Hola friends! As you can guess by the name of my blog I'm Joy, a Chilean Designer that after falling in love, relocated from Santiago, Chile to start a new life in the gorgeous southern California mountains, where summers are warm by the lake and winters are covered in snow.

Joy Kelley - lettering artist

I am an Industrial Designer from the Universidad de Chile by trade but I am in love with design in every shape and form. I've always loved expressing myself creatively, so sewing, crafting, designing, and lettering came as a natural way to create. When I was a little girl my dream was to be a Fashion Designer, so I always knew that Design was the right path for me.

In April 2010 I married my best friend, it was a beautiful fully-handmade celebration, you can read a little bit about it in our Wedding page along with some of our favorite pictures from Next Exit Photography.

Today, seven years after my “international” move, I work full time as a hand-lettering artist, I have a physical products shop, a Digital product Studio and we just added Workshops to my website. I have 3 little ones (Conner, Collin, and Copper – All October babies, all under 4 yr/old!) So you can say I am pretty busy! =]


Here there's a few random facts about me:

  • My native language is Spanish
  • I am self-taught English speaker and started blogging as a way to improve
  • I am a to-do list making freak
  • I absolutely love lemon pie
  • I am 5′ 11″ tall – a lot bigger than the Chilean average
  • I am super scared of spiders
  • My favorite fruits are tunas (the green prickly pears not purple)
  • I LOVE artichoques!
  • … and of course, some Frequently asked questions.



My goal for this blog is very simple: INSPIRE – to me inspiration is the base of any creative process, I love pretty things and I am always inspired by others, in order to CREATE we all need inspiration, so I started this blog as my personal contribution to try to inspire others like me to explore their creative self and hopefully try/make something new =] I love to teach and SHARE the things I make, know and learn, that's why I love to make tutorials and share my inspiration and life in this little Joyful space.

I first Designed this blog in February 2010, sadly it stayed empty until after our April 2010 Wedding, so I like to consider April as my Blogoversary. I love to change the design and make little improvements all the time, so here a few posts I've done about the design aspects of this blog:


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If you have questions or if you'd like to know more about this blog, I invite you to check my frequently asked questions or contact me if your question is not covered there =]

Thank you for letting me share my life with you! I hope you enjoy your stay, dig in and come back soon.