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New Spring Prints & A Birthday Sale!

Shop Spring Prints by Joanna BakerIt’s finally officially spring! Cheers to warmer weather coming our way =) To celebrate, I’m releasing five brand new spring inspired prints to both my website and Etsy shops. And because my birthday is coming up this Saturday, I thought why not host a special birthday sale?! I’ve never done this kind of sale before but I think you’re gonna like it…

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Stars, Stripes, and Watermelon…

So the original plan was to fly and visit my parents for the Fourth of July… Mom’s hydrangeas in full bloom, feeding carrots to the horses down the road, early morning plane rides with Dad over the tributaries of the Potomac… all wonderful, lovely, relaxing country things.

And it started off fine, I was able to leave work early and arrive at LaGuardia in plenty of time thanks to the new Q70. I looked at the departure list and it was very ominous… most flights were cancelled with the exception of mine and about four others. I held on to hope that Hurricane Arthur would not keep me from my wonderful three-day countryside escape but alas, two hours later my flight was cancelled along with everyone else’s.

So I’m back in my rainy Manhattan, but it’s not going to stop me from enjoying our Fourth! The hubby is making his amazing pesto with pasta we brought back from Italy and I’m going to try my hand at an Apple Pear Crisp, courtesy of Ina Garten. I watched her make it this morning and she always makes me feel like I can get better in the kitchen (and somehow she never makes such a mess!) =)

Here’s hoping if you celebrate, that you got where you were going and that you have a happy 4th of July! And to cheer us all up on this rainy holiday… some wearable stars, stripes, and very yummy watermelon!

~Joanna <3

P.S. – Follow my Instagram to see how my Apple Pear Crisp turns out!

Heart to Heart…

We returned from our honeymoon and are settling back into life post-Italy. Our trip was life changing. We packed so much into one week, living each day from sunrise to way past sunset and seeing everything from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum to Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and the Grand Canal in Venice. The food was incredible, the people amazing, the sights breathtaking, and the weather absolutely perfect. And there was so… much… gelato! The best honeymoon we could have ever dreamed of and so worth saving up all those months. We can’t wait to return!

All this adventure, though, has made it difficult to come back to reality. And reality includes keeping up with my blog. Ever since the wedding (more about that at a later date – promise!) I’ve been super lax on keeping up with my illustrations and posting frequently. And there’s so much guilt that comes along with it… how will I ever grow and get better if I don’t keep practicing, how will my work get out there if I don’t keep posting, etc. And it’s built up so much that I couldn’t even sit down at my desk and get started.

Which is so sad because I know that it is something I love to do, and that’s why I started my blog in the first place. It’s hard to come home after a long – very long – day at my design job and squeeze an ounce of creativity out for my drawing.

But this blog and all the people I’ve met through it are why I need to keep going. It’s the potential connections and friends I have made, the new illustration collaborations and projects, the fact that it pushes me to get better and reach out, all of these things help me grow as an illustrator and a person.

So I’ve decided to start again slowly, a couple little Italy illustrations along with the most amazing parts from our trip. I hope you’ll enjoy looking through them and thanks so much for your support and hanging in there with me!

Now for some Italy tips from our trip:

1. Florence – we stayed here the whole week, it was a great home base for all our day trips. We found an apartment super close to Ponte Vecchio through Airbnb. Affordable and the perfect little place to come home to after a long day of exploring!

2. We went on two day-long bus tours while we were there and they were absolutely amazing. Since we didn’t rent a car, it was the best way to explore the countryside outside of Florence. Both tours were with Walkabout Florence, we highly recommend the Cinque Terre and Tuscany day tours!

3. Visit Mercato Centrale in Florence and experience the amazing food and wine, but don’t forget to pick up fresh veggies and handmade pasta for a home cooked meal the next evening!

4. Don’t try to do Rome in a day, or if you do… make sure you plan to go back. We spent so much time at the Vatican, there was little left to see the ruins. We will definitely have to go back and give it the time it deserves!

5. We went the first week in May and the weather was absolutely amazing, 72 degrees and sunny every single day. Not a drop of rain. Can’t guarantee this of course, but early May was a great time to visit Italy!

~Joanna <3

P.S. – More honeymoon pics on my Instagram!

Blogger Inspired…

When I’m feeling uninspired, I can always count on a healthy dose of blogger inspiration to get me drawing again. Meet Jennifer of Red Soles & Red Wine. Not only is she super fashion savvy, she’s an entrepreneur and has her own jewelry business, T & J Designs. How cool is that? I have to say, I do love my mint necklace =) Thanks Jennifer for being an inspiration!

~Joanna <3

p.s. If I didn’t love this outfit so much, I’d be crazy jealous of her giant red Celine shopper!!