Wednesday, November 5, 2008

OttLite Visits Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Stores!

I recently visited my local JoAnn Fabric and Crafts Store for some fun with my friend Margarita. Take a look at this goofy, but cool video.

Color and detail are so important when you're selecting pieces for your project. We'll show you how OttLite helps you make every call with total confidence.

I took along my rechargeable OttLite Battery Powered Task Lamp . No cords, the charge lasts three hours ... and it is totally rechargeable. I love this lamp!

We'd love to hear about your experiences shopping for projects. Please e-mail me!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Scrapbooking with OttLite

We love hearing how people use their OttLite lamps. Here's what Jody in Tampa, Florida has to say ...

"I always have two or three Ott-Lites going while I am scrapbooking. Sometimes it is hard to match shades of inks with papers and pictures, etc. The Ott-Lites really make a big difference. Their clarity and brightness really help when putting together the perfect page. I have four in my crafting room, I even iron with one."

Tell us how you use your OttLite lamp. E-mail me today!

- Jessica

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Power of Creativity - New Video Series!

Because so many artists and crafters use OttLite lighting to create, we get to meet amazing, creative, inspiring people who touch the lives of others every day with their creativity and their passion. We started collecting their stories on The Power of Creativity - how it can heal us, shape us, join us together, challenge us, and make us branch out.

Over the next few months, we will be sharing these stories (one a week), so stay tuned for more. PLUS ... we would love to hear how creativity has played a part in your life. Please e-mail us. You can even include a video of your own!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Focus on the Customer

When you combine a really great product with really passionate people -- you get something magical. I spoke with Vickie in the OttLite customer service group, who is one of those really passionate people! She has been with OttLite for 6 years and has handled thousands of calls.

Q. What is your favorite kind of call?

A. People telling how much their OttLite is helping them. I love that! 
So many of our customers depend on our lights for reading, daily chores, puzzles, newspapers, crafting -- the things they enjoy. When their bulb goes out or they have a problem, it stops their world. I love to help them bring it back on line.

Q. How did that make you feel?

It makes me feel so good. I use OttLite lighting every day, but I take it for granted. For people who call in on a daily basis, it is their lifeline for doing the things they enjoy every day.

Q. Is there a caller that really touched your heart?

A. So many. But a call that I really remember is a daughter who called in for her father who lives alone. His wife had passed away. The daughter visits on the weekends and helps her dad around the house. He was without his OttLite for the whole week. He couldn’t read the newspaper or do his puzzles. She didn't know because he didn’t want to impose on her life … so he waited until the weekend. She called in on Monday and we got a bulb right to her. Our logistics group expedited it at no additional cost.

She called when they got the bulb and her father was thrilled that he could read again. Everything was back to normal.

Thank you, Vickie, for sharing your story and bringing such heart to what you do!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What's Under Your OttLite?

Hearing how people use their OttLite lamps is my favorite part of my job. When someone stops me and says, "Wow! My lamp saved my sewing project!" or, "I had to buy another one because my husband stole it." I just can't stop smiling :-).

Here is a customer experience from Peggy B in New Orleans ...

"I have been a crafter for years. I actually used to take my paper outside in the natural sunlight to match them! How sad is that???? Then one day I was shopping at a JoAnns and saw the Ott Display! :) What an amazing difference when you can see the same sheet of paper side by side separated by a wall under 2 different lights! It was like looking at a different sheet of paper totally! I was sold on the Ott light that day. Came home with 2 in my car! LOL. I've been happy happy ever since! I love having my desk top one and the fact it is a COOL light and I'm never worrying over having a HEATED lamp at my desk area! thanks!"
Share your story with me!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

OttLite in the Blogisphere

What I love about blogs is they are so real. You think it, you write it. That's why when I see someone write about how OttLite has helped them, I get really excited!! Here is what Beth W, a blogger and doctoral studies student at Indiana University of PA, had to say about finding OttLite:

I'd like to share a great piece of technology with all of you readers and writers out there. The Ott Light was first introduced to me in the fall and it has made a world of difference in my reading and paper grading. While I'm trying to resist adopting an advertising tone, I can't help but gush - just a little - about the benefits of using the Ott Light. Eye strain disappeared and the written word was clearer and sharper than it is under other lighting sources. Even grading student papers seemed easier and my mind was more alert to tune it. The Reading Light works well for my purposes but they have a wide range for whatever your preferences are..... Introducing the Ott Light"

Wow, Beth! We're so glad you are enjoying it!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Martha Stewart Picks Claudine Hellmuth for Top 10 Crafts!


We love artist Claudine Hellmuth. She is fun, funky and wildly creative! To add to her list of amazing attributes, the Martha Stewart Show selected her for their Top Ten list of TV Crafts! Way to go, Claudine! Also, check her out on You Tube!
Claudine also uses OttLite lighting in her studio. Here is what she says about OttLite:

"If I had one art appliance that I couldn't live without it would be my Ott Lite. Nothing compares to the color accuracy when mixing paint colors, matching papers and detail work! I have two in my studio!"

Pictured below is Claudine at the OttLite booth at the Craft and Hobby Association Show last February. Read more about it on her Feb 12th Blog.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

OttLite Visits Miami Ink!

Talk about making permanent color choices and details that leave a lasting impression. Tattooing is the ultimate in committing to your artwork. The guys at Miami Ink use OttLite lighting to make it happen.
OttLite CEO Don Barry took a trip to Miami Ink last week. Check out the video of his trip :

Also, here's what the artists have to say about OttLite:

I can't imagine tatooing without them.- Darren Brass

Makes it easier for me to work longer without straining my eyes - Morgwn Penny
Thanks for the light at the end of the tunnel.- Ami James

They're the best lights for tatooing on the market.- Chris Nunez

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Impatient Crafter on You Tube!

You know when you meet someone and they make you laugh, smile and really think all at the same time? For me, Margot Potter is that incredibly talented source of energy. She is known as the "Impatient Beader". Her books open up jewelry making to everyone through the great instructions, humor and variety of style.

To see Margot in action and learn some new techniques, check her out on You Tube. Plus, her website is always a fun visit -- her list of "Hair Don'ts", hilarious blog and really cool projects will keep you smiling!

- Jessica

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Baby Boy Joy!

It is a happy Spring indeed! I am pleased to announce Mr. Dylan Parker! My very good friends, Rob and Eileen, just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! He really is beautiful, not that “aww he’s cute” then you leave the hospital and ask what happened to that poor child’s face – he really is beautiful!

I got to visit him when he was just 6 hours old and so new to the world. His beautiful eyes were looking at everything around him and trying so hard to focus – imagine seeing everything for the first time! He was enthralled by his tongue and his mouth, darting his tongue in and out and catching air on the tip. What really put a cheek-to-cheek grin on my face was watching his parents. Rob and Eileen are so proud, as they should be; it’s amazing to witness that joy firsthand. I had fun watching Rob change his son’s first diaper and Eileen instructing on how to do it. The happiness in that hospital room could fill the entire city of Tampa.
In order to capture this moment I decided that I wanted to create a scrapbook page for them – and Dylan. As always, Jennifer G’s site offered me some great inspiration. Jennifer’s site linked me to Kim Hughes’ site who offered this great layout for inspiration.

Of course, I changed it up a bit to format it more to my liking and capabilities, but it offers a great place to start. She also offers many more ideas for creating different cards and pages. Make sure to check her out!Welcome Dylan to this crazy world. It’s one heck of a ride but buckle tight and enjoy every moment of it!

You are Worth It!

Jewelry designer Linda Valentino shares her OttLite story and some beautiful pictures of her work:

"Before I started using the Ott-Lite my eyes were getting strained and the colors of my beaded work were all fuzzy and looked a different color.
My yellows were more like mustard color not the yellow that I have purchased at Joann Fabric -- it was muted. Then I brought home the Ott-Lite last Christmas.

"With amazement, the work looked so much life like and I use my Ott-Lite for almost everything I use. I work with it, at my studio at this time, I use it to read the newspaper and it does not hurt my eyes. The Ott-Lite does not get too hot under it like the regular light bulbs do and it also the old stuff burned little bits on the top of my head, the Ott-Lite did not do this.

"I could keep the Ott-Lite on for 4 hours a day, everyday. The renewable bulbs do not cost as much as the fluorescent bulbs and Joann Fabric carries them. I am so happy that my work appreciates that I use this too, and for all of you who have not made a decision on wheter to spend that extra 80.00 or not. Do yourself a favor, spend the money while you can still see once the eyes go you will not be buying the Ott Light you will be in a nursing home. So enjoy your life with scrapbooking, needleworks, or just like me seed beading necklaces and start enjoying your life. You are Worth it!!"

Linda Valentino, Valentino Originals Seminole, Florida

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Art of Playing

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Hank Edley from AdeptiCon – “For Gamers By Gamers”. Here is what he had to say about this year’s conference and AdeptiCon itself.
Q. Describe AdeptiCon for those who are not familiar with it?
A. It is the largest club-run mini war game convention in the country. We recently finished our 6th year and have increased our attendance from 100 people our first year to 800 currently. It is mainly a convention for adults who haven’t stopped playing with toy soldiers. It is highly detailed and teaches how to paint, sculpt and have fun competing at the same time. We work closely with Games Workshop in creating highly competitive tournaments where attendees can show off their work.

Q. How long have you been involved with AdeptiCon and what is your role?
A. This is my 5th year operationally but I attended the first year and wanted to become involved which led me to marketing and sponsorship opportunities. This is a volunteer-driven event that requires thousands of hours of time. In fact, planning for the 2009 event has already begun.

Q. What first attracted you to AdeptiCon?
A. As like most Americans, I do have a competitive streak; it’s the nature of the game. I have a lot of friends in the tournament circuit and this has given me a great venue for social networking.
Q. How important is the artistic portion? Is it more the painting and creating the pieces or the game playing?
A. The artistic portion is very important as is the sportsmanship of the game. Gamers are scored on how creative their pieces are and the painting contest is judged solely on artistic merit. There are also scores for sportsmanship during the games and how well you play with others.

Q. Do you buy your pieces already painted or do you paint them yourself?
A. Yes, I do paint my own but I have also contracted pieces out to elite painters. With young children and a demanding job I don’t have as much time to dedicate but I do paint a good chunk of my own stuff.

Q. Is there a required skill level to attend the conference or can beginners join as well?
A. Beginners are more than welcome. We offer intro to painting courses and there are always people willing to teach. As with other hobbies, we are seeing the pressures of quick entertainment such as video games and internet, but this is a hobby that teaches good skill sets.

Q. How important is lighting when creating your pieces?
A. Very, very important! Light sourcing for competitive painters is critical. You are using a base color and need proper lighting to highlight this color for better matching. On the competitive side you can spend hundreds of hours on one figure, without good lighting your eyes get tired and fatigued. Having good lighting helps when painting for long periods of time.

Q. Anything else that you would like our readers to know?
A. We have a significant amount of crossover with other hobbies that people may not think of. We frequently use craft paint and include stamping to sewing with many pieces. What makes your pieces successful is good lighting, good magnification, talent and steady hand!
For more information, please visit their website

- Danielle

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

OttLite in Office Depot "Green Office"

Office Depot featured the OTT-LITE DesignPro Floor Lamp for their Green Office.

OTT-LITE lighting is great on your eyes, but also great for the earth. By using less energy than incandescent lighting, OTT-LITE lighting helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions -- a major component researchers believe contributes to global warming.

Providing energy saving -- and money saving -- solutions is nothing new to us. It's been our mission for almost 20 years. Click here to find out more.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Jewelry Making Makes Great Mom and Son Time

I've been floored by the creativity coming from every corner of OTT-LITE! Recently I complimented Jennifer Goodwin in our customer service department on a necklace she was wearing. She smiled that proud mommy smile and told me her son had made it for her.

Here's a quick interview with Jennifer about jewelry making with her son.

Q. Why did you start jewelry making?

A. My sister-in-law showed me how. More importantly it is quality time with my son. He’s really creative and he likes to create jewelry with me. He was 6 when we started and now he’s 8. He likes the crystals and big shiny pieces of jewelry … the big flashy beads. He doesn’t like a pattern … just whatever he likes. When he does follow a pattern, it really helps with his math since there’s a lot of counting. Plus, it settles him down. TV and video games aren’t always quality time. This is our one-on-one time. I really love doing it with him.

Q. Which is your favorite piece?

A. One of the first necklaces Dylan made for me. Plus this anklet with the shells. We were at the beach one day and he saw a hole in a shell and thought, “we can do this with our necklaces”.

Q. What’s your advice for parents who want to start jewelry making with their kids?
A. Have lots of patience and let them be creative. Even if it’s your Swarovski crystals … just let them create.

Q. How does your artwork help you with answering OTT-LITE customer’s calls?

A. Not only do I work for OTT-LITE, but Dylan and I use OTT-LITE lighting when we make jewelry. So I know how the product can really help the person on the other end of the line.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Celtic Memory Yarns for St. Patties Day

I found this fantastic blog from a woman in Ireland -- just perfect for St. Patties Day! Jo with Celtic Memory Yarns is a yarn designer and self proclaimed "fibre fiend" who talks about knitting, life in Ireland, dogs, scenery, and that constant search for the perfect colour combination.

In her St. Patties Day blog she talked about OTT-LITE Lighting! Here's what she wrote about having the perfect setting to prepare Sock Madness 2, which has just kicked off. This means that knitters all over the globe are "gathering their yarns, greasing their needles and getting everything ready":

"The sunny sitting room upstairs, with the trusty knitting chair. Carpets vacuumed so that no distracting sights of pawprints or stray leaves or half-eaten bones would take the mind from the pattern. Feng Shui, if you like. Small occasional table placed in best position, with Ott-lite at correct angle for maximum illumination after dark without dazzling."