Watercolor and gouache rendering of jeweled ladybug on a dew-drop covered leaf by Joana Miranda
Watercolor and Gouache Rendering of Jeweled Ladybug on a Dew-Drop Covered Leaf by Joana Miranda

Sometimes thinking outside of the box is the best way to grow.  In a sense, thinking outside the box means learning to be creative INSIDE the box.  As some of you know, my life soon will involve living in a box – in fact, a very tiny box – since my husband and I will be living together in a studio apartment in NY city for the first part of fall 2010.   Trying to figure out what to take (mostly what NOT to take), therefore, is a challenge. My bench and jewelry-making equipment will have to remain behind for the time being, but I’ve made sure to build up my stock so that I can still process incoming orders.

One of the great benefits to doing my Design a Day project this year, is that I’ve realized that I can’t (and don’t want) to live without my watercolor and gouache paints, my drafting table, paper and a good light.  Fortunately, those are all readily portable.   As I’ve worked on my daily designs this year, my love for designing has only grown.  So, too, has my imagination for ways to get my designs out there…

While I have no guarantees, I’m embracing the good advice of a musician/jeweler colleague who reminded me recently

B’lieve hon!


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