Monday, December 17, 2012

Gifts for Textile Artists

This is the month of the year that I take spending liberties for myself since it is my birthday month and Christmas month.  One year it was a GPS which was an extravagance for me at that time.  Another year it was a better more portable camera, and then a Townsend Orbiter floor frame, and this year was not only my iPad 2 but these other two must haves for textile hand work.

I already have two floor OTT lights; one stays in my living room and doesn't move from it's spot and there is one which travels with me when I go to rug camps to use in the classroom.  However, since I don't like carrying my floor light to my sleeping room when I hook there decided I needed a more portable OTT for that.

So this past weekend I treated myself to this cordless, rechargeable portable OTT.  I works wonderfully because my roomie Deb had one last year and me, being envious, had to own one as well.  Frankly I didn't know they existed other than the ones with cords, but this is wunnerful.
AND also purchased this handy dandy OTT which is shorter but a wee bit thicker than a cell phone and works on just 3 AAA batteries. Here is a picture of the front, and they had different colors but I chose this.  That white spot is where the flash bounced back and is not a rub off on the cover.
Here is what it looks like opened and you an see the lighting mechanisms.
This will be useful for me to see if I am picking up black or blue wool strips as I sit in the sleeping room with my cordless OTT to my right and my hooking strips on my bed to the left.  I just pick up my handy dandy OTT and see if my strip color is a dark brown, black or navy ~ voila.  It has a clip so it can be attached to a shirt, a tote, etc.  I am sure it has other uses as well.

And it only gets better.  The mini-mini OTT was originally $20 at Michael's but it is NOW on sale at 50% off PLUS I had a computer print out of an additional discount which brought the total cost of it to me for $8.  WOW!  Now that is a deal.

The cordless portable OTT was not to be seen at my local Michael's so maybe they had been bought out of those.  However, my local Hancock Fabrics (a/k/a Minnesota Fabrics) had them at 40% PLUS I had a coupon which brought the price down from $99 to $50.

Sale at Hancock is effective until December 24th.  I'm not sure how long the sale is effective at Michael's.  But you may want to check both stores out and if you don't get the flyers delivered to your home you should sign up when you go to the store to purchase.  AND, do a Google search and bring up each web site to see if you can download a coupon before you go.

Good luck, happy shopping and please remember to be kind to one another. 


p.s.  I want to finish my Wee Folk REALLY BADLY!!!!!!!!!


  1. nice!! One day I will have an OTT light or two!!

  2. Happy, happy birthday to you!
    Great gifts! You deserve each and every one!!!
    Hugs :)

  3. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you!So glad that you treated yourself to such nice goodies.Hugs,Jen

  4. Good for you!
    Happy Birthday, you're getting sweeter by the year! yes! Ben says so! Merry Christmas. Those light look great too!

  5. what a nice birthday gift to yourself. Happy Birthday!!! what day is your birthday? mine is today ,my mom's is next week[12-25] and my daughter's was last week[12-10]. that's a lot of birthdays. denise


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