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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



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



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



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



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...]

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Bedazzled Graduation Cap

Posted by Chaya C
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 Here's a fun and easy craft to help you or your loved one make a big statement on their big day!It's crazy to think about how I have been in school my entire life and now it has suddenly come to a close.  I can hardly believe that I am finally graduating college and that it is time for me to start my career.  I always have to go out in style, so I decided to decorate my graduation cap with a little flair and a lot of bling. Materials:Graduation CapRibbon7 Packs of Self Adhesive Pearls (I only [Read More...]

Tags: #graduation #usf crafts
Categories: DIY Crafts



DIY Mother's Day Painted Flower Pot

Posted by Marcea
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Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away (it’s May 10th this year, in case you forgot). Moms love homemade gifts from their children, but everyone wants a gift to be something they could use again. For the mom who loves potted plants or gardening, how about making her a painted terracotta pot? You can use any variety of colors and stencils to fit Mom’s taste and this craft is easy enough that children can do it, with some adult supervision. Paint the pot in a completely unique way; she’ll love [Read More...]

Tags: crafts DIY Easy Kid Projects flowers gardening kid's crafts mother's day
Categories: DIY Crafts



What Inspires Myléne Hillam - Jewelry Maker

Posted by Marcea
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Writer, designer, teacher, gardener – all of these describe Australian artist Myléne Hilliam. Myléne’s curiosity and enthusiasm have led her to a career that spans from working with leather to teaching young children how to work with resin. Read on to learn more about how Myléne (pronounced ‘Mill-lane’ as in Mill Lane Studios, which she owns) got started in the industry, what she loves about teaching others and her “have no boundaries” approach to making jewelry.How did you get started in the [Read More...]

Tags: jewelry jewelrymaking
Categories: What Inspires



Crafting With The Rich & Famous

Posted by Marcea
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor Are you surprised to hear there's a Celebrity Scarves book series or that Kate Moss was given her first knitting kit by her husband?Many ‘regular’ people enjoy crafting but as you start looking at famous people, you’ll find that a lot of them also enjoy crocheting or knitting. Or, in the case of former professional football player Rosey Greer - crocheting, knitting and needlepoint! Greer is often credited with “allowing” men to participate in these crafts and showing [Read More...]

Tags: acting crafting crochet Hollywood knitting OttLite relaxing
Categories: Needle Arts



Have an Egg-cellent Easter!

Posted by Chaya C
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Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up my favorite thing to do was run around the yard and gather up all of the Easter eggs.  Now as I am older, it is just as fun to hide them for others to find!This year I decided to make an Easter Egg Banner project that I discovered on Michael's website.  I may not be a craft guru, but I still had a blast making it... even though some of my eggs look more like squished blobs of yarn. Materials:Disposable CupsPaper PlateGlue GunGlue [Read More...]

Tags: bright craft Easter eggs illuminate inspiration inspire light Michael's OttLite Ott-lite
Categories: DIY Crafts Holiday Crafts


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