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Why so SAD?

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For many, the season of snow, ice and freezing cold is a welcome treat. A winter wonderland full of snowmen, icicles, and hand-knit scarves. For others, it is a months-long battle with fatigue, irritability and depression.It’s kind of like the difference between this…and this…Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as the Winter Blues, is a kind of depression that occurs at certain times of the year, usually during winter. (Go figure.)SAD often affects people who live in climates with long [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Anna Hrachovec

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Anna Hrachovec is a knitted toy designer and author of two books, Knitting Mochimochi and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. She launched her own website, Mochimochi Land, in September of 2007. Her quirky knitted creations have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show and exhibited in galleries worldwide. We asked Anna about what inspired her to create her super-cute and strange mochimochi toys.What inspired you to start knitting? How did you learn? I first learned to knit when I was a high school exchange [Read More...]

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DIY Holiday Decorations

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The presents are wrapped, the holiday cards are in the mail and the fruitcake from your boss is safely hidden in the freezer. The holiday season has a lot of DIY and crafty projects to offer, and here are a few more you might like to try. Don’t worry, none of them involve fruitcake! Film Canister Holiday LightsThis craft comes to us from our peeps at Photojojo. The upcycled film-canister lights make great Christmas decorations, but would also look great around a patio or porch banister any time [Read More...]

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Mitten Commitment Wrap-up

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The first-ever Mitten Commitment was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you! We received mittens from just about everywhere...even as far away as Finland! We received hundreds of mittens, and you shared with us that even more mittens were donated in honor of the Mitten Commitment to local charities all over the country. The Salvation Army was thrilled to include your handmade mittens in gift baskets to be delivered to needy families.As mittens came into our office, they quickly [Read More...]

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508 Technology Explained: Part Three

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If you missed our first two installments, click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.Part 3: OttLite designs a better light bulbSo now we know the 3 characteristics of a perfect light bulb: • Good s/p ratio, including scotopically rich area of the spectrum • high CRi (true-white light) • CCT close to natural sunlightAll compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) have a CCT close to natural sunlight, but they do not always have a true-white light. And very few of them include the scotopically rich area [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Interview with Jessica Partain

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Jessica Partain is co-founder of Inedible Jewelry. Since she was a child, she's been fascinated with polymer clay and miniature food. She shared her passion for mini food-themed jewelry in her book, The Polymer Clay Cookbook (Potter Craft, 2009). She's also a big fan of OttLite's 508 Natural Daylight Illumination. We asked her about her tiny treats and what inspired her to start whipping up wearable food.When did you start your craft? Who taught you?I started sculpting miniature foods when I was [Read More...]

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508 Technology Explained: Part Two

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If you missed last week's installment of 508 Technology Explained, click here.Part Two: But wait, there's more...Last week we learned what light is and how our eyes perceive it. But, the scotopic/photopic sensitivity ratio (s/p) isn’t the end-all be-all of proper lighting. There is also Color Temperature (CT) and Color Rendering (CRi) to consider.Color Temperature The CT of a light is the calculated measurement relating the color of a light source to the temperature of a Black Body Radiator. [Read More...]

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Crafting for Charity Ideas

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The first-ever Mitten Commitment was a huge success, with millions of crafters all over the country spreading the word and donating amazing handmade mittens. Thank you to everyone who knitted, crocheted, stitched, or embellished a pair of mittens! Because of your help, we’re making a difference!If you didn’t get a chance to join in on the Mitten Commitment fun, there are still lots of opportunities to put your crafting skills to good use! Here are just a few charities that accept handmade [Read More...]

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508 Technology Explained: Part One

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Ever wonder what makes OttLite lighting superior to the competition? Well, wonder not! This 3-part blog series is going to tell you all you need to know about OttLite’s 508® Natural Daylight Illumination.The science behind our 508® Natural Daylight Illumination starts not with our unique blend of rare-earth phosphors, or the tiny dot of mercury found in all CFL bulbs, or even the sun. It all starts with the human eye. In order to develop the perfect light, our scientists first had to understand [Read More...]

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Quick and Crafty Gift Ideas

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It’s happened again! It seemed like summer only just ended, and suddenly Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas is right around the corner! October and November always seem to fly by—and if you’re like me you need some fast, crafty holiday gift ideas. And I found some great ones, by searching some of my favorite sites on the Internet:. Here are a few fun and fast projects that would make perfect presents for anyone on your Nice list:Scrabble Tile Coasters (from Domestic for Dummies)Perfect for a [Read More...]

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