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“One foot in sea and one on shore”… this quote from Shakespeare describes me to a “t”. While I love my home and flower gardens, and quite fancy the desert, too, my heart feels most at home by the sea. So, this month I bring you all sorts of coastal themed treats. I hope you get to spend a precious bit of summer time by the sea…or at least enjoy a beachy state of mind along with me!

Artist: ‘Amazin Walter’ McDonald
A Texan residence since birth, Walter says he’s been hooked on sand sculpture since age 12. He is the founder of Sons of the Beach, which Walter describes as “a not profitable disorganization dedicated to having fun, helping others have fun, and unlittering (to properly dispose of more garbage than you generate.” To check out this artist and more of his architectural sculptures, head over to his website. (Source of Photo/article)

Crafting/DIY: Beach ToteCan’t find that perfect beach tote to carry all those summer goodies? Check out this DIY to make your own! Blogger Olivia Kanaley from San Francisco has created this easy tutorial for sewing a summer tote bag. Check out her blog, A Field Journal, for the instructions.

Fashion: Beach tote
OR…If sewing’s not in your bag of tricks, head on over to Zappos for this colorful tote from Mara Hoffman! This canvas bag with a vibrant graphic print has dual napa leather shoulder straps and is perfect for all your beach essentials! (If you’re a bag lady like me, you’ll agree that one can never have too many bags!)

Joy with Family: Fun Beach ActivitiesThere are so many fun activities you can do with your family, especially families with kids. Whether you build a sandcastle, play fun beach games, or make a seashell wind chime with shells you collect, the possibilities are endless. Check out this list of 22 Summer Beach Activities for more ideas.

Travel: Featured Beach: Victorian Cape May
Cape May is one of my favorite haunts at the southern tip of New Jersey. The city is designated the Cape May Historic District, a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings. With a rich history, award-winning beaches, designation as a top bird watching location, and many examples of Victorian architecture, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. The town hosts all sorts of festivals year-round and boasts some fine dining, too. Cape May is also home for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, which offers year-round arts classes.

Books: Beaches by Gideon Bosker & Lena LencekIf you can’t make it to the beach in person, this beautiful book will transport you! Beaches is a breathtaking visual treat. From moody, craggy coastlines to serene swathes of turquoise water and white sand, Beaches is an astounding photographic survey of the shoreline. Renowned photographers stir the spirit, capturing the beauty of sand, sea, and sky. Available to purchase on Amazon.

Charity: Save Our Seas
It’s sad but true. Our oceans are in trouble. We are at a crossroads in history, and the actions we take—or fail to take—in the next decade will decisively impact the future of our seas and of our planet. The Save Our Seas Foundation is committed to protecting our oceans by funding research, education, awareness and conservation projects focusing on the major threats to the marine environment. Save Our Seas’ generous contributions of financial, practical and scientific support have, to date, facilitated over 150 marine research and conservation projects around the world.

(Sample cards from the August 8th seminar)

 As we roll into August, Kathy Davis Studios will be launching weekly craft seminars. On four successive Thursday evenings, craft seminars will be held in our retail store space. The schedule and topics are as follows:

Thursday, August 8 – Basic Card-making (designing and crafting Christmas cards using the Kathy Davis Studios “Ambrosia” paper line)

Thursday, August 15 – Making fabric flower necklaces using Kathy Davis textiles

Thursday, August 22 – Making fancy fold and flip greeting cards

Thursday, August 29 – Making mini albums for mini scrapping

Each seminar runs from 6:00 until 8:30pm and will be held in our retail gallery store at 303 Horsham Road, Suite F in Horsham, PA.

(Sample cards from the August 8th seminar)

Teaching this wave of seminars at the Kathy Davis Gallery is Ellen Jarvis, a local craftsperson who is highly experienced, extremely talented, and eager to help scatter joy through her teaching and her creations. You can learn more about Ellen on her Facebook page or blog. Just look for CardMonkey Jarvis on FB or

The cost of each seminar is $25 plus a small lab fee for those who need materials to get started.

On Saturday, August 17, we will also be hosting a crop for interested crafters to come and work, share, and enjoy the accomplishments of one another.

To register for a seminar or crop, please contact either Ellen Jarvis through her Facebook page or Kathy Davis Studios representative, Bill Lessa at OR print the registration form here and either mail it in or drop it off at the Kathy Davis Gallery during store hours.

If a black swimsuit is considered classic beachwear, then this sun hat is its equally stylish counterpart. I love the idea of making one in some of Kathy’s own bold, timeless prints. How great would it be if it were reversible with a fun polka-dotted inside? Who says sun-protection and style can’t go hand in hand?!?

Beginning on Saturday, July 27, and running through the entire week, the Kathy Davis Gallery will be conducting a sidewalk sale featuring tremendous discounts on select store merchandise. This sidewalk sale will run during normal store hours and concludes 4pm, Saturday August 3rd.

303 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044


Kathy Davis Gallery Hours:Mon – Fri: 10:00AM – 6:00PMSat: 10:00AM – 4:00PMSun: CLOSED

For this month’s trend report, I decided to pull together a collection of watercolor studies done by different artists. Here at KDS the primary medium has always been watercolor painting, and it’s interesting to see how other artists use the medium, the different qualities it can evoke and how it can relate to Kathy Davis’s work. I just love the range of styles, from clean and simple studies to more richly detailed and vibrant pieces. It’s easy to see why watercolor is our favorite around here.



Leanna Shapton

Catherina Turk

Karin Johannesson

Cathy Cullis

Lucile Prache