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Light Up Your Summer Crafts With FBLs!

Aloha, crafters.  With warmer weather comes Summer Crafts.  Adding FBL lights to summer crafts makes for super cool party decor, whether having a couple friends over for a chill patio hang, or a bunch of party animals over for a night swim and dance party.  As one enters said party, imagine being greeted by THIS groovy front door wreath:wreath_front3

Neat-o, huh.  Summer Crafts done with paper cocktail umbrellas are my favorite.  Love that tiki retro vibe, plus with LED lights now readily available & for cheap, it’s a magical match I tell you.  Here are the essential ingredients for your own summer crafts:

  1. FBL battery powered LED String Lights, naturally.
  2. Many colorful paper cocktail umbrellas.  Find ’em in bulk on Amazon.
  3. 1 styrofoam ring found at craft stores.  A twig wreath could work well too.
  4. 1 hot glue gun + sticks!  Aw, my best friend.  Never leave home without my glue gun.

Start by attaching your bendy wire string lights. White LED String lights are the brightest, they rule.  That battery house is simple to conceal behind the wreath, just hot glue it down.  Next zig zag the wire string along the foam ring, bending it as you wish (spread those lights out evenly!), and add dabs of glue along the way to hold in place.  This completes the “skeleton” of your summer craft wreath.  Just pop open those umbrellas & get to piercing them all over the styrofoam!  Easy, right?

wreath_backCheck out the back. NOT a big deal if the glue gets messy, or if toothpicks poke through.  That’ll be our little secret once it’s hung up & on display.  TIP 4 YOU: should you find yourself with a small wreath, break off half of each toothpick to fit the umbrellas nice & snug. ANOTHER ESSENTIAL TIP: overlap the umbrellas to your heart’s content.  The beauty of this part is you can re-pierce each umbrella if you’re not happy with the placement.  Try & try again!  Ya can’t really “mess up”.

For more tiki inspired fun, take a trip down memory lane & have a look at the LED Pineapple Lamp Lights I made a couple summers ago.  *Ooo* they’re gonna look SO lovely next to my new LED Tiki Wreath.  Mahalo, my friends!  Happy Summer, craft it up.pineapples

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Hoppy Days Are Here Again With LED Easter DECOrations!

Weather’s warmin’ up, the sun’s setting later, and FBL Easter Decorations are a delight on spring nights.  Of course we’ve got those cute lil’ low cost novelties you fill Easter baskets with, but did you know we’ve got large-and-in-charge Light Decor that looks cool all season long?  Prepare for more outdoor hangouts when you party with glowing Easter decorations and “Deco” lights!

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Yes sirree, time to break out the FBL “Deco” products.  They are Easter Decoration perfection, with their smooth white shells and ambient color change lights.  The 3″ perfect circles seen above float in water and look nice planted in grass.  Line a walkway with those babies before a party and watch your guests freak out!  In a great way.  We’ve also got oval shaped “decos” to hide in the garden for an Easter egg hunt at dusk.  Words cannot describe just how much kids looooove an event planned with LED Deco Eggs.  Check out how they accentuate an Easter Basket:

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Here’s the queen of all Decos:  our jumbo Glowing Orb of Enchantment, measures 10″ in diameter.  This beauty’s absolutely worth its price because it recharges nightly, so no money spent on batteries, it changes color by remote control, and it floats in pools & ponds once removed from charging dock – just dry it off between uses.

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I bought my own rechargeable jumbo Deco Ball when it was new here at FBL, so we’re talkin’ many years ago, and I’m still using it I am proud to say.  We made a great product!  My magical orb lamp brings me a lot of joy at home, and new house guests always “ooo” and “ahh” at it.  Even my grumpy cat enjoys it!  What a sassy sphinx.

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Why yes ^that^ is a true white setting, in addition to the multitudes of rainbow colors I can choose from.  I hear party planners and production coordinators really need that bright white, so we’re pleased to offer it in our recharging Deco Ball.  The customer speaks, and we listen!

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^^^ Also great for Halloween…

Speaking of that essential customer feedback, got any for me?  The comment field below is the perfect way to quickly let us know what you need.  If you’ve got a cool new light craft idea, or are searching for an LED product but just keep striking out, I can help!  Let’s stay in touch, honey bunnies.  Cheers, mates, enjoy your Easter!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Adorable Affordable Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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Ready to spoil the sweethearts in your life?  It won’t take much money.  Fresh unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day used to be hard to come by, but now that we live in the age of LED party supplies, the decision is simple:  light up your love life!

Talk about a feel-good moment.  You may get showered with hugs & kisses in return – you have been warned.  Here are more of my own personal favorite Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day:

Pink LED Light Beads.  Our deluxe style’s accentuated by shiny purple & silver beads throughout.  Or go with our lower cost 1-color version — got pink & red, plus even more colors for other holidays!  IT’S A HIT:Deluxe_LED_Beads

Glowing Red Roses.  Hand ’em out 1-by-1 to make many smile, or gather a bunch in a vase for a super cool bouquet your sweetheart will love:LED_red_rose

Color Change LED Deco Roses, and these ones safely float in water.  Ooo-lala!  Romance is alive & well when these babies are set adrift:color_change_LED_deco_floating_roses

Le Groovy Heart Ring.  Its lights flash like a heartbeat, so its a tiny yet mega-eye-catching lil’ treat, plus buying it in bulk is gonna be mega affordable.  Pop these in some party goodie bags along with candy and traditional Valentine cards, done & done:10403_groovy_heart_ring_600

Sparkling LED Acrylic Heart Necklace is the bee’s knees!  I mean, it’s got glitter in it.  How can one go wrong when there’s glitter involved?  It’s just not possible…10558_acrylic_heart_necklacev9_600

One year, I took those same glittery heart charms off their lanyard necklaces and attached each to my store-bought Valentine cards – ain’t that a cute idea? :gift_ideas_valentines_day

For those in the crafty spirit, check this cute/simple gift idea:

  • Get a silk flower from the craft store,
  • Chop off its back, making it flat as possible,
  • Adhere a clamp-like hair clip to the back (hot glue has always worked for me),
  • Then the best part:  glue a Slow Color Change LED in the flower’s center, pop it in your locks, and get ready to rock & roll:

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It’s almost TOO easy!  ‘Til next time, lovebirds.  Drop me a line in the comment field if you need help with your holiday light crafts – I am always here to help.  And don’t forget to visit our Pinterest too, chock full of cool ideas.

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Tacky Christmas Sweaters: Still All The Rage.

Ahoy.sign_off_pic  Last we talked Tacky Christmas Sweaters, we explored how to improve an ordinary plain sweater with ever-enhancing LED lights.  Easy as pie.  Since then, Tacky Christmas Sweaters have taken off like a rocket ship.  There’s an insane amount of funny sweater designs out there, guys!  So it’s no longer a challenge to find something unique, and ya don’t have to break the bank to win that “Ugly” Sweater Contest.

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As FBL gears up for the annual company Christmas party, many of us are preparing our own Tacky Christmas Sweaters for a fierce competition.  We’re encouraging our team to GET WACKY with it, add lights & flare, there is really no other way!  OH there will be prizes & pictures!  Stay tuned for that magic…  In the meantime, check out this ol’ thrift store trophy I spruced up with Battery Powered Wire String Lights & old tree decorations.  BEHOLD the power of a glue gun and doo-dads!  Winner winner chicken dinner!  Someone’s going to feel very accomplished upon receiving this, lemme tell ya…

tacky_christmas_sweater2Here’s one of my faves from last year:  FBL customer service rep Awesome Adriana.  This kind-hearted woman took craftiness to a whole new level when she connected a stuffed animal to her Christmas Sweater for constant companionship.  Cute idea!  I spy even more ingredients needed for extra sass:  flower trim, sparkly ribbons and our LED lights for arts & crafts.  WELL done, girl, A+++.

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Here’s last year’s big winner, Vivacious Vero!  How’s that for team spirit?  She’s not only an essential part of our hard-workin’ custom print department, but she is a creative mastermind – just look at her use of our  Christmas Tree Wand! Love the slow color change Acrylic Snowflake Ornaments as well.  Above & beyond, this one.

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When I’m party plannin’, it’s only right that I opt out of the contest.  But I can still get into it!  Check this light up tinsel garland boa I wove together in under 5 minutes, thanks to our LED String Lights – same product used on the trophy.  I kept the battery house in my pocket, simple. In addition to FBL Lights, I am also a huge fan of cats with laserbeam eyes.

SantasHelpersHere’s a bonus shot of a rockin’ FBL customer who sports more than Tacky Christmas Sweaters, and she gets creative with larger products; not just the micro lights. This Christmas skirt’s got our slow color change Mini Gift Ornaments inside & around the layers of tulle.  Nooooo way!  YES way.  Those Glowing Gift Ornaments come in a larger size too FYI.  Now if that’s not thinking outside the box, then I don’t know what is.  Pun intended.

***UPDATE*** since our last company Christmas party:  the big winner of our DIY Ugly Sweater Contest is FBL customer service rep & marketing extraordinaire ANDREW DODSON! (son) ((son)) (((dramatic echo)))  Congratulations, mate.  It is an honor to work with such a creative dude and good person.  D-Trump, eat your heart out – get a load of that sweater…

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‘Til next time, amigos!

Happy holidays from all of us at FBL.  Y’all come back now, ya hear?

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LED “Up-Lighting” Makes Jack-O-Lanterns Glow Safely

It’s been called a Centerpiece Light.  Some call it a Vase Base.  I call it easy breezy portable LED Up-Lighting.  You’ve seen such vibey lights at wedding receptions, high school reunions and swanky night events.  But have you ever thought to use Up-Lighting with your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns?  Oh yes, this is so great for parents with curious tiny humans running around.  No fire?  No problem:

Spooky cute!  Replacing candles with LED Up-Lighting is way too easy.  We just made sure to carve the pumpkin hole beneath its glowing grin.  That’s it!  Leave the top on your pumpkin this year- don’t carve up there, don’t even touch it, and let your LED Base work its magic from below.  Last Halloween, I paired this product with spooky bottles:

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 How ya like them poison apples?  I KNOW.  Too fab for words.  I’ve got some Tim-Burton-loving, DIY-haunted-house-constructing pals who are going to make use of this lighting effect year round — you’re welcome, friends.  And in case you weren’t sold already…

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MORE reasons why FBL Up Lighting rules:

No heat!  Fire is so last season, you guys, ditch those flames and never look back.

  • Pressure activated.  Unpackage, flip the switch, set your weighted decorative piece on top of your Light Base and *voila!*
  • Up-Lighting works wonders beneath bar bottles on display, ice sculptures, glass trophies, translucent works of art and so much more!  Creative types, I know you’re already brainstorming great ideas – do share in the comments below…
  • These LEDs are bright and long lasting thanks to 3 replaceable AAA Batteries.  Lights inside will shine like stars beyond the course of your event.
  • And check this out:  we’re open to your opinion about which solid colors to carry next.  What do you think, good-people-who-buy?  We’re pleased to offer Blue, WhiteMulticolor as you seen in the video, and now unique Purple for Glow Parties.

For dapper cadavers on a smaller scale, be sure to check out our LED Submersibles for an equally mesmerizing effect.  Tiny lights.  Big shine:

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Happy hauntings, light loves, have a wonderful holiday and STAY SAFE.

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TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

 

Easy Christmas Craft Idea: Make A Light Up Mistletoe Ball!

Pucker up, buttercup.  ‘Tis the season for a good ol’ fashioned Christmas Craft. Well, “old fashioned” not so much now that LED lights are readily available. And actually dare I say Christmas craft because I hear “kissing ball” ornaments are becoming a year round thing, did you know this??  News to me.  Thanks, Pinterest, I really am learning somethin’ new every day.  Here’s hoping I can teach Pinterest a thing or 2 — check out FBL’s own simple craft for the holidays.  Making DIY Light Up Mistletoe makes for a fun gift to give at holiday parties…

*Ooo* la la!  This Christmas Craft can be done in a jiffy with our battery-powered LED string lights, available is many shapes. Above’s cute lil’ green trees, and my favorite to the left is steady white stars, dainty & magical. Wrap them around a mistletoe ball, or floral KISSING ball if you will, and *voila!* Hide the battery house within your Christmas craft, in the ball itself OR in a pocket should you use these babies on a tacky Christmas sweater – oh please do, you will not regret it!  More pics of that magic craft coming soon…

‘Til next time, light crafters!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

NERD ALERT: FBL Geek Gifts Live Long & Prosper

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FACT:  Nerds love lights.  They’re the dynamic duo.  They go together like peas & carrots -nay- SciFi & Fantasy!  And FBL’s got surprisingly affordable Geek Gifts, so what a perfect partnership we’ve found in Club Cosplay.  They throw grandiose costume parties (for adults!!), immersed in pop culture & geeky goodness, plus they’re really branchin’ out from L.A. & coming to a city near you.  We sent our Cosplay buds some geek gifts in the form of LED Cheer Sticks, and photographer Jennifer Stockert captured the magic:

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Do these nerds know how to party or what?!  Our lights looked like mini sabers bouncing around the dance floor – ’tis a gorgeous sight.  And it was THEE coolest seeing handcrafted LED light costumes all about – this creative crowd knows what’s up.  Thanks to CC, we’ve been able to connect with even more families in need of geek gifts regularly, be it costume accessories for Comic Con, or party favors for their kids’ birthday parties, the next generation:

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Kid tested, party approved.  WELL done, parents.  Check out our latest geek treat:  The Pink Saber.  Pretty unique color, right?  It’s my new favorite.  This bargain-priced slim saber comes in classic colors blue, red and green too.

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MORE geek gifts you say?!  Why SURE!  We got that.  Here, follow me, let’s take a tour of the FBL classics:

futureshadesLED Futuristic Shades.  They boldly go where no shades have gone before.  Folks are gonna wonder if you can beam them up, or if they can take you to their leader.  So be prepared for the inquisitions, earthling.  Special thanks to Andrew & Jessie here for the customer action shot.  If memory serves me right, they were at a Devo concert.  Excellent use of your Light-Ups, guys!

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Next is our original & best selling LED Novelty Saber.  It’s got that “realistic” look going for it, plus way under 5 bucks a piece if you’re buying wholesale, and that cannot be beat.  Saber favors for the entire party without breaking the bank – everyone wins!!  Ya get color choices with this LED saber:  change its glowing steady light from blue to red to green, plus a separate button controls motion activated space battle sound effects.  RAD.

Connecting_Swords_bothDouble Sabers are legit.  Whether on the darker or lighter side of life, we’ve gotcha covered.  And BONUS:  these can be detached in the center.  Split ’em up for money savin’ purposes, or if your mini jedi-in-training is not yet tall enough for the almighty double saber.  Space sound effects go off all the while LED lights are powered on – so no separate button for sound on this one, OK parents?  The kids love it.

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For y’all action stars who seriously BATTLE, you should go with our Expanding Sabers.  This compact light sword comes in traditional blue & red, however multicolor rules MY world because of its warp-speed flash function that makes trippy trails as you wave it in the air, and its mystical magical slow color change – oh it is just dreamy.  So what’s its secret to withstanding the hits of play battles?  The answer lies in this informative special report.

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Now we mustn’t forget Space Blasters.  We’ve got lots of shiny sleek styles, all with spacey ray gun sound effects because that’s what our customers want. Some have spinning lights that hypnotize and mesmerize, some strictly blink & beep & boop & bop.  What’s unanimous here is they are SAFE and FUN. That’s the FBL way!

Well space folk, I hope you enjoyed my tour de jour of FBL geek gifts – this is just the beginning.  Special thanks to Club Cosplay and Jennifer Stockert – we send you light years of gratitude.  ‘Til next time…

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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FBL & Festivals: We Go WAY Back…

Y’all ready for Festival Season and LIGHT SHOWS?  Ay, we were born ready.  Bring on the light orders AND the savings!  As another glorious celebration takes shape, let’s get in the mood by taking a trip down Harmonic Light lane. While picking up annual lights for their festival last year, photographer Reid Godshaw was kind enough to shoot some of the FBL staff.  But this was no ordinary photo shoot…

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Wooooow, so magical, this rainbow light art gives unicorns a run for their money!  Reid really captures the essence and aura of his subjects, doesn’t he?  Totally inspires me to GET CREATIVE with my LED lights.  Check out Reid’s growing collection of photo albums over at the Harmonic Light Facebook page, where he featured another recent shoot that used our products – thanks, dude!

That’s all for today – must continue prep for Festival season already and underway. Be sure to CALL AHEAD, Ravers, so we can input your order over the phone, then your light goods will be ready to go when you arrive for pick-up.  1-888-755-9449, at your service.

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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FBL Lights Up The Official Dancing Man Celebration!

FlashingBlinkyLights.com is a proud & grateful sponsor of “Dancing Man” Sean O’Brien.  Can you believe what a difference he and his supporters have made in the blink of an eye?  It’s a movement to put an end to cyber bullying and JUST DANCE.  Heck yes, these are my peeps.  Let’s keep the viral movement going, kind party people, never forget!  For those who need the backstory on Dancing Man, check this out:

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Yes yes, y’all, kindness counts, and the official Dancing Man party we got to attend was just the beginning of something very special that continues to resonate with…well…the world!  To feel free on the dance floor is truly one of the best feelings one can experience, am I right?  Makes ya feel beautiful inside & out.  Our LED Light Up Cheer Sticks were the perfect accessory for this celebration.  Let’s get this party STARTED:

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^ Lady In Red, you are my hero. ^

And here’s Sean getting that well-deserved dance party of a lifetime!

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Be still my heart:

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Must give cred and big thanks to the Dance Free Movement, Club Avalon in Hollywood, and Kristeen LaBrot Events.  This one’s for you, Kristeen!  Unicorn Sisters UNITE:

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My bodacious dance partner for the evening made quite the impression on the dance floor:

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Feelin’ the beat or admiring our logo?  Most likely both:

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Havin’ the time of our lives!

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Bonus: Moby DJ’ed!  He’s been a big supporter of Dancing Man since day one – good on him.  He gets the unicorn stamp of approval.

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OH what a night!  ‘Til next time…

Be kind and keep on dancin’, light loves.

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki ~

Get Your Zen On With Glow Yoga

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Photo Cred: Beyoutiful Hot Yoga shows us how it’s done.

 Glow Yoga.  Glowga.  Glow with the flooow, zen masters.  This chill exercise trend is here to stay, and I’m jazzed such a party product can help motivate.  It’s a fun incentive when getting fit & centered, ya know?  Mood lighting is welcome in my world ANY time, and society says exercise classes are no exception.  The following Glow Yoga photos caught my eye and inspired me to attend my first class comin’ up here real soon (I’m looking at you, One Down Dog!)…

glowyogaThat rad Glow Yoga shot above is by Matt LaVigne.  I wanna learn how to do that!  Plus adding the laser Party Light was a nice touch – so doing that with ours.  Let’s take a moment to review why Glow Yoga’s such a hit these days:

  1. Glow products are dang affordable, so it won’t break the bank for instructors.
  2. Packed classes, instructors – nuff said!
  3. Once again – incentive.  If ya need a push to get to class in the first place (hi, that’s me), glow kinda tricks the brain into thinking you’re partying…when actually you’re treating your mind, body and soul really well, like 100%.  Sign me up.
  4. In addition to glow yoga, glow aerobics classes are popping up everywhere.  Step it up a notch and check out these lights in motion!  Courtesy of Fitness-Freak.com:

glowworkout1Vogue.  Strike a pose:

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DJ Glow Gal in the hooouuuse!  Oh man, love this, take me there now:

glowworkout4Barry’s Bootcamp here has the same bright idea. Magic moment captured by Freddy Fox:

glow_freddy_foxAnd how fun are these Stevan Koye shots from a mega Yogi event in Dallas?

glowyoga3glowyoga2glowyogaCan you dig it?  I sure can.  Subscribe to our blog now and get an update later when we’re back with Part 2:  a full report and pics from our glowing class at One Down Dog.  Seriously, mates, if I can do this, anyone can.  Beginner’s yoga here I come, and I have no doubt it will be fun…

‘Til next time, light loves.

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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