Zenspirations® Connections

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Discovering new places where members of our Zenspirations® community reside is a true delight. This year my “where do you live” query resulted in posts from members in 32 countries:

*Australia* Belgium* Budapest* Canada* Costa Rica *Cyprus *Denmark *Ecuador *England *France *Germany *Hungary *India *Ireland *Israel *Italy *Malta *Mexico *Myanmar *Netherlands *New Zealand *Norway *Philippines *Scotland *Slovenia *South Africa *Sweden *Switzerland *Wales *UK *Uruguay *USA 

Although this is the same number of countries which reported in last year, there are differences. New to the list are Budapest, Cyprus, Hungary, Israel, Malta, Slovenia, Uruguay and Wales (welcome, everyone!). Sadly, there were no members from Africa, Cheshire, China, Czech Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg, Romania or Suriname who participated this year.

In terms of states, we had members in 48 of the 50 states participate; and– even though the contest is over– it would be wonderful to hear from one of our Montana and West Virginia members. The two winners of the “Where Do You Live?” contest are Julie Wasmus (who’s name was selected from the comments on the blog) and Michele Kumar (who’s name was selected from the comments to one of the posts in the Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group). Congratulations ladies! I’ll be sending each of you a box (which might be a tube) of ‘treasures’ which I pulled from my flat file. Please e-mail me at [email protected] to let me know where you would like your package sent.

It’s easy to pick names randomly– and a LOT harder to try to decide the winners of the dwelling contest. There were so many awesome designs! If you haven’t had a chance to see all the entries, be sure to check out the DWELLINGS ALBUM in our FB Group. My heartfelt thanks to Deena Disraelly, Penny Lisk, Toni Popkin and Samantha Trattner for their helping me brainstorm the categories and voting criteria.

The entries have been grouped into three main categories: Coloring Book Pages, Pen & Ink Drawings, and Full Color Drawings; several leading contenders– and a few of the winners– were shared in last week’s blog, Where Your Heart Calls Home.  Below are some of my favorite entries from those posted this week. I wanted to start with these wonderful windmills by Jill Suzanne Hatcher, which unfortunately could not be included in the contest because they were posted after midnight Eastern time on Saturday.

Jill wrote: “I’m not Dutch, but I love Windmills and the Netherlands. The windmills represent a home that is active, resourceful, producing good things, and a blessing to others. This is my hope and prayer for our home!!” 

There were a number of black and white drawings I really like, including the ones below by

Annette Ross Clay

Cathy Cusson

Rhonda Miller

and Kristen Frick Zeitler.

The creativity and imagination expressed in the FULL COLOR DRAWINGS is truly inspiring! I love Julie Wasmus’s concept that her home is the world:

Terri Byrket Brown worked a lot of detail into her mailbox home:

Sue Jacobs’ doll house was unique and imaginative:

Carol Keen‘s lovely image was enhanced by her delightful patterned line-work:

And now, without further ado, here are the winners:

COLORING BOOK PAGE WINNER: Patti Bruneau will also be getting a package of goodies from my flat-files.


  1. FIRST PLACEAnnette Ross Clay – for her House of Understanding. PRIZE: A selection of my favorite tools and licensed products.
  2. SECOND PLACE: Cathy Cusson – for her Hilltop Village. PRIZE: A one-on-one, one hour tutorial with me.
  3. THIRD PLACE: Kristen Frick Zeitler – for her house with the funky flowers. PRIZE: A selection of goodies from my flat file.


  1. FIRST PLACE: Alison Wangsness Clement – for her Treehouse design, which I shared last week. PRIZE: A selection of my favorite tools and licensed products.
  2. SECOND PLACE: Tannie Curtis Harvey – for her Arkansas Dangle House, which I also shared in last week’s blog. PRIZE: A one-on-one, one hour tutorial with me.
  3. THIRD PLACE: Terri Byrket Brown – for her Mailbox design. PRIZE: A selection of goodies from my flat file.

And, last but not least, I’m giving a SPECIAL INSPIRATIONAL COLORING AWARD: And the winner is: 14 year old Aliyah Zeitler!

Here is a photo of Aliyah in front of a wall of images that she has colored.

Aliya’s prize is that she gets to pick her own prize– any of the other prizes mentioned tonight are in the running… Aliyah, please let me know what you’d like me to send you.

Before closing tonight I wanted to share something special that I’ll be attending this week– the Modern Widows Club (MWC) Leadership Retreat and first-ever Widow Empowerment Weekend! I volunteered to help with the graphics, which included lettering 100+ names in rainbow color. Here are a few examples:

I’m excited to welcome a lot of my ‘wisters’ (widowed sisters) to Orlando for this meaningful event. I’ll be giving a talk on grief, growth and gratitude, and may even share some Zenspirations® meditative patterning techniques.

Does anyone know a professional photographer in the Orlando area who may be willing to volunteer their time to photograph the MWC Event this weekend? I just learned that the volunteer professional photographer who had agreed to be there is unable to attend. Thanks, in advance, for any help you can provide…

Stay Zenspired,












7 thoughts on “Zenspirations® Connections”

  1. Wow, what a fabulous post!! So much beautiful artwork and so many different ideas and contributions!! Congratulations to all the winners; SO well deserved! It makes my heart so happy that you gave Aliyah the Inspiration Award, because she truly is an inspiration, in so many ways!

    Thank you for doing this Joanne and for such a joyous post! I hope your seminar goes beautifully (I know it will!). The rainbow names are gorgeous…..I am amazed that, with everything else you had going, you managed to get 100 names done!

    Love and hugs my friend!
    Mary Anne

  2. WOW! Congratulations to all the winners!!! It was so much fun to see all the different kind of dwellings that were submitted. And also to see some familiar names again and some new ones too!
    I am glad you gave Aliyah an inspiration prize! She truly has come a long way this past year with her coloring, not to mention all her physical therapy too. She sure is a trooper and shows so much dedication in whatever she encounters! She is an inspiration to us all! WAY TO GO ALIYAH!
    Prayers for this weekend as you prepare for the anticipated MWC retreat and that all of you women will be empowered by God’s love and each other. <3
    LOTS of {{{HUGS}}} this week too. XO

  3. How exciting to win some of your treasures!! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your website, blog and Facebook page!! The contest was fun, and it was inspiring to see all the beautiful entries (especially Aliyah’s) God Bless you Joanne

  4. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUPER TALENTED (& very creative) WINNERS!!! Not at all surprised that some of my friends won.
    I LOVE the SPECIAL INSPIRATIONAL COLORING AWARD… And of course the winner! Aliyah Zeitler! Always Inspiring! (Also might possibly grace me with one of her artworks for my ceiling!)
    I so wanted to participate in this contest, and seeing all the entries, my vision was definitely unique & had not been created by anyone else, so just knowing that makes me feel like I won. LOL.
    Joanne, call me later, I am going to get in touch with a friend of mine who I Believe lives in Orlando that takes pictures.
    Love to you all!.

  5. Hi Joanne and thank you! I think everyone’s work was beautiful! I couldn’t think of a better winner than Miss Aliyah for inspiration! This young lady is amazingly awesome! Congrats to everyone!

    Terri ❤

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