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Summer goes all too quickly, and soon enough we’ll be having shorter days with less light. So, while the summer season is still in high gear, I say, make the most of it—soak up the sunshine, pick sunflowers and drink lemonade…as you enjoy a mellow yellow state of mind!

And don’t forget to spread some of that sunshine around to make someone else’s life a little brighter. Whether it’s sending a greeting card just to let someone know you care—or helping to make a sick child’s dream come true by contributing to the Sunshine Foundation (see more, below)…let your light shine!!!

one:DIY: Decorate Your Sunglasses
This DIY from BuzzFeed will make you never want to throw away an old pair of sunglasses again! Choose from 27 different tutorials to help spruce up your shades.

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Product: Madison Park – Pop Collection We’re so excited about our brand new journals!  What better way to choose to shine than by recording your thoughts, observations, light-bulb moments, brainstorms, words of inspiration or just doodles. The journals come in a wonderful three-pack, and each journal contains 64 lined pages, so there’s plenty of room to write. You can buy them here at our online store. Priced at just $11.99, they make a great gift for a college student who’s heading off to school, for a hostess, for teachers, or just about anyone. Or why not get a jump on holiday shopping and buy them as stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

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Self-Care: Sunflower Highlighting Hair Rinse
Sunflowers have figured in beauty concoctions since ancient times. Try this flower-inspired treatment from Whole Living for shiny hair.

four:Wall Decor: Choose to Shine!Brighten up your walls and bring some sunshine inside with these two prints! “Choose to Shine” comes in two sizes (8×10 and 16×20) and “Keep Your Face to the Sunshine” print comes in 11×11. Both from Kathy Davis.

five:Health: Keep Hydrated!
We hear so often that we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Do we really need to? Everydayroots has a great article that takes a look at 6 claims people make about water, and offers some insight into them.

six:Home: A Bucket of Sunshine!Better Homes and Gardens has some decorating tips on how to find the perfect solution for your room with some yellow paint colors. Check it out to find out some of the best ways to achieve a sunny look with cozy and bright yellow rooms—they’re harder to achieve than you’d think!

seven:Charity: Sunshine FoundationAs we have shared in past blogs, Kathy Davis Studios enjoys an important relationship with the Sunshine Foundation.

The Sunshine Foundation is a tremendous organization that works diligently to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, and physically challenged children between the ages of three and eighteen.

Each year, KDS is proud to be a continuing supporter of the Sunshine Foundation. Through our participation in their events, donations of KDS products, and financial contributions, the Kathy Davis Studios family welcomes the opportunity to support our Sunshine Foundation friends.

This year’s involvement was especially meaningful in light of the sad passing of the Sunshine Foundation’s founding father, Bill Sample.

Bill, a then Philadelphia police officer, first started the Sunshine Foundation in 1976. Over the past 38 years, Bill, his wife Kate, and a team of dedicated co-workers, have answered the dreams of over 36,000 children.

Bill, who passed away this past spring, spent a lifetime making our world a better place for everyone he met. His big heart, his joyful nature, and his relentless commitment to helping children made Bill a very special person. While the world was simply a better place with him in it, his spirit and legacy will live on in the extraordinary deeds done by the Sunshine Foundation.

Kathy Davis Studios is proud to have been a friend of Bill’s….and is equally as proud to continue its contributions to his foundation.

 


It is with great pride that Kathy Davis Studios has joined the ranks of sponsors for the Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation.

In lasting memory of Edward Coombs, a highly respected graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School, a foundation has been developed. The ETC Foundation was established with the intent of providing outstanding scholar/athletes financial assistance to pursue their higher education goals, so that they can reach their full potential.

The scholarships support visionary leaders of tomorrow who display exceptional promise today. An additional important goal of the Foundation is to work with high school students around the issues of “responsible decision making” through seminars, forums, videos and other education programs.

The ETC Foundation strives to spread this mission in the legacy of Edward Taylor Coombs, an academically gifted and athletically talented young man with an easy smile and huge heart.

 



“The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly.” -Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun


It seems to happen the same way every year…as June enters its third week or so, I escape to the beach to hide out for my birthday…well, not exactly hide out, but I do love spending some June days in solitude by the sea. It is a great time for reflection and rejuvenation.

When I return to my work world, I hope that my birthday has passed by quietly without a fuss. But, low and behold, my team at Kathy Davis Studios is always cooking up a special and unique twist on my annual birthday card!  For as many years as I can remember, one of our team members gets nominated for the task of creating a birthday card like no other. After all, that’s what we do…design greeting cards. But there are NO RULES for this kind of card – so creativity is always in full bloom!

Over the years, I’ve received many beautiful cards…and for about the past 10 years these cards have taken to 3D! I’ve received a pinata, a colorful “butterfly box”, a board game, a fabric banner and a life size 3D birthday cake…all with the added dimension of individual messages from each of our team members!

This year our talented Jackie got the “honor”! Jackie is one of those rare people who seems to be able to do EVERYTHING beautifully! She certainly didn’t disappoint with this large 3D shadow diorama
featuring our studio building and a garden of greetings! Each circle flower has an individual message written on the back by a team member – and some of our designers even added embellishment! The wooden stems are pics that stick into a styrofoam base. An engineering feat!

I love my team!

Jackie – you never cease to amaze (…and guys… you can stop this tradition any time now…really you can.)

My heartfelt thanks to everyone for making my birthday so very special!!!

All My Best,

 


Living, growing, blossoming…Nature is our teacher.


Welcome to July, one of the hottest months of the year! With our “Stay Cool” theme for the month, we offer some suggestions to help you beat the heat. Relaxing by the sea is one of my favorite ways to spend summer days. This photo of me from a couple of years ago brings back such great memories! Watching the whales and gazing out at the Sea of Cortez along the coast of Mexico was a treat I’ll never forget.  

But, there are other ways to chill out…even when you can’t get to the beach! Dive into some of these cool ideas, below, and enjoy the summer days we’ve been waiting for all year!

All My Best,

one:DIY: Summer Drinks & PopsiclesAs we bask in the summer heat, nothing is more refreshing than a cool summer drink or a freshly made Popsicle! One Fab Day has some great DIY recipes for delicious drinks and popsicles you can make from home.

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Joy With Family: Water Parks
Looking for something cool to do with the family? Head for the closest waterpark! Here are a few family friendly waterparks in Pennsylvania and if you’re not in our area, do a search for one near you!

Herron Park Sprayground – Philadelphia, PAHershey Park – Hershey, PADorney Park – Allentown, PASesame Place – Langhorne, PA

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Self-Care: Summer FacemasksFacemasks are a great way to nourish your skin in those hot summer months. The Free People Blog has 2 simple DIY facemasks that you can easily do at home with ingredients like Honey, Avocado, Banana and vitamins.

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Food: Summer SaladsSometimes it’s just too hot to cook dinner. Refreshing summer salads are the way to go when you need a light meal that will keep you full without weighing you down! Check Two Peas & Their Pod blog for a great selection of refreshing summer salads.

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Product: Namaste PrintEven on the hottest days, it is still possible to stay calm and collected on the inside by practicing meditation or yoga. My Namaste print may get you in the right state of mind. A Hindu word that means “I bow to the divine in you”, the word Namaste is hand-lettered by brush on a cool aqua-blue background. This gentle reminder just might bring a touch of peace to your world.

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Design Trends: Cool colorsPantone has identified some great cool colors in their Color Trend Report for this year, like Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue. For endless color inspiration, check out Design Trends’ website which is chock full of great color palettes, like the two we show below. Create a summery feel with these cool trending hues!

http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/color-swim8http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/summer-skies

seven:Product: CHIVE Pooley Tube VaseThis fully glazed ceramic bud vase is perfect for single stems and even looks super cool sitting on your shelf with no flowers at all. The summery colors are soothing to just look at! Visit our online store or Retail Gallery to get your own!

eight:Charity: Cool EarthCool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. They don’t create reserves, put up fences or buy land. Instead, they put indigenous people back in control of the world’s most endangered rainforest. By building better incomes, schools and clinics, they give their partner villages the resources they need to keep their forest intact. Cool Earth is now working alongside 65 rainforest villages throughout the world and at least 90% of each donation goes directly to their projects. To find out more about Cool Earth and how you can get involved, visit their website.


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.

 


A Father’s wisdom goes out into the world through his children,making it a little better than it was before. His actions shape his family, and his loving reach is endless. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!


With the passing of Sunshine Foundation founder, Bill Sample, Kathy Davis Studios has lost a good friend and inspiring mentor. We’ve been proud to partner with the Sunshine Foundation over the past several years to make dreams come true for children with special needs. Many articles have been written to honor Bill and his contributions, but this one is our favorite. Click here to read the article.

You can make a lasting tribute to Bill by donating to the wonderful cause that is his legacy.

Click here to visit the Sunshine Foundation for more details and to make a donation.

 


Let’s hear it for dads! Whether old or young, there’s no denying the impact a great father has on our lives. On Father’s Day we remember all the times they’ve supported us, cheered us on and simply made us feel special. So let’s return that goodness with a few simple, meaningful gifts that are sure to make Dad feel appreciated. Check out these ten ideas from our KDS staffers and let us know how you’ll be honoring your own amazing Dad!

1.    Cheers to Dad: Have Dad kick back while you fix him his favorite drink just the way       he likes it.


2.    #1 Fan: Surprise him with tickets to his favorite team or sporting event.

3.    King of the Grill: Serve up some delicious burgers stacked with all of Dad’s favorite        toppings.


4.    Rest and Relaxation: Prop him up with a pillow at his favorite rest spot and        remember – don’t ask Dad for any favors on his day!

5.    The Great Outdoors: If the weather permits, spend some time together at a local         fishing spot.


6.    Sparkle and Shine: Get detail oriented with Dad’s car by cleaning the outside AND        inside. Bonus points if you fill up the tank too!


7.    Lawn Service: While Dad relaxes inside, complete a few landscaping and yard work        services – free of charge.


8.    The Remote Controller: Tie a big bow around the remote and present it to him with        his favorite beverage.

9.    Special Snacks: Whip up some of Dad’s favorite goodies or fun TV snacks.


10.   Pack a Picnic:  Today’s the perfect day to get everyone together – pack a picnic         basket and a few games, and enjoy some quality family time outdoors.

 

Links:

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2013/05/secrets-to-grilling-perfect-burgers/?utm_source=feedlyhttp://detailer.com/car-washing-tips/

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/fathers-day-cookies/

http://www.manusmenu.com/salted-caramel-popcorn

http://www.marthastewart.com/268277/origami-picnic-basket

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