How is it possible that my computer, loaded with anti-virus software and Webroot Anti-Spyware, is infected with a virus?
Do computers get the swine flu?
Here is a design taken from my files (yes, I back up my files regularly) since I can’t scan or do any photo-editing until I get my “baby” back:
Pencil and Gouache Geometric Diamond Cuff Bracelet Rendering by Joana Miranda
Two days without my computer is about my limit. I’m looking at perhaps another two more…
I found an Easter bunny in our garden today…
That led me to work up some bunny sketches as inspiration for my Design a Day:
Bunny Sketches for Jewelry Inspiration by Joana Miranda
Just above, you can see how the outline of the bunny (bottom left) gave me the idea of mirroring this outline both horizontally and vertically to create a chain-link pattern. The bunny ears morphed into part of a toggle clasp.
Here is the final result:
Colored Pencil and Gouache Onyx, Jade, and Diamond Bracelet Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda
I’m not Irish
(not even distantly)
but I had some “luck of the Irish” today…
I got a hand-written congratulations note
from my state representative
(on a design award I won earlier this year)
who also thanked me for bringing beauty into this world.
Colored Pencil and Gouache "Luck of the Irish" Diamond and Emerald Bracelet Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The bracelet I designed for today was inspired by the top I was wearing – a silk fine-gauge knit with black and white print interspersed with several red and fuchsia splashes of delicately sequined roses:
Pencil and Gouache Diamond Rose Bracelet Rendering on Vellum by Joana Miranda
The top has “bracelet” sleeves (3/4 length), so this design would be a smashing way to accessorize it. For now, unfortunately, I’ll just have to dream since diamond bracelets are not likely to be coming my way anytime soon!
The final charm in my Thanksgiving series dedicated to those I love, is my signature charm, a ladybug or “joaninha”. I lead a charmed life in many ways (if you backtrack over the last 6 days, you’ll read why), so I felt like I deserved a place on the chain as well:
Watercolor and Gouache Gold, Diamond, and Garnet "Ladybug" Charm Rendering by Joana Miranda
The bracelet in its entirety follows below:
Watercolor and Gouache Charm Bracelet Rendering with Seven Charms by Joana Miranda
The placement of each of these charms was not accidental. Neither was the fact that I designed fully 3-dimensional charms. I wanted the charms to be beautiful seen from whatever angle they fell when the bracelet was worn. And, while my husband’s “Pisces” and my ladybug charms are stationed at opposite ends of the chain when the bracelet is open, when clasped together we are side by side again.
All my gratitude and thanks go to the friends, family and kindly strangers who have made such a difference in my life.