In this digital age, many people resort to texting or emails to express their sentiments.  And yet most people (I’m not talking about the under-30 set for whom I’ve almost given up hope) understand that sometimes a real card is more appropriate.  Setting aside the “Hallmark” holidays, it’s not hard to see why sending a paper Thank You, Birthday or Get Well card will make the recipient feel happy and cherished.

I’m currently working on a card for the more difficult Get Well genre.  In this case, it’s more difficult because the recipient is very close and very dear to me, and also because the illness is serious.  So I’m going more nostalgic and more gentle with the humor.  My inspiration?

This antique tin wind-up toy which belonged to my father:

Antique wind up toy

From these sketches, you’ll get an idea of where I’m headed so far…

Antique toy with sketches

(And that I’m hoping the recipient will soon be back to “working order.”)


  1. ma says:

    brilliant! I KNEW you’d have something wonderful up your sleeve!
    I love you. yo’ MA!

    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Meh-meh!

      Yah, this one is tough, but I’m glad that I seem to be making progress.

      I lurve, J

      On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thank you, thank you, Pam! The card is going out in the mail to you today and I’ll be in touch with the tracking number shortly.

      It’s a beautiful spring-like day today…the perfect day for a walk in Central Park. I hope you’re having the same weather! Are things getting back to normal in your house after the water leak? I certainly hope so…although hearing you play Bach would also be nice. 🙂

      A big hug, Joana

      On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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