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Talking Top Tens: Janet Crowther

Founder and CEO, For the Makers


Janet Crowther is the Founder and CEO of For the Makers, an online destination for DIY supplies, tutorials and inspiration. Based in Brooklyn, For the Makers sends customized DIY projects to customers all over the country. Starting her career as a jewelry designer, Janet’s work has been on the pages of almost every major fashion publication. By working with companies like Kate Spade, Alexis Bittar, and Marc Jacobs, she learned the ins and outs of finding the prettiest, highest-quality materials from every corner of the world. Her first book, "Make a Statement: 25 Handcrafted Jewelry & Accessory Projects," hits bookstores in spring 2015. Follow For the Makers on Instagram and Facebook, and Janet on Twitter and Instagram.

And more with Janet Crowther…

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

There are so many good ones but I can pretty much guarantee you I will never unfollow @burr0w. The bakery is in the lobby of our office building and I’m constantly fighting the urge to grab ANOTHER hot chocolate or sweet treat. Her work is amazing and the Instagram account reflects just how perfect and enticing she makes everything.

One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:

Just be in the moment. 

Your most recent culinary discovery and obsession:

The non-stick frying pans from Greenpan. Cleaning up after eggs is no big deal with these magical pans. 

Skincare product you can’t live without:

Never A Dull Moment by Origins. I’ve used it for years and I still love it.  

The beauty product found in your bag at all times:

Since becoming a mom there are two products I always have in tow: 1) Benefit High Beam. Put it on your brow bone and cheek bones. It helps you look refreshed and rested. 2) Klorane Dry Shampoo. It’s a little harder to shower everyday and this stuff is a lifesaver for looking polished and put together.

You decompress each day by:

Eating dinner with my husband once the baby falls asleep. It’s nice to have some quiet time together with a glass of wine, good food and good conversation. He’s my rock.

Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

On my hands: Stylenomics by Essie. I usually change my nail polish based on our For the Makers collection theme each month. This month we were inspired by rich viridian hues, Great Expectations, the beauty of overgrown estates and Victorian etiquette. This rich green shade seemed appropriate! On my feet: Red. Always.

If you weren’t at your current job, you’d be a...

A cookie connoisseur. Meaning, I’d be travelling the world ranking each city by their best chocolate chip cookie. You think I’m kidding?

Your longest lasting friendship?

The one with my husband. We dated 10 years before getting married. So I’ve done my research, he’s the best. He makes me laugh all the time and he knows when to let me be and when to step in and lift me up. Living the life of an entrepreneur isn’t an easy road unless you have a good support system and I’m lucky to have family and friends that keep me on my feet.

Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:

I love brunch. Picking one place is just too hard. It’s a tie between Northern Spy Food Company, Prune, and Vinegar Hill House. I’m a sucker for a Bloody Mary and Prune has a menu just for Bloody Mary’s…YES.