Do you like a good whodunit? I recently saw this pretty, DIY Patriotic Topiary on Pinterest, and I wondered “whodunit”? So, I clicked through and started to unravel the mystery. This Patriotic, Fabric Topiary was first shared by Anastasia Pollack, a crafts editor and amateur sleuth, on her blog Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers. What? I dug a little deeper, and discovered that Anastasia is the lead character in the crafty mystery series written by Lois Winston.
Aha! I was onto something now. Lois and I go way back, and we first met years ago. When I met Lois, she was an award-winning designer of needlework and crafts projects for magazines, craft book publishers, and craft kit manufacturers. Several years ago, Lois began writing award-winning mysteries, too, featuring amateur sleuth and crafter Anastasia Pollack.
Here’s how Anastasia describes herself: “I’m the crafts editor at American Woman magazine; the single parent of two teenage boys and a Shakespeare quoting parrot; caretaker to a semi-invalid, communist mother-in-law from Hell and her demon dog; daughter to a multi-married descendant of the Czars (supposedly); reluctant cat-sitter to Mama’s extremely corpulent white Persian cat; a born Jersey girl; and star of my own amateur sleuth mystery series.”
What fun! And an excellent summer beach read. You’ll have a chance to follow Anastasia and her crafty capers by entering today’s Summer Beach Reads Giveaway. One lucky Crafts ‘n Coffee reader will win Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, Death by Killer Mop Doll, Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, and Decoupage Can Be Deadly. These are the perfect books to tote along, wherever your summer travels take you.
To enter, tell me about a mystery you’d like solved about crafting with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Are you baffled by cutting it? Wondering about painting it? Curious about the available sizes and shapes? Or?? I’ll try to help you solve your mysteries, too. Please post your question by next Thursday, June 12, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 13th. (Don’t you think that Friday the 13th is an appropriate day to announce the mystery winner?)
Be sure to go over to Anastasia’s blog, Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, and see how she made her Patriotic Topiary.
P.S. Here’s a clue to get you started!