Getting ready for Halloween

As many of you know, a lot of people tramp through my house because I tutor them in English in my living room. Well, after two years, I’m tired of looking at this leisurely work space. I need to add new colors and patterns to perk it up.

I’ve decided that it would be entertaining for the students to see festive decorations during particular key seasons for Americans: Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December, etc. So, I’m getting ready for Halloween by planning and creating little things to put out here and there in the living room. I’m pretty sure I’ll knit and crochet some things: how about some knit throw pillows with Halloween-colored stripes and some amigurumi bats? I’ve also decided to cross stitch some things to hang up.

This week I’ve started cross stitching some pumpkins I found in Just Cross Stitch. There are six different ones. I haven’t decided if I want to stitch all of them because I might like to mix them with other Halloween-themed items. I’ve finished one pumpkin and started another one. Here’s the one I finished this morning:


I like them because they aren’t the typical Jack-o-lantern, although I plan to stitch up one of those, too. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. How about you?


15 thoughts on “Getting ready for Halloween

  1. nothingbutknit2 July 19, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I love your pumpkin and the idea to expose your students to some American culture! I bet they’ll like it too:)

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    • tonymarkp July 19, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      Spanish people love and are especially interested in holidays. I think it will also make it more welcoming to see handmade things surrounding them which will help them feel more comfortable. Thank you very much for loving the pumpkin. I think it’s a bit country and a bit modern all at once.

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  2. Yolanda Chavez Sherman July 19, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I probably won’t start thinking about Halloween until October 30th and then start wondering what I can make in a day!

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    • tonymarkp July 19, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      I would have that attitude, too, except I love Halloween. Not for the costumes, but for the horror movies. I spend most of October watching slasher movies and old-time classics like Evil Dead. Also, I love the way Halloween has evolved over time and the ancient beliefs that surround it. For me, it’s better than anything else, especially because it’s so secularized.

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  3. Robin July 20, 2017 / 1:30 am

    I love Halloween decorations. Your pumpkin is awesome. It’s making me want to take up cross stitch!

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    • tonymarkp July 20, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Thank you so much. You know, it’s really easy to learn and you can combine it with crochet.


  4. Tami July 24, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    What a gorgeous pumpkin!!! I don’t really do much for Halloween any more. The children are all grown up and we get just a trickle of trick or treaters. I used to love decorate and make elaborate costumes when the kids were small. πŸ˜€

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    • tonymarkp July 24, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      I was never into the costumes. I was (and continue to be) into: a) junk food b) horror films c) horror and mystery novels d) Halloween decorations and “haunted houses” e) having the living crap scared out of me. The last one on my list is hard to do now and far easier when I was a child, but if I watch a ton of alien documentaries for say, I don’t know, five hours, I have trouble sleeping.

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      • Tami July 25, 2017 / 5:01 pm

        My biggest weakness is 3 Musketeer bars! I confess that even though I only get a handful of trick or treaters I still buy an extra bag or two (or three) of candy!! I love/hate being scared!! I’ve had some very frightening real as well as staged encounters. I have a section on my other blog that I dedicate to posting about my fascination with the paranormal – if you are ever interested you’ll find my Scary Saturday posts here – . No worries at all if you don’t have the time to take a look. πŸ˜€

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  5. handmade habit July 25, 2017 / 5:03 am

    Beautiful pumpkin, Tony. I love how ornate and detailed it is, and the stitching you’ve done is perfect. I would hang it up all year round. And amigurumi bats sound like a lot of fun. I haven’t done very much for past Hallowe’ens, craftwise, but I just might this year. πŸ™‚

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    • tonymarkp July 25, 2017 / 9:48 am

      I’m having fun with it. It makes me think of cool, crisp days.

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    • tonymarkp October 23, 2017 / 1:43 am

      Thank you! If you think you might like to make these, they appeared in Just Cross Stitch October 2016 and the Halloween issue of the same year. There are even pictures of alternative color combos. I used the colors indicated in the charts, but there were photos of samples in different colors. I’ve been tempted to do another plaid one with purple, black and green!

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      • Kate October 23, 2017 / 1:44 am

        Oh, that would be cool! Thanks for the info on where to find the patterns!

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