Sugar Pickles is about creating food from scratch that is good and honest. It’s also about creating a clean home and trying to be thoughtful about our lives. I love doing a DIY in the kitchen or in the craft room, so there’s some of that here too. You’ll find a love of the homemade, celebration of the simple, and a tendency for things that last.
What does sugar pickles mean? It’s the combination of food, kitchen projects, preservation, craft and design. Sugar pickles is sweet and savory, charming and lovely, and just a little bit vintage.
I’m in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, with three cats and a very tall boyfriend. Someday we hope to move to Bend, OR, and live in a house in the woods (with internet access, a couple of kiddos, and a greenhouse). Time will tell, and I’ll keep you posted on that. For now, I’m happy to work and blog from our adorable 1940’s rental house that has plenty of room for projects—food and otherwise.
I’m a lover of learning and process. I have a business degree and a graphic design degree from OSU (Go Beavs!)
My design aesthetic comes through in every post, but I also like to find interesting things happening in the design world (or just what catches my eye). I usually share design things on twitter or on my Pickle Jar Studios facebook page.
Hopefully we’ll learn something together, and mostly we’ll eat something together. There’s one thing we can be sure of. You won’t leave my house hungry.
You can find me for design, photography and styling at picklejarstudios.com.
Check out my Etsy store, where I sell vintage kitchenwares and some items you might see in my photography here: etsy.com/shop/PickleJarStudio
You can always email me at darlene(at)picklejarstudios(dot)com
I shoot with a Canon Rebel T3i. I use a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens, a Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical Lens, and a Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. I love to use backgrounds that I find mostly from thrift, craft and fabric stores.
I make real food; I don’t use synthetic things to make my food look any more delicious then it naturally is. You can trust that how a photo looks is how the food and recipe will actually turn out. My family eats what I cook here, we try our darnedest not to waste food. Baked goods are eaten, frozen for later enjoyment, or gifted to family and friends. I love to cook from cookbooks, my ever growing experimental food journal, online sources and magazines.
Above Portrait Photo by Alexandra Grace Photography