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Birthday Wishes Card – Now Available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy

June is a BIG birthday month in my family.  Not only do we have quite a few June birthdays, but we also have several people with birthdays on the exact SAME day.  So, I guess it’s not really surprising that I’ve been working on a new birthday illustration at my drafting table.  Of course, I’ve also been doing some birthday gift shopping, too.  But, believe it or not, I can still keep some things a secret.

Wink, wink!

Birthday wishes mockup


(For more information about this card and to purchase, please click here.) 


    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks so much! I felt a bit like I was riding with training wheels on that one…just too long since I’ve been working regularly at my drafting table.

      Are you Piano Art-ing this week? Andy arrived in Milwaukee this afternoon, and I’ll be seeing him in Oberlin on Friday. I’m looking forward to some down-time after the memorial. I’m craving just sitting on our balcony and watching the cabs drive by;-)

      XOX – Joana

      On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


      • Hi Joana, this week is my vacation week! I forgot about doing anything about it until rather late, and this week was the only one left. I guess I’m lucky I got it! I would have appreciated something earlier, but that’s ok, because I am having a busy and pleasant week of lunching with friends and attending performances (not orchestral ones)! Also, making things and long-overdue gardening.

        In recent surprising news, Larry is “graduating” from the MSO, and you may already know from the facebooks that Shu has a new job in Pittsburgh.

        • Hi Helen,

          So solly for the delay again! Greetings from NH where we’ve been helping my mom open the cottage and settle in. I spent most of today out in the garden with the weed whacker and rake. After a year dormant, there is certainly a lot of “whacking” to be done. My mom came back from the garden center with a car full of flowers, so I know that the place will be looking cheery in no time.

          I am not really surprised to learn that Larry is retiring, although I’m surprised that he kept it such a secret from all of you! I wonder what he’ll do to occupy himself in his retirement? Does he plan to stay around Milwaukee?

          I enjoyed your Kanzashi bracelet post very much. I’m curious about one thing; is it easy for a person to tie on the bracelet without help?

          Gotta get back to cleaning out my email Inbox…

          XOX – Joana

          On Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


          • From personal experience, I know that is possible to put on the bracelet by oneself if the goal is simply to tie a knot in the ribbon, but to tie a bow, forget it, an assistant is required!

            Larry is taking advantage of the puny retirement package that management offered to those above retirement age, to try to incentivize people to leave, thus shrinking the number of hungry mouths we need to feed. Nobody much is going for it, but Dave T. says that
            Larry felt like he maybe wasn’t going to make it through the year, and figured that now was the time to retire. He never said a word about being in pain, but I did frequently notice him shaking out his hands during rehearsals and performances. So, now we’re down to 6 violas.

            • Hi Helen,

              This is interesting news indeed (about Larry…not about your ability to tie knots one-handed;-) Is the plan to fill in the rest of the section with subs? It’s alarming how the industry is changing (deteriorating) before our eyes. And I just skimmed an article about the decline in the greeting card industry, too…nothing I didn’t know, but still food for thought.

              What is the world coming to?!

              Meanwhile, it’s hard to feel very concerned about the world in the peaceful quiet of NH at my mom’s cottage. We’ve been eating great food, gardening, playing cards and laughing our little heads off. Very therapeutic for us all. I hope your summer is off to a great start!

              Love, Joana

              On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Thank you, Susan!

      I decided to keep the balloons the original color I had originally rendered them. I was going to make them all shades of a complimentary color (sort of a teal-ish green) but my husband weighed in and didn’t like the idea. It will be a little while before I can get back to using my markers (we’ll be on the road quite a bit) but I know that it will be a real treat to be able to spend uninterrupted time at the drafting table when I get back.

      I hope you are having a nice June and that your own work is flowing happily and nicely!

      🙂 Joana

      On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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