Cozy Pom-Pom Garland

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

As the temperatures start to drop this month, projects involving a cozy bundle of yarn start to sound like just the ticket. Even if you don’t knit or crochet, you can still get in on the fun. Make this easy pom-pom garland in an afternoon and enjoy it all winter long.

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Felt Triangle Garland

By Alison Faulkner of The Allison Show

There’s nothing I love more than a good garland! Especially one that is quick, easy and versatile. I wanted to add some color to my tree this year, so I spent the afternoon whipping these up! They also look great on a mantle or wrapped around a gift.

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Watercolor Gift Wrap

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fav

The holidays are expensive so instead of wasting precious pennies on overpriced gift wrap, make your own in three easy steps. You can even have the kids grab their aprons and make a crafternoon of it.

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Holiday Decorating Inspiration

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

The Holiday Season is here and I couldn’t be more excited! I love the entire month of December, we have so much fun celebrating the different German traditions with my family. I really enjoy decorating my home for the holidays as well. I believe holiday decorating should be simple and enjoyable. If you feel like it is in anyway a chore or feel stressed out, you’ve gone too far!

I am so inspired by Swedish design, especially in Holiday decor, it is so classic and simple. I prefer to decorate with natural elements like greenery and straw ornaments. This year I want to mix green foliage with a lot of white accessories. Below are some inspiring decorating ideas that I will be implementing in my home.

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Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

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The holidays are here (hooray!) as you’ve seen with the flurry of festivity on Julep so far. This time of year isn’t all glitter and jingle bells though, there’s the dreaded family photo session to send with your yearly holiday cards. It doesn’t have to be all stress and tantrums though, I love one of my stylist’s, Emily Frame’s tips:

“Instead of looking for top to bottom looks for everyone in your family, look in each closet for color themes. By picking a couple neutrals and a couple pop colors you can create a really natural family look without feeling too matchy-matchy”

For all 10 tips from my stylist and photographer check out my post right here.

Are family photos a stressful situation for your family? I’d love to hear your tips on surviving them!

Image by Ashley Thalman

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Story Time Bunting

By Rachael of Penelope and Pip

Whenever I look after my nieces and nephews, one of my favorite parts of the night is always the bedtime book. After reading the same books over and over however, (yes Spot, I can see you jump!), I found that making up stories is also lots of fun. With any story though you need a starting point and this fun and easy fabric bunting will kick start your imagination every time. After all, we sometimes need a little bit of help being creative and clever after a long day at work!

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The best part is that it only takes five minutes to make so you can swap out these characters for others at any time. You can use animals or anything else you can find on big print fabric – your local fabric shop will have a great selection to choose from.

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Interview with Type Designer Debi Sementelli

By Lauren Chism a member of the Minted design community

I am continuously in awe of hand lettering talent and feel so lucky that we are able to use gorgeous fonts created by best of the best. One of these talents is Debi Sementelli of Correspondence Ink. She was kind of enough to answer a few of my questions for Julep.

Q: I am a huge fan of Belluccia. How does it feel to see your work in so many designs?

A: Thanks so much. Belluccia was my first so she’ll always be special. Plus she was named after my mother, aunt and uncle (all Bellucci’s) who were the biggest encouragers of my art. They all passed away many years ago so it felt good to create something in their honor. It feels fabulous to see how someone has used my font! It’s like watching your child succeed in the real world! I’m always surprised and delighted at the creativity of the designers that use it. They are so talented!

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Sweater Cake Flags

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry

Tis the season to pull out the winter clothes. If you are anything like me and find sweaters that will not be worn again, not to worry! Make these easy cake flags with them to re-use and decorate. The material gives the flags a gorgeous texture just perfect for the holidays and including buttons, seams and other sweater specific pieces give a unique take on this basic party staple.

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