The secret? Colored pencils! For real.

In case you missed it (how did you though?), we just celebrated the release of our very first book, Homemakers. This domestic handbook for the digital generation takes you through a redefinition of the word “home maker” room by room, from the dining room to the kitchen to the bedroom and all the way to the back porch. The back porch chapter of our book is where some of our favorite makers have stopped by to share their own awesome projects for living more beautifully and creatively.


We’ve shared the stories of Ashley Rose, founder of Sugar & Cloth, and Zandra Zuraw and Karen June Grant of Little Yellow Couch. Now we’re on to another inspiring (home)maker: Victoria Hudgins, creator of A Subtle Revelry. In Homemakers, Victoria shares her outrageously clever hack for turning colored pencils into birthday candles. It’s as simple as: choose your colors, stick ’em in the cake and light that sh*t up! You’ll have to buy our book for the full how-to ;)

In the meantime, read on to learn what inspires Victoria, how she got started and what’s on her studio playlist.


What inspires you? Why do you love to design, create and make?

Balloons. Cakes. Confetti. And life in general. It’s too short not to totally enjoy it all!

Tell us about A Subtle Revelry.

A Subtle Revelry is a place to find daily inspiration for revelry, creative recipes, and DIY projects that will turn every day and every space into a celebration. We love fun-hearted party fun and intend to share it often.

What’s one piece of advice you’d share with other makers?

Get to work!!! You’ll find the best stuff while you are in the midst of the materials and crafting.

Tell us how technology has changed and supported what you do.

I use my desktop for everything, my phone for everything else and my digital camera equipment to capture it all. Technology is not just a friend, but a full on business partner with me.

What’s on your studio playlist?

Pandora’s FUN. station.

How do you get into the creative flow? How does it feel?

Creative flow happens for me every time I launch a new idea. The formation of the idea immediately lends to scheming and planning — the most fun part of the process for me. Here are 8 ways I stay inspired and a small peek into my production process.


And guess what else? This clever maker ALSO wrote a book, and it happened to come out on the same day as ours! Dubbed Materially Crafted, Victoria’s book is another tome designed for first-time DIY’ers. We think of it as a great companion piece to our pride and joy, Homemakers.