Ok, folks…here it is.  My 365th and final design in my Design-a-Day year-long blog project.   Drum roll, applause and…


Watercolor and Gouache "Fireworks" Diamond Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda
Watercolor and Gouache "Fireworks" Diamond Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

The nice thing about being a designer is that I can design my own celebratory brooch.  I can also design my celebration party  – a date out tonight with my husband for pizza and beer. (Unfortunately, riches and fame haven’t come my way yet, so a slice and the paper brooch are the extent of my luxuries right now.)

What HAS come my way as a result of doing this year-long project is…

the joy of meeting and fulfilling a challenge day after day,

the opportunity to go to my own (self-created) school of design in a public and yet immensely gratifying way,

a great way to keep a daily record of my progress,

the desire to learn new techniques,

confidence in the depths of my visual creativity,

a chance to interact with fans as far away as China, Norway and India,

(and as close as my husband, parents and friends),

and the burning desire to create more designs!

So, what’s next?

While I won’t be posting jewelry designs on a regular basis, I will continue posting on a regular basis (most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)

First, though, I’ll take a DAY OFF (what’s that?),

and then, starting this coming Monday (September 20th), you’ll see a new blog banner, some changes to the blog’s layout, and you’ll meet my latest creation.


Make sure you visit me here on Monday.  Better yet, if you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my blog.  That way you’ll never miss a post!


    • Thanks, Helen!

      It’s hard to believe that I started the project a year ago. Did you know that Jamie provided the initial inspiration for the project? He asked, in passing, if I thought I could come up with designs without running out of ideas (or getting sick of designing.) Guess I found out the answer!

      🙂 Joana

  1. Congratulations!!! 😀 😀 😀

    And I love the design! I check your blog every day, to look at you beautiful renderings and designs! You’ve inspired me to design more!

    I’m subscribed to your blog 🙂

    Love from Norway

    • Hi Jeanette,

      Thanks so much for letting me know that you’ve been following my blog posts! I’m glad that I’ve inspired you a little, and hope to keep doing so in the future.

      With all best wishes,
      P.s. Thanks for subscribing to the blog, too. I look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to shortly…maybe more emerald mining?:-)

      • Maybe 😉 Or maybe aquamarines (we have that too) But it’s getting very cold here these days, so I think the trip to the emerald mines were the last stone “hunting” for 2010. But next year! 😉

        About the bubble wrap, that makes two of us 😉
        I don’t know where these trucks are, I must admit I found the pictures on google 🙂

  2. Joana, you are an absolute inspiration. I’ve loved to read about your dedication sticking to this project.

    Your designs add some much needed glamour to my working day. Congratulations!


    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks so much for following my project and for keeping in touch! The designs added glamour to my days, too. (A little incongruous on the days when I was feeling harried and ran out of the house looking less than glamorous…)

      I always look forward to reading your posts which I get in my email.

      With all best wishes,

  3. Christina Yu says:

    Congratulations Joana!

    Thank you for being such an inspiration. I tried to start design a day but couldn’t keep up – it’s really very challenging. Now I’m down to 3 posts a week and trying hard to sticking to it.

    Can’t wait to see your new creations. Wish you all the best for your new life and your career. 🙂

    Christina @ China

    • Hi Christina,

      Thanks so much for following my blog and for cheering me on! I was on your website/blog earlier today and loved seeing the picture of you…I felt like I was meeting a soul sister on the other side of the world.

      You have lovely designs and jewelry and I look forward to seeing more of your work!

      All best wishes,

  4. Laura says:

    Joana, congratulations!! I have really enjoyed following you on this amazing journey. As soon as I win the lottery and buy a fabulous cello, I will be commissioning many of these designs for myself!! 😉 Ah, dreams are free. Anyway, I will miss you this season while you are in NY, but I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for you–I know it will be beautiful!

    • Hi Laura,

      Andy said that one of my designs would be cheaper than a new cello (priorities, priorities…) I do hope that regardless of whether you win the lottery, that you’ll be able to get a beautiful cello! I also hope that things go well at the MSO this year…seems like the season isn’t exactly off to the most cheery of starts. There seems to be little that is cheery in the economy anywhere these days. But its been so gloomy for so long that it must be going to get better, right?

      Thanks again,

  5. Erin says:

    Congratulations from me, too!!! Funny how your posting less often and my having less time to sit at the computer coincide! Thanks for taking my new schedule into consideration(just kidding). I’m so happy for you that you reached your goal with this blog, and what a fitting design to mark the occasion! Now it is time to do one of my more glamorous chores, loading the dishwasher…

    • Hi Erin,

      I’m glad that our schedules are in sync;-) Thank you so much for checking into my blog and for cheering me on. It means a great deal to me.

      I hope you are getting a chance to get out a little -even for 15 minutes – to breathe some fresh air and take some quiet time for yourself.

      Thinking of you –

  6. Tina Raimondi says:

    You are an amazing woman, Joana! Congratulations! I love your designs and your musings, too! Miss ya!


    • Hi Jemeenie,

      Thank you, thank you! I enjoyed talking with you so much the other day and am looking forward to another chat soon.

      Wish you could stroll through Riverside Park with me and split a hot pretzel (actually, it hasn’t really gotten cold enough for a hot pretzel yet, but it will soon!)


  7. Hi Joana,

    You have done yourself an amazing thing here with 1 design every single day for 365 days…

    I know what it is like to create designer jewellery and have often found inspiration in many of the things that I see in your blog posts too, nature, architecture, everyday items or things that I see walking around town. There is SOOOO much out there for the aspiring designer, especially now you have added your own spin on this!

    In my private Jewellery studio in Sydney Australia, there is nothing better that I love than sitting down and creating a unique and individual piece of art that someone is going to wear.

    Sam Kritsotakis
    Eskae Private Jeweller

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