5 minute backyard flower arrangement

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer
backyard flower clippingsI don’t have much of a green thumb and am guilty of letting our tiny backyard grow wild—But I love using our overgrown bushes, flowering plants and clipped herbs for a bright spot of color at my desk. Here’s how I create a simple arrangement in under five minutes.

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Simple Painted Candles

By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry

Nothing says wedding quite like a row of glowing candles, but it can sometimes be hard to find affordable candles that coordinate with wedding decor. Instead buy white tapers in bulk and spend an afternoon painting them yourself. The result is a very artistic display in the perfect color combo for your special day.

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dining style.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Isn’t it great how some of our favorite memories and get togethers end up being simple dinners with friends and family in our own homes? With family vacations and visits in full swing this summer, I thought we should touch on one of the best conversation starters for any event — dining room art. A dining room should be both inviting yet chic, and as with any space, it’s always nice to have something lovely to look at whether the art be bright, floral or sentimental family photos. Minted has loads of art print options, and I thought I’d share some inspiration to get your curator wheels turning.

Darcy Miller’s home in architectural digest.

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Wedding Trends: Wild Winter

By Celisse, Customer Care at Minted

Planning a sunny Summer Wedding in San Francisco can prove to be a challenge with our beloved fog but why wait until next year to celebrate?  A Winter Wedding is full of mystery and intrigue. Why not let beautiful snow capped peaks, foggy gardens and wild patterns bring warmth and inspiration to your big day.

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5 Calligraphy styles for your envelopes

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer

main text scriptScript by Flourish and Whim

If an invitation is the first thing a guest will see, then an outer envelope, beautifully penned, is the very first signifier of what’s to come. There’s nothing more exciting than a glimpse of an artfully inked envelope shuffled between the bills. Calligraphy need not be stuffy, and a style can be found to match each event’s vibe. I’ve compiled calligraphy styles from amazing artists, along with info about what inspires their work (Each calligrapher is available for hire too). I’ve avoided all formal classifications and organized them by how the script works with an event. Check out all five styles…And if you’re up for trying your own hand at it, check out Joelle’s post from last week.

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Minted at NSS

By Natasha, Julep Editor

We had such a great time at the National Stationery Show! It really is our favorite time of the year… we get to see many of our designers in person, walk through football fields of paper, party in the Big Apple, and talk about the merits of one font over another for hours on end with others who care about design as much as we do. Read on to check out our booth, our party and Oh So Beautiful Paper’s Paper Party.

Keep reading for lots more pictures!

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Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

Fathers Day is just a week away so we’re brainstorming ways to honor the great dad in our life. Here is a roundup of a few favorite card and homemade gifts for dad.

1. Cookie pendant flags for dad
2. Modern Fish Fathers Day card
3. Shrinky dink Fathers Day pin
4. The classic kid-made personalized necktie
5. Superhero kit for dad
6. Father of the Year card
7. No. 1 Fathers Day card
8. Tie cookie on a stick for dad
9. Fathers day tie wreath

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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baby shower message board

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fav

Last weekend I co-hosted a baby shower where over 60 people came! While I knew an organized activity was out of the question (not that I’m a fan of traditional baby shower games anyway), I wanted to create a way where guests could feel like they were participating in some small way and the mama-to-be could remember who attended. So I created this well wish board and placed it by the entrance. Here’s the easy tutorial.

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Designer’s Workspace

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

As a freelance designer who spends the majority of my time working from home, it’s important for me to create the most visually stimulating environment I can. Whether you work from home or not, your workspace can make a huge impact on your life, since, if you’re like me, you tend to spend a majority of your time at the office. So I thought I would round-up a few of my top picks for office supplies that serve double duty as beautifully designed objects to keep you inspired.

Links after the jump….

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DIY Gold Leafing Wedding Invitations and Envelopes

By Karly of Oscar and Emma, a Minted Designer

Including touches of gold accents to your wedding invitations and envelopes is the perfect way to add a little extra elegance without a lot of cost.  On a recent trip to the craft store, I came across a gold leafing pen and I knew I had the perfect project in mind.  Here are some ways you can do it yourself…

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