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What Inspires Ed Roth - The Stencil Artist

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Creating stencils has been a passion for Ed Roth since he was a teenager and started using stencils to customize furniture. The owner of the stencil company, Stencil1, Ed has created stencils that have been used in hotel rooms, shown on Martha Stewart’s television show and used to customize Converse sneakers. Read our interview with Ed to learn more about stenciling and how living in New York City defines his artwork.Why did you select stenciling as the medium to use for your art? I picked it up [Read More...]

Tags: crafting crafts DIY painting stencil
Categories: What Inspires



Summer Reading List

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With longer days, nice weather and vacations, summer is a great time to read those books you've been meaning to pick up.  It's also a great time for new books since it's prime time for new books to be published.There are plenty of lists out for you to find summer books from the traditional (NPR, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times) to the non-traditional (Bustle.com, Miami New Times,  and The Huffington Post).  In addition to those lists, below is a list of the favorite summer books [Read More...]

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Categories: Reading



Personalize Your Sunglasses

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 We're right in the middle of summer and here in Florida it's hard to get around without a pair of sunglasses. While it's great to have a pair, sometimes it's hard to keep track of them and some of the inexpensive pairs aren't that cute. So why not decorate them?I found this craft on modpodgerocks.com. It's fairly simple and lets you put your own personal spin on your glasses with a little paper and glue! Materials* Pair of inexpensive sunglasses (dollar stores often carry them)* Several pieces [Read More...]

Tags: crafts summer sun
Categories: DIY Crafts



What Inspires Marjie Kemper - The Tag Artist

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Using ink and paper, Marjie Kemper creates layered and textured works of art. Art journaling and stamping since 1999, Marjie, who describes her style as ‘shabby chic’, uses her creativity to make a variety of mixed media pieces. Read our interview with Marjie to learn more about tag art, what color palette she loves and why she’s game to try anything new.How long have you been stamping and how did you get started?  When my first son was born, a friend showed me a scrapbook she had. I had no idea [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires



Cheers to Father's Day - DIY Beer Cap Coasters

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  Another holiday is upon us and this time we celebrate the dad’s in our life. Father’s Day is June 21 this year so it's a great time to get creative.This go round we’re going to make resin beer cap coasters. Myléne Hillam, one of our ‘What Inspires’ interviews, loves to work with resin and sells these kits on her website.  When I saw Myléne's kit I got very excited because I have a large collection of beer caps I've been saving for years just waiting for a project! Since Myléne can only ship [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



What We're Reading

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The OttLite office is full of readers. Which is great since OttLites are perfect for reading to help reduce glare and eyestrain. As someone who has loved to read all her life, my being around other readers helps me build my list of Books To Be Read (or BTBR). Below is a list of what the OttLite team is currently reading. You’ll see that we also like to pass a good book along to one another. Each of the books has a link to Goodreads (my go-to source to keep track of my BTBR) to give you a [Read More...]

Tags: reading; books; hobby
Categories: Reading



DIY Mother's Day Painted Flower Pot

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Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away (it’s May 10th this year, in case you forgot). Moms love homemade gifts from their children, but everyone wants a gift to be something they could use again. For the mom who loves potted plants or gardening, how about making her a painted terracotta pot? You can use any variety of colors and stencils to fit Mom’s taste and this craft is easy enough that children can do it, with some adult supervision. Paint the pot in a completely unique way; she’ll love [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



What Inspires Myléne Hillam - Jewelry Maker

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Writer, designer, teacher, gardener – all of these describe Australian artist Myléne Hilliam. Myléne’s curiosity and enthusiasm have led her to a career that spans from working with leather to teaching young children how to work with resin. Read on to learn more about how Myléne (pronounced ‘Mill-lane’ as in Mill Lane Studios, which she owns) got started in the industry, what she loves about teaching others and her “have no boundaries” approach to making jewelry.How did you get started in the [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires



Crafting With The Rich & Famous

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Actress Elizabeth Taylor Are you surprised to hear there's a Celebrity Scarves book series or that Kate Moss was given her first knitting kit by her husband?Many ‘regular’ people enjoy crafting but as you start looking at famous people, you’ll find that a lot of them also enjoy crocheting or knitting. Or, in the case of former professional football player Rosey Greer - crocheting, knitting and needlepoint! Greer is often credited with “allowing” men to participate in these crafts and showing [Read More...]

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Categories: Needle Arts



Desk Lamps

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If you are looking for the perfect magnifying desk lamp, OttLite has the ideal lamps you need. High-quality office desk lamps are a must for a healthy office environment. OttLite has a large selection of floor, table and desk lamps that make reading and working an easier and more pleasurable experience. We also carry a large variety of replacement bulbs.OttLite reading lamps, from our office desk lamps to our larger floor lamps, provide the perfect balance of brightness and contrast created by [Read More...]

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