DIY Embroidered Fox Plushie Pillow

DIY Embroidered Fox PlushieYou know we love foxes here at Pretty Prudent. That’s why I had to make this embroidered fox plushie as soon as I saw it on Urban Threads, which is my favorite place to browse cool machine embroidery designs. I made this in under an hour using this doodle fox pattern. If you have an embroidery machine (or like hand embroidering) check out their tutorial for making a plushie from any embroidery pattern: Simple Embroidered Plushies.


A New Low-Budget Sitting Area

About 2.5 years ago we adopted a trio of adorable fluffy kittens and our lives, and home furnishings, have never been the same. Yes we have tried to curb scratching with tin foil and lemon spray, no we wont have their claws removed. Got anything else? Please? I have finally reached my limit with a couch that sits in our bay window overlooking our pretty backyard. The arms are scratched down to the foam. It’s an eye sore and it has to go, but as a relatively sane person I can’t bare to give the kitties an expensive new scratch toy.

cheap modern arm chair ikea sale

We decided to make a trek to Ikea to check out affordable furniture options. We found these EKERÖ chairs in a beautiful indigo for $139.00 each. They were surprisingly easy to put together. I had been burned by a few Ikea dresser projects in my 20’s and had been dreading the project.

So now I have to finish out this little space with a few more durable, low-cost, human-friendly and cat-friendly pieces. The chairs will sit near a painting by Micah Crandall-Bear which we already own and love. It’s similar to this one.


Which of the following looks would you choose?

Ikea Arm Chair 1 Rug: Ikea/$79.99Art: Minted/$20.00+Side Table: Lamps Plus/$199.91Ikea Arm Chair 2

Rug: West Elm/$174+Art: RBTL: $20Side Table: Lamps Plus/$365.00 Ikea Arm Chair 3

Rug: Anthro/$98+Art: Kelly Christine Photo: $25+Side Table: Lamps Plus/$367.00  Ikea Arm Chair 4

Rug: Target/$98+Art: NOMO: $30Side Table: Lamps Plus/$69.91

So what do you think?


DIY Gel Pen Mandala Garland

DIY Gel Pen Mandala Garland Oh prudent friends, I am sure you are aware of the adult coloring trend? I have yet to be enticed into using a coloring book to excise my creative demons, but I understand the draw. There’s something meditative about taking pen to paper and just making something, but (at least for me) the idea of staying between the lines does not appeal. Hence, the discovery of gel pen doodling has awakened me to a whole new world of mindless creativity. And by mindless, I just mean that it doesn’t require the kind of attention to detail that the usual crafts we share warrant. If you have a truly good gel pen, you can doodle endlessly and the results are magical (no smudges, no smears, bright colors, smooth lines).

That’s why I was so pleased to find that the Pentel gel pens I recently received lived up to their reputation for seamless lines, and actually made for a really fun couple weeks of doodling. I think I may have actually taken my un-steady hand and made a fun tutorial that anyone can create (even kids, Scarlet had a blast making these) in the form of these gel pen mandalas, which I proceeded to cut out and turn into a garland. Gel Pen Mandala Succulent 2 It’s looks difficult to do, but it truly is not. It’s actually rather zen-inducing. Gel Pen Mandala Garland Let me show you how after the jump… (more…)


Recipes For Easter Brunch, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert


Easter was always my favorite holiday growing up. I was partial to the magical trinkets and pretty little baubles that I found in my Easter Basket versus the Christmas extravaganza. I also always looked forward to the Polish feast that that my grandmother prepared, and the tradition of making Ukrainian Easter eggs with my mother and Grandmother. This weekend, I probably wont be preparing galumki and pierogi (my family doesn’t appreciate it enough for me to stuff cabbage leaves) but we will be sure to create a special meal to celebrate this glorious holiday! Here are some of our favorite dishes to serve up for a special occasion.

Brunch:Easter Menu - Brunch RecipeBellini Jam Recipe | Berry Banana Nut Granola |Strawberry Basil and Lemon Basil Hand Pies | Liege Waffles | Lavender and Lemon Muffins | 2-Minute French Toast in a Cup | The Simplest Strawberry Shortcake | Apple Fritters | Heart Lace Crepes

Easter Menu - Brunch RecipesLemon Monkey Bread | Coconut Maple Banana Bread | Breakfast Pizza | Bacon Cheddar Biscuits | Candied Bacon | Homemade Pop Tarts | Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Easter Menu Lunch RecipesSmorgastarta (aka Swedish Sandwich Cake) | Heart-Shaped Wedge Salad | Super Food Salad | Baked Avocado Heart | Mini Pancake Bites + 4 Tasty Toppings

Easter Menu - Drink RecipesHard Apple Cider Mimosa | How to Make Sangria – The Easy Way | Grapefruit & Rosemary Beer Cocktail | Jugo Verde: A Wonderfully Addictive Elixir

Easter Menu - Dinner RecipesSlow Roasted Tomatoes | Roasted Broccoli | Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Roast | The Easiest Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs

Dessert:Easter Menu - Dessert RecipesDecorating Royal Icing Sugar Cookies |No Bake Easter Nest Cookies | World’s Best Cake | Brown Sugar Pie | Marshmallow Butterflies and How to Make Colored Sugar | How to Ice a Cake | 4-Minute Carrot Cake in a Jar | Bye Bye Bunny: Microwave Peep S’mores