Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Giveaway Time! Who wants to WIN an OttLite?!


It's that time of the year again for us artists and makers. A whole lotta long long days and late late nights spent locked away in the studio. We're busy as can be working on holiday orders…tons of diecuts and signs, but it's our ornaments that take up the majority of our time. When we debuted the ornaments a few weeks ago the immediate response was amazing, and since then the orders have been coming in steadily. As I said in a previous post…we're immensely flattered and grateful. So happy to be on the same page with so many of you guys. 
Anyway, this blog post couldn't be more fitting to the situation at hand. We happen to be doing the exact type of work that requires an OttLite, and it's also the season of giving! So yes, you read the title of this post correctly…we're giving away an OttLite!!! 



    Very recently OttLite contacted us to ask if we'd like to try out one of their lights. Of course we were super excited, because we had wanted an OttLite for years. I know many of you fellow artists and crafters are probably shocked to learn that we hadn't already owned one…or several of them. But I've always been terrible when it comes to buying things…I have so much trouble making specific choices when it comes to making an important purchase. Seriously, at least a dozen times me and Aaron were in either Jo-Ann's or Michaels, standing in front of the display of OttLites, but we were unable to pull the trigger. We are weirdos.
But we got lucky this time around. The gal from OttLite who contacted us took matters into her own hands. She asked us what type of work we'd be doing mostly, what type of studio we had, how much available space, all that stuff. And then she made the decision for us. She thought a tabletop model with an attached magnifier would be very helpful when it came to making our ornaments. And she was totally right! 


We also told her all about how concerned we are with color, and that we do a majority of our painting early in the day because nothing beats daylight when it comes to seeing colors correctly. And this is where OttLite comes in. As far as artificial lighting goes, this lamp is the closest thing to actual daylight we've ever worked with. Most other lamps give off a yellowy glow, but the OttLite casts a cool even pool of light directly on our work surface…no glare, no flicker, no heat. We seriously Love it! It has made our late nights in the studio much more pleasant.  


All of these ornaments were made over many of those late nights...and there are plenty more of those late nights still to come. I believe we'll be working non stop right up until Christmas Eve!



Ok…this is where it gets good! Up at the top of the post you probably noticed the pic of Aaron holding a brand new, still-in-the-box, OttLite. It's the exact same model that we own, and we promise…it's fantastic. We can't believe we get to give this away to a lucky Everyday is a Holiday blog reader. The people at OttLite are awesome!
Below are all of the product specifics from the OttLite website: 


The perfect tool for seeing details easily and colors accurately, the 13w DuoFlex Magnifier Lamp couples the benefits of OttLite Illumination™ with optical grade 3x magnification in this sleek and flexible design. Two flexible arms extend from a sturdy base so you can individually and easily position the light and magnifier exactly where you need them. 

Product Dimensions:
Max. Height: 21.5"
Min. Height: 7.5"
Base Diameter: 9" x 7.125"

It's perfect for artists, crafters, makers…perfect for art journaling, scrapbooking, sewing, embroidery, sculpting, and wow, it would be perfect for miniatures. For us it makes precision cutting a lot easier. It's great to have a light directly over the project so that there aren't any weird shadows to throw you off. And the magnifier makes for a safer experience when using an X-ACTO blade.
And now…here's how you can win it: 

Entering is super Easy! 
Just be a follower of this blog, and leave a comment below telling us what type of crafting or art making you will be doing with your OttLite!? For an extra entry like OttLite on Facebook , and leave a separate comment below letting us know that you did! 

That's it! Good Luck! And a very big THANK YOU to OttLite!

xo Jenny & Aaron

141 comments:

  1. I could use one of the Ottlites for making jewelry and painting! Just like you, I've stood in Michaels and Joanns, looking at the Ottlites and not able to pull the trigger and get one. Would LOVE to win this! :)

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  2. OMYGOSH!!! I hope I win!!!! I have been drooling (well, not literally ... drool and electricity wouldn't quite mix, would it?? *wink*) ... over these every.single.time. we are Joann's!!!! But I just can't afford one!!!! I would use one for when I am fussy-cutting my papers (which I do on almost EVERY project!!) *fingers crossed that Santa loves me this year!!!* :)

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  3. Oh man, everything? Polymer clay mini desserts? Felt macaron advent calendar decorations? Drawing my adorable little nephew? Everything after sundown for some reason? (And liked 'em on FB)

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  4. I think the magnifier will be perfect for my journaling and drawing! What a nice gift! So glad y'all got one and thankful for all the elf hours you and Aaron are putting in making beautiful things for all of us! Love y'all! And I liked on FB!

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  5. It would be very helpful for when I make my cards and gift tags. ☺️ Thanks for the chance to win. Your ornaments are lovely.

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  6. My other comment didn't post - darn it.
    I have also stood and looked at Ottlites - I have the one that opens and the light goes on BUT you can't adjust it's angle and it's short. This one you are giving away is awesome. For more detailed work on canvas, art books.....true daylight day and night would be fantastic. (Fingers are crossed)

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  7. Hi Jenny!!! I would make holiday ornaments, collages, and art journaling!

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  8. oh this ott lite would certainly help me when I am slaving away late at night creating my jewelry and sewing projects.....would love the chance to win one....fingers crossed..thanks guys for the chance to win one!!!!

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  9. I would use it for paper crafting and DIY projects! Would love to have proper lighting!

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  10. I would love to have one of these for my craft room! Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  11. I'm a big art journaler and our apt only has 4 windows, none of which get any good light. This light would be so helpful!

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  12. Of course I could use one. Man..that would be useful with all the glittering and painting in my studio. (I have overhead light which leaves a bit to be desired. Crossing fingers.

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  13. Facebook liked and fingers still crossed.

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  14. I would use the light to help sculpt and paint my tiny skulls out of clay!

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  15. I'd use this awesome light to help me hand sew and embroider my felt dolls. I'm getting to the age where I have to hold things close to my face to see details clearly. Thanks for having this great giveaway!

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  16. Liked OttLite on facebook also!! Looks so perfect, thanks for the insider scoop on its awesomeness :)

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  17. I would use it to work on my mixed media paintings and projects from your book with my girls! Ty!!

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  18. I would use it on those nights and cloudy winter days when the urge to draw and paint strikes.. The lighting at my house is terrible! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. I would use this great light while I make my vintage Quilt Scrap Necklaces. I look at pieces of fabric scraps very closely to see the tiny designs and figure out the best part of each piece to use to make the perfect pendant. Good lighting is a must! Thanks for the chance!

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  20. I have a tiny portable ottlite that is great in the car. But I would love this big one for when I am embroidering at home. :D

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  21. This would fit perfectly on my work table for doing my paper crafts and working in my mixed media journal.

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  22. Hello Jenny and Aaron! I would use my magical OttLite to complete all of my sewing, embroidering, painting, clay figure making, cupcake decorating, and pet portraiture projects. I can't wait to have my very own OttLite! ❤

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  23. I do a lot of crafting.An Ottlite would be so helpful, especially for cross-stitching! There are times I have a problem with the tiny stitching and an Ottlite would solve the problem! Thanks for the competition.

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  24. I also follow Ottlite on Facebook.

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  25. I would use this to paint, craft and photograph my items! The magnifier would be nice too.

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  26. This would help me make my pins, I pretty much have to quit working once the sun goes down. My office light sucks so it's hard to see true colors! :)

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  27. I would use this light for working on my cross stitch the old eyes are not what they used to be. I liked on facebook also.

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  28. I would love to win the light! I'm a knitter and this would be such a help when I'm knitting with dark yarns.

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  29. I would use this fabulous light whist I make jewelry, collage art, greeting cards & all kinds of good stuff. Great giveaway. I'm going to like Ottlite on Facebook as well.

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  30. I would love to win this since my work space is in a basement where the light is ... suboptimal to say the least! It seems like it would be the perfect light for my art journaling/collage/mail art work! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  31. I have always wanted an Ottlite. I do scrapbooking, card making, and jewelry. I will also like on facebook.

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  32. Oh I could use one for sure I work at night a whole lot and just cannot get the right kind of lighting going on in my Studio! It's hard when the bulbs cast a color of their own and I too find myself wishing for daylight to mix paint colors and such~ Fingers crossed... liked on Facebook too!

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  33. I would use this to make my collages especially for the small pieces thanks for this opportunity liked and shared!

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  34. This light would be so helpful for my mixed media projects, jewelry and other crafts.

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  35. Ooh, this would be awesome! It would come in handy when taking photos of small products like our lipsticks!! Would love to win this. By the way, I must be a weirdo too because I always hem and haw when I have to make a purchase on a certain item. I can never make up my mind! *wink*

    ♡ Regina ♡
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  36. Went and liked OttLite on Facebook!!

    ♡ Regina ♡
    Margarita Bloom: Retro Modern Beauty & Skincare
    Beauty Brand♡ www.margarita-bloom.com
    Blog♡ http://www.cherrylipsblondecurls.com
    Facebook♡ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Margarita-Bloom/28087812273?ref=mf
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  37. For all my collage and mix media. Liked on Facebook.

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  38. I would use the OttLite to bead at night.

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  39. I want to start cross stitching again. A light and magnifier would be great for these old eyes :)

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  40. This would be fantastic! I'm always looking for good light and another way to view the little things up close!

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  41. The Ottlite would be a definite plus when doing my cross-stitch and embroidery.

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  42. What a fantastic giveaway! I'd be using it for so many things... but specifically embroidery and jewelry making. I recently have found myself having to adjust the distance I hold items away to see... and I need to match my colors well, so I think an Ottlite with magnifier would be great!

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  43. Ottlite was already in my list of "liked" pages. :)

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  44. I liked them on FB as well! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  45. I just started art journaling and since I just got a job (yeah!!) I'll be doing my journaling at night!! I would love to be a le to see what I'm doing, ha ha. thank you for the opportunity to enter to win.

    I liked them on fb too :-)
    Kristen

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  46. I am a follower of your lovely blog through Bloglovin. I do alot of different crafts. Cards, Scrapbooking, Quilling, Woodburning, and much more. Having the light and magnifier on this would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  47. I'm a fan of OttLite's Facebook page.

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  48. Hello Jenny and Aaron! I would use my lovely new OttLite to complete my sewing, painting, clay figurine, cupcake decorating, and pet portraiture projects! I cant wait to own my very own OttLite!

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  49. hi guys! Omg.. I so could use an ottlite! Ive looked at them several times over the years. my craft room is dark! I would love to win! needlefelting and other fine work would be so much easier! anyways.. thanks for the chance to win.. and I m heading over to like ottlite on facebook right now! have a great Thanksgiving! xoxo!

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  50. I need one of those OttLites. As I get older I need more & more light to see when I'm working...and I'm currently doing a lot of patchwork & quilting...that would come in handy for all my hand work. Thanks for the chance to win...and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  51. I follow you on bloglovin', and would use this for drawing, and, painting, and clay figurine work.

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  52. Liked them on Facebook as well as Joie Fatale

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  53. Yay, it would be perfect for my miniatures and miniature jewelry! ♥♥♥♥ I hope i win! :)
    I'm a fan of OttLite's facebook page.

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  54. I would love to win an OttLite - they are wonderful. I will be using for scrapping, collage art, and anything else I can think of!

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  55. Amazing! I'd use it for drawing at night (since I no longer do it, because I lack good lightning). ♥

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  56. I would love this light for my upcycled jewelry design. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  57. Hi Jenny! You guys are the best to do this! You've already seen my jewelry but I also paint. Currently my studio is in the basement.... not so hot for natural light as I have no windows but an OttLite would be purrfect! Missy :)

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  58. Okay me again.... I liked the OttLite page on my facebook ;) Hugs, Missy

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  59. Hi,

    The answer is so easy! LOTS AND LOTS OF CARDS & ORNAMENTS!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Cariños,
    María Alba

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  60. I work with tiny seed beads to create jewelry and art. I'd love to win this OttLite!

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  61. I've liked OttLite on facebook too.

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  62. Oh my goshhh... this would be perfect for my late-night jewelry making (which is mostly when I work on it)! <3

    P.S. Love that you got Aaron to model the giveaway item!

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  63. Ott Lights are GREAT! I use them for my classroom and my work table. However...my little pup likes to chew the end of the cord off. :( So, I'm down a couple.

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  64. The OttLite would be a boon while burning the midnight oil at my art table working on soft sculpture hand sewing, drawing and painting. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  65. I use mine for crocheting, crosstitch and quilting. I have problems seeing so it helps a whole lot!!:)

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  66. Comic book inking, sketch cards with markers, watercolor paintings, miniature painting. ... Quite a few things that would benefit from an OttLite!

    Thanks for holding this contest and writing the review. =)

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  67. I give up on most of my hand-sewing and crafting after the sun goes down because the lighting in my house is so bad (so is my vision in dim light). This light would up my creative productivity as hand-sewing is the perfect pastime for evening hours. I'm crossing my fingers that it will light up my workspace and my life soon! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  68. Oh! i would love having one of those, i´d use it to work on my custom blythe at night, drawing and making their pulls :D it would be VERY useful as i suspect it is way better than the one i am using right now, just a lamp with a high day light voltage...many things i just can´t even try to make them at night :/ It would be fantastic to have this helper! :D

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  69. And i liked them on Facebook! :D

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  70. Would love to win this as I had an Ott light for years and used it heavily; however, I used it so much that the neck portion of the lamp gave way, broke off and there was no way to fix it, even with a "fixer upper" husband. I do everything from counted cross stich, primitive needlework and embroidery, making traditional rug hoooking rugs, etc. I have been following your blog for a long time; however, am not a "follower". I will become one, but since I read your blog everyday, I hoped that I could get in on this great contest.

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  71. I live in a cave on the shady side of a mountain in WYoming....send me some light! I do leatherwork and altered anything.

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  72. I have an ott lite and I absolutely love it!!! It's a table top travel lamp. So light weight! Would so love to win the one you are showing in this blog for my sewing room. The light from your lamps is wonderful!! Liked you on FB.

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  73. I'd need this for when I'm sewing for sure!! Nothing fun about threading a sewing machine in dim light or having to use the flashlight haha. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  74. I'd be doing everything from jewelry making to project life to pulling out splinters! And since I don't have light in my studio and have to steal/borrow my husbands shop lights this would really come in handy! Thanks!

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  75. I do beading, wire wrapping and molding clay. I am posting to enter to win the light

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  76. I would use this to paint my gaming figures.

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  77. I would use this for E V E R Y T H I N G all day (and night) long!! I feel like I can never get bright enough light, and I'm like you, I do most of my color work in the morning. When making my charm jewelry, I have to be super detail oriented, so this would be a huge improvement! My priorities are 1. color and 2. attaching tiny jewelry components correctly. This lamp would be such a welcome addition to my work space!

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  78. I just liked them on facebook! Fingers crossed! xo

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  79. I would use it for making my Paper Bag Scrapbook Albums.

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  80. I liked OttLite on Facebook: Tammy Shelton

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  81. What a wonderful giveaway! I have been wanting an OttLite for YEARS! I would use it for cross-stitching and paper-crafting. :0)

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  82. I liked OttLite on Facebook: Holly Loyd

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  83. oh I am a follower now, I have wanted one for years too!!! I would use it for paper crafting and copic coloring. I so need this type, my cheaters don't always work out for me, lol. Now I am off to check out what you are making, that looked like fun... like something else I need, lol.

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  84. OOooo I've been dreaming of owning an OttLite for quite some time so this would be way cool to win :) I am a sculptor/painter/illustrator so all of those activities would be much improved with better lighting. :) I just followed your blog - I normally follow you on Instagram which is how I heard about the giveaway (incase you were wondering)! Thanks for the chance to win! Happy Thanksgiving :) Oh, and P.S. your ornaments are way cute! I love the aqua mixer one!

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  85. Oh, my bad - when I scrolled up I noticed the mixer ornament was pink -- I guess I was just imagining it being aqua -- hehehe! still mega cute :)

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  86. I could so use this for my new craft room. I love to make cards and scrapbook so far. Also do some jewelry making. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  87. Awesome giveaway!!!!! I have been researching these and need one for my art table for painting and jewelry making!!!

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  88. I would use the light for painting and carving linolium for prints.

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  89. This would awesome help when I hand cut paper!!

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  90. oh my gosh I would love an ottlite just moved my studio to a closet at the end of the hall not much natural light there !! thanks for doing the give away some one is going to be lucky and happy when they win .. big hugs

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  91. Would love to have this light to use while I'm drawing!

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  92. Would love an OttLite for my craft room. I do some sewing, crocheting and am learning to knit as well. This light would be a perfect addition to my dark craft room. Hope y'all are surviving the holiday busy season. Xoxo.
    AngelaB

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  93. Also, liked and am following OttLite on FB. Cheers!
    AngelaB

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  94. My craft room has one window and it's faces a wall. Not much natural light happening in there. Plus the walls are painted a gold color, so everything has a yellow tint to it. If I want good natural light I have to run to the kitchen. The magnifier is a huge bonus. Let's face it. My eyes aren't getting any younger and my glasses just keep getting thicker.

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  95. Liked Ott Lite on Facebook too :)

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  96. I went right to OttLite and FB'd them! There! ;-)

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  97. I've wondered how true the light is for colors- and goodness, a magnifier is what these almost 45 year old eyes could use as I alter dominos with my paper assemblage art for charms and ornaments! No more squinting? No more shock at the not-so-great color combos I chose under questionable light? :) Thanks for the chance!

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  98. ... and I've liked OttLite on FB!

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  99. I would use this amazing light to paint with and to add sparkling elements to my greeting cards and prints! Because everyone needs a little sparkle!!! You two are awesome, love your style and your artwork!!!

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  100. I love your blog and I love this giveaway! I'd use my Ottlite for stitching tiny Blythe doll clothes and watercolor painting!

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  101. Excellent! My studio is in our garage so I depend on lamps to paint and scrapbook. Would love a chance to win!

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  102. I would use this light on the dreary winter days for my art journaling and happy mail swaps...without having to turn on every light I can get my hands on...lol

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  103. And I just liked OttLite on FB!!!!!!

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  104. Liked OttLite. I would use it for many things; jewelry & bead work

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  105. I crochet and knit. Sometimes while working with dark colors, it can be hard to see the stitches. This would be very helpful! :3

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  106. I repair broken and jewelry and I'm a big cross-stitcher! Two very colorful crafty birds, one ott-lite stone!

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  107. I'd use it for my scrapbooking, but I'll enjoy the sleek design 24/7!

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  108. I just liked Ottlite on facebook

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  109. I do mixed media collage and holiday crafts.... all by a terrible, terribly old light in my attic. I could sure use an OttLite! Even if I don't win, your post may prompt me to go out and get one or two. - Amy Bauer amy.bauer416@gmail.com

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