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…is to give presents!
Here’s the first present I gave this year. A little illustration for a very dear friend.
He really liked it, which is all that matters to me.
♥ And speaking of gifts…
My print shop is up and running and taking orders. If you’re looking for something sweet and original for Christmas, this could be a good idea.
All illustrations were carefully selected and originally produced with a lot of love. The prints are limited edition so if you find something you like, let me know. Check them out here.
Jeanmaire was a close friend of the designer. They collaborated together a few times and she modeled for him.
I haven’t seen the documentary yet, but I can’t wait to watch it.
Yves Saint-Laurent fascinates me. He had a terribly hard life and died of a very tragic illness, but he was also an inspiring character and one of the most important designers in the world. He created the first tuxedo for women, he created the first ready-to-wear line and he was the first designer ever to use ethnic models on runway shows. This was a man who was born in the thirties, by the way, completely ahead of his time.
Read the full review in Amelia’s Magazine.
♥ Yesterday was Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Parade. Source: Pinterest.
Even though Europe does not celebrate Thanksgiving, this makes me happy for two reasons:
1) It reminds me to be thankful for everything I have and for everything I have achieved.
My life is going through some major changes at the moment, and even though some of them are difficult, I am thankful for them. Change is always for the better, right?
2) Thanksgiving also reminds me that in exactly ONE MONTH it will be Christmas. Yay!
I love Christmas. It’s by far my favorite time of the year. This year it will be slightly different from the usual: I am going to Brazil. After almost 20 years away, I am going to spend my first Christmas and New Years over there. I don’t know what to expect but I’m very excited and looking forward to it. Though I’m sure I’ll miss the cold weather and the European feel of Christmas: it’s cozy and pretty special. But like I said: “change is always for the better”, so bring it on!
Have a beautiful weekend, everyone.
Lots of love from Lisbon.
I’m excited to announce that I have just opened my very own pint shop. It’s on Big Cartel and it’s gorgeous!
Now everyone will be able to buy high quality prints of some of my favorite pieces, all limited edition, all signed, controlled and posted by Moi!
I am planning to rotate the illustrations from time to time, so that the shop is always changing. I just think it’s more exciting that way.
I am also planning to create a couple of promotions and illustration giveaways. That way I will hopefully be able to make my work more readily available for everyone. Online shopping is so practical, it just makes sense, right? Coming to think of it, I should have done this ages ago!
So what are you waiting for? Why not add a little touch of creative sunshine to your day? Check out the store here and happy shopping!
…but let’s have some mulled wine, shall we? :)
I’ve recently received the great news that my Christmas Mulled Wine recipe was one of the illustrations selected to feature in a review about They Draw and Cook.
The article was written by Len Kendall and published in Brain Pickings which is one of my favorite blogs! Kendall says “Even for those of us who aren’t interested in doing much cooking ourselves, the site is an absolute treat of unique hand-drawn visual art.” – Needless to say, I was over the moon! I know I keep saying this, but I’ll say it again: They Draw and Cook rocks!
Check out the feature here.
When I submitted my Mulled Wine recipe to the They Draw and Cook Christmas recipe compilation, I also sent this second option: a very creamy and tasty sun-dried tomato dip. – This is my boyfriend’s recipe. I’ve had it countless times and swear by it. It’s amazing.
Here are a couple of close-ups.
The good news: this illustration was nominated Illustration of the Day by TDAC (yay!):
and it was also nominated Favourite Recipe of the Day on the Food Network blog, The FN Dish (yay!):
I was away on holiday when this happened so it was a great surprise. Needless to say, I was over the moon when I found out. :)
This is what they had to say about the piece:
“Drawing Inspiration: Dipping Into the New Year” by Nate Padavick
“Mmm-mmm-mm. This is such a simple and easy recipe that promises such big flavor. We’re pretty sure there won’t be any of this left over after a holiday party. We love Joana Faria‘s slightly edgy illustration style. The creative twist on the Advent calendar works so well for this recipe. The chunky hand-lettering style is great combined with the delicate rows of garland. If you venture over to her website you’ll see lots more of her detailed line drawings and intriguing designs. In fact, we love this recipe so much we made it for our own get-together, and it turned out great. Next stop, New Year’s.”
Aw… They are so wonderful, the guys over at They Draw and Cook! They never fail to bring a smile to my face. I urge you to take a look at their incredible project and website: www.theydrawandcook.com – It’s definitely one of a kind!
Lots of love from Lisbon.