Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nater Tater Charity Donation

My newest pattern to be released is called the Nater Tater Criss Cross Beanie!

I wrote this pattern in honor of my son Nate as he was going in for his 3rd cranial surgery. I wanted to write a pattern and donate the proceeds for the first full month to a charity called Cranio Care Bears. They send care packages to children that are having surgery for craniosynostosis, the condition my son was born with.

Craniosynostosis is a birth defect that occurs in about 1 in 2000 births. It is when the plates of the skull, which should remain open to allow for growth of the brain, fuses early and causes cranial pressure, which could lead to learning difficulties, brain damage, and other problems. Surgery is the only answer. It requires both a Neurosurgeon and a Plastic Surgeon. It requires the doctors to make an incision in the scalp from one ear to the other, cutting and removing his skull bones and repositioning them with room to grow. They use screws that dissolve over time to secure everything in its place. Then they stitch it back together.

On January 22nd, Nate is going back in for his 3rd cranio surgery.

From January 21-February 21, I will be donating all proceeds from this hat pattern to Cranio Care Bears.
This pattern is named after him and is designed to resemble the stitches used to stitch up the ear to ear incision. This pattern means more to me than any other that I have written to date.

The pattern is written in size newborn to adult. It also includes instructions for making an ear warmer! The possibilities are endless with this pattern! There are so many color combinations! I include a few ideas at the end.
Get your copy of the Nater Tater Criss Cross Beanie on Ravelry and Craftsy.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Book Review: Crochet Wraps Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand

Published by Stackpole Books.
I am so honored to be the next stop on the blog tour to promote the new book  Crochet Wraps Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand.

Tammy is the vice president of the Crochet Guild of America. (That means she knows what she is talking about when it comes to all things crochet!) She is also the designer behind Hot Lava Designs.

This book includes 18 patterns using 6 different crochet techniques with patterns ranging from easy to experienced. Whether you are new or have been crocheting for years, you will find something of interest in this book. The 6 different techniques are traditional crochet, motifs, hairpin lace, broomstick lace, Tunisian crochet and double-ended crochet. I am very anxious to work one of the Tunisian and double ended crochet patterns! She also includes a photo tutorial at the back of the book to help you with the various stitch techniques.

I love that all of the designs are very unique! There are light weight, lacy wraps as well as warm, cozy shawls. Such a great variety!

Another thing that I love is the pattern index at the back of the book. It's something so simple, but it really makes it easier when I am deciding on my next project.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

To get a full look at all of the patterns in the book, check out the Look Book here!

Want to get to know Tammy more? You can visit her Facebook page here.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014


Day 5's creative daily photo prompt is Lists.
I don't have a running list of things to do craft wise, but I do have my schedule where I write down all the things I need to and want to do.
this month is full of not many craft things, but much more family things. Family activities, birthday's, parties, dr. appointments, creative daily topics, project due dates, Surgery for the little one, his pre surgery head shave, photos and then some! Busy busy month!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Favorite Color

Day 3's #CreativeDaily prompt was favorite color. (I'm a day behind) Well I have lots of those. I love the jewel tones. Turquoise, aqua, deep purple. Pretty much all the colors that make up my logo.

This is a picture from our coldest day of the year. Wind chill of 11. Cold for Virginia!

The cowl is available for purchase in my Storenvy shop here: http://jaimeddesigns.storenvy.com/products/4208237-thick-warm-cowl

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Today's #creativedaily photo prompt is OLD

So I'm showing you my old old old knit and crochet tools that I received after my Great-Granny passed.

I use most of the hooks that I got (not pictures), including the reddish pink one in the photo below to the left. You can see how much she used it because the color is worn off.

The blue hook next to it sold for 30 cents at one point. I love seeing the price tags on vintage items. :)

The item in the background is an old set of circular knitting needles that Sears sold many years ago.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I'm going to attempt to do the Creative Daily photo challenge hosted by Lu & Ed.

Today's theme is New.

I got this and 2 other books for Christmas from my Grandma!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Red Dye 40 Safe Candy

This is a general list of Red Dye 40 free commercial candy. Everything on this list had no red dye 40 in it! I made it mostly for myself because one of my children is sensitive to the artificial coloring. It causes his behavior to spiral out of control. I made this list to have on hand, especially around Halloween. But I also noticed that there is a lack in lists of what is safe. I will add on to this list as time goes on, it's just for reference.

Just remember, just because it isn't red colored, it does NOT make it safe. They can sneak red into any color just to make it more appealing. Even brown M&M's have red dye 40 in them.

Your best bet is to read the labels, but sometimes the label just isn't available to you such as at a function, or at Halloween.

If you know of any other candies that do not contain Red Dye 40, leave me a comment and I will update the list.

Disclaimer: While I have checked the ingredients from the company websites as well as package labels, they do occasionally change their ingredients. For example, online Laffy Taffy says the Strawberry ones are made with Red 3, not Red 40, but the label on the candy itself says Red 40. When in doubt, don't give it.

3 Musketeers
Almond Joy
Baby Ruth
Charleston Chew
Dum Dums
     • Blueberry
     • Blue Raspberry
     • Cotton Candy
     • Cream Soda
     • Sour Apple
Haribo Happy Cola (submitted by Kylie L.)
Heath Bar
Hershey's Cookies and Cream Chocolate
Hershey Kisses
    • with almonds
    • Dark Chocolate
    • with caramel
    • Hugs
    • Pumpkin
    • Kit Kat
Fun Dip
  • Razzapple
Laffy taffy
  • Banana
  • Grape- Red 3
Laffy Taffy Rope
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Wild Blue Raspberry
Milky Way
Milk Duds
Tootsie Rolls
    • Chocolate
    • Vanilla in blue wrapper
    • Lemon Flavored yellow and brown wrapper
    • Lime in green wrapper

Tootsie Pops
    • Brown

Willy Wonka Gummies
  • Sluggles
  • Puckerooms
  • Splashberries
Yummy Earth Lollipops

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