Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Its hard to believe another year has gone by, wow, where did it go. I have personally done much more this year than I have in years past regarding my business and artwork. I have designed fabric, signed with a licensing agent, was juried into a major pastel show in New York, was published in a book, magazines and expanded my teaching. Yet even looking back on this year I feel like I have just started to scratch the surface of what I want to do. I am even more excited as I look forward to what next year will bring. I would love to double what I did this year. It seems like the more I do the more people I meet and I have throughly enjoyed meeting so many creative people this last year. I want to thank all of those special people in my life that have inspired, encouraged and supported me this year.

For my quilting friends, Stitchin Heaven is having a New years eve party online, find them on Facebook, twitter or go to their website. They are giving away tons of gifts. I will be a part of the fun as I will be giving away patterns, fabric ect. Join us for a fun way to bring in the New Year. Along with the products I am giving away on their site I will have my own giveaway on my blog. If you post a New Years goal that has to do with being creative I will put you into a drawing for a special gift here! Just post a comment on this post for a chance to win! See you next year!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Block Print Workshop Jan 15

After all the fun I had creating my Christmas exchange gift I scheduled another workshop in my studio. This project takes a simple sketch, yours or mine, and then we will transform it into a block print using linoleum blocks and carving tools. Its a wonderful way to create your own stamps from sketches, you can then use the stamp to print on paper or fabric. You can then create unique and personized gifts or cards. Check out my website if you are interested

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Zentangled Christmas Get together

 Today I hosted a Zentangle Christmas party for my wonderful students today. I have the most wonderful students and they are all friends. Around 20 amazingly talented women came for a day of creative fun and a lot of visiting and eating! Homemade soup and quiche with salad and deserts hit the spot on this rainy day. I loved watching everyone create a unique little piece of art that they can enjoy this holiday season. Thank you for all you do to support my teaching and classes!!! Here are some pictures of the day but I will not share Marilyns amazing quilt since she is going to be showing it and I don't want to spoil the surprise. Merry Christmas everyone!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Watercolor Christmas cards

I love painting my Christmas cards, I have done that for the last few years. I paint an original and then upload the image to be printed onto cards. This year I was feeling a bit Scroogish and wasn't going to send any cards. I wasn't even going to paint a card but I also belong to an online watercolor group and every year we paint one original painting as a card and send it to an exchange person. I love this group of artist and really enjoy doing the exchanges with them. So I painted this cardinal and decided I liked it well enough to have some cards printed. My Christmas cards will be late this year but at least I am sending some. Cindi got the original and she liked it. I don't paint birds very often so this was working outside my comfort zone.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting ready for Christmas

A few weeks ago as I was unpacking my ornaments for the tree I took the time to take some pictures to share. Years ago, when I was a young mom and didn't have alot of money I would have ornament parties. Everyone would make 12 ornaments and then we would get together and we each got one of each persons handmade ornament. It was so much fun, fun to create something new every year but more than that the fun was having something that a friend made. Every year as I pull out my ornaments, I think of those people, many of which have moved away and I say a prayer for them. I remember the good times we all had together in those early years. Decorating my tree is much more than just putting up store purchased ornaments its a trip down memory lane every year. Even after all this time these are my favorite ornaments, they are priceless. 

This was my ornament, I collected eggs from my brothers mad goose and cleaned then out and painted on them, sealed them and made a hanger for them. This one is dated 1989

This one was made by Roxanne, I love the cinnamon sticks for legs.

This one was Dorothys, the little mouse is made from felt and it was amazing she made all those clothes and everything!

This one was made and painted by Sabina, she was a tole painter and made some really cute things over the years.

This ornament was china painted by Ramona, her and her mom used to do a lot of china painting. I got three of these for my kids that year, Missy wasn't born yet. The picture is of Jennifer

This is Judy's hand embroidered ornaments, she made 12 different ones all heavily embroidered that year.
Merry Christmas to all of my friends, both near and far, I appreciate how you have touch my life through the years.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A day with Nathan

A day with Nathan
Originally uploaded by ddhabicht

I took Nathan to see "tangled" and then we rode on a train and then we saw Santa. He proceeded to explain to Santa what spiderman does with his webshooter and how he wants one. What a fun day remembering the magic of Christmas time for kids

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Originally uploaded by ddhabicht

Setting my table with rosehips from the garden as we ready the turkey for the rotisserie on the barbecue. After 19 hours soaking in a brining solution we are excited to see how it turns out.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Working on a new project

Working on a new project
Originally uploaded by ddhabicht
I am working on another collage pillow/wallhanging of our trip to Sedona. I used photo transfer, appliqué on some of the fabric I rusted last week.

Rainy days = soup!

Rainy days = soup!
Originally uploaded by ddhabicht
I love it when the rain comes and the temperature drops enough to make homemade soup. I am making butternut squash soup and maybe some homemade bread!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Selina Bridge

Selina Bridge
Originally uploaded by ddhabicht

Can't believe we did it!

Sedona quilt shop

Sedona quilt shop
Originally uploaded by ddhabicht
Penny said I should check out Sedona's quilt sop so I did! Guess what I found, my "Horsin Around" fabric line plus lots more. Thanks Penny I spent lots of money!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Originally uploaded by ddhabicht
Got my booth all set up and everyone is enjoying taking photos of it. Since UPS lost one of my boxes and the main part of my bed, Randy had to do a mock up base and hopefully no one tries to sit on it!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Taking a deep breath of the crisp fall air

Fall has finally come to Southern California, the nights are cool and we even had some rain. The roses are putting on their fruits of fall, rosehips. These wonderfully colored berries of oranges and reds are wonderful this time of year. I love to cut bouquets of them to decorate the house with in fall. I love everything about them and concider them an added gift after the blooms have all gone.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Art Applique-Teaching at Redlands

I had a wonderful class of very talented students, we had a ton of fun using colored pencils on fabric. During all the flurry for Houston I was almost dreading the time and energy and all the preparation for teaching but once I get there its almost magical. I realized it was a perfect break from the crazy days in the studio. I love all the energy and creativity that is happening in class and meeting new quilting friends, 17 students were in class learning different techniques for applying colored pencils and watercolor pencils to fabrics. There were so many talented women in my class today! Here are some photos.

Thanks everyone for a great day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Drying class projects at midnight

At the end of class on day one. My students, who swore they weren't artists, created some beautiful pieces of art. They drew from still life and then painted. I took home the originals to transfer to fabric with some help from my computer. Tomorrow more painting , some journaling and then quilting, a fun filled two days of class.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fat Tuesday

My friend Beth has featured my artwork on her blog in her FAT Tuesday feature. I hope you will come and see some of the artists she is featuring, a new one each week. Its great to have a place that we can go to see each others work and be inspired. Thanks Beth!

Monday, September 20, 2010

SAQA Auction starts today!!!

The SAQA auction starts today and there are so many amazing quiltlets up for auction. Each one is made by one of the talented artists in the SAQA group and they have donated these quilts to help raise money for the organization. I hope you will go over and see all the great quilts being auctioned off over then next few days. Its an interesting concept and a unique kind of auction, as the quilts start off at one price and over the next few days continue to drop in price until purchased. But don't be fooled, its easy to loose your favorite piece by waiting too long. I have a quilt being auctioned off, its on page 2a, this quiltlet is made with painted paper towels and done as a collage. The background is painted fabric, and the leaves are painted silk. The piece is micro stippled to give it some deminsion and then beaded for some extra detailing in the flowers. Enjoy! GO TO THE AUCTION!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Working on a new project

With my new fabric due to arrive in two weeks I have been scrambling to get ready with new projects and quilts. I am also writing my first project book! It will be filled with fun, fast projects that work with my fabric lines and even once they are gone. It has been a blast to wake up in the morning and say, I need to figure out how to sew a carrot or a beet! LOL Fun, fun. These are some of the pillows that I will have patterns for in my book " Gardening with Friends". Keep checking back often to see other projects that will be featured. 
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