Jennifer from Millbee Studio

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Meet the Maker

Jennifer, Millbee Studio, Co. Offaly

How did you start out making your product?

My background is in design and I’ve always loved to do creative things. I studied Interior and furniture design and worked in various design fields.

I made my first product for a blog I had called ‘Rustic Notes’. It was a blog about country living, cooking, foraging and craft.

My neighbour who was a beekeeper introduced my to beeswax and the benefits of using beeswax candles in comparison to paraffin candles. I had to make them to see for myself and was hooked!

How long have you been making your product for?

Almost 5 years now.

What did you do before making your product?

I worked in a web and marketing company and also had my own company creating designs and project management for retail Interior fit outs.

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What helps you work better?

Music or listening to Podcasts. If I need to really focus I use the CALM app sounds and music. I also love a strong cup of coffee in the morning.

What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekends?

I love to go on walks or hikes. I recently joined Slieve Bloom walking group and we go for scenic hikes around Laois and Offaly.

What’s your favourite holiday to celebrate?

Christmas is my favourite holiday. I usually cook dinner for the family (around 10 of us) and we completely relax at home for a few days.

What is the most interesting fact about you that many people don’t know?

I’m dyslexic but I think a lot of creative people are. I love to challenge myself and learn new skills. To get over my fear of public speaking I joined our local Toastmasters club and was the president at one stage.

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What is the weirdest skill you have learnt?

I don’t think I’ve learnt a weird skill but I love to try new things regularly. Some of the things I did recently include drumming, basket making, making dairy products, crochet, sound bathing and my new goal is to learn to speak Irish!