I bought this adorable kewpie coloring book from the 60’s a few weeks ago. It is in perfect condition! I thought the illustrations would make some really adorable embroidery patterns when traced. I’ve started knitting & crocheting in the evening instead of needlework, but I know I’ll go back to it soon. I always switch back and forth between projects to keep myself interested.

2013: 12 Months in (about) 12 photos

It’s hard to believe how quickly 2013 seemed to fly by, putting together this little review is one of my favorite things to do at the end of a year to reflect back on all the things I’ve forgotten about, you can see last year’s post here: 2012, much of the photos from year’s 2011, 2010, and 2009 were deleted when I went through and removed thousands of photos from Flickr.
2013 was the year…
-I hosted 9 crafternoons!!
-a bunch of new kid robot plush came out
-there were Blythe meet-ups
-a couple of in-state road trips
-a cat party for my guy who turned 10
-my collaboration with Peter Alexander launched in Australia
-I had my first Yummy trading party in NY
-tried my hand at selling at a flea market booth (fail!)
-made some silly cat donuts
-Kurtis graduated, turned 18, and went off to college!!!!
-I curated my first art show The Little Golden Years
-had a Yummy signing in FL
-celebrated 10 years of blogging
-took a trip to Chicago with Thomas
-got 5 new tattoos
-sewed a bunch of stuff
-took a road trip to Salem MA & Maine
-Went to Blythecon in NYC
-celebrated 11 years of marriage
Besides all these gems it was also the year that I did terrible when it came to working out & eating right-damn the donuts!!! I found out there is a company ripping off a few of my designs and putting them in claw machines, and 2013 was the year that my grandfather passed away, and my uncle lost his battle with lung cancer. Despite the lows, this year has been mostly highs and I am so grateful for that.
In 2014 I’d like to make more, travel more, and try new things!
I also have a goal of reading 50 books this year, I’m almost finished book #1.

Flowers In The Attic

When I was growing up I had a V.C. Andrews phase (perhaps you did too?) I was mostly obsessed with the book Flowers In The Attic, the subsequent novels, and movie. If you’ve never heard of Flowers In The Attic here’s a little blurb I found online …..It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

Totally disturbing book with whippings & incest, yet totally engrossing to teenage me.

Recently I saw the film was on Netflix and I told Tom that we just had to watch it, and he was game. It was still just as good as I remember, but I kept mixing up stuff from the book which was left out of that first film. Yep, “first” film. A few days after we watched it I happened to see on Facebook that there is a new remake coming out. A made for tv Lifetime movie this January, and I can’t wait! It is rumored to stay very true to the book, so I am excited to see what they do with it.
Of course my first thought was it would be awesome to have a themed viewing party (this is just where my mind goes) so I made a little pin-board with some ideas.

-The obvious food of choice would need to be homemade powdered sugar donuts, or if you want to match the first film big oversized sugar cookies covered in powdered sugar.
-If you have a bar cart, the food can be wheeled into the room under domed dishes.
-People could come dressed as their favorite or most hated character. Maybe Cathy in a sad pair of ballet flats, very pale makeup. Maybe The Grandmother with her stern black dress.
-The decorations would need to be simple construction paper flowers like the twins make in the attic.
-Stop in used bookshops and pick up a few copies of the book, decoration and then gifts or prizes, maybe some Dollanganger trivia!
-You could also lay some fake mice around (Cory’s pet mouse…Fred, or Mickey again depending on film vs novel) Or make some candy shaped like mice to add to the food.
The movie premieres January 18th on Lifetime, so there is plenty of time for planning. ;)