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Hi! I’m Victoria Hudgins, author of A Subtle Revelry, and I am excited to give you a sneak peek into our new book, Materially Crafted, today.


What I love about this book is the awesome impact it will have on all your crafting and DIY projects. How many times have we all failed at crafting something that looked easy and beautiful in the photos? Fail no more! Walk with me through this fun journey learning everything you need to know about crafting materials. From wax to spray paint, I will explain how to work with them all in the best way – sharing my personal tips and tricks and so many great hints to make your crafting a success.





Along with the quirky spunk and awesome crafting education, Materially Crafted also hosts a number of fun projects to try out on your own. These wax tea lights are a great beginning project. They are fun to make and since you don’t have to melt the wax, they’re an easy way to create vibrant candles at home.


  • 8 x 16″ (20 x 40 cm) colorful beeswax sheets
  • Cotton tea-light wicks
  • X-Acto knife


  • Using an X-Acto knife, cut the beeswax sheets into three 4 x 2″ (10 x 5 cm) pieces per candle.
  • Make the wax malleable by warming it up in your hands for a moment. Overlap the short ends of two of the pieces slightly and press together. Add the third piece in the same manner to connect the three pieces into one long skinny piece (about 111⁄2 x 2″ [29 x 5 cm] long).
  • Press a tea-light wick into the wax at one end. Starting from that end, gently roll the wax strip tightly around the wick to form a spiral.
  • Press the end of the roll into the candle base to connect.


To celebrate the latest book from A Subtle Revelry, Materially Crafted, we are giving readers a chance to win one of five books.


To enter to win one of five copies of Materially Crafted, comment below telling us what craft project you plan on making next! To get another entry, follow Better Homes and Gardens on Twitter @BHG and tweet using #BHGRevelrySweepstakes. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select the winners.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 12:01 a.m. ET on 03/03/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 03/04/15. Subject to Official Rules available at Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering this sweepstakes, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not Twitter.

See more information on the book, including details on purchasing a copy, here.




Mariam Naficy: Favorite Finds from Minted

Hi, I’m Mariam Naficy, founder of the art and design marketplace site Minted. It was so exciting to share my go-to entertaining tips with you in the September issue, and today I’m writing about a few of my favorite finds from Minted this fall.

1. This is the dayplanner I carry – I chose the very slim monthly planner version of this to plan and keep track of my monthly goals and I keep it with me at the office:

2. Here at Minted we’re already thinking about the holidays! Of the 4,103 number of holiday cards submitted in Minted’s sixth annual holiday card challenge, ‘Painted Triangles’ by Waldo Press was a personal favorite.  I love how the subtleness of the watercolor contrasts with the angles of the triangles.

3. I love how this Woodland Wreath ornament card by Kristie Kern for Minted doubles as a gift tag – write a note to your recipient on the back, and you have a holiday card and gift tag in one! It comes with ribbon included.

4. For the first time this holiday season, we’re offering styled recipient address printing and it’s free! The recipient’s name on this design almost looks like calligraphy and the pine branch is a nice, whimsical touch.

5. Minted recently launched foil-pressed stationery (my favorite product on the entire site) and these are the two designs (Arrow Head by Fig and Cotton Paperie and Wanderlust by Grace Cobb) by I’ve personally been sending out.

6. My daughter loves fairies and asked for a fairy-themed seventh birthday. We used these lovely Very Fairy invitations by Olivia Kanaley.


organize this: home office!

The new year is quickly approaching and once January hits, the first thing many begin to think about is something near and dear to my heart; getting organized!  It’s a blank slate to the year, a fresh start and a way to analyze your spaces and use of time.

One of the first rooms I look at when the new year hits, is the home office.  It is where we manage schedules and bills and all things household management related.  Here are the key items I recommend for not only an organized office, but a happy, comfortable and functional one that you love to spend time in as well.


A place to work.  The foundation to a home office is the workspace.  It is important to select something that is large enough to write on and hold a computer screen or laptop.  Desks come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, but remember to think function first!


Task lighting.  Proper lighting when working is important to keep your eyes smiling.  Lamps that have the ability to swing or adjust are a great way to get the light focussed right where you need it!


A cozy place to sit.  A comfortable chair is essential when using your workspace for longer periods of time.  If you work from home or spend a few hours at a time working on bills and household tasks, consider chairs with cushion and padding and that are ergonomically designed for an office space.


Vertical space.  When space is limited, or when office supplies are in abundance, think about the space above the desk.  It is amazing how much storage can be packed onto a couple of shelves, a hutch or cabinets mounted to the wall.


In and out boxes.  Managing the paper piles that come with a home office, will ensure that the desk is not a discouraging place, but a spot that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home and that welcomes you when it is time to get to work.  Giving yourself a place to quickly drop mail and important papers, will keep things orderly until you have time to devote to them.


Filing system.  Rule number one is to go digital with papers when you can, but for all of those other important documents, setting up a good filing system will help you locate things in a jiff!  Filing options are endless, from desktop organizers to desks with built in cabinets, organized papers will keep you grinning year after year.


Desktop organizer.  Keeping the day to day goodies on your desktop is a natural and smart way to use the space efficiently {vs. tossing everything inside drawers}.  To keep stamps, pens, pencils, stationary and envelopes organized and accessible, desktop organizers are the key to organized desktop success!


Memo board.  We receive important correspondence in the mail and in the kid’s backpacks on a daily basis.  To be sure that all dates get recorded, that schedules are noted, permission slips are signed and important details are remembered, a memo board is a wonderful solution.  You can quickly pin or tack up documents that need immediate attention.


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