Eat, Drink and Be Scary….um…I mean….Merry? Perhaps a little of both?
Halloween is the time of year when Mad Mischief Makers can go all out! It is the one day, out of 365 days, that dressing as horribly as possible is perfectly acceptable! And the more extreme the better! For some of us, it’s a chance to express our alter egos, we become the Perfect Princess or cape swoop our way into the party. But for others of us, it’s just a chance to become a little more of who we already are as we don our pointy hats and grab our brooms (sadly, I still haven’t received my letter to Hogwarts yet!).
No matter how we choose to express ourselves on the BEST day of the whole year, what matter is that we have FUN! Deck the halls and our hearts in laughter. Light the pumpkins and let the light in our eyes dance the night away. Fill our cups with punch and our hands with sweets. Halloween is the ONE day no one questions just how much candy we eat. We don’t even need to hide our guilt…or the wrappers!
Fun. Laughter. Friendship. This is what Halloween is about. There may be ghosts lurking. Black cats may cross our path (and if they do, pet them!). Things just might go bump in the night. But in the end, there’s a lovely thrill to it all! We can live an entire lifetime, but we never forget all the Halloweens that come in between. There’s nothing to compare to the bright orange of a Jack o’lantern….to the smell of wood smoke on the chilly Autumn wind…to the sounds of crisp golden leaves crunching under our feet…or the merriment that dance in our child’s eyes and is reflected in our own.
So, let us eat, drink, and be both merry and a little scary this Halloween, and make it the BEST Halloween….
Tips & Tricks
Protect your project from Valdani Villains!
Outline the letters and fill them in, and punch the polka dots in, before filling in the background. Notice the pattern is in reverse? Punch needle designs are bunched from back to front, so the patterns are designed and traced onto the weavers cloth in reverse! When viewed from the front, the letters will spell out the words as they should.
To create visual interest in the background, fill in a circular path around each background, then fill in the background itself afterwards. This creates motion and interest in what would have be a plain background.
When the punching is done, cut off the excess weavers cloth, leaving a half-inch border around the entire design. Use an ironing cloth (or an extra piece of weavers cloth) to cover your work, then steam iron it flat, on both sides, to flatten the work.
Iron the border onto the back of the design, ironing all the corners down first, and then each side.
Once all the sides have been ironed down, the design is ready to be mounted to a decorative board with acid-free fabric glue…or you could sew it into a pillow!