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May 13, 2011


I'm so excited to be included in Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look by Jenny Doh.
It features profiles of twenty "stitchers," all in their creative element. There are interviews, project tutorials and amazing photographs. My photos are very sentimental to me because my brother took them. Read on to get the free project (I made a tote from a jumbo size Virgin of Guadalupe scarf!).

Lark Books recently featured my prject in their blog, The Crafty Reader:


If you're like me, you've impulse-purchased a scarf before. Driven strictly by desire to possess that particular accessory at that moment. Then you get home and after rummaging through your closet you discover that you don't have a thing that goes with it. But you still love it because it's awesome, which is why you snapped it up to begin with, and figure you'll find the perfect something to go with it down the road. Well if that scarf is still languishing in a drawer then it's high time for high fashion.
Crafty Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica fame will show you how to transform that scarf into a handy tote. And like shoes, you can never have too many totes. Get the instructions here.
This fun project is just one of 20 showcased in the newly released Signature Styles. Take a behind-the-scenes tour with 20 of the hottest movers and shakers in the crafting industry as they talk about their homes and studios, signature techniques, and their own unique style. Featured artists are Heather Bailey, Serena Thompson, Meg McElwee, Elsie Flannigan, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Betz White, Meg Allan Cole, Bari J. Ackerman, Erika & Monika Simmons, Kayte Terry, Megan Hunt, Sonya Nimri, Megan Nicolay, Ruth Singer, Sandy Stone, Bonzie & Ger, Teva Durham, and Amy Tangerine.


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Published on May 13, 2011 12:28 • 21 views

May 12, 2011

Visit the Fifi Flowers store on Etsy!
I came across this site tonight and love it! This artist shares her love for books not only through her  review site, ReadingIsFashionable.com, but also through her artwork at FifiFlowers.com. With the magical flick of her wrist (with a bit of help from watercolors and a brush), she whips out hand painted bookmarks to match the titles she reads. Even better, she sells them at her Etsy store. Her theme is Paris, which makes her work even more intriguing!

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Published on May 12, 2011 00:39 • 32 views

May 11, 2011

 These are books on my "to read" list, however, I would love to have reviews of them posted on this site.

My question: Have any of you read any of these books, and if so, would you like to contribute a review to this blog? Send me a note here.

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Published on May 11, 2011 00:00 • 27 views

May 9, 2011

I've blogged over at Diary of a Crafty Chica since 2003 and I still plan to keep it going strong - however, I've recently come to a very important decision.

Writing comes first.

At least when it comes to my free time. I've always dreamed of having a long term career as a novelist, and now that, by the grace of God, I've had two fiction books published, I have to work hard to keep the momentum moving.

Here's a nugget of truth about being an author. It's difficult to write, edit and sell your first book, but it is double hard to keep it going. New hurdles are established and you have to clear them to stay in the game. I write because I love to tell stories and deliver happy endings with messages that will make readers want to try something new. I'm making it my priority, I feel compelled to set everything else aside do go for it!

My mission for the next month: two novel outlines, two non-fiction book proposals! Yah!

More updates to come!


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Published on May 09, 2011 22:48 • 24 views
Did you know May is Latino Book Month? It has been a lifelong dream of mine to have my crafty Latina-themed novels published and now I want to celebrate! The books are about women from diverse backgrounds who come together for the sake of art and friendship! I promise they will put you in a good mood!
Two ways to get involved:

1. Any time during the month of MAY, have a meet-up with your book group (or just a group of friends!) with one or both of my books as the topic and I'll send you a special gift pack for you and your guests. You can meet at a house, a library, a school or coffee shop - where ever you want! Houston Book Club reads Waking Up in the Land of Glitter!
 - handmade bookmarks for your guests - Crafty Chica Iron-on transfer set for the hostess - I'll phone in or Skype with your group to talk about the book, crafts, business tips, or whatever you want!
Contact me a.s.a.p. HERE to sign up!
Los Angeles readers too!

 2. "10 Ways to Start Writing Your Book" online show/chat on Monday, May 30th, 7-8 pm PT. I've authored seven non-fiction books, and two novels and have a lot to share about motivation, outlining and more. I'll pull out my ten best tips and present them in the hour, as well as answer questions. I'll also offer prize giveaways too. Whether you want to write a craft book or a novel, I'll share inspirations for both!

Purchase my books here:
Amazon: Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless SewingWaking Up in the Land of Glitter
B&N: Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless SewingWaking Up in the Land of Glitter
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Published on May 09, 2011 09:22 • 9 views

March 23, 2011


My friend Alexa from SwellDesigner passed this poster from Holstee around recently and reading it gave me goosebumps! I know a lot of it seems easier said than done, but I believe if you focus on the GOOD things and making positive changes, it will help improve the overall situation. 
I'm thinking of writing this out on a large canvas for my art studio!  Hmm...or better yet...
Why don't we each write our own manifesto? According to Wikipedia, a manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions. It's as simple as a list of goals and guidelines to help you focus on your life's big picture destination.
Last week I attended a writing workshop at the Tucson Festival of Books and one of the speakers told us the importance of always having a destination in mind in everything we do. Every day we are moving forward, but where are we going, what are we looking forward to? It made so much sense to me. Life shouldn't be about getting through each day, it should be about living with adventure, capturing moments and memories as we make our way to the finish line, whatever that may be. A manifesto is a sort of a reminder to stay on your very own yellow brick road.
Try this exercise wherever you need it most. It can be for life in general, or for your career, parenting, blogging/web site, health plan, business - whatever you want!
Here are some ways to be creative with your manifesto: - You can be serious or lighthearted. There are no rules! - Buy a blank book and make an art journal. Each spread can be a collage that goes with the message.- Make your own by-the-day calendar using Post-It Notes.- Use a dry erase marker and write it on the mirror in your bathroom.- Use puffy paint or letter stamps and write it on toss pillows on your bed, or around a lampshade - or a window shade!- Grab a black marker and hand write it on a blank canvas (I'm going to do this one!)- Blog, FB or tweet it, share it with your friends and family.- Record a video and give it to your loved ones.- Instead of writing it alone, create your manifesto with your spouse, kids, parents, best friends, etc, that way you can help eachother follow it!
If you were to write your own manifesto, what statements would you include? (Psstt...if you aren't into all the work, then just buy the poster!)
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Published on March 23, 2011 00:00 • 35 views

March 20, 2011

 I wish I had one of these when I was working on my book! It's hilarious/inspiring poster from the creative writing team at http://www.826national.org. It goes through all the decisions you'll be making when it comes to creating your literary masterpiece. If you need something with a bigger kick, go with this.



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Published on March 20, 2011 20:33 • 28 views

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My mother-in-law, nephew and daughter joined on a trip to Tucson last weekend for the Tucson Festival of Books! It was such a spirited event, and I felt so honored to be there as a speaker and panelist. I went on behalf of Nuestras Raices which is a program of the Pima County Public Library. The crowd attendance was well over 100,000, and everyone was hungry for reading as well as writing. In between my sessions I was able to sit in on some workshops and came home motivated to jump back to work on my next novel!

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March 9, 2011

I had never heard of "Teaser Tuesday" until it came across my Google Alerts for Miss Scarlet. Some of the book readers participated and pulled lines from my book.

This is how it works:
Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!That being said, here are some of the TT from Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing :

From Along the Way: He chuckled as he watched her sort the rolls according to color. He couldn't believe that within the hour the room would be filled with women (voluntarily) bound in duct tape.
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From Hey I Want To Read That: "I have a pattern for a life that I love. My goal is to preserve it to the best of my ability. I lived a venturesome life–lots of traveling, meeting all kinds of eccentric and beautiful people."



Love these!


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Published on March 09, 2011 20:56 • 36 views
This week more than 80 bloggers helped me share the news about my book! Click below to see what they had to say!



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Published on March 09, 2011 20:41 • 30 views