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blue tie dye

11 Tie Dye Patterns to Try

Here are eleven tie dye patterns to try. Whether you are a newbie or a dip and dye pro, maybe you’ll find something you like! These are assorted folding and banding patterns I found online, as well as a few that I made in my studio. Add them to your

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summer music grooves

Summer grooves to add to your playlist

Here are new summer grooves to add to your playlist – curated from some of my favorite social media amigas and amigos. The idea came up recently when a friend of mine asked, “what are you listening to lately?” It started a whole new conversation and it prompted me to

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painting class


This is a class taught by my husband, Patrick Murillo! It captures the magical essence of an Arizona moon setting. He will guide you step-by-step through the process of this painting. Yes, there is a lot of detail, but I promise, you can do it! July 20, 2022 – 6-8:30 pm

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Magnetic Bookmarks DIY

  Magnetic bookmarks DIY – we can do this! I’ve seen this style of magnetic bookmark circling around TikTok and then I remembered this project I posted back in 2009! I thought I’d repost it so you can make your own magnetic book mark! They are so cool! I’m really

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fathers day

Awesome DAD gifts that don’t cost a thing

  Here are some Awesome DAD gifts that don’t cost a thing – and a few low cost ideas. My husband helped me come up with this list because dads gifts are always the most difficult to score. We tend to give gifts that WE think are cool, or that

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30 life lessons from Dad

Here are 30 life lessons from dad – my dad. I made this piece to put on my dad’s headstone today. I know it will be removed, but that’s okay! My dad always expected me to make him things, so why should that change now? I wrote all the things

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Kathy Cano-Murillo

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Hi, I’m Kathy, The Crafty Chica! My specialty is creative motivation. I’m an artist, author, and speaker and this is where I share my craft tutorials, artwork, articles, books, product lines, and workshops!

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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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Wanna Try My Bug Cookies?

I have an epic story about my home-baked cookies. Time has passed since this happened, so I feel comfortable sharing here, our own little Circle of Trust. Well, let’s wait and see on that. My freshman year in high school I volunteered to bake a double batch of my family’s

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Ever flub a speech? Please share!

Here I am with Diana Gabaldon! She is a Latina author too and has sold more than 17 million copies of her books, can you imagine? Last Friday I had an event that I had been looking forward to for months. I was invited to be on an author panel

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