According to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), “March is National Craft Month. And with 63 million households crafting each year, there’s a lot to celebrate!” With that in mind, hats off to the talented EtsyTwitter Team members who are not only fabulous artists and artisans in their own genres (SAT word!), but also share their knowledge and expertise by providing instruction to others:
ARTIST: ROBIN NORGREN – IN HER OWN WORDS…
Have you ever just had a place that you know in your heart that you must visit before you die? That place for me is India. I have no relatives there nor do I know of anyone who lives there, but when anything comes along about aid to India, my heart strings tug. So for years, I thought that I would do a humanitarian trip there, but finances have always been an issue. Then, when I became certified as a yoga instructor, I thought that might be the vehicle to get me there.
I have also wanted to support an organization that helped in India, and in 2006, I learned about CARE on an Oprah segment. As one of the world’s leading international humanitarian organizations, CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
Fast forward four years to 2010 when I decided to connect to India in a way that is unique and in line with my current life as a stay-at-home mom and artist. Through my etsy shop, Well of Creations, I am donating all the proceeds (after PayPal and etsy fees) from the items in the Wrist Cuffs for India Section to Power Within, CARE’s new signature program. Their goal is to empower 10 million vulnerable girls, primarily ages 10-14, to access primary education and gain leadership skills by 2015.
My hope is that as I give my time and resources through my craft that others will support this worthwhile organization and at the same time receive a beautiful creation to remind them of their generosity. And I finally feel connected.
You can connect with Robin:
Etsy shop: http://wellofcreations.etsy.com
[Editor’s Note: Well of Creations features one-of-a-kind crocheted totes, purses, scarves and wrist cuffs.]
[Editor’s note: Foxy G. was in school all last week and out of the Den. She’s back – a day late and a dollar short – but none-the-less back!]
Aquamarine – a symbol of beauty, honesty and loyalty
According to http://www.all-that-gifts.com, the aquamarine derived its name from the Latin words meaning sea and water. The aquamarine, along with bloodstone, is the birthstone for Pisces the Fish: Feb. 19 – March 20. The aquamarine is a symbol of beauty, honesty and loyalty.
National Wear Red Day – February 5, 2010
Wear red and speak up!
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.
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.
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.
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.
GO RED for Women!
February is National Heart Month. The Go Red for Women movement celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and the cause of one in every three female deaths. African American and Hispanic women are even more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases due to higher rates of excessive weight, diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. They are also less likely than white women to know that they may have major risk factors.
The perception that heart disease is a “man’s disease” must be changed. By teaching more and more women how to talk to their doctors about heart disease, thousands of lives can be saved each year because the good news is that heart disease is often preventable!
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’ll receive a monthly newsletter to keep you motivated to make healthy choices and a red dress pin, the symbol of the heart disease in women movement to wear proudly as a supporter.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
I was looking for just the right quotations to accompany this blog on snowflakes. Do you have a favorite?
“Those we love are the snowflakes of life. None are the same, each is beautiful, and all bring something special to our world.” ̴ Martin Buber
“The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.” ̴ Margaret Atwood
“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” ̴ Zen Proverb
“Snowflakes are kisses from Heaven.” ̴ Anonymous
“A snowflake is winter’s butterfly.” ̴ Unknown
“Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.” ̴ Unknown
“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ̴ Carl Reiner
And finally, things that make you go, hmmmmmmm: “Where does the white go when the snow melts?”
(Editor’s Note: I am not sure how I overlooked an entire section of beautiful snowflakes, but CapeCodJewel was kind enough to provide not only the link, but a quote as well.)
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake…” ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.
The Garnet is a Stone of Vitality and Passion
According to the http://www.all-that-gifts.com website, “garnet” comes from granatum, the Latin word for pomegranate. To the ancient world, garnet was a tiny glossy red gem, bursting with fire and brilliance.
From JoslinJewels: According to one Greek myth, Hades, the god of the underworld, captured Persephone, the goddess of sunshine and daughter of Zeus. Hades fell in love with Persephone and before releasing her, he gave her pomegranate seeds to ensure her speedy return. In legend, garnets legend light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. They have long been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home.
The garnet is considered to be the birthstone for Capricorn (Goat): Dec. 22 – Jan. 19.
Mystical power: Garnet should be carried close to the body. Its energy is balancing and peaceful. This stone of passion is said to encourage robust good health and sexual desire and enhance the wearer’s imagination. Garnet symbolizes fire, faith, courage, truth, grace, compassion, constancy and fidelity.
“Corazon Espinado”…”ah, she left a thorn in my heart.”
A heart for one pierced deep into the soul. Sterling silver wire wrapped in more sterling wire and woven with garnets, the stone of faith, constancy and fidelity, is fashioned into a heart pierced through by a “thorn” of freshwater pearl, a symbol for purity and love.
The versatile garnet comes in a virtual rainbow of colors, including pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, colorless, occasionally black, brown and many shades of red and green. The most common color of garnets is reddish brown.
A trio of hand knit garnet items:
Char Anderson – A Character of Olympian Proportion
Char is a woman for all seasons. To date, she has or still swims, scuba dives, rock climbs, snow skis, water skis, rides horses, plays tennis, cycles, lifts weights, and has studied karate and gymnastics. Char grew up in Hemet, California, on a Thoroughbred horse ranch. She raised pigs, sheep, cattle and horses for Future Farmers of America while in high school. Char majored in Animal Science in college. It will be far more interesting if she tells you herself…
I was into gymnastics in high school, but was too tall to be any good. (I am 5’8” and was that height at 12 years old!) At the time I was in high school, gymnastics was the only sport in which a girl could letter, and I wanted a letter. So, I joined the gymnastics team, worked hard, got my letter, and it currently resides on the wall in my office. I was a really, really good swimmer, but somehow lacked the commitment it took to get to the Olympic level.
I think I had the potential to be an Olympic swimmer, and am lucky to have many friends who are quite famous Olympians. I met Mary Lou Retton on a cruise in 1999. There was “Olympic” competition among the guests, and with Mary Lou Retton and her husband, Shannon, participating, you can imagine that the competition was especially fierce. I beat Mary Lou for the gold in the three events in which we competed against each other. After the final tennis match was over, she said to me with that great smile, “Boy, you are competitive!” What a compliment from one of the best athletes America has ever produced!
In September 2000, I met many more Olympians. One of the major sponsors had chartered the ship as their headquarters in Sydney during the Olympics, so the cruise line made an Olympic-themed cruise to get the ship from San Francisco to Sydney. As part of the onboard activities, there were competitions in many events, including tennis, triathlon, running, cycling on stationary bikes, swimming, and basketball free throw.
The Olympians on board were kind enough to make me an “honorary Olympian” (as swimmer John Naber wrote in a book he gave me) and we hung out and got to know each other over the three-week trip to Sydney. Two days before we arrived, I was asked, “If we can get you a free hotel and free tickets, do you want to stay for the Olympics?” (I had no intention of staying in Sydney and had an airline ticket home for the day after the ship arrived!) But twist my arm!
I spent six glorious weeks at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney with the likes of Nadia Comaneci, John Naber, Bart Conner, Dwight Stones and Louis Zamperini (a 1936 Olympian!). It all happened on the spur of the moment, and I am so thankful that I trusted my gut and went for it! I met so many of my heroes at that Olympics (including a 15 year old Michael Phelps and his lovely mother, who gave me a handmade button to wear in support of her son) that I can honestly say it was the best six weeks of my life.
Now, it’s my turn again with a non sequitur: After growing up in California, Char spent twenty years living in Hawaii (sea level) before moving back to the mainland in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (6237 feet above sea level – oxygen tank optional). She lives at the base of a mountain with her British import husband, Ron, and her Hungarian Vizsla, Arazi the Wonder Dog.
Char’s website: http://charanderson.com
Follow Char on twitter: http://twitter.com/char_anderson
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/charleneanderson
What are Ya Wearing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve…
It’s mid-December and time to think about my outfit for New Year’s Eve. I have decided to go black-hoodie informal, i.e., shoes optional. So, let’s see what I can come up with to accessorize my little black hoodie.
This adorable textured black knit mini bag is just right for carrying those small things around – cell phone, credit card or ipod – and perfect for a quick trip to the [yarn] store.
This chunky black scarf certainly looks warm and inviting and won’t interfere with the lines of my hoodie.
According to the jewelry designer, and I am not about to argue with the experts, these earrings will make me feel luxurious and mysterious at the same time. Not a bad way to kick off the New Year, eh?
One can never have too many little black earrings, right?
This “treasure bracelet” was inspired by the Victorians, who collected and loved all kinds of beautiful things, regardless of size, and found novel ways to display them. It really does add a new dimension to my little black hoodie, don’t you think?
Recycled cotton T shirt “yarn” connects vintage plastic beads and handmade felted wool beads. Very chic and understated.
This black currant velvet rose is a must have for fall/winter – maybe a tad dressy for my little black hoodie, but fabulous none the less.
Given enough coffee, I could rule the world.
Gotta go – I’m off to jot down my goals and objectives for 2010. In the meantime, my very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! Foxy G.
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:
Here is a welcome that is fit enough for Candy Land itself:
This is one-of-a -kind ornament is reminiscent of peppermint swirl candies:
A Candy Cane Red peppermint candle that will burn for 40-60 hours:
How about a peppermint mocha latte festively wrapped in this peppermint stick coffee cozy?
Wouldn’t this taste delish in your hot chocolate or cocoa?
And when you write to Santa, you’ll need to give him your return address:
A darling little tissue cozy for a purse or schoolbag – just the right size to fill a stocking:
You can decorate your tree or a gift package with this altered domino:
Merry Christmas to all – And to all a good night!