Archive for October 2014 | Monthly archive page

As the holiday season approaches and weather turns cooler, our homes increasingly become our place of sanctuary. It’s the warm haven where we gather with family and friends, where we celebrate special moments both big and small. Home is that special place where your heart feels safe to live, love, grow and just be.

This month I’ve gathered some of my favorite ways to bring warmth into your abode and celebrate the fall season.

Wishing you a happy home and an abundance of blessings this Thanksgiving.

All my best,

 

Artist: Kimberly Seslar Kimberly Seslar, our Executive Director of Creative here at Kathy Davis Studios shares her many talents with us in a variety of ways! Back in May, Kimberly’s art show, House of Inspiration, was showcased in our Scatter Joy Gallery. This mixed media exhibit featured decorative house icons with inspirational messages. Some of my favorites were her 3 dimensional houses, which are coated in an encaustic wax and embellished with charms, stitching and heartfelt sayings. Check out Kim’s Etsy store for more of her work.

DIY Gifts: Cinnamon Pear JamSome of the best gifts received are ones that are made from the heart. And when they are edible, they’re even better! Homemade jam is a great little gift to give at the holidays, for housewarmings or house parties. Evermine Blog has a yummy recipe for Cinnamon Pear Jam and they also give you the steps for the canning process. Check out this link for some downloads for tags and labels to make these gifts even more personal.

Product: CalendarsWith the holidays just around the corner, it’s not too early to get a jump-start on next year’s planning with some of our new 2015 calendars! We offer all different kinds of formats to meet your needs. Whether you work best with a weekly planner, desk calendar, or monthly planner, we have it—along with colorful art and inspiring messaging. These also make great gifts or stocking stuffers! Available in our online store or Gallery in Horsham!

DIY Home Decor: Fabulous Fall WreathsA handmade wreath for your front door is a beautiful way to welcome Thanksgiving guests to your home. This Girl’s Life Blog has a dozen different ways to make a fabulous fall wreath! From acorns to fabric, book pages to popcorn kernels, you’re bound to find something to fall in love with!

Prints: Home Sweet Home PrintsWe’ve created a special selection of petite framed prints inspired by the theme of “home”. Each 4”x4” print in a 7¼” x 7¼” white frame will match any décor. They can be displayed individually or in groupings on a tabletop or mantel or hung on a wall. These charming prints make great hostess or house-warming gifts! You can purchase them in our online store or visit our Gallery in Horsham!

Charity: Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Their mission is “to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.” They have more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Together with volunteers, they have helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million people worldwide.

 

 

Think positively – exercise daily – eat healthy – work hard – play harder – dance often – build faith – worry less – read more – BE HAPPY! 🙂

Please join us on October 24th from 5-7pm for the opening reception of “Everything is Interesting” by Katie Atkinson. Come and enjoy the artwork, light refreshments and conversation. See below for more details from the exhibiting artist.

Hope to see you there!

Artist’s Statement: The world is a very interesting place. Architectural lines, patterns in shadows, beauty in nature, color or lack of it, odd elements and geometric relationships all create visual texture and compelling compositions that catch my eye at every turn. Recording these images with a camera offers endless possibilities, and I’m often looking overhead or below my feet for inspiration. As a painter, I’m drawn to color and movement and am intrigued by what happens when these elements guide my creative process. I find that if I paint without a plan, allowing each brush stroke to inform the next, bold things happen. This collection of work combines images from the world around me as well as my inner world, images that remind me…everything is interesting.

 The month of October seems like the perfect time to tickle your fancy with some fun feather inspired ideas! Sharing this sneak peek of some new Kathy Davis feather art fresh from the drawing board! Stay tuned in months to come to watch these feathers transform into new product still in development in our studio.

In the meantime, enjoy the feather trend with some of the ideas we’ve gathered, below. Fall and feathers seem to go together!

Enjoy all the beauties of the season!All My Best,


one:Design Trends: Nail ArtFeathers are everywhere—earrings, vests, hair extensions, and now nails! Polish You Pretty has an easy to follow tutorial for some Birds of a Feather nail art.

two:Fun Finds: Fall Feather AccessoryThese fall feather accessories with golden accents are as beautiful as they are versatile! You can either wear them in your hair or use them as shoe clips. Check out Raearts’ etsy shop for more handmade items like this one.

three:Kids Art: Spaghetti Box FeathersThese brightly colored feathers are a fun craft for kids to do this fall. You need only 4 ingredients for this simple project using recycled materials. Create unique decorations, accessories and more! Imagine a paper turkey with tail feathers this brilliant! Head over to MADE for easy to follow instructions. 

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DIY: Glitter Feather GarlandThis glitter feather garland is great for Thanksgiving but can also easily be extended into the rest of the holiday season. Visit Sarah Hearts’ blog for a simple tutorial on how to make this festive garland.

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Fashion: Feathers and BirdsDuring Fashion week earlier this year, we took a look ahead into Fall 2014 where some feathered friends were spotted. Fashion designers flocked to two distinct micro trends this season: feathers and birds. Designs are embellished with actual feathers or using bird motifs in prints or knits. Check out Accessories Magazine’s post for more feathered fashion inspiration!

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Friends and Family: Feather Pen Pal Stationery Kit
As the holiday season approaches, we often find ourselves writing out Christmas cards or catching up with people we haven’t connected with in a while. Writing to someone requires the sacrifice of your time and really makes you think about what you want to say. This DIY is a beautiful way of instituting the art of letter writing. Visit Design Sponge’s DIY on how to make this feather pen pal stationery kit.

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Charity: The White Feather FoundationThe White Feather Foundation embraces environmental and humanitarian issues such as clean water projects for those less fortunate. They have already funded and completed important projects relieving poverty and distress in Kenya, the Amazon Basin, Sri Lanka, Peru and Gambia as well as funding ecological projects in England.