Cascarónes are good-luck-bestowing party favors that have origins in ancient China. Marco Polo (an explorer) brought them back to Europe in the Age of Discovery and they were popular ice breakers for single young men (creeps) in Italy and Spain, throwing powder-perfume-filled versions at women whom they were attracted to. Later in Mexico, humanity evolved and less offensive versions were filled with confetti, candy, and small toys and thrown or broken over peoples’ heads as a good luck offering and general party favor. Whether you fill them with the scented powder or with confetti and glitter, I promise the person who’s head you break them over will appreciate that it isn’t a hard boiled easter egg!
styling by Abby Walton
This past week we had a couple of overcast but bright days. Perfect for shooting by a window. Here are some photos I did with my friend Kate. Mostly white-on-white. Very fortunate to have had such a great day to shoot!
This weekend many of us will be driving back home to spend the day with the ones who gave us life. Many of us will be calling home instead if they live too far of we are otherwise unable to make the trip. And many of us will be planning something for our mothers, a surprise, a trip, a meal at her favorite restaurant. Breakfast in bed has always been something of a Mother’s Day staple because it’s really the most pleasant way to start your day, provided there is an open, lazy schedule for the rest of the day. It’s nice to ease into your day; to have coffee already made so you can drink it in bed and wait to let it start working before you even sit up. Plus, as Jim Gaffigan said, it gives you the option of going back to sleep after you have bacon.
So, I hope this Mother’s day is perfect for all you mothers out there! Your lessons and care shape the people of this world. We are all lucky to have you!
Styling by Abby Walton.
The tying of knots is a skill that might only be really common in certain vocations. The truth of it is that a length of rope can be a tool that is very useful outside of the world of boats and mountains. The right application of the skill can result in objects being safe when it is otherwise precarious, easily portable when otherwise awkward to carry, or organized when otherwise messy. It can also mean personal safety when at sea or on a cliff face. I don’t claim to be super proficient at tying but being able to make sure that I can get what I need out of a length of rope is an interest of mine, and in learning new knots and seeing all the different ones used for different things it is quite evident that as useful as they are, they can also be beautiful.
These are some photographs that I made with my friend Abby to look at this craft of knot-tying as an aesthetic thing.
This past weekend was a weekend that we all took time to spend with our family and friends to reflect and celebrate; to give thanks for what we have in our lives that means something to us. This year, my wife and I spent the holiday with our good friends Ashley and Ben in Columbus, OH. Just the four of us, and our 3 dogs and two cats between us.
I’m thankful to have friends such as these to share my life with. I’m thankful to have had the dogs along and to have had a solid four days to live in complete comfort in a home out of town, a home where we were free to drink coffee all morning, walk around the park, eat fabulously, and in general have the perfect three days and four nights.
Here are some photos I shot with Ashley. A few looks into the life of one of the people, along with her husband Ben, as close to mine and Leah’s hearts as though they were blood family. It’s a home that has many areas where Ashley and Ben live their lives though here are only the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Still, these are critical spots in any house to see the lives of those who live in them. And in this house in particular, critical of the personalities and tastes of the great, talented, inspiring people who live in them.
It’s rare air breathed in place where it doesn’t matter if you are in the bed you sleep in every night because that isn’t the only thing that qualifies the place you are as a home; we were unmistakably home in this house: inspired, comfortable, and happy.
There’s nothing like waking up at the point where you simply stop sleeping. Just hearing the traffic of the birds of the ocean (if you’re lucky); where your easing into the day takes the full duration of the day. The hastily made bed moves into the big breakfast into the board games, reading, eating, napping, home-improving, or whatever you do when you make your own schedule as you go.
The living you do in your environment gives life to your environment. A living environment is as special as a true friend, and any friend needs face time to nourish the relationship. The relationship with your environment is as important as any relationship you can have because your home environment is an extension of yourself - who can you be more comfortable with than yourself?
My friend Kate Jordan and I wanted to show her house in the context of a lovely, lazy day off. Seeing how beautifully her house is decorated and how easy it is to sit in one place for a long time because it’s just comfortable to be there is a great testament to a great and talented friend.