Saturday, March 31, 2012

52 Weeks of Pinterest - Week 14: Crocheted Awareness Ribbons

There are so many different colors of awareness ribbons now that it's sometimes difficult to keep them all straight.  There are several that I hold near and dear to my heart because loved ones have been affected by the illnesses the various colors represent.

I was so excited to find this pattern on Pinterest for Crocheted Awareness Ribbons by Crochet Memories.  I hadn't made any yet, but when my friend Kathy, who was diagnosed with Lupus several years ago, started campaigning to raise money for her team in the Walk for Lupus being held in Birmingham, Alabama, in June, I knew just what I wanted to do.

I found a beautiful purple yarn with a metallic threat running through it.  Rather than using an H size hook, I used a G - I tend to crochet tighter than most (I usually have to go up about 2 hook sizes to get the proper gauge) and wanted to keep the ribbons on the smaller side.  I then used white yarn in a baby weight to go around the edges.  Once the crocheting was completed, I used a standard pin back and hot glued them to the backs.  I made a bunch for Kathy to give her teammates, and many extras.  With the extras, we're selling them in exchange for a $5.00 donation to Kathy's team in an effort to help reach her goal fo $1000.  If anyone is interested in donating to the team, as well as to Lupus research, you can contact me and I'll get you the information.

Project 365 Day 91 - March 31st

Growing up a Navy Brat, I am custom to seeing anchors.  This, however, was the first time I'd seen an anchor in the middle of a park.  I thought it was so cool that I couldn't resist snapping a photo.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Project 365 Day 90 - March 30th

My son is a fanatic when it comes to bowling.  Whether it's on the Wii, watching it on tv (just like his Papaw), or playing it in any other way, he rarely turns down anything that has to do with bowling.  While at Michael's tonight, he found this inflatable bowling set.  We knew there was no way we were getting out of the store unless we either bought it for him or dealt with a major temper tantrum.  Since we had given Daisha some money for a trip to the circus today with some friends, we figured we'd go ahead and allow Keiran this little splurge.  It didn't hurt that I had a coupon and was able to get it for half price.

All in all, this set was definitely worth the money.  In just the first evening it has already brought many laughs to our home.  The funny faces on each of the bowling pins help in making you laugh for sure... each one is different so you never know what to expect when you snap a photo of them going down.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project 365 Day 89 - March 29th

I had a friend bringing her newborn daughter over for some photos today.  Since it was my first newborn shoot, I tried a different setup in my living room.  Before the baby arrived, I borrowed my neighbor's granddaughter, whom I have done photos of recently, for a few test shots.  This one was by far my absolute favorite of every shot I've ever got of this beautiful little girl.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Project 365 Day 88 - March 28th

To some of you, this photo may seem fairly random and pointless.  To those of you who have ever played the game Phase 10, you know that this is a really good hand.  My hubby and I were playing Phase 10 earlier tonight.  I was on the phase where the goal is to get a "run of 9".  It was Tony's turn to deal - he dealt me every card you see in this photo except for the 6.  I picked up from the draw pile and got the 6 - which was enough for me to lay down my hand, having my the phase, and laying my remaining card on the discard pile.  This, in turn, ended the round and I had a very irritated husband.  LOL  He couldn't believe I had such a great hand dealt to me, not to mention that he was the one who did it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Project 365 Day 87 - March 27th

Once again, my kids decided what today's photo would be.  We were sitting on the patio enjoying the beautiful Spring weather - and waiting on the next storm to move in - when Daisha noticed some geese flying overhead.  She had apparently never realized that they normally fly in a V formation and insisted that I get a picture for her.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Project 365 Day 86 - March 26th

It's the first official day of Spring Break for my daughter, so we figured we'd take some family time and hit the water.  Daisha was the only one who lasted for more than a few minutes - that water was freezing!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Project 365 Day 85 - March 25th

It's finally here - POOL TIME!!!  Keiran and I went down to check things out today and, of course, he had to take the beach ball to put in the water.  The pool without a beach ball just wouldn't work for my 3-year old.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Project 365 Day 84 - March 24th

I love to see all of the different bird houses and wind chimes that tend to come out during Spring.  This one that my neighbor has on her patio combines the two.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Project 365 Day 83 - March 23rd

My 3-year old son is probably the only person in our home who is a morning person - but that only applies if he wakes up on his own.  This kid is almost always happy and hilarious first thing when he wakes up.  Today was no exception - he kept chiming, "Take my picture, Mommy!"  so that's exactly what I did.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Project 365 Day 82 - March 22nd

Living in a mostly rural area can have its downfalls, but then again, it has its perks as well.  For instance, how many opportunities do you have to get shots of storm clouds moving in without buildings in the way unless you live in a rural area.

I love having so many wide open spaces around us that allow for these kind of photo opportunities.  I love to take weather photos - good days and bad ones.  Those kinds of photos just aren't the same when you have buildings and power lines floating through your skyline.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Project 365 Day 81 - March 21st

For most of my life, I have lived on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast where pine trees are prominent.  You would think that for as long as I have lived near pine trees, I would know what these things that grow in them are called... but I don't.  LOL  I do know, however, that when I start to see them appearing in the trees, it's usually time to stock up on allergy medication for my family.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Project 365 Day 80 - March 20th

One of my least favorite things about springtime is the inevitable appearance of ants and their hills.  It seems too early to be coming across so many of them already.

Little Miss Ladybug Hat Now Available!!!

After receiving a few inquiries about a ladybug hat, I came across this adorable pattern by Sunset Crochet.  I didn't have any red yarn at the moment but was eager to try out this pattern.  I used the baby pink I had instead. Bonnie has so many adorable patterns - I definitely forsee myself buying more in the near future.  You can purchase this hat in your choice of two colors - one for the hat and one for the details.

Sizes:   0-adult (You will need to provide your head circumference upon ordering to guarantee proper fit.) 

Price:  $10.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority 

Email me if you're interested in purchasing one of these hats.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Project 365 Day 79 - March 19th

As I walked through our apartment complex enjoying the beautiful spring weather, I came across this drawing on one of the sidewalks.  It's things like this that make me love this time of year!

New Products Available

I have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to think straight.  But today, I have several crocheted items available for purchase.  All items will be made to order and are available in the colors of your choice.  If you're interested, please email me at  All prices and sizes are listed with each photo.  If you have an idea or suggestion for a hat or other crocheted project you'd like to see, feel free to leave your comments here or email me privately.  Payments are currently accepted in cash, money order, or via paypal.

Best Cloche
This is a darling 20s-era hat for girls of all ages.  The flower is stitched onto the hat but can be left off if desired.  The eyelets around the bottom are a cute accent sure to put a smile on any little girl's face.

Sizes:  0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 18-24 mos, 3-4 yrs, 5-6 yrs

Price:  $8.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority

(This pattern comes from Anneliese at Aesthetic Nest.)


This pettiskirt is a little on the heavy side for all day use, but is adorable for photo shoots and special occasions.  The body of the skirt is ribbed with the waistband is trimmed with each of the two colors the ruffle is made of.

Your skirt will consist of 3 colors, all your choice.  Color 1 is the body, Color 2 is the ruffle itself, and Color 3 is the trim of the ruffle.  There is a piece that wraps through the skirt and acts as a tie to ensure proper fit - you can pick which of your three colors this will be done in.

Sizes:  0-12 mos (The waist is approx. 18" and length is approx. 9" - I would use the child's measurements as a guide.  I can add a couple of inches in length if you're interested.)

Price:  $20.00
Shipping:  $8.00 - standard, $11.00 - priority

(This pattern comes from RAKJ Patterns.)

Hello Kitty Hat
Perfect for a Hello Kitty fan, this hat can be made to fit any size.  HK is white and black with a yellow nose.  The bow and trimming can be done in your choice of light pink, hot pink, or red.

Sizes:  0-adult (You will need to provide your head circumference upon ordering to guarantee proper fit.)

Price:  $20.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority

(This pattern comes from Amy at Crochet Creative Creations.)

Gia Hat
The Gia Hat comes in 3 colors of your choice.  The flower will be done in the two accent colors you choose for the middle detailing of the hat. 

Sizes:  0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos, 18-24 mos, 3-4 yrs, 5-6 yrs

Price:  $15.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority

(This pattern comes from RAKJ Patterns.) 
Ruffled Diaper Cover

I call this a ruffley butt - it's a generic diaper cover with the same ruffle that is used on the Pettiskirt shown above.   Your cover will consist of 3 colors, all your choice.  Color 1 is the body, Color 2 is the ruffle itself, and Color 3 is the trim of the ruffle.  

Sizes:  newborn, 0-3 mos, 3-6 mos, 6-12 mos

Price:  $8.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority

Simple Kerchief

For those who like wearing bandanas in their hair, this Simple Kerchief is cute and easy to use.  It comes in your choice of a single color (or I can do it in variegated yarn if you want the look in the photos).  

Sizes:  One size fits most

Price:  $8.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority

(This pattern comes from Anneliese at Aesthetic Nest.) 

Owl Earflap Hat
 The Owl Earflap Hat is a must-have for any owl lover.  You choose the main color and accent color - bright colors look great with this design.

Sizes:  0-adult (You will need to provide your head circumference upon ordering to guarantee proper fit.)

Price:  $20.00
Shipping:  $3.00 - standard, $5.00 - priority

(This pattern comes from Inner Hooker.)

I'll have more designs coming soon - including some hairbows.  Check back soon or sign up to receive email updates regarding From Jamie's World products.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Project 365 Day 78 - March 18th

I love Spring!!!

Okay, so Spring doesn't officially begin for two more days, but here in our town, the brightly colored flowers are already in bloom.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Project 365 Day 77 - March 17th

As I sat by the pool relaxing with my kids - well, I was relaxing while my 3-year old chased a ball around and my 8-year old splashed in the pool - I kept hearing the chirping of a nearby bird.  I was excited to see that I had a clear view of it in a nearby tree.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Project 365 Day 76 - March 16th

As the weather starts to warm up, the bird houses begin to appear.  This one is located in a tree in front of one of the buildings in our apartment complex.  My daughter was sure to point it out - she is a birdhouse fanatic - and begged me to take this photo.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project 365 Day 75 - March 15th

Today I received a much-anticipated new toy in the mail - new to me at least.  My husband's aunt was getting rid of her Sizzix die-cutting machine and asked if I wanted it.  Because I love to scrapbook, I knew this would be a fun new tool to have.  It may not be the Cricut I've been hoping for, but it is going to bring many smiles to my face as I use it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Project 365 Day 74 - March 14th

It's been less than two weeks since the kids and I planted our tomato seeds.  This is the second year in a row we're going to attempt to grow our own tomatoes - maybe we'll have some success this time.  Last year we planted them too late in the season, plus we failed to pay attention to the instructions regarding how deep to plant them.  So far we seem to be having some luck so we'll have to keep watering and watching to see what happens.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Project 365 Day 73 - March 13th

It was another day of rainy weather - such is life when Spring rolls around.  I got this great reflection shot from our balcony after the rain stopped.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Project 365 Day 71 - March 11th

Today's picture reminds me that the beauty in an object may not always lie in what you see... sometimes the beauty comes from what you don't see.  Take these terracotta pots, for instance - they appear to be battered and worn, empty and in need of being thrown out.  What you don't see is that every Spring my neighbor uses these pots to plant basil, flowers, and whatever else she is in the mood to grow and share with her friends.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Project 365 Day 70 - March 10th

Snails!  For whatever reason, both my son and daughter have always been fascinated by snails... not slugs, but snails.  I think it's the shells.  I never noticed until I came across this particular snail shell (the snail inside was dead) and snapped the picture that I really noticed the beauty.  There were so many colors swirling through the exterior that it seemed crazy to not think it was beautiful.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Project 365 Day 69 - March 9th

Day after day I look out the windows of our home and see lots of beautiful, lush trees.  It wasn't until I went outside early this morning to shoot some pictures that I noticed all of the spiderwebs lingering in those very same trees.  My original plan was to shoot some photos of objects covered in dew - I had no idea that it would be spiderwebs I would be shooting.  Trying to narrow down the photos for today was easier said than done... I was so captivated that I just kept shooting and shooting.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Project 365 Project 68 - March 8th

The apartment complex where we live is in a great location, especially if you don't have a vehicle for whatever reason.  We are just a short walk or bicycle ride away from a lot of places where you can handle your personal business and shopping.  There are several young adults in our complex who use bicycles as their primary means of transportation.  One afternoon while coming back from the mailbox, this was the view I got as I turned the corner.  I actually laughed out loud as I saw the bicycle in one of the parking spots.  I loved that they thought their bicycle was just as important as the vehicles around it and deserved a parking space - and there's no sarcasm intended in that comment!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Project 365 Day 67 - March 7th

One of our neighbors has the most beautiful wind chime on her patio.  As I admired it today, I noticed the reflection of the chimes in one of her windows and knew that it was going to be my picture for the day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Project 365 Day 66 - March 6th

Our apartment complex is located next to a Fred's store.  The things you can see on a daily basis are amusing at times, and horrifying at others.  At one end of the parking lot is a big field where my kids like to go to kick their balls around.  While we were walking to the field today, I looked up and noticed what appeared to be an old penant or decoration of some sort.  Since whatever we saw was so high up the pole we couldn't see very well from the ground.  My daughter was the one who recommended I use my camera to zoom in and get a picture then we could use that to try to determine what we had found.  The picture turned into my daily photo - and we still have no clue what it is on the pole.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Project 365 Day 65 - March 5th

It's amazing to me how you can see something so many times but never notice it.  These two trees are located in the area where the playground is in at our apartment complex.  The kids and I have been there to play more times than I can count, yet I never noticed the quirky details in the trees themselves.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Project 365 Day 64 - March 4th

While out exploring with the kids this afternoon, this utility pole caught my eye.  I was intrigued by the way it looked like there was some sort of tree growing up the pole.  What can I say, I'm easily amused!?!  LOL

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Project 365 Day 63 - March 3rd

The kids each got a toy top out from somewhere - I really don't even remember where or when.  LOL  For some reason, they decided to pull them out and play with them today.  Even Tony joined in on the fun - he grabbed the lid from the oatmeal container we were using for one of Daisha's school projects, and started spinning the top on it at my desk.  I love the way this shot turned out, with the slow shutter speed allowing you to see the movement.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Project 365 Day 62 - March 2nd

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter, Daisha Renee!!!  This is the tattoo I had done on my arm just after her 2nd birthday.  I knew before she was born that I wanted to get a piece done for her, but it took 2 years to decide what to get.  It had to be something that fit her personality and represented who she is as a person.  The heart signifies the love I have for her.  The angelic and devilish details on the heart should be self-explanatory... This tattoo represents her just as much now as it did when I had it done 6 years ago.  I love you my sweet girl!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Project 365 Day 61 - March 1st

I made a trip over to Mobile today to drop off Daisha's last order of Girl Scout Cookies.  There are so many neat buildings downtown that I would love to get some pictures of.  Unfortunately, this was not the day to do it.  I had other errands to get done and had no time to stop for photos.  I did, however, manage to get a shot of the Mobile Convention Center while waiting at a stoplight.