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With the New Year just around the corner, I find myself being drawn to all things glitzy, glittery, and celebratory. This colorful clutch is my latest sparkly find. I love how it’s made completely of cool-colored sequins – a palette so similar to Kathy’s beautiful Awkenings Holiday patterns. It’s glitter perfection, but at $550.00, it may be best to admire its beauty from afar…

With the sounds of jolly Christmas music in my ears, a steaming mug of cocoa to my right and a slew of cheery greeting cards from friends and co-workers to my left, I can’t help but feel the spirit of the holidays all around. This naturally leads me to dreaming up a magical and cozy concept for a warm winter wedding. I love the natural textures, the smells, the flavors and the warm glow that the holiday season brings about. Enjoy my winter wedding mood board :-). I’d like to wish you all a wonderful holiday with family and friends and a happy and safe New Year!


CandlesFavorsBrideCottageBouquet (unknown source)FireplaceCocoa (unknown source)Flowers (unknown source)

Merry Christmas!


As someone who tries to be forward thinking when it comes to fashion, I’m often trying new color combos and mixing them into my wardrobe. Yet, when it comes to Christmas, I’m a pretty traditional red and green kind of gal. That’s probably why Kathy’s graphic Christmas collection really speaks to me: it’s that perfect balance of the traditional and the unexpected. The classic reds and greens speak to the conventionalist in me, and the fun minty hues and peppy patterns inspire my creative spirit.

I would love to hear what fun color combinations each of you are trying this holiday season. Until next time, please enjoy this little “Christmas Treats” palette inspired by Kathy’s patterns, and have the sweetest, merriest of holidays.


BirdsPeppermint PancakesPlace SettingsHoliday FudgeWrapping PaperCupcakes

Names: Joanna & John

Married for just about 8 years… November 20, 2004

Tip: In the end, most disagreements are silly or unnecessary but it is inevitable they will take place.

Even when its difficult, try to be caring, understanding and patient. Lastly, if you don’t do it well already, you will quickly learn the importance of compromise.

Need some gift tags? Go to our Free Joy page and download ours (for free). Happy wrapping!


I stumbled across this adorable wedding, photographed by Anda Marie, and I can’t resist sharing. I have some pretty clear ideas of what I want for my own small celebration, and this particular wedding pretty much reflects all that I am trying to create for our own special day. It’s tasteful, simple and seems very personal. Simply perfect in my eyes.

Do you agree?

The holiday season is a time to be inspired by pretty papers, satiny ribbons and everything sparkling! Whether you are a seasoned crafter or just a beginner, adding a hand-crafted touch to your holidays is easier than you think…and so satisfying! All you need are a few beautiful greeting cards, some scrapbooking papers and an assortment of shimmering embellishments. This year at the studio, we decided to give our own tree that boutique feel using Kathy Davis art and patterns. Here are a few of our ideas.

The first super-easy project begins with finding a pretty image from a greeting card…maybe it’s art or just words…and cutting it out. Next, glue it to a piece of glitter board. Cut around the image, allowing the board to create a frame, then punch a hole and add a pretty ribbon. You can further embellish the ornament by adding sequins, gems or even more glitter!

Here are two additional favorites from The three-dimensional star is cut from scrapbooking paper using an exacto knife. It’s scored and folded to become a simple but elegant accent. The pattern can be found here.

This stunning rosette paper ornament can easily be crafted from cards or paper and accented with a touch of sparkle. The instructions can be found here.

We hope these ideas will inspire you to carve out a little time to add your own creative touch to your holiday decorating!

When it comes to slippers, I like cute and I LOVE cozy. So naturally, these fur-lined beauties by BC Footwear are my perfect fit (yay- a shoe pun!) I would just love it if we could make our own in Kathy’s Ambrosia prints- then we could totally get away with wearing slippers around the studio 😉

Names: Frank and Jackie

How long have you been married? It was 25 years in May!


Communication, communication, communication! Although women may have an intuitive sense, men are not mind readers. Sometimes you have to spell out exactly what it is you want…whether it’s that special gift you were hoping he would think of on his own or the fact that the lawn needs to be mowed. It’s often better if you don’t leave it to chance. Also, remember to say “thank you”…a little appreciation goes a long way. And there really is truth in never going to bed angry…it forces you to have a discussion and then get over it. Finally, always make time for just the two of you. Life gets so busy and routine, especially when you add kids to the mix! It really is important to carve out time each week to reconnect…whether it’s dinner out or movie night at home… even if you just end up talking about the kids!

There is a pure and simple beauty to the ordinary rhythms of our everyday lives.