Holiday Happiness

Sun Bow | Whims And Fancies


It was a very good holiday.  It started with a 4-mile run/hike in the park after quite a few foot injuries over the last 12 months.  As I stopped for a breather, I looked up and was greeted by a beautiful sun bow which I have never seen before.  Even though my latest broken toe suffered a little after the run, it felt so good to be out there under the open sky again.



Annual Book Drive At Barnes And Noble | Whims And Fancies


We went to the Barnes And Noble bookstore for the annual children’s book drive. We have been doing this for over a decade now.  Every year, we happily browse through the children’s section to pick out books, then purchase them at the register and leave them there to be distributed amongst disadvantaged children.  I hope these books provide them an escape like they still do for me.



Sticky Toffy Pudding Nigella Lawson | Whims And Fancies


Once a year, I indulge the child in me by eating my favourite dessert – sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream – for breakfast.  I make it using Nigella Lawson’s easy recipe with reduced sugar for the sauce.

Imagine me sitting in my pyjamas, wearing fluffy house shoes, firing up the video game console with a bowl of this on my lap. 



Artists And Craftsman Art Supply | Whims And Fancies


We visited the Artists And Craftsman art supply store in San Francisco.  My husband waited very patiently with me while I browsed the shop.  During this first visit, I was elated to find so many of my favourite art supplies under the same roof.  Afterwards, we walked up to one of the many cafes in the area for a fabulous lunch ending with a decadent tiramisu.



Fabric basket | Whims And Fancies


I received a package from Kris.  The box was packed with sweet little things, beautiful fabrics, a hand-embroidered pincushion AND this lovely basket using penguin fabric.

I often paint sitting at the dining table. It gets great afternoon light.  Now I have this lovely basket to carry all my art supplies over from my atelier to the table.



Watercolour Paint Swatches | Whims And Fancies


New Year’s Eve, I started making paint swatches.  Approximately 7 hours later, after watching a few of our favourite movies and having a few small drinks, I finished painting all the swatches at 3:30 AM.  I made a total of 151 cards.




I also played with a few design ideas for new projects.  I am using very bold, minimalist graphics for this set.



Napa Woodland Hike | Whims And Fancies


The holiday concluded with a long hike on Saturday, followed by a mountain trail hike for my birthday on Sunday.  I had to nurse the injured foot, but that was not going to thwart me.  I suffer from severe acrophobia.  Mountain hikes are great for facing my fear.  My camera provides the distraction and my husband is the best companion.  The trail was exceptionally quiet that day and we had an exhilarating woodland hike.


My pre-holiday ennui has now disappeared.  I have a number of plans for the future.  Taking that next step is always daunting, but I feel ready to face that fear.  I can’t wait to share with you these new ideas.



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Wandering Camera – October Linky Party

Camera And Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies


Welcome to the month of October’s Wandering Camera linky party.  This photography project has been a wonderful experience for me so far.  I can’t thank you enough for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.

I experimented a lot with my camera in September.  I took photos of subject matter that is new to me.  I also played a lot with light, specially with sunlight.  I like photographing into the sun to see what effect that has on my photos.

Here are my photos from the month of September –


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1. Finally figured out the secret of growing basil

2. Box full of colours

3. Lighting up the evening

4. Flamenco dress


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5. Venetian glass pens and ink from our Florence trip

6. Clock above the fireplace

7. Standing out

8. Couldn’t resist a paint named Venezia


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9. Dreaming of hydrangeas in our garden

10. Intriguing shadow

11. Industrial

12. Coal and steel captured in glass tiles


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13. Dryburgh Abbey in watercolour

14. Making a quilt for my orange furball

15. Orange Sparklers

16. Melody awaits


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17.  Picturesque Napa by the river

18. Remedy for heatwave

19. Ephemeral

20. Joy of a finished quilt – Squares Plus


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21. Banned Books Week

22. Dredging the riverbed

23. Damaged post office building after the M6 earthquake of 2014

24. Life is back to normal in Napa now, for both residents and tourists


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25. Facade

26. Fabric flowers

27. The state of my brain mirrored on my desk – both are sorted now :)

28. Wild flowers in our garden


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29. Forest bokeh

30. Mopped-up oil paint, the start of next month’s painting projects


Telephone Box Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


Working on Wandering Camera and creating the Lego Harry Potter quilt patterns is hardly leaving me any time for other sewing projects.  I have a stack of printed patterns sitting on my desk, waiting to be stitched.  However, while I was going through some old photos, I came across a few travel photos from the past.  I had to sneak in a little bit of drawing time on the computer to create this pattern and share a little peek with you.  Hopefully I will be able to sew it soon.


As I was compiling the sets, I was thinking how looking at every photo always evokes certain memories for me.  Places, surroundings, sounds, activities, just to name a few.

Then I came across this video.  Photography is so much more than just learning techniques.  So instead of writing a tutorial today, I will leave you with this –


Update – Unfortunately the video has been removed from youtube.


How amazing is that!!  Lets keep those shutters clicking.  Now it’s your turn to share.  I can’t wait to see your photos!!


Badge to share on your post and website

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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 Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.


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