October Colours – Autumn Forest Walk

 

October is here.  Alongside mostly cooler days, I have spotted colour changes in the leaves here and there.  I will soon be out and about a LOT more with my camera and paintbrushes, capturing the quintessential autumnal colours and enjoying not only my favourite seasons, also my most favourite festival – Halloween!  After being homebound for close to six months during spring and summer due to severe allergies, I look forward to this every year with much excitement.

I have a few sewing projects to share with you that are made from my patterns –

 

 

 

 

The camera was made by Becky as a gift.

 

Kat made a bag for a secret Santa present using the Artist Paintbox pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Witch Hat on Etsy

 

 

The first witch hat was made by Mary.  She used dot-to-dot quilting for it, which I found to be so unique.

 

The second one was made by PumpkinHollowQuilts.  She makes some of the best Halloween cross stitches and decorations.

 

 

They are all made from some of my favourite patterns, and I am delighted to be able to share them with you. 

 

 

 

 I made a Halloween-themed block from my Shattered Star pattern.  I earnestly meant to quilt this block by now.  Much to my chagrin, that is unfortunately not going to happen.  I am going to turn this into a pillow.

 

 

 

 

Most of my things are still in boxes while we wait for a few home improvements.  I did pack some of my drawing/painting supplies in a bag since I can pretty much sit anywhere and start to draw/paint.  The only thing that could distract me is the call of the outside.

 

 

 

Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy

 

The woods around here will very soon start to display the most amazing autumnal colours.   Mother Nature uses her Midas touch to transform the area into the most vibrant shades of gold and yellow.  Even painting that transports me to a different world. 

 

 

 

Autumn Forest Walk on Etsy

 

In the spirit of sharing some of my autumn dreams with you, Autumn Forest Walk is now available in my Etsy shop. It would be a lovely fall display and perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  If you are a tree-hugger (in the most literal sense) like me, you would probably enjoy having it around all year long as I do.

 

To make things a little easier for the oncoming holiday season, I am doing free U.S. shipping on all of my paintings on Etsy.  I am also happy to combine shipping charges for multiple international orders.

 

Happy October!
-Soma

 

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Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop – The Witch Tree

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Welcome to the Witchy Stichy blog hop hosted by Carol.  We have very recently moved to a house which has some very old and very beautiful trees.  I think trees are quite magical.  Over the past couple of weeks, as I have been unpacking, I have been listening to them rustling in the wind and wondering what they are saying to each other, or perhaps whispering an idea of a story to me.

 

 

 

Witch Cauldron Watercolour Sennelier | Whims And Fancies

 

 

There is a forest where little witches live.  They are not the usual naughty witches you read about who stir up acrid potions in their cauldrons and harm others.  These witches take care of the forest and tend to the trees during the day.  While they do use their little cauldrons to make potions from the berries and herbs they collect, these are generally fortifying or healing potions.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

That is why when you go to the forest during the daylight hours, you don’t see anything out of the ordinary.  However, if you were to venture deep inside the forest during the night, you would see the trees lit up by little pumpkins, inside which the witches live.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The witches have painted vines and leaves all over the inside walls.  Once they return home and lights are on, the semi-transparent walls look magical from outside.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The vines that grow around the trees shine silver when moonlight falls on them.

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The witches have also added enchantments to the trunk of the tree so the tree is not burdened by them.  The tree lives a carefree life, hugging and protecting the witches and singing rustling songs to them, and the witches care for the trees and guard them with their magic and potions.

So begins my little story of the Witch Tree.

 

Time For A Little Giveaway

 

 

Halloween Witch Hat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies
Cat Eyes Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Halloween is my favourite holiday and as a paper piecing designers, I am excited about giving away these two patterns to 4 people.  My giveaways are for my followers only.  If you spread the word on social media, you get extra entries per mention.  Please make sure you follow me and leave a comment for each social media mention.  Last date to enter the giveaway is October 11th, 2019.

 

Stay tuned for at least one more giveaway this month!

 

 

The Witch Tree Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Witch Tree on Etsy

 

As for the this piece, I paper pieced the tree.  Once I set the block on a canvas and added the pumpkins, I started doodling with my silver and gold pens, thinking of the little witches and their forest full of trees.

The Witch Tree is now available on my Etsy shop if you wish to make one for yourself.  You can replace the pumpkins with flowers, leaves, fruits or any other embelishment your heart desires.

 

 

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt  hosts some of the best blog hops.   Thanks, Carol!!  

It not only gave me a much-needed break from the mayhem of moving, now I also have a Halloween wall art for our new home.  I am glad to have this as my very first project made in this home.  Off to a good creative start, I think.

 

 

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

 

A full list of the bog hoppers on Just Let Me Quilt

 

Here are a few of the lovely ladies who I am sharing my day with –

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Quilted Delights

Kathleen McMusing

Quilts By Joanne

Whims And Fancies – That’s me!

Janie G. – Hosted at Just Let Me Quilt

 

 

 

Have fun blog hopping!

-Soma

 

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Whims And Fancies Is Moving

 

Summer Peaches Kitchen Art Print | Whims And Fancies

 

 

We are moving house tomorrow!  Still a lot to do, but I am as prepared as I can be at this moment.  Most of my atelier is packed up.   I am literally working out of a box right now.  In midst of packing boxes, I worked on creating a kitchen-themed print.  More on that in a bit. Lets just say peaches have opened up a whole new world for me.

 

 

 

 

I did sneak in a most spectacular camping trip somewhere in there.  More on that next week on this month’s Wandering Camera.

 

 

 

 

As I was packing away, I looked at my doll.   Because I was always more interested in books, pens, paint and paper, this is the only doll I ever had.  She was really more of a companion of an only child growing up in a house full of grown-ups.

I took some time off from packing yesterday. I gave her bushy hair a good wash and brushed it thoroughly.  Then I put her in an old autumn-coloured dress.  As I never got into sewing as a child, I was always glad when my grandmother or aunt would make her a new dress out of fabric remnants.  Only 3 of those dresses survived.  This is one of them.

 

 

 

 

30+ years later, I still haven’t stitched buttons on this dress.  Made me chuckle.  Almost everything has been packed away, but I found a package of book-binding needles on my desk, and a ball of yarn.   That is the full extent of my sewing this week.

Now she is ready for the move as well.

 

 

 

Penguins Quilt Pattern on Etsy

 

Back to packing again.  I dumped out my cabinets on the floor.  Some of these are new recruits, some I have had since I was a child, and some from in between those times.  Little Penguin Polaris and his other penguin friends are stowed away now too.

 

 

Summer Peaches Kitchen Art Print | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Now back to the peaches.  For the first time in my life, I tasted peaches that are not from a tin. Due to severe food allergies I can’t eat most fresh fruits or veggies. I still had to bake these, but I was so happy that I had to paint this.

 

 

Summer Peaches Kitchen Art Print | Whims And Fancies

 

Sweet Peaches On Etsy

 

I wanted to share the joy of my being able to eat proper fruit with you.  Sweet Peaches kitchen themed print is now available on my Etsy shop.  Won’t it make a wonderful gift for a baker or a gardener, or simply for your kitchen as a reminder of the summery fresh fruit fragrance?

 

See you next week on Wandering Camera!
-Soma

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page.  Please pay a visit to some of them.  

 

 

 

UPDATE Sep 25th – Unfortunately there won’t be a Wandering Camera linky party this month, next one will be again on Oct. 31st.  I will see you on Oct. 7th for the Witchy Stitchy blog hop hosted by Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt

 

 

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Wandering Camera – Old York Street Light

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

Old York Street Light On Etsy

 

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Before I continue with today’s post, I have something personal to share.  After looking for a house that we can call home for a very long time, my husband and I finally found one a couple of weekends ago.  All things are now set in motion and hopefully we will be moving by mid to late next month.

 

 

 

 

I took this photo when we went to see the house.  It has a beautiful backyard with very old Ash trees and a giant Redwood tree.

 

 

 

 

I am also working on a sewing project that I have had in my mind for a long time.  Carol at Just Let Me quilt is hosting  Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop for Halloween, and this will be just perfect for that.   Here is a sneak peek!

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I would love to have an old wrought iron street light placed somewhere in the new house.  I am very fond of them.

 

 

 

Gamla Stan In Stockholm

 

I love these lights hanging from the brick walls of pubs or cafes in old cities, welcoming people inside after a long countryside walk or to just relax a little by the fireside after travelling a long way.  They somehow fit in both urban decor and medieval decor with ease.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Not surprising that I found myself painting one such street light hanging above a door.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I enjoyed painting the weathered walls, specially the bricks.

 

 

Old York Street Light Painting On Etsy | Whims And Fancies

 

Old York Street Light On Etsy

 

York is such a lovely historic English city that both of us came up with the idea together of calling this painting Old York Street Light

This Yorkshire-inspired art print would be nice for anyone who loves England and Britain as well as people who love old European architecture prints.

I now have prints of this painting available on my Etsy shop.  I would love for you take a look.  As most of my artwork is travel-inspired, I am sure it would make a wonderful travel lover gift too.

This old street lights invokes thoughts of not just travelling, but also art, history, architecture and stories from medieval times.  This print would be lovely for a book lover – anyone who loves to travel through pages.  I can’t wait to hang this in the new house by my books.

 

Thank you for all the wonderful comments, and for sharing your photos with me. I love visiting you and reading a bit about your world, where you have been visiting and what you have been creating.

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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