clay letter cake toppers

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

The next time an occasion calls for cake, forgo the tacky toy toppers and personalize your very own message by making these letter toppers. They take less than an hour (including baking time) and can be used over and over again. You might just want to make the entire alphabet to keep on hand.

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Fairy Twig Wand Party Favors

By Lindsey of Unforgettable Impressions

I have always been a huge fan of the imagination. As a child I often times would be found chatting away to my imaginary friend while playing dolls and having tea parties. There is something just so special about children and their imaginations. Now that I am a mom I so want to encourage my children to use their special imaginations on a daily basis and to live in their own sweet little worlds.

I love to make fun projects that I can create and share with my kids and these adorable Fairy Twig Wands are certainly one of those sweet projects. You can have your children help you collect the twigs for this project and pick out the ribbon too! Your little princess will love helping make such a special toy that she then can use again and again for all of her royal gatherings!
They also make wonderful little party favors and decorations for any little fairy party and look adorable set out on a table in a vase. You can make them in any color combination to match your event or decor…
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Three More Calligraphers to Consider

Wedding Calligraphy

// All images above via Plurabelle Calligraphy + Design Studio //

You are now in high gear planning out all of the details for your wedding and may have come to the point where you need to decide whether or not you’d like to hire a calligrapher to create a custom look for your special occasion. My opinion? Do it. You will have the opportunity to create with an artist and build a package that is unique to you and your partner. Calligraphy and custom lettering will add those eye catching details that you see in the wedding magazines. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of talented people to choose from adding yet another to-do to your wedding planning list. Kelli Hall highlighted a few last month and I’m also showcasing three of my favorites that I am always keeping tabs on today. They are constantly creating and impressing with their skills. Read on for more of my picks…

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DIY Indoor Outdoor Mesh Bunting

By Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt.

Remember those giant yarn cross stitch mesh sheets? When I was picking up some craft supplies, as if I need any more, I noticed a pop of mint. Since a true mint hue is hard to come by pre-made, I had to see what it was.  turns out, it was a shelf full of colored mesh plastic sheets.  Like many items at the craft store I immediately wanted to make a bunting out of it. What is really great is that these sheets are made of plastic, which means you can hang them outside for all those last minute summer parties. If it rains, it’s perfectly ok. These look so much better than those vinyl garlands from the used car lot, right? Let’s make some quick and easy indoor outdoor bunting with a few mesh sheets and some sharp scissors.

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Minted + West Elm Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

We are delighted by the work that was submitted for the Minted + West Elm Art Challenge—and we are delighted by our partnership as well—look for Minted in West Elm stores and www.westelm.com starting in September.

One of my favorite elements about this challenge was the influx of new artists and the variety of new styles from our existing artists. It’s exciting to see work from well-established graphic artists like Rose Lindo delve into new territory for our collection (see her lovely piece, The Rapids). It’s equally exciting to meet new Minted artists, such as Holly Royval and Samantha French, and have the privilege to welcome them, and the other new artists, into our community.

I keep returning again and again to view these pieces and can’t wait for them to be available for sale—I’m holding spots for a few of these prints in my own home.

Unexpected Organic Award

Sun Drop” by Holly Royval

A mosaic of natural shapes hints at a variety of influences—sunflowers, a spiral of seashells, fossils embedded in the terrain. The syncopation of shapes, both long and short, are presented in a myriad of cascading colors on top of a white background. While the choice of materials suggests a reference to the design interest of the 1970’s in the natural world, the selection of colors in this piece is entirely modern.

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DIY Notebooks from Cereal Boxes

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

Whether you and your little one are off on adventures enjoying the last weeks of summer or already gearing up for back-to-school, you’ll both love this simple DIY notebook craft. Made from simple recycled materials, they are a breeze to make and will have your little adventurer recording their travels or sketching wildlife (which include zombies in our neck of the woods) in no time.

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