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Hello my dears,
At last, I am back. It has been a long time indeed.
I am in Switzerland at the moment, and for those of you who have never been here in the summer, I entirely recommend it. It’s light, green and so beautiful.
I have been drawing LOTS and working on tons of different projects: children’s clothes for a client in LA, portraits for a client in NY, business cards, logos and stationery for a client in Brazil, a children’s book, a book of short stories and a brand new blog project. I am breathless and in need of a good nap, but excited and inspired.
I have updated my website and added a number of new pieces and projects there. Check them out on www.atelierjoanafaria.com - I hope you like it!
I am always posting pictures, sketches and work in progress on Instagram. For updates, follow me @joanafaria.
Lots of love from Switzerland.
It’s so warm and sunny here in Lisbon, I wish I had a puppy I could take out for a walk and play with.
Back in Brazil, my brother had a beagle when we were kids. Her name was Wendy and she was the cutest dog in the world. So beautiful, I can’t even begin to describe her. She had these huge ears and she was white with light brown and black patches all over. Something like this:
Having said that, however, she was also naughty, disobedient and completely impossible to train. A perfect nightmare! I guess we were too young to realize how much work goes into taking care of a puppy and she was a handful!
At some point I would love to have a dog again. Maybe not as mischievous as a beagle (unless I live in a house with a big backyard), but maybe a smaller breed like a pug or a dachshund. I think cats are gorgeous, but I’m definitely a dog person! :)
♥ This week was a very important week. Correction, the 7th of June was a very important day. Why? Because it was my birthday. Hooray!
Marilyn Monroe, also a Gemini, on her 30th birthday, 1st June 1956. Via Pinterest.
Although I’m not really into the whole “getting older and wiser” kind of thing (come on, no proper Gemini is into that sort of stuff and I am as Gemini as it gets!), I am very much into receiving sweet birthday wishes and presents from friends and loved ones.Who isn’t, right?
As I looked through my inbox and facebook page and read all the comments and messages my friends left me, I couldn’t help being happy and proud of knowing so many wonderful people. I know facebook is not really the place one should expect to read sincere words that really come from the heart, but I’m not complaining! It feels good to be remembered and it feels good to know that people took their time to leave me a message (some were really quite creative).
♥ But the very best thing about my birthday is that it’s right next to my best friend’s birthday.
Oh God, I love Juliana. In addition to being a fellow Gemini, this girl is so wonderful, I have no words to describe her. She is coming over from Brazil at the end of the month, and I can’t wait. I’ve known her pretty much all my life. We were inseparable as children and as teenagers, we did everything together: go to the beach, cinema, parties, etc. Everything teenage girls do really. Then my family moved to London, taking me along and we’ve been apart ever since. This was almost twenty years ago.
Of course, we have seen each other many times after that, but only whenever I went back to Brazil for holidays. She has never managed to come and visit me until now. Needless to say, I am so excited! She’s coming over to Portugal for a week, then she’s off to Barcelona and a few days later, we’ll meet again and travel to London and Paris. It’ll be wonderful!
♥ Women can be very complicated, I know, but as a girl, I still think that having really amazing girlfriends is one of the best things that can happen to you. They are hard to find and very rare. I was very lucky that back in Brazil, I lived across from a number of really wonderful girls who to this day are still my closest friends.
Happy birthday Juli! Love you and miss you lots!
I just couldn’t resist it. This is a great treat for anyone who understands Portuguese or anyone who likes music in general.
This is an independent band from the south of Brazil and I am completely in love with this song. Independent meaning that they haven’t been signed by any record labels. They do everything themselves. (I think I like them better because of that actually!) Anyway, the whole country is listening to this. I’ve seen hundreds of posts on facebook and twitter. It’s so sweet though and the video is great. Have a look!
The lyrics are very simple and full of joy. I attempted a little translation bellow but like in any translation, things end up not being the same as the original (these words actually rhyme in Portuguese). Oh well, here it goes:
My love, this is the last prayer
To save your heart
The heart is not as simple as you may think
It holds what doesn’t fit inside a cupboard
It holds my love
It holds three life times
It holds a dresser
It holds both of us
It holds this prayer
That’s it! Like I said, very simple. I hope you like it.
More songs and videos here.