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December is such a busy month filled with holiday preparations and celebrations! Each year I try to simplify my schedule a bit to make sure I enjoy the season and not let the hustle and bustle ruin my spirit. But one tradition I hold onto is the sending of Christmas cards and holiday greetings. I may be a bit prejudiced since I make my living thanks to greeting cards, but one of my favorite things about the season is hearing from loved ones. I relish each and every card and letter I receive. Even though social media helps us stay in touch with others through the year, there is nothing like the sharing of family news and photos accompanied by the personal aesthetic and warm wishes that greeting cards express.

That’s the reason this month’s column is about Staying Connected at the holiday season. Whether you send a Kathy Davis card  or make one of your own, please join me in keeping this warm-hearted tradition alive!

Best Wishes for the holiday Season!

one:DIY: Christmas CardsHome made Christmas cards can be a very personal way of staying connected. Buzzfeed has an amazing list of 49 Awesome DIY Holiday Card ideas to get you started!

two:Writing: Entertaining Christmas LettersIf crafting is not your thing, why not try reconnecting with friends and family by writing a Christmas letter? Composing these can be a fun but challenging task. Paula over at Beauty Through Imperfection has compiled some great tips to help YOU write an amazing Christmas letter.


three:Book: Kind Regards: The Lost Art of Letter-WritingThis delightful how-to guide by Liz Williams gives all the wisdom you need to compose thank-you notes, pen pal postcards, a letter to the editor and more! Available for purchase on Amazon.


four:Mail Art: Envelope InspirationWhile we’re all about greeting cards here at Kathy Davis Studios, we are enamored with different ways you can decorate envelopes. Whether it’s the way the address is lettered or the intricate way the envelope was decorated, you can get really creative with this art form. Oh Happy Day has a blog post that features very different and inspiring envelops—a great idea to think about as we write out our Christmas cards this season. How fun would it be to receive one of these?

five:Product: Christmas Cards and Gift WrapWith all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings, make sure you get all your Kathy Davis Christmas needs in one shot! This year we have a great selection of Jumbo cards in addition to our Christmas cards, as well as gift bags and wrapping paper. Stop by Walmart or our Gallery in Horsham!

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Charity: Cards That GiveFounder Anne Furse liked to buy greeting cards that benefited non-profit organizations, but quickly realized they can be hard to find. In 2006 Anne decided to launch cardsthatgive.org to help people find greetings, whether they be eCards or tribute cards, that help charities. With a very large list of different kinds of charity opportunities, you’ll be sure to find a card and charity that’s behind something you’re passionate about.

 

May the truest gifts of this beautiful season fill your heart and home with an abundance of blessings and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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On behalf of Kathy Davis Studios and the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, we would like to cordially invite you to this year’s Joy Market, a holiday craft bazaar that features the beautifully handcrafted work of Kathy Davis designers as well as select craftspeople from our area.

This year’s Joy Market will be particularly special because it will be the very first event in the new art center facility.

The Scatter Joy Center for the Arts is located at 305 Horsham Road, in the original farmhouse on the property that is currently the Elements. To learn more about our new non-profit art center, please click here.

Since the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts is located right next to Kathy Davis Studios and the Kathy Davis Gallery, joining us on December 5 will be a joyful way to do holiday shopping. Great presents will be available at both the Joy Market and in Kathy’s retail store.

Find unique, hand-made gifts and beautifully designed products that will make anyone on your shopping list feel special.

We are looking forward to celebrating the season with you!

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.

 

Check out some of the photos from our Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Extravaganza! Thanks for coming, everyone! It was a blast!

View the full photo gallery on the Kathy Davis Gallery Facebook page.

There is a quiet peace to be found in the heart of the garden.

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” -Helen Keller

Exciting things are once again planned for the Kathy Davis Gallery on the evening of Friday, September 26. There will be a new gallery show opening as well as creative and fun outdoor activities.

In our gallery, there will be a “Friends and Family” exhibit featuring the artwork of Kathy Davis Studios company members as well as pieces of work from their families and friends. The artwork on exhibit promises to be interesting and diverse.

Outside, we will be hosting our second annual Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Extravaganza. Space will be provided for invited guests and community members to do chalk drawings on our outside sidewalk. The drawing will be initiated in the afternoon by our KDS designers and will continue through the gallery opening. All are welcome to join in the fun and create their own chalk-dust memories.

And to make a great evening even more festive, there will be food treats and live music.

It will be fun for the entire family!!!

Please join us for art, treats, and live music.

The reception will run from 5:00 to 7:30pm and our store hours will be extended through this time as well.

Kathy Davis Gallery303 Horsham Rd.Suite EHorsham, PA 19044

Here at Kathy Davis Studios, we are all about Making Life a Work of Art! This month of September, I invite you to find ways to embrace creativity and make your life richer and more fulfilling through the arts.

I hope you will join me for our September’s Fourth Friday gallery show and outdoor chalk art event! I can’t wait to see our sidewalks and parking lot transformed with art from all ages!

Here’s to the artist in YOU!

All My Best,

 

one:Gallery Opening: Kathy Davis Studios’ Friends and FamilyOn Friday evening, September 26, Kathy Davis Studios will be hosting an opening reception for a joyous and unique art exhibit. Beginning that evening, and running throughout a good portion of October, KDS will be featuring an art show entitled “Kathy Davis Studios’ Friends and Family”.

The show will feature the combined works of KDS company members as well as work from some of their closest friends and family members. There will be a mix of artwork and crafts from a range of artists, from young to the young at heart. Our designers will contributing their own work….and then there will be exhibited work from their children, grand children, parents, brothers, sisters, and various other relatives and friends.

To make the opening reception even more fun, we will enjoy food, beverages, and live music! There will also be the chance for guests to create their own chalk drawings outside.

Many times we hear it said that the people we work are like family. Well now, this exhibit will truly be a family affair. Please have your family join our families for an evening of joy and creativity.

two:Outdoor Activities: DIY Fizzy Sidewalk PaintHands On: As We Grow is a blog about learning to do hands on activities with your kids. They featured a great tutorial on how to make fizzing sidewalk paint (the fizzy part is where all the fun is for the kids).

three:Kids Art: EezilEezil was started by Heather, a graphic designer, illustrator and mom of 2 young children, who was never sure of what to do with her kids’ illustrations. One Christmas she decided she wanted to give friends and family something special and personal. She took her son’s illustrations, developed them with her graphic design skills and turned them into button badges. Her kids artwork has now been turned into magnets, personalized stationery, t-shirts, etc. Check out her website to see all of their cool and unique creations!

four:Product: Make Life a Work of ArtIt’s a saying we like to live by…Make Life a Work of Art. We have some great new product that is the perfect reminder of this inspirational way of living. Treat yourself to 3-pack journals, a hardbound folio, big click magnet, and prints! You can purchase them in our online store or visit our Gallery in Horsham!

five:Book: The Artist’s WayThe Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. Readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Even though this was published one decade ago, it is still a powerfully provocative and inspiring work, perhaps even more so now. You can find this inspiring read on Amazon.

six:Charity: FleisherFounded in 1898, Fleisher is a nonprofit organization committed to making art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience. Fleisher is a source of inspiration, creativity and community, and every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art through classes, exhibitions, and more. To find out more information on how to participate or support this organization, visit their website.

 

Kathy and Peter’s opening reception was a blast! If you weren’t able to join us, their show will be on display until September 24th. Stop by and take a look M-F 11am-6pm.

Kathy Davis Gallery303 Horsham Rd.Suite EHorsham, PA 19044