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

 

Summer Peaches On Etsy

 

I wanted to share the joy of my being able to eat proper fruit with you.  Summer 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

 

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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.

 

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Reviving Old Ones

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Over the past few weeks, I took stock of all the projects that are shoved inside my cabinets and shelves.  I was not the least bit surprised to find quite a few forgotten ones.  I love to play with new ideas. That of course comes at the cost of unfinished projects, no matter how much I despise having them around.  I picked some of them to be my current work-in-progress projects.

 

 

Victorian House Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I don’t even remember when I started working on this Victorian house or why I abandoned it.  I found it quite by chance while looking for another painting.  The house that inspired this one is itself in a sad shape, just like this painting of mine.  I am now actively working on it, starting with adding a few magical elements to it.

 

 

Gothic Architecture Painting | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After painstakingly drawing out the architectural details, this Gothic building came to a stall as well.  I am glad I waited with this one though, because I have since changed my mind and now have a much clearer vision of how I want to proceed with it.  Can’t wait to see it take shape!

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Stained Glass Flowers patterns on Etsy

 

The Garden Path quilt.  I had the quilt layout design done long ago.  However, upon revisiting, I changed the flower distribution while keeping the original layout.  After a LOT of iterations, I am finally happy with it.  There is now a bit of symmetry amongst the asymmetry.  I also didn’t want the fabric combinations to repeat, that was part of the “puzzle” I had to solve as well.

 

Due to limited space, I don’t have a design wall.  I use my computer software all the time for layouts.  Plus, I like figuring out the layout first before I make the blocks, so I have a clear idea of how many of which I need to make.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

My August goal was to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I am so glad to have finished four of them.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I got a 12″ cutting mat lately.  It is fantastic for trimming and cutting paper piecing fabrics.  I place it on my ironing board, which is usually placed perpendicular to my sewing machine.  This setting has been great for my back, since I can now just swivel my chair while sitting back on it properly.

 

 

Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Stained Glass Flowers patterns on Etsy

 

These were the first four blocks that I made.  I am very happy to have finally started on this one again and I am already halfway through making all the blocks.  These are all 12″ flower patterns that I designed with stained glass motifs in mind.

 

I am considering both of the paintings and the Garden Path quilt as large projects.  I know I will soon get sidetracked by something new and small for instant gratification.  I just need to make sure I continue to come back to these. 

How about you?  Whether you paint, sew, or do other craft work, do you work on one project at a time, or do you find yourself working on a few small ones and then coming back to the large ones?

 

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-Soma

 

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Wandering Camera – My Summer Days

Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

Preferring much cooler weather, summer is not my most favourite season, really. We don’t travel during summer and most of my time is spent indoors during this time. Therefore, over time, this has become my most productive time of the year. I do stretch my legs during very early summer mornings to avoid cabin fever, and I get to experience some of the most beautiful sunrises at our local park.

 

 

Misty Mornings In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The misty and cool mornings of spring have now…

 

 

Sunrise In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

…been replaced by fields of gold.

 

 

Rainy Morning In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

After years of drought and dry winters, we finally had a lot of rain last season, and my little flower garden is very content.

 

 

Tree Mallow Flower In Northern California Wine Counntry | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Wildflower season is gone, but I still have a few summer flowers blooming in the garden.  We planted a Tree Mallow when it was a no more than 2 feet tall, just a sapling.  It started flowering last year, and this year the tree is covered with tiny pink flowers.  I love seeing them swaying in the wind, backlit by the late afternoon sun.

 

 

Downton Abbey Stained Glass Flower Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Stained Glass Flowers patterns on Etsy

 

Aside from tending the garden so my beloved green-children survive the hot summer, I also restarted working on a few fabric flowers.   I pulled out my stained glass flowers pattern set and started making blocks for the English Garden quilt again.  My August goal is to finish at least a few of the blocks.  I will be joining One Monthly Goal, hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts, a great way to stay on top of those goals.

 

 

Sketchbook page - GPS Error | Whims And Fancies

 

A little sketch from my musings sketchbook

 

I also use summer for travel planning.  As I was mapping a route, I thought of the time when we were following GPS instructions and a set of detour signs got us to a road-closed sign.  We were in tears from laughing so hard.  That only strengthened my hate for GPS, and I pulled out my trusty map.

 

 

Travel and Magic Watercolour Prints for Sale | Whims And Fancies

 

Prints Available On Etsy

(free shipping in the US over $35.00)

 

Lastly, Many Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my last post, where I shared news about my new venture of selling prints from my paintings on my Etsy shop.  Much to my delight, this is the first set of sold paintings and they are now in their lovely new home in Scotland.

A Step Forward – If you missed the post and you are interested in seeing the available prints (free shipping over $35.00 in the US)

 

How is your summer going?  Feel free share your summer-themed photos, or any photos that you have taken, on this month’s Wandering Camera.

 

 

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

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