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Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing (Crafty Chica Novels) Paperback – March 8, 2011
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The founder of popular www.craftychica.com pens her second Crafty Chica novel, following Waking Up in the Land of Glitter (2010). Scarlet Santana has abandoned a promising engineering career to follow her passion for sewing. To raise money to attend a prestigious design academy in New York, she works for a local designer, teaches a sewing class, and sells clothes on her web site devoted to Daisy de la Flora, the flamboyant designer who inspired Scarlet�s retro look and bubbly approach to life. As Scarlet works herself to exhaustion, the women in her sewing class become their own an unofficial support group. When her big break turns out to be a big bust, Scarlet must consider whether following her dream is worth losing herself. Cano-Murillo lays the quirkiness on thick, but the story amidst the gimmicks has a lot of heart. --Aleksandra Walker
"With wit and sass reminiscent of Fannie Flagg, Cano-Murillo manages to extract much mirth from her cast of craftsters, each striving to transcend restrictive patterns in life (as well as dressmaking) and to defeat family expectations that are squelching self-expression."―Kirkus
"A fun read about stumbling into love, honoring friendship, and celebrating the power of craft. Full of good cheer!"―Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Every word in this hilarious, fun read sparkles. Kathy Cano-Murillo is certainly an author to watch. I woke up in the land of happy reading!"―Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is wildly addictive! Funny, sweet, and slyly wicked, it draws you in so deeply that you're not even remotely mad you've spent the night on the couch, reading, and missed all of your shows on Bravo."―Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Kathy's novel dazzles! Through Ofie's purity of heart, Chloe's emotional transformation and Star's awakening to the shine that was always there, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter weaves a story of friendship, trust and self-discovery. Whether you're a painter, crocheter, sewer or have nary the crafty bone in your body you'll leave reading this book with the feeling that creativity is key, but love conquers all! A must-read for crafty women of all generations!"―Vickie Howell, host of DIY Network's Knitty Gritty and author of Pop Goes Crochet on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Kathy Cano-Murillo is an amazing storyteller--her narrative is as bejeweled as her crafty creations!"―Alberto Ferreras, author of B as in Beauty on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Who knew that glitter really does make the world a better place? Kathy's book is creative, inspirational and empowering, just like she is. I couldn't put it down!"―Terri O, TV Personality, Spokesperson, Craft Expert www.terriocraftprojects.com on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
" Clever character building and a fun storyline will leave readers with a case of the warm fuzzies. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold stormy day or take to the beach."―MonstersandCritics.com on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Cano-Murillo celebrates friendship and crafting in her fun, fabulous Crafty Chica novel. You'll want to get out your glue gun and invite your best friends over after reading this one."―RT Book Reviews on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
"Cano-Murillo, known as the 'Crafty Chica' and for her line of craft products, has delved into the writing world to create one of the most lively, imaginative novels I've run across lately. Full of humor, love, friendship and some pretty cool art projects, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter will have readers howling one minute, sobbing the next, and reaching for their trusty glue guns to create their very own 'love shrines' before the end of the book. This novel was just a delightful glittery, shiny, light-hearted treat."―Las Vegas Review-Journal on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER
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This is where the story really begins. Scarlet opens an after-hours sewing school in a local record shop to raise her funds. Here we are introduced to Maria Theresa, a extremely uptight, rigid, "follow the rules" mother of twins who signs up for the class as a suggestion from her marriage counselor. Then there is Rosa, an older women who seems to have a mysterious past. Mixed in with this group is Marco, the record store owner and several other class participants. Scarlet must ultimately decide whether she must pursue her dream and possibly lose herself in the process
I LOVED this book. There was a bit of romance, even some humor. Mostly thought it was about honoring friendships and family and finding ones inner strength and power. The writing was flawless in my opinion. I loved Scarlet's quirky character. She bubbled with enthusiasm, but was shown to have her limits just like everyone. I found myself enjoying all the female characters in this book. An uplifting story with strong female characters. You don't have to be into crafts to enjoy this story either.
This book even comes with 3 original project ideas and crafting tips at the end. I only wish their was a sketch include in that section showing up an idea of what Scarlet's famous Mexibilly frock looks like!
I am going to add this author's first book, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter to my to read list right now. One of the better books I have read this year!
It is not easy for Scarlet to always celebrate victories when her family is trying to move her onto another career path; her boss is a single-minded fashion diva not looking to mentor but mock Scarlet's ideas; and she is short on the money she needs to get into an exclusive design school in New York. But Scarlet moves past the difficulties and opens up a sewing class to raise the money and keep her dreams flourishing. Having lost her first location her second option proves to be even better, even if it is a record store add-on but the owner is one cute distraction. Scarlet doesn't care where she sews she just needs to sew, design and work at teaching others how to tap into their inner skills. Scarlet has the will power to make this happen and the students who want to learn how to create masterpieces using Scarlet's idea of sewing without a pattern. Scarlet may have her design ideas in the past but her business sense is in the future and she uses every idea to create innovative fashion creations and sewing fixes.
As the class progresses and the students become friends and Scarlet continues to work on her vision of what life can become for everyone. She wants to take the framework of everything in her life and create something wonderful despite the negative thoughts and those that don't believe because she knows all this makes her what she is and can be. While on the way to New York one road block after another presents itself but Scarlet gets past them and the reward for her effort is one she could never have anticipated.
This book is an honor to read because the more I read the more I believed this is not fiction but someone's biography of a life well lived. The story is well written, the characters enchanting and Scarlet a delight. You start by cheering her on and in the end celebrate her a huge victory that is well deserved. The sad part is the book must end because you really want to know how the world continues to see Scarlet once she is able to celebrate her small victories.