Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

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The crafting world seems to have come down with a major case of terrarium fever, and I’m no exception. It’s so much fun creating these verdant little worlds, and I especially like that my cats can’t get to the plants inside. I’ve been having a lot of fun making woodland-themed... Read more »

Do you have any idea what "woad" is? Don't worry, I didn't either. That is, until I was generously invited to spend a sunny Saturday with about 45 other women at the Woad Workshop produced by Kaari Meng of French General. Read more »

Turn vintage doilies and assorted sewing box scraps like ribbon and buttons into a ridiculously sweet bird's nest-inspired basket you can use to hold candy or anything else your heart desires. Read more »


This "stained glass" votive holders project is quick and easy, and a great way to whip up custom party décor on the cheap. Read more »

All these Crafty Travel posts popping up here on the blog have made me think about my own travel habits — not to mention my packing methods! I love collecting cute bags and luggage to hold my clothing and toiletries, but when it comes to fitting in an extra pair... Read more »

If you love the colorful and graphic look of quilt blocks, here’s a fun way to experiment with designing them — only without having to pull out the rotary cutter and iron. Just round up some origami paper or patterned fabric and some graph paper and you can create all... Read more »

At my shop, we save pretty much every bit of scrap fabric. We can always find a use for it, whether it’s for practice stitching by Sewing 101 students, as furoshiki-style wrapping, or to tie up half-yard cuts of fabric. I’ve seen a lot of fun fabric jewelry on craft... Read more »