Recipe: Halloween Miniature Candy Apples

Halloween is pretty laid-back at the Hall house—we order take-out, dispense candy to hordes of kiddos, and watch scary movies. To keep things festive, though, I usually add one easy homemade treat, like these pint-sized candy apples. Don’t worry, I’m not handing them out instead of Snickers bars (doesn’t everyone have bad memories of the candy apple- and popcorn ball-dispensing neighbors?). No, these are strictly for the grown-ups, a sweet treat to prevent you from raiding your kid’s candy stash, plus just the right amount of Halloween nostalgia.

Get the recipe for these mini candy apples after the jump.

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DIY: Cotton Candy Thank-You Card Printable

Written by Olivia Kanaley


Showing your gratitude is even sweeter when it takes the shape of this fairground favorite. Even though the party’s over you can still treat your guests to one more surprise when your thank-you note hits their mailbox. With our printable template, you can craft up this unique cotton-candy card from a just a few simple materials you probably have already.

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Big News: Fabrics and Stores!

Today, I’m excited to announce that Minted is expanding into textiles and has opened more than 1,000 stores for competition-winning designers and artists, turning Minted into a platform-enabled marketplace and providing Minted’s customers more direct access to the world’s best designers and artists.

Over the past seven years, Minted has focused on creating beautiful one-of-a-kind paper goods – stationery, party décor and art – and starting today, you’ll be able to find the same high-quality, highly unique assortment you’ve come to expect from us in fabrics, sold by the yard.  In order to assemble the gorgeous assortment of fabrics you can now find on Minted, we quietly held a design competition and received 1,400 breathtaking submissions by independent artists around the world – from Cape Town, South Africa to Milford, Michigan.  The winning design, Sweet Leaves and Berries, was created by Erin McManness of Atlanta, Georgia.  And that’s just the beginning!

In other news, we are also announcing that more than 1,000 winning designers have been invited to open their own stores on Minted. Going forward, if you win a prize in a Minted design challenge, you will be invited to open a store on Minted where you can launch your any art prints and fabric designs you choose without going through the competition process, using Minted’s back-end fulfillment and customer service to operate your business.  You can easily upload your art print, for example, and sell large format prints, framed, directly to consumers – with Minted handling all of the printing, framing, and customer service.

As I sat here writing this blog post tonight, I saw countless art prints being launched to the site.  In fact, Erin McManness (mentioned above as our fabrics design challenge winner), coincidentally launched this quite adorable art print, “French Flower Shop” as well the beautiful “Little Terrarium Succulent Illustration” while I was writing about her!

Finally, in order to help designers and artists continue doing what they do best – create beautiful, one-of-a-kind goods – and in order to help us do what we do best – make and ship their creations on-demand  – we’re happy to also announce that Minted has raised $38 million in a Series D round led by Norwest Venture Partners, with participation by Technology Crossover Ventures.

To our customers – we thank you for your patronage and we continue to strive to serve you better each year.

To our community of designers and artists – thank you for your continued support, you make Minted special and we are honored to have you be a part of our curated marketplace.

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Minted Real Wedding: Grace & Michael at Reif Estate Winery

For today’s Minted Real Wedding, we’re heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, where Grace and Mike hosted a farmers’ market-inspired wedding on the grounds of an elegant winery. Beneath the lush canopy of a towering tree, the couple exchanged vows and then celebrated with their 117 guests during their alfresco garden luncheon.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Reif Estate wedding, Niagara, Ontario

Bride’s name: Grace Foo
Groom’s name: Michael Armstrong
Wedding date: July 21, 2013 
Location: Grand Victorian mansion at Reif Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Number of guests: 117
Minted wedding invitation: “White Shadows” (letterpressed) by Jessica Williams for Minted
Photographer: Andrew Mark Photography 

Keep reading to see more details from Grace and Michael’s beautiful wedding.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Fall Favors

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

Fall means comfort food, sweet scents, and cozy decor, and if you’re having a fall wedding, incorporating those details into your big day is always a good idea. A simple way to do it: Send your wedding guests home with one of these fall-inspired favors. Whether you’re into DIY or prefer ready-made pieces, here are 10 of my favorites fall favors from around the web.

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Introducing Minted Maker Nights at the Goat Farm

We are very excited to announce the start of a very exciting series… if you are in the Atlanta area, we do hope you can join us!

A big thanks to Joni Lay for hosting our first Makers Night where we will be making an inspiration board with Minted frames and fabric. We’re hoping to host these nights monthly so you’ll want to check this community page for upcoming Maker Nights. And if you’re a creative type with a teachable skill or craft, please do email PR@minted.com with an idea for a workshop you would like to host.

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Currently Loving: Wall Murals

Wallpaper is back in fashion! And a wallpaper trend I’ve been seeing a lot of is the oversize mural, which pretty much takes over an entire wall. The look is different and dramatic, and definitely makes a bold statement. Lots of wallpaper companies are rolling out these larger prints and the look is trés chic, perhaps even a little Parisian. Here’s some I quite like.

The July issue of Inside Out magazine featured this pretty bedroom, with a beautiful mural acting as a stunning backdrop to the antique brass headboard.

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Oh, Ovals! Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

In the Oh, Ovals! Art Print Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to create a collection of cutting-edge artwork to display in our soon-to-come oval frames. We encouraged experimentation with new media and styles, and are incredibly happy with the results—this was a fun one for us and for our artists. Congratulations to the winners who stood out in our special prize categories below!

New Artist Award for the best art print by a new Minted artist: “Ice on a Lake” by Renée Anne Bouffard-McManus

We are so excited to have Renee in our artist community. We were very impressed with her series of strong submissions to this challenge. In particular, we are drawn to her beautiful piece “Ice on the Lake.” This monochrome watercolor study proves Renee’s watercolor expertise. The delicate balance of value in this monochrome piece is complemented by the subtle texture of the fluid watercolors. This piece is especially strong when paired with Renee’s other piece “Mist Rises Over the Water.” Welcome to the Minted team, Renee!

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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Three): The Poisoned Apple

Poisoned apple halloween cocktail with dry ice by kelli hallWith Apples, Tequila, and Pomegranates

If pressed to pick my poison, tequila is always my drink of choice. This potent potion (the final concoction in our three-part Halloween cocktail series; be sure to also check out The Black Heart and Swamp Swill Martini) is spiked with just enough tequila flavor to counteract the sweetness of the apples, and I’ve added a few dry ice chips to the drink to create swirls of smoke—a cautionary warning about this sinister concoction…

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…

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