the second option and decided to try my hand at starting a "Real Paying" full time craft business.

I In the meantime while visiting in laws out of state. I had a huge fight with my husband and while we were driving home, I didn't want to be in the car with him, so I had him pull over at the first place I saw which was a Gift Shop. I stormed out of the car COMPLETELY FURIOUS and then proceeded to spend ALL of my hard earned cash ($40.00 -[ which for all intents an purposes was more like a million dollars to me. Because i DID NOT HAVE $40.00 to spend on such a " needless" item]) on a giant Teddy Bear for my son. This is something that was COMPLETELY out of character for me because I grew up poor and ALWAYS watched every single penny...however I was REALLY mad and at that moment I really didn't care!!. I wanted that bear for my son, and I was gonna get it!!

Of course he loved it and it finally came time to wash the bear and I was amazed whenIi took him out of the washer - at how beautifully clean and bran new he looked. BUT THEN CAME THE FATAL MISTAKE..........I PUT HIM IN THE DRYER! He melted. COMPLETELY MELTED!!!!! All of his beautiful silky soft white fur turned into a scorched tangly mess!. I was devastated. Cory's $40.00 beautiful beloved bear was now a heaping scratchy mess!!!!

Then I got the bright idea to buy fur and try to re- make the bear. So i took him apart and made a pattern out of him. I made the new bear and was SHOCKED that I actually was able to make a stuffed animal!. And that he came out JUST as sweet as the original. I couldn't believe it! But then i thought " maybe I can make him again only this time change the arms - and make bigger paws." So i did- and he was even CUTER!! And it was FUN to boot! Then I made him again.... a 3rd time! This time I changed the shape of the head and made the ears bigger. And i just kept going and going .....So this is how i got bit by the Big Bear "Bug"

Judi Lynn Designs was born and by 1995 the business was in full swing.
In the early days before the internet I did advertising in many popular craft magazines most of which are now defunct however my patterns can be found around the world. Over the years my patterns have been showcased in many publications and for a time had a relationship with McCalls / Simplicity.

I have since moved on to other Business but this one remains my favorite by far. It has my training ground. When the business was so busy that I had to hire people to run it...I would always frustratingly say " that business is like a baby. You LOVE it and GROW it and NURTURE it, but then it grows up and turns into a teenager that starts TALKING BACK!!

I really didn't like those days because I couldn't enjoy the sucess of it. Things were was to hectic. Every day I would say " the day is almost over..only 18 more things to do" etc. Only some days it was 30 or 60 more things to do. Then 9/11 happened and everything spiraled. It made for a "perfect storm" against this industry. Paper prices went through the roof as did shipping and also the internet was gaining popularity which meant that most of the magazines eventually went out of business. And so did my platform. So now, all of my advertising is through the internet and sales are slow but steady and they are managable which is the way that I like it!

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