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Friday, October 19, 2012


Happy Friday!! Sooo, I finally have a new illustration and short story for you on this beautiful day! The drawing is based on the gorgeous and sweet Anna, who you might already recognize from In Honor of Design. Thanks for giving me the okay to illustrate you, Anna! And for the rest of you, I hope you have an amazing weekend. :)

From the clear view in the kitchen, her parents looked at their daughter, in a poised stance among the bustling group of sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins, with her son plastered on to her stylish jeans. As she leaned down and pushed the dark hair out of her son's eyes lined with long lashes, her mother remembered how she used to do the same thing to her daughter more than two decades ago.

Without removing her glance from the living room, her mother lightly squeezed the hand of her father. They continued to look at their surroundings, taking it all in, lest they forget this moment.

Neither parent had to say a word. What a triumph their life and marriage had been. They had such a large family filled with loving children, with Anna being the catapult of personality and generosity.

Following their lingering for a few more moments, her mother and father turned toward the freshly-painted white cabinets to reach for the white plates speckled with blue porcelain flecks. They readied the table as the rest of the family flocked to the airy kitchen, and the sounds of laughter, clinking glass and silverware, and the rustle of napkin arranging filled the room.

In their wiser age, Anna’s parents beamed with happiness. This is what their purpose had been; not to be wildly rich, as they had once been convinced, but to be surrounded with their loving family. No amount of money could buy this type of joy. 


Anna @ IHOD said...

Oh my word! I am speechless! You are so talented Danielle. So humbled. Thank you for this:) And the gets to me (obviously b/c I am from a big fam) and loved every word.
Will be sharing of course!
Much love, Anna

Alison said...

What a great illustration and thanks for the story to go along with it. When I look at art I sometimes wonder what the creator was thinking when they made a particular piece, so thanks for sharing.

simplyvonne said...

wow! so beautiful!!!!!!! and the wording really got me! awesome job! new fan!

Megan said...

LOVE Anna. and loved this. so sweet :)

Michaela said...

Oh my goodness- so happy I came over here to see the post! What a beautiful illustration and perfectly adorable story to go with it! You are so talented :)

Michaela said...

And...I'm back. Just read your about me page...I'm going to interior design school right now- this is my last year. So fun to learn you went to school for design as well. Love your blog, Danielle. Can't wait to follow along :)

Rosa said...

Beautiful illustration, and beautiful words! said...

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AZuniga said...

THIS IS AMAZING! You are such a wonderful writer, and definitely captured the beauty of Anna's abundant life. Thank you for doing this for her!!

Danie at Pasadya said...

Anna: So glad you liked it! Thank you so much again for allowing me to illustrate you!!

Alison: Thank you so much! You know, a lot of time, the stories are kind of an aftermath, but I love how everything falls in place most times.

simplyvonne: Thank you! So glad you're here! :)

Megan: She's amazing! Thank you very much.

Michaela: Aw, thank you! I've totally been to your adorable blog before I even started blogging, and I think you're extremely talented! So excited to have you here. :)

Rosa: Thank you, lovely!

Irene: Thank you so much. :) I'll be sure to visit!

AZ: Aw, thank you so much. She was so sweet to let me illustrate her.

Paris in Four Months said...

Hi there :)

I found your blog after you commented on mine. And I'm so happy that I did! Your drawings are absolutely beautiful. I love them.


Danie at Pasadya said...

Hi Carin! I was so happy to find your through Garance. :) Thanks so much! I think you're INCREDIBLY talented with your photography. It makes me so impatient to go to Paris...we're planning to go in July, and now I'm even more excited! Hope all is well. :)

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