Sew Deadly – Issue 104

Posted on Oct 29 2014

Marcy’s Musings

Think it’s too late for you to decorate for Halloween? Well, think again! Check out this adorable, affordable wreath you can make in just a couple of hours.

Sew Deadly – Issue 103

Posted on Oct 15 2014

Sew Deadly – Issue 78

Posted on Oct 02 2013

boo_300Marcy’s Musings

Hi! I’m already getting excited about Halloween! Are you?

Maybe some of these complimentary Halloween patterns will get you in a be-stitching mood! (See what I did there? Cool, huh?)

From Just Cross-Stitch – Boo!

An Adorable Ghost from The Prairie Schooler

For more beautiful free patterns, check out Tiny Modernist Cross-Stitch on Facebook.  They’re currently offering a lovely autumn pattern featuring a pair of squirrels, an adorable fall house with moon and owl done in redwork, and a sweet fall pattern with mums. Tiny Modernist posts a new freebie each week and also offers generous discounts from their online shop.

Have you made any BOOtiful cross-stitch pieces yet this year? (See what I did there? Yeah, not as clever as be-stitching, but I’m trying, folks!) If so, please share them with us!

Happy stitching!!!!


Sew Deadly – Issue 55

Posted on Oct 31 2012

Marcy’s Musings


I’m not sure if you’re a regular or if you’ve come to visit because you’re a Fatal Foodies follower and you’re trick-or-treating from that blog. Either way, welcome–I’m happy to have you drop in!

Without further ado, let’s get to the TREATING!

First of all, whoever comments on this blog post (please include your email address so I can notify you if you win) will be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of THE LONG STITCH GOODNIGHT and a signed Advance Review Copy of THREAD ON ARRIVAL. That’s right–you’ll get a copy of the uncorrected proof before THREAD ON ARRIVAL is released on December 4! (Just, please, no spoilers for other readers if you choose to post a review–thanks!)

But, just so my other trick-or-treaters don’t go away empty handed, here are some goodies for all of you!

 TODAY ONLY Gayle Trent is offering THE PERFECT WOMAN Kindle edition free! Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle for PC application which allows you to enjoy Kindle books on your computer. Hope you enjoy the book!

And, last but not least, here is a link to some last-minute Halloween costume ideas! They’re pretty punny…I mean, funny! Okay, some are real groaners. Here are a couple of examples:

* Dress all in black, tie a shot glass around your neck.  What are you?  A shot in the dark!

* Wear all white. Attach (or paint) yellow circle to your stomach. You are an egg. Add horns and a pitchfork and you are a deviled egg.

Sew Deadly – Issue 31

Posted on Sep 28 2011

Marcy’s Musings

Everywhere I go, I’m seeing Halloween stuff–even the pet store! That means we have only a month to get our cards, jar lids, fingertip towels, bibs, or any other decorations made prior to the big day. I’ve provided a very simple Halloween pattern for you in my embroidery patterns. Please note that I was having trouble with my printer today and had to color in my pumpkin’s orange. As a result, he looks a bit…well, varigated. If you prefer this look, you can probably achieve the affect with varigated orange floss. In fact, I think that might be pretty cute!

Spotlight: Links to Additional Halloween Projects

Here are some other quick and easy (and some free!) Halloween projects you might enjoy:

Halloween Redwork

Free from Craftzine

Mouse & Pumpkin

From Feeling Stitchy

From Secrets of Embroidery

Machine Embroidery Designs

Tea Towel Patterns

Halloween Gift Bag to Knit

Cross Stitch Patterns from The Floss Box



More Halloween Goodies from Daphne

Posted on Sep 21 2009

Frank1What’s Halloween without Frankenstein’s monster? Here’s a cute version you can have fun with.

Start with a cupcake iced with green-tinted frosting.




Frank2I gave my “Frankie” white hair, but feel free to give yours chocolate hair, red hair or even licorice hair.






I painted Frankie’s hair with black spray frosting. This allowed me to add more of a dark tint to his face as well.





Since the monster is supposed to be made up of excess “parts,” I used two different color candies (Skittles or M&Ms are good) for eyes with a dot of purple frosting for the pupil. I built him up a nose with additional green frosting, gave him a terrible looking mouth and used mini pretzel rods as either bolts or his own special version of the arrow through the head prank.

Have fun!

Daphne’s Halloween Goodies

Posted on Sep 14 2009

I know it’s early yet, but I’m thinking some of you might be planning parties. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you pictorial instructions detailing how to make some cute cupcakes for Halloween.

Here are some pictures that will explain step-by-step how to make a ghost. This is super easy!

Cupcake1Frost a cupcake with white icing.

GhostCupcake2Place a jumbo marshmallow in the center of the frosted cupcake.

GhostCupcake3Roll out a circle of white chocolate or buttercream fondant. Use your cupcake pan or a flattened cupcake liner as a guide.

GhostCupcake4Drape the circle of fondant over the marshmallow and cupcake.

GhostCupcake5Add chocolate drop eyes, and you’ve got a ghost your kids will love!

Happy baking!