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Though it may still feel summery where you are, we've passed the Fall Equinox, and that means the days are getting shorter and cooler, bit by bit. Animals prepare for the cold months with thicker fur and cozier nests. And although we humans tend to just reach for the thermostat when the temperature drops, we can save a ton of energy (and money) by taking a few cues from nature.

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Create a Cozy Den

1. Survey your surroundings to determine where the cold gets in and where the heat leaks outmost popular housewarming gifts, and do what you can to minimize both. Hanging heavier drapes on windows can help on both counts, as can adding weather stripping and re-caulking any loose panes of glass. You can also seal up the cracks beneath doors and windows with "draft-dodgers"—long, snaky pillows that are easy to DIY.

2. Conversely, if your windows get direct sun, open up the shades and curtains during the day to warm the room with passive solar energy.

3. Change air filters and clean ducts and intake registers to make sure your heating system is working efficiently.

4. If you have a fireplace, be sure to keep the damper closed when the fire's not lit.

5. Take a tip from the squirrels and chipmunks and line your winter digs with cozy materials. Add rugs over wood or tile floors (our thick, cotton Accent Rugs are a barefoot-friendly layer beside the bath or bed), and warm up the living room with wooly pillows and throws like those from our Alpaca Collection.

Hibernate Right

6.Flannel pajamasare a must-have for winter, along with asnuggly robeto wrap up in on frosty mornings and wool slippers to prevent your feet from getting cold.

7. For custom climate control at night, nothing beats a well-layered bed. Start with a mattress topper to lay a foundation of breathable, insulating comfort (ourMattress Topperis made from pure felted wool with an organic cotton shell).

8. Swap out cool-to-the-touch percale sheets for warmer-feelingsateen, soft thickflannelor drapeylinen, a natural temperature regulator.

9. Add a warm and weighty blanket like ourStriped Wool;layer with our thicker cotton blankets, likeHoneycomborStellar Weave;or take the hybrid approach with our super functionalCarmel Washable Cotton &; Woolto provide all of wool’s natural insulating properties with the comfort of cotton at the surface.

10. Fill your duvet cover with an extra-plumpwinter-weight down insertto create the ultimate cozy cocoon.

Our Aerie Collection perfectly layered with Stellar Weave Blanket and Cloud Brushed Flannel Sheetsfor a winter white nest.

OurRelaxed Linenis even more absorbent and breathable than cotton, and more insulating as well, making it a beautiful year-round fabric.

Our Striped Wool Blanket is perfect for layering and snuggling.

OurStriped Wool Blanket makes a warm and insulating layer for all beds. Throw on an Alpaca Pebble Knit Pillow for added texture and warmth.

What is your favorite way to warm up your home in the winter without turning up the thermostat? Please share in the comments below.

I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. My mom spoke "Dutch" to her brothers and sisters and lots of Dutch words and phases were used when they spoke English to us kids. ( In case you don't know about Pennsylvania Dutch - it is really a German dialect and not Dutch at all!) Schnibble (pronounced shnibble - rhymes with kibble) means a little bit of something - so it could be little bits of fabric for this quilt or little bits of paper when you cut out something or little bits of yarn or... almost anything else. The German dictionary lists the word schnippelche as a noun meaning snip, but growing up we always pronounced it schnibble...so I'm using my version.This quilt is based on string pieced quilts, but?I use the construction of each block for the "quilting." As you sew on the schnibbles, you are quilting each block. You then sew all the quilted blocks together to make a full size reversable quilt.?I have attached?photos of 2 quilts. One is made?up of 25 blue cotton ?blocks and fits on my queen size bed, the second is 16 blocks and is a lap quilt made of? purple corduroy fabrics.?

Today is my stop on the ?Quick Column Quilts?book blog hop, and I’m going to share with you a project that I made from the book. ? I’ve been crazy busy running around for the last 6 weeks or so, and it was nice to just sit down and sew something for fun.

I always have trouble storing my smartphone in the pockets of my jeans or shirt. It is almost necessary to wear some kind of jacket to safely carry my phone. Here is a solution I think works. A phonepouch on your belt. This one is made of some old T shirt scraps and a bike innertube.?extra-extra second edition second photograph shows a revised edition, witch looks a lot "cleaner". More photo's and remarks on several steps marked: "extra-extra, second edition"



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