Loopsi Daisy 200 Fan Scarf Giveaway!

January 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Crochet | Leave a comment
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The Loopsi Daisy Facebook page just hit 200 fans.  To celebrate, I am holding a sweepstakes contest.  One lucky winner will receive the newest Loopsi Daisy item, the Loopsi Button Up Scarf.

To enter click http://bit.ly/ZfcjtH, enter your name and email address and submit the form.  Contest entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm on 1/12/13.

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Textured Newsboy Hat with Oversized Flower

October 25, 2012 at 4:26 AM | Posted in Crochet | Leave a comment
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Fall is here and our family has been super busy participating in fall festivities.  We have visited pumpkin farms, the Renaissance Festival and we even went on VACATION!  This past month has been super fun.  I’m trying to be a better blogger, honest.  But I’m having SO MUCH FUN spending time out and about with family.

I’m also crocheting like a crazy woman these days!  Check out the freshly looped hat below!  I got a request from an old high school friend for a pink and white newsboy for her daughter.  I decided it would be fun to play with textures in a new book I have.  I have to say, my hats always look better on.  This photo doesn’t do it justice, but I really like the way this hat turned out.  I hope the little lady I made it for likes it too!!

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Textured White Newsboy Hat with Pink Flower

2011: A Year in Review

December 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Crochet | Leave a comment
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Our year in review is pretty simple for 2011.  Looking back, we only had one big, exciting focus this year.  This is of course in comparison to years past which were filled with trips, evenings out and new hobbies.  If our focuses hadn’t shifted I might be a little worried.  Here is how 2011 looks in text:

January – March:  Hospital life which consisted of video games for Kayvan and lots of hat making for me.  Kamran was born 3/15 and spent a month in the NICU.

April:  Kamran came home from the NICU 4/17, 2 days before his due date.

May:  We enjoyed our little boy and all of the sleepless nights he brought us courtesy of reflux.

June:  Kamran’s first surgery (and hopefully last).

July:  Jamie went back to work.

August – December:  These last few months flew by and were filled with Kamran’s first Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I think the visual year in is much more fun.  HATS!  I made Kamran a hat a month.  Some fit themes, some were just cute.  We will kick it off with March in a hat I did not make but considering this is the first time Kamran got to wear clothes, it’s pretty special to me.  He has grown so much!

Kayvan, Kamran and I hope you all have an amazing New Year!  Party safe tonight.

Loopsi Daisy!

December 5, 2011 at 5:06 AM | Posted in Crochet | 2 Comments
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I finally did it! After pestering the heck out of everyone I know with “What do you think?” and “Are you sure it’s the right name?” I finally changed the name of my etsy store. I never really liked Hats n Hodgepodge so I was very happy when etsy announced tha they would allow users to change their store name–once and only once.

Loopsi Daisy is very fitting for not only what I do but me as well. It is a play on words. Crochet is a series of loops, of course. Then, if you know me then you know I’m an absolute clutz! I have dropped at least 5 items today–easily. Not to mention, when I crochet, I often find myself starting out all wrong, or with a color that my creative brain later decides is no good. So then, oopsie, I pull it all out and pretty much start over.

So head on over and check it out! http://www.loopsidaisy.etsy.com.

What do you think? Is it a good name?

Eventually I’ll make a facebook page too.

Fall Festivities

November 4, 2011 at 2:24 AM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Crochet | Leave a comment
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I have become an infrequent blogger. Our family has been enjoying all things fall and fall festivities. To quickly sum up the past few weeks, a few weeks ago we trekked out to the Maryland Renassance Festival, followed by the pumpkin patch with friends the next day. The weekend after that we had a pumpkin carving party and the baby shower for a good friend. This past weekend we enjoyed some down time at home and met some friends for food to celebrate their run in the Marine Corps Marathon.

Whirlwind tour but a ball none the less. I actually wrote a blog about all of this but my phone hated me and decided to delete it all.

Kamran LOVED the Renaissance Festival. He rode around in his snuggli complete with pumpkin hat and got all of the attention a little guy could hope for. We should have turned it into a drinking game. “Take a drink every time you hear someone reference Kam’s pumpkin hat.” I should have gotten ahead of the pumpkin hats because they got more compliments than any hat I have made to date. When we got there, the little guy cooed, and ooohed more than I’ve ever heard I’m sure the 2 hour nap in the car seat on the ride there put him in a brilliant mood. I’m so glad car rides are no longer a scream fest!

I was personally SO excited about our trip to the pumpkin patch. I love everything fall and could not wait to take pictures of our little guy on haystacks with pumpkins. We met up with Kayvan’s co-workers and their 9 month old, Jackson and photograph we did! I made Jackson a hat to match Kamran’s and they looked like two adorable little pumpkins. Kamran got to see a momma cow and learned about how the farmers milk her. Momma friends, be jealous. A momma cow can pump a gallon of milk in 5 minutes!!! Bet you want that pump! Kamran also got to see the baby cows and watched them eat the milk that was just pumped. Then we met a big ole piggie and man did she STINK! Of course the adults got their fill of kettle corn (my favorite), apple cider and dominion root beer. Yummy! On our way out we took pumpkin pictures and picked out 3 baby pumpkins to take home. I still have to go through those photos but here is a cute picture of the boys talking.

The following weekend we went to a baby palooza pumpkin party at a friend’s house. Kamran met a new pint sized friend while we were there and hung out with his old bud Jackson. We carved a witch pumpkin and ate some fantastic food. Here is a picture of our pumpkin all lit up!

For Terri’s baby shower to celebrate the anticipated arrival of baby Autumn, we had another long drive and baby boy was a champ! He slept the entire way! It was great to see Terri and she seemed to enjoy meeting Kamran for the first time. Autumn is due a few days after Christmas so I made her a hat to fit the season!

This past weekend was a much needed low key weekend. We cleaned up the house, had dinner with NICU friends on Saturday and met with Millie and Linda to celebrate their marathon run on Sunday. To be able to run such a distance is admirable and I’m so proud of my friends!

On the developmental front, I’m so proud of my boy. He sits unassisted now, waves hi, but only to daddy, holds his own bottle, scoots, spins, twists, turns and rocks on his knees and has established a favorite stuffed animal–his giraffe. He is getting pretty mobile. Also something I am incredibly proud of is that Kamran is starting to sign back to us. We started sigining to him when we started on rice cereal at 5 months. Now he has started signing “milk”! I walk into his room in the morning, he smiles and once his eyes have adjusted to the light he will sign “milk” to me. He also just got his 3rd tooth, it is on the bottom left and is still working on the tooth on his top right.

I’m Shrinking

October 12, 2011 at 1:59 AM | Posted in Crochet | 2 Comments
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Today a co-worker stopped me in the cafeteria and asked, “Jamie, you had a baby, right?” I responded in the true braggy mom way, “Yup, in 4 days he will be 7 months.” I was SO ready to show him a picture of the kid. Then, I got the question I get at least once a week…and it was meant as an absolute compliment. “How is it possible that you are smaller now than you were before you got pregnant?”

To the other April mommies who still follow along with my story, (or anyone else for that matter) please do not hate me for this. I’m not entirely complaining…but I’m wasting away. I am still nursing and do my very best to eat my extra 500 calories daily. I’m ALWAYS starving. The part of nursing I find the most annoying is that I eat like a teenage boy going through a growth spurt. Today I finished a humongous lunch (fried chicken, corn, green beans and black beans) and was still hungry…yesterday too. I weigh over 10 lbs less than I was pre-pregnancy. Some of the weight difference I know is from nursing, the rest I know is due to the fact that I spent 12 weeks in the hospital, mostly inactive, laid up in a bed. A good portion of my muscle mass has atrophied and I’m sure we’ve all heard that muscle weighs more than fat. I’m a bit self conscious that I look sickly. I have always been on the small side but certainly haven’t been this small since high school…and that wasn’t just yesterday. My fear when I was pregnant was that I’d turn into a house and really struggle to lose the weight. That didn’t happen but I’m having a hard time with it just the same.

So how do I answer a male co-worker (who doesn’t read my blog, or at least I don’t think he does) who knows nothing of my hospital stay, hardly even knew I was pregnant to begin with and to whom I certainly don’t want to say, “I’m nursing”? “Mother Nature’s miracle, I suppose.” Then, I walk back to my desk entirely self conscious because, really…my clothes are way too big.

I don’t know where my weight will finally settle so I’m really not buying a lot in the way of clothes right now. It doesn’t make sense to. Kayvan absolutely insisted that I buy new jeans two weeks ago. I’m kind of thankful he did because I was starting to look like I should be sporting a pimp walk and boxers in addition to my low rider jeans. They were just so saggy everywhere. I’m looking forward to the time when I am comfortable enough with where my weight sits to start in on a new wardrobe.

Until I get to that point I can window shop. I often read through a blog that belongs to a Texas friend for fun fashion finds. No, not you, Kim. It’s Girls On The Style, a blog by Amanda Hail and her sister Rebekah. I’m not so great at clothes. But these gals love fashion so much they write about it. As a matter of fact, they included one of my hats in their blog last Friday. http://girlsonthestyle.com/fashion/15-for-20/.

Still Wielding the [Crochet] Needle

October 3, 2011 at 9:42 PM | Posted in Crochet | 1 Comment
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It’s been eons since I’ve posted anything related to crochet. I AM still crocheting in my free time. What little free time I do have. I typically pick a fun project and work on it during long car rides because Kamran will FINALLY sleep in the car. If not in the car, I will work on a project if Kamran goes to bed early or if I’m staying up late on weekends.

I was cranking through baby hats for a while but lost the needle I use to sew all of the little bitty pieces on. This weekend I stopped by the craft to buy yet another needle I’m sure to lose. Kayvan took over bath time last night and I literally tied off loose ends and posted everything to the etsy store. One of my loyal fans tasked me with two new and fun projects. A puppy and a mom tattoo hat. The mom tattoo is my faaaaavorite.

Kamran is doing well. He had a cold last week but was such a trooper. He is sitting for longer periods on his own but is still not unassisted. He passes toys from hand to hand, lives solid food, which I love making for him and just started trying to pull his knees up under himself.

Happy Easter from Kamran Bunny!

April 24, 2011 at 10:06 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Crochet | 1 Comment

Happy Easter from our little bunny!

http://theromaezis.smugmug.com/Family/Kamran/16237032_y3GA4#1264016165_9hncGb9

One benefit to having a new baby is that it is easy to get your photog friends to come take pictures if they haven’t met the kid yet. have mentioned before that photography is a hobby of mine in addition to making what my dad calls “stupid little hats.” I know better than think I could photograph an infant single handedly. So I called Millie! Now, other friends of mine, don’t go getting jealous that I haven’t called inviting the masses over yet. (Millie, don’t read this part. ;)) I was purely using Millie for her services…and her mom’s fried chicken which also came with her. Kamran must have wanted to make sure Millie got to know him well. He was awake the entire time. No sleeping newborn photos for us. He also made it known that he wasn’t going to sit by and allow us to turn him into a baby in a basket, no sir.

http://theromaezis.smugmug.com/Family/Kamran/16237032_y3GA4#1264016171_Lx8cpXs

I hope everyone enjoyed the day with their families! Speaking of family, my dad came by today with my grandmother and grandfather. Kamran’s great grandparents. You know, he’s the 3rd great grandchild and the 3rd boy. Great grandbaby #4 is also in the oven so to speak and is a boy. Any guesses what great grandbaby #5 (also on the way) will be? Something tells me boys are just what we do but I’m hoping #5 is a girl…but only if that’s what the mommy and daddy are hoping for!

By the way, I am aware it is no fun to have to click through to see the photos…BUT. There are some who have shown me they cannot be trusted not to right click, save and post my/Millie’s photos to Facebook–thus giving Facebook ownership. Can you tell I used to work with intellectual property? Well, that and I may be a slightly overbearing new mommy.

Day 80: BUSTED!!

March 13, 2011 at 5:51 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Crochet, Sookie the French Bulldog | 2 Comments
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Oh man, I’m so busted.  This morning I woke up feeling some kind of awful.  I was so congested.  My throat was all mucusy, my nose was absolutely stuffy, my throat was sore and I had no voice.  I couldn’t wait to jump my morning hurdles and take the hottest shower possible.  When I got in the shower, I knew I hadn’t seen the doctor yet.  As a matter of fact, I heard him knock on my door and come into my room as I was getting into the shower.  Thankfully he wasn’t a nursing student.  Well, the doctor just came by again and the first thing he said was, “That was not a 10 minute shower!  I came by 3 times.”  I laughed and told him I heard him knock as I was getting into the shower and added that I was feeling pretty congested and needed the steam.  I promised him that not all of my showers are that long.  They aren’t.  But I know I break the 10 minute rule all of the time!  What are they going to do?  Come in and drag me out?  I would rather that to a 10 minute water shut off timer (which we don’t have here).  Talk about one pissed pregnant lady! Continue Reading Day 80: BUSTED!!…

Day 77: No More 4D Pictures for us

March 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM | Posted in Baby Romaezi, Crochet | 11 Comments
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I had an ultrasound bright and early this morning.  I think I was the first one on the list.  It was so early that I almost confused the ultrasound tech for a food service manager.  I was about 5 seconds from asking why food service was in my room at 8:15 a.m. th en I made the connection.  Oops, in fairness I had just woken up 15 minutes before.  In the chair I went, down the hall, hair a disaster, sleep in my eyes for an ultrasound.  The early morning wake up call was all worth it.  I got the good ultrasound tech.  All of the doctors and nurses want her to do their scans.  I’ve only had her once before and she was all business.  This morning, she was really fun.  Before I even got on the table she said she would see if she could get a 4D picture for us.  I didn’t even ask!  She poked the ultrasound probe around my belly taking a million pictures of my placenta.  I think I’ve seen more of that thing on the ultrasound than I have the baby.  The she poked over all of his body parts just to see where everything sat. Continue Reading Day 77: No More 4D Pictures for us…

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