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Then: Katie & Kathy   Now:  Katie & Kathy

What do you call your “Mom”?Generally, I call her Mom but I find myself referring to her and calling her Kathy at work.

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?I remember being an impatient child and I used to crawl into her bed while she was sleeping and try and pry her eyes open with my little fingers to get her to wake up. Weird, but true.

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?I don’t think there is any one big MOMENT, it’s more the little moments that mean the most; spending time with family or walking on the beach or sharing a bottle of wine, etc.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?The obvious answer is art, we did a lot of that, but I would also say spending time in the outdoors, gardening or playing in the yard with our pets.

What things did your Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?She once made my brother and I go to a really weird summer day camp, it was awful. I still haven’t totally forgiven her for it.    

How do you most want to be like your Mom?She is the most ambitious person I know, I wish I had more of that in me.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?I’ve said it before, but I really loved watching her paint, I still do.     How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?Obviously, growing up in a creative environment was a big deal and certainly left an impact on me. My appreciation of nature and simplicity and human nature I can attribute to her.

What makes her better than any other Mom?She has set a great example that working hard at your dream can absolutely pay off.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?
That life has lots of twists and turns and that setbacks and failures are not death sentences.

Describe your Mom with 3 wordsCreative, Ambitious, Poised


Then: Eleanor & Jackie (far right) with 3 of her sisters   Now: Jackie & Eleanor

What do you call your “Mom”? 
Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom? There are so many special moments! But if I had to choose, I think I would pick the moment she met my first child, Nicole. I’ll never forget the look of amazement and pride in her eyes as she held her for the first time. It was the instant that I could finally grasp the depth of her love for me and for my sisters.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up? I loved our shopping trips, decorating for the holidays…especially Christmas, watching our favorite TV shows, like “Dallas” and playing family board games on a Saturday night!

How do you most want to be like your Mom? 
I honestly can’t remember a time that she wasn’t there for me when I needed. She has always been supportive, yet very conscious of not interfering. I hope I am that kind of Mother to my own children.

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her? 
I admire my Mom’s strength and grace in any situation. No matter what challenge comes her way, she always finds a way to handle it well.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?I just love getting together to have coffee and talk.

What makes her better than any other Mom? 
She has always put her kids first. She seemed to have endless amounts of energy. She’s always taken pride in a having a clean home and looking presentable. She always made sure we were well dressed from curled hair to polished shoes to the matching dresses she made for my sisters and me each holiday. She gave us a strong faith and great sense of values. She encouraged me to dream. And she has always, always made me feel loved.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?Always try your best and make the best of what you have.

Describe your Mom with 3 wordsTalented, hardworking and loving


Then: Linda & Laura   Now: Linda & Laura

What do you call your “Mom”?Mom. Linda when there’s no response.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?My mom homeschooled my sister and I until we both graduated. Every once in a while we would take random field trips. We got to see a lot of cool stuff and visit different kinds of factories and museums. Anything she could turn into a learning experience she would. That was always my favorite!

How do you most want to be like your Mom?
She’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. I know I can definitely be a lot more generous with the people I encounter.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?That I can do anything if I set my mind to it. And that I should always give my best with everything that I do.

Describe your Mom with 3 wordsGenerous, hospitable, patient.


We are getting pretty close! The tasks are being checked off the lists one by one, I’m feeling pretty under control…except for one thing, the WEATHER! We have a few weeks to go and we’ve been blessed so far this spring with many clear beautiful days. Each day it’s been lovely I’ve said this is the weather I want for our day!

I was feeling pretty optimistic. But today I woke up to the sounds of buckets of rain coming down. It was a reality check that it is spring after all and rain is a likely scenario. It’s a risk we were willing to take when we decided on a backyard wedding. After doing a little research and seeing some of the sweet photos of rainy wedding days I’m feeling ok. We will make the best of whatever scenario Mother Nature throws at us. Take a peek at some cute rainy wedding photos!

 

 

Photos by:Cramer Photo Splendor For Your GuestsBraedon PhotographyJames Christianson


Then: Beth & Katie   Now: Katie, her daughter Maggie, her sister Alix, & Mom Beth

What do you call your “Mom”?  Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?Drawing with me – my mom would draw brides for me when I was about 5 or 6 and I loved watching her do that. Big wedding dress, veil, bouquet…I asked her to draw them over and over.

What is the most special moment you shared with your Mom?  Probably watching her hold both of my children when they were babies.Pretty incredible.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up? My mom would take the four of us to the beach for the afternoon throughout the summer when we were younger – she would pack a picnic dinner and we would stay into the early evening. Another favorite thing was shopping for a special back-to-school outfit together.

What things did your Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?  My mom was very committed to healthy eating and although I didn’t mind what she made, it didn’t look as good to me as the Spaghettios my friends were allowed to eat. But when I had my own kids, I realized how right she was back then and I’m so grateful for her example.

When you got into trouble, what did your Mom do that helped you learn? She understood that mistakes can be the best teacher. She took the time to talk with me and help me see how I could take what I learned and do things differently.

How do you most want to be like your Mom? My mom has always valued people and the relationships she has with family and friends. She consistently remembers special occasions, is a great listener and makes others feel like they matter to her. I really admire that about her. She also loves a grand adventure, and has passed that along to each of her children.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?  We always had a vegetable garden growing up, and for a few years, we even had our own chickens. My mom could often be found in the garden planting, weeding, harvesting or just inspecting progress. She’s still an active gardener and her organic summer produce is beyond compare.

How has your Mom impacted your life? What do you most admire about her?  My mom gave me a lot of independence while providing a safe place to land. She encouraged my interests, supported my activities, and when it was time for me to make my own life, she never once made me feel limited as I made the choices that were right for me. I certainly credit her for my sense of adventure and desire to try new things. I admire the values I have watched my mom live out on a daily basis – her focus on family, faith and giving back inspires me to want to do the same.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?I have not lived near my mom since I graduated from college, so we try to make good use of our time when we do see each other. My mom was an art history major in college and we love going to art museums together. We also love to talk over coffee or lunch without paying any attention at all to the time.  

Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?  My mom was a girl scout all the way through high school and I love to hear her tell the story of the time she was a counselor at a girl scout camp and had to kill a copperhead snake. She held it down with a rake while the other counselor finished it off.

What makes her better than any other Mom?  Simply the fact that she’s mine!

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?  Balance in all things.

Describe your Mom with 3 words:  Intelligent, resourceful, genuine


Then: Nancy & Jon   Now: Nancy & Jon

What do you call your “Mom”?Mother Dearest – Queen of the Entire Universe. Just kidding… Simply, Mom.

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?I remember her singing to me as I fell asleep when I was little. Not sure how young I was… 16? Maybe, 17 years old?

What things did Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?Clean… the entire house! Thankfully it has made me a helpful husband these days and I really don’t mind doing housework at all.

When you got into trouble, what did Mom do that helped you learn?She is and has always been very understanding. Her perspective was always helpful in sticky situations. I knew what I did wrong, and she knew that I didn’t need to be screamed at to understand.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?Wine party!

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?Take it easy.

Describe your Mom with 3 wordsSmart, Thoughtful, Fun.


Then: Ashley & Cathy Now: Cathy & Ashley

 What do you call your “Mom”?Mim, Cap or Cappy

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?Trying out new arts and crafts ideas/projects.

How do you most want to be like your Mom?Always wearing fun jewelry and never being afraid to be myself.

Growing up, what is a favorite memory of your Mom?Never, ever missing an opportunity to sing /dance along when a good song comes on no matter where we are.

What is your favorite thing to do when you get together?Watch old murder mystery shows/movies.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?That having an imagination is the best tool you could ever ask for.

Describe your Mom with 3 wordsAwesomeCreativeUnique


 

I just can’t get enough of these sweet and stylish patterned garden tools. Wouldn’t a set designed in some of Kathy’s floral prints make such a great Mother’s Day gift?

Just add a few spring annuals, and an afternoon spent in the garden with your Mom, and you’ve got the perfect way to celebrate her special day!

 

 


Then: Naomi & Phyllis   Now: Phyllis & Naomi 

What do you call your “Mom”?Mom

What is your earliest childhood memory about your Mom?I am sitting in a small, round inflatable pool at the age of about 2 or 3, and she is sitting near me in the small backyard of our first home.

What favorite things did you do with your Mom when you were growing up?Baking pies, playing board games and shopping.

What things did Mom make you do that you didn’t want to do?She tried to teach me how to fix things with tools (hammer/screwdriver, etc.), which I resisted vehemently and now regret to this day.

How do you most want to be like your Mom?I want to be as warm and outgoing, supportive and creative as she is.

How has your Mom impacted your life / What do you most admire about her?I admire her sense of humor (even when it goes to the dark side) and easy laugh, her creativity, her organizational skills, her warmth

Do you have a funny story or memory you would like to share?My mom made me “famous” among my friends for creative birthday parties. One of the most memorable was her “Come As Your Mother” Party.  We lived in a small town in an era when every mom was a stay-at-home mom. For the party, we were a bunch of 11 year old girls wearing our mothers’ clothing and high heels and carrying snap-close handbags. Mom made the invitations by re-creating miniatures of the painting “Whistler’s Mother,” and she wrote a rhyme explaining the party concept. We had dainty tea sandwiches to eat and games of her own invention. It was amazing!

What makes her better than any other Mom?She is brilliantly creative and artistic, her sense of humor never fails her, she was a devoted wife and caregiver to my dad through decades of his illness and still managed to be there for her three young adult kids and her mother and mother-in-law, she is a wonderful listener, has great common sense and wisdom and adores her family, extended family and friends. She is always doing for others and is loved by everyone who knows her.  She has always been there for me, no matter what.

What’s the best advice your Mom has given you?Make a decision, stick with it and make the best of it. Whatever you’re afraid of, chances are someone has been there before you and managed to get through it. Things could always be worse.

Describe your Mom with 3 wordsLoving, optimistic, capable


 

May 2013 | May is a month for Moms! Sunday, May 12th we celebrate Mother’s Day, so in my monthly column you will find some unique gift ideas and other ways to bring joy to the moms in your life.

  

one A Gift for Mom that Keeps on Giving

This Mother’s Day give mom a place to relax and get inspired, all at the same time. Consider a gift of membership to an Art Museum or Botanical Garden in your area. (Locally in our suburban Philadelphia location, we recommend Longwood Gardens or Chanticleer Garden for nature loving moms, or the Philadelphia Museum of Art or The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown for those moms with an artistic flair.)

Longwood Gardens www.longwoodgardens.org Chanticleer Garden www.chanticleergarden.org Philadelphia Museum of Art www.philamuseum.org James A Michener Art Museum www.michenermuseum.org

two Crafting/DIY: Teacup Candles If you want to make a special gift for Mother’s Day, check out Hey Gorgeous DIY blog post for a tutorial on how to make this beautiful Vintage Teacup Candle.

threeJewelry: Aria Handmade Currently being sold in our Kathy Davis Gallery are these colorful eye-catching bracelets. Aria Handmade is an eclectic artisan collection of handcrafted jewelry and apparel inspired through eco-consciousness. Great for Moms (and daughters!) of all ages.

four Food: Brunch Ideas

Who doesn’t like breakfast in bed? Head over to Martha Stewart’s website to get some recipe ideas for a great Mother’s Day Brunch! Express your love for mom with a treat from the oven!

five DIY Self-Care: Homemade Body Scrub

Here’s another gift you can make to help spoil mom. Treat her to a wonderful homemade body scrub! Head over to Paula Deen’s website for easy directions.

six Charity: Center for Parenting Education The Center for Parenting Education provides valuable educational support resources to Moms and Dads alike to help them in their efforts to raise their children. The center has a very active network of services in our Philadelphia area but also has an astounding outreach nationwide through their website. They also offer a variety of programs and activities that help parents do this important job. Donations can be made online through their website.


Photo by: Krista Leigh Hurst Photography

As we approach the last few weeks before the wedding (!!!), the to-do list seems to be getting longer and longer as the time remaining gets less and less. So much to think about; finalizing the guest list, coordinating with all of the vendors, dress fittings, confirming honeymoon plans…

I could go on and on. Weddings are stressful! I like to think we have kept ours small and simple, and still these last few weeks are inevitably overwhelming. People cope with stress in different ways. Here are a few things I do to help me manage when I feel like I’ve reached my boiling point.

Exercise- Even something as simple as a long walk with my dog in the evening helps me to organize my thoughts and seems to put things into perspective. I’m lucky to have the beautiful spring weather to aid in the serenity these next few weeks.

Yoga- I love a good, gentle yoga class. When life around you seems to get crazy stressful, it’s easy to overlook the needs of your body. Yoga not only stretches you and rejuvenates your body physically, it’s forces you to check in with yourself mentally and make corrections to continue on a little clearer and stronger.

A Good Book- The world is a noisy place these days, between the infinite world of social media, endless bad news and junk on TV, and just the day-to-day stress of being human. The best way I find to escape is to light my favorite candle and settle in with a really good book. (If you need a recommendation, I’m currently enjoying The Good House, by Ann Leary ).

Sleep- I’m no doctor, but I’m of the school that a good night sleep can pretty much solve anything. I’m a firm believer that if a day is just not going your way, there is no shame in ending it early, hopping into bed and hoping the next day is a better one.

Hug Your Dog- This one’s pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t have a dog, a cat would suffice, but I would recommend using a dog for this. Dogs are awesome.

Spending Time My Fiancé- In all honesty, there are moments when I have said to myself, “Is all this stress worth it?!”

The answer to that question is undoubtedly YES. It is worth it. Something as simple as going for a long walk together, sharing a funny YouTube video, playing fetch with the dog, even going for mini dates to get frozen yogurt on a random Monday night (or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday…ok, were addicted, I admit it!) brings us back to the true purpose of all of this planning. Making a commitment to our love, and celebrating with an awesome party is certainly something to look forward to! Being able share that time with so many wonderful family members and close friends is truly one of the biggest blessings we could hope for. <3

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A Kathy Davis take on the trends of the moment.By Valerie

Ever since we celebrated Earth Day last week, I’ve been feeling a little more green than usual. So now seems like the perfect time to share this eco-friendly produce bag designed by Harvest Haversack. It always feels good to make earth-conscious choices, especially when they’re as fun as carrying this reusable tote! Don’t you think some of Kathy’s veggie prints would look cute on a product like this?

 


Kathy

Beginning her own company in 1990, Kathy launched several lines of greeting cards with various publishers. Her ability to scatter joy by using expressive art and thoughtful sentiment has captured today’s consumer. Starting out with a small drawing table in the corner of her bedroom, she has grown to become one of the industry’s most respected talents.

Katie

A long time member of the KDS “family” (and Kathy’s daughter), Katie Davis joined the team full-time in 2011 after graduating with a degree in Photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. When she is not busy designing and photographing for KDS, you can find her eating lots of veggies, rolling in the grass with her dog, Abie, and planning her upcoming wedding.

Valerie

Fresh out of school, I joined the design team in 2011. Like many of Kathy’s bright designs – my personal style guide has always been that a little pop of color fun can go a long way to bring joy to our everyday lives. From my own closet filled with accessories to even my car- a bright orange VW bug- a colorful outlook is one I strive to live by. From time to time, I would love to give you a view of the KDS world through the eyes of one of it’s designers, and share some of my thoughts on recent trends in style, design, and one of my favorite past times… retail therapy, a.k.a.—shopping.


Names: Peter & Kathy

How long have you been married? Married since 1995 – …18 years

Tip: You’re wife is usually right more times than wrong – so think about that before starting an argument. Choose your battles carefully – and most battles aren’t worth fighting for anyway.   

Also, if you can – have separate bathrooms -you might use more water, but probably saves the marriage in the long run!


Join us in the Scatter Joy Gallery for our group art show! The theme for this show is “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. Enjoy light refreshments and the variety of artwork created by some of our staff from 5pm-7pm this Friday, April 26th. Hope to see you there!

303 Horsham Rd. Suite GHorsham, PA 19044

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