Jessica Hische’s Guest Judge Pick!

Back in October, we invited Jessica Hische to be the Guest Judge for our biggest Wedding Challenge of the year, the Wedding Bells are Ringing: 2016 Wedding Invitation Challenge. Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in San Francisco and Brooklyn. Jessica has become as well known for her side projects as she has for her client work. She’s created several educational micro-sites including Mom This is How Twitter Works, Should I Work for Free? and Don’t Fear the Internet

Out of 2,848 submissions, Jessica selected Beloved by Design Lotus! When asked specifically why she chose this design, Jessica said, “It was incredibly hard to choose a winner because there were so many outstanding submissions this year, but I kept coming back to this design. I love how it combines classic elegant components (the use of gold engraving illustrations and beautiful clean typefaces) in a modern asymmetrical layout. It almost feels like the design could double as a high-end wine label. I think it’s really difficult to design in a way that feels understated and elegant but not minimalistic. I could see this design working for a wide range of weddings—from a big elaborate affair in a gilded ballroom to a small outdoor ceremony in an overgrown garden.” Congratulations Design Lotus!

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DIY: Cactus Valentine’s Day Temporary Tattoos

Written by Kersey Campbell from And We Play

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and to help you out, I made these fun valentine tattoos complete with a cute pun (because what is Valentine’s Day without a funny quip, am I right?). Let’s make some tattoos!

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Embroidery

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love to gift our friends with little Valentine’s Day presents, just like the kiddos do. This year, we’re making a simple embroidered gift that’s straight from the heart. We fell in love with Minted’s “First Crush” fabric by Katherine Roberts and added a special touch by stitching pink embroidery floss to the fabric. We started with a small hoop and used basic split stitches and French knots to add some sweet embellishments to the darling fabric. Lastly, just add some string to the top of the hoop to turn the embroidery into a wall hanging for your friend.

DIY Valentine Embroidery

You also have to see some of our other favorite heart-patterned fabrics:
• “Loved” by Carolyn MacLauren
• “Love of Heats” by Four Wet Free Studio
• “Hand-stamped Hearts” by Hooray Creative

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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.

DIY Valentine's Plates | JulepDIY Valentine's Plates | Julep

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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!

DIY Whimsical Valentine's Flowers | JulepDIY Whimsical Valentine's Flowers | Julep

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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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