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“One foot in sea and one on shore”… this quote from Shakespeare describes me to a “t”. While I love my home and flower gardens, and quite fancy the desert, too, my heart feels most at home by the sea. So, this month I bring you all sorts of coastal themed treats. I hope you get to spend a precious bit of summer time by the sea…or at least enjoy a beachy state of mind along with me!

Artist: ‘Amazin Walter’ McDonald
A Texan residence since birth, Walter says he’s been hooked on sand sculpture since age 12. He is the founder of Sons of the Beach, which Walter describes as “a not profitable disorganization dedicated to having fun, helping others have fun, and unlittering (to properly dispose of more garbage than you generate.” To check out this artist and more of his architectural sculptures, head over to his website. (Source of Photo/article)

Crafting/DIY: Beach ToteCan’t find that perfect beach tote to carry all those summer goodies? Check out this DIY to make your own! Blogger Olivia Kanaley from San Francisco has created this easy tutorial for sewing a summer tote bag. Check out her blog, A Field Journal, for the instructions.

Fashion: Beach tote
OR…If sewing’s not in your bag of tricks, head on over to Zappos for this colorful tote from Mara Hoffman! This canvas bag with a vibrant graphic print has dual napa leather shoulder straps and is perfect for all your beach essentials! (If you’re a bag lady like me, you’ll agree that one can never have too many bags!)

Joy with Family: Fun Beach ActivitiesThere are so many fun activities you can do with your family, especially families with kids. Whether you build a sandcastle, play fun beach games, or make a seashell wind chime with shells you collect, the possibilities are endless. Check out this list of 22 Summer Beach Activities for more ideas.

Travel: Featured Beach: Victorian Cape May
Cape May is one of my favorite haunts at the southern tip of New Jersey. The city is designated the Cape May Historic District, a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings. With a rich history, award-winning beaches, designation as a top bird watching location, and many examples of Victorian architecture, Cape May is a seaside resort drawing visitors from around the world. The town hosts all sorts of festivals year-round and boasts some fine dining, too. Cape May is also home for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, which offers year-round arts classes.

Books: Beaches by Gideon Bosker & Lena LencekIf you can’t make it to the beach in person, this beautiful book will transport you! Beaches is a breathtaking visual treat. From moody, craggy coastlines to serene swathes of turquoise water and white sand, Beaches is an astounding photographic survey of the shoreline. Renowned photographers stir the spirit, capturing the beauty of sand, sea, and sky. Available to purchase on Amazon.

Charity: Save Our Seas
It’s sad but true. Our oceans are in trouble. We are at a crossroads in history, and the actions we take—or fail to take—in the next decade will decisively impact the future of our seas and of our planet. The Save Our Seas Foundation is committed to protecting our oceans by funding research, education, awareness and conservation projects focusing on the major threats to the marine environment. Save Our Seas’ generous contributions of financial, practical and scientific support have, to date, facilitated over 150 marine research and conservation projects around the world.

(Sample cards from the August 8th seminar)

 As we roll into August, Kathy Davis Studios will be launching weekly craft seminars. On four successive Thursday evenings, craft seminars will be held in our retail store space. The schedule and topics are as follows:

Thursday, August 8 – Basic Card-making (designing and crafting Christmas cards using the Kathy Davis Studios “Ambrosia” paper line)

Thursday, August 15 – Making fabric flower necklaces using Kathy Davis textiles

Thursday, August 22 – Making fancy fold and flip greeting cards

Thursday, August 29 – Making mini albums for mini scrapping

Each seminar runs from 6:00 until 8:30pm and will be held in our retail gallery store at 303 Horsham Road, Suite F in Horsham, PA.

(Sample cards from the August 8th seminar)

Teaching this wave of seminars at the Kathy Davis Gallery is Ellen Jarvis, a local craftsperson who is highly experienced, extremely talented, and eager to help scatter joy through her teaching and her creations. You can learn more about Ellen on her Facebook page or blog. Just look for CardMonkey Jarvis on FB or

The cost of each seminar is $25 plus a small lab fee for those who need materials to get started.

On Saturday, August 17, we will also be hosting a crop for interested crafters to come and work, share, and enjoy the accomplishments of one another.

To register for a seminar or crop, please contact either Ellen Jarvis through her Facebook page or Kathy Davis Studios representative, Bill Lessa at OR print the registration form here and either mail it in or drop it off at the Kathy Davis Gallery during store hours.

If a black swimsuit is considered classic beachwear, then this sun hat is its equally stylish counterpart. I love the idea of making one in some of Kathy’s own bold, timeless prints. How great would it be if it were reversible with a fun polka-dotted inside? Who says sun-protection and style can’t go hand in hand?!?

Beginning on Saturday, July 27, and running through the entire week, the Kathy Davis Gallery will be conducting a sidewalk sale featuring tremendous discounts on select store merchandise. This sidewalk sale will run during normal store hours and concludes 4pm, Saturday August 3rd.

303 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044 


Kathy Davis Gallery Hours:Mon – Fri: 10:00AM – 6:00PMSat: 10:00AM – 4:00PMSun: CLOSED

For this month’s trend report, I decided to pull together a collection of watercolor studies done by different artists. Here at KDS the primary medium has always been watercolor painting, and it’s interesting to see how other artists use the medium, the different qualities it can evoke and how it can relate to Kathy Davis’s work. I just love the range of styles, from clean and simple studies to more richly detailed and vibrant pieces. It’s easy to see why watercolor is our favorite around here.



Leanna Shapton

Catherina Turk

Karin Johannesson

Cathy Cullis

Lucile Prache



Right around mid July, when the summer heat wave sets in, I always find myself longing for a breezy beach getaway. The Jersey shore and the Carolina Outer Banks rank among some of my favorite escapes, but lately I’ve been dreaming of a coastline much farther away. There’s just something about Greece, in particular, that I find so compelling.

The stunning whitewashed buildings against the cool, pristine Mediterranean set the perfect scene for a relaxing vacation. Imagine days spent meandering through its passageways, lounging on the beaches or even chartering a boat to explore by sea. Of course, this is just a vacation pipedream, but it’s always nice to have a few of Kathy’s nautical prints to inspire a fantasy vacation in the meantime! 



On the evening of July 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Kathy Davis Studios will be hosting an artist’s reception for a new exhibit that will run from July 26 through August 22. The exhibiting artist is Monika Hinterwaldner. Monika is a professional illustrator and a member of the KDS family. The theme of her show is “A Children’s Garden”.

While the reception is occurring in our newly established Scatter Joy Gallery, a “friends and family” sale will be running in our new retail store, adjacent to our art gallery. A 25% discount will be extended to all guests on any purchases made in the store during the hours of 5:00 and 7:00pm.

Click here for directions.

A message from the artist:

I’ve always loved to illustrate stories and draw pretty pictures, starting with the princesses I drew in kindergarten!  I love to design with children in mind, hopefully in ways that inspire them to use their imagination.

My favorite themes often end up in my work…fairy tales, the ballet, teddy bears, and roses!

Although I studied Fashion Illustration, I have long been inspired by children’s book illustrators, most notably Jessie Wilcox Smith, Arthur Rackham, and N.C. Wyeth, to name a few.


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Since watercolor florals are such a mainstay at KDS, I find it really exciting to see them popping up all over the home décor world. While decorating with paintings and prints is a great way to add color to your living space, imagine a rug, throw or in this case – a gorgeous watercolor pillow, breathing some life into your home.

It really is a form of beautiful, functional art. Now here is something I could really see Kathy’s artwork on!

“Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshinewhen dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts.” ~Dodinsky

This fun ice bucket looks like a pretty perfect accessory to have on hand at your next summer soirée. The funky design really reminds me of something you’d find at a swinging cocktail party of yesteryear – but the colors are so fun, fresh and modern. Wouldn’t it be great to have one of these in few of Kathy’s own summery prints?


Hi, I’m Jackie, a designer at Kathy Davis Studios. Today, I would like to share a project for creating something a little more special than a typically framed photo. Follow the steps to embellish a photo with scrapbook supplies.

Follow the steps and have fun!

This video tutorial features product from the Kathy Davis Happiness collection for GCD Studios. Available now at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Not sure if you can tell, but, I have an obsession with COLOR!!! Sure, I can appreciate subtle natural tones, and am a huge fan of all things black and white, but the punch of vibrant color gives me a shot of energy and enthusiasm like little else! From the walls in my home to my wardrobe, color wins my heart. No time like the summer season to celebrate the palette of colors that envelope us…

the rich green of grass, the cobalt blue sky and the bright orange sun…and don’t forget the red, white and blue Americana theme that screams “The 4th of July”!

Create YOUR life in bold strokes and bright colors! Enjoy the season in all its glory!

one: Events: Fireworks Add some color and excitement to your Independence Day with Fireworks! No matter how many times I see a fireworks display, I never tire of the spectacle they create in the sky! Make sure this 4th of July to check out locations and times for shows in your area. Locally in Philadelphia (which also happens to be the America’s Birthplace), The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the “Largest Free Concert” in the country every July 4th. Enjoy food, entertainment and fun all day long until the Grand Finale Fireworks at our amazing Philadelphia Museum of Art.

two:DIY: Colored Mason Jar VasesIf you’re looking for a way to bring color inside and recycle some glass mason jars that have been lying around, One Good Thing by Jillee has a great DIY on how to repurpose these mason jars into bright, colorful vases.

three:Design Trends: Design SeedsIf you love color or are inspired by color combinations, then Design Seeds is what you need! This blog was created by an Industrial Designer and brand consultant, (who simply goes by “Jessica”) as a way to bring a unique approach to design blogging through her passion for color. Follow this blog to get inspirational palettes based off of beautiful imagery.

four: Home: YOLO Colorhouse YOLO Colorhouse was born out of a need for healthier paint and better color. They stand for premium, environmentally responsible paint products with beautiful, simplified color palettes. They are dedicated to making beautiful color solutions simpler and to doing business in a more sustainable way.

five:Fashion/DIY: Natural Dye There are lots of different ways you can naturally dye fabrics. Check out Sweet Paul Magazine’s feature for ways to use different fruits and vegetables to dye natural fibers like cotton, linen and wool.

six:Charity/Event: The Color Run The Color Run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community (our kind of thing here at KDS!). It’s a 5k un-timed race where thousands of people are doused from head to toe in different colors during and after the race. This even happens in over 50 locations in the U.S., so check their website to see when they’re coming to your area. They also focus on giving back by choosing a local charity for each city participating in the run. The Philadelphia Color Run is scheduled for July, 14th and is partnering locally with Back on My Feet. This organization uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real strides in their lives towards employment and independent living.

Nature’s seasons always have a way of revealing themselves in simple, joyful ways. From fireflies, to boardwalk rides – here are our top ten signs that the year’s hottest season has finally arrived. How about you –what are your favorite “joyful signs” of summer?

Daisies, Sunflowers, and other sunny garden dwellers.
Watermelon -the perfect summer picnic fruit!
A beckoning hammock strung between two shady trees.
Piles of books waiting to be read on a sandy beach.
A monarch resting in your summer garden.
Fresh corn on the cob with lots of butter and a little salt.
Fireflies gleaming from a mason jar.
Candy colored rides at your local boardwalk, carnival, or county fair.
Cannon balls, high-dives, and even a belly flop or two.
Bare feet and pedicures.

Photo Credits (In Order):

‘Scuse me while I brag a bit…but I have an amazing team of talented and caring people at KDS! My birthday was a week or so ago…(I keep trying to run from them but found that I can’t hide), and my team surprised me with a little celebration. Every year (for as many as I can remember now), some member of our design team takes on the creation of an original birthday card for me. Now, I do understand the dilemma. After all, we design greeting cards day after day. So these birthday cards can not be your average card.

This annual affair all started years ago when one of our designers hand-painted an original card for me that everyone signed. In successive years the designs became more complex…and even dimensional! I have had cards in the shapes of birthday cakes, banners, and even trivia card games!

This year, Anna, one of our production designers (who has been known to surprise and delight with her talents), assumed the task. She pulled out all the stops with the creation of a real piñata! This was not just any piñata! It was in the shape of our butterfly brand logo…and she fashioned the wire and paper construction by hand! It was beauteous!!! And then, I was supposed to smash it!???!!! Oh, no!

While we weren’t quite equipped with the right South of the Border style setting, we made do in our conference room with the help of two metal t-squares (that will never again be quite the same!)…and the daring assistance of my husband (and our COO), Peter.

I lashed into the beautiful butterfly repeatedly until I hit pay dirt – and the candy treats and individual messages from each one in our team came spilling out! In Anna’s words, it was “a literal explosion of butterflies”!

JOY was scattered once again at KDS. Now, am I a lucky girl or what???

I love the idea of toting around my beach gear in this great bag by echo. It’s extra roomy which means there’s plenty of space for my books, towel, and other odds and ends – but beyond that, the pattern is just great.

Summer really is the perfect time to accessorize in bold prints and bright colors, and naturally, I can see some of Kathy’s own designs working perfectly on something like this. So fun and cheerful!