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Featuring our New Kathy Davis® Holiday Collection

Looking for a fun and easy way to dress up your holiday gifts? Just a few decorative accents and some scraps from our latest fabric collection are all you need for this DIY project. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorials, and in a few minutes you can turn a simply wrapped box into a beautiful holiday present!

Stop by your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store for supplies and to shop the entire Kathy Davis® fabric collection

SUPPLIES:

1-2 yards Kathy Davis® holiday fabric
Wrapping paper
Ribbon of various styles and sizes
Wired garland
Gift tags
Wood letters
Festive “picks” or “swags” to garnish packages
Double-sided tape
Scissors

 

Technique #1: Add a Message

1. Take two complementary fabrics, cut to the length and width desired, leaving 1/2 inch on either side, and fold under the raw edges to create a seam (you can use double-sided tape or liquid stitch to secure the fold). Next, wrap around two separate boxes.

2. Wrap ribbon around each box, following the same line as the fabric. Adhere ribbons with double-sided tape.

3. Wrap wired garland around the smaller of the two boxes and tape. Stack boxes and wrap with an additional piece of the garland.

4. Tuck wooden letters under twine.

 

Technique #2: Statement Bow

1. Wrap ribbon around box and secure with double-sided tape.

2. In the opposite direction of the ribbon, tie a very long strip of fabric. Fabric should be long enough to wrap once around your box with enough left over to create a large bow. Next, tie a bow with the fabric.

3. Tuck any extra pieces under, and smooth out any lumps.

4. Play with bow until you reach your desired size and look.

 

Technique #3: Wintery Accents

1. Using the same idea as Technique #1, wrap fabric around a box and secure into place.

2. Take your ribbon and center it on the fabric. Wrap ribbon around box then tie a double knot at the top.

4.Take your foliage (pine cones, cranberries, sprigs of juniper, etc.) and arrange them how you see fit on the box. Then tuck the foliage under the ribbon to ensure it’s stable and secure.

5. Add a tag, and attach to ribbon or foliage with twine.

 

Six steps for turning your guest room into a festive oasis

The holidays are such a beautiful time for sharing the joys of the season with the ones we love. When friends and family come to visit, what better way to make them feel cozy and cared for than with a thoughtfully decorated guest room.

Follow these simple steps to set the mood for a festive oasis.

1.    Choose holiday-themed bedding to serve as the focal point and brighten
       up the room.
2.    Pair fresh flowers with a small bedside treat to create an instantly
        inviting atmosphere.
3.    Set out fresh linens and toiletries for easy convenience.
4.    Create a small reading station with a collection of your favorite books
        and magazines.
5.    Set out no-fuss snacks and teas to add another layer of warm welcome.
       (To delight even more, aim for a seasonal palette!)
6.    Include a card or note letting your guests know how happy you are to
       have them with you.

Shop the collection here.

It’s amazing how expressing gratitude – or simply finding something to feel grateful for – can give our moods a little boost! This month’s new Kathy Davis™ wallpaper freebies gently remind us to appreciate the special people and the many gifts that brighten our lives every day.

Desktop wallpapers are available with or without a calendar; smart phone wallpapers include the art along with a quote.

Click any of the links below to download the wallpaper size that works best for you. Once the image pops up in a new window, simply right click and save.

iPhone wallpaper:

iPhone 5 | iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 Plus | iPhone 7

Desktop wallpaper with calendar:

1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440



Desktop wallpaper without calendar:

1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440

Questions or having trouble downloading? Contact [email protected]

 

Who doesn’t like a little shimmer and versatility when it comes to a statement piece? This is why, when we started thinking about our next DIY project, we couldn’t resist using our new Bold Beauty fabric with shimmery gold accents to create an awesome necklace. It’s designed with magnetic clasps, so you can change the fabric according to your mood.

It’s also easy to make! All you need is ¼ yard of fabric (or remnants left over from another project) and a just a few supplies listed below. You can find our fabric at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store.

• bead strand
• waxed cording
• 2 accent beads
• 2 magnetic clasps
• 1/4 yard of Kathy Davis® Bold Beauty fabric
• 2 crimping tubes
• Liquid Stitch
• hot glue gun
• pinking shears
• scissors

Click here to download the instructions. Once the PDF pops up in a new window, simply right click and save.

 

Check out the new Kathy Davis™ Bold Beauty Collection of fine fabrics! With bold, rich florals, petite, bright and lovely patterns, dancing butterflies and sophisticated tonal ferns, the collection is a glorious garden of color. You’ll find it at your nearest Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. Whether it’s sewn into apparel, accessories or home decor accents for yourself or someone special, the possibilities for this awesome fabric are endless. What do you think you might create? We’d love to hear your ideas!

 
How doing good in the world also does the heart good

Giving back is such a beautiful reminder of what truly matters in life. Here at Kathy Davis Studios, we support several charities throughout the year through volunteer workdays and outreach. From organizations committed to ending hunger to those that spread joy to children in need through art, we give back in so many different ways.

As Joanna, one member of our KDS team put it, we work day in and day out designing cards and products that bring joy to others. “But going out into the world ourselves, sharing our helpful hands, our hearts and our smiles is just such a raw, real feeling of sharing joy. When you can see firsthand that you’ve made somebody’s day or simply made someone smile, it’s living proof that doing good equals feeling good and we need more of that in the world.”

To inspire you to go out and make a difference in the communities where you live, above are a few of our favorite moments of doing good over the years.

Share some joy today with the perfect, heartfelt gift.

Sometimes happiness is as easy as simplifying our lives, accepting where we are and finding joy in giving. This month, our new Kathy Davis™ wallpaper freebies are a great reminder to do just that. We hope they inspire you to move through your days with greater simplicity and joy, giving back whenever you can.

Desktop wallpapers are available with or without a calendar; smart phone wallpapers include the art along with a quote.

Click any of the links below to download the wallpaper size that works best for you. Once the image pops up in a new window, simply right click and save.

iPhone wallpaper:

iPhone 5 | iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 Plus

Desktop wallpaper with calendar:

1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440



Desktop wallpaper without calendar:

1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440

Questions or having trouble downloading? Contact [email protected]

It can be so easy to move through life, filling our days in a way that leaves little time to focus on the things we really want. When we’re constantly busy, creating the space to pursue our passions and share our gifts — or even figure out what they are — can feel overwhelming.

Goal setting can be a powerful tool to move you toward a more fulfilling and purposeful life in a clear and practical way.

Here are seven tips to get you started.

It’s as simple as…

1 – Arrange
2 – Peel
3 – Stick
4 – Reposition
5 –Done!

Shop inspirational Kathy Davis® wall decals – available at our online shop and RoomMates.com

The change in season is the perfect time to share new Kathy Davis™ wallpaper freebies! We hope they inspire you to dream big and discover meaning in your life.

Desktop wallpapers are available with or without a calendar; smart phone wallpapers include the art along with a quote.

Click any of the links below to download the wallpaper size that works best for you. Once the image pops up in a new window, simply right click and save.

iPhone wallpaper:

iPhone 5 | iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 Plus

Desktop wallpaper with calendar:

1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440



Desktop wallpaper without calendar:

1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440

Questions or having trouble downloading? Contact [email protected]

There are so many ways to brighten the world around us. Giving from the heart is definitely one of the more meaningful.

Kathy Davis supports various causes that enrich our communities all year long. This summer, our entire team has been involved in collecting donations for two local charities: Manna on Main Street and Angels in Motion. Manna is committed to ending hunger through its food pantry, soup kitchen and other social service efforts, while Angels in Motion offers support to families suffering from the disease of addiction.

Visit www.angelsinmotion.org or www.mannaonmain.org to learn more about these organizations or to make a donation.

Summer is a time when supplies typically run low in support organizations nationwide. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia area, check with your local food banks to see how you can help, or find an organization in your community with a cause close to your heart.

Just Because Day is the perfect chance to nurture others, stay connected, and set aside a little time for you, too! How would you like to honor this unique holiday? We’d love to hear your ideas!

We’re so excited to share our new, inspiring Kathy Davis™ wallpaper freebies for August! We hope they add an extra touch of beauty to your day and encourage you to nurture those relationships that matter most. Desktop wallpapers are available with or without a calendar; smart phone wallpapers include the art along with a quote.

Click any of the links below to download the wallpaper size that works best for you. Once the image pops up in a new window, simply right click and save.

iPhone wallpaper:
iPhone 5 | iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 Plus

Desktop wallpaper with calendar:
1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440



Desktop wallpaper without calendar:
1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 2560 x 1440

Questions or having trouble downloading? Contact [email protected]

 

Nature can be the perfect remedy for the worries of the world…sometimes all you have to do is step outside and take it all in. How do you connect with the outdoors to clear your mind? Here are a few favorite ideas:

 

 

Take your pets outside and play! You’ll find that in minutes you’ll feel relaxed…and you might just make a new friend who’s doing the same.
Work in the garden (or just sit in one!) If you don’t have one of your own, look for a community garden in your local area.
Just take a walk – in  your neighborhood, by the water or on a trail if there’s one nearby. Find your rhythm, then notice the trees, wildflowers, singing birds and expanse of sky. You’ll find it clears your mind and lifts your mood!

What are your favorite outdoor summer activities? We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

Life gives us so much to celebrate. From the simple pleasures found in every day to the milestones marked with family and friends, we’re gifted with countless moments to create and share joy. But what about those times of disappointment and heartache? How do we find our way back to center when things don’t work out? Here are a few of our suggestions for how to cope with life’s inevitable setbacks.

Here in our studios we take a five-minute break every morning for a group stretch. Far from being a luxury, it reflects Kathy Davis’ belief that making time to care for yourself is part of creating a life you love. To help you create your own mini wellness practice at work, here are four of our favorite exercises from our Daily KDS Stretch:

Ready to start adding a few simple stretches to your workday routine? To help make things a bit easier, we’re offering a free, downloadable PDF. Print it out, pin it up and use it as a daily reminder to take an energizing break!

Instructions for download:Click here to download the “8.5 x “11 PDF. When the image pops up in a new window, just right click and save.