WELCOME back babes!
WELCOME to the brand new Sugar Cream and Peonies! Seriously welcome! This has been a long time coming but all in my head so I am super excited about this. As much as I want to mourn the move from NC and closing the doors of my bakery aspect of things, I equally want to celebrate this new chapter of my life.
First off, I'm not going to sit here and lie. I MISS North Carolina badly and all my friends/clients there. You all have my heart. There are not enough words to express the gratitude I have for what you gave me. And because of you I can now continue to pursue my dreams. Hopefully I will be back to NC one day. But for now, here I am. And I kind of feel like Elsa.... I'm letting that go and it's a bit freeing. The long nights baking and running that type of business ends up stifling you creatively and you don't really even notice till you're almost drowning in it. I had the hardest time saying no to orders which led to me killing myself getting things done and it was all my own fault.
I didn't have much time for recipe development, at least not nearly as much as I wanted, and that led to kind of a plateau in my baking abilities. I mean there are only so many times I can make a vanilla cake before I've pretty much capped out on that cakes qualities. haha Gotta keep things spicy, ya know? And I have so many ideas floating around in my head! ugh, it was silent torture. SO without further adieu, here we go!
You might have noticed #1, the image quality has improved immensely (and that's still probably underselling it). I can admit it. haha I have officially started shooting with a DSLR instead of my iphone6s! And yes, I'm cheap and still have a 6. I will continue to have an iphone 6 till it breaks so bad there is no coming back from it. But for now, it's basically like Sam and Dean from Supernatural. It's coming back to life over and over again without an end in sight. Enter my new baby, the Nikon D5300. I bought a good lens and started taking some courses online and viola! Practice, practice, practice but I am starting to get the hang of it and I'm pretty much in love. I'm such a sucker for pretty pictures.
#2, the aesthetic of the entire site, brand, and image has changed. This is kind of a big one. Probably THE biggest one actually. I have always been drawn to inviting moody food photography images but I didn't know where to start or how to apply it. Not to mention you all that know me, know that I'm a bright, clean, sprinkles and flowers kind of girl so I'm trying to find my voice creatively here. I am not going to stop baking my way but instead just make it all my own. It's all a learning curve but you don't make it anywhere in this world unless you think outside the box and go for it. I can write a separate post on my inspiration and what resources I've been using/found around food photography if there is interest in that but I wont dive too deep here. I just want to capture soulful images that speak to my heart so that I can share my food and recipes with you my way.
#3 what I'm selling. Well basically, I'm not selling you anything but my knowledge now. I so wish I could just have a robot on the side to fulfill orders for y'all forever but I don't think that's happening anytime soon and this momma is tired. Also, one of the biggest things food is for me is a connection of love. I love to cook and bake for my family. Baking with and for my kids is just everything. I love making the ones I love good food that makes them happy because that makes me happy. And happy people go out there and make the world happier. You see how it's all just a big chain reaction of love? ((quick side note, don't get me wrong here. My anxiety watching my kids "bake" and make messes in the kitchen is pretty much a 10 the whole time. I'm just like every other mom out there, ok? But messes can be cleaned and the memories made are infinitely worth it. )) My hopes is that I can share my trial and errors of a self taught pastry chef into real honest recipes that you can make for the ones you love so that you can spread a little extra happiness around too.
SO, welcome to my messy heart of a space! I so thank you for being a part of this journey with me! I promise to be here to help and answer any questions I can along the way. And the biggest promise I'm making is to myself. I promise to stay true to myself, my heart, and my goals here. I never really know where I'm headed exactly but I do know what my passion is so I'm going to stay along my path and just keep sharing.
Now, onto some adventures....