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1,000 Nights Anniversary Card

Posted by Jennifer

When fellow OttLife Blogger Autumn asked me to create an Arabian Nights-themed card to celebrate her anniversary with her boyfriend, I was extremely flattered. It was a project with a challenge that I looked forward to.The theme was inspired by the middle-eastern part of Nick's heritage. Autumn used a Pinterest board to share some images that inspired her, then we got together so I could ask her some questions and get a better feel for the project. I gathered some samples of the new handmade [Read More...]

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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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Living Inspired: Thom O'Hearn

Posted by Autumn

By day, Thom O'Hearn is a book editor for Lark Crafts. His books cover everything from printmaking and paper crafts to ceramics and letterpress. They have been featured in such places as The New York Times, the Tate Modern Museum, Dwell, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Urban Outfitters, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's bookstore. When he's done making books for the day, he's often found on the potter's wheel, brewing beer, or reading. He lives with his partner Heather in Asheville, NC.When [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude

Posted by Autumn

Drew Emborsky is The Crochet Dude. He launched the wildly popular blog of the same name in 2005. He is the expert on the hit show Knit & Crochet Now! airing currently on PBS nationwide, and has been featured in national publications including BUST Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knit.1, Knit 'n Style, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today!, as well as international newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph (in London). His mother first taught him to crochet, and we're honored to bring you his Living [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Jolene Roehlkepartain

Posted by Autumn

Jolene Roehlkepartain is a writer and speaker on family, parenting children and teenagers, and spirituality. Jolene has written 32 books, including Doing Good Together, Parenting Preschoolers with a Purpose, and What Young Children Need to Succeed. Jolene is also an avid Phalaneopsis orchid grower. She shared with us how she came to love growing orchids and a few useful tips about keeping these beautiful plants happy and healthy indoors.When did you first start growing orchids?I started growing [Read More...]

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What We're Reading: I Knew You'd Be Lovely

Posted by Autumn

I Knew You'd Be LovelyAlethea Black Broadway Books I Knew You'd Be Lovely is a brilliant collection of short stories. The true power of a short story is in its economy. You might give a novel a few chapters before you decide, I’m taking this back to the library, but short story has to grab you in the first few sentences. And it has to hold you the entire time. There is no room for chaff in a short story. Alethea Black has finely separated the chaff, spun the straw into gold, and then woven that [Read More...]

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What We're Reading: Cleopatra

Posted by Autumn

Cleopatra: A LifeStacy Schiff Back Bay Books, paperbackIf you like strong female heroes, love stories, treachery and espionage and ultimately, betrayal, this is for you. If you also like biographies that are as well-researched as they are well-written, this is definitely for you!Cleopatra is finally given justice with this artful re-telling of her life. She wasn't traditionally beautiful, but she knew how to put on a good show. She was intelligent, refined, and so wealthy she must have made the [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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