{Recipes}: Red Wine Chocolate Cake

On this horrible flood like rainy day I beg you to go make this. You will be filled with warmth and happiness! I can’t guarantee you’ll keep dry, but you’ll be over the moon delighted with all of this a piece of this cake. Plus the recipe doesn’t use the whole bottle of wine, so you’ll have plenty to drink with it!

You may even want this as an additional dessert on Thanksgiving! I’ll just let you link to the recipe since I followed it exactly, but think you could add the whip topping she makes and you should check out Smitten Kitchen’s site if you haven’t already. EVERYTHING is delish!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving week!

{Crafts}: Fall and Autumn Wreaths

Oh how I love the crisp fall leaves and warm colors of fall! After pinning about umm…too many wreath ideas on pinterest I found two I wanted to make for this Fall. One for the door and one for my living room! too see my wreath idea board check here.

First the one on the door! I got inspiration from this amazing photo.

I purchased a straw wreath form and some tan striped yarn and wrapped it all around. This took some time and about the whole yarn bundle-I bought an extra that I’ll probably make a hat or scarf out of!

Here is is all wrapped up! Holly made an awesome one with orange yarn and left it as is! Simple and chic!

I found a bag of buttons at my house and got some felt in purple green and cream shades. I made circle templates in a few sizes and cut them all out. I sewed buttons on some layers and on some I sewed the edge only creating a petal as you can see on the ones on the left in the picture.

I layered the petal ones on each side and then glued the button ones in the middle.

I love how this turned out, mainly because of the colors! I think next time I am going to use a thicker yarn to wrap more quickly and give it some bulk and then do just the petals up one side. Maybe for Spring!

My next indoor wreath was a bit more time consuming! I got the idea from a Martha Stewart corn husks wreath and then saw an easy cheaper way to make it with paper raffia. I bought a bunch about 4 bundles of the brown paper raffia and cut them in about 6 inch pieces

I unraveled all of them and then took U shaped floral pins to pin them looped on a straw wreath form. It’s best to layer them in a random fashion and close together. They hold their shape pretty well so you can fluff as you go.

I’ve seen blogs mention using hot glue, but the U pins were way less messy and you could move them if it didn’t look right. I also pinned several loops with one pin. I used about 2 boxes of the pins.You don’t have to pin these all around, I left the back flat for easy hanging.

Here is is all fluffed! I then bought some wide ribbon to hang it in my living room. This is were I dream of having a fire place with a mantel for a wreath like this.

How awesome is that?! I found this great old window at a salvage yard and I have another in my room that was from an old house I used to live in.

My wreath obsession is filled until Winter…