Call for Entries – Special Picks Part I

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

The start of the New Year is always an excuse for me to evaluate my surroundings – and my focus usually lands on my walls. As it happens, we just selected our December’s special picks for Minted’s current art challenge (Call for Entries), and I’m incredibly pleased with the quality of the submissions. It was difficult for the Minted curatorial team to select our favorites, but we finally landed on the gorgeous work below.

We are picking monthly special prize winners, so be sure to submit your work before to 1/31/13 to be considered for the January special picks.

Lastly, we will announce voting awards and special picks in the next couple of weeks for a few outstanding challenges: Little Journeys (special picks), Be Inspired (special picks), and On the Wall (voting awards and special picks). Good luck to all!

Best Photograph

The Lake, PH Design

Central Coast, CA (New Minted Artist)

I’m drawn to the juxtaposition of color and texture in this image: the calm, liquid blue of the lake mixed with the linear, hard yellow surface of the reeds congregating in the foreground. At the upper edges of the image, additional reeds are reflected in the water.


DIY Little Wooden Houses

By Rachael Smith, Penelope & Pip

This is a really sweet and simple project that you can make for a friend who has just moved into a new house. These little minimalist wooden houses would make a really nice addition to a mantel place or kitchen shelf in your own home too.

I think everything looks so much cuter in miniature don’t you think?

Let’s get started with materials…


Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

So the tree has been taken down, boxes are filling up the recycling bin, and the last bubbly has been consumed earlier this week. The holiday cards once displayed nicely are now are sitting in a pile on your mail desk. It’s officially January then!

So, what to do with all these beautiful cards of smiling friends and family? I can’t remember where I saw this idea (probably pinterest) but I thought it was so smart! Take a picture with your phone of the family photo/card and use it as the caller id picture in your phone. It’s a great way to remember their holiday card and also fill your phone contacts with pretty images of family and friends. Plus, you won’t feel so bad about tossing them afterwards. Less clutter to start fresh with 2013! Any other ideas of what to do with holiday cards after the holidays?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

(Image above by Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor)


Put a Tassel on It

By Alison Faulkner, The Alison Show

By now you’ve seen, and probably fallen in love with, the tassel trend. They’re fun, festive and just the right amount of glam. So next time you’re planning a party–for young or old, for two or two hundred–here are some awesome and easy ways to put a tassel on it.


More tassel ideas…


Indoor Winter

By Victoria Smith, SF Girl by Bay


Bringing nature inside is one of my favorite ways to cheer up when it’s cold and wintery outside. Paperwhites and Hyacinths are the perfect solution for the season because they can be forced to flower indoors any time of year. Their bulbs don’t even need soil — they can be forced open in a bit of shallow water alone; just add enough to cover the lower portion of the bulbs without submersing them. You’ll need just a vintage or glass bowl or shallow pot, some pebbles, a few big bulbs and some sunshine. Give it a try. Simple, and so, so pretty.

Special Prize Winners: Holiday Party Invites + New Year’s Cards

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

Today we have one last holiday hurrah for you to start off 2013 with a bang. Announcing the special prize winners for both our “Celebrate” Holiday Party Invitations and “Happy 2013” New Year’s Card Challenges! In both challenges, we asked designers to liven up the holidays with fresh, modern designs that just can’t be found anywhere else. Needless to say, the Minted Design Community did not disappoint. So sit back and enjoy one last burst of holiday cheer by congratulating the special prizes winners in the following categories:

Celebrate! Party Invitations Challenge

Christmas Spirit Award for the best Christmas party invitation

Cheer Season” by Alethea and Ruth

Rachel exudes lots of Christmas cheer with this design! Her festive berry sprigs and hand-drawn banner are simple, but sweet. It’s the big, bold “Cheer” that truly makes this design stand out. We love her unusual turquoise background and neatly placed type.


DIY Washi Tape Pencils

By Jenny Batt, Hank + Hunt

A quick swash of washi tape can take ho-hum pencils to wow. I love working in pencil, especially in my planning calendar. Pretty pencils are hard to find, but with this tutorial, you can make a variety of pencils to match your style, just grab some fun washi tape. 


Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

(Minted’s A Year of Art calendar)

Happy New Year! I love this time of year when we get to evaluate our lives, our hopes and dreams, and then make tangible steps in the direction we choose. This year my husband and I are starting a new system of goals where we focus on one new challenge a week. Things like eating vegan, or listen to a new album everyday, or a family walk at sunset each evening. I’m hoping it will help us make new habits and find new interests. Do you have a system of making resolutions each new year, are you a goal setter at all?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors