OttLite Craft Caddy Lamp Review + Giveaway

November 21st, 2014


OttLite contacted me about reviewing their Craft Caddy Lamp. Having seen their products in various craft and sewing stores, I knew it would be a good fit for my creating space, and with the holiday season coming up, I like to test out products that I think could be great gifts for crafters.


I’ve been using my OttLite for about a month now, and I LOVE it! Here are some of my favorite things about this lamp:

  • I like that it’s a circle, so I can rotate it without interrupting the (messy) space around it.
  • The light part can drop closer to your project and still be parallel with the surface for even lighting:


  • There is a plug in the back! I used it to plug in my favorite  Ad Tech glue gun (easy access for plugging in and out). Also great for cell phones:


  • It folds down to a nice compact and easily transportable unit, complete with cord wrap:


  • The bulb itself is a nice bright clear light. It’s so clear and neutral that I was even able to use it to stage photos in a dark room at night. like this one:


Overall, it’s a great light for crafting and detail work. I’m so used to using it now that I can’t imagine my workspace without it, and my craft room feels very dimly lit without it. I love using it and I would recommend it to any crafter especially those doing detail work or working with matching colors & patterns.

You can pick up this lamp at Amazon, but I recommend getting it from because you can use their weekly coupon to get up to 50% off. 

OttLite provided me with a second lamp for a giveaway. This is a $70 retail value and you can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post about what is on your crafty Christmas wish list this year and get even more entries by following me on instagram! Enter below for your chance to win:

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*Product for this post was provided in exchange for this review. This post contains affiliate links.

Minted Fathers Day Cards & Gifts

May 29th, 2013

fathers_day_table recently asked me to review their Father’s day cards and gifts. Since I happen to love Minted (I did my christmas cards with them last year – awesome!), and have a few fathers in my life, it was a no brainer to share their high quality and well designed products with you!

I have to say that I was bit skeptical about using a site like Minted to buy something like a fathers day card. I figured the prices would be to high, and the cards no better than your standard hallmark card, so why bother with something seemingly more complicated? Boy was I so completely wrong on every account. I checked out their cards and found that all the cards were well designed and super easy to customize. Here are a few that I just adore:



Now you must be thinking to yourself those are so adorable, but they must cost a bajillion dollars. I couldn’t believe that they are only $5.99.

$5.99! For a custom printed with any of your photos card. And I’m not done yet! The cards are also full-color print on the inside with as many photos as you can squeeze in there (they have different layout options that are super easy to drop photos in).

So let me share the cards that I ordered so you can see how precious these are.  Outside cover:


The paper these cards are printed on is super thick 98lb and I selected the Pearlescent paper option, which has just a little bit of shimmer. The quality of the print is excellent and I’m super picky about paper and print quality.

Inside spread:


I almost cried when I opened up this card and saw all these precious moments from the past 6 months. This is definitely more than a card to me, it’s an opportunity to get pictures off my computer and give them a chance to be cherished.

There just isn’t anything cooler than a card with all your own photos printed inside of it.

I also wanted to print a card for my Dad. I chose a simple one because I don’t have any photos of me and my dad (now that I know this, I need to make an effort to take some!).


I did drop a single picture in the inside of our little family (also need to get family photos taken now that Leo is bigger!).

fathers_day_card2_insideIn addition to the cards, Minted also has various Father’s Day Gifts including wall art, customized stationary, and journals. Mr. Project loves to sketch and so I was thrilled when I saw that you could get their journals with blank pages – perfect for sketching. 

I customized his sketch book with his name, and the inside cover  is custom printed with our address if it gets lost. I think this is so awesome, and was excited to find the perfect simple gift for Mr. Project. You can also print photos on the inside and there are several journals that have photos on the cover like this one:


I am so grateful for this opportunity to review Minted’s father’s day products because I know I wouldn’t have tried them out just on my own. And now that I have seen how awesome they are, I can’t imagine not ordering my cards from them every year (and probably for every occasion!).

For my readers, I have a 10% off coupon + free shipping on any Father’s Day Gifts now through 6/11/2013! Enter TPG10SHIP when you checkout.



On an unrelated note, my cute neighbor Katie made the silhouette for my Father’s Day table. I’m going to post a tutorial on that this Friday, so check back to see how you can make this awesome DIY father’s day gift.

*This post contains affiliate links. To see my full disclosure statement, visit my sponsor page.

Free Advertising November

September 23rd, 2011

Do you run an etsy shop? An up-and-coming blog? a craft-related business? a small photography studio? A digital scrapbooking or printables shop? If so, have I got a deal for you! In November I would like to help promote your business FOR FREE. In the past month has attracted more than 210,000 individual page views. The majority of readership is made up of Women 25-45 who have children, homes, and a love for crafting. If you have been contemplating purchasing advertising, but have been hesitant to spend the money, this is the perfect opportunity to see if you will get a positive response from banner advertising without costing you a cent.

So why am I doing this? Because I truly think that it’s important to support the community of independent crafters — especially right before the holiday season. I also want to foster a relationship with crafters and photographers who are trying to get their names out there and may be interested in possible sponsorships in the future. So what do you need to do? Simply send in your submissions so I can show off your goodies… it’s as easy as 1.2.3!

1.Choose one of these options:

A. 150×150 graphic ad on my side-bar
B. 150×150 graphic ad on my side-bar + your shop or product mentioned in a holiday shopping guide on my blog
C. 150×150 graphic ad on my side-bar + Product reviewed in a blog post

2. Email me the option of your choice – jenallyson {at} ** Please put the words “free advertising november” in the subject line.

3. Include in your email: (based on #1)

A. Shop name and link + 150×150 ad graphic
B. Shop name and link + 150×150 ad graphic + image(s) of your favorite/most popular items + shop logo.
C. Shop name and link + 150×150 ad graphic + Description and image of physical product. If it is something that I’d like to review/endorse, I’ll have you ship it to me (it will be mailed back to you if you provide the cost of return shipping)

4. Post about Free Advertising November on your blog (optional)

So there you have it! I am excited to see your awesome shops and blogs. Please take a moment to share Free Advertising November with your friends. If I get a good response this year, I’d love to continue to offer this as an annual event.


Here is the (not so) fine print:

The submission deadline is October 22th, 2011.

If selected, your 150×150 graphic ad it will be up on sidebar from November 1 – November 30, 2011.

Submitting your information does not guarantee that will post, review, or otherwise advertise your site. only accepts and promotes sponsors and products that I personally believe in and adore.

If your site or shop is not current or maintained on a regular basis it will not be considered.

If your site is corporate owned and operated it will not be considered.

If your site has offensive, distasteful, or illegal content it will not be considered. reserves all rights to what graphics, content, and products are promoted on this site. may contact you in the future regarding possible paid sponsorships.

If you submit a physical product for review, you will get your items returned to you ONLY if you pay for the return shipping. will not be responsible for any products lost in the mail. does not require anything in return for this advertising opportunity.