Waaaah! Where is the time going? What was supposed to be a week off has turned into a week of work – at the drafting table and in the practice room. But I’m not complaining, really. I feel fortunate to have the time to do what I love to do. Being able to make a living at it is the icing on the cake!
Speaking of people who have spent a lifetime doing what they are passionate about, if you happen to be in New York City, you MUST get yourself to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of see the Jewels by JAR exhibit. Three-hundred, ninety-five glorious baubles are on display in one elegant room. You’ll probably never see so many rubies, sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, opals, and other precious stones together in one place again. And it’s not just the staggering wealth of the collection that is impressive, the designs (mostly variations on elements found in nature) show breathtaking vision, elegance, wit – not to mention techniques unrivaled in the business. This is one man who has devoted his life to his passion…and it shows!
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Watercolor and Gouache Rose Brooch Design by Joana Miranda
Sometimes amid all of the stresses of my life, I forget how truly blessed I am. I have
- my health
- a husband who can’t get out of bed each day unless he “spoons” around me for at least 15 minutes
- a wonderfully supportive and loving family
- great friends who cheer me on
- a drive to create beauty around me
Speaking of sense of humor, even though I’ve often sometimes felt like my NY job search has been an exercise in futility extreme patience, even there I’m grateful for the little gifts that come my way. Take for example the “bloopers” I’ve come across in job postings. These have added some much needed levity to my days; in fact, I’ve even started to compile a list of the best ones. These “gems”, taken from jewelry job, as well as from creative job listings, are among my favorites:
“Now Hiring Music Teachers”
(“Teaching experience a HUGE plus!”)
“A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.”
“Laughter is an instant vacation.”
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. “
While July 4th is more of a beer-and-brats than wine-and-cheese kind of day, I thought kicking off my 5-day series of jewelry designs dedicated to fruit with this grape brooch was still appropriate:
Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold Grape Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda
Pondering the beer/wine thing got me trying to remember a saying I’d heard about mixing alcohol. It goes something like this…
“Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, never fear.”
But I also found these versions…
“Beer after wine and you’ll feel fine; wine after beer and you’ll feel queer.”
“Wine after beer have no fear; beer after wine, ain’t so fine.”
I’m a one-drink type of gal, so for me it will be either-or, but not both.
Happy Fourth of July!
(Be merry but be smart, too!)