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It is with great pride that Kathy Davis Studios has joined the ranks of sponsors for the Edward Taylor Coombs Foundation.

In lasting memory of Edward Coombs, a highly respected graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School, a foundation has been developed. The ETC Foundation was established with the intent of providing outstanding scholar/athletes financial assistance to pursue their higher education goals, so that they can reach their full potential.

The scholarships support visionary leaders of tomorrow who display exceptional promise today. An additional important goal of the Foundation is to work with high school students around the issues of “responsible decision making” through seminars, forums, videos and other education programs.

The ETC Foundation strives to spread this mission in the legacy of Edward Taylor Coombs, an academically gifted and athletically talented young man with an easy smile and huge heart.

 

“The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly.” -Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

It seems to happen the same way every year…as June enters its third week or so, I escape to the beach to hide out for my birthday…well, not exactly hide out, but I do love spending some June days in solitude by the sea. It is a great time for reflection and rejuvenation.

When I return to my work world, I hope that my birthday has passed by quietly without a fuss. But, low and behold, my team at Kathy Davis Studios is always cooking up a special and unique twist on my annual birthday card!  For as many years as I can remember, one of our team members gets nominated for the task of creating a birthday card like no other. After all, that’s what we do…design greeting cards. But there are NO RULES for this kind of card – so creativity is always in full bloom!

Over the years, I’ve received many beautiful cards…and for about the past 10 years these cards have taken to 3D! I’ve received a pinata, a colorful “butterfly box”, a board game, a fabric banner and a life size 3D birthday cake…all with the added dimension of individual messages from each of our team members!

This year our talented Jackie got the “honor”! Jackie is one of those rare people who seems to be able to do EVERYTHING beautifully! She certainly didn’t disappoint with this large 3D shadow diorama
featuring our studio building and a garden of greetings! Each circle flower has an individual message written on the back by a team member – and some of our designers even added embellishment! The wooden stems are pics that stick into a styrofoam base. An engineering feat!

I love my team!

Jackie – you never cease to amaze (…and guys… you can stop this tradition any time now…really you can.)

My heartfelt thanks to everyone for making my birthday so very special!!!

All My Best,

 

Living, growing, blossoming…Nature is our teacher.

Welcome to July, one of the hottest months of the year! With our “Stay Cool” theme for the month, we offer some suggestions to help you beat the heat. Relaxing by the sea is one of my favorite ways to spend summer days. This photo of me from a couple of years ago brings back such great memories! Watching the whales and gazing out at the Sea of Cortez along the coast of Mexico was a treat I’ll never forget.  

But, there are other ways to chill out…even when you can’t get to the beach! Dive into some of these cool ideas, below, and enjoy the summer days we’ve been waiting for all year!

All My Best,

one:DIY: Summer Drinks & PopsiclesAs we bask in the summer heat, nothing is more refreshing than a cool summer drink or a freshly made Popsicle! One Fab Day has some great DIY recipes for delicious drinks and popsicles you can make from home.

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Joy With Family: Water Parks
Looking for something cool to do with the family? Head for the closest waterpark! Here are a few family friendly waterparks in Pennsylvania and if you’re not in our area, do a search for one near you!

Herron Park Sprayground – Philadelphia, PAHershey Park – Hershey, PADorney Park – Allentown, PASesame Place – Langhorne, PA

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Self-Care: Summer FacemasksFacemasks are a great way to nourish your skin in those hot summer months. The Free People Blog has 2 simple DIY facemasks that you can easily do at home with ingredients like Honey, Avocado, Banana and vitamins.

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Food: Summer SaladsSometimes it’s just too hot to cook dinner. Refreshing summer salads are the way to go when you need a light meal that will keep you full without weighing you down! Check Two Peas & Their Pod blog for a great selection of refreshing summer salads.

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Product: Namaste PrintEven on the hottest days, it is still possible to stay calm and collected on the inside by practicing meditation or yoga. My Namaste print may get you in the right state of mind. A Hindu word that means “I bow to the divine in you”, the word Namaste is hand-lettered by brush on a cool aqua-blue background. This gentle reminder just might bring a touch of peace to your world.

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Design Trends: Cool colorsPantone has identified some great cool colors in their Color Trend Report for this year, like Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue. For endless color inspiration, check out Design Trends’ website which is chock full of great color palettes, like the two we show below. Create a summery feel with these cool trending hues!

http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/color-swim8http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/summer-skies

seven:Product: CHIVE Pooley Tube VaseThis fully glazed ceramic bud vase is perfect for single stems and even looks super cool sitting on your shelf with no flowers at all. The summery colors are soothing to just look at! Visit our online store or Retail Gallery to get your own!

eight:Charity: Cool EarthCool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. They don’t create reserves, put up fences or buy land. Instead, they put indigenous people back in control of the world’s most endangered rainforest. By building better incomes, schools and clinics, they give their partner villages the resources they need to keep their forest intact. Cool Earth is now working alongside 65 rainforest villages throughout the world and at least 90% of each donation goes directly to their projects. To find out more about Cool Earth and how you can get involved, visit their website.