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Well, actually, it was only seven minutes on live TV, but who’s counting???

As many of you know, I designed several sets of mug trees with our partner, Tabletops Unlimited as an exclusive offering for the home shopping giant, QVC. Their studio is located not far from us, in the West Chester, PA area. Yesterday I was invited to be a guest on the show “In the Kitchen with David” to talk about my product. We offered three sets of mugs with the themes of Friends, Love and Dreams. David made my job easy – he is very personable and is a generous and gifted host- and we actually sold out of the Friends set!

In addition, I want to thank everyone at TTU for their support and belief in me, Bill and Donna O’Donnell for overseeing the process, Laura Gibbs for her friendship and mentoring, the staff at QVC, especially Nick and all the stylists…and of course my KDS team… Melissa and Jon on the marketing team…and last but not least, my husband, Peter. He puts up with my whining, my worrying and always helps me carry the heavy stuff!

Here are some photos of my day…

 Getting glam with the help of a talented QVC stylist

Backstage before the show with my host, Dave.

Backstage styling of my mug product before the show

Two of my mugs got double duty when they were borrowed by Marlene Koch to help style her set for her top-selling cookbook “Eat More of What You Love”!

Backstage wringing my hands before my segment!!! With friend and mentor Laura Gibbs who is often featured on QVC cooking shows!

 

Waiting to go on was the worst part…

 

Still shots from the show as viewed from the Green Room, where my husband was hanging out!

 

For any of you who missed the QVC airing but would still like to purchase one of my QVC exclusive mug sets, click here to visit QVC.com. Thank you for your support!


It’s no secret that so much of the painting, writing, and designing that goes on around here draws inspiration from nature and its ever changing beauty.  For me, there’s just something about watching the seasons transition that I’ve always found fascinating. The shifts of color, changes in scenery, even the weather patterns – it’s natures story telling at its finest. I couldn’t think of any imagery that embodies this change better than the butterfly – the key focal point of Kathy’s Flutterby designs. The oranges and yellows offset by rich jewel tones and greens make this collection the perfect early summer palette. One look, and I envision a dreamy butterfly garden shaded in greenery and tucked away behind a garden gate.

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect little spot to be inspired?

 

-Photo Credit –

Bench:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johns60/361721817/

Leopard Spotted Butterfly:http://coloredwings.wordpress.com/page/2/

Paint Brushes:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mijita/2852543618/

Orange Butterfly:
http://500px.com/photo/29775385

Blue Dahlia:
http://snapzlife.com/blue-and-green-nature-photography

Book and Yellow Butterflies:
Found via tumblr.com


Someone’s in the kitchen with David… it’s Kathy! Be sure to tune in to QVC this Sunday, June 9th from 12:00-3:00 PM EST for In the Kitchen with David.

Kathy will be on the show within the first hour, talking about her new line of mug trees, coasters, and notecard sets with Tabletops Unlimited. If you like what you see, call in and place an order. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even call in and talk to David and Kathy live on the air!


You can find Kathy Davis cards wherever American Greetings cards are sold OR if you are local… swing by the Kathy Davis Gallery.


“If you can dream it, imagine it, wish it, you can make it happen.”


For me, it’s a toss-up between May and June for my favorite month of the year…so please allow me to have two! June brings lots of outdoor activities…art shows and festivals, walks for charity (and your health!), and cook-outs! Kids are happy to have a break from school and Dads get their own day of honor! So much to celebrate! Here are some ideas for bringing more JOY into your June!

one:Shows: Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, Philadelphia, PA 6/7-9
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is America’s longest running outdoor art show. Now in it’s 82nd year, this annual show exhibits some of the best artists in the country and several talented art students from area universities and schools. Visit the website for more information on this great summer event.two:DIY: Liquid Sidewalk chalk
Here’s a fun and artistic activity that will get the kids outside this summer! Head over to Domestic Charm for this great DIY tutorial on how to make liquid sidewalk chalk!
three:
Movie: Summer Baseball Movie series 
This Father’s Day check out some local theaters in your area that are featuring movies that dad would love. From June 16–July 28, ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, PA is celebrating the American traditions of baseball and film at their Summer Baseball Film Series. Check out their website for more information. 
four: 
Food: Food Network Father’s Day Cooking ideasCheck out the Food Network’s list for tons of ideas on recipes and cooking for Father’s Day.

five:Giftables: Father’s Day Gift Basket Ideas
Delish.com has some great ideas for putting together the perfect Father’s Day Gift Basket. Whether Dad loves spending his free time fishing at the lake, grilling a great dinner, or watching his favorite teams, they’ve got just the right gift ideas for him. Head over to their website for more ideas.


six: 
Charity: Sunshine Foundation and their Annual Run, Walk, Bark for DreamsMany of our KDS team members look forward each June to participating in The Sunshine Foundation’s annual Walk for Dreams. (This year, Peter and I are looking forward to participating with our pups, Mojo and Moxie!) Please join us!The Sunshine Foundation’s Annual Run,Walk, Bark for Dreams will be held at Tyler State Park on Saturday, June 8th. For more info or to make a donation, click here.

The Sunshine Foundation is a dedicated and spirited organization with a mission to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, and physically challenged children between the ages of three and eighteen. First started in 1976 by Bill Sample, a then Philadelphia police officer, the Sunshine Foundation has answered the dreams of over 36,000 children. Through the efforts of Bill, his wife Kate, and a team of dedicated and committed co-workers, the Sunshine Foundation’s work shines brightly in the hearts of the children and families it serves. With over 35 years of helping families make dreams come through for their children, the Sunshine Foundation continues to be a stellar example of all that is good for children.


I think I just might have found the perfect beach blanket to accompany me to the shore this season. It’s so much more fun than my current striped option, and the bright colors have me anxious to get out and soak up some sunshine!

I can’t help but think that Kathy’s Summer Garden flowers would look amazing on a towel like this. Don’t you agree?


Happy Memorial Day blog friends! How will you be celebrating the day this year? Barbeque, picnic, family potluck? I for one know that whatever is on the menu, it’s always fun to have some party music playing in the background.

So here is this festive and adorable radio by Evoke Mio. I’ll be adding it to my growing wish list and as always, dreaming of how awesome it would be to design one using Kathy’s gorgeous prints.


So here we are folks…3 days away from the wedding! I can hardly believe it. I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. We are feeling SO excited and nervous and honestly, slightly overwhelmed, but mostly we are feeling really really blessed.

Our family and friends have been absolutely INCREDIBLE throughout the last year. So, for my last official ‘Wedding Wednesday’ I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of my wonderful family and friends and coworkers for making me feel really special, especially these last few months. My heart is full of gratitude for you all.

To my mom, Kathy Davis, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. You have gone above and beyond to give us what will be the wedding of our dreams. Words cannot express my appreciation.  Love you, Mom.

Lastly, thank you to all of you readers who have commented, shared your opinions and given me invaluable advice. I feel lucky to have had this platform to share with you all my thoughts and ideas.

Here’s to new beginnings!


We are through day one at the National Stationery Show in New York and it has been great! We have a busy few days ahead but we wanted to take a moment to share our booth with all of you. When we return we will have plenty of fun stories and photos to share – so stay tuned!

If you’re at the show please stop by, say hello and grab one of our give-away bags. We are in booth 2658/2759.

 


As a fan of all things picnic, I was excited to find this amazing Lilly Pulitzer basket during my daily rounds on Pinterest. But as it often happens while online browsing, I quickly learned it was sold out – a limited edition never to be stocked again.

So I got to thinking… wouldn’t it be fun to re-create this with a little sewing DIY? All you need is waterproof fabric and some crafty sewing skills and you could give any basket you already own a trendy update. For ideas, check Kathy’s own laminated fabric here – I’m sure you’ll find something fun to inspire you!

 


We’re headed up to New York City this Sunday for the National Stationery Show. If you’re coming to the show be sure to swing by and say hi. We will be in booth 2658/2759. Check out a little sneak peak of our booth below. We’re excited to put on the finishing touches this weekend!


(Artwork by Ashley McDevitt)

Darling is a delicious vintage-inspired show that illustrates its lovely leading ladies in swirls of pattern and color. Each piece is unique and created with pen and ink. Join us next Friday, May 24th in the Scatter Joy Gallery from 5-7pm.

303 Horsham Rd.Suite EHorsham, PA 19044Hope to see you there!


Were almost there! I can count down the number of days on my hands at this point!!! I cannot wait! It’s been one heck of a year for us, full of some really amazing times and some really tough times as well, and after this wedding is all said and done…WE ARE GOING ON VACATION!

We both agree we have never needed a getaway as badly as we need one right now. We will be spending one lazy week in Isla Mujeres, Mexico and could not be more excited! It was an easy choice for us, since we both love Mexico and we know a great resort we’ve been to before. All we are really looking for is an amazing beach and a cold (alcoholic) beverage and this place will fit the bill splendidly  There are countless lovely honeymoon spots on this beautiful planet we live on. Here is a list of some other options we explored.

 

Big Sur, California
This is next on our travel list! Hiking in the redwood forest, miles and miles of scenic Californian coastline, bonfires in the woods! Obsessed.

Photo: Jeff Lowe

Charleston, South Carolina

We have been saying for the 5 years we’ve been together “we gotta go to Charlestown!”. Fresh seafood, southern hospitality, warm breezy summer nights, charm for days…what more could you ask for!

photo:www.wmagazine.com

Costa Rica
The ONLY reason we didn’t go here for our honeymoon was because we were just there last year and LOVED it and decided to do something different. From the adventurous jungle to the gorgeous beaches there is so much to love about Costa Rica. It’s a great place to enjoy hiking, coffee plantations, eco tours or just relax by the beach  Did I mention they have more monkeys then people?!

photo: Chaney Kwak


Spring’s often fickle “now it’s warm, now it’s not” weather makes it the perfect time of year to accessorize with a pretty little lightweight scarf.  They’re such an easy way to add color to your transitioning wardrobe, and the best part is you a can throw them on and off as the temperature changes.

This lovely satin number by betafashion is definitely my favorite find at the moment. I’ve always thought that Kathy’s watercolors would look great on a scarf, and now I’m convinced! So gorgeous!