With my series It Started With An Idea, I hope to inspire you to get things crossed off your 2013 list with women who worked hard and made it happen.
Last time, we met Jenny Cookies for a little sweet inspiration and today it’s party inspiration with Jenny Batt of Hank And Hunt. We ‘met’ online a few years ago when I received some of her goodies in an ornament swap and when the moon and stars aligned, met in real life.
She’s delightful and so creative so it’s not hard to see why her crafty goodness can be found everywhere…Babble has named her one of the Top 50 Design Blogs for Mom 2012, and she’s been everywhere from Martha Stewart’s Crafts Dept. to Good Housekeeping. Here…I’ll just let you read on and find out for yourself…
Please tell our readers a little bit about who Jenny is.
JB – I’m a wife and mom to two boys under 7. I’ve always loved planning parties and making things myself. I grew up in Texas and moved to Seattle in junior high. I went to college here and then we moved for a five year stint in Reno. We loved the desert and sunshine but are back up here with family, trying to brighten up the grey with a few well placed party supplies.
What inspired you to start Hank & Hunt?
JB – My boys. It’s named after them, Henry and Hunter.
I’m a huge fan of your projects; you’ve been everywhere, guest posting on Design Editor, projects for Oh Happy Day, The Sweetest Occasion, Hello Bee…I could go on and on! Where do you find the inspiration for your seemingly endless font of creative genius?
JB – I have a notebook, and lots of scratch papers, I am always coming up with ideas. Sometimes I even surprise myself when I look back to see how many we have done, this year we are already over 50 projects.
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Speaking of creative genius, which of your projects is your favorite and why?
JB – My favorite one? It’s a toss up between the little gold party animal candles and the watercolor cookies. They are both so easy and yet turn out really cool. I love it when you can get amazingness for just a smidge of effort.
You may be a SAHM but you are still a working mom; what is your secret to mostly balancing it all?
JB – I get up really early and I also bribe my children. It’s not as bad as it sounds, they love crafting so I set them up with a project on days I need to shoot. I get up at 4:30 am every morning to get my emails and posts ready. I am working on getting ahead and organized so I can work smarter.
What is your go-to business tool or resource? Do you have favorite blogs and websites you like to visit when you have a moment?
JB – Pinterest. I don’t even search Google for inspiration anymore, it’s like a beautiful filter on all the whatnot that is out on the Internet.
If you have the time, where here in the Seattle area could you spend hours at?
JB – I love it at any bookstore. I just like to look and wander the aisles, there is something to say for shopping in person for certain things, books are tops on that list.
I love to ask everyone I interview, if you are stranded on a desert island and can take one item and one meal, what would they be?
JB – Ok, so assuming my boys and hubby are there too (of course they’d be my first pick) I would bring a hammock and coconut cupcakes. (probably a triple coconut from Trophy Cupcakes?)
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Thanks so much Jenny! Stay tuned for the next ISWAI…we’ll meet another crafting powerhouse!