Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Big Tree Painting

Today, Jennifer and I went to a community art project called The Big Tree Painting with Jeff Soto, a local artist. Participants were able to paint wood blocks that make up the Big Tree in Jeff's signature edgy style.

All the paintings will then be assembled and exhibited this summer at the museum. It was so much fun to see the community come together and just paint whatever they wanted on their blocks. I will be excited to see the exhibit when they all come together. Jenn worked on smaller blocks and gave them to the boys. As we were walking away from the painting tables we were immediately distracted by the flying antics of lots of some birds, as we looked up we spotted the mud nests of swallows. It was fun to watch them but I am glad I don't have eaves on my house anymore.

 It was back to the house for a day outside with the boys! Counting my blessing today!

Cuddling with Aunt Jen Jen

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Dog Walker

I have a neighbor who rescues dogs. She always walks by our house with her pack. I love seeing them, they are all very well behaved and they look like they are totally enjoying themselves. I grabbed my paints and decided to capture this group in oil. Some days there is nothing better than grabbing some friends and going for a walk!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Perfectly imperfect Placemats!!

I am a guest designer on the Stencil Girl blog today, I had a blast doing this really fun project with my grandkids! I hope you will get a chance to pop over and check it out! Even though Blake's picture isn't in the post he was there! He was doing his own thing, making his placemat his way, without stencils. If you get a chance check out their amazing selection and variety of stencils. I love their stencils and I had such a hard time settling in on just one project. Here is Blake's adorable pictures as he paints away. I hope you like the post, and will leave me a comment!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Back to the studio!

I have been busy since I returned creating new pieces of art and working on my newest fabric line along with some other fun projects. I am so excited to have spring arriving and the flowers all starting to bloom, I can't help but want to create more!
I just had to paint!

These little art quilts are mounted onto canvas for easy hanging. All hand painted and ready for display. I will even add on of my cards with the same design! Price is each so please specify which design you would like.

With Easter fast approaching I need to get all of my flowers in the ground. This year we are going to the Mission Inn for their famous brunch! Oh happy day!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Some exciting news while reaching for the gold ring

I had the amazing opportunity to be featured on three segments for Quilting Arts TV and to write some articles for the magazine. I had such an amazing time that I thought I would share it with you! I will say that creating all the steps outs and writing was a ton of work but it was all worth it!

But wait, before I skip ahead to that, first I traveled to NC, Asheville for a business retreat with my coach. It was a wonderful, empowering trip and I learned a lot! It was a perfect way to launch me into the show! Here are some pictures from the even. I also wanted to tell you that today Christine Kane is offering a free webinar, hope you can make it, here is the affiliate link.  If you are interested in upleveling your business you might want to check Christine Kane out! She is amazing

I put some arrow so you could find me! I am right next to Christine

Our favorite hangout French Broad, a chocolate lounge
Then I flew off to do my tapings! It was so cold there, freezing! But I had such a great time, the women were wonderful and we had a ton of fun!
Susan and I for the 1600 Series

Susan and I for the 1700 Series

getting ready

We had a fun dinner together and enjoyed learning more about each other.

So for me this was all about stepping out of my comfort zone and embracing something new and scary! Do you have those things that you know you want to do but your fear of failing or looking bad holds you back!? I am here to encourage you to take a step out of your box and reach for the gold ring! These are those times when we really grow! Enjoy

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Easter is just around the corner- Time for a giveaway

Your probably thinking wow, its only March!! I know, it feels a bit like Costco huh, with their Christmas decorations up in July. Well its all about timing, so to make sure you have time to display it I am giving you only a week to sign up and then on March 8th, the winner will be selected and my little Bunny block will be hopping its way to a new home!

I designed this fun 12"x12" Bunny Block but I haven't published yet, so you will  be the first to own it. I have it all ready to go, its sewn, has some cute wooden fabric covered buttons too. Maybe its ready to go to your house! Check out my FB page Desiree's Designs Studios and sign up! You only have a week to sign up this time. Lets make sure you get this cute Easter Block in time to hang it up before Easter!  Good Luck!

To be first to receive info on future giveaways make sure you sign up for my Newsletters at 

An assortment of these handmade, fabric covered wooden buttons are new and I will be adding them to my website this week but they are in very limited amounts.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring is in the air!

I love this time of year where we live it is absolutely gorgeous. I know the heat will be here soon but for now I can't get enough sun. I have my garden planted, lawns are greening up and there is a newness about everything. I just wrapped up my latest give away, I hope you entered! It was so much fun I will be doing one each month so check back often. The warm weather inspired my painting which feels like spring to me. I painted, sewed and made this cute bookmark for Cathi Early who won my first give-away! Congrats Cathi!

Today I took some time to just enjoy the weather and the yard. The trees budding up and the daffodils blooming really inspire me! 

 Tiny reminders that spring is here for us, but sadly the east coast is still under tons if snow if freezing conditions. Jennifer and I are praying for all of you in this cold weather. We often talk about how hard it must be to be handicapped in those conditions, I can't imagine having to try and clear the walkway of snow to get Jennifer's wheelchair out to the car, oh and then clear the driveway etc. I am always so thankful I don't have to deal with that and I admire those who do it everyday! So to spread some sunshine here is another tiny reminder that spring is approaching! Hang in there!
 Randy disturbed a nest of baby cotton tails while working in the yard and they scattered! I caught one.
I think I might have to paint this!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Stew of Self Doubt

I don't know why it is that no matter how much my brain tries to convince my heart I still deal with self doubt. Obviously, the more confident I feel in an area the less the self doubt is but, it still seems to creep up and catch me, when I am must vulnerable, like yesterday.

The what if's, the why's, the how comes, mixed with the tears, all start to stir into a giant pot of self doubt stew. Then to make things worse, everything else that comes along on during that time is added to the mixture like a bad seasoning, only to make it even harder to swallow.  Instead of throwing out the whole batch, like I should, I decide to just let it simmer.

It continues to stink up my whole day as it's foul odor permeates everything else that seems to come along.  It almost causes all the good things that are happening to melt away as it demands its way and tears away my confidence.  It happens to all of us, in many areas of our lives. This pot of self doubt will just continue to cook down into just a rue of fear, and we all know fear does.

Its what happens next that makes the difference. Its what I do with that fear and self doubt that will either make me breakthrough it or be overcome by it. Will I figure out a solution or curl up in defeat in the corner. It is my choice, it is your choice today.

 Today, I am throwing out that stew of self doubt,  and I have decided to bake some cookies instead!! Won't you join me?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Creating Magic

I have been busy working in the studio, writing articles for a magazine and playing with textures. I love having the time to explore new possibilities. I have been exploring some uses with colored pencils on fabrics for some articles and a TV appearance!! Yes, you heard it right, I am going to be flying out next month for a taping, I will share more as it gets closer.

But for now its all about creating my magic for you and for my Valentines Day drawing I am having. I hope you have signed up, I can't wait to see who will get my hand made, painted, colored, quilted, sewn bookmark!

I will also be signing it and maybe sending you other goodies! It is my Valentines gift to you!!

Yesterday I treated enjoyed a day at the spa with my daughter, using a gift certificate my family gave me last Mother's Day! It was so nice to just have a day to relax and regroup. I work so much by myself that it is so much fun to visit with other women and especially my daughters who are usually very busy with their own families now. It is really amazing how energizing it is to just take a day and relax. By taking care of me I am better able to take care of those around me so it is a win win! Feeling special today!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Giveaway just in time for Valentines Day! Will you be my Valentine?

I love Valentines day, a day to remind everyone how much I appreciate and love them, friends, family everyone is included.

While I was writing my Newsletter this month I thought it would be nice to send one of you a special Valentines Gift! To tell you how much I appreciate you too! You won't get it on Valentines Day, but I will announce the winner that day. I am making a bookmark just for you, painting, sewing, stitching something special to give away. It will be a one of a kind and I want you to have it, just follow the link to my Facebook page where you can also sign up to win. I hope you will Like my page too!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Check out the WILD THINGS I have been working on!

With the holidays and the quilt show time has managed to get away from me! I had an amazing time getting to meet lots of new people at Road 2 California quilt show in Ontario last week! I love getting to see smiling faces and put faces to names finally.  I worked in Pagen's booth, the Quilter's Cocoon, they are in Riverside and it is a wonderful store! If you haven't been there you should definitely look it up and make a trip if you are close enough.
Our booth, you can see some of my quilts and patterns on the left side of the photo.
I was so excited to debut my first embroidery CD called, Stitchin a Safari, featuring my animals from my Wild Things fabric line. I had several of them stitched out and made a quilt to show off the embroidery! Everyone loved them and we sold out, but I have more and now have them on my website.

The fabric line and my Safari Placemats also made the front cover of Annie's Catalog!

And I finished my newest Quilt pattern exclusively for Annie's! Its called "On Safari"

So as you can see, its been a wild month!!! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Anticipation of Intention

The Christmas decorations are all put away, except for that occasional straggler. The new gifts and toys are already being used and have found their place on the shelf. The stores are already moving into Valentines Day and we are still coming out of the whirlwind of the holidays and feeling a bit tired. But there is something in the air, the anticipation of the New Year, the hope in new things. I like the excitement and possibilities of what this year will bring. New challenges, new projects, new ideas, new friends and new opportunities because of new intentions.

I want you to stop and take a few minutes to write yourself a little note with your top 5 intentions for 2015. Maybe its a trip you hope to make, a challenge you are going to take on, a dream you will fulfill, a old friend you will travel to visit, a show you want to enter, whatever you can think of or dream of doing, put it on your list. Now take your list and put it in an envelope and write "Open Immediately" and if you still are packing away the last of your Christmas stuff, stick it in the box. I like to put my envelope in with the saved Christmas cards and Christmas card list for next year. Now, this coming holiday season at the end of the 2015, when you open up your boxes of decorations you will see your list of intentions. As you open it up and read the list that you probably forgot you wrote,  you can see how many of your listed intentions actually happened just because you put them down on paper! Its fun and it really is amazing what happens. 

So stop right where you are as you are reading this.....

Grab a piece of paper and an envelope.....

Write your top 5 intentions....

Stash it in with your Christmas stuff and ........

Start your amazing year full of anticipation of great things! 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Your word for the Year

I don't really do resolutions, for me it is yet a another list I have yet to complete set up with lofty hopes of losing weight or exercising more, all good thoughts but within a few weeks I am over it. I find I am doing those things anyway and resolutions made me a bit crazy. A checklist I looked at every day that just reminded me how I was failing!

I have been choosing a word for the year,a word that will encompass what I want that year to hold and a word that will apply to all areas of my like. I begin thinking about my word early in the prior year, taking notes when something sounds right or feel right. I chose several and then weed them down until one stands out.

Once my word is chosen I write it, paint it or somehow make it special and artistically interesting and then hang it in my studio. It will hang all year, reminding me of the power in just a word, the power of applying you word and the beauty of the word as it applies to all the areas in my life.

It's a way to grow and push yourself to something higher. I hope you give it a try!

So my word for 2015 is BREAKTHROUGH! I want to breakthrough old mind sets, limitations put on me by others and myself, breakthrough the fears of the unknown, fears of failing,breakthrough also means breaking through to something new and exciting. Break through a rut into an area where the skies the limit. Breakthrough can be on a personal level, business level, spiritual level. Break through and challenge myself to break through my comfort areas into something unknown! I'm excited!

I want you to be excited too! My business coach and mentor, Christine Kane, has put together a free worksheet and helps you find your word for the year. Grab some friends and do the work together! It could change you life. Here is the affiliate link, enjoy! Please let me know what your word for the year is and what it means to you!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Blessings!

It is almost Christmas Eve and I have a few minutes of quiet, no one here, baking done, gifts wrapped and delivered.

I am thinking about this year and how thankful I am that my mom is here, celebrating with us!
Her room is all set up and Christmasy

How good it feels to come home and smell gingerbread and peanut brittle in the air, and light a fire and feel the warmth of family near by.

How blessed I am to have stockings to fill and loved ones to bake for.

 I am thinking of my special friends that are dealing with so much, saying special prayers for them this holiday season.

Its so important to take the time to really wrap yourself in gratitude, finding the things that are good and rejoice in those. I am thankful for my Savior who loved me enough to be born this day.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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