DIY Floral Wreath

By Rachel Smith, Penelope & Pip


I often find as January rolls to an end that I miss the beautiful floral wreaths adorning the doors all over my neighborhood during the festive season.

I thought it would be fun to make a wreath I could hang all year through so that visitors to our house are greeted with something bright and cheerful no matter what season it is.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you could even add some pretty felt hearts too.

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Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Special Prize Winners

By Jen Casebeer, Community Editor

In our Just Can’t Wait Save the Date Challenge, we asked our talented design community to reinvent the traditional save the date; to dream up designs for all customers and all styles from classical to whimsical and minimalist to vintage. We got just that! The Minted Community submitted a huge breadth of stunning work, with designs sure to please just about every couple out there. Now, without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the special prize winners below. Congratulations, winners!

Big Picture Award for the best full bleed photo design

Boutique” by Laura Condouris

We love a full-bleed photo design with plenty of personality! Laura’s “Boutique” is the perfect marriage between photo and design. Her casual, yet very pretty lettering glides effortlessly across this design, filling the space without detracting from the customer photo behind it.

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DIY Fringe 3-D Heart

By Jenny, Hank and Hunt


Fringe is fun all year round. Make these fringed hearts by simply covering paper mache hearts and you’ll have something almost as frill-ing as true love. Ok, maybe not, but it’s pretty darn cute.

Here’s how to make it…

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Party with Donuts

By Alison Faulkner, The Alison Show

I can’t get enough donuts. Not only are they a delicious treat, but they make for a stunning spread. Lately I’ve found picking up a box of freshly baked donuts is all I need to get a party started. My local bakery happily customizes icing colors and sprinkles, and I’m willing to bet yours will as well. It never hurts to ask! Check out these amazing donut displays to inspire some sweet ideas for your next party.

More tassel ideas…

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Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

(Betty In Paris from Olive Us)

Hi friends! All over the west there’s been a cold front, even in San Francisco where the editors and I live it’s chilly coat and scarf weather which is unusual for us here! I hope you’re staying warm and cozy right now if you’re caught in the cold front’s way. I wanted to share this sweet video above of Betty in Paris that I think will make you smile. I love the simple concept of her wandering around Paris by herself, having a croissant at a cafe, visiting the sites in her knee high red socks. Wouldn’t you love to tag along with her?

(Fun fact: that cute Betty is my niece!)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

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Maja’s Up Up and Away 2nd Birthday Party

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom upupandawayparty Both my husband and my daughter have Birthdays right after Christmas.  However much I prepare for their Birthdays beforehand, somehow they still leave me scrambling to get things finished.  This January we celebrated my daughter Maja’s second Birthday.  We kept her party small and simple, inviting the grandparents and serving drinks and Birthday cake.  This year I was happy to use the Up Up and Away balloon party accessories from Minted…

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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.

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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…

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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)

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