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DIY Daisy Cupcakes

Posted by Marissa

Kids love cupcakes! They are always fun to bake and decorate, and off course, a perfect treat for a hot summer day.My daughter is always begging me to bake some for her and these daisy cupcakes have turned out to be her favorite. Make sure to start building the edible flower decorations one day before the cupcakes are to be enjoyed.You will need:1 daisy cookie cutter1 mini round cutter2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar1/2 pound of GumpasteWater in a cup: for finger dipping.Food coloring2 Snack-sized zip [Read More...]

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Ideas For Organizing Your Crafting Tools

Posted by Marissa

“Where are the scissors? I swear a had them right here on the table!”If you’re a crafter, this line probably sounds very familiar. Don’t worry… you’re not alone. Having a double ( sometimes even a triple) pair, doesn’t save you from the mysterious black hole that eats the tool you need at the time you most need it!Been there, done that! That’s why I decided to post my Fave Four organization TIPS  to help your crafting experience become much smoother and without any unexpected [Read More...]

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Crafting The Perfect Baby Shower

Posted by Marissa

It is very exciting to plan parties. I especially love to plan a Baby Shower whenever there is baby on its way! The whole family gets super excited and everyone wants to welcome the new baby with the best. By spending less money in the party, you can assure the baby will be showered will all he needs for his long waited arrival!This does not mean you have to compromise quality or style. I’m sharing here some special ideas that I used to plan my sister’s Baby Shower. Hope they help and [Read More...]

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Hello My Name Is OttLite

Posted by Marissa

I think we have all been to events where we were forced to wear the obligatory "Hello My Name Is" Badges...you know them, the stop sign colored, impossible to ignore sticker that screams "Get To Know Me."At OttLite we are excited for you to get to know us and more importantly we are thrilled to get to know you. Beyond our awesome lights and rich history we want to share with you what makes us tick so we put together this handy dandy graphic about who we are and why it matters.   [Read More...]

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5 TIPS to ‘Lighten’ Up Your Electric Bill

Posted by Marissa

Electric bills usually increase during the summer. This summer, consider these five tips and enjoy the savings!1.Consider using power strips for appliances and electronics. Power strips down when not in use to prevent them from drawing unneeded electricity.2. Change your old incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. The cost may seem higher up front, but in the long run savings add up!3.Contact your local energy provider to enroll in free energy saving  incentives, rebates or programs, [Read More...]

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Why breakfast is champion

Posted by Autumn

While it’s status as the most important meal of the day may be debatable, the morning meal solidly owns the trophy for "most awesomest" meal of the day. I’m talking about breakfast, people! Wake up and smell the toast—it’s burning!Breakfast is the undisputed champion of meals for a number of reasons: Breakfast is unprejudiced. Breakfast accepts savory and sweet at the same time, in the same dish even. Breakfast doesn’t care if you prefer ham, turkey, steak, fish, or tofu. Breakfast loves you [Read More...]

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Low-tech letters

Posted by Autumn

When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not email, not an IM, not a Facebook wall post. I mean a real, tactile, pen-and-paper letter?The art of the personal letter used to be taught to young boys and girls in grammar school—now it’s about as common as making macramé hanging baskets for indoor plants.  Which is a real shame, because who doesn’t love getting a letter in the mail? And really, don’t you think the postman gets bored of delivering Valu-Paks and cable bills? I would.With those [Read More...]

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A list well-lived

Posted by Autumn

I am a list-person. Lists at work, lists when I study, even lists of supplies when I craft. But I am most famous for my “Things to Get Done” weekend lists. Saturday mornings find me seated at the kitchen table scribbling such items as: Sweep the floors. Laundry. Take dress with broken strap to the tailors. Pay bills. Each of these little chores (and often there are 10 or more for the weekend) gives me a sense of purpose—a roadmap for a productive [Read More...]

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Real People Illuminated: OttLite Craft Caddy Review

Posted by Marissa

One of the daily joys of working at OttLite is hearing all the great feedback about how people use their lights to do what they love longer. It was so nice to meet and interview Margarita, an avid scrapbooker, and hear all of her great uses for the OttLite Craft Caddy. [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Interview with Anna Hrachovec

Posted by Autumn

What inspired you to start knitting? How did you learn? I first learned to knit when I was a high school exchange student in Japan. My host sister taught me because she had recently learned, and my first project was a purple fun-fur scarf. Then I picked it up as a more involved hobby when I was in college, and my boyfriend's mom (now my mother-in-law) encouraged me. She bought me lots of yarn, so I couldn't refuse! Do you have a favorite place to craft (studio, living room, on the subway, [Read More...]

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