Sunday, 7 August 2016
M is for Mummy, Monster and Moonlight
When we first started this blog I made a series of posts beginning with each letter of the alphabet starting with A. Unfortunately, they ground to a halt after L. So in honour of The Alphabet Club hosted by Chiara I have decided to continue the posts and link up each month with the rest of the Alphabet Club posters. To learn more about this SAL follow the Alphabet Club link to Chiara's blog.
M is for Mummy from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.
Mummification is the method the Ancient Egyptians used to preserve their ancestors, removing their internal body parts, placing them into jars and embalming the bodies then wrapping them in bandages to keep them safe during their journey to the next world. The British Museum has some interesting facts and information about Egypt and mummies here.
Mummies were allowed to rest in peace in their sarcophagi until the 19th Century when Egypt became the fashionable fad of the Victorians. Following the publication of a book simply called The Mummy in 1821 the stage was set for the mummy to become the newest monster. Even Louisa May Alcott of Little Women fame got in on the act with a book about a mummy's curse. More information on mummies in the Hallowe'en story can be found here on Things in the Basement, a great website for all kinds of spooky things.
Of course that JABC design features our second M - Monster. We showcased a whole lot of Monster designs back in May for this post May Monster Madness Ball including several Frankenstein's Monster.
So here's a rather cuter set of monsters:
And this one is probably my favourite, you can stitch it in full colour or in silhouette:
Our final M features in many designs in the background, after all most spookiness happens after dark under the light of the moon.
The moon is connected with many strange forms of behaviours from werewolves to lunatics (the word even comes from Lunar or Moon). On parenting forums it is a question asked in all seriousness "do your child's behavioural problems get worse at full moon?" This article looks at some of the more common myths and tries to find the science behind them - Live Science - Moon Myths
I have this next one in my stash and love it.
Just to finish off, here's an older finish of mine. Not really Hallowe'en themed but very Moonlight!
Bucilla - Max's Moon