Wandering Camera – December Linky Party

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Welcome to the month of December Wandering Camera linky party.  We are reaching the end, the next one will be the last one.  Thank you so much for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.

Unfortunately, November was not an easy month for me for various reasons.   Add that to working around the clock for a couple of weeks, I was more than ready for the Thanksgiving holidays by the time they came around.  Until then, I did what I always do – I went for walks.  We went to a trail that we haven’t visited since last spring.  So much had changed!  Dry and yellow changed to wet ground and dark greens.  Days are also getting shorter, so it’s a lot darker in the woods.  Most of the time I didn’t make it outside before the light started fading so I took the opportunity and practised low light photography.

Here are my photos from the month of November –

 

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 1.  Surprised to find wildflowers blooming

2.  Always reminds me of Something Wicked This Way Comes

3.  Exotic glasswork

4.  Luscious red

  

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5.  Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog

6.  Fairytale streetlights

7. Sit and rest a while

8. Hitting the trail again

 

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9. A cluster of water beads, as brilliant as diamonds

10. Yosemite in watercolour

11. Charlie is always confused

12. Golden Gate strait

 

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13. Glass pumpkins

14.  Reminiscent of Victorian London

15.  Golden tree line seen from my window

16.  Red berries everywhere

 

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17. Magnolia fruit

18.  Started holiday shopping with purchasing food for donation

19.  A rainy day on our favourite drive

20. Found a building with architectural details

 

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21. A pixie and a mandrake = mayhem

22.  Happy to be home after being at the doctor for half a day

23. Seeds emerging from the Magnolia fruit

24.  Happy Thanksgiving

 

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25.  Spooky trees, my take on Black Friday

26.  Another rainy day overlooking a vineyard

27.  Peaceful

28.  Creeks are starting to flow with rainwater

 

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29.  You never know what you will come across in the woodlands

30.  New beginnings

     
Harry Potter Fabric

 

Just a little note – remember, the Harry Potter giveaway is still going on, in case you missed the post about it.  I am going to take a break next week, so the giveaway will be open until the 11th of December.  Here’s your chance to make a gift with out-of-print Harry Potter fabric.

 

My Camera Bag

As you have noticed, I am out and about photographing in all kinds of settings and weather.  Over the years, I have learned to keep a few things as staple items in my camera bag.  I thought I’d share a little about that.

 

Plastic bags/Ziplock bags

You may laugh at this one, but having this has saved my shooting plenty of times.  I always keep plastic bags and Ziplock bags handy to keep my gear dry.  On rainy days, if I am caught outside without an umbrella, I can wrap a plastic bag around the camera and still continue to take photos.  I also keep a couple of ziplock bags handy to keep my cards and lens cloth dry.

 

Lint Free Cloth

I keep a couple of lint-free cloths for wiping lenses and filters.  If I am not carrying my bag, I put one in my pocket.  Not only is it great to wipe away smudges, I can also wipe away the water droplets from the lens easily when it’s raining or I am shooting a waterfall.

 

Lens Cleaning Kit

This is an absolute must to keep in my bag, specially when I am travelling.  It consists of lens cleaning solution and wipes.  You don’t want to use glass cleaner on your lens, it’s much too harsh.

 

USB Cable

 I keep a dedicated USB cable in my bag for connecting my camera to my computer.  That way it’s one less thing I have to remember to pack when I am travelling.  Recently I also purchased an adapter to connect the camera to my iPad, that stays in my camera bag too.

 

Camera Manual

My Canon camera manual is of a compact size and stays in my bag.  I have a tendency of going to places without internet connection.  On very rare occasions, when I have had to look something up, I have been glad to have had the manual on me.

 

Camera-related Material

Other than lenses and the camera, I also make sure that I have this set of things in my bag.  Some of these are only needed for cameras with interchangeable lenses.

  • Battery Charger
  • Extra batteries
  • Camera base for the stand
  • Extra storage cards
  • Filters
  • Lens hoods
  • Remote shutter release for low light or night photography

I hope you find this list helpful.  Other than the list under “Camera-related Material”,  the rest of the items are good to have on you regardless of the type of camera you use.

 

Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.

 

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You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

 



I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along – Chapter 4

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Welcome to the fourth month of the Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along.  I can’t believe that we are well over halfway through the quilt along already.  I want to extend a special Thank You to everyone who made a donation to Maine Coon Adoptions to acquire the patterns from the previous months.  I will match your donation, which will bring the total amount to over $400.-  Thank you!!

For this month, I created two magical creatures –

 

Cornish Pixie

 

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Lockhart didn’t have much luck with these Cornish Pixies, but they are definitely a lot more cooperative as quilt blocks!!

 

Singing Mandrake

 

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I am super happy with this little Mandrake.  You know he is screaming, but he would disagree.  He is extremely engrossed in his singing.

 

Download

 

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Download Cornish Pixie

Download Singing Mandrake

 

Note – Both of these patterns use three shades of the same colour. I highly recommend writing the shades down on the pattern pieces before you cut them out and start sewing. It takes just a few extra minutes, but you will make a lot less fabric-related mistakes this way.

 

Reminder – Remember to download these patterns by Friday night. The download link will be removed permanently on Saturday morning (November 26th, 2016).

I draw these pictures freehand and then turn them into patterns, which is a lot of work. Please only use them for personal use and do not distribute or share them anywhere. For more information and for the pattern schedule, please read the introductory postHow to obtain the old patterns are also on the introductory post.

 

 

 

Sharing your work

 

If you are on Facebook, you can join the group Pictures With Paper Piecing and share your blocks there.

You can also share them on this Flickr group.

 

Giveaway

 

Harry Potter Fabrics

 

I decided not to pursue any outside sponsors for this event and fully sponsor it myself.  As a thank you for reading my blog, I want to do a little celebratory giveaway for my readers only.  If you are a subscriber, leave a comment here to be entered in the giveaway. 

For additional chances, link up your finished blocks here.  It doesn’t have to be a blog post.  You can link up Flickr or Instragram photos too.

For each block entered, you will get two extra entries.

Link-ups will close on December 12th.

 


 

 

 

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Introductory post with information and dates

 

Next month is a break month, so there will be no patterns.  I will have the next two patterns in the last week of January for you. 

Enjoy,
-Soma

 

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My Little Quilt Show

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Thank you so much for joining me for another year of Trunk Full Of Quilts.  Today, alongside announcing the winners, I get to show you a few of my finishes.  As most of you know, I am a paper piecing designer, I use paper piecing to create pictures with fabric.  I draw the pictures free-hand and then turn them into patterns.  I also like to solve puzzles.  I like the challenge of simplifying complex shapes into simpler patterns.

 

I made Floating At Dawn earlier this year.  Around the summer months, when we went running in the morning, we could see balloons coming up one by one above the horizon.  I made that scene into a mini.  Floating At Dawn pattern is available on Etsy and Craftsy.

 

I have link under every photo if you want to read more.  Also, I always get asked about pattern links right after I publish a post, so I am including the links should you like to purchase any.

 

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Dancing Wind on Etsy And Craftsy

This one represents rivers flowing with meltwater at the edge of growing woods, while the wind dances and changes its pace along the way.

 

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Castles In The Air on Etsy

Three of my online friends and I did a wonky house block swap a few years back.  I love castles, so I made 12 castle patterns.  Along with the 4″ swap blocks, I also made a 10″ block of each castle for myself.  That’s how Castles In The Air came to be.

 

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Winter Cottage on Craftsy and Etsy

I love the outdoors in all seasons.  One year it was too cold to go camping, so we rented a cabin.  There was a club house nearby with a gigantic fireplace for everyone’s use.  That’s what gave me the idea for Winter Cottage.

 

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Raindrops On Flowers on Craftsy and Etsy

I created these four blocks with a stained glass style design.  The four flowers are the Scottish Thistle, the Welsh Daffodil, the Irish Flax and the English Rose.  The splashing of raindrops in a puddle inspired the circular quilting on this one.

 

I hope you enjoyed the display of my paper pieced quilts.  You can find the rest of my work under the Finished Works tab at the top of the page.  It also includes other sewing and quilting finishes, along with a few knittings and paintings.

 

This year I have also been running two ongoing events.

  

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Wandering Camera

Photography is a big part of my life.  Earlier this year I started hosting a monthly linky party where I share a few photography tips along with my monthly photos.  You are welcome to join me with your photos.

 

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Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along

A paper pieced quilt along where I release two patterns per month.  If you are playing along, remember to grab the patterns this coming Thursday.  I may have a little surprise for you!

 

Prizes!!

I cannot thank the sponsors enough who made giving away so many prizes possible.  I am so thankful to these generous sponsors for providing prizes. Alongside Whims And Fancies, I also have Aurifil Threads, Meadow Mist Designs, Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, Buzzing’ Bumble, and Cooking Up Quilts sponsoring this event.  Due to their generosity, I was able to create a total of 7 packages.

 

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for participating and also to those of you who visited the blogs and left comments.  It was great to see everyone visiting each other.  As I mentioned earlier, I am not very fond of competition.  There was no judging, this quilt show was just for fun.  I randomly selected the winners for the prize packages.

 

Many congratulations to all of you!!!

Prize package 1 winner  – Just Let Me Quilt

Prize package 2 winner – Freemotion By The River

Prize package 3 winner – AmyScrapSpot

Prize package 4 winner – Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Prize package 5 winner – Pretty In The Port Quilts

Prize package 6 winner – Quilt Fabrication

Viewer’s Prize winner – NeedledMom

I will contact you soon via emails. 

 

For various reasons I haven’t been on the web for long lately.  If I haven’t replied your email or haven’t visited you yet, I apologise for that.  I am working on it, albeit slowly.  Just wanted to let you know.

 

Thank you again!
-Soma

 

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Yosemite And I

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Last weekend of October I had an opportunity to visit my favourite place – Yosemite National Park.  I am fortunate enough to live “only” 4.5 hours away from it.  That is considered close proximity in California.  I take advantage of that and try to go there multiple times a year.  Because of that, quite often I get to hear “Yosemite again??  What’s there to see so many times!”

The thing is, I feel at home there. 

In the words of Lord Byron –

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

For me, it’s not just a collection of parking spaces for the attractions in the park.  Yosemite needs to be explored. 

 

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A sunny day is stunning there, but storm clouds make it even more of a dramatic place. 

 

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Clouds skimming over El Capitan

 

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Bridalveil Falls

 

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Tall, ancient granite formations with cascading waterfalls surround you while you walk in the wide meadows and through groves of trees. 

 

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Water droplets catch the sunlight and gleam on grass and leaves. 

 

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The Merced river flows through it all, sometimes raucous and sometimes whispering.

 

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Season and weather change often, and Yosemite changes with them.

 

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While I love to hike the mountains and walk the meadows, sometimes I like to just sit at our favourite places in the park with my husband.  He reads while I paint.

 

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That is my Yosemite and I love it.  It has been there long before us and it will continue to be there long after. 

I was going through the photos I took there in October, always good for my spirit.  I hope they bring joy to you as well.

Take care,
-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My LensSeasons, Our World Tuesday, Wednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

  

 

 

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Trunk Full Of Quilts – 2016

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Hello and Welcome to Trunk Full Of Quilts here at Whims And Fancies!

Last November I had this idea of hosting Trunk Full Of Quilts – an online trunk show.  There was so much support, so many people linked up.  People visited each other and left wonderful comments.  So I decided to host it one more time this year.

This event gives us a chance to showcase our work on a new blog post, link up here, and let others admire them.  You can show any quilted item, it does not have to be quilts only.

A few of my friends also knit and crochet.  I would love for you to link up those lovely makes here as well.

After all the tension of last night, I really needed a diversion.  Let’s have a great time with the trunk show!

 

 

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I believe in collaboration over competition, so there will be no judges. This event is for pure show and tell fun. You will be entered in the giveaway just for participating in the event.

 

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I am so thankful to these generous sponsors for providing prizes. Alongside Whims And Fancies, I also have Aurifil Threads, Meadow Mist Designs, Craftsy, Fat Quarter Shop, Buzzing’ Bumble, and Cooking Up Quilts sponsoring this event.

 

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Craftsy provided a huge bundle of fabrics to give away.  Aurifil also sent me two boxes of threads.  Lara from Buzzin’ Bumble is giving away a copy of her book, Crafted Applique.  My fellow pattern designers Meadow Mist Designs and Cooking Up Quilts are also participating by giving away their fabulous patterns.

With all the goodies, I was able to create six total prize packages to give away.  At the end of the event, I will pick six random participants who linked up.

 

Prize Package 1

Moda Color Daze 25 pieces of fat quarter fabric
A box of Aurifil thread
4 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Prize Package 2

Tonga Treats 12 pieces of fat quarter fabric
A box of Aurifil thread
4 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Prize Package 3

$25 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate
Crafted Appliqué by Lara
2 quilt patterns by Meadow Mist Designs
2 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Prize Package 4

A bundle of 12 pieces of fat quarter fabric
2 quilt patterns by Meadow Mist Designs
2 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Prize Package 5

A bundle of 5 half-yard pieces of fabric
2 quilt patterns by Cooking Up Quilts
2 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Prize Package 6

A bundle of 5 half-yard pieces of fabric
2 quilt patterns by Cooking Up Quilts
2 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Viewer’s Prize

There would not be a show and tell without the viewers, I couldn’t leave them behind. So the last prize package is for following or subscribing to Whims And Fancies and for leaving a few comments for your fellow quilters. You get additional chances to win by sharing this event on any social network. Let me know that you have done so by leaving a comment here and you will be entered for this giveaway.

A bundle of 40 pieces of 10″ square fabrics
2 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies

 

Badge and code for you to share on your post and website

You can either save the image or copy and paste the text in the box below to share on your website –

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Let’s Show And Tell

Choose your favourite FINISHED quilted and/or knitted projects. These can be quilts, blankets, bags, pillows, wall hangings, etc. They DO NOT have to be made in 2016, but they do have to be finished projects.

Write up a new blog post specific to the trunk show including photos and a little description of each item you want to share. Old blog post links will be removed.

I have gotten a few inquiries about entering via Flickr.  Yes!  You can definitely do that as well.  Make sure it is a new photo.  Also, please add a link back to this page.

On your blog post, include the badge and a link back to the Whims And Fancies Trunk Full Of Quilts 2016 page.  You can also add the badge to your blog.

Then come back here and link up! That’s it!

Link-ups will close on November 20th.

 

 


-Soma
 

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