By Jamie Carter
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Jamie Leigh Griffiths, 26, grew up in Gloucester City and lives in Sewell, N.J. Griffiths attends Camden County College, majoring in communications. She hopes to attend Rowan University to study broadcasting.

Griffiths works as a bartender at Slates. “I love and hate it, I guess since I’ve worked there for 3 years, you could say I love it more then I hate it,” she says.

She enjoys crocheting and doing other crafts when she’s not working or at school.

When she was younger, her grandmother taught her how to crochet. She started out making scarves for her family members for the holidays. After a while, she began looking at other patterns and making little things, which led to even bigger things, such as pillows and stuffed animals.

Griffiths realized how well she had mastered the craft and began posting some of her work on the Internet. She had taught herself how to make miniature Philly Phantic dolls. They were a huge success. Griffiths received such great feedback she was able to quit her day job and use the income from her crocheting to pay for school and books.

“My biggest inspiration is the Austin Craft Mafia. They are a group of women who started their own craft business and offer help to others. Jennifer Perkins is one of my motivators,” says Griffiths.

She dreams of starting her own business one day. “School is really important to me right now; I don’t want to start a business until I am financially steady,” she says.

If you are interested in checking out some of her work, you can visit her site, http://TheeJamieLeigh.Etsy.com.

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