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Sewing A Homemade Baby Blanket

Posted by Marcea
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There’s not much more exciting than a new baby! New babies need lots of things, including plenty of blankets. Blankets are also great for new moms to keep in the car or diaper bag – you never know when baby will need to be changed or take a nap! I found a great tutorial online from Sugglebug University on how to make a baby blanket with handles.  I had a friend who had just had a baby so, with a few slight modifications from the original pattern, I decided to try my hand at sewing one [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts



Guest Blog - Crocheted Can Cozy by Moogly

Posted by Marcea
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OttLite Ambassador Tamara Kelly is this month's guest blogger.  The creator of the crochet blog Moogly, Tamara shares with us a pattern to make a Crafty Hanging Can Cozy.  A great way to upcycle old cans and also get organized for back to school, this pattern is simple and helps to brighten up your supplies! Take it away Tamara . . . What have I been crafting under my OttLite? The Crafty Hanging Can Cozy! It's a fun craft that combines crochet, paper, washi tape, and recycling... and can help [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts



6 Tips For Healthier Eyes from Dr. Gannon of the Low Vision Institute

Posted by Marcea
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Dr. Marc Gannon OD, FAAO has been working to help people improve their vision for over 40 years.  Dr. Gannon gives us 6 simple tips to help keep your eyes healthy throughout your life. 1. Relax Your Brain "The main reason we blink is to rest the brain.  A lot of people think that we're blinking to try to spread tears across our eyes to maintain lubrication but we really blink to give the brain a rest. Even better is if you close your eyes for 30 to 60 seconds every 15 to 20 minutes to give the [Read More...]

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Categories: Health and Wellness



5 Great Battery Powered LED Lamps for Traveling

Posted by Marcea
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Whether you’re traveling for work or for pleasure, having great lighting is important. When you’re on the road be sure you can see everything clearly with a portable OttLite lamp. The same OttLite technology with the ability to be a battery-operated lamp makes these lamps the perfect travel companions!LED Task Light Designed to be portable (notice the handle at the top?), this lightweight lamp is adjustable to whatever position you need to aim the light. Only needing 3 AAA batteries, the LED [Read More...]

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Categories: Travel Lamps



What Inspires Twinkie Chan - Foodie Crocheter

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Twinkie Chan)Twinkie Chan was taught how to crochet when she was 10 and has been making fun crocheted items ever since.  Designing and crocheting food items has become Twinkie’s signature and her work has been featured in a variety of places, including contributing designs to the Sanrio 50th anniversary art show. Although she’s never taken an official crochet class, Twinkie’s intricate food designs have taken the Internet by storm. Learn more about Twinkie, how she got her [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



What Inspires Susan Roghair - Travel Artist

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Susan Roghair)Drawing has been a part of Susan Roghair’s life since she was a child. When not at home on the west coast of Florida, Susan and her partner Dan are traveling the world. To capture these adventures, Susan documents every day with her own original drawings. Learn more about Susan, her favorite countries to travel to and why she takes an OttLite on all of her travel adventures. How long have you been drawing? Since I was a child. The earliest drawings I have in my [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Travel Lamps



What Inspires Ivy Larsen - The Mermaid Tail Lady

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Mom Made - Crochet Creations)Ivy Larsen owns a small business, Mom Made – Crochet Creations, based out of the Tampa Bay, Florida area and is known around town as the Mermaid Tail lady.  Her crocheted mermaid tails for children and adults have been a hit and have even been seen on the Facebook page of the world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs.   Read more about how Ivy started crocheting, how Alaska ties into her crocheting  and how it makes her feel when people [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



What Inspires Jessica Skultety - The Improv Quilter

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of QuiltyHabit.com)Wanting to own a quilt but finding that purchasing one was out of her price range, Jessica Skultety turned to the Internet and taught herself how to quilt.  Several years down the line, Jessica now teaches sewing and quilting and is also the former president of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.  Learn more about Jessica, why she loves not using a pattern and her advice on how to learn to quilt.How did you get interested in quilting?  When I was a college [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



What Inspires Kyle Kunnecke – The Charitable Knitter

Posted by Marcea
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(Photos courtesy of KyleWilliam.com) Kyle Kunnecke started knitting as an adult and has found that it gives him many creative outlets.  Kyle’s love of knitting developed into the company KyleWilliam and also allowed him to help others through charitable works.  Find out more about Kyle below, why he doesn’t believe in skill levels and how be believes that creativity has the power to heal.What got you started knitting?  I learned to knit from my roommate.  She was knitting one day and I asked her [Read More...]

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What Inspires Maddie Flanigan – The Lingerie Artist

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Madalynne.com) Maddie Flanigan, creator of Madalynne.com, began sewing at the age of 18 after finding her mother’s sewing machine in the closet. Having lost her mother to breast cancer, Maddie knew that she only wanted to surround herself with people and things that matter and decided to get someone to teach her how to sew. After interning with a local tailor and attending The Savannah College of Art and Design and Johnson and Wales University, Maddie begin working for Urban [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts


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