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.

scrabble tile pendant

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.

foot balm

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…

foot cream peppermint

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.

03/27/2010

Enchanted Craft from an Enchanted Land

[Editor’s Note: On April 1st, Foxy G. Knits will begin shipping to Australia and New Zealand. In celebration, Foxy G’s Den of i-KNIT-quity is pleased to feature Enchanted Quilling, a fabulous Australian handmade paper quilling artist.]

Drive two hours north of Sydney, Australia, and you will arrive in Nelson Bay, a quaint little town on the southern coastline of Port Stephens. It is a major tourism centre, particularly for dolphin and whale watching, surfing, diving, fishing and other recreational aquatic activities. This is where you will find Janice designing and creating her quilled items that she sells worldwide on etsy, as well as in local gift shops and the arts and craft centre.

greeting card blue dolphin

Blue Dolphin Paper Quilled Greeting Card

Janice has been hand crafting all her life, but became addicted to quilling in the past few years.

quilling flower purple

Vintage Purple Snowdrop

Quilling is the age-old art of rolling strips of paper into coils and pressing them into 3-dimensional creations. She is very proud of the fact that her handmade paper quilled cards are not only visually enjoyable, but also delightful to the touch.

Cinderella Pink Slipper Paper Quilled

Designs include floral themes, animals and birdlife, creatures from the sea, fashion and (my favorite!) cupcakes with character! 

Elmo greeting card

Elmo Character Cupcake Paper Quilled Greeting

A new Russian Nesting Dolls and Funky Faerie line of greetings cards that combines fabric with paper quilling has recently started to appear from the bottom of the Enchanted Garden.

paper quilling Russian nesting doll

Russian Nesting Matryoshka Doll - Celina

Janice is a member of the etsy Down Under Street Team (DUST), ETSYGREETINGS Team and Wild, Wise, Witty Grandmamas (WWWG).  When she isn’t designing and creating her quilled items, you will find Janice knitting, crocheting or golfing.

gift tags butterfly

Pink Butterfly on Fabric Gift Tags Set of 3

You can connect with Janice:

Etsy Shop: http://enchantedquilling.etsy.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/enchantquilling

03/14/2010

Monday Morning Musings on March Madness

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So, it’s March again.  Let’s see, daylight savings time begins.  And there’s Pi Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Ides of March (poor Julius), Passover, Palm Sunday and oh yes, basketball. 

Tarheels Pendant UNC

Hand Stamped NCCAA Team Pendant GO TARHEELS by ChipmunkHollow

For many years, I lived  in ACC Country, so I am partial to that conference.  (When I was a resident of the Research Triangle, UNC played in the NCAA Tournament, not as a #4 seed in the NIT – yikes!) 

FSU Bow

Florida State Bow by trendytykesbowtique (#9 seed in the West)

When my children were small, I took them to a Duke basketball game.  Every time the opposing team scored, my younger son would cheer.  When he was asked why he was cheering for the other team, he explained in his three-year-old logic that when they scored, Duke got the ball back.  Makes perfect sense to me!  (#1 seed in the South)

Duke Basketball Charms

Duke Hoops Basketball Two-Pack Zipper Pull Charms by CreativeClam

For those of you who know about my ashtray collection, I actually have a metal ashtray with the signatures of the Louisville Cardinals, 1980 NCAA Basketball Champions.  (#9 seed in the South.)

Louisville Cardinals Coat Rack

Louisville Cardinals NCAA Shaker Peg Coat Rack by MySportsBench

I have 52 university ashtrays, including  a cast aluminum figural Ohio State University Stadium ashtray from 1972, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the stadium, and 20 college ashtrays.  (#2 seed in the Midwest)

Ohio State bag red

Say No to Paper and Plastic March Madness by fashiongreentbags

I am sure that you will be pleased to know that you can “basketball theme” both  your child and your dog.

bib basketball

Toddler BigHoop Star Basketballs Bib by BurpieBundles

dog collar basketball

March Madness Dog Collar by dogdazzle

May you enjoy March Madness, and may your team score the first touchdown!

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.

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

03/04/2010

Art from the ♥

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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

02/27/2010

A POST-it note

Meet Theresa of TiLT creations, featured EtsyBlogger of the Month.  Theresa makes one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories in various sizes and styles. Some bag styles are only made once, while others are made again in different sizes, with different fabrics or embellishments.

handbag purse pink brown

Handbag in Brown and Pink Blooms

Theresa is a member of the more-than-100-member, international CABTeam (Carried Away Bag Makers Team). The team was established so that members could give back to those in need.  All proceeds are given to charities voted upon by their team members.

purse handbag burgundy mint white ginger

Purse with Burgundy Mint and White Circles on Ginger

One of their recent charities was HeroBox, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides custom support to our heroes overseas. Their mission is to provide items that deployed American soldiers need and want while they are away from home defending our freedom. A HeroBox is a care package that has been customized to a soldier’s specific request. Theresa donated the following handbag to the cause:

handbag purse navy red polka dots

Handbag in Navy Dockside Dots

You can find out more about Theresa:

Website: http://www.tiltcreations.webs.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tiltcreations

flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiltcreations/

Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/tiltcreations

02/22/2010

Monday Morning Musings

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Knit 1, Purl 2…Knitting Needle Jewelry Just for You

It should come as no surprise that the proprietress of a shop named “Foxy G. Knits” should receive knitting needles as a gift.  However, it’s the “wristification” of the needles that is so fantastic.  Here are the knitting needle bracelets that I received from my son and daughter-in-law for Chanukah.  Are they not fabulous?

Knitting Needle Bracelets

Knitting Needle Bangles Knitwit Black and White Set by LianaKabel

This very talented designer from Australia also had a necklace that caught my eye:

Knitting Needle Necklace

Knitwit Necklace You Pick the Colors by LianaKabel

The next two pieces were designed by a Roswell, GA artist whose work I have admired in local knit shops as well as at craft shows.  Her medium is aluminum, rather than plastic, knitting needles:

Knitting Needle Watch

Knitting Needle Watch with Large Face by sassafrascreations

Knitting Needle Earrings

Jangly Dangly Earrings by sassafrascreations

I am not sure what is in the water in Australia or what they teach the kids in school, but they really turn a mean knitting needle:

Knitting Needle Brooch

Knitting Needle Going Dotti Resin Brooch by lekker

And back from Australia, half way around the world, to Tiajuana, here is a handbag with a knitting needle closure:

Knitting Pin Handbag by olipocket

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

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