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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060789425
  • ASIN: B001O9CFMM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Kathy Cano Murillo is a Crafty Chica who proves that crafting is not just your abuelita’s game to play, it’s yours and it’s now. Kathy manages to make crafting both cool and caliente!” (--Jackie Guerra, actress and host of DIY Jewelry Making)

“Who better than Kathy Cano Murillo to offer up ideas for becoming colorfully creative and nurturing a happy heart? Crafty Chica knows the balance between using the right glue and not coming unglued over your project.” (--Jenny Hart, owner of SublimeStitching, crafty TV host and member of the Austin Craft Mafia)

“There are not many craft books that make you weep with joy. Crafty Chica’s Art De La Soul is one of them. Inspiring, generous and loaded with fantastic projects, this is required reading for anyone aching to bring some funky craftiness into their world.” (--Jean Railla, author of Get Crafty)

About the Author

Kathy Cano-Murillo is a full-time features reporter at the Arizona Republic where she covers theatrical film and celebrity profiles, and her very successful column, "Crafty Ideas". She has published several top selling crafts books including La Casa Loca and The Crafty Diva's DIY Style Book (2004). She is the founder of CraftyChica.com, a wildly popular web site launched in 2001 to inspire women to brighten their lives with clever craft ideas. She is the creator of a line of Hispanic-themed wallpaper borders and accessories for girls in Lowe's Home Improvement stores.


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People most know Kathy Cano-Murillo as The Crafty Chica. She has been profiled for her art and crafts in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR.

Kathy has been a writer longer than she has been a crafter, inspired in grade school by Erma Bombeck and Judy Blume. As an adult, Kathy went on to have a 13-year newspaper career at The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter, all while running her award-winning web site, CraftyChica.com. She has authored seven books including Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul and Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing.

In 2004, Kathy pursued her dream of writing a novel and finished her first draft for National Novel Writing Month. She wrote from 10 pm-2 am every night while her family slept, a tradition she still carries on to this day. Her manuscript sold in 2007 in a three-way bidding war to Grand Central Publishing.

Kathy's debut novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter released in March 2010 and her second, Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing in March 2011. She is currently writing her third book.

Kathy designs her own Crafty Chica product line through iLoveToCreate, a Duncan Enterprises Company, and she is also the Crafts Editor for BlogHer.com

Kathy's mission with her novels is to share stories about contemporary Latinas living and working in the creative arts. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and five Chihuahuas. Her motto for life is "Crafts, drama and glitter".

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I've been waiting forever to get my hands on this book.
Mary Castillo
Kathy gives the book soul by sharing some of her experiences with crafting and also giving you tips on how to inspire your own creativity.
James
Mexican pop culture craft projects that are as fun to look at as they are to make.
Tatum B.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on September 2, 2007
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Kathy Cano Murillo, the author of Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul, Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life, has delighted me with her craft book. I don't normally get all excited about making purses out of 50 cent hardbacks (That cool project is called "Hardback Book Purse" and is fabulous!), nor do I relate to holidays such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which I find slightly scary. However, with Kathy as my guide, I understand that this tradition of honoring the dead is similar to the manner in which we honor our ancestors no matter what our ethnic background. After reading what she wrote, I opened my mind and learned what I had never understood before about this holiday, and now I find it compelling and fascinating.

Not only am I willing to learn about a culture which is different from mine, I am totally charmed by this craft book. When I first started reading it, I began giving my husband orders: "Jim: PLEASE go get me a balsa wood box! Please get me a roll of silver embossing tin! I want a knob! A really cool one! Please!(my husband is a builder). Yes, my first project was "The Empowerent Box". I particularly liked this project because it is beautiful and because you store your favorite quotes in it. You hand write them out, place them in it, and keep it next to your bed. I have several favorite quotes. One is "Hope is the thing wth feathers." As a parent with disabled children, I never give up hope. Another is "The buck stops here". Do you have any favorite quotes? A keepsake box, made by you, is such a lovely place to keep treasured words which mean something special to you.

Kathy Cano Murillo is quite an amazing person.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Trecot on May 12, 2006
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and I bought this book anyway and I'm glad I did. My wife and I took a vacation in Mexico last summer and we've been trying to think of what to do with all the souvenirs. This book has so many ideas like the shadowbox table, which we plan to make. The only reason we haven't is because we can't stop looking at the pictures and reading the memoir pieces. I never realized crafting could be so purposeful and meaningful, the author really expresses that in her writing. So maybe I'll become a crafter afterall...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tatum B. on June 14, 2006
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This book ROCKS! Its super colorful and funky. Mexican pop culture craft projects that are as fun to look at as they are to make. Really good for kids or a night with the girls. If you are looking for a different and inspiring kind of craft book, this is it!! Awesome!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Lewandowski on July 28, 2006
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I loved this book. I found the projects both diverse and interesting. Many craft book projects end up looking junky but these projects are works of art. This is one of my favorite craft books of my entire library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on May 31, 2006
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This book inspired me to take out my potential crafts and get over my fear of making my ideas tangible. From cover to cover, you'll find great projects, as well as entertaining and inspiring anecdotes from the author herself. I can't wait to buy the next book! (FYI, I use Cano Murillo's Crafty Diva books to inspire my daughters to exercise their creativity and grow into crafters.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Molly Smith on May 12, 2006
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You cannot help but become inspired after reading through this book - OFTEN! I always love any idea Kathy has and the entire book of bright, fun ideas feeds my soul! I cannot see glitter without thinking about this wonderful crafty artist and author. Gracias!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M.A.H. on April 16, 2006
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I've never taken the time to write a review of a book until now. A friend of mine turned me on to the Crafty Chica website and I was blown away by Ms. Murillo's sense of style and fun when it comes to crafting. I immediately went out and bought her books and am still in awe at her amazing talent and ability to tap into what it is about crafting that we love so much. Most of all I find it refreshing that all of the projects in this book have a really cool hispanic tone to them without being cheesy, there is NOTHING like this book and ideas. The little stories Ms. Murillo shares throughout the book prove that she really is a "craftaholic" and she has a great way of making you laugh. I own an extensive craft book library and I feel like this book is the best because it doesn't only have craft projects and pictures but also ideas to "liven up your life" that are extrememly inspirational. I could go on forever about this book, I hope to see more from this talented chica!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By WillowGirl on May 26, 2006
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If you like to cut and paste, and everyone should, this book provides an amazing array of projects. It's clever and fun and playful. And inspirational and funny. Nitty gritty stuff: the writing is fun to read and the instructions are clear, and the projects beautiful. I'd write more but I need to get back to playing.
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