mothers day crafts

Mother’s Day: Get Crafty With Your Mom!

Get crafty with your mom! For reals –  flowers, and chore coupons are nice, but all moms really want is chill time. So here are some ideas to help her relax and flex her creativity. The last thing we want is for madre to break a sweat or stress! I

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DIY Floral mural by Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica.

DIY Mexican-Embroidery Mural!

You’ll love this DIY Mexican-embroidery mural, whether you paint it in your house like I did or on a patio wall or a business. It simple, clean, and muy colorful. The idea here is the color does all the work for you. I partnered with Dunn Edwards for this project

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silkscreened ring dishes

More silkscreen ring dishes!

A while back I reviewed the IkonArt silkscreen maker and thought I’d pop in to show my progress. Here are more silkscreen ring dishes I made! I’m soooo hooked on this machine, it’s fabulous! I’ve found myself mostly using it for ceramics as opposed to other crafts. But I do

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DIY shadowbox using what you already have!

Make a shadowbox with what you have!

Feeling a bit stuck in the creativity department? Make a shadow box with what you have! This challenge is great for several reasons: It helps you use up supplies you’ve been hoarding. You’ll save money because you won’t be tempted to buy new supplies. This exercise will push you out

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Mexican Embroidered Blouse #craftychica

Mexican Embroidered Blouse-turned-Purse

This is a project that I’ve been wanting to try since forever! Transforming a Mexican-embroidered blouse into a purse. There are a lot of variations. You can find these blouses at thrift stores or Mexican import stores. I went with wood handles, but you can get creative and create straps

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Five reasons to love aloe vera

Five Reasons to Love Aloe Vera!

Here are five reasons to love aloe vera. Because we feel it is so underrated, it’s truly a magical plant! Did you know it has been used as a medicine in various cultures since ancient times? From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra, many have used it as part of their

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Crafty Chica enamel pins

Make Your Own Enamel Pins: Wizard Pins Review

Want to make your own enamel pins? It feels daunting at first. I collect enamel pins and always wondered how hard it would be to design my own series. I kinda sorta researched but it felt overwhelming because of the volume and pricing, the size, etc. Another thought was what

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I crashed in a balloon ride – and loved it!

Flying high in the sky – and then crashing down – in a hot air balloon ride certainly tops my 2016 adventures! At the time I agreed to do it, I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d really follow through. Ack, the fear! But I did it and here’s how it went

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Craft Fail: I Suck at Gingerbread Houses

This one breaks my crafty heart. I’m finally stepping up tot he plate to admit that I SUCK at making gingerbread houses. You see, every year a local organization, The Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, holds an event called Home Sweet Home. They invite people from the community to decorate

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