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Jennifer Hardwick
Portland, OR
Sales Associate at Anthropologie

When did you first start crafting and how did you learn?

I started intentionally crafting when I was a pre-teen. I bought the book "Messy Thrilling Life" by Sabrina Ward Harrison and decided I wanted to make art forever.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

It was probably a collage. I used to cover everything in magazine clippings, fabric, and buttons.

Where do you look for inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is the outdoors, whether I’m out in a woodsy setting or just walking down the street in a little town. I always stop to take pictures of flowers, color schemes, decor, and cute dogs. :)

What's your craft space like and how do you organize your supplies?

At the moment, my craft space is nonexistent since I'm in the process of moving. I have learned that having all of my craft supplies on display, while cute, isn't always necessary. In my last home, I stored the yarn I wasn't using in a couple large plastic boxes and hid them under my bed. This made my craft space feel cleaner, and I was able to focus on one project at a time.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to craft along to?

While crafting, I love watching stress-free hour long shows like Saturday Night Live - that way I don’t have to focus on every aspect of the show to “get” it. Lately, I have also been listening to Elise Blaha’s podcast called “Elise Gets Crafty”. It’s so easy to relate to and it is packed full of amazing advice for bloggers and business owners.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

One of my favorite things to do is to go to a craft or thrift store and find an ordinary item that has the potential to be turned into something unique. That's how I come up with DIY projects. Aside from crafts, my hobbies include photography and web design

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I think that everyone has creativity to offer the world even if they don't know it yet. Never underestimate your creative ideas. :)

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