DIY: Swan Halloween Costume

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As a mom of young kids, I’m trying to get in all the cutesy costumes before they’re old enough to voice their opinions (there will be plenty of time for super heroes and princesses!). This year, I opted to make something fluffy and sweet for my daughter’s first Halloween, and this swan costume fits the bill perfectly, don’t you think? Get the instructions to make this super-simple homemade costume after the jump.

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Creepy Cocktails (Part Two): Swamp Swill Martini

halloween dirty martini with cockroach olive garnish by kelli hall With Gin, Olive Brine, and an Edible Palmetto Bug

For the second Halloween cocktail in our three-part series (the previous drink was The Black Heart, a dark and mysterious concoction made with figs), I created this cocktail to celebrate fall in the Carolinas. In the swampy South, October is the time of year when the creepiest creatures emerge from their hiding places—including the icky Palmetto Bug (a.k.a. the hugest cockroach you’ll ever see and the unofficial South Carolina state bird since it also has wings, eeeek!). This Palmetto Bug, however, is made for chomping: He’s fully edible, with a black-olive body and chive antennae (sprayed with black food coloring). The cocktail is essentially a dirty martini with a nice, salty flavor to suggest swamp water and fresh herbs floating around to add a bit of murkiness.

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…

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Festive Affair Holiday Party Invitations Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Holiday season is just around the corner (or in the case of Halloween, practically here!) and Minted customers will soon be planning fun and festive parties. So we asked the Minted Community to design unique invitations that would make any holiday celebration the most anticipated one of the season. We were looking for all types of innovative holiday party invites, and the Community delivered! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Modern Elegance Award for the best design that is traditional and elegant, but still fresh: “fête de Noël” by R studio

A bold but sophisticated linear faux foil pattern frames the party details in “Fête de Noël”. Reneé’s artistic, slightly edgy take on elegance is perfectly festive. The classic type provides a great counterpoint to the more modern border (not surprising coming from the designer behind a Minted Master Class Tutorial on typography!).

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Kristi Kohut

This month, Minted artist Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art and Pattern gives Domino magazine a tour of her chic, art-filled Chicago home. We’re big fans of Kristi’s bright, bold pieces, and she chats with the magazine’s editors about how she decided to pursue art as career (instead of advertising!), where she draws inspiration, and how she goes about decorating her own home. You can purchase one of Kristi’s bold and beautiful pieces for yourself in her Minted shop, and don’t forget to check out all of the previous Art Home With a Minted Artist features.

Photos: Karen Forsyth of Tallulah Lane

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Recipe: Pumpkin Chai Latte

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

The start of fall really only means one thing: pumpkin spice lattes. Since we all know and love them, I figured I would combine them with one of my other current faves, chai, to make a perfectly fall concoction with this pumpkin chai latte recipe!

You only need a few ingredients and it’s as quick and easy as your favorite hot chocolate recipe…

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DIY Napkins (That Double As Place Cards!)

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Place Cards

Looking to add some personalized touches to your wedding reception? Place cards are a great way to do that. With so many options out there—from simple tented cards to wedding favors that also function as place cards—it might be hard to narrow it down to just one choice. To help, I wanted to share one of my favorite place-card ideas, and it’s something I’ve done for my own dinner parties. There are several different ways you can execute them to match the style of your table, so read on to see how to quickly and easily create your own!

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Elements of Style: Dark Romance

Who says floral prints are only for spring? Taking cues from the recent fashion runways—where dark, painterly flowers were all the rage—luxe, moody florals take root for fall, adding an elegant-yet-edgy undertone that’s well-suited for an autumnal wedding.

Dark floral patterns for a fall wedding

1. SEND // this invite
Floral Chalkboard” invitation by Kristie Kern for Minted

2. PICK // this dress for your bridesmaids
Floral-print knee-length dress from ASOS

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of dahlias, chrysanthemums, and dusty miller by the Seasonal Bouquet Project

4. PACK // for the honeymoon
“Opulent Blooms” polycarbonate suitcase by Ted Baker

5. CUT // this cake
Dark chocolate-covered cake with sugar flowers by Jonathan Caleb

6. GIVE // these favors
Dark chocolate and mixed berries chocolate bar by Compartés

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Art Fair Challenge: Guest Judge’s Picks

We were beyond thrilled to have two of the world’s very best interior designers—who also happen to be prolific and accomplished bloggers—guest judge our recent Art Fair challenge. Paloma Contreras and Tobi Fairley are ladies to keep a very close eye on and luckily, through their respective blogs La Dolce Vita and Tobi’s Blog, it’s easy to do! I know you must be curious about which pieces caught their eye, so without further delay…

Paloma’s pick is “Lone Sunbather on Dunes” by Heather Nash. “This piece has stunning composition and vibrant colors” says Contreras. “I especially love the idea of this beautiful photograph printed on a large scale. It would be fabulous in virtually any room!”

Tobi chose Julie Song Ink‘s “Mingle.” “The first thing that caught my eye is the color—I am known for my use of color and this blue just grabbed my attention. But what really made me select this gorgeous artwork was the movement and excitement created by the swirls and splatters. It actually reminds me of the creative process I go through in my own work. It is a vibrant and electrifying work!”

Thank you, Paloma and Tobi, and big congratulations to Heather and Julie!

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Art Fair Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Think: Frieze New York. Art Basel Switzerland. Paris Photo LA. artMKT San Francisco. The latest Art Fair Challenge was inspired by art fairs all over the globe and we asked the Minted Community to submit innovative, envelope-pushing works of art to continue to grow our offerings—taking risks was highly encouraged! There were no design restrictions in this challenge and we accepted all mediums reproducible on paper. What we received was so exciting and we’re thrilled to announce the Special Prize Winners who stood out in the categories below!

Photography Award (for the best photographic art print): “Threaded Line” by Erin Niehenke

At first glance, “Threaded Line” appears to be a quiet print paying homage to the domestic arts. Upon closer inspection, there are many elements at play. A line of vintage spools features a rainbow of colored thread set against a bright white background.  The line diagonally intersects the background with a lone spool knocked on its side in the foreground.  The warm tones of the wood spools contrast with the background, and the eye’s focus goes back and forth between the side lying spool and the line.

Erin Niehenke lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her family and revels in the creative process.

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Non-Photo Holiday Card Challenge: Guest Judge’s Picks

We were really excited to have two of the hippest ladies we know pick their favorite non-photo holiday card to send out this year. A big thank you to Angela Tafoya and Kate Arends for taking their time to inspire our community. If you’re not already following their work, you’d be remiss not to check out Refinery 29 – SF Edition and Wit and Delight.

Angela Tafoya, an editor at Refinery 29, chose Trimmed Tree by Pistols because “I love the geometric elements in the tree along with the colors used here. It feels very different and refreshing for the holidays.”

Kate Arends was drawn to Fa-La-La-Lettered by Up Up Creative because when she “first saw this design I wished I had thought of it! So clever. I love the modern, clean palette and how friendly and fresh the graphic feels.”

Thank you so much Angela and Kate and big, big congratulations to Melissa Egan of Pistols and Julie Green of Up Up Creative!
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