Design to Dish: Lemon Cream-Cheese Pie

lemon cream cheese pie recipeNew Waves” fabric by Jennifer Morehead; Lemon Cream-Cheese Pie (recipe below)

My husband’s favorite pie is a lovely little concoction with a graham-cracker crust and a layer of sweet cream-cheese topped with luscious, sunshine-yellow lemon curd. Every bite tastes like summer! Sadly, the pie shop we used to buy it from went out of business last year, so I’ve been spending some time concocting my own version. And guess what? It’s pretty easy to make! Despite its many layers, it’s a simple recipe: you basically mix, pour, bake, and repeat. Sunny days are here again!

And, speaking of sunny days, I came across this darling, lemon-yellow patterned fabric from Minted: “New Waves” by Jennifer Morehead. It’s such a fun print and practically begs to be turned into pillows, curtains, or even table runner (for displaying with this lemon cream-cheese pie!). It’s sweet and sunny, just like my pie.

lemon cream cheese pie recipe

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DIY: Alphabet Crayon Favors

My son has a slight obsession with alphabet letters so for his birthday, I decided to make letter-shaped crayons as party favors. They were surprisingly simple to make and a big hit! If you don’t mind getting a little wax beneath your fingernails, here’s how to make your own…

how to make letter crayons

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DIY: Mother’s Day Homemade Herbal Bath Salts

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Your mom definitely deserves a chance to relax and refresh, which is why these homemade bath salts are the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Ours is a refreshing, herbal blend of spearmint and rosemary, which smells absolutely delightful. And we’ve included a printable label (get it below), making these homemade bath salts the perfect, easy homemade gift for all the mamas in your life.

Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions


Recreate This Room: Pastel Living Room

By Annie Montgomery of  MontgomeryFest

This serene living room instantly evokes a sense of calm, like a tranquil oasis. I can only imagine the inspirations that would abound after spending ten minutes lounging on that couch. You can recreate this look in your own home by incorporating soft, muted tones while letting accessories like blankets, poufs, and art take center stage. Surround yourself with the most luxuriously soft textiles and let the good vibes take over the whole room.

Recreate This Room: Pastel Living RoomRecreate This Room: Pastel Living Room

1. “Morning Dew” art print by Simona Cavallaro for Minted

2. Dark gray industrial floor lamp

3. Marble silk pillow

4. Cashmere throw

5. Gray wool sofa

6. Moroccan leather pouf

7. Sea green glass bottle

8. Coffee table

Photo (top): Jeroen van der Spek


DIY: Mother’s Day No-Sew Tea Towels

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and what better gift to give than handmade tea towels? These pretty towels will add a pop of color to her kitchen and—best of all—take less than 30 minutes to make, which means you’ll be able to gift all the wonderful mamas in your life (or yourself!) with a set of their own in no time.

Mother's Day Gift Idea: DIY No-Sew Tea Towels

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DIY: Mini DIY-Kit Favor Bags

Since DIY-ing is all the rage these days (hello, Pinterest!), hop on the train by creating these mini DIY kits. These inexpensive and unique party favors can be easily customized to match your party theme or your friends’ interests (since they make lovely little gifts); plus, they’re a cinch to make!

DIY kit favor bags

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DIY: Printable “How We Spring” To-Do List

Make the most of spring by taking advantage of the warmer temps and checking off items on your springtime to-do list. Download our free “How We Spring” printable below and start brainstorming fun things to eat, see, and do, stat!

printable list

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DIY: Indigo Dip-Dyed Business Cards

We might be living in a digital world, but paper business cards are still a vital part of networking, so it’s important that yours are memorable. These hand-dip-dyed cards are striking and simple to make—perfect for new college grads hoping to stand out from the pack.

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

Letting your guests know you appreciate them is one of your most important responsibilities as newlyweds—a simple, heartfelt thank you will mean so much to your guests. Here are eight creative and unexpected ways to thank your loved ones for being a part of your wedding day.

Creative ways to say thank you

1. Have your photographer snap a picture of you and your groom holding a fun thank-you sign; after the wedding, turn the photo into a custom thank-you card to mail to guests.

Creative ways to thank your wedding guests

2. Display your thank-you message in a prominent spot where all your guests will see it, like at the entrance to the reception.

3. Another clever way to thank your guests: Print your message on the cocktail napkins—guests will see it once they hit the bar for their first drink.

4. This couple hand-wrote letters to each guest thanking them for attending their wedding (perfect if you’re having a small, more intimate celebration). The letters were displayed at each guest’s place setting at the reception.

5. For your parents, we love the idea of framing a handful of your favorite wedding portraits for them to display at home.

Wedding Ideas: Creative Ways to Say Thank You

6. Wedding favors are a small token of your appreciation, so make sure the packaging expresses your thanks.

7. Don’t forget to properly thank your wedding-party VIPS: For bridesmaids, give them a cute clutch (something they’ll definitely use again) loaded with all the essentials, like lip gloss, sparkly nail polish, bobby pins, hair ties, and tissues.

8. For the guys? Give ’em something they really want, like a hand-rolled cigar to enjoy with the rest of the boys at the reception.

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DIY: Print-It-Yourself Wood and Vellum Wedding Invitations

Minted’s new Print-It-Yourself wedding invitations and RSVP cards are a lovely, wallet-friendly option for your wedding stationery—you’ll receive a personalized invitation design (for just $50!), which you can print yourself at home, on whatever type of paper or material you like. Plus, there are so many ways to add an extra, personal touch to the pieces and this rustic, wood-and-vellum idea is one of our favorites, especially if you’re having a more casual or alfresco celebration.

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All of the following ideas feature:
Print-It-Yourself invitation and RSVP (works best with designs with a white background; this one is “Sweet Berries” by Olivia Raufman for Minted)
Vellum paper, onto which you will print your invitation and RSVP designs, then trim to correct size
Birch wood veneer cut into 5″ x 7″ pieces

Idea #1: Tied with Twine

1/16″ hole punch
Mini glue dots


1. Place one glue dot on each of the four corners of the wood veneer sheet and line up the vellum-printed invitation on top.

2. Near the top, punch two holes about 1″ apart from each other and tie a bow in the center with twine.

Idea #2: Gold Fasteners

• 1/16″ hole punch
• Mini gold fasteners
• Mini glue dots (optional)


1. Lay the vellum-printed invitation over the wood veneer sheet. Hold the card in place (or place glue dots) and punch a hole in each of the four corners.

2. Place your fasteners through the holes and split the legs to fasten them in place.

Idea #3: Tied with Ribbon

• 1/8″ hole punch
• Ribbon
• Mini glue dots


1. Place one glue dot on each of the four corners of the wood veneer sheet and line up the vellum-printed invitation on top.

2. Punch two holes about 1.5″ apart from each other, centered from the top.

3. With the design facing up, weave one end of the ribbon through each hole. Flip the invitation over and repeat, weaving each end of the ribbon back through again, through the opposite hole.

4. Trim the ribbon ends if necessary and use glue dots to affix them in place.

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