2016 Halloween Playlist!

Bittersweet SusieHi Friends.

I almost forgot to post this years playlist. I didn’t TOTALLY forget, that is a bit of a stretch. I remembered but I just was not into it. I firmly believe that we should have certain big holidays every other year – that way it is like – Yay Halloween I missed your guts SO much – instead of – OH CRAP HALLOWEEN IS NEXT MONDAY!?!?!

I am usually super pumped for Halloween – I do a bunch of posts and take photos of my spooky adventures. I just didn’t this year. I am sorry. I DID decorate the house a little and the roommies humored me with that. “Festive!” “Cute!” “Oh you decorate for EVERY HOLIDAY?” Thanks gang – I appreciate the understanding and support.

I managed go to two of the major theme parks Haunt events – Universal Studios & Knott’s Berry Farms. I had NEVER been to the Universal one before and had not been to Knott’s since *cough* 1998 *cough*.

I was TERRIFIED of these types of things – but this year I was fine. I am either way more brave or so old and bitter I no longer care to be scared. Either way – they are both fun! I felt like I was everyone’s MOM at Universal. So, there was that. And the lines were ridic. What the crap is the purge and why is it EVERYWHERE. If I had to pick one to return to it would HANDS DOWN be Knotts. I love that little park. And the Ghost Town all filled with fog and decorations is pretty much the closest thing you will get to living in a spooky Halloween special of our childhood AND it has Elvira – plus it is half the price – is there even a contest here? We know who the clear winner is.

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I am also most likely NOT going to dress up for Halloween this year. I was never even temped with that idea. Adult Halloween is sometimes just NOT my jam. I do like carving pumpkins! And the smell of a FULL bucket of Halloween candy. It is the best.

As a peace-offering for being the worst blogger ever for the five friends and family members who read this (Hi mom! LOVE YOU) I have two treats for you today!

The 2016 Playlist! AND some crafty fun freebies! Wooooo! Party!

It is time to get crafty because I made you a “Tomb Sweet Tomb” Cross Stitch – AND of you run out of time (like I do every damn year) you can also just download a free printable fakeout – See fellow procrastinators – I GOT YOUR BACK!

Download Tomb Sweet Tomb Freebies HERE!

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And the most important tradition here at Bittersweet Susie – The 2016 Halloween Playlist!

2016 Halloween Playlist



Don’t forget to check out the posts of HALLOWEEN’S PAST – in case you missed them or you are old like me and FORGOT!

2015 Halloween Playlist 

2014 Halloween Playlist 

Vincent Price Cook-a-long

Swingin’ at the Séance



• What was your favorite Halloween Candy as a kid?

• What was your LEAST favorite?

• Are you dressing up this year??


Bittersweet Susie Pattern Shop – Now Open

Hi friends!!

Isn’t this exciting!?! The pattern shop is FINALLY open!

Bittersweet Susie - PDF Cross Stitch Pattern

I have made these snarky cross stitch patterns since I made one for a school project in 2005. That is a LONG damn time! Seriously! I have meant to get these patterns up (that have sat on my computer FOREVER) so that EVERYONE can make them! WEEEEEE!

In honor of this momentous occasion I have a coupon code AND a contest!

I am giving away the FAMOUS “C U Next Tuesday” pillow. The one that has caused me both grief and joy ALL at the same time. Remind me to tell you that story sometime, it’s a GOOD one.

Head on over to instagram to see HOW you can win this infamous pillow!

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I plan on uploading many more patterns, as well as listing finished stitching from my personal collection!

Bittersweet Susie - PDF Cross Stitch Pattern

If you like what you see then please favorite my shop and get notifications when each new pattern is released.

Want a sweet coupon ???

 Use SWEET20 until 4/25/16 to get 20% off your order! I am practically giving these away.


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• Enter my instagram contest to WIN THAT PILLOW

• Start Sitching!!

I cannot wait to see all the fun (and snarky) things you make! Please tag #bittersweetsusie in any of your projects using these patterns! I may feature them HERE!

Stitchin’ & Bitchin’

I friends – I know I’ve been gone so long. I hadn’t realized and then it all hit me THAT I MISS YOU SO MUCH.

So I have a punch of half written posts that I promise to put up sooner than later. PROMISE.

In the meantime come see me this SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY at Flamingo Vintage in Los Angeles, CA!

Snarky Cross Stitch | Bittersweet Susie

Christ on a cracker I hope I finish all that sewing on time.

Info for the party:

Party at Flamingo Vintage on Sunday, April 6th, and you’re invited!

Come check out all the new fantastic merchandise that we have in the shop! There will be a trunk show for Charmsies hair accessories and we’ll be doing demos all afternoon.

We will also be celebrating our new collection of modern brands such as Harper Ave, Snarky Cross-Stitch by Bittersweet Susie, clothing by JOA Los Angeles, clutches by MeDusa, candles by Ilume and much more.

Join us for cocktails, sweets and the musical stylings of Pat and Jeff!

548 South Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles Unit 113 (entrance on 6th St.)

I also have a couple PATTERNS to give away! FIRST TIME EVER!

PLEASE come see me! I need a hug – or five!  

Love Stinks

IMG_1619Valentines day is the worst, isn’t it? I am not even sure why certain things are expected. Wishing for rose pedals and candle light is only going to lead you down the path of disappointment and despair. Your ideas for this dumb day should be managed. I would be stoked on homemade mac n cheese – but only if that included bacon. You really have to get your priorities in check when it comes to such important matters. Cheese always is a good idea.

What if you are newly dating? What if they hate chocolate? What if they are really into Nicolas Sparks shit?

1.) Break up with them 2.) EAT all the chocolate your damn self.

Another thing I do not appreciate is the “my boyfriend is the BESTEST EVARRR” social media posts. No one cares and I heard he smells.

Have no fear friends – I am here with an Anti-Valentines playlist to sooth your soul. Fuck that mushy I wanna hold your hands while riding a unicorn music.

Here at Bittersweet Susie we solute the pain, regret, sadness, anger, revenge, and relief.

I am here – this too shall pass.

Anti Valentine 2014

  1. The Clash – Train in Vain
  2. Lee Dorsey – Get Out Of My Life Woman
  3. Cake – I Will Survive
  4. Dion & The Belmonts – The Wanderer
  5. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
  6. Frank Turner – Substitute
  7. J. Geils Band – Love Stinks
  8. La Roux – Bulletproof
  9. Patsy Cline – Seven Lonely Days
  10. Otis Redding – It’s Too Late
  11. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Ain’t No Sunshine
  12. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me – 2002 – Remaster
  13. Soft Cell – Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go – Extended Version
  14. Waylon Jennings – (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me
  15. The Rolling Stones – I’m Free
  16. Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
  17. The Cure – Pictures Of You
  18. Fats Domino – I Hear You Knocking – 2002 Digital Remaster
  19. Nancy Sinatra – There Ain’t No Way
  20. Brook Benton – The Intoxicated Rat
  21. Ben Folds – You Don’t Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor) – Explicit Album Version
  22. Liz Phair – Fuck And Run
  23. Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  24. ? And The Mysterians – 96 Tears
  25. Red Sovine – Why Baby Why – Single Version
  26. Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  27. The Postal Service – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
  28. Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
  29. Genesis – That’s All
  30. Rilo Kiley – Breakin’ Up
  31. The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go
  32. Marty Robbins – You Only Want Me When You’re Lonely
  33. Roger Miller – I’ve Been A Long Time Leavin’ (But I’ll Be A Long Time Gone)
  34. Bessie Smith – Me and My Gin
  35. Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby) – 1943 Single Version
  36. Wynonie Harris – Bad News Baby
  37. Johnny Otis – Livin’ in Misery
  38. George Jones – Too Much Water
  39. Amos Milburn – I Done Done It
  40. Big Mama Thornton – I Smell a Rat
  41. 2gether – The Hardest Part Of Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff)


Vinyl Wednesday will return next week! I have a good one for you friends!



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  • • What dessert are you making for yourself?


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Fuck Christmas & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS- A VERY Bitter Playlist

Oh Boy – Christmas is upon us. It actually has been lingering since Aug in the stores but I am the type to bury my head in the sand. Bah FUCKING Humbug.

Bittersweet Susie | A very BITTER Christmas Playlist

I like giving and wrapping gifts but beyond that I am entirely not interested. This year especially I have tried to skip it. Wanna skip it next year and go somewhere tropical? Anyone? This year I have managed to not set foot in a single store to holiday shop (my mail and UPS man have been BUSY). I have so far not baked a single cookie. I have wrapped all my presents in hot pink and black. I PROTEST THE CHRISTMAS but I have watched all the classic Christmas movies and specials (because they are AWESOME). Maybe there is hope for me yet!

So in Bittersweet Susie fashion – I have made you a playlist. And I know some of you thought I forgot, NEVER! Here are some Christmas songs I will tolerate (to a point) and I hope it finds you and your obligatory family gathering well. I also hope it keeps you from blowing a hole in your head after you hear Rockin Around the Christmas Tree for the 10th time that day because here at Bittersweet we care. PS: I have never seen anyone ROCK around a Christmas tree just for the record.

This is a more BITTER version of Christmas – but you can still totally play it during family dinner! I am sneaky like that.

 A Very Bitter Christmas – 2013 (click link to go to playlist)

  1. Porter Wagoner – Happy Birthday Jesus
  2. Count Basie Orchestra – Good Morning Blues
  3. Louis Armstrong – Cool Yule
  4. Ray McKinley & His Musicians – Red Silk Stockings and Green Perfume
  5. The Mexicali Brass – Winter Carnival
  6. The McGuire Sisters – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
  7. Ray Rasch – Sugar Plum Cha Cha
  8. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby
  9. Sugar Chile Robinson – Christmas Boogie
  10. Cecil Gant – Hello, Santa Claus
  11. Bobby Darin – Poor Little Jesus
  12. Floyd Dixon – Empty Stocking Blues
  13. Kim Weston – Wish You a Merry Christmas
  14. Bobby Nunn – Cool, Cool Christmas
  15. Django Reinhardt – Christmas Swing
  16. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  17. Jimmy Witherspoon – How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around (Christmas Blues)
  18. Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang – What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’)
  19. Buster Bailey – Santa Claus Blues
  20. Santo & Johnny – Twistin’ Bells
  21. Ray Charles – The Snow Is Falling
  22. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  23. Fats Waller & His Rhythm – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
  24. Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
  25. The Mills Brothers – You Don’t Have to Be a Santa Claus
  26. Johnny Cash – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
  27. Clyde McPhatter – White Christmas
  28. Eddy Arnold – C-H-R-I-S-T-M-a-S
  29. Loretta Lynn – Christmas Without Daddy
  30. Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love to Keep You Warm
  31. Dean Martin – A Marshmallow World
  32. Glenn Miller – Jingle Bells
  33. Kay Starr – December
  34. Perry Como – Home For The Holidays
  35. Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum
  36. Mel Torme – What Are You Doing New Years Eve?
  37. Bill Haley – I Din’t Want To Be Alone This Christmas
  38. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, Its Christmas
  39. Little Mindy Mince – The North Pole Rock & Roll
  40. Marlene Paula – I Want to Spend Christmas With Elvis
  41. Peggy Lee – Winter Weather
  42. John Denver – Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
  43. Merle Haggard – If We Make It Through December
  44. Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
  45. The Moonglows – Hey Santa Claus
  46. The Kinks – Father Christmas
  47. Pearl Bailey – A Five Pound Box Of Money
  48. Artie Shaw – There Is Frost On The Moon
  49. Frank Sinatra – The Christmas Waltz – 1999 – Remaster
  50. Buck Owens & Susan Raye – Christmas Ain’t Christmas Dear Without You (feat. Buck Owens & Susan Raye)
  51. Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – 2004 – Remastered
  52. “Tennessee” Ernie Ford – A rootin’ tootin’ Santa Claus
  53. Bill Anderson – ‘Po Folks Christmas
  54. Little Willie John – Mommy What Happened to Our Christmas Tree
  55. Leroy Carr – Christmas in Jail
  56. Ben Harper – I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone
  57. Loretta Lynn – It Won’t Seem Like Christmas
  58. The Andrews Sisters – Christmas Island
  59. Lighnin’ Hopkins – Happy New Year
  60. Orson Welles – Christmas Greeting

Woooowee That is a long playlist! I am POSITIVE it will get you through your party and BEYOND.

Who’s Birthday is it!?!? THIS GUY

Bittersweet Susie | A very BITTER Christmas Playlist

This is a Jesus I have hanging on my wall and is the PRIZE of my thrift store Jesus collection. If anyone has a VELVET JESUS painting They are willing to part with just give me a holler.

What I learned while listening to this playlist:

  • There are just as many songs about being BLUE on Christmas as the bright, cheery, stab me with a fork numbers.
  • I wish there were WAY more songs about Jesus’ Birthday – cause FUNNY- No matter how historically inaccurate the time of year we are celebrating. Maybe there needs to be a Jesus Rockin with Santa Number? Mayyybe not.
  • I really hate Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – and I have found too too many covers of that wretched tune.
  • Sometimes digital is ok and almost awesome because this would never fit on a tape.
  • My Thanksgiving Playlists will also work for Christmas – feel free to check those out.

Bittersweet Susie | A very BITTER Christmas Playlist

This was a photo I found in one of my mom’s albums. A couple observations about this little photo:

It was marked 1971 or 72 and I forgot to write it down. That bird artwork on the wall was made by my MOTHER and it is all hand embroidered (we still have it). The little patterned stool on the bottom left of photo is a piece my DAD embroidered and built.

We have crafty coming out of our BUTTS folks.

Maybe they knew their daughter was going to make THIS one day:

Bittersweet Susie | Christmas

I bet you can feel their pride oozing from you screen – PATTERNS COMING SOON!

There was also sweet paneling in the living room that I never got to see (I was born a WHILE later/TOO DAMN LATE) There appears to be a record player ON TOP of the built in stereo cabinet – that also has a record player inside. This makes me think my whole childhood is a lie because I was told the AWESOME STEREO worked once upon a time. LIES! And finally – I asked if we could get a real mini tree this year in addition to the perfect Martha Plastic number my mom puts up every year. She told me NO. I am using this picture as proof she was once down with the mini tree babies. I will have one next year. Mom – see photo evidence above of awesome mini trees as a request for NEXT christmas. Thank you!

Homework (You don’t get any winter break around here kids)

• Favorite/Least Favorite Christmas songs?

• Childhood Lies you want to confront your parents about?

• What do you collect? What is the PRIZE of that collection?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has had and continues to have a great Holiday Season!