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What inspires Brad Kohlbrecher- The Fly Tyer?

Posted by Chaya C
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We were lucky enough to connect with the fly tying extraordinaire, Brad Kohlbrecher. Brad belongs to the fly fishing group, Ozark Fly Fishers, who are based in Missouri. The club meets at least once a month to discuss topics related to fly fishing, fly tying, and the conservation of local waters. They host numerous events each year. Their latest one is an annual banquet and auction, where all proceeds will go towards funding guest speakers, conservation programs and educational programs for the [Read More...]

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Will you be my tweetheart? - DIY Valentine's Day Birdhouse!

Posted by Chaya C
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 Happy Valentine's Day to all of you love birds out there!  I found this super cute birdhouse project on Jo-ann's and just had to make it- or at least my version of it.I remember back when I was in school we used to bring in little Valentine cards and slip them into each others homemade shoe boxes, well I thought that it was time to step up my Valentine's game and use a birdhouse instead!  Materials:Wooden birdhouse2 wooden heartsPink beadsPink, red, white acrylic paintFlat brush and detail [Read More...]

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Happy New Year! Congrats to our winners...

Posted by Chaya C
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Thank you so much to everyone that participated in our recent giveaway by sharing your New Year's Resolutions with us.  We read each and everyone of yours and want to wish everyone luck on completing theirs!Congratulations to our 15 winners, chosen at random:  Rosella Johnson, Mike Spina, Jamie Shapiro, Lynette Kaufmann, Beckie Rhoads Boraten, Anne Haley, Angela Asbell, Pam Dickson, Rhonda Mason, Jerry Kosik, Lori Miller, Mariebeth Velasquez, Sandra Smith, Roger Wheaton and Shana Tentis.  Now, [Read More...]

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What inspires Ted Scutti - The Sugar Artist?

Posted by Jessica
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Cake designers Ted Scutti and Adam Starkey have a passion for creativity and are both amazing sugar artists at Sugar Sugar Cake Studio. They have done everything from wrapping a cake in Swarovski crystals to sculpting a purse out of cake! After talking to Ted, we quickly learned that building these edible masterpieces isn’t always a piece of cake… And, that if you want to make a bold statement with your work, then you can’t be afraid to get a little crazy.Your cakes are elaborate, personal and [Read More...]

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DIY Coasters make the perfect holiday gift!

Posted by Chaya C
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I recently went to the store to buy myself a new set of coasters...  However when I looked at the price on what I thought to be a cheap set, I quickly changed my mind.  What is the point of buying an overpriced unoriginal set, when you could just make your own fabulous ones?  So I did.I decided to make a cute set I found on Jo-ann's website, but of course, I modified the project and did it my way.  The final product turned out the same, I just forgot to buy some materials (like always) and was [Read More...]

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Easy Custom Glass Bead Magnets

Posted by Jennifer
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Materials:• Glass marbles (flat back)• Matte medium• Permanent stamping ink• Rubber stamp• Acrylic paint and brushes• Magnets (make sure they aren't wimpy magnets and can support the weight of the marble)• Super Glue It is important to note that when you're choosing a stamp, make sure to select a design that works in reverse and will fit the flat area of the glass marble. Stamps that have text will appear backward when you turn your stamp over. Rinse and dry your glass marbles to eliminate [Read More...]

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Up Close and Personal

Posted by Chaya C
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We sat down for a quick Q&A with OttLite product manager Kelly M. to get the scoop on our newest products, our handheld magnification line!Tell me about the new OttLite handheld magnification line.We are always looking for ways to bring helpful and fun products to our customers. As a product designer, my mission is to help our customers do what they love –longer and better. So, our new line of magnification was a natural extension of our line. The new line brings together optical-grade [Read More...]

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My take on a Fall Wreath -- Who needs directions?

Posted by Chaya C
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Nothing ushers in the holiday spirit quicker than doing seasonal crafts!  Living in Florida I have never really had a "real" winter.  All my life I have dreamt of a snowy wonderland, and in return I usually just get a few weeks of having 50 degree days.Winter in Florida is my favorite time of the year and nothing kicks it off better than searching for seasonal inspiration.  This year I walked around Jo-Ann's and found something to get me in the fall mood.  As soon as I came across the DIY wreath [Read More...]

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Dual-Sided Task Lamp -- Twice the Fun!

Posted by Chaya C
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This craft lamp makes projects twice the fun!Do you have a huge project to do? Love to craft with a friend? Or just want an extra burst of illumination? If the answer to any of these questions is a yes, than our new 26w Dual-Sided Task Lamp is sure to be your new best friend.This task lamp is a double threat — two lamps in one! You can illuminate your instructions in one spot and your project in another. Feel free to spread out and see everything clearly. Or, grab a friend and share. There’s [Read More...]

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What inspires Rebecca Yaker -- One-Yard Wonders Co-Author

Posted by Jessica
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Ever wonder what you could sew with just one yard of fabric? Rebecca Yaker (formerly known as the “Sock Monkey Lady”) and co-author Patricia Hoskins can show you 303 awesome ways to turn your fabric stash into something wonderful. Check out this great interview with Rebecca where you’ll learn about what inspires her, knitting for the Super Bowl, shoe making and more!What was the inspiration for the One-Yard Wonders series?The inspiration had a little bit to do with the publisher.... I’m a [Read More...]

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