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โœจ Ohhh look at Billie! โœจ Such a sweetie to draw, with her lil turtle to boot ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿข everyone who knows me, knows how much I love kids! [Little kids & babies I mean, big kids kinda intimidate me, because theyโ€™re way too cool for me to comprehend ๐Ÿ˜‚] But drawing these little ones with their letter balloons ๐Ÿ˜ it totally makes my day. I am loving all these Christmas orders I have coming in ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ . I hope they make some very happy vegemites (kids + parents alike) on Christmas Day. Please also keep in mind, I have a limit on how many I can draw by Chrissy, so please pop your orders through if youโ€™d like one. ๐Ÿ˜ It breaks my heart when I have to say no later on ๐Ÿ’” #kidsillustration #designedbysarajoy #Christmasorders

I had to dig up this engagement print I drew a few months ago. It was ordered from one of my amazing regular customers (you guys donโ€™t even know how happy it makes me when you come back for more! ๐Ÿ™) She always has super cute requests... this time it was team colours, & they had to be holding an apple ๐ŸŽ + footy ๐Ÿˆ. I love all these little things that make them special and unique! I was thinking about it, because we are totally in engagement mode over here! My lil sister / side kick / bestie, got engaged recently so we are in a super excited wedding planning bubble ๐Ÿค— Iโ€™ll be doing engagement party invitations this weekend (such a flashback to my old life!!๐Ÿคฏ) I am totally embracing this fun exciting time ๐Ÿ’ƒ Happy Friday lovely people... hope you all have a great weekend!! x ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ #Engagement #BrideToBe #DesignedBySarajoy

Just a reminder for large orders for Chrissy... today is my cut off for illustrations with more than 9 characters! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ ๐ŸŽ„ please email me by tonight (you canโ€™t order these big ones online) - otherwise Iโ€™ll pick them up after the silly season. Portraits of 9 characters or less are open for a few more weeks as normal on my website. ๐Ÿค— Happy Halloween everyone ๐ŸŽƒ ๐Ÿ‘ป #Christmascountdownison #happyhalloween #designedbysarajoy

๐Ÿ’• The Hart Family ๐Ÿ’•
A gorgeous little fam for your Monday afternoon... โœจ I ate toast for dinner, the house is a mess and Iโ€™m watching post-bedtime trashy tv while instagramming. I feel like Iโ€™ve dropped the ball and itโ€™s only Monday ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ Letโ€™s hope itโ€™s up from here. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ™ŒBring on the week!! ๐Ÿ’ช Christmas is flying at me wayyyyyy to fast ๐Ÿ˜ฑ #mumlyf #customillustration #designedbysarajoy

Nawwww would you look at this guy!!! It ALWAYS makes my day when I get photos of your drawings printed and framed! ๐Ÿค— Especially when thereโ€™s a certain fury friend staring back at himself. What a cutie you are @the_adventures_of_gussy! Lauren printed, framed & photographed this in record time too... ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love customers who have the same level of enthusiasm as me. ๐Ÿ’• #mademyday #lovemycustomers #designedbysarajoy

Ohhhh I can really feel the Christmas heat starting you guys! 9 weeks to go!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Iโ€™m currently trying to sort through my Chrissy present shopping so I can be drawing my lil tush off til the 24th December!! (but Iโ€™m such a last minute gal Iโ€™m not having much success on the shopping front. I am being much more productive on the drawing front though, so at least thatโ€™s something ๐Ÿ˜‚) I love seeing these Christmas orders coming through & I mentally send great big enormous, grateful hugs to those of you who are organised and generous with turn-around times. I appreciate it more than you know!! โค๏ธ I loved drawing this gorgeous fam a couple of months ago & feel so lucky to be drawing many more all the time. ๐Ÿ’• #ILoveMyJob ... for anyone thinking about placing an order for Christmas DO IIIIIIT. But also, please think about placing it sooner rather than later. I plan take orders into December if Iโ€™m keeping up, but I will have to stop once I reach capacity so I can see my gorgeous fam once or twice over the next couple of months. ๐Ÿ™Œ #happyMonday #BetterGetBackToWork #DesignedBySarajoy

Oh my goodness you guys, where is this year going?!? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I canโ€™t believe we are discussing Christmas cut-offs already!! But here we are... I generally have a 3-4 week turn around, so we still have another month for normal orders. However, large orders (more than 9 characters) take up to 2 months, so I need these guys booked in by the end of this month to finish in time for Christmas. And thatโ€™s less than 2 weeks away! SLOW DOWN 2018. ๐Ÿ™ˆ I donโ€™t have this option online as I have a limit to how many I can take on, but if youโ€™d like to order one, please email me so I can book you in. ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ„โœจ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿผ These big drawings are crazzzzy for me with all the details of so many people to go through, to get it just right. Because of this, I can only take on a handful... but they are SO worth it, I love seeing them come together!! So hit me up by the end of the month if youโ€™re interested; my email is in my bio. โœ๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ #ChristmasIsComing #SlowDown #DesignedBySarajoy

Last month marked one year since I started this little baby of mine. ๐Ÿ’• ONE YEAR! I canโ€™t quite believe it, itโ€™s gone so fast but it also feels like a lifetime ago... ๐Ÿคฏ
I remember when I nervously put it out there that this might, maybe, be a thing I could do, my life looked pretty different to what it does now. Back then I was 9 months into my cancer treatment. I had radiotherapy every day, Iโ€™d just finished rehab from surgery & I was probably about 20 rounds into chemo (of 30). I was trying to find my way back in life, to navigate what some kind of normal would look like & find a bit of myself again. ๐Ÿ‘€
WELL... HERE. WE. ARE. ๐ŸŽ‰
Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine Iโ€™d have sent over 500 drawings to you gorgeous, beautiful, supportive folk. That is beyond all expectations & I can never express my gratitude for the love and support Iโ€™ve received. Iโ€™ve loved every single drawing Iโ€™ve done and sent. At the end of March, I finished my last round of chemo ๐Ÿค— & at the end of last month I hit my first treatment milestone of 6 months post treatment. ๐Ÿ‘Š
The funny thing about small business is itโ€™s so heavily intertwined with my personal life. I canโ€™t quite separate the two. Each milestone is tied up together with where Iโ€™m at with treatment. I know as I continue to improve health wise, Iโ€™ll have the space to progress more in work too. But for now, for today, Iโ€™m pretty stoked I get to spend the day drawing, without having to go to hospital and with the love and support this gorgeous community and my incredible family & friends. [Including these guys, who are just as cute in real life as they are in this drawing! ๐Ÿ˜‰]
So THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting me, thank you for carrying me through some tough times and giving me the opportunity to do something I love every day. You guys rock! ๐Ÿ‘Š
#designedbysarajoy #ramblings #soemotional #oneyear #cancerfighter

๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿคฐ Baby Araullo ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ’›
So loved drawing this gorgeous couple and their little bean, baking away in there. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ’š
#designedbysarajoy #pregnantmumma #customillustration

๐ŸŽˆM A T T H E W // L A C H L A N ๐ŸŽˆ
Sibling drawings are so fun! Especially adorable little twinnies in matching outfits. ๐Ÿ˜ I have no idea about the day to day reality but I loooove the idea of twins... Two little buddies, being besties for life. ๐Ÿ’™ It was such a pleasure to draw these 2 sweet boys.
#twins #customillustration #designedbysarajoy

โœจ SCHNEIDER FAMILY โœจ
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Gorgeous fam this one! Plus overalls are my FAVE. ๐Ÿ™Œ (Adorable on babes but also so comfy for us too. ๐Ÿ˜) It was so nice to pull ours out with t-shirts [not t-shits as per my initial post... terrible typo, which I blame on last night. ๐Ÿ˜‚] yesterday for our momentary taste of summer, here in Sydney! โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ We didnโ€™t look as cute as this guy, but we sure were comfy. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, where ever you are! ๐Ÿ’ซ
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#TasteOfSummer #FamilyPortrait #DesignedBySarajoy

People are often surprised that I hand-draw all my sketches. I finish and colour them digitally, but every drawing starts with pencil on paper & itโ€™s my favourite bit of the whole process! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’• Iโ€™ve had a bit of a chaotic couple of weeks over here (equally work & personal) & today, I finally have been able to sit down and draw all day. It really is my happy place. Itโ€™s therapeutic, meditative, calming, fulfilling and everything I needed to get my mind back on track & reconnect with everything I love about this little venture of mine... ๐Ÿ’ญ My work space isnโ€™t pretty, my equipment isnโ€™t fancy & my process isnโ€™t perfect but I really do have to pinch myself every time an order comes through, that I get to do this for my day job! Iโ€™m so grateful for my lovely, patient & kind customers. I love you guys!! ๐Ÿ’™ [But also, #realitycheck, Iโ€™m rushing to write this as I know, any second, my peace is about to be shattered (in the most perfect way ๐Ÿ˜‰) when my crazy little chatterbox barges through the door from pre-school with 100 stories and even more questions & the normal state of chaos ensues until bedtime ๐Ÿ˜ด ]. #FineLineBetweenChaosAndOrder
#DontThinkIllEverWorkItOut
#DesignedBySarajoy #WIP

This is my cousin and her gorgeous fam! ๐Ÿ’• we all agree the real hero here is little Frankie and her wild curls. ๐Ÿ˜Itโ€™s so special when I know the people that Iโ€™m drawing... i love capturing details that I recognise and know. I was so chuffed to see all the Fatherโ€™s getting their drawings last weekend too!! It was chaotic but amazing to get those drawings finished for you guys. ๐Ÿค— [If I missed your post because your account is private, please DM me... Iโ€™d really love to see!!] #familyportrait #designedbysarajoy

๐Ÿงก The Sanhueza Family ๐Ÿงก
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Hope youโ€™re all having a lovely weekend! & looking forward to Fathers Day tomorrow. I am stoked to have finally sent the last of my Fathers Day orders. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคช Thanks for your patience everyone! I was sooooo chuffed to draw so many gorgeous families. It really does make me so happy to draw you all. My apologies to those on the waiting list I didnโ€™t quite get to... I did as many as I physically could. I wish I could have done even more. ๐Ÿ˜ I hope all the Dads love their special gifts & spending time with their families. My thoughts are always with those who find these days difficult, I wish it didnโ€™t have to be that way for anyone. .
Thank you so much for your support always! Iโ€™m one happy lady today as I pack up my computer for the weekend. xx
#DesignedBySarajoy #FathersDayOrders #Done! #BringOnTheWeekend

๐Ÿ’™ T H E O D O R E ๐Ÿ’™
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Happy Weekend everyone. โœจ Hope youโ€™re enjoying the day with your loved ones and doing something fun. Iโ€™ve stolen a few hours to work on your Fathers Day orders this morning, Iโ€™m so excited to send them all out!! And, while Iโ€™m here, I had to share the gorgeous Theodore. ๐Ÿ’• I loved drawing his lil overalls & the pup!!! ๐Ÿ˜ What a muffin. .
#designedbysarajoy #customillustration

Mr & Mrs Ortner ๐Ÿ’• 25.01.18
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I will never tire of drawing sweet couples on their special day. I pretty much have the best job. ๐Ÿ˜
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#MrAndMrs #WeddingDay #designedbysarajoy

Eeeeep!!!! Did you guys see this?! I was soooooper excited to do this illustration for the gorgeous @joshandjenna and see it in their stories over the weekend. ๐Ÿค— Just being a total fan girl over here... I love them, love their work, love The Block and so chuffed to see one of my lil drawings over there. Not to mention Fredโ€™s ponytail and little fingers ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’• so bloody cute! I hope it finds a special spot on a special shelf somewhere in that sweet lil home. Iโ€™m always so grateful for the support from such lovely, talented folk. ๐Ÿ™

#HappyDays #SoExciting #TheBlock #JoshAndJenna #DesignedBySarajoy

A M A R A & R U B E N ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿคต๐Ÿฝ
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OK, I am actually a bit obsessed with these ones!!! AND I looooove drawing sets like this. They just look so great together, side by side. ๐Ÿ˜
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I was so thrilled to get an order for both wedding ceremonies, from their gorgeous friend (a regular customer ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‰). The colour and detail in the traditional outfits was SO satisfying to draw... And this beautiful couple were absolutely radiant in every single photo of the modern ceremony. It truly was such an honour to draw. This mish mash of cultures is totally my thang... I can tell from the photos, both days were so full of love and fun. ๐Ÿ’•
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#married #couplegoals #designedbysarajoy

With the City 2 Surf over the weekend, it felt appropriate to share the gorgeous de Mestre Family. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ I love when Iโ€™m able to capture cute details like this, to really let their personalities shine. โœจOne of these days I will run it... One day. Maybe. ๐Ÿ˜
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#FamilyPortrait #designedbysarajoy #City2Surf

Iโ€™m taking last Fathers Day orders today. I meant to do it Friday, but I was too unorganised and didnโ€™t make an announcement, so today is the day! Please send them through by tonight and Iโ€™ll work like crazy to finish them all in 3 weeks. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™โœ๏ธ I can draw any kind of family with (or without for that matter) any kind of Dad; Super-Dads, Step-Dads, Dads-In-Law, Grand-Dads, New-Dads, Old-Dads, Fur-Dads, Dadโ€™s-To-Be, Angel-Dads and any others out there. ๐Ÿ’›
#FathersDay #FathersDayOrders #DesignedBySarajoy

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