Monthly Archives: April 2012

Grand Opening

I’m proud to announce that I have taken the time to open an Etsy storefront. Just go to www.etsy.com and visit Crafter’s Corner by SapphireArtist. Right now, I’ve got only half of my finished knit/crochet projects up with more to come this week. I will also be adding fine art photographs and other craft projects as well in the near future.

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Finally finished! | Orange Scarf

Yay!!! I finally finished the “never ending scarf” after five years of working on and off on it. I am so happy that I will never have to look at this fuzzy orange yarn again on my size nine needles. And for the record, I’ll probably put the 9 needles away for a while and work on 15’s or larger.

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Beautiful day for a wedding

Today, I’m photographing a wedding for a very lovely couple. I will admit, other than my personal artwork, I enjoy photographing weddings more than anything else. There’s so much emotion flying around on a wedding day, and it makes me feel honored to be able to preserve the happiest day of a couple’s life.

Here is an image from one of my past weddings. The bride here happens to be my sister.

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Yup! Great Day!

As in the past, Friday the 13th has been a great day. My in-laws started spoiling the baby today. They bought a crib, play yard, stroller, carseat, and mattress for the baby today. And my husband and I got to pick out the ones we wanted.

Then, as we’re laying in bed, reading our books, I felt some pretty strong kicks from our 18 week baby. So I put my husband’s hand on my belly and he felt the tiny kick for the very first time! I’ve felt the baby for about two weeks already, but it was never strong enough to feel on the outside, only from within. So my husband wore the biggest smile when he finally felt the first kick.

Ooooo! Scarey

Happy Friday the 13th y’all! It’s funny how superstitious some people are. They will go through this entire day looking over their shoulder, waiting for something bad to happen to them. Not me. I was born on Saturday, Sept. 14th at 12:42am. While my mom was always relieved that I was not a Friday 13 baby, the date has never bothered me. In fact, it has actually brought me good luck over the years. I’m looking forward to today and the good luck it will bring me, but for those who are still a little apprehensive about the day, here’s one of my Halloween pieces from last year, just for you. 🙂 Enjoy.

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Recent Yarn Projects

I’m notorious for starting a personal art project and taking forever to finish it. So I’m really proud of myself when I finish personal projects, especially if it’s something I’ve managed to knock out in less than a month. So I just wanted to share a few of my recent finishes and some works in progress.

This little hat only took me three days to finish, but I know I could have done it in a day had I sat still long enough to do it in one sitting. I found the pattern for this little elf hat on www.ravelry.com. If you’re a yarn lover like me and you’re on ravelry, I’d be glad to add you to my friends there. I’m artlover08 on ravelry.

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The other photos posted below are earlier projects that I finally got around to snapping a cruddy iPhone photo of. But these little baby hats are totally cute in person!

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This fuzzy orange mess is a scarf that I’ve been working on and off for the past four or five years. It’s gotten so boring and I can’t wait to finish with the darn thing! Almost done though! I think it’s got another 45 – 60 minutes left and it will finally be complete. I’m knitting it, which is much slower going for me than crocheting. I’ve been crocheting since I was 8 (almost 20 years) so I’ve become quite the speedy crocheter. It’s knitting that takes me forever because I’m self taught and have only been doing it for five or six years (and I haven’t done it often enough to improve to be honest).

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And finally for tonight, here is the pretty baby yarn, granny square afghan I set aside so I could finish the darn orange scarf. It will be the first project I pick back up once the ruddy scarf is done.

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Most of what I knit and crochet is just off the cuff so to speak. The little elf hat was the first piece I’d ever followed a pattern for. Most of what I do consists of the basic beginner stitches, but now that I’ve joined a local knitting meet-up group (and thanks to them found ravelry) I’m hoping to expand my stitch knowledge and have a whole stack of really cute patterns to try out. I look forward to sharing those with you in the future.

Well that was pointless

Well, I guess my last post was pointless. LOL. But to be honest, a lot has happened since then. First being that about a week after that post, I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were soooo excited! Three months later though, we lost our little one when her heart stopped. No explanation, it just stopped. We were devastated, and I was practically dead to the world. I stopped doing all the things I loved. There are NO words to describe the heartbreak of losing a child, especially one you never got a chance to hold. After about a month of being a zombi, I started to get better. I started slowly, first by picking up my point and shoot camera, then some knitting, then eventually threw myself full force into my day job, my art, and a part time photography business. The business has grown significantly and keeps me pretty…well…busy. There were (and still are) nights I would cry myself to sleep, or my husband and I would just start tearing up during dinner. I don’t think that hurt will ever go away, just get a little easier to deal with as time dulls it.

In January, my husband and I discovered that once again, we are expecting a baby. We have gone through a roller coaster of emotions spanning everything from the pure joy of finding out we’re pregnant to absolute terror of losing this baby too. Even now, at only 18 weeks, the thought sticks in the back of our minds that God could call this baby home at any time and there’s not a darn thing any doctor would be able to do to stop it. We pray constantly for a healthy, full term baby in September. My pregnancy is going well so far though and my doctors are positive. We’re excited to find out the baby’s gender later this month.

So with a growing business, a growing family, and the demands of everyday life, my blog and my art haven’t had the attention they deserve. My goal is though, to dedicate at least 30 minutes a week to the blog, and an hour a week to my art. Having placed these in an actual schedule will hopefully keep me up to date with both.

So, in honor of my new commitment, I post my first piece of art here. This is one of my dogs, Reba. Reba is a very special cocker spaniel. She has one blue eye, one brown eye, and a dark brown coat with lots of grey patches. She’s one of the sweethearts who’s helped me make it through the last several months.

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