OttLite Giveaway! The future is now!


I’m super excited that OttLite contacted me and offered to send me a new desk lamp to review AND giveaway! This is the LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Tunnel and USB. I have an older model that was gifted to me years ago, but this new one has some really neat bells and whistles! I’d actually been using an old ugly black desk lamp from Target on my craft table. Back when my craft room was in my spare bedroom, and the walls were yellow, it was really hard for me to get enough light on my work to see true colors. I would complain that I couldn’t tell my yellow pompoms from my light green pompoms!


Sorry ahead of time that these aren’t the most amazing and beautifully styled photos. My work table is pretty boring, but I wanted to show you where I’m actually using my light in real life. This is where I pack and ship orders, and also where I glue pompoms to stuff, hot glue things to other things, sew beads to hair pieces… all my non-crochet work. My OttLite makes an amazing difference, and I wouldn’t just say that! Since it’s LED, it’s energy efficient and will last a long time. At first I was a bit afraid that the lamp’s modern look would feel really strange in my space. When it arrived, I was like, this looks like an alien out of Prometheus. You know, the baby one that bashes in that one guy’s space helmet. But I think that the white color helps it feel more comfy, and now I love it. Actually, I kinda wanna glue tiny plastic figurines to the top of it, but we’ll see what happens. The neck of the lamp is really bendy. You can bend it forward and also bend it side to side. I also used it to light my hands in the YouTube tutorial I’m about to upload. BUT HERE’S THE REALLY NEAT PART.


On the left side of the base is the power button and a button that says “M.” The M button controls the temperature of the light, so you can have really cool light, or a warmer light, or a mix of both. SO RAD.


On the right side of the base are some arrow buttons. These control the strength of the light. There are 4 different strength settings. And that rainbow strip in the center? That controls the color-changing tunnel!!! IT’S CRAFTY PARTY TIME. You can slide your finger along the rainbow strip to choose one color of light, or, if you hold down the green power button, the colors will start to automatically cycle. (I have no idea why all my photos captured the purple cycle…!) There’s also a USB port in the back that I didn’t get a photo of but you can charge up your phone while you work and listen to some tunes!



I made a dinky video to show you all of this in action.

The giveaway winner will receive the exact same light as mine in the white color. Giveaway is open to the United States and Canada (except Quebec). This has to do with voltage requirements, although in general, OttLites are available around the world. Just not for this giveaway. Giveaway will run until Friday, May 13th at midnight PDT. Winner must be 18 or over and must also respond to my email within 24 hours or I will choose a new winner. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter/ Please make sure that will get through your spam filters. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. No giveaway accounts please! A giveaway account is a social media account that you use only to post about giveaways. Good luck!


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Book of the Week at Cut Out + Keep!

AHHH I forgot to tell you guys that I was book of the week  at Cut Out + Keep! Click on over to check out a Q&A with me!

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You can also enter here to win a copy of my book. You have until May 9. Good luck!

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Inspiration & Eye Candy- some IG favorites!

One of my readers requested that I post links to stuff that I find inspiring, and I just Tweeted about an Instagram feed I really like, so this felt like a good time for a lil blog post!

The Happy MailInstagram

The Happy Mail is a company out of the UK that delivers cute boxes of candy and baked goods to you. They seem to have a “more is more” philosophy to decorating which is way up my alley, plus their IG feed is just so cute and colorful!

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SaoZen PlushInstagram

Super cute plush artist! When photos from her feed pop up on my IG, I just feel filled with light!

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Macy DaisyInstagram

I love her style and her shop! I have bought a few pieces of clothing and jewelry from her, and they feel so thoughtful, beautiful, and so authentically her.

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Until very recently, I had no idea how cute the Momiji Instagram feed is! I will be working with Momiji soon on a fun giveaway for you guys, and their IG feed is just plain adorable! Momiji dolls have an opening so that you can hide hand-written messages, dreams, and wishes in them!

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Naoshi SunaeInstagram

Anyone who has been in my house has seen Naoshi’s work. SHE PAINTS WITH SAND. It is so amazing, and I totally want to be one of the girls in her art. I have the print in the upper left corner, but I haven’t bought a frame for it yet. When I was in LA a few years ago for the Sweet Streets show, I bought an original sand painting. I don’t normally splurge a lot on original artwork, but I could not say no to myself!

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I hope you had fun taking a little peek into what I find inspiring on Instagram. Have a fun and/or relaxing weekend! I’ll be prepping for my trunk show at Imagiknit on Monday and MAYBE seeing Naoshi in person at Renegade Craft Fair! (Renegade added a 3rd show this year in SF, and this weekend is the first one!)

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Signed Bookplates Now in My Etsy Shop!


I just received my order of custom bookplates, so for those of you who bought my book already but would like a signature, you can purchase one of these bookplates and let me know what you’d like written on it, and then I ship it to you for you to stick in your book!


I’m also still offering signed books in my shop as well :). Don’t forget I have a book signing here in San Francisco on Monday, May 2nd, at Imagiknit, 4pm-7pm. Details are here!

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My Book Signing & Trunk Show at Imagiknit!

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 2.06.28 PMPlease mark your calendars if you’re in the Bay Area! I’m going to be at my favorite yarn store Imagiknit, on Monday, May 2nd from 4pm-7pm signing books and throwing a lil trunk show! Come say hi, check out some finished pieces from the book, and maybe even purchase some if you haven’t done your Mother’s Day shopping yet! I’ll have limited numbers of pieces, so be sure to snap them up! I would really love to see you there! Don’t forget to check out the deets at Imagiknit, and here’s the Facebook event if you want to put it in your event calendar over there :).

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