DIY: Valentine’s Day Plates

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Do you like candy hearts? I think they’re so cute, but I don’t like actually eating them. Enter these DIY Valentine’s Day message plates! Write any message onto the plate to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. I chose simple messages, but you could customize them with names or inside jokes for a simple DIY gift.

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Recipe: Homemade Lime Sherbet

Lime sherbet is a flavor I associate with childhood, but it’s also something I secretly love as an adult. And I haven’t done any official research, but I’m pretty sure it’s the most popular sherbet flavor out there. Since we have so many limes growing on our lime tree, I thought it would be fun to try a homemade version of lime sherbet. And the results are delicious! It tastes like a limeade milkshake: tart and citrusy and creamy and sweet—a million times better than a store-bought carton. Keep reading for the full recipe.

homemade lime sherbet

Using a food processor to make the base for the sherbet ensures that the sugar is completely dissolved in the lime juice, making the finished sherbet smooth instead of gritty (alternatively, you could alternately use a blender). After mixing, make sure you chill the lime juice mixture for at least a couple of hours, then add the heavy cream and milk just before pouring the mixture into your ice cream machine.

homemade lime sherbet

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Win a Trip to Haiti with Every Mother Counts

Minted is thrilled to launch the Every Mother Counts Prize for 2017. Read below for more information on how to enter.

THE CAUSE
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. EMC is Minted’s charitable partner. Learn more about this amazing organization and how it helps women around the world here.

THE PRIZE
Two Minted artists will be selected to join Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy and Every Mother Counts Founder Christy Turlington Burns with members of their teams on a trip to Haiti in early 2018. On the trip, the winning artists will meet with one of Every Mother Counts’ grantees and experience first-hand the work that they are doing to provide skilled and compassionate care to Haitian mothers throughout their pregnancies.

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Easy Printable Balloon Cake Toppers

Written by Kersey Campbell of  And We Play

Have you ever found yourself in a party pinch and in need of some fast, easy, and fun decor? I have on far too many occasions! This cake topper is not only super easy to make and fun, but it works for just about any happy occasion!

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DIY: Whimsical Valentine’s Paper Flowers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I love making paper flowers but often I find they take way too long to create. These whimsical flowers are a bit less labor intensive—instead of cutting crepe-paper petals, I used styrofoam and ping-pong balls to make up the majority of the flower. If you’re looking to make a handmade bouquet for Valentine’s Day this year, try your hand at these modern flowers!

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Recipe: Meyer Lemon Cupcakes and Buttercream

We have a small, potted Meyer lemon tree at our house that produced dozens (and dozens!) of lemons this year. It’s been so fun to think of delicious ways to use them up. One of my favorites so far has been Meyer lemon cupcakes topped with fresh Meyer lemon buttercream. The homemade cupcakes are light, fluffy and sweet, just like all good cupcakes should be. And the frosting is tart and tangy, bursting with fresh lemon flavor and beautiful flecks of bright-yellow zest. These cupcakes are truly irresistible and are a little taste of sunshine, the perfect pick-me-up during the long, dreary days of winter. If you can’t find Meyers, you can use regular lemons instead, although the flavor will be slightly different (Meyer lemons taste a little more like oranges and tangerines).

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes with Meyer Lemon Buttercream

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Minted Real Wedding: Christen & Timothy in Maui

Though Timothy Dayton had been a family friend for years, he and Christen Huff had never crossed paths. That is, until Christen’s brother’s wedding. The pair began dating and after two-and-a-half years, Tim surprised Christen with a bedside proposal on Christmas morning. With Christen pregnant with their daughter, the Southern California-based couple decided to host an intimate destination wedding in Maui and planned their celebration in just four months. Guests were sent letterpressed invitations (“Inline Type” by Hooray Creative) printed in navy and pink, and the couple tied the knot in front of their 67 guests during an alfresco celebration complete with bold colors, vibrant florals, and tons of tropical touches.

Maui Wedding at Sugar Beach Resort

Bride and groom: Christen Huff & Timothy Dayton
Occupations: Registered nurse (Christen); owner of a commercial fishing business (Timothy)
Based in: Ventura, CA
Wedding dateApril 23, 2016
Venue, catering, cake: Sugar Beach Events in Kihei, Maui
Number of guests: 67
Minted wedding invitation: “Inline Type” (letterpressed) by Hooray Creative
Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy
Welcome bags: Waller Designs
Wedding planner: Amy Nichols Special Events
Florist: Wild Heart Floral & Event Styling
Photographer: Kathleen Geiberger Art

How did you and Tim meet?
We met at my brother’s wedding. Tim has known my mother and brother for many years, but our paths had never crossed.

Tell us about the proposal!
We got engaged on Christmas morning. We had a house full of people who had stayed with us during the holidays and everyone knew what was about to happen but me. Tim surprised me on one knee me at 6 a.m. at my bedside. I was hardly awake.

Maui Wedding at Sugar Beach Resort

Why did you decide to marry in Maui?
Tim and I knew that if we were to get married in Ventura our guest list would be way too large. We wanted something small but not too small, and we both love tropical, warm weather. Our wedding was planned in four months so it also had to be within the United States. Maui just worked!

How did you find your wedding venue?
Amy, my wedding planner, has a friend who’s also a wedding planner based in Hawaii. We asked for suggestions and, based on capacity, we found Sugar Beach Events.

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DIY: Latch-Hook Door-Hanger Hearts

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

During the holidays, our family seemed to be filled with sweets and junk food. So for Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to ease up on the candy and go a different route. Sure, the kids will probably still get a bit of chocolate (I’m not a monster!), but I also want to give them something that isn’t full of sugar. These easy-to-make latch-hook hearts are the perfect way to say “I love you”—hang one from their door so it’s the first thing they see in the morning. Plus, latch-hooking is kind of therapeutic, the perfect craft to work on while bingeing your favorite Netflix show.

Latch Hook Heart Door Hangers for Valentine's Day

I promise, once you’ve made one, you’ll keep wanting to make more! This fun, 70s throwback craft is really easy to customize and create a gift that is handmade and comes from the heart.

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DIY: Fabric-Covered Clock

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Refresh and brighten your home this month with this easy DIY project. We started with a simple wood clock base and added some beautiful abstract-patterned fabric (“Painterly Splash” by Alethea and Ruth) to create a one-of-a-kind home decor piece. The brushstrokes have a modern, painterly touch while the gray and coral tones add a soothing splash of color to any room. And the possibilities are endless—instead of fabric, you could use leftover wallpaper, wrapping paper, or even your kid’s artwork.

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Joy Cho’s Lucky in Love Save the Date Pick

Back in August, we announced that Joy Cho would be the Guest Judge for our Lucky in Love Save the Date Challenge. Joy Cho is the founder and creative director of Oh Joy!, a lifestyle brand that includes a product line at Target, lifestyle videos, and a daily blog. She has also authored three books and has consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world.

Joy selected The Adventure Begins by Kelly Schmidt. When asked why she chose this design, Joy said, “I love The Adventure Begins because it is truly a representation of the new chapter of life that marriage brings—adventures together, both big and small. Visually, I love how the typography is beautiful yet simple. It allows the photo to be the focus while also making it easy to find a photo that fits with the placement of the typography. I love everything about it!” Congratulations, Kelly!

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