Foxy G's Den of i-KNIT-quity

03/08/2010

Monday Morning Musings

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:

Fabric iPod iPhone Cozy Tutorial

Fabric iPod iPhone Cozy Tutorial Instruction E-book -- pdf file by dizzlePOP

ChainMaille Bracelet Instructions

Instructions for Full Persian/Foxtail ChainMaille Bracelet by The ChainmailleLady

The Jewelry Seller's Travel Roll - Holds 12 Necklaces PATTERN and INSTRUCTIONS PDF FILE by DigUnderRocks

stationery customized

Customized Etsy Shop Stationery by purplelemondesigns

baby blanket crochet instructions

Pineapples for Baby Crocheted Round Afghan Pattern, PDF by crochetgal

rag doll pattern

Anya a PDF Pattern directions for an eco-friendly rag matroyshka by ImogensGarden

crochet purse pattern

PATTERN Crochet Tangle Sampler Purse by JaybirdDesigns

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03/04/2010

Art from the ♥

Filed under: Art From the Heart — foxygknits @ 12:02 am
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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. 

Wrist Cuff

Wrist Cuff - Dream

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.

Wrist Cuff - Friendship

Wrist Cuff - Friendship

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.

Write Cuff - Love

Write Cuff - Love

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

twitter: www.twitter.com/wellofcreations

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wellofcreations.myetsyshop

Blogs: www.wellofcreations.com and www.wellofcreations.blogspot.com

[Editor’s Note: Well of Creations features one-of-a-kind crocheted totes, purses, scarves and wrist cuffs.]

purse crochet

Easter Basket...Little Purse...Skies are Blue...For your little girl...ages 3 to 7

scarf crochet neutral

Scarf...Peace Flows...Like a River...Neutral with a Burst of Color

03/02/2010

Monday Morning Musings (on Tuesday)

[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.

And you will definitely be beautiful in any of these aquamarine items from the EtsyTwitter and EtsyBloggers teams:

fingerless gloves aquamarine

Fingerless Gloves in Aquamarine Blue Arm Warmers by beautiful bridget

scarf wrap aquamarine

Hand Knit Ladies Self-fringing Sassy Wrap Scarf - Aquamarine by foxygknits

necklace aquamarine

Ice - Aquamarine Light Blue Necklace by SilverSmack

pendant and earrings dichroic fused glass aquamarine

One-of-a-kind Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant and Earrings by mysassyglass

earrings aquamarine

Simply Stunning Gemstone Earrings by SweetwaterGifts

02/03/2010

Go Red for Women

Filed under: Life in General — foxygknits @ 11:05 pm
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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.

crocheted necklace red

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

02/01/2010

Monday Morning Musings

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. 

Hair Flower Red Silk

Luscious Red Silk Wedding Hair Flower by Mikiye

Ring Red Jade Sterling

Ruby Red Australian Jade Teardrop Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Ring by WellspringCreations

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. 

Earrings Lampwork and Sterling

Crimson Spiral Lampwork and Sterling Earrings by BellaTuJewelry

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! 

Coffee Cozie Red Cabled

Cabled Coffee Cozie in Cranberry Red by kimwhitecreations

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.

Flowered Rings

Set of 3 Flowered Rings by shopbonnin

01/18/2010

Monday Morning Musings

Filed under: Monday Morning Musings — foxygknits @ 12:04 am
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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

Snowflake Wedding Invitations

The Snowflake Winter Themed Pocketfold Wedding Invitation by GlitzyEvents

“The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.” ̴ Margaret Atwood

Red Snapsuit Snowflake
Snowflake Applique Tee, 12m by BellflowerTextiles

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” ̴ Zen Proverb

Snowflake Tags

Snowflake Tags Set of Six by TheCheckerdRabbit

Snowflake Address Stamp

Small Snowflake Address Stamp by purplelemondesigns

 “Snowflakes are kisses from Heaven.” ̴ Anonymous

Snowflake dichroic fused glass pendant and earrings

Snowflake Sonata - Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant/Slide and Earring Set by mysassyglass

“A snowflake is winter’s butterfly.” ̴ Unknown

Snowflake, fairy fantasy art magnet by aquariann

“Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.” ̴ Unknown

Snowman Twirl Skirt

Snowman Twirl Skirt 12 months to 8 years Girls by AmieVoltaire

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” ̴ Carl Reiner

Snowflake Soap

Frosted Snowflakes Soap by thesoapseduction

And finally, things that make you go, hmmmmmmm: “Where does the white go when the snow melts?”

Red and Blue Otedama

Winter Snow in Red and Blue Otedama (Set of 6) by ojami

(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.

Snowflake Pendant

Winter Snowflake Pendant by CapeCodeJewel

01/11/2010

Monday Morning Musings

The Garnet is a Stone of Vitality and Passion

Garnet Sterling Silver Earrings

Garnet Tears Sterling Silver Earrings by SweetwaterGifts

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.

Garnet Earrings

Bordeaux Earrings Garnet Pearls Wire Wrapped by joslinjewels

The garnet is considered to be the birthstone for Capricorn (Goat): Dec. 22 – Jan. 19.

Garnet Sterling Ring

Triple Red Garnet Nested Sterling Silver Hancrafted Wire Wrapped Ring by WellSpring Creations

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.

Garnet Front Toggle Sterling Necklace

Large Dark Red Garnet Front Toggle Sterling Necklace by SilverSmack

Road trip…listening to the radio… A Santana song comes on, telling of love and loss.

“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.

Garnet Freshwater Pearl Sterling Necklace

Corazon Espinado Necklacei n Sterling Silver Garnet and Freshwater Pearl by ThatsHeadley

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:

Garnet Cloche with Black Flower

Market Beanie Cloche Hat Garnet Red Black Flower Brooch Pin by beautifulbridget

Twingling Celebrations Scarf

The Twinkling Celebrations Scarf by yarncoture

Hand Knit Fashion Sassy Wrap Scarf - Garnet, Darn It! by foxygknits

12/28/2009

Monday Morning Musings: A Most Interesting Character

Char Anderson – A Character of Olympian Proportion

Brown Orbital Earrings by Char

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!

Char and Mary Lou

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.

Olympians on Ship

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.

Japanese Weave Bracelet by Char

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

12/17/2009

Secrets to Accessorizing the Little Black Hoodie

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.

Knit Mini Shoulder Bag by PeanutandTommy

This chunky black scarf certainly looks warm and inviting and won’t interfere with the lines of my hoodie.

Warm and Wooly Black Hand Knit Scarf by foxygknits

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?

Enigma Earrings by joslinjewels

One can never have too many little black earrings, right?

Little Black Dress Earrings by SweetwaterGifts

Black Onyx Elegance Earrings by lindab142

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?

Vintage Button Charm Bracelet by FirebirdHouse

Recycled cotton T shirt “yarn” connects vintage plastic beads and handmade felted wool beads. Very chic and understated.

T Shirt Yarn Necklace by threepeats

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.

Bridal Hair Flower by Mikiye

Given enough coffee, I could rule the world.

Crocheted Black Coffee Cozy by Jenco13

Perfect for recording phone numbers and addresses or e-mails, etc.

Big Little Black Book by prettycheap

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.

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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