• coming home

    Adam, Kim and their two little girls hosted two orphaned Ukrainian siblings over the summer. As you can see, they quickly became a family. The real deal. Lots of love, tears, some tantrums, belly button tickles, surprises, happy moods, grumpy moods…a family. Kim kept a blog over the summer documenting the experience, the link is here.(…)

  • those toes

    …bright eyes, gentle spirit, infectious smile and two adoring parents This ninth-month-old beauty is happily the center of attention. A lovely second shoot during her first year, her newborn photos are here from last fall. After rescheduling due to an unusual downpour of rain, the day was a perfect one for photos in the park.(…)

  • tillandsia pots

    Just recently I have become an admirer of tillandsias, otherwise known as air plants. Thank you, Mom, for gifting me two (not pictured) a few weeks ago. They are beautiful, require little maintenance and are not poisonous to kitties. While I was making the pinch pots for these Tiny Dancer stole the small air plant(…)

  • 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(…)

coming home

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Adam, Kim and their two little girls hosted two orphaned Ukrainian siblings over the summer. As you can see, they quickly became a family. The real deal. Lots of love, tears, some tantrums, belly button tickles, surprises, happy moods, grumpy moods…a family. Kim kept a blog over the summer documenting the experience, the link is here.  At the end of the hosting time the two children had to go back to Ukraine along with several others who had been hosted with other families, whether the families wanted to adopt or not. Adam and Kim knew their family was no longer complete without their other two children, and so they have begun the process of bringing them home, to where their hearts are truly home.

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The journey to bring them home begins with lots of paperwork and details on Adam and Kim’s part, although there is a wonderful way family, friends and generous people aware of their story can help them. Please visit their fundraising site here if you’d like to know more. As one can imagine it is a very expensive process, with multiple trips and expenses that must be paid. Adam and Kim did not ask me to tell their story, it’s only because I know them and their kind spirits that I wanted to help them in any way I could by sharing their story.

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It was pure joy to spend time with all of them during the photo shoot and very clear they are all meant to be together, giving belly button tickles, learning, teaching, taking care of one another and being a part of the happy chaos and love that makes a family.

 

a neighborhood nature spot, Escondido CA  

those toes

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…bright eyes, gentle spirit, infectious smile and two adoring parents

This ninth-month-old beauty is happily the center of attention. A lovely second shoot during her first year, her newborn photos are here from last fall. After rescheduling due to an unusual downpour of rain, the day was a perfect one for photos in the park. It was a true pleasure getting to know this family of three and see how much their darling girl has grown.

 

Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Park, San Diego CA 

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I am grateful to be posting a beautiful glimpse at the love this family shares, while remembering what today is and thinking of those loved ones who were lost 13 years ago.

 

tillandsia pots

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Just recently I have become an admirer of tillandsias, otherwise known as air plants. Thank you, Mom, for gifting me two (not pictured) a few weeks ago.

They are beautiful, require little maintenance and are not poisonous to kitties. While I was making the pinch pots for these Tiny Dancer stole the small air plant and ran off with it before I even noticed. Luckily she didn’t have time to eat much.

Using polymer clay I kneaded a small amount, formed it in two balls and created simple pinch pots. I sprinkled in teeny tiny pieces of pink clay to add bits of color to the larger one. Then I lightly pinched the outer rims, similar to pinching a pie crust and gently brushed on pieces of gold leaf. Finally, I followed the baking instructions and put the plants inside once the pots had cooled.

The fingerprints and scattered bits of gold foil against the bright white clay are two of my favorite things about how these turned out.

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air plants pictured above: aeranthos giant (large with flower) and stricta (small and partially eaten)

 

 

 

 

a handful of weeks

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Just as a garden should be.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Soaking up the sun on the fire pit rocks.

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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.  

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