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Embrace the Change

 

Dear Friends,

I have returned from a truly incredible trip to Africa! My husband and I had long been anticipating this journey, and it far exceeded our expectations!

We flew from Washington, D.C. to London, and then onto Cape Town.

After spending several days of sightseeing there, we hopped on small planes to two private game reserves for safari adventures. There we enjoyed 2 thrilling game drives each day, and stayed in wonderful lodges with great views, fine food and friendly staff. I will never forget the feeling of falling to sleep listening to hippos snorting in the river below! The game drives were filled with amazing animal sightings and adventure in the bush.

To top off our adventures, we ended our journey in Zambia, where we viewed Victoria Falls from Livingstone Island at the precipice of the falls (no fences or barriers of any kind!). It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life!

By the end of our travels, we had amassed over 6000 photos! After much editing, I have prepared a slideshow with some of the highlights of our trip. If you have about 16 minutes to spare and are interested in accompanying me, I invite you to share in this adventure from the comfort of your own computer.

A few things to note:  you will see us in coats and hats during some of the early outings, as it is winter this time of year in Africa. Our temps ranged from the low 40’s in early morning to the low 80’s in afternoons.

Also, I must give credit to my husband, Peter, for most of the good photography and all of the interesting animal close-ups. His already sharp skills reached a new level of expertise with all of the practice he got on this trip.

The music I assembled for this slideshow includes:– The theme from Out of Africa – the film– Grasslands Chant, Circle of Life and The Lion Sleeps Tonight from The Lion King – the movie– Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini

Enjoy!

I will be following up with some retrospective blog posts and African proverbs, so please stay tuned!

All My Best,

(fabric from the Kathy Davis Journeys Collection)

 

Ambrosia is a delicious mixture of warm reds and cool greens in patterns to delight the eye! Rings of roses, bouquets of berries, and vines laden with hearts come together with joyful sentiments to create an enduring sense of style.

Inspired by the evergreen appeal of the rose and all that it represents…beauty, love, joy and timeless tradition, Ambrosia touches the heart and celebrates the soul.

Enjoy this short slideshow and look for Ambrosia in stores now.

Stop by our gallery August 26th – September 20th to enjoy Maureen Flynn’s “Me, My Thoughts and I”. Our gallery is open to the public Monday thru Friday 10am – 4pm.

 

each flower comes into bloom

in its own time…

in its own way.

 

Believe in your dreams

Reach for the stars

Discover your path

 

Everyone here at the studio is super proud of the Kathy Davis greeting cards we developed for Papyrus.

Each card is richly embellished with unique materials and processes that include: embroidered words and design elements, stitching, seed beads, charms, laser cutting, foil stamping and ribbons. We really had fun playing with different formats and treatments in our design process! The hand-crafted look and feel works perfectly to convey the heartfelt messages.

Kathy’s best-selling verse is featured along with her signature watercolor paintings.

These distinctive cards come with elegantly lined and printed envelopes. Designed for the discriminating buyer who wants more than a just a card – these are keepsakes.

If there is someone who you want to make feel truly special… these cards are the perfect way to scatter joy.

Available at Papyrus stores- and, now…we are proud to offer these in our own online store.

Kathy Davis prints are available in our new online store! We currently have 6 designs that feature Kathy’s signature watercolor artwork and sayings. We will be adding more designs in the coming months so stay tuned.

Click here or on the Shop tab in the toolbar to enter our online store. 

 

Over the past month we have been posting an American Greetings Card of the Week hand picked by Kathy to share with all of you. The time has come to pick your favorite Card of the Week for July. The card that gets the most votes will become the July Card of the Month! The best part is that just by voting you will be automatically entered to win a selection of Kathy Davis cards.

Simply click the Comments link below and vote for the card of your choice (A, B, C or D) and you could win!!! Voting will run until August 5th. If you need a closer look at the cards just click any of the cards below and it will take you to our Flickr gallery.

I have always dreamed of seeing Africa – maybe it’s because of the beautiful wide-open plains, or the amazing animals, or the vastly different culture. (I have also had a secret craving to wear that loose khaki and gauzy white safari style wardrobe…especially the hat with the turned-up brim!)

I’m sure the film “Out of Africa” helped to fuel my fire back in the 80’s. (Robert Redford and Meryl Streep could sell me on almost anything, though…)

At any rate, my husband and I bit the bullet this year. We really cannot afford either the time or the money that this trip will cost…but I figure we can’t afford not to, either! For years we’ve talked about it, always as “someday, maybe…”. Every year there was a reason not to go. But, because each of us had a big birthday this year, we decided that our “party” would just have to take place on those great plains! I want to be young enough to enjoy this journey of a lifetime, so there’s no time like the present!

While I am painfully aware of the suffering in vast regions of this continent, our trip will keep us mostly in developed areas or national parks. The famine, extreme poverty, disease and unrest in much of Africa are unbelievably serious concerns. I am hoping I will become more aware of the needs of this part of the world and discover some ways in which we all may be able to help.

For many reasons, we chose South Africa as our destination. Because of our limited 2 week time frame, we couldn’t go to all of the places that interested us, but our South African expedition includes a bit of everything; cities, small towns, wineries, waterfalls, and, of course, great plains and game reserves!

We’ve both been so busy that we haven’t even really had time to think much about the trip, let alone pack – or, for goodness sakes, read any of the fine books recommended to help us prepare for the adventure…but once there, we will have no choice but to detach and immerse ourselves. The long flights will be taking us far enough away that we will have no other choice!

We hope to have internet connection a good bit of the time, and if so, I will try to send some photos.

Now, as we approach the date of our August 5th departure……I’m filled with a sense of wonder…How will this trip change my outlook, my work, my life?

I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to find that out………

p.s. – I REALLY hope I get to see a giraffe!!!