Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge Blog Hop ~ Desiree Habicht

Hi everyone, Desiree here! This is my very first blog hop and I am so excited!! With the popularity of our September theme of "Houses and Hideaways" on the Sketchbook Challenge, narrowing down what I should post was difficult. We all have endless memories of our homes and houses but what about hideaways. What do you think of when you hear the word hideaway? A retreat, a vacation spot, a special spot in your garden, your studio or an over stuffed chair?






I grew up in an old estate that had been abandoned for years, the acre that it sat on was overgrown which created endless hours of exploring and lots of secret garden hideaways.
My mom gave us all a love of the outdoors and gardening, I love to share that passion with my family and friends also.
The side entrance to my garden, I love the secret garden effect of looking through the gates and longing to be inside
Since those early years it seems as though I have been creating my own version of the secret garden, one of my favorite movies growing up. A place where magic happens and beauty fills every corner. A place where you can escape from the stress and pressure that sometimes nags at all of us.

Although I love my studio, it is also my workplace and I need to escape it sometimes to regroup and refresh.
Always full of activity, projects and fun, my small but cozy studio

 My garden and yard are my hideaway, a place where I can be quiet and enjoy the process of digging in the soil, experiencing the awe of nature or where I can just sit and paint, sketch, write or just take a nap. Do you have a special hideaway? A place where you love to just curl up and spend some time with yourself and your thoughts.
Painting with my favorite socks on in my favorite spot
Although my garden is a wonderful adventure in itself, I have some outside rooms that lend themselves to being my hideaway all year long. I was lucky enough to be able to design and create these magical places that I can share with friends and family, making sure it is handicap friendly for Jennifer to enjoy also.
Visiting with friends!

Painting while sipping coffee in the morning light

I have painted my hideaway and surrounding gardens many times throughout the years, it is always changing and always a place of inspiration. I often just paint elements within it or parts of it, there is a never ending supply of subject matter here.


Some houses that hang in my hideaway, painted by my twin granddaughters to raise money for the childrens hospital

Pansies line the flower beds, begging to be painted.

A hideaway doesn't need to be elaborate or large, it doesn't have to be far away, the closeness of an over stuffed chair next to the fireplace in the winter or the shade of a tree in the summer allows you to use it more often.

 Do you have such a hideaway? A place of your own where you can enjoy the magnificence in even the simplest things around you? A place to unwind from the day, meditate and give thanks? Make sure you hop over to my blog for some tips on how to create this special place. I also made you a video, painting something amazing I found a few days ago.

Leave a comment here and also on my blog to double your chance to win my special giveaway,  more details on my blog. I will also have a link to Jennifer's blog so you can read her amazing and inspirational story. Enjoy!

53 comments:

  1. I love your Secret Garden gate! Beautiful pictures :)

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  2. Beautiful pictures, I love your garden escape, but would really love to have your studio. I enjoyed both blogs you posted. Thanks for the wonderful tips and what a great give-away.

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    1. Thanks Charlene, I do have a lot to be thankful for, glad you enjoyed the tips

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  3. I'm sitting in my mountain hideaway drooling over your lovely gardens! Wish I could get things to grow here as lushly as they do in your special place!

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    1. During the heat I will be drooling over your mountain hideaway!

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  4. Love your special creative spot. This is my first visit to your blog - but it won't be the last. Beautiful work and beautiful spirit.

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    1. Thanks Erin, I appreciate you visiting, your always welcome

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  5. Thanks for sharing glimpses into your hideaway. I enjoyed looking at your blogs too. How sweet of you to have this give-away!

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    1. Sharing my blessings make them even better

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  6. What a fabulous post - I think we all need a hideaway!!

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  7. What a lovely presentation. So very inviting.

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  8. This blog hop has been so inspirational...the giveaways a very special bonus. Please know how thankful my little part of the world feels to be part of the goodness. I'm overflowing.

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  9. Desiree....Your garden and backyard are so pretty...it is a very special place and I enjoy it every time I am able to come over and share it with our group. You really know what to say to motivate me to find that special place I can call my own.

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    1. So blessed to have you close enough to share it with me!

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  10. Desiree, I'll bet your garden reflects your nature. looks like a place that inspires you. Love those tree houses.

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  11. Awsome Desiree. I have seen your green thumb in person. Hugs Di

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  12. No wonder you love gardens so much. I can just imagine growing up in a place that is like the one you pictured.

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  13. That looks like such a nice place, I would have a hard time leaving it.

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  14. I love your garden...it is a dream garden...a lovely quiet place to think and spend your own time. Much happiness to you and thank you for sharing.

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  15. Your watercolours are gorgeous! As is your home!

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    Wow!!! very nice and attractive painting are there. All appear so beautiful. And also maintain it well. Keep it uo with this kind good work.

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  17. your garden and paintings are so inspirational! thank you for sharing so generously. Karen

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  18. I love your bee! I could also move into your garden and be ever so happy. Your roses are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your art, your garden, and tutorials.

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    1. You are so welcome Jeannie. My husband has a secret rose mixture he makes up to fertilize the roses, it works miracles

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    2. Would love to know what the secret mixture is. My roses need some help.

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    3. I am happy to share it with you Cris, but remember its a secret :0). In a 3lb coffee can fill half way with eps on salts, 4 handfuls of Bone Meal and 1 1/2 cups of Bayer 2 in 1 systemic rose & flower care. He puts it around the base and waters in several times a year, especially after pruning, good luck!

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    4. Shhh I promise I wont tell a soul. :)) wow.. a lot of epsom salts. I was giving them some but not that much. plus bone meal which I wasn't giving them... thanks. I am curious.. what state are you in? I see plants more indicative of Florida or So Cal....warmer climates.

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    5. Cris, I am in southern California,Riverside, it is warm here but we will get frost in the winter. Funny we were just visiting Portland too as I see you are in Oregon.

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    6. Cris, I need to explain that is how he mixes up his batch and then he applies only one or two handfuls of the mixture at a time to each rosebush. Sorry if I didn't explain thoroughly!

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    7. Oh thank you on explaining about applying the handfuls only.... Was wondering :) I grew up in Big Bear Lake but lived most of my life Costa Mesa. Live in Roseburg going 10 years now.. 3 hours south of Portland. You get HOT weather and cold. Our roses will be put to bed soon so will use the mixture next spring. Thanks. :)

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  19. Love your garden.. As a Child I read the book The Secret Garden and was in love with gardening after that. Love this post. It does seem to inspire to see such beauty. Love your paintings too.

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    1. Thanks Chris, my favorite part is how they fixed it up and enjoyed it!

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  20. I love the Secret Garden gate. I am a Secret Garden lover as well. No real garden where I live now, but I am going to try a container garden on the deck next summer. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. Thanks Kate! I love container gardening, it's a challenge where we live because it gets so warm and things dry out so fast! Have fun!

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  21. Your rose garden is such a beautiful hide-away! I agree - my backyard garden is also my special hide-away!

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  22. Thanks, Desiree, for these lovely paintings and your thoughts on hideaways! Being outdoors is the best!

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win. Your paintings are beautiful.

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  24. Thanks Deborah and Valerie, I appreciateyour comments so much!

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  25. Your garden is a beautiful hide-away! How lucky you are to have such a place. I am still working on creating my own hide-away. Your paintings are beautiful as well, and and inspiration to go get my watercolors out and start painting.

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    1. Oh I hope you do Debby, and I would love to see what you create! Just create a small, comfy place to start letting the magic happen!

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