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Tuesday
Jul012014

A Prayer for Peace

Hi Everyone,

When tragedy strikes, it is incumbent upon each of us to ask what we can do to help. Like many people around the world, I found the murders of the three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frankel, a 16-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, shocking. But even more shocking to me than the murders is the silence. Aside from the Jewish community and a few politicians, I have not heard any outcry... and that concerns me deeply.

In an effort to do my part in making a difference in the world, I decided to create a piece of art which will hopefully help kindle a commitment in each of us to become a partner in the peace process, while simultaneously raising awareness about the tragedy... so that's what I've spent the past few hours doing. I invite you to join me in this effort by sharing this post. 

May the weight of this shared sorrow unite the world in a cry for Justice, and a prayer for Peace.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

PS If you leave a comment and would like a reply, please leave your e-mail address. Or you can e-mail me at joanne@zenspirations.com. 

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

LEGACIES: The 33rd Annual Calligraphy Conference

Hi Everyone,

I'm in Texas this week to meet with Michaels, whose corporate headquarters are in the Dallas area. I know they love my Zenspirations books... and I have lots of other Zenspirations product ideas to share!

The Michaels meetings start tomorrow, so today I had fun visiting with my friend and fellow calligrapher, Angie Vangalis, who is directing Legacies II, the 33rd Annual International Lettering Arts Conference, which will be held here in Dallas, July 19th-26th. Angie invited me to tag along to the Legacies II board meeting this afternoon, and I got a 'sneak-peak' at some of the awesome plans that are in the works for everyone who is lucky enough to be attending the conference. It's not too late to register-- you can sign up for anything from a 90 minute 'Break-out' mini-workshop to a five-day intensive workshop on the Legacies website: www.calligraphyconference.org.

This is a photo of the project I'll be teaching in my Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine! breakout Tuesday night. We'll be using my friend Eileen Hull's fabulous Sizzix dies to make the boxes, and then decorating them with my favorite Sakura pens. If you've never been to a calligraphy conference, you are in for a treat. There are SO many things to do-- classes, exhibits, evening programs, shopping at the Scribes stores, demonstrations, 'Serendipity' sharing sessions, and much more-- that I'm not sure what I'll do first. I'm really looking forward to teaching my class: a 2.5 day Zenspirations workshop which will cover all the steps involved in creating your own Zenspirations piece: patterning, drawing, lettering, writing, designing, creating & inspiring. Most of all I'm looking forward to catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones... so if you'll be near Dallas this July, be sure to stop by and say hello... I'd love to see you, and show you how you can make your summer sparkle, shimmer & shine!

Since I got a 'sneak-peak' at the conference plans, I thought I'd give you a 'sneak-peak' at my faculty piece. It will be a banner of my Zenspirations Dangle Monograms, spelling out the word LEGACIES. You can see the word above, and below are close ups showing how I've colored the letters using Sakura's cool tools. It's hard to photograph, but I love the contrast of the metallic and glitter gelly rolls. Really makes them jump off the page.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

Sunday
Jun152014

Happy Father's Day

Hi Everyone,

We've all heard the saying "It takes a village to raise a child"; recently that saying has taken on a new meaning for me. I've been a single mom since my husband died almost three years ago; fortunately I've had my own personal 'village' of awesome neighbors, friends & family members. 

I created this card as a way of saying 'Thank You!' to the men who have made a profound difference in the lives of my children. I'll be e-mailing it to each of them, with a note of gratitude. In honor of Father's Day I invite you to share this card with your Dad-- or any dad you admire. 

Wishing you all a great Father's Day!

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

 

Monday
Jun092014

A Foundation built on Love

Hi Everyone,

The older I get, the more I realize how truly blessed I am to have amazing parents who have always done their best to give me a solid foundation on which to grow. Father's Day is this week, and I wanted to share a piece that I've been working on.

 

My parents created a home which reflected their love of learning, culture and community; values I share and have tried to pass on to my children. Many people have wonderful fathers, but few are fortunate to have a man like my dad in their life. Thank you, Dad, for who you are and for all you do-- I am SO lucky to be your daughter!

If you know someone who is a wonderful dad, won't you take a moment this week to thank them for making a difference in the life of a child? A little encouragement is always appreciated, especially when it is unexpected.

Stay Zenspired,

Joanne

PS If someone you know recently lost their father-- or husband-- please reach out to them on Father's Day. Holidays are always hard when you've lost someone you love. 

 

Monday
Jun022014

Creating Connections 

Hi Everyone,

It is my hope and dream that Zenspirations will inspire people to create connections through art, music, uplifting words and acts of loving kindness. 

When you look through the eyes of love, you'll see potential instead of imperfection, and beauty instead of bitterness. Look with love, and you'll see past someone's character flaws to the spark of holiness inside their soul. After all, isn't that the way you'd like people to look at you?

Creating connections becomes easier when you see the holiness, beauty and shining potential of another's soul. Please take a moment to let me know what connections you create today. And, as always, I'd be honored if you would share Zenspirations with those you love.

Stay Zenspired,
Joanne