The Beginner’s Guide to Crafting with Clay: Your First Project

The Beginner's Guide to Crafting with Clay: Your First ProjectTo kick off our Beginner’s Guide to Crafting with Clay, I’m going to show you how to make a clay dish in any size in under thirty minutes. It’s crazy easy, I promise. As a beginner it might be best to start with something small, like this ring dish, and then work your way up from there. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to glitz it up with gold too.

Check out The Beginner’s Guide to Crafting with Clay: Your First Project after the jump…

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Pretty Prudent Home: Book Cover Design

Pretty Prudent Home Cover
It’s a snowy March morning here in Texas but guess what just arrived on my doorstep to brighten my day? My first copy of our book, Pretty Prudent Home! Jaime had promised me that it would be an amazing feeling to hold my own book in my hands and she was right! I just wish that she was here, rather than in sunny California so that we could look at it together. Actually, I wish that I was there in sunny California, brrr. In honor of this exciting day, I thought I would share the story of the cover. We love it and think it’s perfect but the designer in me can’t help but explain the process that lead us to this beauty. Isn’t the illustration by Sonya Lee Benham perfect? I don’t think I will ever in my life get sick of looking at it.

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If you too are looking forward to holding a copy in your hand, please go ahead and pre-order one just as soon as you can. Pre-orders are one of the key indicators of a book’s potential in the marketplace and it would be a huge favor to us if you would place an order before the book is even out. But enough of us asking you to buy the book (for now) let’s talk cover design.

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Irish Snakebite Beer Cocktail

Irish Snakebite Beer Cocktail (4 of 4)Last week for Pretty Prudent happy hour we enjoyed a delicious Grapefruit and Rosemary Beer Cocktail. We thought we’d keep with the same theme, but put an Irish twist on things since St. Patrick’s Day is just a hop, skip, and jig away. The Snakebite Beer Cocktail is a popular drink in Ireland and the United Kingdom, so popular (and tasty) in fact that it has been banned from many pubs. When I was going to school in Ireland I would ask for them, but was denied more often than not. Today we are bringing them back with this insanely easy recipe.

Learn how to make an Irish Snakebite after the jump…

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Your Get Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Gift Guide

Your Get Lucky St. Patrick's Day Gift GuideSince I was an Irish dancer for about twelve years of my life, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a major holiday in my book. It usually consisted of dancing show after show all day long and then on through the weekend. I haven’t performed in years, but I still celebrate my Irish heritage with parties and lots of gold and green.

Bring a bit of the luck o’ the Irish into your style and decor with Your Get Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Gift Guide. Add a handmade touch with our round-up of St. Patrick’s Day DIY Inspiration and Tutorials.

Get the complete St. Patrick’s Day Gift Guide after the jump…

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