Faster than cupid’s flying arrow, Valentine’s Day has arrived! As designers, writers and glitter aficionados, we’re naturally big fans of the holiday at KDS. Most importantly, we all agree that what makes the day special is the chance to remind our loved ones just how much they mean to us. Here are our top ten “Joyful Signs” of this happy heart day. How about you? What are your favorite “joyful signs” of Valentine’s Day?

1.    Hearts: We love to draw them, paint them, and above all, share them!

2.    Love Notes: Even as greeting card designers, we must admit, there’s nothing quite like a heartfelt, homemade Valentine!

3.    Party Attire: Whether you’re headed to a work party or a night on the town, it’s fun to get into the spirit and wear something festive.

4.    Kids’ Crafts: Their sweet, imperfect doodles are sure to become keepsakes we treasure.

5.    Conversation Hearts: The perfect Valentine’s Day icebreaker.

6.    Confection Affection: Such a nice way to say, “I think you’re sweet.”

7.    Timeless Love: There’s no age limit to Valentine’s Day. It’s nice to remember those special Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and other important sweethearts in our lives, too!

8.    Sweet Sips: A splash of this…a twist of that… who doesn’t like a good love potion?

9.    Meals from the Heart: It’s easy to make any Valentine’s Day dinner memorable when you put a little love into it.

10.    Kisses: Either Hershey’s or the real deal, Valentine’s Day hardly    seems complete without a little kiss!

Photo Credits:Martha StewartDebenhemsKim ShirleyWilliam VannWriteOn Snippet&InkCooking Channel TVTumblr

Some of you may be aware that I had surgery in early January to help repair a broken clavicle.  Now with a titanium plate and screws holding my shoulder together, the worst is behind me as I move through a 12 week rehabilitation. With use of only one arm and need for lots of rest, my world has changed rather drastically.

To help entertain myself, I started using my iPhone to record images that were capturing my attention. With more time on my hands, I have become increasingly mindful and observant of my surroundings.  My home, deck and views from my window of the winter landscape provide my subject matter. Suddenly, everything has become visually fascinating to me. Color, patterns, shadows, compositions, in both natural and man-made forms, are like little paintings that speak to me.

What started as a simple amusement has grown into a tool for my healing.  My one armed art photo journal is a creative outlet, a form of expression and a way for me to stay engaged with the outside world.

Follow me on instagram at artistkathydavis  or #onearmedart for a daily dose…or stay tuned to my blog and our Facebook page for weekly highlights while my rehabilitation continues.

Below are some samples of my posts.

We’re so proud to see Kathy’s latest article published in the Winter, 2014, issue of Where Women Create Business magazine! Based on her new book, Simple Secrets: 7 Principles to Inspire Success, the article focuses on the fundamentals that were key to Kathy’s business success and features lots of great photos. You’ll find it in our online store and on newsstands now. Check it out!

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things,but just look what they do when they stick together.” ~Vera M. Kelly

Nestled in Erdenheim, PA just minutes from historic Chestnut Hill sits a creative beacon for students from the surrounding area. Antonelli Institute prides itself on intimate settings, a professional atmosphere and some of the most creative and talented students you will ever meet.

Work from alumni can be seen everywhere from the pages of National Geographic to advertisement campaigns for the Philly Soft Pretzel Company.

This year Antonelli is teaming with the Kathy Davis Scatter Joy Gallery in Horsham, PA to bring you a taste of the very best work offered by their current student body. More than 40 pieces of both Graphic Design and Photography will be gracing the gallery walls, much of it priced to sell. The works on display will range from decorative and practical design to classic narratives and photo-journalism. There will be something for everyone so be sure to attend the opening reception being held Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm to view the work and to meet some of the artists and faculty. The show will be on display from January 24 – February 26, 2014.

About the School: Antonelli Institute is celebrating its 75th year. The school’s mission is to prepare motivated students for entry-level positions leading to careers in the photographic and graphic design professions. Since 1938, Antonelli’s distinct, accelerated visual arts programs have combined small classes, interactive lecture, and hands-on learning. Antonelli Institute is located at 300 Montgomery Avenue, Erdenheim, PA 19038. You can reach us by phone at 215.836.2222 or 800.722.7871. Contact us by email at admissions@antonelli.edu. Be sure to like us on Facebook!

For more information about our graduation rates, median loan debt of students who completed the programs, and other information, please visit our website.

Don’t you just love new beginnings? I know I do! January gives us the chance to start fresh, to purge the old thoughts and clutter and to embrace a simpler, more meaningful lifestyle. I hope you will make 2014 a year for discovering some simple secrets that make your life more manageable…and enjoyable!

Book: Simple Secrets: 7 Principles to Inspire Success by Kathy Davis
I’m so excited that my new book is now available! It was a joy to write, and it was actually prompted by a question I was once asked in an interview: “What’s the secret to your success in such a competitive field?”  The answer I gave is that there really is no secret at all. But, as I reflected upon the path my life has taken, I identified 7 principles which have helped to guide my journey.  And it struck me that these tips might be helpful to pretty much anyone, no matter where they are in life. In this book, I share some of my personal story, along with the principles that have guided me, in the hope that it will encourage others to pursue their own paths with passion. Kathy’s new book is now available for sale in our Kathy Davis Gallery store AND in our online store.

two:Crafts: Trashed: A Creative Recycling Studio
Located in Historic Downtown Concord, North Carolina, Trashed is a creative recycling studio that offers a creative environment to learn and enjoy the craft of repurposing while raising environmental awareness. They offer a variety of classes and workshops that use materials intercepted from the landfill and “up-cycled” into new, high quality products. If you are in the Concord area, check out the classes they offer or if you’re getting rid of some things, check their list of items they are always accepting as donations. If you live outside of the area, check for local crafting studios for classes or making donations.

DIY: OrganizationWinter is a great time to tackle organizational projects. Clearing the clutter and bringing order will reap benefits all year round. Head over to SNAP! for 13 different DIY organization ideas.

Product: See Design
Looking for ways to get organized in style? Check out these great items from See Design. Currently being sold in our Kathy Davis Gallery and in our Online Store are fashionable totes, pencil cases, make-up bags and more! Stop by or look online for a variety of colors and patterns.

five:Charity: Dress for SuccessOne way to start the New Year out with a clean slate is to go through your closet and rid yourself of things you don’t wear anymore. If you are like me, you are holding onto some outfits that only take up closet space. Here’s a charity that takes donations of gently used professional work attire. Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in more than 125 cities across 15 countries. Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To find out how to donate or become involved with Dress for Success, visit their website.


If ever there were a holiday where the buildup is just as exciting as the day itself, it would have to be Christmas. The whole month of December is rich in happy scenes that surround us – little “visual reminders” that the holidays are almost here! We asked our team to list their favorite signs of Christmas, and here are their (much edited!) results. What can we say…Christmas is a favorite around here. Don’t you agree?

1. Fresh Greens: From holly to pine, it’s so nice to bring the fresh fragrances of the outdoors in as we decorate for Christmas.

2. Candles Gleaming in the Window: Especially on a snowy night!

3. Decorating the tree and home: It’s fun to try something new each year, but we love our favorite ornaments of sentimental value, too.

4. Hot Cocoa: The perfect warming wintry drink. Especially with a few marshmallows on top!

5. Classic Movies and Cartoons: They start right after Thanksgiving, and we watch them all month long.

6. Bell ringers, food banks and toy drives: All are important reminders that it’s good to share your blessings.

7. Christmas Music: The hymns, the hits and the carols – they all compose the sweet soundtrack to the holidays.

8. Baking Christmas Cookies: We bake them to give – but a little “sample” here and there never hurt anyone!

9. City Street Lights: They’re the stuff Christmas songs are made of.

10. Candle-Lit Churches: Even more beautiful with a backdrop of snow.



Photo Credits:

Flickr LoretoidasTwo SpoonsTV GuideBrian MyrickAmazonSweetopiaFlickrPrintaholic.com



Celebrate the season with us!

This year Kathy Davis Scatter Joy Gallery is hosting a spark-tacular display of glimmering snowflakes, hand-crafted by local children, both young and old.   You and your family are invited to create snowflake magic!  Our official snowflake crafting session will take place on Thursday, December 26th, from 2:00-5:00pm.  

We will provide all the supplies you need to make the perfect snowflake. To keep you inspired, we’ll serve festive refreshments, including everyone’s favorite, hot chocolate & marshmallows.  YUM!  No crafting experience necessary.  The beauty of snowflakes lies in that each one is unique!  The official unveiling of the glimmering snowflakes will take place during our Fourth Friday Gallery Reception on Friday, December 27th, 5-7pm.  The snowflakes will hang in our gallery for all to visit from December 27th through January 20th, 2014.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 26th, 2-5pmSnowflake Crafting Session

Friday, December 27th, 5-7pmWinter Flurries / Interactive Art Show


“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations,but look what they can do when they stick together!”-Anon



During this month where winter descends and our daylight hours are sparse, the gentle glow of light is something I love to celebrate. During our shorter days and long chilly nights I can’t seem to get enough warmth and light. Many evenings you will find me near a crackling fireplace with scented candles burning as I address my Christmas cards or wrap gifts… or just hang out with my husband and two big white pups. Celebrations surrounding Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, as well as the winter solstice, are all made more festive and illuminated by light that sparkles and shines with the season.

Wishing you a warm and luminous holiday!



Events:Wherever you live, you are certain to find festivals filled with the sparkle of the season! We are highlighting three wonderful celebrations—one in New York City, one in Columbus, Ohio and the third one in Hershey, Pennsylvania.Winter Solstice Concert at St. John the Divine, New York, NYEnjoy music, dance and renewal of spirit at the great turning point of the year. This cross-cultural performance within the awe-inspiring space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine has become one of New York’s favorite holiday events (and a personal favorite of mine!). Winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year when we celebrate not only the rebirth of the sun, but also the community of life on earth. Bring home the sun at this New York City spectacle!

Light: Bruce Munro at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH
Bruce Munro’s imaginative and innovative light-based works create a captivating evening experience. Ten installations illuminate the Conservatory with additional works on view. Experience this special engagement at its most magical hour during a nighttime visit.

Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey, PA
This winter wonderland is illuminated by nearly 600 animated displays. Enjoy from the comfort of your car as you travel through two miles of wooded trails. A great holiday tradition for families, the spirit of the holidays in Hershey glows brighter than ever!

DIY: Cityscape Luminaries
While luminaries have a long, multicultural history, their purpose is very simple—lighting the way in the dark of winter. A Nest for All Seasons has a great DIY tutorial on how to make these Cityscape Luminaries.

Kids Art: Crayon Color Block Candles Whether you’re looking for a fun way to make gifts or an activity for kids, head over to Brit + Co. for a really fun tutorial on how to make color block candles from crayons (a great way to recycle, too!)

Products: GlassybabyGlassybaby is a company that makes glass votives by hand in more than four hundred colors. Not only are each of these votives beautifully unique, they also contribute to a good cause. Creator and founder Lee Rhodes, who battled lung cancer, started Glassybaby as a way to spread hope and give back money from sales to help cancer patients. In 2011, Glassybaby had donated more than $600,000 to various charities, and Rhodes has stated that the goal is to donate 10% of all sales to charities.

Charity: One Million Lights
One Million Lights is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults around the world by providing clean and healthy lighting. Their goal is to distribute 1,000,000 solar lights to replace dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps. To find out how you can donate or become involved in this great organization, visit One Million Lights’ website.


Thanksgiving is upon us! It’s a day filled with prepping, dining and resting. But most of all, it’s a chance to pause and give thanks for all things, big and small, that fill our hearts with gratitude. Here are our top ten “Joyful Signs” of this season of thanks. How about you –– what are your favorite “joyful signs” of Thanksgiving?

1.  Abundance – The full tables, homes and bellies of Thanksgiving serve as a reminder that at all times of life, we have so much to be thankful for.

2.  Family Gatherings – It makes the trek “over the river and through the woods” worthwhile!

3.  Homemade Treats – Whether pumpkin, pecan or mincemeat, it’s always a good idea to save a little room for a little pie and some coffee.

4.  Gratitude – It’s the perfect time to share what’s in our hearts.

5.  The Fixings – At Thanksgiving, the sides can really make the meal. I can’t resist some classic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and of course, the turkey stuffing.

6.  The Parade – Cozying up on the couch to catch the magical floats, marching bands and giant balloons go by is a tradition that never fails to scatter a little joy.

7.  Leftovers – Thanksgiving is the meal that keeps giving! There are countless ways to fix up leftovers, keeping the feast going long after Thanksgiving Day has ended!   

8.  A Welcoming Table – Creative place settings and festive decorations help to set the scene for lots of sharing and celebrating.

9.  Wishes – Short end of the stick or not, it’s always fun to do some wishful thinking!

10.  Fun and Games – Lighthearted scrimmages often ensue when family and friends are gathered. Whether you toss around the football or play your favorite board game, Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to laugh, play and make new memories.

Photo Credits

EtsyAlanna LipsonBetter Homes and GardensAnna KurzaevaBob & Carlene DeutscherMartha StewartFlickr



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