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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (August 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611162
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Perkins left her job as a secretary to return to her childhood love of jewelry-making. Her Naughty Secretary Club jewelry has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Elle Girl, Alternative Press, Bust, Seventeen and more. Jennifer is the host of Craft Lab and Stylelicious (both on the DIY network) and has been a guest on Craft Corner Death Match and Knitty Gritty. She has a pronounced craft following in addition to a highly visted blog and Web site, www.naughtysecretaryclub.com.

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Jennifer Perkins can see decorative possibilities in almost anything. No matter the size, if it will sit still long enough she will figure out a way to make it into a piece of jewelry. She got her start selling earrings made from fishing lures at family garage sales in her home town of McKinney, TX. Today she has moved on from garage sales and now has an online shopping site called Naughty Secretary Club.

Jennifer graduated from South West Texas State University with a BA in psychology and a minor in philosophy. With this lofty degree in hand, Jennifer set out to conquer the business world. Straight out of college her one and only job was as a secretary. A secretary who never had much to do. With lots of time on her hands, she decided to return to her childhood passion- jewelry making and her occupation at the time became the inspiration behind the company name. Jennifer combines all of her fave things: music, pop culture and vintage goodies in her kitschy line of jewelry and accessories. They are sold at stores throughout the US and Canada as well as online at www.NaughtySecretaryClub.com.

Jennifer and Naughty Secretary Club have been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Lucky, The Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, New York Times, Elle Accessories, Alternative Press, Seventeen, Marie Claire and more. Her jewelry has also been featured on such TV programs as Knitty Gritty, #1 Single and Craft Corner Death Match. Naughty Secretary Club jewelry can be seen on the big screen in the Bad News Bears and Idiocracy.

From time to time if you turn on your television you might see Jennifer smiling back at you. Her first appearance was on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast now called That's Clever. Jennifer and the Austin Craft Mafia host a program for the DIY Network called Stylelicious. The episodes are all about whipping up your own wearables. Jennifer also hosts her own program for the DIY Network called Craft Lab. Each episode of Craft Lab Jennifer has a different guest on the show and a new adventure. From flaming tiki cocktail garnishes and high speed photography to Lucha Libre and Fused Glass. Jennifer has also filmed various specials for the DIY Network.

As mentioned Jennifer is a member of the now infamous Austin Craft Mafia. Along with other ACM members Jennifer has branched out into other business ventures. The Stitch Fashion Show and Craft Bazaar is brought to you each fall by Jennifer and 3 other ACM members. 2008 saw the show at the Austin Convention Center with over 3,000 people in attendance. Craft Out Loud is a consulting company that Jennifer runs with ACM member Vickie Howell.

The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Jewelry is Jennifer's new how-to jewelry book coming out on North Light. The kitschy book has over 50 jewelry projects including necklaces made from garden gnome cupcake toppers and children's eyeglasses to bracelets made from telephone cording and buttons. Jennifer has also had projects in books such as Tees: 50 Things to Do With a T-Shirt, Not Another Teen Knitting Book, Bead Simple and Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry. Jennifer has been profiled in books like Handmade Nation, Grindhopping and Buying In. When she is not writing for a book you can find her daily ramblings on her blog www.naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.com

When Jennifer is not working (which is not often) she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs and cat in their aqua, red and yellow South Austin home. She never met a flea market she didn't like and actually planned her wedding around one so that it would not be missed due to the nuptials. Jennifer's life long goal is to go on a VH1 show about the 50 worst metal bands of all time or most awesomely bad backup dancer moments and make snarky comments.

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So go ahead, let yourself be a little naughty and make something fun JUST because!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By margot potter on August 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Naughty Secretary Club- The Working Girl's Guide to Handmade Jewelry
Jennifer Perkins
North Light Books
August 2008

I've been a fan of Ms. Perkin's whimsically wonderful jewelry for quite some time. We both worship freely at the Temple of Kitsch, have a passion for collecting vintage and a deep appreciation for the thrift store aesthetic and repurposing of unexpected materials. I've been anxiously anticipating the debut of her new book The Naughty Secretary Club since I first found out she was creating it. It absolutely does not disappoint and showcases all of the ideas that make Jennifer such an extraordinary designer and even serves up more than a few surprises.

The striking cover opens up to a deliciously designed book with scrumptious photos of her fascinating creations. A `naughty' secretary who preferred turning head pins to taking dictation, Ms. Perkins thankfully escaped from the land of water coolers and cubicles and began building a jewelry empire. She's got a unique ability to spot and interpret trend while maintaining her own signature style and her wry, witty writing style makes reading the copy as fun as it is to follow the instructions.

This is a book for folks who like to dance on the edge of good taste without diving completely into tacky town and the designs are definitely not for the faint of heart. They're playful and funky and filled with personality just like the author herself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JewelryQueenB VINE VOICE on August 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
How can you NOT love this book for the title and cover art ALONE?? I did when I quickly ripped open my package-but oh, the best was yet to come. Trust me, but that this first glance is just the tip of the color saturated iceburg.

Open it up and be prepared for a full blown blast of colors, kitsch and cleverness. Ms. Perkins wears her heart on her sleeve, a watch on her head and pencils in her ears-and she'll make you want too as well!

Packed with ideas, tips and tricks on how to turn vintage junque into wearable art this book will appeal to just about everyone. Even if you aren't as daring as Jennifer and wear large deer in your ear (hey, I'm a poet and didn't know it!), you will get a ton of inspiration and tricks on with this book. If you are a bit shy about being too flamboyant, you won't be after reading this- you'll gain the confidence to create or expand your own personal style statement.

So go ahead, let yourself be a little naughty and make something fun JUST because!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Cano-Murillo on August 15, 2008
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This is a jewelry book like no other! It is a blast of pop culture fun, with bangles and dangly earrings to match. Jennifer Perkins, a celebrated designer and TV personality, shares her trademark secrets of making her wild one-of-a-kind jewelry creations all dedicated to the working girl. There are ideas galore, detailed instructions, and all kinds of other little tidbits of fun! The designs are cohesive, attractive, they all have catchy themes, and the color combos are bright and cheery. Jennifer knows her signature style inside and out and serves it up fresh in her new book! Yay for all of us!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Yes, I said it -- right in the title of this review! You'll shed your "secretary status" and be the boss if you want to be, by using the fantastic ideas offered in this cool book, The Naughty Secretary Club, The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry, by the sassy, funny and talented Jennifer Perkins.

Everyone hanging out at the water cooler will be gawking at your stylish and unique accessories, which you will have learned to make from this inventive, cool, and (take a note on this next thing, cause it's a great boon for all of us in these tough times!) economical jewelry crafting book.
The introduction explains what to expect from the author and why she happened to develop the sort of fun and funky jewelry designs at which she excels. This book was meant to be! Even as a grade school kid, Jennifer Perkins was designing in her head and also actually creating her amazingly fun style of jewelry. She has a great sense of humor and every piece reflects this.

This book is very well laid out.

Following the introduction, you will note that the projects are all marked for levels of ability. When I read a jewelry design book, especially one which uses items I am not in the habit of using myself, I find this very helpful. The neophyte would be categorized as "First Day on the Job". The intermediate jewelry designer would be comfortable making Jennifer's "You Deserve a Raise" projects. The most sophisticated of designers or crafters, familiar with jewelry making in a variety of ways, and already knowledgeable about most aspects of it, get to be "Running the Show".

After that explanatory section comes a listing of supplies and tools of the traditional jewelry making sort.
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