• a handful of weeks

    bursts Just as a garden should be. firesky The view from the driveway in the early morning, the fires were at last contained. this pizza This pizza means Kadee was home for a visit. The best. early Mom and me, after taking Kadee to the airport for her flight back to Baltimore. Sad us having(…)

  • these are the days

    for creating things that have been bouncing around in my mind for days and days to step away from the computer for a moment and cuddle Tuna (the perfect kitty in the window above) I’ll remember hearing the birds outside alongside Lake Michigan playing on iTunes these are the days… for finally creating a shop space on(…)

  • lacewings

    Two of these delicate beauties were quietly vibrating their wings on the outside window panes yesterday morning. Turns out their larvae are quite good for the garden and the vibrating is a mating ritual. Good for the garden and awfully pretty, too.   soft morning light | outside | 100 mm macro lens    

  • bitten

    So nice to be bitten by the baking bug. Seems like there has been a lull for a bit. Not anymore. Firstly, an abundance of fragrant fresh fruit (thank you Trader Joe’s for having the best peaches this time of year). Secondly, special people to bake for…Dad for a late Father’s Day gift and a(…)

  • sparkler

    We were so lucky to celebrate my sister Kadee’s birthday just last week while she was home during a brief break from the end of her intern year. Today is her actual birthday, the brilliant day she was born. Happy birthday dear Kadee, oh how we love and adore you! xoxoxo links to goodies on(…)

  • all grows up | senior portraits

    Taking senior portraits of this lovely young woman made for an absolutely wonderful morning. With unusually hot temperatures and 37 mph gusting winds, it made for a memorable shoot in many ways. I have known Kaela since she was a third grader and her mom and I became fast friends working together at the same(…)

  • wake up early

    Morning air, bright sun and the wild growth of prickly weeds and bursts of color. Mid-May. It’s a beauty, and a bear. I’d like to allow this week’s unbearable heat to be bearable. To fill up my hours and check things off the list, then add some more. It would be wonderful to put those(…)

a handful of weeks

bursts
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Just as a garden should be.

firesky
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The view from the driveway in the early morning, the fires were at last contained.

this pizza
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This pizza means Kadee was home for a visit. The best.

early
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Mom and me, after taking Kadee to the airport for her flight back to Baltimore. Sad us having a delicious breakfast.

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The bougainvillea that grows at my parent’s front door, a confetti of gorgeous petals.

this yawn
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The first face I see in the morning.

those feet
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They belong to two of my favorite people who helped me take new product photos.

softest
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I was reluctant to change up my traditional camera strap, then I saw these…and am so happy I did.

this guy
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Soaking up the sun on the fire pit rocks.

afternoon naps
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One of his many favorite spots.

Putting together images from the week that capture a few gems from that week has been one of my favorite things I started with the blog in 2014. Then I just let the weeks pile up. Weeks 19 to 28, some of the good stuff.

Plus…

today is the birthday of my beautiful passionate talented sister
this great online pop-up market
a fantastic documentary
making our way through this and loving it…it’s all in the game
and the beach just got even better with this and that

 

these are the days

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for creating things that have been bouncing around in my mind for days and days

to step away from the computer for a moment and cuddle Tuna (the perfect kitty in the window above)

I’ll remember hearing the birds outside alongside Lake Michigan playing on iTunes

these are the days…

for finally creating a shop space on staceywinters.com using this, a simple shopping cart platform for artists (opening soon!)

to get back on the computer and jump into social media more

I’ll remember Hermie sighing on the pillow at my feet and later jumping on my lap to nap

these are the days…

for new projects

to stop thinking about it and do it

I’ll remember Tiny Dancer purring and washing my hair like I’m her baby

 

Above: a free-spirited collection of my photographs and colors put together to create letters for a banner, this one and a few more coming to the shop next week

 

lacewings

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Two of these delicate beauties were quietly vibrating their wings on the outside window panes yesterday morning.

Turns out their larvae are quite good for the garden and the vibrating is a mating ritual.

Good for the garden and awfully pretty, too.

 

soft morning light | outside | 100 mm macro lens

 

 

bitten

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So nice to be bitten by the baking bug. Seems like there has been a lull for a bit. Not anymore.

Firstly, an abundance of fragrant fresh fruit (thank you Trader Joe’s for having the best peaches this time of year).

Secondly, special people to bake for…Dad for a late Father’s Day gift and a dear friend for a birthday celebration and then there is just the fact that Case and I could eat fresh baked fruit goods every day, even for dinner.

Thirdly, it just feels like summer to be baking…Hermie and the kitties lounging about, the sun shining and Jaws playing on tv.

I started with just peaches, Dad loves loves loves a peach pie. Then I made a couple rustic tarts using leftover dough with peaches and cherries for me and Case. The big finale was a peach, cherry and blueberry crumble which I think was the best crumble I ever made. It must’ve been, it was gone in one evening and the birthday girl was very happy.

There aren’t any pictures of the best crumble I ever made only because as soon as it came out of the oven I was headed to the celebration and it was eaten. Trust me, it was beautiful, a vibrant shade of purply blue bubbling goodness. Below is the general recipe, the nice thing about a crumble is that you can estimate and roughly measure and it will be just fine and delicious.

This was my first time pitting fresh cherries. I read somewhere that you could use a straw and it worked even better than a cherry pitter. It doesn’t. After about five cherries it becomes warped and doesn’t work at all. So rather than going to get a cherry pitter I looked in the utensil drawer and there was the thing that goes onto a bottle of oil to make the pouring easier, a spout (pictured above). It worked perfect! I’m so happy with it I’m not even going to buy a cherry pitter!

The Best Crumble I Ever Made

3 to 4 c peaches, thinly sliced  (ripe fragrant ones, leave skin on if thin nice skin, if you leave the skin on I recommend cutting your peach half in half across so that when you slice you end up with shorter slices)
2 c pitted fresh cherries
1 1/2 c fresh blueberries
1 lemon

dry ingredients to mix with fruit:
3 T sugar
3 T flour
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t ground cinnamon

crumble topping:
1/2 c oats
1/4 c  flour
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
dash of salt
1/4 c chilled unsalted butter cut into pieces

Mix the dry ingredients for fruit in a small bowl, set aside.

Mix crumble topping, cut butter into it so it looks crumbly, set aside.

Prepare fruit. Squeeze a little lemon on peaches after slicing.

Mix fruit. Add fruit dry ingredients, gently mix.

Lightly butter a square 8×8 dish or pie dish.

Pack fruit into dish, crumble crumble topping on top.

Bake at 350˚ for 1 hour. Best served warm and with vanilla ice cream on the side.

 

Note: For the peach pie and peach cherry tarts I just used my favorite peach pie recipe.  

afternoon light | inside | 50 mm prime lens

 

 

sparkler

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We were so lucky to celebrate my sister Kadee’s birthday just last week while she was home during a brief break from the end of her intern year. Today is her actual birthday, the brilliant day she was born. Happy birthday dear Kadee, oh how we love and adore you! xoxoxo

links to goodies on her chocolate chocolate cake: rainbow candles, sparkler candles and pony figurines

 

all grows up | senior portraits

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Taking senior portraits of this lovely young woman made for an absolutely wonderful morning. With unusually hot temperatures and 37 mph gusting winds, it made for a memorable shoot in many ways. I have known Kaela since she was a third grader and her mom and I became fast friends working together at the same elementary school. She is one of my favorite people to photograph and to know. Her beauty, confidence and playfulness shine through in every image. Kaela is brilliant and beautiful inside and out, and is happily college bound in a matter of months. Love you, Kaela! xo

Buena Vista Park, Vista CA 

 

wake up early

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Morning air, bright sun and the wild growth of prickly weeds and bursts of color. Mid-May. It’s a beauty, and a bear.

I’d like to allow this week’s unbearable heat to be bearable.
To fill up my hours and check things off the list, then add some more.
It would be wonderful to put those items in the mail that are awaiting their USPS journey.
Wake up early and stain the new shelves, then do the second coat the next day.
Pull the weeds and prepare for mulch.
Hang new lights on the patio.
Shake out and fluff the outdoor cushions.
Buy marshmallows and toast them.

Begin summer.

 

 

 

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