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What does it mean to you to create a life you love? Here at Kathy Davis Studios, we’re committed to inspiring others to create a life they love. To win a “Create A Life You Love” 8×10 framed print, just comment on this post and tell us what creating a life you love means to you! Even a “like” or “share” will get you entered to win! We will post three winners next week!

Three cheers for the red, white and blue! The Fourth of July is near, and if you’re anything like our team, then you’re feeling pretty excited about it. Maybe it’s our love of a good party, or our close proximity to Philly – our very own cradle of liberty – but things are getting pretty patriotic ‘round here! Check out our top ten “Joyful Signs” of the Fourth below, let us know how you’ll be celebrating, too!

1.    Stars & Stripes: We wave them, raise them and proudly display our star        spangled flag!
2.    Time to Shine: It’s amazing how much joy one little sparkler can bring. 
3.    Outdoor Games: Horseshoes, washers and even potato sack races are        just a few of our favorite picnic contests.
4.    Patriotic Parades: You can’t get much more American then a hometown        parade on the Fourth of July.
5.    True Colors: Red, white and blue outfits (we admit this look works best on        the little ones!)
6.    Dazzling Displays: All you need is a clear view and a big blanket to enjoy        some of summer’s best entertainment. 
7.    Festive Fruit: We love a fresh slice of watermelon – a Fourth of July picnic staple.
8.    Splish Splash Bash: Because a midsummer celebration practically begs        for a pool party. 
9.    Festive Food: It’s fun to serve up a dish in patriotic shades!
10.  American Classics: So many happy memories are made relaxing around the grill,        waiting for the burgers and dogs to cook. Ahhh – summer!


Described as “Yearning, Lighthearted, Playful, Blithe, Messy, and Narrative” by the six contributing artists, this is sure to be a fun and interesting show! Please join us on June 27th from 5-7pm for the opening reception. Light refreshments will be served.

Featuring artwork by: Ashley McDevitt, Kimberly Beyer, Nick Eck, Michael Rausch, Bonnie Watts and Brittany DeSantis.

Click here to see a full schedule of upcoming events.

A slice of summer

He may not have donned red suits or big black boots, and I never saw him travel by reindeer, but my friend Bill Sample shared many other things in common with that jolly old spirit. The former cop who had a children’s hospital on his beat was deeply touched by the chronically ill or abused children who were frequent hospital visitors. So much so that he borrowed money to make a sick child’s dream come true. With that, the Sunshine Foundation was born, becoming the first wish granting organization for kids in need.

There is no question that there was a strong resemblance between Bill Sample and the Santa character we love…– Twinkle in his eye- check!– White beard – check. – Love for children (especially those with special needs) – double check!– Selfless spirit of giving – check!

Instead of traveling to the North Pole, Bill headed south to make his magic happen… to central Florida to be exact.  It is here, in close proximity to the theme parks that so many children wish to visit, that he built the Dream Village of his vision. On 22 acres, he had nine charming cottages constructed and specially equipped for the kids.  This village is right out of a fairy tale, except this one is real.

Instead of a sled and reindeer, Bill relied on planes, organizing air-lifts to carry countless children to their dream destination.  

Elves?  Thank goodness, yes!!!  There are countless volunteers and staff who embrace Bill’s vision of making kids dreams come true. Work like this takes a village, and there never ceases to be a need for helpers.

And just like Santa, Bill did his work behind the scenes, disappearing from the limelight to let the fun unfold. It was always about the kids.

Let’s not forget “Mrs. Claus”!  Bill’s wife, Kate, has been a true partner in supporting the organization her husband founded. As President of the Sunshine Foundation she works tirelessly for the kids, putting herself out there as their champion, asking for support, fighting the good fight, stretching past her comfort zone in order to further the cause she believes in so deeply. Kate radiates sunshine, sharing it warmly… and I’d venture a guess that she’d put the real Mrs. Claus to shame!

Yes, my friend Bill Sample was a modern day Santa if there was one. He found a way to help make sick children’s lives a little more joyful. Through the Sunshine Foundation, he gave their families a special gift by providing something that they could not make happen on their own.

Bill Sample left this world for a better one on June 4th, 2014.

It is now up to all of us to carry on the work he started. While he never asked for attention or accolades, I can’t imagine that he didn’t leave this life with a great deal of pride at what he accomplished.

By making kids dreams come true he made his own dream come true…making kids lives brighter.

I was fortunate to know Bill Sample and was inspired by his vision and fortitude. He had a heart every bit as big as Santa’s.  We all remember how hard it was to say good-bye to Santa…and as difficult as it is to say good-bye to Bill, I bid him a fond adieu with a twinkle in my eye. He would want it that way.