For those of you dealing with cold weather this winter, I have something that has completely made my curling-up-on-the-couch time much more cozy. I will be the first to admit that I did not make this, but that I think you could if you have any basic sewing ability (which, we will all agree, I do not!).
This, my friends, is a rice pad. It's a simple piece of fabric sewn up into a square, filled with plain white uncooked rice.
Mine has a little cover that can be removed with a piece of Velcro. And yes, those are teddy bears on the fabric. Yes, my nickname from childhood is "Care Bear." And yes, my mommy bought this for me!
Here's a good photo of the interior bag. Just a super-simple square filled with rice. I have heard of people adding dried lavender or some other good-smelling thing to the rice. Mine is just plain.
On a cold winter night I throw my rice pad into the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Then I can curl up on the couch with it, or put it in my bed to warm my tootsies! It's really convenient because, unlike a heating pad or electric blanket, I don't have to get up and turn it off if I fall asleep. It just cools off on it's own, which is safer and also more convenient in the middle of the night! It stays warm for about 1-2 hours, depending on how long you've microwaved it.
So if you have a spare half an hour, some extra material and some uncooked rice, whip up one of these little guys! I just love mine!