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Fleece Confetti Mittens

Posted by Autumn

Here's a great sewing pattern from our friends at Simplicity for a pair of toasty fleece mittens with streamer and confetti embellishments !You Will Need: 3/8 Yard of Purple Fleece 1/4 Yard of Orange Fleece 1/2 Yard of 3/8" Elastic Rotary Cutter Embroidery Floss Matching Thread Assorted Buttons Fray Check Solution or Fabric Glue Felting machine Cut 2 mitten body pieces from the felt, 2 mitten thumbs, and cut two binding pieces.HINT: For added interest cut the thumb and binding in contrasting [Read More...]

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The Mitten Commitment

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Welcome to the Mitten Commitment! We’re delighted that you’ve decided to join us in making a difference in the lives of others. It’s easy and fun…all you have to do is knit, sew, or crochet a pair of mittens. If you’re like us, you already love to craft—now you can craft for a cause! To get the yarn ball rolling, we’ve adapted this super-simple knitted mittens pattern from Suite 101. MaterialsSet of 4 Size 7 Double Pointed NeedlesAlpaca Yarn (2 Skeins)Stitch HolderYarn NeedleAbbreviations Used [Read More...]

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DIY Fabric Pumpkins

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This month, it's all about pumpkins. I was searching the Internet for some great pumpkin-related crafts, when I found this one from Martha Stewart. DIY Fabric Pumpkins so easy even a beginning sewer can make them. And they look great! Of course they do--who does it better than Martha?DIY Fabric PumpkinStep 1 Cut out a fabric rectangle on the bias that's twice as long as it is wide. (We used 5-by-10-inch, 8-by-16-inch, and 11-by-22-inch pieces for our three pumpkin sizes.)Step 2 Fold rectangle, [Read More...]

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Playful particulars about pumpkins

Posted by Autumn

Did you know that eighty percent of all the pumpkins sold in the United States are bought in October? Pumpkins are synonymous with the fall harvest, the month of October, and, of course, with Halloween!You may already know one version or another of the story of devious Jack and his carved jack o’ lantern, but here are some things you may not know about the giant orange fruit (pumpkins are fruit, I checked), the Native Americans called isquotersquash….Pumpkins are part of the squash family, along [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: running

Posted by Autumn

Running lowers your cholesterol, increases cardiovascular health, and reduces body fat. But I run for exactly none of these reasons. I run because I stink at meditating.Allow me this quick demonstration:The entire class sits comfortably in Lotus position. Except me, because apparently I’m about as flexible as Han Solo frozen in carbonite. In front of each of us is a tea candle in a pretty glass candleholder. Concentrate on the flame, our instructor says. Clear your mind of everything but it’s [Read More...]

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Fall in love with fall

Posted by Autumn

Fall is easy to spot in places like the Northeast, where the leaves are suddenly painted in scarlet and chartreuse. Even the Southwest has beautiful golden Aspen trees in the fall. But in Florida, fall is more subtle. The only leaves that change are the poison ivy--a beautiful shade of red, but somehow less awe-inspiring than the maples, elms, and birch trees of the Northeast.To spot fall in Florida, you have to be paying attention. Roll down your window during your commute to or from work, and [Read More...]

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Home Of Sunny Goodness

Posted by Marissa

At OttLite, from our products to our building we strive to be as earth friendly and energy efficient as possible. This year we took our commitment to the next level by moving into a new LEED certified HQ in beautiful Tampa, Florida. We all love this building and it really has made a huge difference in the workplace atmosphere. We call it the "Home of Sunny Goodness."Some OttLite HQ Behind the Scenes Facts-All materials used in the building come from within 500 miles of it.-Green, Vegitated [Read More...]

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Because deep, calming breaths get boring...

Posted by Autumn

I’m terrible at relaxation techniques. I’m more of a type A, get-things-done, move-at-the-speed-of-stress, I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead kinda person. So when someone tells me—a physician, for example—that I’m too stressed and need to calm down, I usually roll my eyes and keep on rolling my stress ball in front of me.Then I read an article that said eating sushi could help reduce stress in your life. Now that’s a relaxation technique I can do, I thought. I researched a couple of other ways to tone [Read More...]

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ANY OCCASION CARD!

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A CARD FOR ANY OCCASSION!THIS POST IS COMING TO US FROM: www.the-polka-dot-umbrella.blogspot.com and Miss Erica who designed it! Thank you so much for sharing!It seems like Thank You notes are a thing of the past.  Long gone are the days when you would express your gratitude in written form.  Well I for one miss thank you notes and have decided to bring them back! The other day one of my friends sent me the sweetest card thanking me for some obscure thing I had done. It got me thinking, so I sat [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: crochet

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People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.I learned how to crochet about three years ago. I've mastered scarves, hats, and baby blankets. Friends and family members are always asking for sweaters, socks, and those adorable amigurumi toys. But I've a confession to make: I'm a lazy crocheter. I can chain, single-, double-, treble-, and even half-double crochet stitch with the best of them, but when it comes to shaping I’m abysmal. Sleeve holes are as apt to vanish on my [Read More...]

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