Nicole Simmering of Warm Fuzzies contacted Handmade City asking about our site and upcoming events. After looking over her mittens I couldn’t help but think they were to perfect thing to feature before the weather got too warm. Nicole has been making Warm Fuzzies for some time, and uses old sweaters with fun prints and patterns to make her designs. She was nice enough to answer a few questions for us about her and her mittens and I hope you like her as much as we think you will. ~Rose
Please “like” the Warm Fuzzies Facebook page HERE. – You’ll find a lot more picstures, and learn how you can get your hand on a pair!
Tell us a little about yourself. :)
My name is Nicole Simmering. I am a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a BA in Textiles & Apparel. I have always had a love for fashion and originality. And lately have taken a huge interest in anything handmade! I love seeking out and supporting local artists of all kinds. The little local boutiques are my favorite stores to shop in.
I am a wife and a mother of a 2 year old son, and expecting my second son in a few months! I also have 2 4-legged babies. I love spending time with family and friends, doing anything that can
involve us all.
I started making my mittens as something to do to pass the time while my son is watching countless Disney movie after movie… and I got a little obsessed! I have tons of mittens available for sale
now, you can find the full assortment on Facebook, just search Warm Fuzzies.
Apart from being creative, what do you do?
I like to think that creativity is always a part of my life… one way or another. But I do have a full-time job that’s not so creative, so when I am home, it’s nice to find a way to relax and let some of my pent-up creativity blossom! Making these mittens is a great way to reuse something in a way that might not be thought of
Could you tell us about some of your work & your creative process?I like to find sweaters that are interesting and fun patterns and prints. Then I pair them up with a fun, complimenting lining and yarn. I like to mix patterns with solids and mix different coordinating fabrics together to keep them original and unique. No two are alike.
Where do you find inspiration?
I like big, comfy, soft, pretty, girlie things – so that is what I am trying to create!
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I like anything that has taken someone time and love to create. There is something so special about a piece that you know is one-of-a- kind and made by someone who makes it just because that is something they enjoy doing.
In ten years, where would you like to be?
Just doing what I am doing… raising my sons to be whatever they want to be, enjoying myself and doing the things that make me happy, spending time with the ones I love and having fun!