Halloween Cupcakes

Combine three of my favorite things—cross stitch, Halloween and cupcakes and you get this. The hatchet cupcake was inspired by a dessert I had many years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. I devoured a lethal dose of chocolate cake which had a cookie hatchet dripping with raspberry syrup embedded in the middle. Now I can add bloody hatchet to my bucket list of weird cross stitch design components.

This pattern is available in the 2018 Special Halloween Issue of Just Cross Stitch. I used DMC floss, Mill Hill Beads and Dense Fog Jobelan 28 count by Wichelt. Because of the non-standard frame size I found a piece of pine fencing, painted it black, and used cording, lace and a button to finish.

Witchy Stitch

Just Cross Stitch has released their Special Collector’s Edition in time to stitch Halloween projects. Included are two Frony Ritter Designs. One is an ornament depicting the cool accessories a witch gets to put on. I think they would be fun, minus the broom which reminds me of housework, but would be okay if it I only had to use it as a mode of tranportation. The second pattern is what the accessorized witch does on weekends. She is casting spells that make pretty colors and scary birds appear.

This is the time of year I use the color orange, which I pretty much ignore the rest of the year, except when I go to San Francisco Giants baseball games, wherein a fan is slightly scoffed and sneered at if they do not wear orange or black. This is why my Giants hat is pink.