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Mitten Commitment: Have you made yours?

Posted by Autumn

The first-ever Mitten Commitment wraps up on Saturday, December 3rd. We think it was a huge success, with millions of crafters all over the country spreading the word. Many told us they planned to donate their mittens to local charities, while others sent in their lovely, handmade creations. We're thrilled with either option--it's all about crafting for a good cause! And there's still time to make a difference!We're accepting mittens right up through this weekend! You can knit, crochet, or sew a [Read More...]

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Upcycled Sweater Mittens Pattern

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You don't need to spend a lot of money to make your Mitten Commitment! Sweater mittens are super-easy and super-trendy! We found clear and easy instructions from the Queen of Crafts, Martha Stewart.Upcycled Sweater Mittens PatternsYou'll Need: Paper Pencil Scissors Pins Sewing Machine1. Make a pattern: Trace one hand on a piece of paper with the thumb at a 30-degree angle from the fingers. Draw a mitten shape around the outline of the hand, adding 1/2 inch (allow more than 1/2 inch if the [Read More...]

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The End of Daylight Savings

Posted by Autumn

Daylight Savings ends on Sunday, November 6th. Most U.S. residents set their clocks one hour forward in spring and one hour back in fall. However, residents of Arizona and Hawaii—along with the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, among others—don’t observe Daylight Savings Time (DST).Why do we observe DST? And what exactly is it? The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin. In 1784 good ole Ben wrote “An Economical Project,” a little whimsy on the [Read More...]

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Happy Halloween from OttLite

Posted by Autumn

Goblins, ghosts and ghouls…oh my! It’s Halloween, time for jack o’ lanterns, haunted houses and costumes! On Halloween, kids and adults alike can enjoy donning a mask, wings or horns and become something otherworldly. If you’re in a pinch for a creative costume idea, here are a few we like:Photojojo says go as a black-and-white photo. Paint all visible skin with gray-ish white costume makeup, and accent your lips with black lipstick. Ta-da! Take it one step further by replicating the outfit of a [Read More...]

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Modern Desk Lamp

Posted by Marcea

If you are looking for a modern desk lamp for reading and crafting, take a closer look at a  sunlight desk lamp from OttLite. These lamps are a must for the home or office environment, and our modern desk lamp allows you to direct healthy lighting just where you need it, while enhancing the style and comfort of your home or office.OttLite has a large selection of floor, table and desk lamps, including our sunlight desk lamps, that make reading and working an easier and more pleasurable [Read More...]

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Fleece Mittens Pattern

Posted by Autumn

Needle artists, you know we love you! You're ready to make your mitten commitment, and we've got an adorable and easy pattern from Make it and Love it for child-sized cozy fleece mittens to get you started!What you need:scrap fleeceribbonvelcroscissorsthreadsewing machine 1. Start by tracing your child's hand with fingers closed.2. Use that as a guide as you draw a basic mitten shape, making sure to leave about 1/4 inch for a seam allowance along all of the sides, and about 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch [Read More...]

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The Crochet Dude's Mitten Commitment

Posted by Marissa

Drew Emborsky aka The Crochet Dude came up with a super cool mitten project which he calls "Snow Kitten Mittens."This crochet design is actually much easier than it looks. Check out this great video to see what I mean :)We really like how these mittens mimic a Scottish fair-isle and having seen and held them in person I can attest how super comfy they are. Craft for a cause this holiday season with The Mitten Commitment.  [Read More...]

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Suede Says Mitten Commitment

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We LOVE the awesome mitten ideas that Suede designed for the Mitten Commitment.http://youtu.be/A-kSPzXOSSAThese patterns will be available soon! Please join us and Simplicity Creative Group in making a handmade difference this holiday season. We appreciate your support and feedback! [Read More...]

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Pumpkin Soup

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This week I’m delighted to bring you a guest blog from my dear friend and fabulous foodie, Peggy Paul. Peggy has been a cookbook editor for 3 years, a foodie since she could hold a spatula, and a wonderful writer for nearly just as long.To me, fall means rich colors and striking contrast--deep ridges in the smooth, round curves of a pumpkin; crisp, bowl-of-soup, casserole-bubbling-in-the-oven weekends with the occasional Waldorf-salad-in-the-park afternoon. While summer giggles with sweetness, [Read More...]

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Eeek! pumpkins craft

Posted by Autumn

Here’s a super-easy pumpkin craft from Kaboose. I love these little exclamatory pumpkins. They’re easy to make and look adorable. What a great way to decorate your house for Halloween!What you'll need:6 mini pumpkins (add more if you'd like)Pins, metal brads, or 3-dimensional stickersGreen floral foam or scrap newspaperBlack craft or spray paint How to make it:Decide whether you'd like to use pins, brads, or stickers for this pumpkin project.If the pins or brads you are using are not black on [Read More...]

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