nightinlight

Hand Made Nightlights and Unique Custom Gifts

Austin, Texas On Etsy since 2017

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nightinlight

Hand Made Nightlights and Unique Custom Gifts

Austin, Texas | 283 Sales

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Announcement    Hand-made Custom Night Lights. Put ANYTHING on a night light or choose from one of our 150+ designs! Free Shipping on every order. To date we have donated more than $1400 to various animal charities. A portion of EVERY sale is donated to Semper K9 (semperk9.org), an amazing charity founded by a combat veteran who takes dogs out of shelters and uses donated dogs and trains them to be assistance dogs for military veterans in need. Thanks for visiting our shop. Come see our lights at Austin Gift Company next to Target on Ben White. Check out the event page on our website (nightinlight.com) for up to date event information. And check out our Instagram at nightinlighttx

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Last updated on Jan 4, 2019

Hand-made Custom Night Lights. Put ANYTHING on a night light or choose from one of our 150+ designs! Free Shipping on every order. To date we have donated more than $1400 to various animal charities. A portion of EVERY sale is donated to Semper K9 (semperk9.org), an amazing charity founded by a combat veteran who takes dogs out of shelters and uses donated dogs and trains them to be assistance dogs for military veterans in need. Thanks for visiting our shop. Come see our lights at Austin Gift Company next to Target on Ben White. Check out the event page on our website (nightinlight.com) for up to date event information. And check out our Instagram at nightinlighttx

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How An Accountant Followed Her Artistic Dream

An accountant by trade (and what pays the bills), I've always loved quirky art and funky night lights and what a great combo they would be together!  The idea for my lights came many years ago but it wasn't until December 2016 that I realized that I wouldn't be searching the internet to find cool night lights to buy....that I would be the one making them!

To this day, every time I go home to NY for a holiday, I go to the Village and look for cool knick knacks that you couldn't find anywhere else (as well as knock-off purses, fake jewelry and a Rolex that would look pretty real if it wasn't for the misspelled name).  About 10 years ago I found these awesome night lights that had caricatures and random cool and colorful designs. The only thing I remembered about them was that they were square and were not only a light but a piece of art.  Years after the bulb burnt out of these night lights, I never threw them out because they still looked great, even if there was no light coming through them!  They were basically a piece of art that didn't hang on a wall but in an electrical outlet!I searched the internet many times trying to find them, literally for years with no luck when I literally had a light bulb go off and I realized 'they can't be that hard to make!'.  That was the start of my adventure.  I spent December 2016 figuring out what materials were involved and started having art made and purchased from Etsy sellers or free Clip Art I found on the internet. I was very fortunate that I had clients from my 'real' job that each had expertise in some kind of lighting and were so amazingly generous with their knowledge and advice. It only cost me a few free lunches and dinners to sweet-talk them into transferring all their knowledge into my hungry brain!

At this point I still had no idea how these lights were put together.  I had all my materials and art ready to go....if only I didn't have the small problem of not knowing how to actually make them!  That is when the second light bulb popped into my head and I was able to visualize exactly how to make them...and now I'm up to 150 designs and now have the ability to put just about anything on a night light.....if you can imagine it, I can put it on a night light!

I thought to myself 'these things are going to FLY off the shelves'!  Well, I quickly realized that my dream of selling hundreds of these lights in the first month was grossly overstated and ridiculous!  I did my first event in February 2017 in the freezing, pouring rain while wearing a spring jacket and standing the whole time because it didn't occur to me to bring a chair and I didn't have room in my 2-seat convertible to fit a tent!  I was all prepared with my 2 bins full of 80 lights (featuring a HUGE selection of 12 designs!).  A friend the night before told me 'maybe just bring ONE bin'.  But I had visions in my head of swiping people's credit cards left & right and having lots of cash in my pocket.  How many did I sell that first event?  ZERO. Hello Marie...meet reality!  I learned to adapt and come down to reality and attended as many artisan, craft and farmers markets and shows as I could.  

In November 2019 we introduced a full line of custom gifts. It's as easy as sending your picture. Night lights, lamps, coasters, ceramic art pieces, ornaments....and lots more.

Our night lights were awarded a Utility Patent by the US Patent & Trademark Office for their unique construction. We've always believed that there was no other product on the market as cool as ours....and this proves it! We are now accepting licensing opportunities.

we are extremely to donate a portion of every night light sale to an amazing charity Semper K9 (www.semperk9.org) which was founded by an ex-combat marine who trained combat dogs in the war and his wife. They have dedicated themselves to making life better for our amazing and brave military vets and shelter dogs by taking adopted and donated dogs and training them to be support dogs for veterans with PTSD and physical limitations.

I am fortunate that I am as stubborn as the two loves of my life, my 2 mini bull terriers Pixie and Cinco!! Giving up is not in our nature.  While I of course hope that one day I will be in lots of stores and sell a huge number of lights, for now I can be happy and excited with each sale because I love the thought that something that I hand made and think is beautiful will end up in someone's house!! Thank you for visiting my shop.

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  • Marie Spollen Kosta

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    I've always loved night lights and when I couldn't find what I wanted, I decided to make them myself! Introducing Custom Gifts! It's as easy as sending your picture. Night lights, lamps, ornaments, coasters, ceramic wall pieces....and more.

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