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Hi there. My name is Jennifer, and making beautiful custom accessories is my game. Through JennJill Designs, I offer handcrafted items ranging from personalized covers to protect your e-reader or tablet to unique wall hangings to decorate your home, and everything in between. My goal in every item I create is to capture your personality and style and to help you add a touch of beauty to your home.

*My Story*
I was born and raised in northern West Virginia, and the hills of West Virginia will always be “home” to me, no matter how long I live away from the rolling Appalachian mountains that I love. I am a self-taught artisan and seamstress, and while craft books are my main resource, my best learning comes by trial and error.

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. From clothes to accessories to…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 4
  • Joined October 1, 2010

Favorite materials

polymer clay, quilted fabric, beads, art and tissue paper

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About

Hi there. My name is Jennifer, and making beautiful custom accessories is my game. Through JennJill Designs, I offer handcrafted items ranging from personalized covers to protect your e-reader or tablet to unique wall hangings to decorate your home, and everything in between. My goal in every item I create is to capture your personality and style and to help you add a touch of beauty to your home.

*My Story*
I was born and raised in northern West Virginia, and the hills of West Virginia will always be “home” to me, no matter how long I live away from the rolling Appalachian mountains that I love. I am a self-taught artisan and seamstress, and while craft books are my main resource, my best learning comes by trial and error.

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. From clothes to accessories to jewelry to trinkets, I’ve tried it all and loved every minute. The process of transforming a block of clay or a piece of fabric into a beautiful and useful accessory never ceases to give me joy. In addition to owning JennJill Designs, I am a professional classical musician, and my years of musical training and discipline gave me the creative and entrepreneurial skills I use everyday with JennJill Designs.

I currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and when I’m not crafting, beading, and sewing, I can most likely be found practicing voice or cello.

*JennJill Designs is Born*
JennJill Designs opened its doors in October 2010, and that following Christmas season was crazy, let me tell you! The long nights and early mornings spent filling orders while holding down my day job were almost more than I can handle, and in January 2011 I made the transition to part-time work with my day job so I could spend more time building my new crafty business.

Thanks to the encouragement and support of my husband and my parents, I made the incredibly scary leap in July 2011 to quit my day job and go full-time with JennJill Designs. I wish I could say I've never looked back, but that wouldn't be honest. There have been days when I wondered if I was insane to give up the reliability and security of a bi-weekly paycheck, and there have also been days when I was pretty sure that I was insane. However, when the panic of the moment subsides, every time I realize anew just how lucky I am. I'm living the dream that's held dear by hundreds of artists from all over the world, and I'm determined to make it work. I love the crafty life I'm leading, when I can make my own schedule and spend my time on work I'm passionate about.

If you have any questions about JennJill Designs or about any of my products, feel free to drop me a line: jenniferjill.araya (at) gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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