Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

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The holidays are here (hooray!) as you’ve seen with the flurry of festivity on Julep so far. This time of year isn’t all glitter and jingle bells though, there’s the dreaded family photo session to send with your yearly holiday cards. It doesn’t have to be all stress and tantrums though, I love one of my stylist’s, Emily Frame’s tips:

“Instead of looking for top to bottom looks for everyone in your family, look in each closet for color themes. By picking a couple neutrals and a couple pop colors you can create a really natural family look without feeling too matchy-matchy”

For all 10 tips from my stylist and photographer check out my post right here.

Are family photos a stressful situation for your family? I’d love to hear your tips on surviving them!

Image by Ashley Thalman

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Story Time Bunting

By Rachael of Penelope and Pip

Whenever I look after my nieces and nephews, one of my favorite parts of the night is always the bedtime book. After reading the same books over and over however, (yes Spot, I can see you jump!), I found that making up stories is also lots of fun. With any story though you need a starting point and this fun and easy fabric bunting will kick start your imagination every time. After all, we sometimes need a little bit of help being creative and clever after a long day at work!

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The best part is that it only takes five minutes to make so you can swap out these characters for others at any time. You can use animals or anything else you can find on big print fabric – your local fabric shop will have a great selection to choose from.

Let’s get started with materials…

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Interview with Type Designer Debi Sementelli

By Lauren Chism a member of the Minted design community

I am continuously in awe of hand lettering talent and feel so lucky that we are able to use gorgeous fonts created by best of the best. One of these talents is Debi Sementelli of Correspondence Ink. She was kind of enough to answer a few of my questions for Julep.

Q: I am a huge fan of Belluccia. How does it feel to see your work in so many designs?

A: Thanks so much. Belluccia was my first so she’ll always be special. Plus she was named after my mother, aunt and uncle (all Bellucci’s) who were the biggest encouragers of my art. They all passed away many years ago so it felt good to create something in their honor. It feels fabulous to see how someone has used my font! It’s like watching your child succeed in the real world! I’m always surprised and delighted at the creativity of the designers that use it. They are so talented!

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Sweater Cake Flags

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry

Tis the season to pull out the winter clothes. If you are anything like me and find sweaters that will not be worn again, not to worry! Make these easy cake flags with them to re-use and decorate. The material gives the flags a gorgeous texture just perfect for the holidays and including buttons, seams and other sweater specific pieces give a unique take on this basic party staple.

Full tutorial after the jump …

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Decorating with Pastels

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

This year I have noticed a lot of pastels in furniture and home accessories, particularly the colors pink and mint blue/green. Normally I am drawn to bright colors but I am really loving all the soft colors, there is something so calm and nostalgic about them.  It’s like a modern Scandinavian take on the fifties.

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The pastels work in these spaces below because they are not competing with too many other colors or patterns.  There is a lot of white and light wood to compliment the pastels.

Photos: Upper left / Upper right / Lower left / Lower right

Here are a few pastels I would love to have in my home…

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Type Style: Futura

by Annie Clark, Creative Director

I think it’s fair to say that I’m a font obsessed gal. So much so that I started imagining my favorite typefaces as people, giving them a personality and wondering what they would wear. So with that admission  I bring you Type Style, first up Futura. Equal parts modern and retro, and always completely cool.

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Embroidered Leather Cuffs

By Rachael of Penelope and Pip

I’m so excited to be launching my column here on Julep with this quick and easy leather cuff. With the holiday season fast approaching I have been looking for ways I can create handmade gifts for all my gal pals and this beautiful cuff is my favorite idea so far. Geometric string art is being pinned from everywhere at the moment which made me think how great it would be to carry your own little piece of art on your arm!
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The best part about this project is you can combine any color combination and pattern you like which makes each cuff you create unique.

Let’s get started with materials…

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