Jumble of Julia's Jewelry :: Photo by Julia M. Usher
Celebrating the Everyday:
A Study in Repurposing, and Taking Time to Breathe
OK, so this feature isn’t my usual special party, but it is a celebration in its own right - of the smaller things in life that we (or at least, I) too often take for granted. After a whirlwind winter of event-hopping to promote my latest book, I finally returned home earlier this month. My first obsessive-compulsive impulse upon “landing” was to tend to the many home projects that have been calling out for attention for months - like taming the dust bunnies bouncing in every corner and the honeysuckle that’s choking my backyard. Alas, I couldn’t muster the strength. My next impulse was to start my equally large number of neglected work projects - instructional videos, assorted TV pitches, a new book proposal . . . the list goes on. Yet again, no taste for this stuff. I waffled for a while with no sense of purpose. Then I did what I rarely do . . .
3-D Cookie Cake :: Cookies and Photo by Julia M Usher
New 3-D Cookie Course:
NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE!
As many of you know, 3-D cookies are kind of my thing, so - perhaps needless to say - I was super excited when I was invited by eduK, Brazil’s largest e-learning site, to teach a three-day course all about them. I received the invitation late last year, and have been designing and decorating the projects for this course for the better part of the last two months! I’m pleased to announce that they are nearly done, and I am just four days away from boarding a plane to Brazil where I will videotape the course.
The course will be live-streamed from 2 pm to 5 pm (São Paulo, Brazil time), July 27 - 29, for FREE; it will be re-run once again, for free, one hour after the first live-streaming is over. After both free viewing periods have concluded, the course will only be available for purchase. (Though if you sign-up for the paid course before the live-streaming is over, you can get it at a steep discount.)
The course will be taught in English and translated simultaneously into both Portuguese and Spanish, which means that almost anyone anywhere should be able to enjoy it.
During these three days, I will demonstrate six new 3-D cookie projects (see my preview video below), all tied together with the common thread of a wedding theme. I’ll also cover close to 20 decorating and assembly techniques!
Fan-tastic Fourth of July Party Invitations :: Photo by Steve Adams
I originally posted this party recap at the end of summer a few years ago, but with the 4th just around the corner, it seems even more relevant right now! The party, a potluck Independence Day bash, was staged and styled by me for St. Louis AT HOME, a local lifestyle magazine that I adore. Recipes were supplied by the guests, and photos are the work of my book photographer Steve Adams. There’s still time to draw on some of these ideas before next week, so without further ado, here’s my Potluck Picnic, back by popular demand . . .
Whether you’re still lounging around the pool sipping piña coladas or beginning to corral the kids for the start of the school year, one thing is certain: no one wants to spend the last days of summer toiling over an elaborate event. Why knock yourself out or break the bank by hiring caterers or party designers, when you can prolong summer’s carefree attitude with a few ingenious planning tips?
- Julia just finished filming a 3-D cookie decorating course for Brazil’s largest e-learning site, eduK. Click here to purchase the course in English, or here for Spanish. If you speak Portuguese, stay tuned; that link is coming soon!
- See Julia’s exciting lineup of 2015 cookie events - Israel, Brazil, Greece, and more!
- Woo hoo! Listen to Julia’s recent NPR interview, and read about her Best Cookier of 2013 Award.
- Explore the world of cookie decorating! Join Cookie Connection, Julia’s free cookie community. Then grab a badge!
- Hone your decorating skills with Julia’s app!