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.






Purchase Halloween Witch Hat



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.

Linking up with One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty!  Great way to get those small or big finishes achieved.





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.




Purchase Autumn Forest Walk


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. 




Purchase Autumn Forest Walk


In the spirit of sharing some of my autumn dreams with you, Autumn Forest Walk is now available in my shop.  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.




See you on Oct. 31st for Wandering Camera!


Happy October!


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Wandering Camera – Muir Woods

Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



This Wandering Camera started with an innocuous conversation that turned into a morning excursion.  A few weeks back, my husband and I went to get haircuts during a cold and wet morning.  The lady who cuts my hair is usually very quiet.  However, the weather outside got us talking about Muir Woods.  She had visited Muir Woods recently after a rainstorm and loved how the forest transformed into a wet and misty place.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



I am one of those few people who love winter.  When we lived in southern California, we used to come up to San Francisco during the winter months to enjoy the crisp and cold, wet and windy weather, often visiting Muir Woods as well.  Sadly, even though we live so much closer to it now, we haven’t gone there once since we moved up here to northern California.  After having that chat with her though, it was inevitable that we visit.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



I would have loved to photograph the forest after the rain, but I happily settled for an early morning cloud layer before the sun broke through it.  Muir Woods is about a 70-mile drive from our place.  So, to get an early start, we woke up while it was still dark outside.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



The place was exactly as we remembered it.  I even recognised a couple of the mighty coastal redwood trees by the markings on their trunks from our visits all those years ago.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



Even though the redwoods dominate this landscape, we saw many other plants growing in the forest under the shade of the tall trees.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



After a couple of hours, the sun was high enough to come through the forest foliage.  Only a few rays could penetrate the thick canopy of leaves high above us.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



I love how dramatic the fall leaves look against the dark background of the redwood trees.



Muir Woods | Whims And Fancies



As the sun continued to rise, some of the early morning magic started to dissipate, so we decided to head back.



Downpour Rain Painting | Whims And Fancies

Downpour – a marker and colour-pencils drawing


Although we didn’t get to walk in the rain, it was still wonderful to visit the forest.  We had a fabulous downpour last week and it is continuing into this week.  Both my husband and I love to walk in rain and snow, they make us ecstatically happy.  We will be revisiting Muir Woods very soon, this time hopefully wearing our wet-weather clothing.


I will be going into my winter hiatus soon to enjoy my favourite season, so there won’t be a Wandering Camera next month.  We will resume again in January.


Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies


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




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