trick or treat.

Trick or treating was SO fun. 
The boys are at just the perfect age.
Also the perfect age for looking like it pains you to have your mother take a photo of you in costume.
 This is what I get when I say "act like you like each other" (which they do).
Aaron with these wings = dangerous.  He believes with his whole self that having them on = he can fly.  And he tries.  Across the yard...off the couch...off the dining room table...
 And he's off.
We really had a great time. 
Aaron did perfectly when he was handed candy.  When a bowl full was presented to him he treated it like an all you can eat buffet. :)  He was participating in such behavior when a blog reader I've never met said "Hey I know you!".  Hi Julie! It was good to meet you...I'm so glad you outed yourself to say hello.  Sorry for the little piggy in your candy trough. :)

Just a little follow up to my trick or treating post a few days ago.  Here's a great link to a History channel article about the origins of Trick or treating.  Which I think proves that it is what you make it.  And we choose to make it fun and silly and about seeing and interacting with people in our community. 

And I will leave you on a funny note...
We were out to dinner with the boys before trick or treating at the mall the other day.  The boys were anxious and a little crazy...not sitting still and be bopping all around.  At one point I leaned over the table, got Moses' attention and said "Moses...NOP!".  I said nop.  Like it was a real word.  Though in my head I was saying "knock it off" or "stop" it came out NOP...or KNOP I guess would be the correct spelling.  Either way it proves these little minions are doing their part meld my brain cells.  All I could think since then it "dang it, I graduated from college.  WITH HONORS.  And I've lost the ability to speak English"...

Hope your day is a HAPPY ONE!  Enjoy the pillaging of your children's candy!
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fall fun and art.

I've spent my morning hustling to get shop stuff done.  I've got all my new prints added to the shop.
Why does that feel like it takes so much longer than a load of laundry?  Regardless, it's done!
You can buy prints HERE.  Or the digital file to print yourself HERE.  The original has been sold. :)
This is my "custom order Sunday" order. :) I finished up the sampler for my nephew.
I just love it.  Happy, quirky, fun!
I love that it is both boy and girl friendly. :)
I hope to have a pattern available soon!
 For now, you can buy a print HERE or a digital file HERE
And I got this canvas in the shop too!  You can buy the original HERE.  Or a print HERE. Or a digital file HERE.
And lastly...I hope you have a lovely trick or treat time! :) We have been celebrating all weekend!  First we trick or treated at the mall and then yesterday we went to a local churches fall festival. 
Moses choose to attend this dressed as "Mighty Mo"...part spiderman, part batman, part captain America and part superman.  Super awesome I think. :)
And while there he completely stunned me by climbing 2/3 the way up this climbing wall.  I could NOT believe he went up so high without batting an eye.  He has gotten so brave this last year and I could not be more proud.

I my heart though, I was preparing to toss my camera to catch him if he fell. :)

Happy trick or treating!  Remember that a lot of that candy would be great to add to your Operation Christmas child boxes!

xo
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overload.

I feel like I am extra behind on blogging.  Days are just whirling by in a flash...I mean it will be November in a couple of days.  While I am thankful for all the business that the costume season brought...I am happy to say that this crown was the last of dozens of orders...I'm ready for next. :) And Moses was not thrilled that this crown was not for him. :)    
I am not a studio photo person.  Ever.
But I made an exception for this gem.  Cheesy background, Moses wearing his current favorite outfit complete with a spiderman birthday ribbon and a fake apple.  How could I not buy it?
Thank you junk mail for occupying my boys for a nice chunk of time.  And I was pleased that not every toy in the book was circled.
Moses and I stole this crafty idea from Chrissie and it was a simple, easy, fun hit! :)
 I scored big at Micheal's.  Awesome stocking stuffers for $1.  Yes, please. 
ALMOST as good as the decent sized stash of Lego's we found at goodwill today...for .95.  They were still in an original box...from 1979.  Nice.
 Craft room is coming right along.  Every day I get a little done...it's coming together. 
Today was trick or treating at the mall.  I called it practice.  And it was indoors (read warm on the first time I remember SNOW in Virginia in October in a long time).  And these guys are the cutest batman and buzz ever.  Except for the fact that while wearing this costume, Aaron WILL JUMP OFF of any piece of furniture in the house while yelling "I can fwy...to difinity and beyond!!!"
 My sunny son. :)
 Art of the week. :) Prints coming soon...want one? :)
And cuteness for a friend.  :)  It's been a full week. 

Happy trick or treating!  Remember to skim off the good candy when they aren't looking!

xo
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20 minute crafter-DIY photo canvas


First of all...I apologize for the quality of some of these photos.  I was full expecting this NOT to work so I didn't even bother getting out my real camera until the end.  It looks too easy,  but I promise that it IS easy and quick.  And the result is darling.
Want to save several dozen dollars and make your OWN photo canvas?
Do you have a printer?  Do you have a canvas?  Well let's get on it.
 First, I trimmed down regular tissue paper to standard paper size (8 1/2in by 11in).
 Then, I did my best to iron it flat.  High heat with no steam. 
I then ran the tissue paper through the printer like regular paper.  I manually loaded it to make sure it was in there right.  It worked perfectly.  I was stunned.  And still not using anything to document it other than my phone because I was sure this would all fall apart at any moment.  I gathered my mod podge and a foam brush.
Then I put a thin coat of mod podge on the canvas...
...gently laid my tissue paper over the canvas and quickly centered it...then working from the inside out...ever so gently pressed the tissue down and pushed the bubbles out towards the sides.  Work QUICKLY but carefully.  All the bubbles and wrinkles will come out. 
Keep working until you get them all out...when you are done trim the edges.  The tissue paper will allow the lovely canvas texture to peek through. 
 When that is done...gently add a light layer of mod podge on top.  BE GENTLE. 
 Allow to dry.  And you are done!!! Wasn't that easy?
The result is a wonderful photo canvas that is pennies on the dollar...I'm thinking the total cost is around $1.50 or so (I bought a dozen 8 by 10in canvases from Michaels for around $10 with a coupon).

I can't wait to try this again with a black and white photo...or for Christmas gifts! 

I'd love to see if you try this!  Have fun!

P.S. I have an InkJet printer. :) 
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abc's version 2.0

So I finished up the girly version of the abc's for my niece (who was born yesterday!!!) but I also have a new nephew in the works (he's coming in a couple of weeks).
I searched and searched for a good boy version and found nothing.  At least nothing that I wanted to do.  So I did what any self respecting crafter would do...I made up my own.  
This sampler pattern is all mine.  Designed from random fonts and stitches.  I'm kind of making it up as I go and I am rather enjoying how it is coming out.  I am hoping to have the pattern for sale as well as prints.   
It's happy, fun and a little quirky.  And even though it IS taking some time to get done, it is going much faster than the girly one did. :)
I've also been working my latest hoho version...sweet little hoho owls.  I listed these "up for grabs" on my little bit funky facebook page and they sold out in moments.  My customers are the best and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. :)

Speaking of customers...I am a few sales away from 4000 on my etsy shop.  It's a number that I just can't believe.  FOUR thousand items that I have made and sent out to all sorts of lovely people.  And that is just the number sold through the shop.  It's crazy and mind blowing and humbling all at once. 

I am so grateful to do what I love...while caring for my family from home.  It's a blessed life. 
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what i made for monday--pretzel/peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies (or bars)

OH MY GARSH.  I am in love with what I made for Doug to take to work today.  They will be made again...(and again and again and again).   I LOVE a good sweet and salty combo and these were a sweet and salty lovers dream come true.  

They are basically a chocolate chip cookie (or bar) that you add some peanut butter chips and broken pretzels to...next time I will be adding even more than the 1 1/2cups of pretzels and a little more sea salt. 

They were amazing.  I may have had one for breakfast.   Protein?  Eggs?  Done. 
To make these I basically adapted my long favorite PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe and here's you do it... 

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(adapted to make pretzel/peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mini semisweet
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips 
  • 1 1/2 cups broken pretzels
  • sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chips and pretzels.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets (or make them into bars by baking them in a 9 by 14 pan).  Sprinkle with sea salt. 
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes (if doing bars baking will take 25-30 minutes). Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
And I got the print thing figured out.  You can buy one over at my shop.

And I JUST finished my last custom costume order for the year.  (I kinda hope).  I feel so blessed to do what I do...and I am so thankful for each and every one of my LOVELY customers who push me and beg me and believe in me to do things. 

I can't help but think of an email I got in Sept of last year asking me to make a Halloween costume for them...in the nicest way possible I told them that costume making was WAY over my skill set.  And this year I made dozens.  God is good.  My customers are good.  Life is good.  I can't wait to see where I am next year.

And just a PSA...I will be cutting off custom orders for the rest of the year starting early November.  So if you have one for me...please get it to me so I don't have to say no to later. :)

Thanks again for being lovely!
xo
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custom order sunday.

This isn't really a custom order...but it IS my favorite thing that I created this week.  
I am getting nice and settled into my new studio and it's spurring some new creations. :) 
I am hoping to have prints of the art above but I keep hitting snags...if any of you fancy artists can help me out with how to make that happen...well I would love you for a long time. :)  
And these aren't a custom order either...just pretty.  I've added some bulk listings of these tissue cozies to the shop since it seems that every year I am asked to make some. :)

Hope your day is a lovely one. :) 
xo
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dirty Christian words.

Our kids go trick or treating.  And we love Jesus. 

There, I said it.  It's out there. 

It's a very controversial thing among us Christians.  And as a parent, to little sinners who you are trying to lead the way for, you have to decide which stance your family will take on it.  Either it's harmless fun or you are taking your kids door to door to sell their souls for fun size snickers.  At least that is how it's been told to me.  I DO think there is a right answer and I will share that at the end of this post.  Just hang in there. 

Last year was our first year trick or treating with the boys.  Before that they weren't really old enough to warrant buying them a costume to go around and collect candy that we wouldn't let them eat anyway.  Last year, we took them, they had a few pieces, forgot that the candy existed and we, as parents, hoarded the rest. :) Good deal right?

Here's hoping it goes that way again. 

But you know how we, as Christians, decided whether or not to even participate?  Because really we had A LOT of input from everyone we know.  We researched it.  We got to the root of what it means and it's history and decided whether or not it conflicted with what we, as lovers of Jesus believe.  And you know what...it really doesn't.  It origins have nothing to do with evil or ghouls or witches.  It stems from a tradition in European countries where the poor would go house to house begging for food and drink in exchange for praying for loved ones who had died. 

And my kids wear their costumes year round.

And I like fun size snickers.

All these things equal harmless fun in my book. 

Has Halloween in general been distorted by society?  YES...oh my goodness yes.  I hate that I can't go anywhere with my kids from August through October because of all the scary stuff in EVERY store.  Moses will literally walk through a store with his hands over his eyes.  We made and make an effort to shield our children from all of that mess.  And that is what we decided is best for us. 

But at the end of the day, you know what the RIGHT answer is?  The one that you pray about, learn about, research and are convicted about.  Decide all that for yourself and then mind your own business.
Because come judgment day...none of us will be hearing "You were so right on about....(well anything)"...we will be answering for the choices WE made.  

I don't spend time trying to convert people to trick or treating.  If they ask me why I think it's ok, I share with them. 

Otherwise I leave it alone.  And steal fun sized snickers from my kids buckets when they aren't looking. 

I will leave you with this quote I stole from my friend Sarah:

"One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons--marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who use them, he has taken the wrong turning."- C.S. Lewis

p.s.  how adorable are my pumpkin scarecrows!!??
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prints or digital.

I've had a wonderful response to my ABC sampler.
You guys make me feel like I know what I am doing. :)
Thank you so much for your kind words and requests.
I wish I could make one for each of you...but I'm not seeing that kind of time come into my life anytime soon.  :)
But what I HAVE done for you is to take a really awesome PHOTO of my sampler.
I am actually kind of stunned by how real the print looks.
In this post are photos of the print...which at a first glance could totally pass as an original sampler. :)
I totally plan on using it as a gift for years to come. 
 See how it looks like it's not a photo?  And this was printed off of my home computer...so I can imagine how nice a REAL photo will be. :)
And for your convenience, I am offering it in two ways:
as a digital file for $12 or as a print for $15 plus shipping. :)

Interested in one?
email me at ricracandpompoms@gmail.com

I'll get them in the shop eventually too. :)

Thanks for being so wonderful and awesome!  I really do appreciate all of you!
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insta catch up.

 Here's life according to instagram (you can find me by searching littlebitfunky).
Birthday waffles complete with candle. :) 
Birthday surprise helper.  It's harder to get a dozen huge balloons in your car with a two year old than you think. :)
 Craft room is coming right along.  I added a skirt to the desk made from a vintage sheet.
New Bible...hoping for some fresh discoveries after years of reading the same Bible in a year for years.
We had a very large bug friend visit us.  I may have screamed while getting him in the jar for the boys to see.  He was HUGE. 
 Trying to make the TV pretty is kind of a vain task. 
 Custom orders are fun.
 It does. 
I got these chairs at goodwill for $1.95 each.  They retail at Land of Nod for $80 each.  There was not a thing wrong with them except that they were covered in paint/glue/glitter...and it all came off with a magic eraser.  I've been wanting little kid chairs forever...win one for patience.

Also, WHO would pay $80 for a kids chair?
 A project in the making...
And since all of my supplies are OUT of this closet...ALL the toys are IN here.  All organized, sorted and purged.  Be still my organization loving heart. 
 Thank you $5 craft from target for keeping my boys quiet for some time. 
 Made these for dinner.  Delish the day of and the day after.
Sometimes I steal a portion of the treats I make for Doug to take to work and send some to Moses' teachers.  Just a little sunshine to brighten up a Monday.
Aaron wore his Buzz lightyear costume all day yesterday.  Including picking Moses up from school.  Everyone calling him buzz = the best day of his little life. 
 Fall is impossible to miss. 
And a finished custom order...a cute little pin cushion nestled in a vintage pyrex cup. :)

Hope your day is a happy one!  Thanks for reading!

xo
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