Five to Follow: Edible Art, Building a Printing Studio, & More

A roundup of some of the most inspiring online destinations to bookmark and add to your feed this very instant. Got a favorite? Share them with me in the comments or email heather@minted.com.

1. Instagram: Julie’s Kitchen
Southern California-based blogger and photographer Julie Lee (@julieskitchen) creates these intricate edible food collages using the bounty from her weekend trips to the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. The meticulously arranged patterns of fruits, vegetables, and flowers practically pop off your screen (I’m currently using her citrus one as my desktop wallpaper!) and her just-as-inspiring Instagram feed will have you dreaming of all the delicious dishes you could make from her latest market haul.

2. Minted Artist // Instagram: Meg Gleasson
Minted community designer Meg Gleasson (@mogleameg) and her husband are building an incredible letterpress studio on their farm in rural Iowa and they’re documenting the entire process on Instagram. The couple decided to move their printing studio from their home’s basement and build a new, separate workspace for their business (the goal: to help maintain a more manageable work-life balance!). Her Instagram offers a fascinating behind-the-scene glimpse into their quickly growing stationery line. So much good stuff—add her to your feed now, if you haven’t already.

3. Pinterest: Diane Keaton
Guys, did you know actress Diane Keaton is on Pinterest? I just discovered her boards this week (via SF Girl by Bay) and my gosh, they’re gorgeous. Full of mostly black-and-white (naturally!) imagery, her boards are primarily home decor related, with quirky-charming names like “Last House on the Left,” “W.C.,” and “Curb Appeal.” Her pins vary from the breathtaking to the refreshing real and mundane (like a well-designed under-the-counter drawer for storing baking sheets). Guaranteed hours of endless delight.

4. Website: Rip + Tan
Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s lifestyle blog Rip + Tan is a recent discovery of mine. Named after her two children, Ripley and Tanner, it’s a leisurely read full of beautiful imagery that echoes the easy elegance of her fashion line (you may know her from her signature d’Orsay flats—want!). Sure, the gorgeous home tours and peeks into her fabulous Southern California lifestyle will probably induce some life envy, but more than that, her party ideas, product recs, and recipes will inspire you to perhaps dust off your juicer or invite friends over for a backyard dinner party.

Dominik Woods cutting boards

5. E-Commerce: Dominik Woods
What’s your must-have kitchen essential? My pick is a cutting board that’ll transition easily from kitchen prep to serving platter. These gorgeous handmade cutting boards by graphic designer-turned-woodworker Dominik Kowalik are just the ticket.

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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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By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

Even though it’s still May for one last day, it’s really starting to feel like summer now that my son is done with school for the year. Like many parents, I’m racking my brain to figure out how to entertain him all. summer. long. Luckily for us, the internet has a bazillion genius + cheap ideas to keep little hands and legs busy outside.

Here’s a roundup of some fun outdoor activities to try with your kids this summer:

A water party for those hot summer afternoons

Make an obstacle course in the yard or park with easy stuff around the house (image above)

Help them tie dye their bed sheets!

Butterfly catching at the park

A beach scavenger hunt

Make a delicious and fun giant banana split for all the neighborhood kids to join in on

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

 

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! We’re all about dusting off the BBQ and ushering in summer in simplistic style while honoring our troops with family and friends. Celebrations in either the backyard, the beach, or at a cozy campsite. Here’s to a carefree start to summer!

Here are a few fun Memorial Day ideas:

Patriotic printables for your BBQ

A grill themed party with mini grill cake pops!

Medallions to hang from your porch

Taking hot dogs to the next level with a full service hot dog stand

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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Happy Friday Julep readers! We’ve been drawn to so many amazing crepe paper designs lately  hat would be perfect for a special bouquet of Mothers Day flowers, wedding, a kids party, or just some pretty decor to welcome in the summer months. Here are a few favorites you need to check out:

Giant DIY crepe paper roses at Studio DIY (image above– amazing, right?)

Gorgeous crepe paper fringe streamers on Oh Happy Day

Colorfulrainbow crepe paper wreath on Fiskars

Crepe paper flower bouquet for Mother’s Day idea on Mommy Page

Beautiful crepe paper chandeliers (perfect for a wedding!) on Style Me Pretty

Huge popsicle pinata for a summer kids party on Oh Happy Day

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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storage ideas

Happy Friday Julep readers!  Besides planting and short sleeves, springtime always means a good thorough dose of cleaning, organization and reduce/reuse projects. It helps clear the dust both physically and mentally as we look forward to the lazy days of summer in a more organized and peaceful space. Here are a few fun organization projects seen around the web that we’d love to try sometime:

Beautiful storage unit made from thrifted file cabinets spray painted and topped with plywood (image above)

A great way to store and display your travel keepsakes from family trips

A cute idea for a book caddy using a skateboard

Simple crate and 2×4 mudroom organization idea

An old sweater shelf becomes a useful place to store important documents

Clever way to re-purpose an old ladder to become a bookshelf

This rotating goal list with sticky notes makes so much sense to keep organized each week

An brilliant organization ideas on your to-do list this spring?

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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watercolor
The beautiful watercolor invitation DIY posted a couple days ago has put me in a watercolor mood this early spring. Watercolor is a really popular trend right now that’s extending far beyond paper.  Here’s a roundup of some beautiful watercolor inspiration items for this Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

1. Watercolor dress
2. Watercolor art
3. Watercolor eggs
4. Watercolor ombre pillow
5. Watercolor tea towel
6. Watercolor wedding cake
7. Watercolor scarf
8. DIY watercolor linens

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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easter eggs

Easter is just a week away! It’s time to break out the cartoon of eggs and all the creativity you can muster. Luckily with the internet there is so much inspiration for you to devour. For those of you not willing to roll up your sleeves for dye, here are a few favorite non-dying egg decorating ideas:

Black and white sharpie eggs (image above)
Tattoo calligraphy eggs
Gold leaf bunny eggs
Silk dyed eggs
Watercolor letter eggs
and,
5 secrets to a perfect batch of boiled eggs

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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St Patrick’s day seems to creep up just as we’re starting to dive into out first bag of mini cadbury eggs and planting our spring grass. I love the flexibility that St Patrick’s day can focus on either green shamrocks or rainbows. Here are a few last minute fun ideas for your festive St Patrick’s day this year:

Green velvet cake/Shamrock barrette/Rainbow headband/Leprechaun hat favors/Rainbow felt table runner/Clover patch cake/Leprechaun trap cake/Moss shamrock for your door/Shamrock juice

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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pastel spring

Is it starting to feel like spring yet where you live? It may be only early March but I’m already drawn to bright sherbet colors and pastel hues. Here are a few spring inspired links you might enjoy to get in a spring-y mood:

1. Japanese Pastel Spoons/ 2.Marc Jacobs scarf / 3.Spring ceramic bowls /4. Painted polka dot balloons /5. Color dipped marshmallows/6.Meyer Lemon Pudding /7. Egg flowers/8.The prettiest floral wallpaper /9. Eurowoman Feb 2013 via

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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