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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I’m in Atlanta at the Gift Show, having a wonderful time looking at new products, trying to spot emerging trends, and visiting with clients and friends. I especially enjoy visiting my licensees to see what new products are being launched. This afternoon I stopped by the showroom of.

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Dazzling Dreams!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I love alliteration, and enjoy lettering uplifting and empowering words that all start with the same letter, like the ‘Dazzling Dreams’ design above. Using Sakura’s awesome Gelly Roll Moonlight pens, I started by hand-lettering as many inspiring ‘D’ words as I could.

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Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I love fireworks! Tonight, while I was watching our neighborhood fireworks display, I realized that some of my Dangle Designs look like fireworks. So in honor of the 4th of July, I created a Zenspirations ‘Fireworks Dangle’. 

In the midst of today’s.

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A Prayer for Peace

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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.

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LEGACIES: The 33rd Annual Calligraphy Conference

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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.

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Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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.

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A Foundation built on Love

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.

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Creating Connections

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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.

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Freedom Isn’t Free

Tuesday,May 27, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I feel incredibly blessed to live in a country where we are free to choose who we marry, where we live, how many children we have, the type of work we do, and so much more. We are free to choose our faith, our friends, and what we.

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Gradient (“Ombre”) Watercolor Washes

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I recently discovered an easy technique to create beautiful gradient watercolor washes using only two tools; a Koi Coloring Brush and a water-brush. The swan below was drawn with a Pigma Micron 01 on Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper; the two washes were done on Canson 90lb watercolor.

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Faith, Friends & Family Fun!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hi Everyone,

This weekend my children and I got to celebrate two very special events with friends & chosen family: a baby shower for my friend Gladys’s grandson, and the Bar Mitzvah of family friend Sam Fender.

While the events were very different, they were similar in core ways. Both united.

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New Zenspirations Dangle Design Video!

Tuesday,May 13, 2014

Hi Everyone,

In November I filmed some new Zenspirations videos for Sakura, and they just let me know that “Zenspirations Dangle Designs for Lettering & Handmade Cards” has just started airing this week!

So if you like to Dangle as much as I do, grab a Micron and some paper, and.

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