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Stitch N Pitch 2015

Posted by Marcea
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 Photos courtesy of Kristin LohrOn Sunday, July 26,  Stitch N Pitch came to the Tampa Bay area. OttLite is headquartered in Tampa, FL so we definitely wanted to get involved!A national event for people who love the needlearts, Stitch N Pitch gathers needle artists and seats them together at a professional baseball game. Sponsored by The National NeedleArts Association and major/minor league baseball teams, this event allows knitters, crocheters, embroiders, cross-stitchers and needlepoint lovers [Read More...]

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Categories: Travel Lamps Needle Arts



What Inspires Ed Roth - The Stencil Artist

Posted by Marcea
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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...]

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Categories: What Inspires



Personalize Your Sunglasses

Posted by Marcea
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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...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



What Inspires Marjie Kemper - The Tag Artist

Posted by Marcea
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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

Posted by Marcea
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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



Bedazzled Graduation Cap

Posted by Chaya C
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 Here's a fun and easy craft to help you or your loved one make a big statement on their big day!It's crazy to think about how I have been in school my entire life and now it has suddenly come to a close.  I can hardly believe that I am finally graduating college and that it is time for me to start my career.  I always have to go out in style, so I decided to decorate my graduation cap with a little flair and a lot of bling. Materials:Graduation CapRibbon7 Packs of Self Adhesive Pearls (I only [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



DIY Mother's Day Painted Flower Pot

Posted by Marcea
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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



Easy Custom Glass Bead Magnets

Posted by Jennifer
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Materials:• Glass marbles (flat back)• Matte medium• Permanent stamping ink• Rubber stamp• Acrylic paint and brushes• Magnets (make sure they aren't wimpy magnets and can support the weight of the marble)• Super Glue It is important to note that when you're choosing a stamp, make sure to select a design that works in reverse and will fit the flat area of the glass marble. Stamps that have text will appear backward when you turn your stamp over. Rinse and dry your glass marbles to eliminate [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



Up Close and Personal

Posted by Chaya C
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We sat down for a quick Q&A with OttLite product manager Kelly M. to get the scoop on our newest products, our handheld magnification line!Tell me about the new OttLite handheld magnification line.We are always looking for ways to bring helpful and fun products to our customers. As a product designer, my mission is to help our customers do what they love –longer and better. So, our new line of magnification was a natural extension of our line. The new line brings together optical-grade [Read More...]

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What inspires Rebecca Yaker -- One-Yard Wonders Co-Author

Posted by Jessica
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Ever wonder what you could sew with just one yard of fabric? Rebecca Yaker (formerly known as the “Sock Monkey Lady”) and co-author Patricia Hoskins can show you 303 awesome ways to turn your fabric stash into something wonderful. Check out this great interview with Rebecca where you’ll learn about what inspires her, knitting for the Super Bowl, shoe making and more!What was the inspiration for the One-Yard Wonders series?The inspiration had a little bit to do with the publisher.... I’m a [Read More...]

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