Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{I want candy}

“Light is good company, when alone; I took my comfort where I found it, and the warmest yellow bulb in the living-room lamp had become a kind of radiant babysitter all its own.” 
― Aimee BenderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake




I bought this candy apple over the weekend at the Oakmont Bakery in Pittsburgh while visiting my sister.
This bakery is incredible.
A visual delight.
As too the caramel apple.
A cosmic combination of everything I love.
Family, Comfort, Apples, sweets, colors, sprinkles, color...
And a challenge.
In all of life, wouldn't a caramel apple encompass challenge...
I digress
My intention was ...is.. to photograph then send to my kids. Yes! That is my intention.
I'm working on my food photography portfolio so it makes sense.
However, the apple and I are having a stare down.
I want to eat it. Devour it.
Wait...
The photograph
How do you photograph a caramel apple?
So it comes across like the tasty beauty that I remember...
I'm not sure
And It's All Wrong
All of it
The sprinkles, the moment it hits your teeth and tongue
So we stare each other down
I pack it away and pace
But there is a shelf life
So, I pace fast
I'm sure it will be captured
After I taste it


Friday, February 20, 2015

{Freeze Frame}

“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.” 
― Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


I love this quote and I love this picture. So put them together....Perfection!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{Infinite, Universal}

“Every day I discover 
more and more 
beautiful things. 
It’s enough to drive one mad. 
I have such a desire 
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.” 
-Claude Monet





Sunday, February 8, 2015

{LOL CALLA and other things that said at flower shops}

“Some people see things that are and ask, Why? 
Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? 
Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.” 
― George Carlin




A few days ago, a man called the flower store hoping to place an arrangement order for the lolcalla flower. If we carried those in stock. With plugged ears from a cold and also notably still very new to understanding the world of flower speak, I asked him to repeat the name of the flower. He said it again, lolcalla. At this point, I gave up and asked if he could possibly be referring to a Calla Lily. With a pause, I got a let me read this text again response. Her favorite flower was a lolcalla. It all clicked...one, two, three. Was she laughing at something prior in the conversation I asked? Another pause, and then a real laugh. Yes she had been! He'll take an arrangement of Calla Lilies please.
I had to also laugh and then thought how disappointed I was that there was no such thing as a LOL Calla.

Friday, February 6, 2015

{Sugar and Sass}

“Take each day in your open palms and close your fists around it. This life is not done with you yet.” 
― D. Antoinette Foy


I adore this picture of my daughter taken many many {warm!} moons ago in Florida. I was cleaning up Lightroom and stumbled across it. I love when that happens.
I'm excited to be launching my new portfolio website and blog in the next week. A sneak peek can be found here. It still needs some minor tweaking but I'm pretty satisfied with it!
Stacey Thayer Photography

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

{think spring}

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.” 
― Joseph Campbell


Right now I am in need of inspiration to the 20th power times 100. It's the heart of winter and half (or maybe 89% or so...) wants to hibernate with the bears til May. The snow, the cold, the wind...enough already.
On the flip side, winter does bring a time of hibernation and reflection. A good thing when faced with choices, big decisions and contemplating directions and paths. So I march, or snow shoe on!

Monday, February 2, 2015

{The Language of Flowers}

“The most important thing about a person is always the thing you don't know.” 
― Barbara KingsolverThe Lacuna


What is this beautiful flower you might be wondering...I'm sure of it! It is Kale. That's right, Kale. Unbelievable. It started randomly showing up in arrangements a few months ago. It's head is so large and it's stem so thick , the petals so bright, it was hard not to notice how it became the center of the arrangement. I mean how can a daisy compare to this massive...salad topper... I mean flower? Yes, flower is what I'm calling it.
This past weekend, a young man came looking for a unique flower for his mother. He was sick of the old standby of roses. While looking over the cooler stock, his eye honed in on the Kale. What is that remarkable flower he questioned. Why Kale I responded with some caution and excitement....As in the salad was the response back. (And how could it not be) And just like that it was sold. Wrapped up for a lucky mom in a beautiful, flowing bouquet of purples and greens.   It look nothing like a head of cabbage...I swear. How could it, wrapped up in tissue paper...topped off with a purple satin bow