How much time a week do you spend in your crafty space? Right…. probably a lot! I know I do, and I’m just getting settled into a new space after moving this summer. There’s a lot to consider when you’re putting together a craft space that reflects your style and – probably most importantly – serves you well. There are storage options to consider – especially for us fabric-a-holics – and work stations to build, design walls to mount and spool holders to hang… and then adjustments that happen after you’ve actually started working there, all until you get your space just right for you.
One thing that threw me for a loop in my new space was lighting – lovely during the day but rather wretched at night. The track lighting overhead that serves as my main source of light throws some pretty dark shadows throughout my space. Have you ever picked out what seemed like “perfect” fabrics at night only to find they weren’t so perfect the next day? Me too! But I couldn’t figure out why that was happening…
(Read more and enter to win after the jump!)
Hello, Ottlite Craft Caddy Lamp! When we were asked if we’d review one for the blog, I jumped at the chance. I’ve known about Ottlites for some time, but it seems they’ve definitely stepped up their game and their offerings in recent years. I must say: this little lamp is pretty nice. With storage bins, a handle for quick transport, a telescoping light, and a relatively small footprint in your craft space, this is the perfect solution when lighting isn’t, well, perfect. And it’s just the thing for hand stitching, which I happen to love. My fabric colors seems to be truer as well, even if I’m picking them out at night.
The actual light that the lamp gives off is quite bright, which was a little hard to get used to at first; I think I’ve just been working in darkness for too long! But I can see this being useful for all types of crafting: beading, jewelry making, all manner of stitching…anything that involves detailed work. And the added storage is such a plus – I tend to have lots of tools all out at the same time. It’s nice that they now have a space to go but can still be quickly accessed.
All in all, the Crafty Caddy Lamp has been a definite improvement for my crafting space! I’m not sure that it’s the kind of thing I would have thought to buy for myself (since I’m currently in save-for-new-sewing-machine mode), but I’m now convinced that lighting is probably as important – if not more – than any other tool in my workspace. And I’m so excited to offer one up here, thanks to the generous folks at Ottlie!
To enter to win an Ottlite Craft Caddy Lamp, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 14. Any comment is fine—though we’d love to hear what’s on your holiday craft wishlist. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Friday, December 16. Click here for the official rules. Comments for this giveaway are closed. Thanks to everyone who commented to enter: the winner will be announced soon!
Congratulations to Nancy who wrote: “I would really love to win this lamp. I’ve been wanting one for some time now. My sewing table definitely needs more light. As far as my Christmas crafting list goes, I would really love to have a GO Baby.”