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I’m so happy that my new book, Love Blooms in a Mother’s Heart: A Celebration of Motherhood, will be available in time for Mother’s Day.  While I wrote it to honor the memory of my own mother, who will be forever in my heart, it really speaks to all moms of every generation. For this book, I selected my favorite quotations and sayings about mothers, and surrounded each one with my watercolor art inspired by the garden. I hope this book will touch your heart and bring joy to the special mom – or moms – in your life!

Now you can win an autographed copy! We will be accepting entries now thru May 5th. A winner will be chosen at random and sent an autographed copy of the book, just in time for Mother’s Day. CLICK HERE to enter!


 

 

 


We had a great day volunteering at the Jarrett Nature Center in Horsham, PA yesterday! It was a perfect day to be outside helping out and celebrating Earth Day. We mulched, we dug out weeds, and organized supplies. It was a feel good day!

Join us on Friday for our “Going Green” Eco-Art Show. 15% of the proceeds from all retail sales will be donated to the Jarrett Nature Center. Click here for more details.


April is here, with its promising signs of renewal! And this year, both Easter and Earth Day happen in April, so there’s plenty to celebrate. After the bitterly cold and grey winter we’re emerging from here in Pennsylvania, it’s fun to see all the wonderful sights that accompany springtime, Easter and Earth Day. Bunnies and chicks. Pastel Easter eggs. Graceful tulips and fragrant hyacinths. In fact, just the sight of new leaves on trees and grass turning green again is enough to lift my spirits!  

Here in our Scatter Joy Gallery, we’re celebrating Earth Day with a special show called “Going Green,” which will feature our Studio designers’ own works of eco-conscious art.  The show is all about art that’s inspired by – and at the same time, respectful of – the earth, and I can’t wait to see what our people will come up with.

Easter is also a time to renew our connections – with family and friends we care about. To help you do just that, our collection of Easter cards features uplifting messages and art.  Our Easter palette is especially joyful and expressive – from the soft lavender, aqua, pink and green of decorated Easter eggs to the exuberance of sunny orange and yellow daffodils and daisies, from the delicate beauty of whisper pale butterfly wings to pristine pink and white apple blossoms. You’ll find our cards in any store that carries American Greetings cards and our local retail gallery.

Why not pick up a few greeting cards to let those special people know you’re thinking about them? Sharing the joys of the springtime season is a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day!

 


 I’m so happy that my new book, Love Blooms in a Mother’s Heart: A Celebration of Motherhood, will be available in time for Mother’s Day.  While I wrote it to honor the memory of my own mother, who will be forever in my heart, it really speaks to all moms of every generation. For this book, I selected my favorite quotations and sayings about mothers, and surrounded each one with my watercolor art inspired by the garden. I hope this book will touch your heart and bring joy to the special mom – or moms – in your life!

Click here to buy the book!

 


Easter is a holiday filled with promise. Somehow, even after a seemingly endless winter, spring arrives  – and when it does, it’s hard to feel anything less than celebratory about it!  A quick poll of our team revealed the shared joy we’re all feeling as this beautiful holiday approaches. Here are our top ten results – check them out below and feel free to share your favorite “Joyful Signs” of Easter, too!

1. Cheery Daffodils: Some of nature’s happiest flowers!

2. Jelly Beans: We’ll try just about all the flavors…except for maybe those licorice ones…

3. Marshmallow Peeps: An Easter classic that’s good by itself or on top of a little Rice Krispie “nest!”

4. Signs of New Life: Sweet little lambs, chicks and even “Easter bunnies” are all joyful signs of new life.

5. Budding Branches: There’s nothing quite like the sight of springtime trees when they dazzle us with their blossoming “Sunday best.”

6. Cadbury Eggs: It’s probably a good thing these come out once a year – we’re addicted!

7. Egg Hunt Treasures: Sometimes finding the eggs can be just as fun as coming up with new, sneaky places to hide them.   

8. Family Brunch: We love the idea of dressing up the table with some fresh spring flowers and sweet Easter accents.

9. Egg Decorating: The perfect opportunity to unleash your inner artist. The possibilities are endless, but a simple pastel egg is pretty all on its own, too. 


10. Pretty Spring Dresses: There’s just something so refreshing about trading in those itchy sweaters for some springy Easter dresses.

 

Links:Two Peas and Their Pod
 http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/coconut-lemon-macaroon-nests/Julie Van Rosendaal 
http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/marshmallow-peeps-in-crispy-nests/
Laura Taylor
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/bookgrl/2306210448/sizes/l
Melanie Blodgett
 http://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/11-easter-egg-hunt-party-ideas/egg-tote/Martha Stewart 
http://www.marthastewart.com/908072/bunny-fold-napkinsJanis Nicolay 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54481182/N04/5599219978/sizes/o/

 

 


A hospital stay is a frightening experience for adults, and even more so for children. The mission of ConKerr Cancer is to ease the fears of hospitalized children across North America and make them feel special by providing them with cheerful, individually sewn pillow cases that brighten their hospital stay – and even give them a chance to learn to sew during hospitalization!

Driven by thousands of volunteers across the country and around the world, ConKerr Cancer has delivered more than 860,000 pillowcases in just seven years to hospitals throughout the country, creating “miles of pillowcase smiles” for the children and their parents.  To support this organization’s efforts, Kathy Davis Studios recently donated 450 yards of Kathy’s fabric for ConKerr Cancer to use to create their awesome pillowcases for kids in hospitals. For more information on ConKerr Cancer or to get involved, visit http://www.conkerrcancer.org.

Pictured above: KDS employees, Mary Anne and Linda, and Jeanne from ConKerr Cancer.


We are pleased to be hosting another unique and interesting art exhibit at the Kathy Davis Scatter Joy Gallery.

Our upcoming exhibit is a celebration of Earth Day, featuring inspirational posters and artwork made from recycled materials.

The contributing artists will be both Kathy Davis company members as well as students from the Hatboro-Horsham High art department. This is our first opportunity to unite the original work of our designers with the remarkable talents of our local High School student artists.

The opening reception for this exhibit is scheduled for Friday evening, April 25 from 5 to 7pm. Please join us for interesting artwork, light refreshments, and a chance to meet and support our local artists.

This ‘Going Green” show will be on exhibit from April 25 through May 28, 2014.

Also, while visiting our opening reception, take the opportunity to shop at the Kathy Davis Gallery, a very unique gift store. A portion of proceeds from all sales this evening will be donated to the Jarrett Nature Center. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this will be a great time to find a special gift and also support our local nature center.


 I’m so happy that my new book, Love Blooms in a Mother’s Heart: A Celebration of Motherhood, will be available in time for Mother’s Day.  While I wrote it to honor the memory of my own mother, who will be forever in my heart, it really speaks to all moms of every generation. For this book, I selected my favorite quotations and sayings about mothers, and surrounded each one with my watercolor art inspired by the garden. I hope this book will touch your heart and bring joy to the special mom – or moms – in your life!

Kathy’s new book is now available for pre-sale in our Kathy Davis Gallery store AND in our online store.

 


After a wicked winter in our area of the northeast, we are all impatiently awaiting the greening of our spring landscape! I am very lucky to have a small greenhouse where I can enjoy plants year round, but getting outside in the garden this season will surely be a treat!  Since my dad was a landscaper by trade, I come by my love of nature and flowers quite naturally.

Protecting and nurturing our environment is a responsibility we all share. This month, join me and all of us at Kathy Davis Studios by celebrating Earth Day in your own special way. Perhaps you will discover some new ways to make recycling and caring for our natural world a year-round way of life.

Happy Spring

 

one:Scatter Joy Gallery: Going Green
To celebrate Earth Day and the environment, we are hosting a gallery opening on April 25th from 5PM–7PM. The title of the show will be Going Green and will feature work from our very own Kathy Davis Studio designers. We look forward to exhibiting a blend of inspirational messages and examples of work that promote recycling and resource sustainability. Please join us in celebrating the art of recycling!

Image Caption: Flipflops arranged to take the shape of angel’s wings by Filipino artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan.

two:Events: 5K Run for Clean AirThe 5K Run for Clean Air has grown into Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day Celebration. The Clean Air Council will host the 33rd annual run on Saturday, April 19th at 9AM. For this year, the run has moved to the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. Visit their website to register or to find out more information on donating or volunteering.

three:Artist: Guerra de la PazGuerra de la Paz is the composite name of Cuban born artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. Collaborating since 1996, their work references the politics of modern conflict consumerism alongside symbols of faith. They’re known for using recycled objects as their medium, mainly old clothing, to build their sculptures. You can view their work and learn more about them on their website.

four:Product: Illume CandlesCurrently being sold in our Kathy Davis Gallery and our Online Store are these beautiful and earth-friendly candles from Illume. The candles are crafted from either food-grade paraffin or their new, all-natural blend of coconut wax, beeswax and essential oils. Wax is the foundation for a clean burn, amazing fragrance throw and natural beauty. A different design for each fragrance is featured on tall, matte ceramic containers. Once the wax has burned, you can repurpose the beautiful ceramic container to suit your needs. (We simply LOVE these candles!)

five:Kids Art: DIY Recycled Art Projects
Making new crafts out of old things is a lot of fun and helps our earth also. Try one of these innovative projects with your kids and they will see how much fun recycling can be! Visit Spoonfull for a ton of DIY ideas for kids.

six:Charity: The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. They address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of more than 1 million members, they’ve built a tremendous record of success since their founding in 1951. To find out more information on how you can contribute, visit their website.

seven:KDS Work Day: Jarrett Nature CenterTo celebrate Earth day and give back to our community, some of our studio team members will be participating in a service day in April at the Jarrett Nature Center. The Jarrett Nature Center is located on the property of the Hatboro-Horsham School District between the High School and Simmons Elementary. It’s a pretty little spot with a rich tradition of outdoor education and environmental studies. We’ll be doing some clean-up work, planting, and assisting teachers and kids with environment-related learning activities. For more information about the Jarrett Nature Center, visit their website.