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A Design a Day – Day 246 (A Jeweled Butterfly Emerges)

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. (Richard Bach)

Watercolor and gouache butterflly brooch rendering with pear-shaped amethyst and aquamarine gemstones by Joana Miranda
Watercolor and Gouache Amethyst, Aquamarine and Diamond Butterfly Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

Tomorrow I’ll post the 7th and final animal-inspired brooch rendering in this series.  Tomorrow’s animal is perhaps the closest to the human race in terms of its sophistication.  In fact, some breeds have even been trained to assist quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility impairments. After being socialized in a human home as infants, these animals undergo extensive training before being placed with a quadriplegic.  Around the house, they can help out by doing tasks including microwaving food, washing the quadriplegic’s face and opening drink bottles…

(I think it would be neat to have one of these as a pet, but the closest I’ve ever come is a stuffed toy version.)

Join me tomorrow to learn the identity of this animal!

A Design a Day – Day 182

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown…

(I think I got a workout today.)

I’ve been told that smiling can influence your mood, turning a bad mood into a better one.

So can breathing, which I often forget to do – at least consciously.

Watercolor and Gouache Gold, Diamond and Aquamarine Ring Rendering (Version 2) by Joana Miranda

But at least I haven’t stopped striving to create beauty

(and I still like licorice.)

A Design a Day – Day 181

How nice to finally have a chunk of time today to focus on my business!

Between sneezing every other minute

(this is proving to be a nasty cold to lick)

I updated my Flickr photos, worked on some marketing ideas,

printed out information on an upcoming competition,

upgraded to 2010 Quicken,

and relisted pieces on my shop at Etsy.

Oh, and I exercised, too.

Here is today’s design -an oldie –

since I now need to get ready to leave and play my evening concert.

Watercolor and Gouache Gold, Aquamarine and Diamond Ring Rendering by Joana Miranda