DIY: Printable Advent Calendar

diy advent calendar
I love advent calendars. I’m not sure if it’s the excitement that Christmas is near or the promise of a piece of chocolate every day, but each year I look forward to coming up with a new way to enjoy the countdown.

This year’s advent calendar is Scandinavian-inspired and comes ready for you to print and make at home. Get the free download after the jump…

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels (Free Printable!)

By Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of  Alice & Lois

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? We’e celebrating the holiday with friends and family in L.A. this year and are busy planning all aspects of the epic meal (side note: Did I order the turkey yet?! Eek!). After the turkey has been carved and the pumpkin pie completely devoured, you’ll eventually need to pack up the leftovers and send them home with your dinner guests. Do this in style using the free printable label we created just for you.

Keep reading for the instructions and Thanksgiving leftovers takeout-container printable…

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Day Planner, Notebook, and Address Book Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re big believers that it never hurts to have a notebook handy for your to-do lists, notes-to-self, and, of course, those brilliant ah-ha! moments. When we asked our Minted community of designers to show us their visions for new notebook designs, we wanted them to create something worthy of being carted around through life’s everyday moments. The results were more lovely than we could have imagined! From fanciful color palettes to refined fonts and typefaces, there’s truly something for everyone. The winners of the One For the Books! Day Planner, Notebook, and Address Book Challenge listed below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations!

Perfect Pic Award for the best design that incorporates one photo in a minimalist or full-bleed design: “Tabbed Monogram” by Teresa Lang

Proving once and for all that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, Teresa’s “Tabbed Monogram” is a gorgeous use of one large photo to showcase an elegant monogram. The distinct outline draws the eye into the photo, while the typographic colorblock adds a bold focal point.

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Currently Loving: Cozy Modern

As the winter months approach, I feel more and more like going into hibernation mode. Preferably curling up in one of these spaces—they’re cozy and intimate, and done in perfectly soothing shades of gray to keep you warm all season long. They don’t feel quaint or old fashioned, though, instead they feel modern and sleek, like your favorite cashmere sweater. Like this image above —a beautifully classic egg chair paired with wonderful Scandinavian materials and textures. I could sit here by the fire and watch the snow fall for hours.

Click through to see more of my cozy and modern favorites…

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Makers Night: New York City (You’re Invited!)

New York City, you’re next! Last week, we kicked off our brand-new Maker Nights series in Atlanta, where a lovely group of folks gathered for an evening of making, crafting, and merriment. This week, we’re coming to the Big Apple and you’re invited to join us this Thursday (November 13) in the West Village at Little Owl – The Venue. The wonderful Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride is hosting our New York City Makers Night and everyone in attendance will be making their pinboard from Minted frames and our new fabrics—they’re perfect for displaying this year’s batch of holiday cards. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by emailing rsvp@minted.com. Hope to see you there!


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Maker Nights: Inspiration Boards at the Goat Farm

We held our inaugural Maker Night last Thursday night at our new studio space at the Goat Farm in Atlanta. We were so excited to kick off this fun series with the goal of bringing together creative types and members of our design community for an evening of inspiration, collaboration, and merriment.

Our project du jour was an inspiration board made from Minted frames and fabric.

Read on for more scenes from our first-ever Makers Night and DIY instructions to create a pinboard of your own… 

All images by Morgan Blake Photography

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DIY: Fabric-Wrapped Mini Pies (aka the perfect thank-you gift!)

mini pie favors
I’m whole-heartedly embracing pie season because it’s one of the only things that helps soften the blow of the return of cold weather. When I’m cranking out Thanksgiving desserts, I like to make a little extra pie crust and filling, which I turn into mini pies to give to friends and family as a sweet thank-you gift. Here’s a quick and stylish way to package them up once they’re ready to deliver.

Keep reading for the easy fabric-wrapping tutorial…

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Fondue

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of great opportunities for entertaining. My trick is to have a few tasty treats prepared beforehand so that they’re ready to go, like this twist on traditional chocolate fondue. Peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser, and this sauce tastes like liquid peanut butter fudge. Best of all, the peanut butter fondue can be made up to two weeks ahead and stored in the fridge, so once your party guests arrive, all you need to do is heat and serve.

Keep reading for the full recipe…

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Recipe: Pumpkin Loaf Cake

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

November means one more month of shameless pumpkin plugs (without judgement!), so I decided to take advantage of that fact with this pumpkin loaf cake recipe. It’s simple to make and a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day spread—keep it out on the kitchen counter so your dinner guests can help themselves to a slice (or two!).

Keep reading for the recipe after the jump…

pumpkin loaf cake recipe

pumpkin loaf cake recipe

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