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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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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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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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T-Shirt Necklace Craft

Posted by Autumn

How many old T-shirts do you have in your closet? How about your dresser drawer--the one you never open for fear of a printed-cotton tee explosion? Yeah, we thought so. T-shirts are kind of like those fuzzy Tribbles from the original Star Trek. You get one at a marathon or a concert and it seems harmless, but the next thing you know you've got dozens of them filling up random drawers, spare closets, and boxes marked TO DONATE.So, what to do with all your past-prime T-shirts? If you're [Read More...]

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Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask

Posted by Autumn

Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, is an annual festival of fun and feasting. It traditionally marks the last day for such revelry before Lent—40 days of austerity and sacrifice—begins.Mardi Gras is famous for parades, dancing, food and beverage, and above all, costumes. The masks at Mardi Gras celebrations range from beautiful to bizarre and everything in-between.Make Your Own Mardi Gras MaskWant to join the party? Here are a few tips for creating your own Mardi Gras [Read More...]

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Valentine Pom-Pom Garland

Posted by Autumn

It's the big day! The chocolates are bought, the cards are signed, the flowers are en route. What's left? How about a sweet and simple decorative craft? Perfect for a Valentine's Day party at home, the office, or at school.Valentine Pom-Pom Garlandfrom noodlehead What you need:red, pink, and wite pom-poms, in various sizestransparent threadneedle Thread the pom-poms on a length of transparent thread.Tie a knot in the bottom and thread the pom-poms on with a needle, tying knots to secure and [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Franklin Habit

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Writer, illustrator, and photographer Franklin Habit’s first piece of knitting—a vaguely rectangular six-foot scarf—was produced during his student days at Harvard University in the 1990s. In 2005, inspired by the emergence of the online knitting community, he created The Panopticon. What began as a project diary is now one of the most popular knitting blogs. Habit is also the author of It Itches: a stash of knitting cartoons as well as multiple knitting essays.Could you tell us about your [Read More...]

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More DIY Valentines

Posted by Autumn

Cupid's got nothing on us! Everywhere we look, there are fun and crafty ways to celebrate the day of love and romance. Here are a few more of our favorites!Valentine Gift Conefrom MarthaStewart.comThis traditional German craft looks fit for cake decorating, but it's really a bag filled with sweets for your sweetheart.What You Need:Valentine Gift Cone templateMedium-weight paperScissorsDouble-sided tapeBone folderCrepe paperLaceWhite glueDresdensRibbon1. Download and print template. Use template [Read More...]

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Heartbreaker Valetine

Posted by Autumn

Valentine's Day is such a great opportunity to share a little handmade goodness, we can't help but share with you a few of our favorites! Here's another crafty Valentine's Day project!Heartbreaker Valentinefrom danamadeit.comWhat you need:colorful papercomputer printerstapler/staplesscissorscandyPrint the heart template on bright, colored paper. You can find the template by clicking here.Cut out your hearts with scissors, trying to keep some of the black outline in there.Staple around the [Read More...]

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