It’s October, and you know what that means! Pumpkin spice season? No! Well, yes, but… Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows that I love (love!) Halloween. I don’t think a more perfect holiday exists. Need reasons to love it?
- No matter how old you are, you get to dress up in an awesome costume, without judgement or being deemed “eccentric”
- It’s kind of all about the candy. And not that gritty, aimed-at-kids stuff that populates the shelves around Easter! No, you get miniature versions of your favourite chocolate bars, plus lots of spooky, seasonal goodies.
- There’s no pressure to spend face time with weird relatives, or buy gifts for everyone, or fill your calendar to capacity with boring dinners and pageants.
- There is no better excuse to rewatch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! or any of the umpteen Treehouse of Horror episodes (with I through VI being preferred).
Yep, I love Halloween. Know what I’m less fond of?
Stitching on black aida.
But I made an exception (had to, really) when I saw the “Sorry We’re Dead” design on Satsuma Street’s Etsy shop.
Honestly? Stitching on dark fabric isn’t quite as wretched as I remember it being. A bit challenging, sure, but no way would this have looked 1/10 as good on white.
Me being me, I couldn’t be bothered with following the instructions to a T; I left off a skull and some arrows along the bottom of the design (partly as a time-saver, and partly because skulls just aren’t my thing). I also chose to ignore the colour key, and instead substituted in my own choices: the orange and pale yellow (chartreuse?) are from a super-cheap package of Day-Glo polyester threads I bought at Michaels and which heretofore had only been used in friendship bracelets. The white “We’re” and the stars are done in DMC E940, which looks like regular white floss but which glows in the dark. It’s a shame no one will get to appreciate it, as the finished product is currently hanging in my cubicle at work.
Look at that back! This is probably a more accurate representation of the colours.
Thanks for looking!
P.S. I have some limited-edition kitchen towels up on my Etsy shop…once they’re gone, they’re gone!