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Jul
28
2015

Stitch N Pitch 2015

Posted by Marcea
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 Photos courtesy of Kristin LohrOn Sunday, July 26,  Stitch N Pitch came to the Tampa Bay area. OttLite is headquartered in Tampa, FL so we definitely wanted to get involved!A national event for people who love the needlearts, Stitch N Pitch gathers needle artists and seats them together at a professional baseball game. Sponsored by The National NeedleArts Association and major/minor league baseball teams, this event allows knitters, crocheters, embroiders, cross-stitchers and needlepoint lovers [Read More...]

Tags: baseball crafts crochet cross stitch knitting needlepoint tampa tampa bay
Categories: Travel Lamps Needle Arts



Jul
22
2015

What Inspires Ed Roth - The Stencil Artist

Posted by Marcea
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Creating stencils has been a passion for Ed Roth since he was a teenager and started using stencils to customize furniture. The owner of the stencil company, Stencil1, Ed has created stencils that have been used in hotel rooms, shown on Martha Stewart’s television show and used to customize Converse sneakers. Read our interview with Ed to learn more about stenciling and how living in New York City defines his artwork.Why did you select stenciling as the medium to use for your art? I picked it up [Read More...]

Tags: crafting crafts DIY painting stencil
Categories: What Inspires



Jul
14
2015

Summer Reading List

Posted by Marcea
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With longer days, nice weather and vacations, summer is a great time to read those books you've been meaning to pick up.  It's also a great time for new books since it's prime time for new books to be published.There are plenty of lists out for you to find summer books from the traditional (NPR, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times) to the non-traditional (Bustle.com, Miami New Times,  and The Huffington Post).  In addition to those lists, below is a list of the favorite summer books [Read More...]

Tags: book lists reading summer reading lists
Categories: Reading



Jul
07
2015

Personalize Your Sunglasses

Posted by Marcea
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 We're right in the middle of summer and here in Florida it's hard to get around without a pair of sunglasses. While it's great to have a pair, sometimes it's hard to keep track of them and some of the inexpensive pairs aren't that cute. So why not decorate them?I found this craft on modpodgerocks.com. It's fairly simple and lets you put your own personal spin on your glasses with a little paper and glue! Materials* Pair of inexpensive sunglasses (dollar stores often carry them)* Several pieces [Read More...]

Tags: crafts summer sun
Categories: DIY Crafts



Jun
25
2015

4th of July Wreath

Posted by Chaya C
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July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is a time when Americans get together for food, fun and fireworks. Many houses and buildings are covered with bunting and other decorations to show their national spirit.  We have a simple craft inspired by a craft on JoAnn.com that will help you decorate your house while still giving you time to enjoy yourself.Materials  * 16 inch foam wreath* Approximately 2 yards of contrasting patriotic fabrics (approx. 1.5 yards of one fabric and 1/2 yard of the [Read More...]

Tags: 4th of july craft
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts



Jun
15
2015

What Inspires Marjie Kemper - The Tag Artist

Posted by Marcea
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Using ink and paper, Marjie Kemper creates layered and textured works of art. Art journaling and stamping since 1999, Marjie, who describes her style as ‘shabby chic’, uses her creativity to make a variety of mixed media pieces. Read our interview with Marjie to learn more about tag art, what color palette she loves and why she’s game to try anything new.How long have you been stamping and how did you get started?  When my first son was born, a friend showed me a scrapbook she had. I had no idea [Read More...]

Tags: #blog #journals #stamping art crafts scrapbook
Categories: What Inspires



Jun
02
2015

Cheers to Father's Day - DIY Beer Cap Coasters

Posted by Marcea
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  Another holiday is upon us and this time we celebrate the dad’s in our life. Father’s Day is June 21 this year so it's a great time to get creative.This go round we’re going to make resin beer cap coasters. Myléne Hillam, one of our ‘What Inspires’ interviews, loves to work with resin and sells these kits on her website.  When I saw Myléne's kit I got very excited because I have a large collection of beer caps I've been saving for years just waiting for a project! Since Myléne can only ship [Read More...]

Tags: beer beer bottle cap craft beer cap bottle cap bottle cap coaster crafts DIY father's day
Categories: DIY Crafts



May
27
2015

What Inspires Debrah Block Krol - the Wearable Art Designer?

Posted by Chaya C
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Colors, textures, nature… These are just a few of the things that Debrah Block Krol loves. We were lucky enough to take a peek into the life of this amazing fabric artist and learn about the beautiful wearable art that she creates. How did you get into creating wearable art?With my training in painting and love of sewing and embroidery, combining textiles and paint was just a natural progression. I use the finest silks and softest hand painted wool for my felting work and each piece comes out [Read More...]

Categories: What Inspires



May
18
2015

What We're Reading

Posted by Marcea
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The OttLite office is full of readers. Which is great since OttLites are perfect for reading to help reduce glare and eyestrain. As someone who has loved to read all her life, my being around other readers helps me build my list of Books To Be Read (or BTBR). Below is a list of what the OttLite team is currently reading. You’ll see that we also like to pass a good book along to one another. Each of the books has a link to Goodreads (my go-to source to keep track of my BTBR) to give you a [Read More...]

Tags: reading; books; hobby
Categories: Reading



May
06
2015

What Inspires Lindsay English - The Yarn Dyer?

Posted by Chaya C
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With “a hank of wool and a couple of Kool-Aid® packets”, Lindsay began dyeing yarn back in 2012. Three years later, she’s graduated to environmentally friendly dyes, her own special blend of wool, has custom blended over 100 different colors and continues to dye alongside her husband, Jordan and their toddler, Reece. We were lucky enough to visit Lindsay and Jordan’s business, The Fiber Seed, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what inspires them. How does the dying process work?There’s a lot of [Read More...]

Categories: What Inspires


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