Foxy G's Den of i-KNIT-quity

04/01/2010

What’s Afoot in April

It seems that there is a month for almost everything, and April is Foot Health Month. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), “The human foot is a biological masterpiece. Its strong, flexible and functional design enables it to do its job well and without complaint—if you take care of it and don’t take it for granted.

The foot can be compared to a finely tuned race car, or a space shuttle, vehicles whose function dictates their design and structure. And like them, the human foot is complex, containing within its relatively small size 26 bones (the two feet contain a quarter of all the bones in the body), 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, to say nothing of blood vessels and nerves.” Wow! Who knew?

So, in honor of tootsies all over the world, an homage to feet ala etsy:

Summer is getting closer in the Northern Hemisphere. This scrabble tile is covered in a fun, glossy flip flops graphic and finished with a sterling silver plated bail.

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Scrabble Tile Pendant - Flip Flops by ThePendantFactory

Who doesn’t love a good foot scrub?  This uplifting blend will gently exfoliate and soothe tired feet, legs, back wherever you need it.

foot scrub

HAPPY FEET Indulgent Emulsified Sugar Scrub by NewEarthSoaps

Are you starting to relax?  Well I am sure that this simple, natural balm will provide sweet relief to those aching feet.

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FOOTS EASE balm 60ml/2oz by tranquillita

You must try this Peppermint Foot Rub Cream that will make your skin feel amazing soft and silky. It is scented with pure skin tingling peppermint essential oil. I am falling asleep, I am so relaxed…

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Peppermint Foot Cream by SweetSallysSoaps

And now for those tiny little precious feet beginning with a simple pattern for cute, stylish baby shoes.

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Pattern for Baby Maryjane Shoes by JoliBebe

This card has all the ingredients to celebrate the arrival of a brand new baby girl! The cute teddy bear, girl rattle and tiny little feet have all been captured with paper quilling.

greeting card paper quilling

IT'S A GIRL TEDDY BEAR Paper Quilled Greeting Card by EnchantedQuilling

PunkyJane makes it possible for you to celebrate the day your little one was born. You can take those first little footprints made at the hospital with you everywhere as a sweet reminder of your precious angel.

footprint necklace

Two Little Tootsies Personalized Sterling Silver Footprint Necklace with Name by PunkyJane

For more information on general foot health, pediatric foot health or other health issues related to feet, please check out the APMA website.

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03/25/2010

Congratulations! You Have Won $1M…

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And all the taxes have been paid, so the money is free and clear.  There’s just one catch – you can’t keep a penny of it – you must give it all away to others.  So, how would you spend it?  Would you start a nonprofit? Set up a college scholarship? Fund an art or music program in schools?  Create a foundation?  Barbara Bush was really on point when she said, “Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.”

So, please leave your comments below by Sunday, March 28th at noon EDT. The winner, selected by Foxy G. and her Board of Directors, will receive his or her own spectacular interview feature in the Den of i-KNIT-quity.

03/18/2010

Spring Scarf Preview

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Just in time for spring, tiny squares of ribbon add panache and flair to these transition-weight, hand knit scarves. Dress them up or down; wrap them around the crown of your hat.  Pair them with blazers, or wear them with tees and your favorite jeans.  You can tie ‘em, knot ‘em, loop ‘em or drape ‘em.  So light and airy, they are the perfect accessories to stash in your getaway bag. 

Knit Scarf

Hand Knit Ladder Ribbon Scarf - Mystic Sky

Knit scarf turquoise

Hand Knit Ladder Ribbon Scarf - Sea Breeze

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Hand Knit Ladder Ribbon Scarf - Contessa

While spring is blooming in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s soon to be fall in the Southern Hemisphere.  Beginning April 1st, Foxy G. will be shipping to Australia and New Zealand. To usher in the cooler weather, here are several Foxy G. originals.

knit wrap scarf brown

Hand Knit Ladies Fashion Self-Fringing Sassy Wrap Scarf - Espresso Macchiato

knit wrap scarf black white

Hand Knit Ladies Fashion Self-Fringing Shawl Wrap - Opening Night

And while, like my children, I love them all, I can’t help but feel a little bit partial to this stunning, three-season, monochromatic scarf that is made up of nine different textures.  Anyone have an idea of what I should name it?

knit scarf ivory winter white cream

All scarves shown above will be listed within the next week. If you want information about any of them sooner, please leave me a comment below or convo me through Foxy G. Knits on etsy.

03/11/2010

The Gift That Keeps on Giving…

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Participating in the One World One – One Heart (OWOH) international blog event recently was a wonderful experience.  I very much enjoyed hosting visitors at Foxy G’s Den of i-KNIT-quity, as well as visiting other blogs.  Imagine my delight when I found out that I had won a giveaway from Lyneen of Dreaming of Castles, a youth ephemera pack:

This “half pound” of paper goodies from 1900 – 1980s is filled with papers from a variety of sources, including two of my favorites – Alice in Wonderland and Ozma in Oz. 

    

Lyneen has enjoyed blogging for several years and features items in her vintage postcard collection. She is a card maker and altered artist and has recently opened a shop on etsy. Take a minute and check out her shop and her blog.

02/11/2010

When Bacchus Cried Tears of Wine

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Amethyst Sterling Earrings

Purple Passion Amethyst and Sterling Earrings by mysticwynd

The story of the amethyst, according  to  http://www.all-that-gifts.com, comes from Greek legends: The god of wine, Bacchus, was insulted one day by a mere mortal. He swore the next mortal that crossed his path, would be attacked by his fierce tigers. Along came a beautiful maiden named Amethyst. Goddess Diana turned Amethyst in a beautiful statue of quartz to save her from the tigers claws. Remorseful Bacchus wept tears of wine over the stone maiden, creating a lively purple stone.

Coffee Cup Cozy Purple

Cable Knit Coffee Cup Cozy in Purple by kimwhitecreations

Purple has long been the color of royalty and nobility. It is a deep, passionate color that evokes emotions. People who desire purple colors are individuals who like to make a personal statement, and express their unique taste. 

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Royal Amethyst Sassy Wrap Scarf by foxygknits

And you will definitely make your own personal fashion statement in this fabulous, one-of-a-kind teardrop amethyst necklace.

Amethyst Sterling Necklace

Natural Teardrop Amethyst in Woven Sterling by WellspringCreations

02/03/2010

Go Red for Women

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National Wear Red Day – February 5, 2010

Wear red and speak up!

hair clips red beaded

Red Beaded Hair Clips or Barrettes by lindab142

Most of the time, selecting clothing isn’t that critical, but on National Wear Red Day, it’s vitally important.  That’s because wearing red on National Wear Red Day makes a statement about the No. 1 killer of American women – cardiovascular disease – the cause of one in every three female deaths.

Cloche red crochet

Red Crocheted Cloche Hat and Pin Flowers by jusshar

Too many women die each year because they are unaware of this vital statistic: one in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute from this largely preventable disease. 

Red Microsuede Cable Knit Tote Bag by PeanutandTommy

By wearing red, we can bring a voice to this silent killer.  We can listen to what our hearts are telling us, talk to our doctors and spread the word to our families, friends and community about making the right choices and taking action.

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Red Crocheted Necklace by knittingguru

To learn more about heart disease in women and the choices you can make to live heart healthy, visit GoRedforWomen.org, and sign up for the movement.  You will receive a monthly newsletter to keep you motivated and a red dress pin, the symbol of the heart disease in women movement, to wear proudly as a supporter.

ascot red

Red Vintage Inspired Ascot with Lotus Flower by yarncoture

red ruffles scarf

Red Hot and Ruffled Scarf by foxygknits

Earrings Rhinestone Glass Red

Ruby Red Vintage Glass Rhinestone Floral Earrings by FirebirdHouse

01/28/2010

Colts and NOLA Going to the Bowla

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On Sunday, February 7th, the Indianapolis Colts will play the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV.  By the end of this post, see if you can you guess for whom I am rooting…

According to www.funtrivia.com, Baltimore’s first pro football team played in the All-America Football Conference from 1946-1949.

Colts X-Mas Ornament

COLTS Christmas Ornament by MichellesClay

Per www.rauzulusstreet.com, a fan contest produced the Colts name – reflecting the great tradition and proud history of horse breeding and racing in the Baltimore region.

Scarf, Beanie and Beer Cozy

Indianapolis Colts Beanie, Scarf and Beer Cozy Set by FunkieFresh

The original Colts disbanded after the 1950 season, but the name was retained when a new Baltimore franchise began play in 1953. The team moved to Indianapolis in 1984.

Indianapolis Colts Baby Onesie

Indianapolis Colts Football Baby Onesie by 918hometownsports

According to wikipedia, the (Baltimore) Colts were the first NFL team to have an organized cheerleading squad.

Colts Wedding Garter Set

Indianapolis Colts Inspired Wedding Garter Set by GartersbyKristi

The Colts are making their second Super Bowl appearance in four seasons; they won the 2006 Super Bowl.

Indianapolis Colts Earrings

Indianapolis Colts AFC Champs Earrings by scbeachbling

The New Orleans Saints playfootball  in New Orleans, LA.

New Orleans Saints Helmet Hat with Logo

Hand Crocheted New Orleans Saints Helmet Hat with Logo by dsl9723

 May the best team win!

01/14/2010

Do You Have a Personal/Professional Mission Statement?

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One morning back in 1987, I awoke from a sound sleep around 1 a.m. and bolted upright with an uninvited epiphany.  At that moment, I knew that my personal life mission was to improve the quality of life for myself and those around me.  To say the least, I was mystified, dumbfounded and confused.  I pondered my experience and then found myself dealing with a great deal of sadness because I had to give up the illusion or fantasy that I was going to be rich and famous.  Yes, that fantasy!  As I became comfortable with my new reality, I began to embrace it.  I began giving those “quality of life” gestures value, not discounting them as “no big deal.” 

I have always loved to buy little “love you” presents for my family and friends and wrap them in beautiful paper and ribbons.  And I have always loved to find the perfect greeting card for that special occasion and send it. Through a former job, I had to learn Publisher which then opened the door for me to make personal greeting cards and the occasional flyer for a friend.

As my interests grew, so did my opportunities to continue fulfilling my personal mission.  I say continue because I think a mission is more a way of life than an achieved goal. Several years ago, I got interested in genealogy and began working on our family tree.  That required developing some new computer and research skills.  Soon, I found myself helping friends begin to put together their family trees.  This opportunity was amazingly special for me because it was assisting them in connecting to their past to then be able to pass on this information to future generations.  It was something from the heart, not another present from the mall fairy!

For years, I knit scarves, shawls, wraps, even baby blankets and dish cloths for friends.  As an aside, that is how I ended up opening my shop on etsy.  My sister convinced me that I should be selling my hand knit originals.  When I was setting up Foxy G. Knits, my tag line popped out one day: hand knit with love – from my heart to yours. 

So, 20+ years after that uninvited epiphany visited me, my personal and professional missions have remained the same: to improve the quality of life for myself and those around me with love from my heart to yours.

Do you have a personal mission statement?  A professional mission statement?  Please comment below, and you might be featured in an upcoming blog post.

12/30/2009

Blog Award

Filed under: Life in General — foxygknits @ 1:54 am

I was sitting at my computer here in Atlanta, minding my own business, and The T-Shirt Lady nominated me for a blog award!

So THANK YOU Sandi!

Sandi has an assortment of coffee cozies in her shop to fit your every mood, along with felted bowls, tote bags, scarves and shawls.  Do check out HandMadebySandi when you need a gift for yourself or for that someone special.

Here is the award that Sandi gave me!

Blog Award

Here are the rules for the award acceptance:

(1) Thank the person giving the awards
(2) Copy awards to your blog
(3) Place a link to their blog
(4) Name 7 things people don’t know about you
(5) Nominate 7 bloggers
(6) Place a link to those bloggers
(7) Leave a comment on their blogs letting them know of their awards

Now for the 7 things you probably didn’t know about me.

  1. I have lived in nine states: IL, NE, CA, SC, NC, FL, AL, WI and GA
  2. I am the oldest of four children, three girls and a boy, and the bossiest.
  3. I like my eggs scrambled, my toast light and my peanut butter chunky.
  4. In high school, I got all A’s in geometry and had to be tutored in algebra. Trigonometry – fuggedaboudit!
  5. My family refers to me as a knitting machine because I can knit very fast and without looking.
  6. I am a news junkie and despise reality shows.
  7. I am Grandma Lo by day and Foxy G. by night.

My 7 nominees for the award:

  1. Made by Melissa   
  2. Stroll Through Storyland 
  3. Tamdoll’s Workspace
  4. The Curious Pug  
  5. Cheryls Purple Cow  
  6. Hoganfe Handmade Handbag Originals  
  7. Art by Betty Refour    

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!

12/10/2009

With Love, From the Etsy Twitter Team

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When a chill hits the air, acageebee digs out her cozy winter gear and  is reminded of the warmth her old friends bring.  This candy cane striped scarf always makes her smile:

Candy Cane Scarf Painting by acageebee

Here is a welcome that is fit enough for Candy Land itself:

Peppermint Welcome Ornament by FromNancysHeart

This is one-of-a -kind ornament is reminiscent of peppermint swirl candies:

CHRISTMAS Vintage Candy Cane Swirl Large Origami Paper Lantern by SalonDArte

A Candy Cane Red peppermint candle that will burn for 40-60 hours:

Candy Cane Candle by DavesHomemade

How about a peppermint mocha latte festively wrapped in this peppermint stick coffee cozy?

Peppermint Stick Coffee Cozy by HandmadebySandi

Wouldn’t this taste delish in your hot chocolate or cocoa?

Candy Cane Marshmallows by VintageConfections

And when you write to Santa, you’ll need to give him your return address:

Medium Candy Cane Holiday Address Stamp by purplelemondesigns

A darling little tissue cozy for a purse or schoolbag – just the right size to fill a stocking:

Peppermint Tissue Cozy by AmieVoltaire

You can decorate your tree or a gift package with this altered domino:

Glitter Candy Cane by inmyheadstudios

Merry Christmas to all – And to all a good night!

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