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The simple pleasures are life’s truest treasures.

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~William Cullen Bryant

Nature’s seasons always have a way of revealing themselves in simple, joyful ways. From leaf piles to lattes, here are our top ten signs that this colorful season has arrived. How about you – what are your favorite “joyful signs” of fall?

1.    Bright orange pumpkins just waiting for a spooky jack-o’-lantern transformation.2.    Vibrant foliage in shades of red, gold and burgundy. 3.    Warm flannels layered on for a day of outdoor exploring.4.    Fresh, crisp apples picked by hand. 5.    Bumpy hay rides at your local fall festival.6.    A big slice of homemade pie.7.    Cozy sweaters that even our four-legged friends can’t resist.8.    Pumpkin-spiced anything!9.    Big, crunchy piles of leaves – perfect for diving into.10.  Warm boots and cozy socks.


Photo Credits:Emily K DesignsElena  KarneevaThe Bojon GourmetThe Alternative WifeSuzanne


Look for happiness in unexpected places.

A Happy HeartA Loving HeartA Kind HeartA Grateful Heart

We are pleased to announce an exciting “first” for the Scatter Joy Gallery at Kathy Davis Studios. For the first time ever, we will be featuring the work of professional artists other than our Kathy Davis designers.

Six area artists have been invited to exhibit their work in our gallery. The artists include Rob Barrett, Leda Manfre, R. Woolston Rapp, Eleanor Seif, John Stella, and Helena van Emmerik-Finn.  Also participating in this exciting show will be our own Kathy Davis.

On the evening of Friday, October 25 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, we  invite you to stop by our gallery and enjoy this inspiring exhibit entitled, “Nature’s Beauty”.  Our exhibiting artists will showcase selections of their art that capture the vast beauty of nature. The exhibit will feature paintings, collage, and photography.

The beauty and quality of work will make this a “don’t miss” opportunity.

As is always the case, our receptions feature refreshments and storewide savings in our retail gallery.

If you have visited our gallery before, this will be a chance to view a tremendous exhibit and purchase some of your favorite items at discounted prices. If you have never been to our new retail gallery, this would be a great time for your first visit!!!


For this month’s trend report I’m being inspired by polka dots! I’ve been seeing them everywhere. Not just your average, colorful polka dots. I like to call these Fancy Polka Dots—gold-foiled polka dots on a variety of different product…even desserts! I just love the simplicity of the gold with the simple color palette and sometimes even a varied pattern rather than your standard polka dot pattern.

Enjoy and be inspired!

-Laura(KDS Designer)

Links:Washi TapeScarfFolding ChairsiPhone CaseNotebooksCardCoasterMacaroons

Time is like a waterfall…passing us by all too quickly.Catch some todayand drink it in.

WOW! Our Friday night KDS Gallery Show and Event “Street Art with Heart” was a great success! Outdoors we featured motivational sidewalk chalk art masterpieces from not only our team members, but from a flurry of attendees of all ages! Live music, refreshments, our indoor Scatter Joy Gallery show and the Kathy Davis Gallery shop all played a part of an evening full of fun and inspiration! Thank you to our team for one of our best shows yet, and thank you to all who came to be a part of the fun!!!! I DO believe we Scattered some Joy through Art in Horsham, PA on Friday night! Check out the photo recap.

(Me with Marina Soria from Buenos Aires, teacher of Calligraphy in Blossom class.)

Whenever I am lucky enough to go on a trip, I am always on the lookout for inspiration from artists and artisans I would not have the chance to experience otherwise.

Combine that with taking a class or workshop, and I come home with my cup not only filled, but running over! I share some of that overload of inspiration with you this month. My recent trip to Argentina not only exposed me to the crafts, color and talents of this vast country, but I also was lucky to take in the museum show of a Japanese phenomenon who paints polka dots and meet some wonderfully talented new friends from not only Argentina, but from around the globe! As I share a piece of this world of inspiration with you here…please enjoy!


Class: Calligraphy in Blossom (the reason I went to Argentina!)

I had the distinct pleasure to participate in a 6 day workshop in Buenos Aires taught by renowned calligrapher/ artist Marina Soria called “Calligraphy in Blossom”. Our class of 10 women from around the world experimented with calligraphy, painting and poetry under the direction of Marina, writer Andrea Jauregui and coordinated by Ines Talon. Learn more about the class and these 3 very talented women artists here.

Our group of class participants not only freed our inner artists, but we bonded and made some strong friendships that I believe will endure time and distance. It was an experience I will never forget!

To see the recap and work that came out of our workshop, visit:

To view our Flicker Gallery of photos, visit:

Art Exhibit: “Yayoi Kusama – Obsesión infinita [Infinite Obsession]” 
Malba–Fundación Costantini

Arriving in Buenos Aires, our cab from the airport sped by a sight that completely captivated me! Red and white polka dot trees lined a busy street and were calling my name! I found out that the trees were a part of an exhibit at the MALBA Museum featuring the work of Yayoi Kusama. I had recently been fascinated by an interview with Kusama on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, so while in Buenos Aires, I made this exhibit a must-see! We waited in the admission line for well over an hour, but it was more than worth it! The exhibit was not only visually stimulating, but the interactivity and polka dot immersion made us feel like we were part of a 60’s“happening” – which is how Kusama first rose to fame.

Yayoi Kusama, Princess of Polka Dots, is a Japanese Avant-garde sculpture, painter and novelist. Kusama has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations. In 1957 she went to the United States where her work was exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and George Segal. Kusama’s works were forgotten after departing from the New York art scene in the early 1970s, but is now acknowledged as one of he most important living artists to come out of Japan. After experiencing psychiatric problems, in 1977 she voluntarily admitted herself to a hospital where she has spent the rest of her life and has continued to produce artworks in a variety of mediums, as well as launching a literary career by publishing several novels, a poetry collection and an autobiography.

Yayoi Kusama:

MALBA Museum:

DIY: Yarn Pom-Poms

Yarn pom-poms captured my heart in Argentina – they were everywhere – adorning homes, hotels, and even people! The colorful selection in this small village shop made quite a statement. Smitten on Paper shows you how to create some of your own!

Product: Jenny Krauss

Jenny Krauss began making gifts 20 years ago, but has spent the last 10 years providing work for Bolivian and Peruvian artisans, most who are women working at home with their children playing nearby. Some of their husbands are now learning to embroider as well. All of their products are made according to fair trade guidelines, which include belts, bags, pillows, luggage tags, sneakers, and anything else they can dream up! Jenny is committed to sustaining their traditions and livelihoods through artistic collaboration. Not only do we love these products, we also carry them in our Kathy Davis Gallery! Jenny’s products are also a part of our featured charity for this month.

Charity: Global Girlfriends

Global girlfriend was created in 2003 to help women worldwide gain economic security while providing unique products. Their fair-trade boutique offers a line of trend-setting, women-made, eco-friendly, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose—helping women in need help themselves. While not limited to Argentina, Global Girlfriend represents women artisans from all over South America, as well as North America…and the world over!


While in Buenos Aires, I spent 6 days studying with the renowned calligrapher/ artist, Marina Soria in a workshop called ” Calligraphy in Blossom”. This workshop was actually the impetus for our entire trip to Argentina! Marina and her friend, writer and poet Andrea Jauregui, collaborated to guide us in an experimental calligraphy and writing exploration. I will share more about this amazing experience in my October blog post  “Things that Bring Me Joy”.

Suffice it to say that I became thoroughly immersed in the experience, learned a lot, and was able to use some new “muscles” – stretching myself in a more abstract – and very freeing way than I am used to with my work. It was quite liberating and stimulating, both from a painting and writing perspective! One of the best parts was the bonding we experienced in our group of 10 women from around the world. I made some wonderful new friends whose talents were all so inspiring! I take this “Calligraphy in Blossom” experience with me in my heart and soul as I continue to grow as an artist.