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Living Inspired: Tim Bruckner

Posted by Autumn
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Tim Bruckner, one of the pioneers of the comics/fantasy toy field has worked for companies such as Kenner, Gentle Giant and DC Direct, as well as companies such as Maxx Factor, Hallmark, American Greeting, and The Franklin Mint. You can check him out here. When did you start sculpting? How did you come to choose this art form?It's an old story.  I started sculpting when I was about seven. In the old days… and I mean before color TV, even – there was this odd candy treat.  A wax tube, maybe five [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Camilla D'Errico

Posted by Autumn
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Camilla d’Errico is a product of her split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one: Italian fiestiness, Canadian politeness, and an early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons, comics and manga. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and just enough sleep deprivation, she has followed her dream of working creatively for a living. Camilla’s unique style has put her talent in high demand and her client list includes Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Tokyopop, Hasbro, [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Bill Buchman

Posted by Autumn

Bill Buchman is an artist, musician, and teacher whose art focuses on the contemporary nude figure and abstraction.  Besides exhibiting his work, Bill also demonstrates and teaches his concepts  in his instructional book, Expressive Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill),  on his five art instruction DVD’ s, and in workshops held around the US.  Bill also has his own special line of “Zen” Sumi brushes and reed pens.  To see more of Bill’s art and for more details visit his website. When did you start [Read More...]

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Glass Jar Terrarium

Posted by Autumn

Delight children--and grown-ups--with these easy-to-make terrariums. Making one can be a great Earth Day activity, and the lovely greenery will continue to please all year long. For best results, stop by your local garden center or florist shop to pick up the charcoal, moss, soil, and tiny plants.Glass Jar Terrariumfrom MarthaStewart.comWhat You Need:Glass jars (You can recycle glass jars from your kitchen goods.)Horticultural charcoalPotting soilClump MossOther tiny plants, like orchids or [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Gayla Trail

Posted by Autumn

Gayla Trail is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the creator of the popular gardening project, You Grow Girl and the author of “You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening” and “Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces”. Gayla is also a frequent speaker, and spokesperson on the topics of urban gardening, ecology, and community. Gayla’s third book, “Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers [Read More...]

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What We're Working On: Baby Blanket

Posted by Autumn

At OttLite, we don't just make great crafting lamps. We are crafters and artists, too, and we love to share what we're working on with you!I'm currently working on this baby blanket. It's actually one of three baby blankets I have to finish before August. Seems like everyone I know right now is expecting this Fall!I used Lion Brand Yarn's "Pound of Love" yarn in crisp white. The pattern is a modified version of Lion Brand's "Recycled Cotton Earth Baby Afghan." The original pattern called for 5 [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Nerdigurumi

Posted by Autumn

MJ Bailey is the creator of the super-popular amigurumi website, Nerdigurumi.com. She is also a administrative professional, mother to a "nerdy rock n' roll" teenager, and a crochet pattern designer.When did you start to crochet? Is it true you started crocheting because of a videogame?I started crocheting successfully in the fall of 2009.  I had attempted to crochet on a few occasions prior to that, but struggled with various aspects of the basic concepts and techniques and usually gave up.  As [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Cathy Clark

Posted by Autumn

Cathy Clark is a multi-crafter; she knits, sews and makes jewelry. She’s also a big fan of OttLite, and we’re glad she is! It was her amazing knitting that we first noticed, and so she shared with us a little bit about how she became a knitter, what kinds of projects she loves to make, and a funny tip for beginning knitters.When did you start knitting? Who taught you?I started knitting about two years ago. I watched a lot of videos online and went to a local knitting store for help.What made you [Read More...]

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A handmade card for your Sweetie!

Posted by Jennifer

Why wait until next Valentine's Day to tell someone you think they're sweet? Tell them any time with this cupcake-themed card.The color scheme for this project was really driven by the envelope I selected. I made sure to use my OttLite Folding Task Lamp ***shameless plug*** when selecting the card stock so that all of the colors were complimentary.After I established the size of the card and cut the window opening for the cupcake drawing, I traced the window size onto my drawing paper. Then I [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Janie Davies

Posted by Autumn

Jane Davies is a full time artist working in collage, painting, mixed media and encaustics. She offers workshops at her studio and nationwide, focusing on helping people to find a personal and playful approach to creating. She is the author of several books, including Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork and Adventures in Mixed Media: Collage, Stitch, Fuse, and Journal Your Way to a More Creative Life. We caught up with Jane to ask her about her work and her creative [Read More...]

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