This Little Stories collection is all about finding comfort in everyday things, celebrating them, and unwinding. Unwinding is a hard word for me. I tend to reprimand myself for sitting around and doing nothing, but it is so important for any work. So, when I struggle with focusing and need to unwind, I let my mind wander while letting my hand do some easy work.
This is another set of the daily photos of simple, everyday things I took between Feb. 2020 – Feb. 2021. They possibly represent my version of unwinding better than I could ever do with words.
Simple 365 – Set 7
Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos and read the captions.
I also created a page with all the previously shared photos from Simple365. I will add more photos to that page as well, as I share them here.
I learned to play chess from my grandfather. He and I used to play every night after having dinner together. If I had too much homework, he would always wait for me so we could spend that time together. These are his fountain pens. I love to jot down little thoughts and notes with them. My love for printing and book making is a credit to him.
A Little Story
Mr. Nigel Forsythe Castleton is the proprietor of the Lost Pages Bookstore. Owing to the bookstore being in a very old stone building, it is very drafty and cold, even on the warmest of days. Mr. Castleton loves nothing more than to spend his days in the bookstore, but the poor thing is always very cold even though he is made of wool. Luckily, the bookstore has a wonderfully big fireplace, where he keeps a fire going at all times. He pours himself a glass of ginger wine and sits by the fireplace, perusing those lost pages.
This time he is visiting his friend who also has an antiquities book shop full of books of magic and alchemy. He loves the old city of York, so he has decided to spend some time there.
I have knitted and introduced Mr. Castleton before, but if you are new here and don’t know him, he is a very gentle fellow who loves all things books.
A Not So Little Celebration
Winter is a celebratory season at our home with tons of birthdays, starting with Charlie. He celebrated his 18th birthday very recently. Even though he is not allowed, he loves to sneak in sweets made of dairy. For his birthday, he got a special treat – a very sizeable portion of cheesecake.
He was looking up at my husband to sit with him while he enjoyed his birthday cake. They have a very special bond. Although Charlie is a perpetual kitten, I thought I paint this dignified version of him for my husband.
Growing up as an only child, I have always lived most of my days in the worlds of stories and books.
Hand-binding books for those stories while listening to an audio-book is one of my favourite ways to unwind while staying mildly focused. This moss green journal was the very first 3″ x 4″ journal I made for myself with a special drawing theme in mind. I look forward to starting on that soon.
(handbound by me pocket journals are available in my shop)
Girl And Her Cat – Wandering Pages
I painted the Girl and Her Cat stories in little 2″ x 3″ books. This is the last set of paintings from the the Girl And Her Cat – Wandering Pages book.
Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –
You can see the full Wandering Pages book here.
The Girl and Her Cat decided to become lost in the mist for a while, visiting the land of the snowy owls. It is also time for me to go on my winter hiatus. I wish you the most magical holidays with lots of rest.
Thank you so much for being here with me and for your most lovely and encouraging words. I will be back around March.
See you then,
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P.S. The Ink Torrents Graphics shop remains open. I will continue to mail orders, as always. You can also purchase quilting patterns, which you can access immediately via Instant Download. I will also be available via email. Thank you for continuing to shop from my store.
handmade by amalia January 30, 2022 at 22:47
I love your wintery scene and little bridge – it looks like the beginning of a wonderful adventure.
Michelle December 26, 2021 at 09:57
I love these glimpses into your creative muses. I was an only child too. I get it. Happy birthday, Charlie!
Tammie December 26, 2021 at 07:11
You truly captured winter in your top journal pages.
Reading of you and your grandfather touched my heart, what a sweet experience. I wish I had had that.
Wonderful portrait of Charlie.
Sarah MumofThree World December 25, 2021 at 22:46
I love the painting of Charlie enjoying his birthday! How lovely to read about you playing chess with your grandfather too.
RachelSwirl December 23, 2021 at 16:42
Every week I say the same thing – you are such a talented, gifted artist. WOW
Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot. Have a great Christmas and a great new year!
Sue December 22, 2021 at 21:37
Lovely post Soma, wishing you a very happy Christmas.
Sharon Wagner December 22, 2021 at 11:06
I love Mr. Cat. Happy Holidays to you!
Lillian December 21, 2021 at 05:31
Michele Morin December 21, 2021 at 04:28
Every picture tells a story!
Little Wandering Wren December 20, 2021 at 23:17
Happy Christmas Soma – I love the idea to unwind that has just helped me tremendously as I wonder sometimes why I take a while to write about some of my experiences, I used to say I was decompressing but unwinding is gentler! Love the idea of wandering pages! Lovely post & happy holidays!
Angie December 20, 2021 at 21:22
P.S. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
image-in-ing weeklly photo linky December 20, 2021 at 09:10
Such talent you have! Marvelous!
Thank you so much for sharing at
Veronica Lee December 20, 2021 at 07:35
Your art is beautiful, as always, Soma.
Love the stories too.
BLOGitse December 20, 2021 at 01:42
Oh, you’re talented! Beautiful books and art.
Happy holidays from winterland, Finland! :)
Sam December 19, 2021 at 12:56
Sometimes doing enough can lead to creativity x #mysundaysnapshot
Kim Carberry December 19, 2021 at 05:32
It is hard to unwind. I often feel like I am wasting time when I just sit around. What beautiful photos. x
NatureFootstep December 18, 2021 at 14:11
a great way to share a little story. And beautiful art :)
A ShutterBug Explores December 18, 2021 at 10:49
Your artwork is divine ~ love how you played chess with your grand father ~ how wonderful! Xo
Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
John's Island December 18, 2021 at 10:37
Hi, Found you on Saturday’s Critters. Wow, can’t believe I’ve been missing your wonderful blog. I just purchased one of your handmade clothbound journals. They look excellent. Just wish I was a good enough artist to draw like you do! :-) Your black and white photo journey in 2020 & 2021 is also a joy. Thank you for sharing! John