I happen to be a DIYer and have found that most DIYers love colors, textures and the creativity involved with making something or putting something together-everything from home décor to fashion. There has never been so much activity around creative crafting and ETSY has a lot to do with enabling creative spirits to share and sell their work. ETSY has grown so much that it now represents thousands of DIYers around the world as creative enthusiasts share their love of handmade items. That creative spirit spills over into fashion as most DIYers show their one-of-a-kind personality through their fun wardrobe, combining textures, colors and patterns in unique ways.
Nobody makes sock monkeys as cute as Carol Wanagat makes them. She loves socks and loves creating sock monkeys. Her vivid imagination and wonderful combination of sock designs transform socks into monkeys full of personality and life, each one unique and distinctive. We especially love the monkeys she made using our Foot Traffic socks. Lucky for you, we’ll be giving away one such creation in the next week! We are so excited to introduce you to Carol, our Craftinista for September!
At Foot Traffic, we are about celebrating. It can be the simplest things like a new sock design that makes us smile or a big thing like celebrating 25 years of growing a sock and legwear business from the ground up.
What is a Picnic?
I have great memories of going on picnics with my family as a child. Every family brought their favorite food lovingly made from scratch and we would talk, eat, play games and throw rocks in the river. Mom would spray my ankles with bug spray and I would wear shoes and socks to keep away the chiggers. Those were the days.
Are you looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Tired of giving ties and “Best Dad” coffee mugs?
No one knows “Dad” better than you, but sometimes finding the perfect gift seems impossible.
Finding Fashion Focus with Tim Gunn
I love to be organized but I hate the process because I just don’t know where to begin!
In February, while attending WINN, ATS, and MAGIC in Las Vegas (accessories shows for wholesale and retail vendors), I was overwhelmed by all of the fabric patterns and designs ranging from large and small floral prints to tie-dye and batiks. But amidst all of the visual chaos, I also noticed something that seemed to appear consistently throughout the show—that is, the clean, white blouse. (more…)
It’s that time of year when we love to acknowledge our co-workers, friends, and family but we want something personal, inexpensive, unique, and fun. VOILA! The perfect gift is a fun pair of novelty socks! With over 200 choices, certainly you will find something for everyone on your list.
…..And they are under $10!
Even better…$6 a pair when you buy 3 pairs!
Why not start a tradition and give all of your family members socks in their holiday stockings that fit their personality?! I used to give crazy boxer shorts to my boys and now I give them fun socks. They love it!
Everyone will thank you for a gift that fits their feet and their personality, and is fun and functional.
Ideas for HIM:
We all know guys can sometimes be difficult to buy for. Even they admit it. If it’s not technology, a new car, or tickets to a big game, then the list gets short quickly. So here are a few stocking stuffer ideas to give with the socks if you want to take it another step:
Poker socks and poker chips
Beer socks and his favorite brew
High top sneaker socks and a basketball
Music socks and his favorite music CD
Flame socks and some hot, spicy BBQ sauce
Chili peppers socks and some chips and salsa
Golf socks and some favorite golf balls
Cowboy boot socks and beef jerky
Smiley face socks because he makes you smile!
The first decorations I bring out for the holidays are the stockings where I promptly hang them on the fireplace, door, staircase or bedpost, signifying the official beginning of the season.
I am a passionate DIYer and made my stockings for my family several years ago but I am always interested in adding a new one to the collection as we add new family members, including new pets. Whatever your tradition, whether you are buying new stockings this year for the first time or adding to your existing assortment, you can certainly make your own with little or no cost.
I admit that I start by going to the Queen of the holidays, Martha Stewart for new ideas. Not to disappoint, in her 2011 holiday issue I found this great photo of simple but interesting stockings that could easily be made and embellished or left simple uniquely different, one stocking to the next. She shares her patterns on her website, www.marthastewart.com/stocking -template, with suggestion of where to find fabrics. Although these are great resources, my favorite places to hunt for holiday fabrics is at local thrift stores (if not my own closet!) For a fraction of the cost, you can use old sweaters, jackets, skirts and shirts, taking them apart and making them into great holiday stockings and gifts. She also featured some great stocking ideas in a previous issue at http://www.marthastewart.com/274856/christmas-stocking-ideas
The fun of the holidays is making your home about YOU! Have fun and enjoy making your stockings this holiday season.
Have even more fun filling them!