Make your own Day of the Dead Barbie! #craftychica #dayofthedeadbarbie #paintedbarbie

Day of the Dead Barbie DIY

Have you seen the new Day of the Dead Barbie? Actually – her title is Barbie® Dia De Muertos Doll, which I actually like better, it sounds classy! This muertos Barbie is beautiful but very costly at $75. I’m not a collector, but I’m inspired by collectibles. Therefore, I present

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Stamped clay ring Dish #craftychica #stampedclay #sugarskullart

Stamped Clay Sugar Skull Ring Dish

This adorable stamped clay sugar skull ring dish and/or bowl fits in the palm of your hand and is hand stamped and painted. I made this by hand from clay then fired it in my kiln, then added underglazes and fired it again. It has shiny glazes that are food

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Recent Ceramic Projects!

My studio is ALWAYS poppin’ with ceramic projects. I’m either painting bisque or building bowls and mugs from scratch. Here are a few pieces I’ve finished recently. The mug above is handbuilt. I’m not a pro, therefore I keep practicing. I also wanted to try out the 14K gold lustre.

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Painted Tin Heart Lanterns

I came across some heart-shaped tin lanterns at a Mexican import store and knew I had to buy them and repaint them! That’s exactly what I did! That’s the beauty of having a well-stocked paint cart, along with the desire to remake anything and everything! I bought the last three

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Layered Resin Collage Art

In the mood for a layered resin collage art project? It’s been a while since I’ve had a tutorial like this. This past July, my art collective, The Phoenix Fridas, had our annual art show. I made three pieces and I thought I shared the process here with you. First

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Comfort food nachos three ways! #craftychica #ad #GoAutentico

Ultimate Nachos Three Ways!

  These ultimate nacho ideas are part of a sponsored campaign with Cacique®. All ideas and opinions are my own. What ties nacho night all together are these muy delicioso products from Cacique! Did you know Cacique is one of the top Hispanic food brands? For more than forty-five years

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Jewelry Hacks: Earring Makeover!

In the mood for some jewelry hacks? You know how I’m co-owner of a boutique and gallery here in Phoenix? We make about 90% of the merchandise we sell. After two years, I decided maybe I should buy some inventory to help me ease up on production. I researched a

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How to paint a sharpie mug

How To Make Adorable DIY Sharpie Mugs

After a summer of iced beverages and refreshing cocktails, it’s nearly time for wrapping your hands around a warm mug to ward off chilly temperatures. Whether you’re drinking coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, you need a mug that makes you smile every morning and brings you joy on the gloomiest

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How to Mend a Skirt on the Fly

      Back in the day before my entrepreneurial life, I worked as an appeals clerk at Phoenix Municipal Court. My whole world revolved around scoring vintage dress clothes that I’d show off at my so-called prestigious office gig as the appeals clerk. One morning I slipped past my

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Fringe benefits of curly Hair #craftychica #bighair #latinawriter

Fringe benefits: Livin’ that big hair life

The first time I recognized its power? Age nine. During that era, my mom spent hours every week perfecting a variety of looks on my head, embellished with ribbons and ornate barrettes. It didn’t stop there. Home girl made it her mission to match my dresses, knee socks and shoes. 

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Crafty Chica in a Buzzfeed video

I Styled Maya in the Moment (My Daughter!)

This is what happens when your daughter works at Buzzfeed! You eventually end up in a video – or two or three…this was a super fun collab. Maya is on the  Pero Like team and they have a popular “Styled By” series nd they asked me to style Maya for

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Get Your Life!

Positive Vibes: 20 Ways to Recalibrate Your Mood

Sometimes we need to make a special effort to bring on the positive vibes. I thought about this today. There are moments when everything is going in my favor, but I let my mood go to a dark place over something stupid. It usually involves someone underestimating me or things

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10 Ways to LOVE Your Age!

This post is made possible with support from AARP Cincuentañeros™ and #WeAllGrow Latina Network. All opinions are my own. TRUTH TALK time. Age is not a topic I cover here on my site. I feel like my specialty is creativity, and creativity is timeless and ageless. But as each year

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Sparkle Saturday: Do The Thing Already!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’m bringing back Sparkle Saturday! This was a series I did a couple of years back and I decided to give it another go. I’m not gonna lie, I was feeling self-conscious and insecure about doing video – there is already so much out there.

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