Charlie's Adventure A Halloween Story about a little cat Charlie @ InkTorrents.com by Soma

Charlie’s Adventure

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

This is a story about Charlie’s adventure.  I shared this story once before when I made the quilt top.  That was so many years ago that I thought would share the story one more time, along with the finished quilt.  

Charlie is my sweet little orange kitty who, contrary to everyone’s belief, has a sweet tooth that would rival anyone.  He would do anything to get a lick of ice-cream, watermelon, sweetened cream, or anything else sweet you can think of.

 

One day, Charlie learned that on All Hallows Eve,  if he puts on a wizard’s hat and a bow tie and sits very very quietly amongst the Jack-O-Lanterns, magic leaves will come and carry him to the Land of the Seven Sisters who would give him lots and lots of sweets to eat.  So he came to me and asked if I would make him a hat and a bow tie.  I was happy to oblige.

 

 

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

As the evening approached, he donned his starry hat and bow tie, smartly walked outside, sat down in the pumpkin patch and waited very patiently.

 

 

 

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

Charlie has a very bossy sister and two very clueless brothers.  They all love to play with Charlie.  His sister specially loves Charlie and keeps a wary eye on him at all times.   Charlie excitedly told her all about his plan.  She didn’t really believe him, but she was not about to let him sit outside all alone either.  Who knew what peril would befall her brother!  She was also not going to leave the other two out of sight, because then she would have to spend the rest of the night looking for all of them if they got lost.  So the bossy sister pushed the disgruntled brothers out the door and all of them surreptitiously waited a little distance away from little Charlie as the sun sank below the horizon.

 

 

 

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

They waited and waited and waited some more.  Then, when everything had gone quiet, all the kids had gone home after their Trick-Or-Treat runs and the Jack-O-Lanterns were about to go out, they heard a rustle and a swoosh.  Suddenly they were off, all four of them, carried away on gigantic leaves!  These were no ordinary leaves, of course!  On each one of them, a different adventure awaited the little kitties.  They stayed together, hopped around and rolled from leaf to leaf, played, and had amazing fun.

 

 

 

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

All this time, while they were busy playing, the leaves carried them onward and upward to the Land of the Seven Sisters.  By the time the little kitties got there, they were exhausted.  They sat in the midst of stars and each had their favourite food to eat while watching the Jack-O-Lantern-lit Earth turning down below.  Charlie had his most favourite sweets to eat that day and nobody was going to stop him.  Slowly as the night got deeper, they fell asleep on top of each other and were carried gently and silently back down to earth, down to their soft, warm beds.

 

 

 

Autumn Halloween quilt by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

 

I had a wonderful time drawing, creating the layout, and designing the patterns for Charlie’s Adventure.  I definitely had just as much fun as my little kitties.  Charlie was all right with sharing the story with all of you as long as he and his beloved Papa could have the quilt. 

Now I am really glad to have finished the quilt so that they can huddle under it together and dream of sweet things. 

 

For the most part I did wavy quilting to depict the wind that blew them all to the Land of the Seven Sisters.  I didn’t want to purchase new fabric for the binding, so I used some lime green material that I happened to have at hand.  Although I had originally had a purple binding in mind, I rather like this one.

One day I would love to illustrate this story for a book.

 

 

 

 

Charlie Cat Scaling Wall - Inktorrents Graphics Soma Acharya

 

 

As you know, Charlie does tend to come up a lot in my stories and artwork.   This is a sketch I made of him trying to climb a wall.  “Trying” being the operative word.

 

 

 

Charlie's Snowflakes - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

Last week I shared a  little story about how he was one of the helpers of the Winter Fairy.   You can read that little story here.

 

 

 

Charlie's Snowflakes - Lost Pages watercolour paintings by InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya - Whims And Fancies

 

 

Charlie sat and supervised as I wrote the story.   Actually, he was trying to convince me to give him some sweet treats.  He was most disappointed when that didn’t work, “Nobody at home ever gives me anything!”  So he went off to bed to dream about his special All Hallows Eve adventure while snoozing with his pumpkin.  Supposedly the pumpkin gives him sweet dreams.

 

Although he is now 17 years old, he is still the perpetual kitten of our home and continues to make us laugh with his antics.  Also, much to his chagrin, he gets smothered in hugs and kisses all the time, despite loudly claiming that “he is a grown-up boy who should NOT be hugged and kissed”.

 

Whether you read it today for the first time, or re-read it, I do hope you enjoyed the story, even though it is out of season.

 

 

 

Next time I look forward to sharing with you my adventures into the world of natural ink making.

 

Until then,
-Soma

 

P.S.  I always get asked – the patterns are available in my shop.

 

I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.  They are a fabulous bunch!  This month I am also joining Cheryl’s favourite finish and Em’s One Montly Goal.

 

 

 

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Fairy Tale Gingerbread House And Simple365

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Summer  is a time for me to stay indoors, clean up my workspace, get my act together and plan ahead, but always with room for spontaneity.    This year however, the planner pages remain empty.  I am finding myself increasingly wanting to work on and experiment with new materials and ideas.  That includes thinking of alternate twists on old stories.

 

Before I go into the story behind this painting, let me share another set of my Simple 365 photos. 

 

Simple 365 – Set 2

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos.

 

 

Previous Sets –

Simple 365 – Set 1

 

Early this year, I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy.  These are truly everyday photos that mostly reflect my days and my life.

 

 

Fairy Tale Gingerbread House Watercolour Painting | Shop Whims And Fancies

 

A few months back, I was sketching of a gingerbread house right at the edge of the wood. 

 

A little tip for watercolour painting

I almost always start my paintings by drawing in a sketchbook or on large sheets of loose paper, NEVER directly on watercolour paper.  Erasing unwanted marks damages the watercolour paper, and you can never really get rid of the erased pencil imprints. 

Once I am happy with my drawing, I use my light-board to trace the final drawing on the watercolour paper before I start painting.

 

 

Fairy Tale Gingerbread House Watercolour Painting | Shop Whims And Fancies

 

Originally, the witch at the door was not part of the painting.  I was thinking of sweets and icing for the house itself.  I also enjoyed painting the wicked woods and the bramble that lay behind the house. 

I was happy with the painting, but without the witch it didn’t feel complete.  As I was drawing her, I thought: “What if she is not a horrid witch as the stories portray her, but a kind one?”

 

 

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Once someone enters the wicked woods, they never return. She is there to protect wandering children from entering the woods by luring them into the gingerbread house.  She sends the children who are truly lost home.  For the ones who have run away from bad homes, she finds a happy home. 

For me, she embodies hope.  That’s at least my version of the story and I am sticking to it!

 

Prints of the Fairy Tale Gingerbread House are available in my shop.  I would like to think it would make a wonderful gift for book lovers,  adults and children alike. 

Hope you liked my version of the story. I would also love to know which of the Simple 365 photos from this set you liked.

 

Wishing you a happy week ahead,
-Soma

 

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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