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“A smile is sunshine that warms the heart.”


Even though the health benefits are infinite, drinking plenty of water is a healthy habit that I struggle to keep on top of. However, with summer literally around the corner and the temperatures steadily rising, it’s time to get serious about staying hydrated. For me, a cute water bottle is the perfect place to start.

I figure if it’s pretty enough to decorate my desk all day, then it will be right there when I need a sip. This design by Alladin is my current trendy fave. I think we could all use one in any of these patterns along with a nice motivational message, Kathy Davis style.

 


A message from the artist:

I have a tendency to start each project with paper and as it evolves, without a doubt, I add some dimensional pieces. Almost always, my work becomes mixed media…which I love! For this show, I wanted to challenge myself to stick to paint and paper.

I chose a color palette I’m currently in love with and spent some time just playing.It was liberating to just let go and allow the spontaneity of the drizzling paint create the works. Eventually, I wanted to take it a step further and work graphically. I scanned a few of my favorite painted pieces and dropped them into some design layouts. The digital prints were born! I’m more than satisfied with this group of work and I’m so happy to share it with you!

Light refreshments will be served and the Kathy Davis Gallery will be open with extended hours during the show. Hope to see you there!


Hi, I’m Jackie, a designer at Kathy Davis Studios. Today, I would like to share with you an idea for an easy, effective scrapbook page layout. Whether you have limited time, or are just looking to create a page where your photo will really shine, this project provides a simple solution.

Follow the steps and have fun!

This video tutorial features product from the Kathy Davis Happiness collection for GCD Studios. Available now at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.


Besides summer itself, flip flop season is one of my most anticipated times of the year. Nothing beats the ease of slipping on a pair on your way out the door, plus they’re a great excuse to treat yourself to a pedicure!

When I need a new pair, I buy Havaianas –they’re super sturdy and they come in an endless variety of patterns that make my heart and feet happy. I would so love to own a pair like these in some of Kathy’s original prints. Just add some matching polish, and a trip to the beach and you’ve got a pretty perfect summer day!


A family is blessed when a Father gives of his time, teaches with his actions, and listens and loves with his whole heart. Happy Father’s Day!


“Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.” -unknown


Well, actually, it was only seven minutes on live TV, but who’s counting???

As many of you know, I designed several sets of mug trees with our partner, Tabletops Unlimited as an exclusive offering for the home shopping giant, QVC. Their studio is located not far from us, in the West Chester, PA area. Yesterday I was invited to be a guest on the show “In the Kitchen with David” to talk about my product. We offered three sets of mugs with the themes of Friends, Love and Dreams. David made my job easy – he is very personable and is a generous and gifted host- and we actually sold out of the Friends set!

In addition, I want to thank everyone at TTU for their support and belief in me, Bill and Donna O’Donnell for overseeing the process, Laura Gibbs for her friendship and mentoring, the staff at QVC, especially Nick and all the stylists…and of course my KDS team… Melissa and Jon on the marketing team…and last but not least, my husband, Peter. He puts up with my whining, my worrying and always helps me carry the heavy stuff!

Here are some photos of my day…

 Getting glam with the help of a talented QVC stylist

Backstage before the show with my host, Dave.

Backstage styling of my mug product before the show

Two of my mugs got double duty when they were borrowed by Marlene Koch to help style her set for her top-selling cookbook “Eat More of What You Love”!

Backstage wringing my hands before my segment!!! With friend and mentor Laura Gibbs who is often featured on QVC cooking shows!

 

Waiting to go on was the worst part…

 

Still shots from the show as viewed from the Green Room, where my husband was hanging out!

 

For any of you who missed the QVC airing but would still like to purchase one of my QVC exclusive mug sets, click here to visit QVC.com. Thank you for your support!


It’s no secret that so much of the painting, writing, and designing that goes on around here draws inspiration from nature and its ever changing beauty.  For me, there’s just something about watching the seasons transition that I’ve always found fascinating. The shifts of color, changes in scenery, even the weather patterns – it’s natures story telling at its finest. I couldn’t think of any imagery that embodies this change better than the butterfly – the key focal point of Kathy’s Flutterby designs. The oranges and yellows offset by rich jewel tones and greens make this collection the perfect early summer palette. One look, and I envision a dreamy butterfly garden shaded in greenery and tucked away behind a garden gate.

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect little spot to be inspired?

 

-Photo Credit –

Bench:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johns60/361721817/

Leopard Spotted Butterfly:http://coloredwings.wordpress.com/page/2/

Paint Brushes:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mijita/2852543618/

Orange Butterfly:
http://500px.com/photo/29775385

Blue Dahlia:
http://snapzlife.com/blue-and-green-nature-photography

Book and Yellow Butterflies:
Found via tumblr.com


Someone’s in the kitchen with David… it’s Kathy! Be sure to tune in to QVC this Sunday, June 9th from 12:00-3:00 PM EST for In the Kitchen with David.

Kathy will be on the show within the first hour, talking about her new line of mug trees, coasters, and notecard sets with Tabletops Unlimited. If you like what you see, call in and place an order. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even call in and talk to David and Kathy live on the air!


You can find Kathy Davis cards wherever American Greetings cards are sold OR if you are local… swing by the Kathy Davis Gallery.


“If you can dream it, imagine it, wish it, you can make it happen.”


For me, it’s a toss-up between May and June for my favorite month of the year…so please allow me to have two! June brings lots of outdoor activities…art shows and festivals, walks for charity (and your health!), and cook-outs! Kids are happy to have a break from school and Dads get their own day of honor! So much to celebrate! Here are some ideas for bringing more JOY into your June!

one:Shows: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA 6/7-9
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is America’s longest running outdoor art show. Now in it’s 82nd year, this annual show exhibits some of the best artists in the country and several talented art students from area universities and schools. Visit the website for more information on this great summer event.two:DIY: Liquid Sidewalk chalk
Here’s a fun and artistic activity that will get the kids outside this summer! Head over to Domestic Charm for this great DIY tutorial on how to make liquid sidewalk chalk!
three:
Movie: Summer Baseball Movie series 
This Father’s Day check out some local theaters in your area that are featuring movies that dad would love. From June 16–July 28, ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA is celebrating the American traditions of baseball and film at their Summer Baseball Film Series. Check out their website for more information. 
four: 
Food: Food Network Father’s Day Cooking ideasCheck out the Food Network’s list for tons of ideas on recipes and cooking for Father’s Day.

five:Giftables: Father’s Day Gift Basket Ideas
Delish.com has some great ideas for putting together the perfect Father’s Day Gift Basket. Whether Dad loves spending his free time fishing at the lake, grilling a great dinner, or watching his favorite teams, they’ve got just the right gift ideas for him. Head over to their website for more ideas.


six: 
Charity: Sunshine Foundation and their Annual Run, Walk, Bark for DreamsMany of our KDS team members look forward each June to participating in The Sunshine Foundation’s annual Walk for Dreams. (This year, Peter and I are looking forward to participating with our pups, Mojo and Moxie!) Please join us!The Sunshine Foundation’s Annual Run,Walk, Bark for Dreams will be held at Tyler State Park on Saturday, June 8th. For more info or to make a donation, click here.

The Sunshine Foundation is a dedicated and spirited organization with a mission to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, and physically challenged children between the ages of three and eighteen. First started in 1976 by Bill Sample, a then Philadelphia police officer, the Sunshine Foundation has answered the dreams of over 36,000 children. Through the efforts of Bill, his wife Kate, and a team of dedicated and committed co-workers, the Sunshine Foundation’s work shines brightly in the hearts of the children and families it serves. With over 35 years of helping families make dreams come through for their children, the Sunshine Foundation continues to be a stellar example of all that is good for children.


I think I just might have found the perfect beach blanket to accompany me to the shore this season. It’s so much more fun than my current striped option, and the bright colors have me anxious to get out and soak up some sunshine!

I can’t help but think that Kathy’s Summer Garden flowers would look amazing on a towel like this. Don’t you agree?