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The majority of the patterns on this site are quiet complex and require hours of time to complete. If you find them to be intimidating or, perhaps, you would like a little practice first before tackling them, you might wish to attempt some more traditional patterns here, some Halloween images here or my extensive collection of smiley face patterns here.

Number of patterns so far: 1457.5

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Here are the patterns for Halloween 2015, Urban Fantasy:

How's It Work?

To begin your Pumpkin Carving 101 course, begin at Pumpkin Carving.

Pattern of the Month - March

Time marches on and so here we are in March. The ultimate name in urban fantasy for television has been Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, before Buffy was a TV show, it was a movie!

Most people would look at the name "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and assume this is total fluff not seeing the irony. The movie, however, is mostly fluff with occasional moments more familiar to fans of the television series.

One of the problems with the movie was Buffy herself: Kristy Swanson. Kristy did a great job in the role, but she is beautiful and fit woman. The great joke built into the concept for Buffy is the idea of a vulnerable-looking little blonde girl, apparently a ready-made victim, turning around and kicking a vampire's butt. I have no trouble believing Kristy could hold her own against the undead. Sarah Michelle Gellar from the TV show works much better this way.

The movie is worth a look for the transformative moment when Buffy suddenly realizes she has outgrown her friends, carried off beautifully by Kristy Swanson. Buffy was a proto-typical Valley girl with the destiny to become a Vampire Slayer. She is trained and battles evil all with her own style. However in the process she matures accepting the responsiblity of her new life and is shocked to see how vacuous her friends are, realizing that not long ago she was just like them.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer the movie starring Kristy Swanson, the March pattern of the month.

Fewer than 250 days remain until Halloween!

The Original Buffy

In Memorium

I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Great actor, director, poet and singer. Like so many, I loved him as Spock, but was always pleasantly surprised when I saw him performing in another role. We are all richer for his achievements.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock

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