DIY: Rope Trivet

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Summer may be over but we’re officially saying hello to fall entertaining. Who doesn’t love fresh-baked muffins and mugs of hot tea with girlfriends or a homemade-soup-and-cornbread dinner with family? Our latest DIY project, an easy-to-make rope trivet, is the perfect accompaniment to those lovely fall gatherings—it’s a simple craft that’s both function and design-friendly (we love a good double-duty DIY!).

Make this simple DIY rope coil trivet.

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DIY: Stork Labels for a Baby Shower

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’m all about taking a store-bought item and DIY-ing it into a totally new project. That’s exactly what I did with today’s DIY stork labels: I found these adorable stork cake toppers at the cake-decorating store and fell in love. Aren’t they cute? But instead of using them to top a cake, I bought a bunch and styled this flock of storks as food and drink labels for a baby shower. I love the playful touch they add to the table!

DIY Baby Shower Food Labels | Minted DIY Baby Shower Food Labels | Minted

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Party Idea: Build-Your-Own Balloon Bar

A few weeks ago, I had balloons blown up for a get-together. At the end of the night, I sent all the kids home with a balloon of their own and they were thrilled. It dawned on me that balloons make the perfect party favors which means that a balloon bar is definitely in my future. Here are details on setting up your own:

kid's party favor ideas

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New York Minted Artists Meet at Hit Factory Penthouse

Written by Laura Ricciardi

On September 13, New York area Minted Artists met at an exclusive NYC penthouse for an evening of bubbly cocktails, lively conversation, and a twinkling view. Eunice Kindred, who organized the meetup, invited Minted Artists to redesign the labels of their BYOB wine bottles. Stephanie Goos Johnson created a soothing landscape to complement the bottle of rosé she brought. Jackie Sherman of JaxRobyn designed a playful pink pineapple with hearts. Katalin Klecz illustrated a geometric, dream-like garden of flowers on a Pinot Grigio background. Belia Simm covered an entire bottle of champagne in a gorgeous cobalt and white brushstroke swirl — it was too beautiful to open!

Top row from left: Lauren Packard, Eunice Kindred, Petra Santaharju, and Laura Ricciardi.
Bottom row from left: Meggy Masters, Belia Simm, Jackie Sherman, Katalin Klecz, Stephanie Goos Johnson, and Dawn Jasper.

The conversation moved from art to travel to career choices to parenting to the quintessential NYC question of how to live in tiny spaces. Perhaps that last topic was sparked by the venue: a gorgeous two-story penthouse that The Prince Team of Town Residential generously provided. We spent most of the night milling around the apartment, but at one point, we realized that we had been so caught up talking that we hadn’t even gone out on the terrace. The sun was going down as the city lights were going up, and it was so beautiful.

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Non-Foil 1st Place Winner

Today is one of my favorite days of the year — when I have the privilege of announcing the winner of Minted’s annual Holiday Photo Card Challenge, the most competitive stationery design event in the entire industry. In the ninth year of this challenge, we received 5,078 entries from artists and 2,021,056 votes from voters. Everyone who entered deserves applause for their accomplishments, their risk-taking, and their support of their fellow artists.

I’m thrilled to announce that the first-place winner, as determined by voters, of the 2016 “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge is Susan Moyal, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for her design “Christmas Sprigs.” Susan is the first artist from outside the U.S. in Minted history to take first place in our Holiday Photo Card Challenge!

Susan won $10,000 and a VIP trip to San Francisco along with second-place winner Ann Gardner for “Winter Window” and third-place winner Angela Marzuki for “Freshly Framed.” All voted-in winners and Editors Picks receive an up-front cash prize and earn ongoing commission on every sale of their winning designs. Scroll down to see a video of the surprise and my interview with Susan.

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DIY: Colorful Candy Antlers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop & Co

Do you have a sweet tooth? I definitely do and I especially have a soft spot for gummy candies. When I saw these gorgeous wall vases, I was inspired to put a sugary spin on them. Instead of using flowers or branches as antlers, I put together some candy kebabs instead for a playful and colorful sweets display. I love the idea of setting up a bunch of these as a candy gallery wall where guests help themselves to dessert. Yum!

Colorful Candy Antlers | Julep Colorful Candy Antlers | Julep

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Challenge: 2nd Place Non-Foil

By Easter, Christina, Kaitlyn, Elena, and Amy (Minted Artist Relations Team)

Without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the second-place winner, as determined by voters, of our “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge. Make sure to read on, below, about this artist who has given so much back to the Minted Artist community over the years.

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Recipe: Peach Crumb Muffins

Summer may be nearly over, but my heart is still craving fresh, juicy peaches! They’re one of my favorite fruits to eat fresh and to bake with. We got a huge box of beautiful peaches earlier this week (probably the last good peaches we’ll see this year) and have had a grand time making all the delicious, peachy baked goods we can think of: pies, cobblers, galettes, kolaches, and these yummy peach crumb muffins.

The last time I made my favorite blueberry muffin recipe, it occurred to me that it would taste even better with peaches. I had a hunch that the sweet, cakey muffin batter and cinnamon-sugar crumb topping would be perfect partners for that delicious peach flavor, and I was right! With just a hint of brown sugar and spice, these peach crumb muffins would be amazing served at breakfast, brunch, or tea time.

Recipe: Peach Crumb Muffins Make these delicious peach crumb muffins for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!

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2016 Holiday Photo Card Winner: 3rd Place Non-Foil

By Ashley Ganz, Director, Merchandising, Holiday & Gifts

I feel incredibly inspired and impressed by our holiday assortment this year. The tremendous, innovative talent within the Minted Artist community never ceases to amaze me! It’s my honor to reveal our third-place winner for the non-foil category of the “Making Spirits Bright” Holiday Photo Card Challenge.

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DIY: Easy Balloon Garland

Life is a series of celebrations and if you, like me, enjoy the pomp and circumstance of party decorating, then this simple project is for you. All you need is a great color theme and about an hour to create this balloon garland—the fanciful cluster is the perfect party backdrop and livens up any area in need of a bright dose of color.

Supplies:
• Hand-held air pump
• Balloons
• Twine
• Scissors

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