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Boo! Googly Eye Frame

When it comes to tricks and treats, this fun little craft is most definitely a treat.

I've seen lots of people who do the "You've been Boo'ed" game in October. Since we live in an apartment and not a neighborhood it makes playing along a little more difficult. But this little frame would be perfect in a Boo'ed basket. It would also look great just sitting on your own shelf somewhere!

My supplies were pretty basic. I grabbed a $1 wooden frame and a bag of multi-colored googly eyes. I already had the black paint, paintbrush and glue.

The first step was to paint my frame. Then I glued on the eyes.

My bag of eyes didn't quite cover the entire frame. So I improvised and added a little foam pumpkin with a tiny stick to the bottom corner.

You can get the free "Boo! Happy Halloween" 4x6 printable here

Keep Calm and Party On

While we celebrated a week ago, it was this past weekend that the twins actually turned 13. And I am honestly feeling overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that they have felt during their birthday week. 

We don't do big parties every year. The twins both struggle with some anxiety and holidays/celebrations can sometimes be overwhelming. But we did a party for their birthday this year. And our apartment was full. And the twins did great. 

And they were showered with presents. Almost every gift that they opened became their new favorite. 

Kind of selfishly, I am really excited about the new to them laptop that my parents gave them. My Mom got a new work laptop and my parents found themselves with an older one that no one was using. They cleaned it off and gave it to the twins for their birthday gift. Oldest Twin will be able to use it for school during the day instead of needing to use mine. 

For their actually birthday they requested pancakes and bacon for breakfast. And my parents had us over for a delicious dinner. Where I enjoyed brussels sprouts for the first time ever. And there were brownies and ice cream for dessert.

And we were able to sidestep any sadness with Littlest on their actually birthday, because everyone got gifts. My Mom recently took a trip to London and had some souvenirs for everyone. I got the fun socks ('Keep Calm and Carry On' and a map of the Underground).

We ended Birthday day with Youngest Twin requesting a game of Killer Bunnies. If you're not familiar with this game, it's a little complicated at first, but it is one of our favorites to play.

Fresh Finds #59

As a handmade shop owner I love promoting handmade businesses. 

Every Friday I share some of my favorite handmade Fresh Finds of the week. 

I often find myself completely sucked into a new show. It's even easier when the show is steaming online and I can watch 3 seasons in the blink of an eye.

All of this to say that Once Upon a Time has been the background to all of my craft show knitting so far this year.

How nice that it's almost October and the perfect time to be looking at fairy tale items. We'll call it Halloween costume inspiration.

Once upon a time ...

Little Red Riding Hood

Mirror mirror on the wall


Snow White

And more specifically for fans of the show, Emma Swan's necklace

I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

Homeschool lessons don't always go according to plan. 

I know. You're shocked. 

I had this great idea for the letter D that I would go to the store and get some dino chicken nuggets that we could dip in some ketchup/mustard/fry sauce. Except the store was out of dino chicken nuggets. (I know!) I even went multiple days and to more than one store. But my plans were foiled. 

So in the end we skipped the dino part and just went straight for the dipping. 

Littlest's favorite thing to 'dip' is chips and salsa. 

In fact, he often gets very protective of his chips and salsa and wasn't really happy to be sharing them.  

And sometimes, when he thinks I'm not paying attention, he tries to drink the salsa. 

Fall seems like dipping season. Football watching almost requires some kind of dip. So here's some more 'dip' idea's to get you started. 

“Football” Dip (Chili Taco Party Dip)
Nine Layer Dip in a Jar
Walking Taco Salad

And this dessert recipe requires things to be dipped in chocolate (What can I say, I'm still always on a chocolate/peanut butter kick.)
Peanut Butter + Oreo Cheesecake Pretzel Bites (Dipped in chocolate)