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Snobbish Thoughts October 2012

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween Pumpkins by lobo235, on Flickr

Halloween Pumpkins by lobo235, on Flickr

With Halloween almost upon us, what better time to bake a batch of holiday treats, or make some DIY decorations?

We love the idea of painting pumpkins as a stylish alternative to carving them, as seen in Country Living Magazine. Simply use painter’s tape as a guide, and use a foam brush to cover your pumpkin with acrylic paint.

Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of Country Living Magazine

Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of Country Living Magazine

If you’re planning on having a Halloween get-together (or if you just want to make your house extra festive), Martha Stewart Living has a fun and easy craft idea – tissue paper spiderwebs!

It's world wide by billaday, on flickr

It's world wide by billaday, on flickr

If you’ve fully decorated your place but still need spooky treats, why not whip up a batch of these adorable black cat cupcakes from Better Homes and Gardens?

Black Cat Cupcakes, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Black Cat Cupcakes, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Tell us, are you getting excited for Halloween? We’d love to hear in the comments section below (and we hope everyone is safe and sound after the hurricane!).

US-made Ramblers Way comfortwear – perfect for Fall and now on sale!

Ramblers Way hoodie

Ramblers Way hoodie

The leaves are falling and the air is crisp. What better to wear outdoors hiking, or leaf blowing, or simply taking the dog for a walk, than a super soft, superfine, lightweight wool hoodie from Ramblers Way!

Ramblers Way’s owners, Tom and Kate Chappell (former owners of Tom’s of Maine), are committed to keeping their company sustainable and all-natural. In addition, from the US-farm-raised sheep, to the final product made in the USA, Ramblers Way’s clothing is all-American!

From now through Wednesday, October 24, in celebration of Kate Chappell’s birthday, Cuddledown is pleased to offer all  Ramblers Way clothing at 20% off plus free shipping!

Ramblers Way comfortwear is exactly that. When most people think of wool, they think of thick, heavy sweaters that itch.

Kate and Tom Chappell, Ramblers Way

Kate and Tom Chappell, Ramblers Way

Ramblers Way’s wool comes from their US-bred Rambouillet sheep, known for their superior fleece. This superfine fiber is spun into a very fine yarn which allows for the soft, lightweight knitted wool used in their comfortwear. Their “worsted” yarn construction keeps fibers parallel to avoid the typical wool “itchy” feel. The net result is a fabric that is light, breathes, doesn’t make you itch, and has the insulating and odor absorbing properties unique to wool.

And finally, Ramblers Way comfortwear is perfect for the entire family, including children! Whether wearing it for outdoor activities, or lounging in your home, you’ll love all-natural, all-comfort, all-American Ramblers Way!

 

Can sleep deprivation affect your physical appearance?

Getting a good night's sleep under Cuddledown's 600 Fill Power White Duck Down Diamond Puff Comforter

Getting a good night's sleep under Cuddledown's 600 Fill Power White Duck Down Diamond Puff Comforter

We all know that getting enough sleep is vital for numerous reasons (maintaining a healthy weight and even helping improve cognitive ability), but did you know that sleep deprivation can affect how others view your attractiveness and approachability?

Researchers from the Medical Institutet Karolinska in Stockholm, Sweden found that sleep-deprived partipants were perceived as being less healthy, more tired, and less attractive than those who were well-rested. In the study, one set of participants was photographed after being deprived of sleep for 31 hours, while the other set was photographed after a full night of sleep. These pictures were then given to an unrelated group of individuals who rated their perceived health and attractiveness of the participants.

Researchers also found that sleeping four hours per night was equivalent to not sleeping at all, as those who were sleep deprived looked just as tired as those who hadn’t slept.

So, why not pencil in a few extra zzz’s this weekend!

A record-setting weekend at the Dempsey Challenge

Members of Team Orange Dragons Against Cancer/Cuddledown at the 2012 Dempsey Challenge

Members of Team Orange Dragons Against Cancer/Cuddledown at the 2012 Dempsey Challenge

We couldn’t be prouder of our friends and fellow employees who rode, walked, and ran in this past weekend’s Dempsey Challenge. The 54-member Orange Dragons Against Cancer/Cuddledown team raised nearly $17,000 and had the 5th highest number of team members.

It was also a banner year for the Dempsey Challenge, with a record 4,294 registrants and over $1.1 million raised. More on the Dempsey Challenge, including a video clip of our team captain Nina Houghton, can be found here – and if you want to find out more about the Challenge, visit the Dempsey Challenge website.

Cuddledown participates in the Dempsey Challenge!

Team Cuddledown at the 2011 Dempsey Challenge

Team Cuddledown at the 2011 Dempsey Challenge

This weekend, Team Orange Dragons Against Cancer/Cuddledown will be participating in the Dempsey Challenge! Now in its third year, the Dempsey Challenge is a highly successful fundraiser for the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine.

Founded by “Grey’s Anatomy” star and fellow Mainer Patrick Dempsey, the Challenge is comprised of long-distance cycling (up to 100 miles), or a run/walk (5 or 10K). Cuddledown employees have participated in the Challenge since its inception, and Team Orange Dragons Against Cancer/Cuddledown is currently ranked 5th for the most team members.

If you’d like to support the wonderful work of the The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, it’s not too late to do so. Please visit their website for more information or to make a donation.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for beautiful weather this weekend – and we’re so proud of everyone who will be participating.

It’s Leaf Peeping Season in Maine!

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park, #Maine by Dana Moos, on flickr

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park, #Maine by Dana Moos, on flickr

If you’re thinking of checking out Maine’s beautiful fall foliage, now is the perfect time to do so. As seen on Maine’s “Official Fall Foliage Website,” it is peak season for foliage in nearly half the state. Wondering where to visit? Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal is not only a great place to take a leisurely afternoon hike, but the views from the summit are spectacular!  One of our other favorites here at Cuddledown is Height of Land, located near Rangeley. It’s a beautiful, scenic location and the perfect place to take in the fall colors.

Tell us, are you planning to go leaf peeping? We’d love to find out your favorite places to view the foliage – please share with us in the comments section!

Columbus Day Sale – Everything is 20% off Sitewide!

Columbus Day sale at cuddledown.com!

Columbus Day sale at cuddledown.com!

We’re celebrating Columbus Day with a sale! Now through midnight, everything on cuddledown.com is 20% off! If you’re feeling chilly with the arrival of cooler weather (as we are here in Maine!), now’s the perfect time to save on cozy bedding, soft sleepwear and comfortably chic apparel.

Don’t forget, the sale ends at midnight. Happy shopping!

Cuddledown Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Filling a pillow

Filling a pillow

Today is Manufacturing Day – honoring all of those companies manufacturing goods in the USA. At Cuddledown, we’re proud to have a crew of skilled employees right here in Maine who make all of our core down and synthetic bedding (pillows, comforters, featherbeds and more)!

Our CEO Chris Bradley has stated that he feels strongly about keeping manufacturing jobs here in Maine, “Like so many other bedding and apparel manufacturers, it’s virtually impossible to avoid using imported fabrics; however, we have managed to keep from transferring our manufacturing operations offshore.” He added, “Cuddledown began in Maine, we have skilled Maine-trained stitchers who know best how to produce Cuddledown products, and having our operations in Maine allows us to scrutinize the materials that go into each pillow, comforter and featherbed.”

If you wish to purchase some of our fine, made in the USA products, and if you happen to live nearby, you can get some of these fantastic products on sale at our Freeport, Maine outlet store this Columbus Day weekend!  You can save 20% off our full priced, US-made down products! And of course, as always, you can also save to 75% on selected sleepwear, sheets, apparel and gifts. For more information about the store and directions, view our Freeport store’s web page.

Columbus Day Sale at our Freeport Store!

Columbus Day sale at our Freeport Store!

Columbus Day sale at our Freeport Store!

This Columbus Day weekend, save 20% on all full price down products  at our retail store! You’ll also find outlet savings of up to 75% on our cozy sleepwear, soft sheets, and luxurious yet comfortable apparel. Plus, we have unique, Maine made gifts not available through our catalog or online. For directions to our store, please visit our website.

 

We hope to see you in Freeport, and have a great holiday weekend!

Cuddledown mentioned in Maine Magazine

Maine Magazine staffers visit Freeport, South Freeport and Brunswick

Maine Magazine staffers visit Freeport, South Freeport and Brunswick (photo courtesy of Maine Magazine)

We were delighted to receive a mention in Maine Magazine’s “48 Hours In” feature! Each month, Maine Magazine staffers visit a different town in the state to sample the cuisine, sightsee, and shop. For the October issue, Maine Magazine’s Art Director Heidi Kirn ventured to Freeport, where she visited a variety of local shops, including Cuddledown! Kirn says that she was drawn to the “vintage-looking wastepaper baskets” by Visionary Vessels of Maine, and commented on how soft and touchable everything looked.

To read more, check out this month’s issue of Maine Magazine, now on newsstands! You can also find information about our Freeport Store on our website.

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