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Cookies That You Won’t Believe Aren’t Rocks

From Decor to Desserts—Alana Jones-Mann Creates It All

Written By: Angela Hatcher Alana Jones-Mann

After a decade on the East Coast, Alana Jones-Mann, designer and self-taught baker is back in sunny California, and from cactus cupcakes to gem-inspired agate sugar cookies, Alana is captivating the DIY world with her artistic designs and exquisite one-of-a-kind desserts. This woman is making the most unique desserts on the market, not to mention her creative edge on DIY projects. If it can be imagined, Alana can make it happen.

She thinks outside of the box, and her desserts are as delectable as they are beautiful. There are so many elements of her life that continuously inspire her—it could be the tiles on a mid-century kitchen floor, a plant in the warm desert sun, or an outdoor barbecue. And with her passion for baking, every detailed baked good is an edible work of art.

“Even though [baking and crafting] is my full-time job, I still have fun with it, ” say Alana. “But for a total escape from anything work related I love to explore. I think it’s important to allow yourself time dedicated to wandering in nature or around your city to see what inspiration you find.”

In 2011, she began her self-titled DIY blog, to showcase some of her designs, how-to projects, recipes and guides. Her creativity spans all types of projects: large and small. And no matter what type of project, she loves to inspire creativity in others. Alana Jones-Mann goes beyond the norm to make each occasion extraordinary, and ultimately, unforgettable.

Get It, Girl: Her work has been showcased on Yahoo!, the DIY Network Blog, the New York Post, Martha Stewart Weddings and ABC News.
Native Knowledge: Alana’s favorite dessert is her chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream.

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Alana Jones-Mann Turns Desserts into Multicolored Masterpieces

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Angela is a writer who fell in love with live theatre at an early age. She majored in English in college, and it was then that she began corresponding with the late contemporary humorist, Erma Bombeck. After purchasing one of Bombeck’s books, Angela discovered that the binding was askew, and Bombeck convinced her that life did not end after page 190! Angela has written theatre reviews for about a decade, and an editor once told her that her “ebullience comes through her writing and is like watching a child whoop and holler on her first trip to an amusement park.” This is one ride she’s never getting off! Angela lives in Huntington Beach, is happily married to a drummer/percussionist and has recently purchased a great pair of ear plugs! She loves all the “girly” stuff - fashion, jewelry, and makeup, but her undying passion is theatre and travel. When not in a theatre, you will find her anywhere there is surf and sand.

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