Mariam’s Family Heirloom, Turned into a Custom Art Print

My family loves to cook—we’re definitely in the “live to eat” rather than “eat to live” category. My grandmother, Sophie Sun, was a great cook and loved making food for me. She was born in Shanghai in 1918, moved to Hong Kong in the early 1950s, and then to California in the 1970s; she passed away in 2004, during a trip back to Shanghai. I was lucky enough to spend time with her as an adult and wrote down some of her recipes as she gave me cooking lessons. Recently, I was going through some old papers and found Sophie’s “Chicken Plus Soup” recipe, which she had written for me in a lined notebook. It’s a great winter recipe that includes traditional Chinese ingredients like dried scallops, ginseng, and ginger, and my grandmother swore it was a restorer of health. She encouraged me to have this soup often when I was pregnant with my first child.  (For those of you trying to read the recipe, there is a good interpretation of the same recipe here.)

This year, I realized I could take advantage of Minted’s new Completely Custom Art service and turn my grandmother’s handwritten recipe into a framed, foil-pressed art print, which I’ll be giving to my mom, aunts, uncle, and cousins as a gift this Christmas. (Our talented design associates are able to turn pretty much anything into a beautiful foil-pressed keepsake—kid’s drawings, your pet’s silhouette, you name it!) Check out how it turned out, below. And, of course, I ordered one for myself, too—I’m planning to hang it in my kitchen in honor of Sophie.

—Mariam Naficy, Founder & CEO of Minted

Holiday Gift Idea: Family Recipe Keepsake Art Print

 

 

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DIY: New York City Advent Calendar

We’ve got advent calendars on the brain today and here’s one you can quickly put together today just in time to crack open the first box tomorrow. All you need are matchboxes and our free New York City-themed printables. Let the holiday countdown begin!

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DIY: Modern Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar

Written by Olivia Kanaley

For the young and the young-at-heart, nothing quite tops the anticipation of Christmas morning. What’s more fun than counting down the days with an advent calendar? This one is easy to make and you can reuse it year after year.

Supplies:
• 1″ glass ball ornaments (24)
• 1/2″ brass cup hooks (24)
• 16″ x 20″ or larger piece of wood (we used a wood painting panel)
• Paint
• 1/4″ vinyl number stickers
• Foam brush
• Drill and 1/16″ drill bit
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Printed template (print on letter paper and tape together)

Steps:

1. Print template on four sheets of letter paper, tape the edges together, and cut out. Center the template on top of the wood and tape in place. Using a pencil, mark the three corners of the triangle on the wood board.

2. Using the black dots on the template as a guide, pre-drill holes for the cup hooks (drill right through the paper template).

3. Remove template and use pencil dots as a guide to tape off the three sides of the tree.

4. Add number stickers 1-24 securely about 1/2″ below each of the pre-drilled holes. You can go in numerical order or randomly apply them.

5. Apply paint to taped off area and let dry completely.

6. Carefully remove the tape and vinyl numbers. Screw in cup hooks. Now you’re ready to add one ornament to your tree on each day of December to count down to Christmas.

 

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DIY: Fabric-Covered Christmas Tree Ornaments

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

This year, trim your tree with these easy-to-make handmade ornaments. I picked up these tree-shaped cardboard ornaments at my local craft store—they were plain and simple, and ready to be turned into something beautiful! All it took was some glue and pieces of fabric (I chose designs from Minted’s line of fabrics) to turn the plain ornaments into ones with personality! These would look beautiful on your tree, of course, but would also make a sweet gift topper. Keep reading for the easy step-by-step instructions.

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DIY: Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decoration Idea

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Need a super fast and crazy simple Thanksgiving decor idea, pronto? We’ve got the perfect idea and all you need are foraged leaves and a paint pen, that’s it! Gather leaves and write down things you’re grateful for, then display them on your Thanksgiving table with some candles for a simple-yet-totally-personal centerpiece. You could even invite guests to write what they’re thankful for on the leaves, and the project takes mere minutes to make. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

DIY Quick Thanksgiving Decor Idea by alice & lois for JulepDIY Quick Thanksgiving Decor Idea by alice & lois for Julep

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DIY: Holiday Pom-Pom Garland

Looking for a quick way to decorate your house in time for Thanksgiving? This simple pom-pom garland will add a cheerful touch to your holiday. Best of all, it’s customizable, so you can personalize it with any festive, season-inspired message you like!

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thanksgiving garland

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DIY: Candy Cornucopia

By Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

It’s almost Thanksgiving! If you don’t yet have a plan for your table decor, not to worry: These DIY cornucopia place settings are super quick to make and you can use any paper you have on hand. Fill them with colorful candies and you’ve got a bright and modern Thanksgiving table in no time.

Candy Cornucopia
Candy Cornucopia

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Minted Real Wedding: Whitney & Kadmiel in Chicago

Ever wonder what a bridal gown expert chooses for her own wedding day? Whitney Harris, a bridal consultant at Vera Wang in Chicago, wore a stunning mermaid gown by the designer for her springtime wedding to Kadmiel Christmas. The couple exchanged vows before their 185 guests during an interfaith ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom, all held at the elegant Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Chicago Wedding at The Blackstone Hotel

Bride and groom: Whitney Harris and Kadmiel Christmas
Occupations: Bridal Consultant at Vera Wang Chicago (Whitney); Owner and Managing Director of Adon Solutions (Kadmiel)
Based in: Chicago
Wedding date: March 21, 2015
Wedding venue: The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel, Chicago
Number of guests: 185
Minted wedding invitation: “Dapper Amper” by Snow and Ivy
Wedding gown: Vera Wang
Hair & makeup: Kate Johnson of Kate Johnson Artistry
Florist: Juliet Tan Floral Design
Decor: Art of Imagination (chuppah and lighting)
Cake: Sugar Hills Bakery
Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Chicago wedding at The Blackstone Hotel

How did you and Kadmiel meet?
We met at a fundraising event I was hosting in August 2011 and exchanged business cards.

Tell us about the proposal!
Kadmiel decided to propose at his 40th birthday celebration that I had planned for him (it wasn’t a surprise). It was a Gatsby-themed bash at the Public Hotel in Chicago. The proposal was a complete surprise—Kadmiel got down on one knee after he blew out his birthday candles and gave a speech in front of all our family and friends. I was stunned and had no clue he was planning to propose—I was very emotional and love that the speech and reaction was filmed on a friend’s phone.

Who made your wedding dress?
“Olympia” by Vera Wang, from the Spring 2015 collection. I also wore a veil that my grandmother wore on her wedding day 56 years ago. My grandmother, mother, and aunt have all worn it at their weddings.

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
I’m a bridal consultant and I made sure to consult my team! Most brides only consult family, friends, and their Pinterest board; I also had a team of colleagues to chat with about it.

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Design to Dish: Mini S’mores Pies

Like most of America, we have family coming in from all over the country this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. My mom texted everyone to figure out the menu, so we have a magnificent feast to look forward to: smoked turkey, stuffing, fresh-baked rolls, corn, carrots, green beans, cheesy broccoli and cauliflower, pomegranate salad, candied yams plus mashed potatoes plus mashed sweet potatoes, and more types of pie than I can count on one hand. With the deliciousness bar set so high, I’ve been trying to figure out what I can contribute. What I’m making? These mini s’mores pies—not only are they perfect sweet treat to conclude Thanksgiving dinner, they just might steal the whole Turkey Day show!

Mini S'mores Pies from @luluthebaker for @minted“Autumn Leaves” Thanksgiving cards by Four Wet Feet Studio | Mini S’mores Pies (recipe below)

Mini S'mores Pies for your Thanksgiving table, by @luluthebaker for @minted

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A Moody Color Palette for Your Thanksgiving Table

Written by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

I’ve never been into the traditional holiday color palettes, so when fall comes along, the first thing I do is brainstorm how I can avoid having anything orange in my house (even the pumpkins we buy are never the traditional types!). Well, how the heck do you decorate your Thanksgiving table then? My advice: Get moody. And by that I mean with your color scheme, not with your roommate or spouse. This unexpected palette of matte black, wood tones, grey, copper, and lots of green creates a fall vibe at the table without looking like you brought home all of the orange and brown decorations from the Thanksgiving aisle at the grocery store. Here are my tips to achieve this look.

Thanksgiving DecorTabletop Inspiration

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