Sometimes in all of the seriousness of trying to be an adult, running a business while working full-time (not to mention grappling with blended family issues and wondering if I’ll be able to live in the same city as my husband), I lose sight of what it means to have fun.  My mom sent me a bunch of old photos recently.  Among those were a handful from my childhood.  There is hardly a one where I’m not clowning around, laughing and having fun.  This one sums up what I remember best about my upbringing:

a childhood photo - me with ridiculous pigtails
Pigtails (left to right: me, my sister Marta, and my mom) Photo taken by my father.

And, my design for today:

Pencil and Gouache Pearl Chandelier Earring Rendering
Pencil and Gouache Chandelier Pearl Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda


Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.

(Elbert Hubbard)


  1. Amy M says:

    I love the photo and I love the design! They both brought a smile to my face. Thanks, Joana!

    • Hi Amy,

      The photo brought a smile to my face, too…and the memory of what it feels to be that happy. That is like my holy grail at this point!

      Thanks for reading. I miss you! Joana

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