Connecting from the Heart

by Kathy Davis Studios| November 30 , 2016

Making holiday card writing meaningful and memorable

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Sending and receiving holiday cards is such a cherished tradition. Taking the time to express a heartfelt wish in a card is an act of caring that reminds the recipient of their special place in our lives.

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A wonderful way to connect with loved ones, writing holiday cards can also create memorable moments of togetherness at home. All you need is a little advance planning to make this a fun and festive activity for the whole family.

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Begin by organizing different stations with everything you’ll need: the cards and envelopes, stamps and labels, a list of addresses, pens and markers, and any embellishments you’d like to add. You can designate roles — card writer, addresser, stamper and stuffer, list-checker, etc. — to get everyone involved.

To create a festive scene, put on your favorite holiday music or movies, and have a mix of no-fuss seasonal snacks and drinks on hand.

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When it comes to signing each card, remember even a few, hand-written words of kindness, love and appreciation can create a moment of heartwarming connection with the recipient. To personalize even more, consider including a family photo or short letter sharing news of the year (download our free newsletter template to get you started), adding a touch of humor by writing from the perspective of the family pet or baby, or decorating each envelope with baker’s twine and a cute accent.

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We all love receiving a little holiday cheer in the mail, and this makes sending it a true shared joy! Click here to shop our new holiday boxed cards.

Express Gratitude

by Kathy Davis Studios| November 23 , 2016

Easy Steps To Express Gratitude

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When you say thank you, you affirm your appreciation. When you express gratitude, you are saying out loud to the world: “I love this and want more of this in my life.”

What are you grateful for? Your beating heart? Your dog’s wagging tail when you walk in the door? The juicy delicious apples that grow on trees? The snowstorm that let you stay home and snuggle under a blanket? The handwritten note you received in the mail? The airline voucher that invites you to travel to see friends?

Have you ever heard that “gratitude” is a state of being? Ever wondered how to travel to that state of happiness and bliss? Here is a simple practice to take you there any time, anywhere.

Easy Steps to Express Gratitude

     1. Shift your awareness to all the good stuff, instead of focusing on
         anything that went wrong today.

     2. Grab your favorite journal and make a list of at least 10 things you
          are grateful for, no matter how small. If you have more than 10
          items, keep writing until your list feels complete.

     3. After you finish writing, take a deep breath and read over all the
         items on your list.

     4. Connect with any feelings of warmth or happiness, and invite them
          to grow and spread throughout your entire body. Allow the feelings
          to spread into the room around you, until you are completely filled
          with and surrounded by gratitude.

     5. Breathe and smile. Beautiful! You are now in a state of gratitude.

 

Contributor: Erin Owen, mother of 2 boys, author of Refuel, Recharge, and Re-energize: Your Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Time and Energy, is a Transformational Life Coach for Leaders. Learn more at ErinOwen.com.

A Creative Holiday Countdown

by Kathy Davis Studios| November 22 , 2016

Make a one-of-a-kind advent calendar with fabric from the Kathy Davis® collection

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Advent calendars are a wonderful, practical way to keep a holiday countdown while getting the whole family in a festive spirit! We crafted ours using natural elements, a few sewing supplies and a beautiful mix of fabrics from the Kathy Davis® holiday collection.

Inspired by the cards we send and receive during the holidays, this “calendar” features 25 envelopes that you can fill with inspiring quotes, devotions or festive notes to your loved ones.

Stop by your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store for supplies and to shop the entire Kathy Davis® fabric collection

 

SUPPLIES:

3-4 yards Kathy Davis® holiday collection fabric
Downloadable cards
Fabric glue
13-16 felt sheets (9”x12”)
Buttons or snaps
Needle and thread
Yarn
Gift tags
Twine
Two branches of similar dimensions
Measuring tape
Utility knife
Scissors

 

PART ONE: Making the envelopes

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1. Cut a 6”x6” square of felt and a 7×7” square of fabric for a 4×4” envelope. Use fabric glue, needle and thread, or any kind of fabric-safe adhesive to adhere your fabric square to the felt, centering the felt on the fabric, leaving 1/4-1/2 inch of fabric around the sides.

2. Take your fabric edges, fold over the felt, and stitch or adhere to create your clean edge. If using liquid stitch or any type of liquid adhesive, make sure to allow adequate drying time before moving onto the next step.

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3. Next, fold in opposite points of your square to meet in the center. Then, take an adjacent corner and fold to meet the other corners in the center, slightly overlapping the sides. Apply adhesive here or stitch your sides together to create the pocket.

4. Press and allow adequate drying time if using a liquid adhesive.

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5. Using a needle and thread, sew a button or snap onto the top corner of your bottom fold.

6. Next, use scissors or a utility knife to cut a slit slightly smaller than the width of your button, onto the corner of the top fold of your envelope. Start out with a smaller slit, measure against the button, and slowly cut the slit wider, to avoid making it too big to hold the button. *Remember, you will stretch out the slit slightly as you button and unbutton, so it’s better to err on the smaller side.

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7. To hang the envelopes we decided to use an embroidery needle and a thin yarn to thread through the top right corner. This way it can hang on an angle. Next, we attached a numbered gift tag. These steps should be repeated for the rest of your advent envelopes.

 

PART TWO: Assembling your branches

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1.Take two, slightly long branches (approx. 36-42 inches in length) and arrange on a large surface to reflect how far apart you want them to hang on the wall. (We found that about 12 inches in distance ensured adequate space for the envelopes.) Taking twine or rope, wrap around one end of your bottom branch multiple times, tie a very secure knot, and pull up to the top branch, repeating the same step.

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3. Measure how far you want your branches to be from your point of hanging. Next, bring your twine up to that point and back down to the other side of the top branch, creating a triangular shape. (You may want to enlist the help of a family member or friend to hold down that top point to ensure a taut and even shape.) String your twine around the top branch, and then the bottom branch, repeating step one. Make sure you measure every time you tie the twine so that the branches are level.

 

PART THREE: Final assembly and hanging

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Tie your envelopes to your branches. Then find a stud in the wall to hammer a metal hook where you will hang your beautiful new advent calendar.

Fill with your favorite treats, or use our downloadable cards for writing down a daily devotional, inspirational quote, or family activity idea to countdown to Christmas!

Three Festive Ways To Gift Wrap With Fabric

by Kathy Davis Studios| November 16 , 2016

Featuring our New Kathy Davis® Holiday Collection

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Looking for a fun and easy way to dress up your holiday gifts? Just a few decorative accents and some scraps from our latest fabric collection are all you need for this DIY project. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorials, and in a few minutes you can turn a simply wrapped box into a beautiful holiday present!

Stop by your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store for supplies and to shop the entire Kathy Davis® fabric collection

SUPPLIES:

1-2 yards Kathy Davis® holiday fabric
Wrapping paper
Ribbon of various styles and sizes
Wired garland
Gift tags
Wood letters
Festive “picks” or “swags” to garnish packages
Double-sided tape
Scissors

 

Technique #1: Add a Message

1. Take two complementary fabrics, cut to the length and width desired, leaving 1/2 inch on either side, and fold under the raw edges to create a seam (you can use double-sided tape or liquid stitch to secure the fold). Next, wrap around two separate boxes.

2. Wrap ribbon around each box, following the same line as the fabric. Adhere ribbons with double-sided tape.

3. Wrap wired garland around the smaller of the two boxes and tape. Stack boxes and wrap with an additional piece of the garland.

4. Tuck wooden letters under twine.

 

Technique #2: Statement Bow

1. Wrap ribbon around box and secure with double-sided tape.

2. In the opposite direction of the ribbon, tie a very long strip of fabric. Fabric should be long enough to wrap once around your box with enough left over to create a large bow. Next, tie a bow with the fabric.

3. Tuck any extra pieces under, and smooth out any lumps.

4. Play with bow until you reach your desired size and look.

 

Technique #3: Wintery Accents

1. Using the same idea as Technique #1, wrap fabric around a box and secure into place.

2. Take your ribbon and center it on the fabric. Wrap ribbon around box then tie a double knot at the top.

4.Take your foliage (pine cones, cranberries, sprigs of juniper, etc.) and arrange them how you see fit on the box. Then tuck the foliage under the ribbon to ensure it’s stable and secure.

5. Add a tag, and attach to ribbon or foliage with twine.

 

Heartfelt Hosting for the Holidays

by Kathy Davis Studios| November 10 , 2016

Six steps for turning your guest room into a festive oasis

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The holidays are such a beautiful time for sharing the joys of the season with the ones we love. When friends and family come to visit, what better way to make them feel cozy and cared for than with a thoughtfully decorated guest room.

Follow these simple steps to set the mood for a festive oasis.

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1.    Choose holiday-themed bedding to serve as the focal point and brighten
       up the room.
2.    Pair fresh flowers with a small bedside treat to create an instantly
        inviting atmosphere.
3.    Set out fresh linens and toiletries for easy convenience.
4.    Create a small reading station with a collection of your favorite books
        and magazines.
5.    Set out no-fuss snacks and teas to add another layer of warm welcome.
       (To delight even more, aim for a seasonal palette!)
6.    Include a card or note letting your guests know how happy you are to
       have them with you.

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Shop the collection here.

Create a Statement Necklace with Bold Beauty Fabrics by Kathy Davis®

by Kathy Davis Studios| October 26 , 2016

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Who doesn’t like a little shimmer and versatility when it comes to a statement piece? This is why, when we started thinking about our next DIY project, we couldn’t resist using our new Bold Beauty fabric with shimmery gold accents to create an awesome necklace. It’s designed with magnetic clasps, so you can change the fabric according to your mood.

It’s also easy to make! All you need is ¼ yard of fabric (or remnants left over from another project) and a just a few supplies listed below. You can find our fabric at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store.

• bead strand
• waxed cording
• 2 accent beads
• 2 magnetic clasps
• 1/4 yard of Kathy Davis® Bold Beauty fabric
• 2 crimping tubes
• Liquid Stitch
• hot glue gun
• pinking shears
• scissors

Click here to download the instructions. Once the PDF pops up in a new window, simply right click and save.

 

Introducing: Bold Beauty by Kathy Davis at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft

by Kathy Davis Studios| October 19 , 2016

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Check out the new Kathy Davis™ Bold Beauty Collection of fine fabrics! With bold, rich florals, petite, bright and lovely patterns, dancing butterflies and sophisticated tonal ferns, the collection is a glorious garden of color. You’ll find it at your nearest Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. Whether it’s sewn into apparel, accessories or home decor accents for yourself or someone special, the possibilities for this awesome fabric are endless. What do you think you might create? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Sharing Joy by Giving from the Heart

by Kathy Davis Studios| October 11 , 2016

 
How doing good in the world also does the heart good

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Giving back is such a beautiful reminder of what truly matters in life. Here at Kathy Davis Studios, we support several charities throughout the year through volunteer workdays and outreach. From organizations committed to ending hunger to those that spread joy to children in need through art, we give back in so many different ways.

As Joanna, one member of our KDS team put it, we work day in and day out designing cards and products that bring joy to others. “But going out into the world ourselves, sharing our helpful hands, our hearts and our smiles is just such a raw, real feeling of sharing joy. When you can see firsthand that you’ve made somebody’s day or simply made someone smile, it’s living proof that doing good equals feeling good and we need more of that in the world.”

To inspire you to go out and make a difference in the communities where you live, above are a few of our favorite moments of doing good over the years.

Share some joy today with the perfect, heartfelt gift.

Living a Purposeful Life: Easy Steps for Setting the Goals to Get you There

by Kathy Davis Studios| September 27 , 2016

It can be so easy to move through life, filling our days in a way that leaves little time to focus on the things we really want. When we’re constantly busy, creating the space to pursue our passions and share our gifts — or even figure out what they are — can feel overwhelming.

Goal setting can be a powerful tool to move you toward a more fulfilling and purposeful life in a clear and practical way.

Here are seven tips to get you started.

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Step outside and clear your mind

by Kathy Davis Studios| July 28 , 2016

Nature can be the perfect remedy for the worries of the world…sometimes all you have to do is step outside and take it all in. How do you connect with the outdoors to clear your mind? Here are a few favorite ideas:

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1. Take your pets outside and play! You’ll find that in minutes you’ll feel
    relaxed…and you might just make a new friend who’s doing the same.

2.  Work in the garden (or just sit in one!) If you don’t have one of your
     own, look for a community garden in your local area.

3.  Just take a walk – in  your neighborhood, by the water or on a trail if
     there’s one nearby. Find your rhythm, then notice the trees,
     wildflowers, singing birds and expanse of sky. You’ll find it clears your
     mind and lifts your mood!


What are your favorite outdoor summer activities? We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

7 Encouraging Ideas for Hard Times & Setbacks

by Kathy Davis Studios| July 15 , 2016

JULY_SM1_BLOG1Life gives us so much to celebrate. From the simple pleasures found in every day to the milestones marked with family and friends, we’re gifted with countless moments to create and share joy. But what about those times of disappointment and heartache? How do we find our way back to center when things don’t work out? Here are a few of our suggestions for how to cope with life’s inevitable setbacks.

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Four Simple Stretches You Can Practice at Work

by Kathy Davis Studios| July 13 , 2016

Here in our studios we take a five-minute break every morning for a group stretch. Far from being a luxury, it reflects Kathy Davis’ belief that making time to care for yourself is part of creating a life you love. To help you create your own mini wellness practice at work, here are four of our favorite exercises from our Daily KDS Stretch:

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Ready to start adding a few simple stretches to your workday routine? To help make things a bit easier, we’re offering a free, downloadable PDF. Print it out, pin it up and use it as a daily reminder to take an energizing break!

Instructions for download:
Click here to download the “8.5 x “11 PDF. When the image pops up in a new window, just right click and save.

 

Evening Reflections: Creating Peace and Calm at the End of the Day.

by Kathy Davis Studios| June 28 , 2016

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Take a moment just for you! Evening is a natural time for winding down, reflecting, and relaxing after a long day. While we at Kathy Davis believe in living each day to the fullest, it’s so important to recognize the value of preparing for a restful night’s sleep, too. Let’s face it, everyone needs rest – it’s how we re-charge so we can pursue Creating a Life We Love. Here are a few great ways to unwind:

     1. Keep it simple with a few scented candles.

     2. Fill a tub with bubble bath and take a long soak. Breathe deeply
          and exhale the cares of the day.

     3. Set aside some reading time. Even a few minutes with a good book
         may help you take your mind off your problems and unwind before
         you sleep.

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     4. Treat yourself to quality pillows, blankets and linens. It’s amazing what
          soft, luxurious bedding can do to support a good night’s sleep!

     5. For a more peaceful rest, pause and appreciate the events of the day for
         which you’re especially thankful. You may want to write in a journal,
         pray or meditate that you may:

               • Find the joy in each day and share it with those you love

               • Seek and appreciate the beauty in your surroundings

               • Find peace within and offer it to others

We hope that you allow yourself some time to wind down and truly enjoy your evenings. It’s something we all deserve, but probably don’t do enough – that’s why we add a little extra TLC to each detail of the KATHY DAVIS™ bedding collection, available here and here.

 

 
 

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