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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



2016 OttLite Ambassadors

Posted by Marcea
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 OttLite is proud to introduce our 2016 Ambassadors: Kathy Cano-Murillo, Tamara Kelly, Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, and Ed Roth.  Each are acclaimed bloggers, authors and teachers of their craft and will be helping spread the word about OttLite around the country.  We invite you to visit each of their websites/blogs and also follow them on social media.  They’ll be the first to discuss and review new OttLite products and each will have plenty of giveaways and surprises throughout the rest [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts



What Inspires Marcy Harriell – The Jazzy Sewer

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Oonaballoona.com) Actress, singer, sewer and all around Renaissance woman, Marcy Harriell is the magic behind Oonaballona.com.  Part sewing blog, part online party, Oonaballoona began when Marcy and her husband (known as Ruggy on the blog) moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2008. Advised to get a hobby when she moved to West Hollywood, Marcy picked up sewing and hasn’t looked back.  Now back in New York City, Marcy continues sewing and keeping her followers [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



No-Sew Fleece Blanket

Posted by Marcea
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Everyone loves the security of a blanket (remember Linus from The Peanuts?).  You can make your own security blanket without breaking out your sewing machine.  Fleece comes in a variety of patterns and colors so these blankets make great gifts for babies, your favorite sports fan or someone who just needs a warm lap throw.  Materials 2 ½ yards of fleece in two different, but coordinating patterns Pins Rotary Cutter Cut Mat Ruler  Directions1.     Lay out the fleece with the [Read More...]

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Categories: DIY Crafts



5 Things We LOVE about Designing OttLite LED Desk Lamps

Posted by Jessica
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Our line of OttLite LED Desk Lamps is specially designed to bring you new features and functionality. Here are five reasons we love designing with OttLite LEDs:  1) Design Freedom!! Designing lighting with OttLite LEDs is so freeing! Anything we can dream of we can do. Instead of designing around specific tube or bulb sizes, we can create any shape we need to deliver the right amount of OttLite Natural Daylight LEDs exactly where and how we want them. The OttLite LED Crane lamp with its circular [Read More...]

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Categories: LED Lamps



What Inspires Lucy Collin – The Tiny Toy Crocheter

Posted by Marcea
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(Photos courtesy of Lucy Collin)Lucy Collin designs and creates amigurumi figures.  A wife and mom of two sons, ages 12 and 15, Lucy lives in West Sussex in the south of England and has found that crocheting small figures is her passion.  Learn more about Lucy, what amigurumi is and how her characters attracted the attention of the creators of Star Wars. When did you start crocheting?  I learned when I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me.  I did some when I was younger but not very [Read More...]

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Categories: What Inspires Needle Arts



Inexpensive Homemade Gifts - Week 3 - Wine Bag

Posted by Marcea
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December is almost over but you still need a few gifts for your friends and co-workers.  We've given you some instructions on how to inexpensively make both Tile Coasters and Ceramic Mugs.  Our last inexpensive homemade gift item for the 2015 holiday season is Wine Bags.  These bags take less than 20 minutes and are very inexpensive to make.  Materials (1)  fat quarter of fabric (patterned) (1) fat quarter of fabric (solid) Ruler Matching thread Pinking Shears (if you have them – [Read More...]

Tags: Homemade Gifts; DIY; Holiday Gifts
Categories: DIY Crafts Needle Arts Holiday Crafts



Inexpensive Homemade Gifts - Week 2 - Decorated Mugs

Posted by Marcea
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We're one week into the month of December - are you ready for Hanukkah and Christmas?  There are lots of people you might have forgotten that you need to get a gift for.  Let us help you with our inexpensive gift ideas you can make at home! This week we're featuring Homemade Ceramic Mugs.  The mugs and markers can be purchased at a store such as JoAnn Fabrics and you can use stencils to decorate or use your own imagination.  With as little as 4 supplies (including your oven) you can have a gift [Read More...]

Tags: Ceramics Homemade Gifts; DIY; Holiday Gifts
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Inexpensive Homemade Gifts - Week 1 - Tile Coasters

Posted by Marcea
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We’re in full holiday mode now that Thanksgiving is over -- there’s only 1 week until Hanukkah and 3.5 weeks until Christmas!  Don’t worry though.  If you’re looking for gifts that have meaning but won’t break the bank or you need a gift for someone who’s hard to shop for, we’re here to help. For the next three weeks we’ll have do-it-yourself gifts that will cost you less than $25 to make.  They’d make great hostess gifts, presents for your favorite teacher or even for that office White Elephant [Read More...]

Tags: Coasters Holiday Gifts; Homemade Gifts; Tile Coasters
Categories: DIY Crafts



Kid's Craft: Thanksgiving Turkey Table Decoration

Posted by Marcea
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Thanksgiving is a great time to teach the art of gratitude to children. This project will help them learn what they're grateful for this year while also helping to decorate the Thanksgiving table.This is a simple project from Crafts by Amanda.  You probably have most of the items in your house already, which makes it even easier.  It took me less than an hour to complete so it should be something that’s simple for children over the age of 7.  Younger children could do this as well but an adult [Read More...]

Tags: Thanksgiving Crafts; Kid's Crafts
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts


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