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What Inspires Ivy Larsen - The Mermaid Tail Lady

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(Images courtesy of Mom Made - Crochet Creations)Ivy Larsen owns a small business, Mom Made – Crochet Creations, based out of the Tampa Bay, Florida area and is known around town as the Mermaid Tail lady.  Her crocheted mermaid tails for children and adults have been a hit and have even been seen on the Facebook page of the world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs.   Read more about how Ivy started crocheting, how Alaska ties into her crocheting  and how it makes her feel when people [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



Lamp USB Ports - They're Not All Made The Same

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In today’s world, electronic devices are everywhere – and we are all searching for quick and easy ways to keep them charged to keep us communicating, laughing, productive and connected.According to the Pew Research Center, 90% of American adults own a cell phone and 32% own an e-reader.  Having accessible, reliable USB ports at home or in an office or dorm room is a must. You can even charge your devices through USB ports on your lamp! Avoid the Trickle Charge - Beware! Not all USB ports will [Read More...]

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Egg Dyeing Craft

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 Dyeing eggs is a tradition that symbolizes Easter and the beginning of spring. I found this one on the blog Spend With Pennies.  It looked like it was simple and fun - and it was! This would be a great craft to do with small children, since everything used is a food product.  Materials ·      Hard-boiled eggs·      1 tub of whipped topping ·      Food coloring ·      White vinegar ·      4 disposable bowls or cups  Directions 1.     Pour enough vinegar in a bowl to submerge your hard-boiled [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



4 OttLite Magnifying Lamps That Will Change How You See The World!

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As we get older, our eyesight can begin to deteriorate and affect our vision.  This decrease in vision can affect the way we read, work and also our hobbies.  Don’t let changes in vision stop you from doing what you love – let OttLite help you out. With great OttLite CFL and LED lighting, you’ll see more comfortably making what you love to do easier and more enjoyable. OttLite magnifying lamps come in a variety of strengths to help you do what you love, longer.  In addition to the magnifier, [Read More...]

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What Inspires Jessica Skultety - The Improv Quilter

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(Images courtesy of QuiltyHabit.com)Wanting to own a quilt but finding that purchasing one was out of her price range, Jessica Skultety turned to the Internet and taught herself how to quilt.  Several years down the line, Jessica now teaches sewing and quilting and is also the former president of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.  Learn more about Jessica, why she loves not using a pattern and her advice on how to learn to quilt.How did you get interested in quilting?  When I was a college [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



2016 OttLite Ambassadors

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 OttLite is proud to introduce our 2016 Ambassadors: Kathy Cano-Murillo, Tamara Kelly, Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, and Ed Roth.  Each are acclaimed bloggers, authors and teachers of their craft and will be helping spread the word about OttLite around the country.  We invite you to visit each of their websites/blogs and also follow them on social media.  They’ll be the first to discuss and review new OttLite products and each will have plenty of giveaways and surprises throughout the rest [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts



What Inspires Marcy Harriell – The Jazzy Sewer

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(Images courtesy of Oonaballoona.com) Actress, singer, sewer and all around Renaissance woman, Marcy Harriell is the magic behind Oonaballona.com.  Part sewing blog, part online party, Oonaballoona began when Marcy and her husband (known as Ruggy on the blog) moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2008. Advised to get a hobby when she moved to West Hollywood, Marcy picked up sewing and hasn’t looked back.  Now back in New York City, Marcy continues sewing and keeping her followers [Read More...]

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No-Sew Fleece Blanket

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Everyone loves the security of a blanket (remember Linus from The Peanuts?).  You can make your own security blanket without breaking out your sewing machine.  Fleece comes in a variety of patterns and colors so these blankets make great gifts for babies, your favorite sports fan or someone who just needs a warm lap throw.  Materials 2 ½ yards of fleece in two different, but coordinating patterns Pins Rotary Cutter Cut Mat Ruler  Directions1.     Lay out the fleece with the [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



What Inspires Lucy Collin – The Tiny Toy Crocheter

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(Photos courtesy of Lucy Collin)Lucy Collin designs and creates amigurumi figures.  A wife and mom of two sons, ages 12 and 15, Lucy lives in West Sussex in the south of England and has found that crocheting small figures is her passion.  Learn more about Lucy, what amigurumi is and how her characters attracted the attention of the creators of Star Wars. When did you start crocheting?  I learned when I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me.  I did some when I was younger but not very [Read More...]

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Inexpensive Homemade Gifts - Week 3 - Wine Bag

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December is almost over but you still need a few gifts for your friends and co-workers.  We've given you some instructions on how to inexpensively make both Tile Coasters and Ceramic Mugs.  Our last inexpensive homemade gift item for the 2015 holiday season is Wine Bags.  These bags take less than 20 minutes and are very inexpensive to make.  Materials (1)  fat quarter of fabric (patterned) (1) fat quarter of fabric (solid) Ruler Matching thread Pinking Shears (if you have them – [Read More...]

Tags: Homemade Gifts; DIY; Holiday Gifts
Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts Holiday Crafts


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