color dyed wheat wreath

wreath

This fall we are warming up our mantel with a bright, festive wreath made with color dyed wheat. It’s a little bit fraggle rock, a little bit country, loads of fun, and a festive way to welcome guests into our home. The process of bright color dying allows this wheat to work great for welcoming in trick-or-treaters and Thanksgiving feasters alike. One fun project that will brighten up any space all season long.

Color dyed wheat wreath

Color dyed wheat wreath

In straight form, the color dyed wheat makes for a sweet way to finish off favor packages and doggy bags, leaving guests with my favorite bright look of fall.

Color dyed wheat wreath

To make the wreath you’ll need: wheat, a wreath form, pushpins, small clear rubber bands, and paint for dying the wheat.

We tried a couple different dying techniques before finding the right way to get this festive, vibrant color. Fabric dye has a hard time holding to the wheat, and paint dying got a little too clumpy to use. The best way to color dye the wheat is by spraying the color directly onto it. Set the wheat out on an painting canvas and using bright colors (like these) spray directly onto the wheat. Wait for the wheat to fully dry and turn to coat the other side.

You will also want to paint your wreath frame to match the color of the wheat for the most graphic display.  

Posted October 15, 2014 6 Comments
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angel food eyeball cake

Angel Food Eyeball Cake

With Halloween coming up we are having a blast playing around with a few spooky treats. It is the one time of year that eyeballs, spiders, and other spooky items are found popping up at our house. These angel food eyeball cakes are a great way to get in on the fun. The cakes look like they are watching you… no matter what direction you turn.

Angel Food Eyeball Cake

Angel Food Eyeball Cake

Angel food cakes are great because you can easily make them in any shape or size. A large bunt cake is perfect for an afternoon party, or whole bunch of miniature cakes will have a classroom of kids happily spooked. The decorating is the same no matter the size. Try your hand at homemade angel food cake, or purchase it premade for a show stopping party treat that you can whip up in moments.

Angel Food Eyeball Cake

To make the angel food eyeball cakes; start with angel food cake (either homemade or store bought). You will also need candy eyes, white frosting, and ginger snap cookies.

Generously frost the cakes with the white frosting. While the frosting is still soft, place the cookies around the cake leaving spots between them for the eyeballs. Gently place the eyeballs around the cake. Repeat for each cake, adjusting the amount used based on size.

Angel Food Eyeball Cake

This cake is watching you…

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry)

Posted October 14, 2014 1 Comment
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cleaning up our #HappiMess

happi-paint

Participating in the #HappiMess fun with Delta this fall has helped me to really enjoy our daily messes. Whether we are pouring glitter filled drinks, playing with confetti, or busting out the paints we tend to make a mess. That’s just the way it goes with kids, parties, crafting, and fun!

paints

art-work

There are many days we end up covered in a pretty huge mess. In fact, it’s often the best (and most creative) days that we end up being covered the most. Afterwards, there’s not much left to do, but immediately throw everyone into the bath. As a mom, I spend a lot of time scrubbing off our little happy messes, so a great shower head goes a long way towards my desire to continue creating and getting messy with the kids.  

Posted October 14, 2014 65 Comments
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birthday present halloween costume

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

Last year we did a festive Halloween costume series that was really fun. A birthday cake, a party lantern, a bunch of balloons, a baby bouquet of flowers, and real life honeycombs! Festive and bright costumes for the kids.

One thing we were missing – was a birthday present. So I am filling in the gap this year, with this incredibly easy birthday present costume (make it in under 1 hour). The costume is as bright and fun as you can get for Halloween.

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

To make the birthday present Halloween costume you will need; one cardboard box, one can of bright spray paint, thick ribbon for the shoulders, thin metallic ribbon for the box front, and a big funky bow for the headband.

DIY birthday present Halloween Costume

Start by gluing the bright bow to a length of metallic ribbon for the headband – the bigger the bow the better!

To make the birthday present box, tape or glue down all the flaps inside and spray paint the box in the bright color of your choosing.

Glue a metallic ribbon around the front of the box and glue two shoulder straps on the inside of each box for wearing. Measure the ribbon to your child.

That’s all it takes for a fun and festive Halloween costume! Perfect for the little ones in your trick-or-treating crew.

Birthday Present Halloween Costume

This birthday present costume idea will fit adults too with the right ribbon measurements – an easy office costume fix. Slip on to be fully in costume (like a superhero), slip off for your regular everyday fall look. Nice for running in and out of meetings and school parties.

More kid friendly Halloween ideas right here.

(Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry).

Posted October 13, 2014 0 Comments
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share a meal

Share A Meal

The problem of hunger in our country affects 16 million people, mostly children, and many of them go unnoticed. With the economic upheaval of the recent years, the face of hunger has drastically changed. There could be children down any of our streets struggling to know when it is they will eat again. For a girl who loves a feast, this does not sit well.

I am really excited to be partnering with Unilever in their #ShareAMeal initiative. I will be gathering together with friends this fall – not just for revelry, but also to do something about the hunger in our own community.

Today, a new documentary is being launched, Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Childhood Hunger. I’d love for you to watch it and think about what could be done to #ShareAMeal in your own community this fall.

For more information on this initiative and resources for sharing a meal in your own community visit Project Sunlight.

Posted October 13, 2014 2 Comments
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why don’t we… induldge in pumpkin ice cream

pumpkin ice cream

It’s about this time every year I start craving pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bourbon, pumpkin cakes… As long as it’s from a pumpkin, there’s a decent chance I will love it.

Last year I was introduced to pumpkin ice cream! The game has been forever changed. Move over every other way to eat pumpkin, because this creamy cold version is as rich as a pie, as refreshing as the crisp days of fall, and it has easily become our seasonal treat of choice.

Pumpkin pie ice cream

Make your own pumpkin ice cream with; 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1 15-oz. can of 100% pumpkin puree, 5 large egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

Place 5 egg yokes in a large bowl along with the sugar and whisk until combined.

Heat the cream, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt on low heat until the mixture begins to froth and simmer. Pull off before boiling.

Slowly add the hot cream mixture to your eggs and whisk while adding. Once the bowls are combined, put the mixture back on the stove and stir constantly until the mixture gets thick and reaches 170 degrees.

Strain the mixture into a large, wide bowl. Add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Stir gently to combine. Chill mixture for about 15 minutes in the fridge before adding to the ice cream maker, per package directions. Wait for it paitently and then… indulge in a taste of the season you will quickly love.

A few other pumpkin recipes I love to induldge in here, here, and here.

Have a tasty weekend!

Posted October 10, 2014 2 Comments
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