Jennifer Perkins

First and foremost Jennifer Perkins is a mother trying to raise her children, Tallulah and Baxter, in craftivity. She is a work at home mom who spends her days covered in glitter and finger paint. After the kids bedtime, Jennifer is the Editor of “Kids Crafts 1-2-3 Magazine,” a lifestyle blogger, designer for “I Love to Create” and contributing DIY editor for “BlogHer” She has been married to her best friend Chris for over 10 years.

A self proclaimed ADD crafter, Jennifer is a Jill of several different crafty trades. She started her creative career as a jewelry designer. Her company Naughty Secretary Club grew into a blog, book and booming brand. Besides jewelry, Jennifer has dabbled in everything from embroidery to scrapbooking. Her current obsession is art journaling and mixed media art.

Jennifer has never met a flea market or thrift store that she didn’t like. She has called Austin, TX, home for almost 20 years and has no plans to ever leave. Crafting and collecting for an eclectic home is every bit as rewarding for Jennifer as a fresh roll of washi tape or new box of markers. Her kitschy home includes items ranging from wood mounted pictures of Burt Reynolds on bear skin rugs to Jonathan Adler sofas.

Jennifer is a founding member of the pioneering Austin Craft Mafia which went on to have branches across the globe. Jennifer was a producer for Stitch, one of Austin’s largest craft and fashion shows. In front of the camera, Jennifer has hosted several programs for HGTV and DIY Network including Stylelicious and Craft Lab. She has done creative consulting work for large craft companies and small local boutiques. Her work has been featured in ad campaigns for Michaels, JoAnn’s and I Love to Create.

Jennifer’s weaknesses include stuffed avocados, throwing over the top Halloween parties, tacky collectibles and red wine.

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Plastic Easter Egg Pineapple String Lights

What do you do with all those plastic eggs after the Easter bunny has made his exit? Mine seem to accumulate in my yard, making me crazy. I have painted them with puffy paint, used them as dinosaur egg molds, and filled them cinnamon—and this year, I converted some yellow eggs into pineapples. ...more
thatgirlrei LOL those lights are indeed very cute!more

Thrift Store Makeover: An Out-of-This-World Console Table

One night, right before closing, I decided to pop in a Goodwill. Dedicated thrifters believe that first thing in the morning and late at night are often the best picking times—and the theory held true on this night. In the back of the store was a long and low mid-century console bench … for a steal. I had long been on a quest for the perfect table to put behind my very low-backed Jonathan Adler sofa, and this piece really fit the bill. There was a table, a bench and a drawer. I knew that, with a little TLC, this table was just what my living room needed. ...more
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Easter Basket Terrarium: A Perfect Kid Craft

It is hard to believe that Easter is just a few weeks away. That’s right, people; time to get your Easter craft on! This year, I decided to combine a few of my favorite things: shopping at Target, crafting with my kids, terrariums, and painting rocks. Not sure how all of those things go together or relate to Easter? Read on. ...more

Are You a Crafter or a Baker?

I have this whole theory about why I am a better cook than a baker. Baking involves following instructions and being exact. Cooking, much like crafting, can bend the rules. You can add a little of this and a little of that, and it might just make things better. Do that with baking, and your soufflé won't rise. I am a crafter. I love to cook and craft—baking, not so much. ...more
I feel like a Brafter. Baker + Crafter.more

Welcome Spring With a Garden Hose Wreath

Spring is finally officially here! Of course, that means it's time to change out your wreath. I had been thinking about something involving umbrellas ... but then I saw the garden hose wreath over on Create.Craft.Love, and I knew what I was going to make. ...more
So cute! And what I love most about it is that I can do it from start to finish in under an ...more

How to Make Paper Beads From Pages In Your Art Journal

I have wanted to try my hand at making paper beads for a very long time. I have seen them made from paint samples, newspaper, junk mail, and more. I decided that not only was I going to make my own beads, I was also going to use the colorful scrap paper I have left over from art journaling. I have so many beautiful pieces of this kind of paper that it was high time I showed them off. ...more
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How to Do Awesome Potato Stamping in 7 Easy Steps

This week, I went on a potato stamping bender. I know some people go nuts with illicit drugs; I go crazy with an economy-size sack of spuds and neon craft paint. We all have our own vices … but I digress. I had always thought of potato stamping as a craft for kids, something my daughter would bring home from preschool. Once I got the hang of things, I realized potato stamps have all kinds of fun potential. Lemme tell you what I learned....more
GeekMeetsLittleFeet  You might notice the little hands next to me on the couch.  At my house if ...more

How to Make a Planter From a Vintage Bar Caddy

I’m a sucker for succulents. Anything that can give my home more of that Palm Springs feel? I am on board. These little low-maintenance beauties seemed like the perfect option for my new planter. Remember, you can plant your succulents in any glass or mug -- or even a champagne flute. Rummage through your cabinets or hit the thrift store to find something that calls your name. ...more

How to Make a Living as a Crafter

I have made a living as a crafter for close to 15 years. It has not always been easy. There were times I was poor, and there were times I felt rich. There were times without health insurance, and times when I was staying in hotels in Beverly Hills. The craft industry waxes and wanes like anything else. This, my friends, is why I always live by the motto that you need to have several financial irons in the fire at once. ...more
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How to Cover the Buttons on a Button Tufted Headboard

Who says a tan linen button tufted headboard is boring and tame?  Not me.  When I bought this headboard at Tuesday Morning I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  Inspired by a headboard I had seen at World Market I knew all I needed was some glue, fabric and a few dozen button covering kits....more