Printable: Treat of the Month Club

This might be my most favorite gift idea, ever: a subscription to a “treat of the month” club! How it works: Each month, you make or buy a yummy treat your recipient will enjoy and deliver it to their doorstep. Who wouldn’t love that? Download the printable treat-of-the-month gift tags below and start scheming up what you’ll be putting in the first box.

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Minted CEO Mariam Naficy Hosts Artist Meetup in London

Photos by Jess Henderson of Jess-on-Thames

Pictured above from left: Gwen Bédat, Annie Montgomery, Zhi Ling Lee, Mariam Naficy, Bethan Lumb, Viktoria Rodek, Pooja Pittie, and Jan Shepherd.

What was it like to attend a London meetup with Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy? In the words of Minted Artist Pooja Pittie, “It was like an evening out with your girlfriends — if they were all artists! We sipped rosè, alfresco, in an historic bar in London. Everyone was so warm and friendly — I didn’t feel like I was meeting them for the first time.”

Pooja traveled a long way from her hometown of Chicago to visit family in London and attend the first U.K. meetup for Minted artists on July 27 at The American Bar inside the Stafford Hotel. Mariam was on holiday in the U.K. with her family, and as always, was thrilled to talk with some of Minted’s global community of artists.

“It was an honor to meet the CEO of Minted — a lovely lady with a calm aura,” said Jan Shepherd, pictured above left. Pooja Pittie, seated at right, organized an artist meetup in her hometown of Chicago in April 2016.

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DIY: Simple Lace Crowns

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

This pretty lace crown is the perfect summer craft for all the ladies in your life. They’d be great for a summer garden party with your girlfriends or your daughter’s birthday celebration. All you need are a few supplies—lace trim and fabric stiffener—and you’re ready to make a pretty crown. We kept ours white but you could also use gold or silver paint to add some shimmer. Another idea: a craft station at your next gathering where guests can customize their own lace crowns with ribbon, flowers, and paint!

DIY Lace Crown | alice & lois for minted
DIY Lace Crown | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Easy Etched Drinking Glasses

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

I love to entertain and have tons of glassware, and sometimes I put my own spin on my drinking glasses by etching patterns to make them more interesting. It’s a super-simple project but really goes a long way to make plain glasses much more fun—you could even gift a set as a housewarming or wedding present.

DIY etched glasses

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Minted Real Wedding: Melanie and Dien in Glen Ellen, CA

After a surprise proposal in the Bahamas, Seattle-based couple Melanie and Dien held a colorful, whimsical wedding at the B.R. Cohn winery in Glen Ellen. They chose “Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth as their wedding invitation and the talented bride made the ceremony programs, menus, and table-number signs herself. Keep reading for more from their alfresco celebration (you have to see the fun poufs at the reception!).

BR Cohn Winery Wedding | Melanie & Dien

Bride and groom: Melanie Apuyan & Dien Nguyen
Occupations: Mortgage industry (Melanie) and software sales (Dien)
Based in: Seattle, Washington
Wedding date: August 14, 2015
Venue: B.R. Cohn, Glen Ellen, CA
Number of guests:  110
Minted wedding invitation: “Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth (in the “Sherbet” color palette)
Wedding planner: Sugar Rush Events
Florist: The Monkey Flower Group
Cake designer: Crisp Bake Shop
Photographer: Margaret Austin Photography

How did you and Dien meet?
Through a mutual friend.

Tell us about the proposal…
The proposal happened on a trip to the Bahamas. It came as complete surprise! And he picked the ring out all by himself, I love it.

How did you find your wedding venue?
We researched wedding venues online first, then took a trip out to Napa and Sonoma to visit sites in person.

Who made your wedding dress?  
Claire Pettibone

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
It was surprisingly easy—it was one of only four dresses I tried.

Click through for more from Melanie and Dien’s winery wedding

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Inspire your space with Minted on Pinterest

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Jen Sutton, who created a board full of dreamy color palettes and modern seaside décor we’d love for our own room makeover. Congratulations Jen!

Inspire your interior space with Minted and Sherwin-Williams.  To celebrate the launch of our new Art Styling Services, Minted has partnered with Sherwin-Williams to offer one lucky winner over $1K in prizes towards redecorating your home. Pick one room in your home to redecorate, design a beautifully mood board on Pinterest, and we’ll select one winner to receive $1000 in Minted credit + Styling Services and up to 5g’s of paint from Sherwin-Williams. CONTEST EXTENDED TO 8/10!

Get all the entry details after the jump…

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DIY: Gender-Reveal Baby Shower Pins

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Are you hosting a baby shower this summer? If the mama-to-be is planning on revealing the baby’s gender to guests at the party, then today’s project is the perfect way to add a fun game into the mix. Make a bunch of these pink and blue prize-ribbon pins and place them in a bowl by the party entrance. As guests arrive, have them pick a blue or pink pin, depending on what they think the baby will be. When the mom-to-be makes the big announcement, you can pass out small prizes to the guests who guessed correctly!

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DIY: Ice-Cream Cone Garland

I’ve never met an ice-cream cone I didn’t like, even one made of paper. So, if you’re celebrating National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, you can whip up this whimsical garland in about 30 minutes flat with materials you probably have on hand.

ice cream cone garland
ice cream garland

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Austin Artists Cool Off Over Sangria and Laughs

In early July, Minted Artists met up in downtown Austin for a casual get-together over cocktails and snacks at Irene’s, a new bar and restaurant recommended by Austin artist Melanie Pavao. Artists took a break from the scorching Texas heat to bond over the local art scene, their experience with Minted, and their favorite creative websites and resources.

        Top row from left: Melissa Reese, Heidi Miller Lowell, and Amanda Guerassio.
Bottom row from left: Melanie PavaoCarol SchiraldiSarah Luna, Kathy Van Torne, and Christina Loff.

“I especially appreciate the intimate, human connection that we all experienced through meeting each other in person — it has literally made my Minted world come alive,” Sarah Luna told us after the meetup. Austin artists are already making plans to hang out again.

Our very nice waiter from Irene’s helping us jump-start Heidi’s car, with a very happy Heidi.

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Ice-Cream Party Must-Haves

I don’t usually celebrate the random, wacky holidays (let’s face it—most of ’em seem made up!) but there’s one I cannot pass up: National Ice Cream Day. This Sunday, July 17, is a day dedicated to beloved summertime staple, so why not whip up an ice-cream party package for friends? Here’s what I’m including in mine, along with a note that says, of course, “Just add ice cream!”

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