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Monday, June 17, 2019


People have been crafting dolls for thousands and thousands of years. In ancient times they were made of any available materials, including clay, stone, bone, ivory, rags, leather, wax, and wood. Dolls have even been made from paper. Dolls were used as playthings for children and in various mystical and religious rituals and ceremonies.

The handcrafted doll featured above was a gift from a relative who brought it back from a trip to Hawaii. It’s crafted from many natural materials such as straw, shells, nuts, and spices.

In Death By Killer Mop Doll Anastasia creates dolls from string mop heads.

Death By Killer Mop Doll
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 2

Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack's stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow American Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia's mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer is murdered. Former co-hosts Vince and Monica—sleazy D-list celebrities—stand out among a lengthy lineup of suspects, all furious over the show's new format. And Anastasia has no clue her snooping has landed her directly in the killer's unforgiving spotlight.

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