Weekend wrap; Books; Felt Club

Well, I made it through another kamikaze week of craft-realted drama. By day I researched and sketched a gazillion potential holiday product ideas. Two nights this week, I filmed 10 more episodes of Crafting with the Chica for Lifetime. Wed & Thurs were at least 18 hour days. My daughter is so sweet, she rubbed my feet last night to help me level out so I could fall asleep. It worked.

This weekend is all about polishing up the final touches on my sewing book and then making my orders for Target. I just realized that I volunteered my time to a Latina mentoring program tomorrow morning, Patrick has a big family reunion party, and I promised my sister I’d go see Aisha Tyler with her.

As crazy as it all sounds, at least this is the tail end of a jam-packed fall season. We’ve had something going on every weekend since September, and there has been no time to whine or whimper. The fact that people are interested in our art is a blessing! But thank goodness things will simmer down next month so we can enjoy the holiday season.

Speaking of which…I have this crazy idea of doing a “40 Days of Christmas Chica Crafts” here on my blog. Every day starting on November 24th, I’ll post a crafty idea for you. Some of them will be reruns, but for the most part, they’ll be funky fresh. And of course, they will include my craft columns, and the 10 new webisodes that we just filmed, which are soooooo cool, I can hardly wait for you to see them!

This round of shooting went much easier than the last batch from August. I had everything prepped, the crew came and set designed our house (yes, they let us keep all the decorations- yay!!), and I had one full day to buy 10 outfits instead of two hours like last time.

I knew I needed to get my hair done, but didn’t have time to go across town to the fancy salon I usually visit. So I made a last minute call, and went to the Mexican salon by my house. Oh. My. God. Sylvia, the owner, did a *fabulous* job for 1/3 of the price I usually pay (shampoo, cut, color, blow dry, manicure, brows, bottle of product= $112!!). I even got to practice my Spanish a teeny bit. Who knew Phoenix had an alternative rock Latin radio station? That’s what was playing in the background. Sylvia is my hero!

Well, I have to go hit the art room to finish up this sewing book. In the meantime, here are some new craft books that came ot me in the mail recently. I think they could make great gifts!

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Gift ideas for DIYers

The season for all things handmade is just around the corner. If you want to make new kinds of gifts this year, look no further than your local bookstore. Dozens of new craft titles, perfect for a creative head start, have just been released. Whether you want to sell original goodies, or give them away, here are must-have titles to check out:

The Crafter’s Guide to Glue: Techniques & Projects, by Pattie Donham (Sterling Publishing, 128 pages, $14.95, paperback): This genius of a book is a bible for every kind of adhesive under the sun – and projects to make with them.

Craft Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business, by Meg Mateo Ilasco (Chronicle Books, 160 pages, $16.95, paperback): There comes a point in crafting when you think about taking the big step of selling your work. This book offers the do’s and don’ts that you must know.

Bag Style: 22 Inspirational Handbags, Totes, & Carry-Alls to Knit and Crochet, by Pam Allen and Ann Budd (Interweave Press, 128 pages, $21.95, paperback): This book gives knitting and crochet even more of an artful edge. The projects are as fresh as they are functional. Tip: Get started now in order to complete a purse by Christmas.

Plush You! Lovable Misfit Toys to Sew and Stuff, by Kristen Rask (Northlight Books, 144 pages, $19.99, paperback): Do-it-yourself plush toys are the hot ticket in crafting this season, and this page-turner gives step-by-step directions to join the fun.

Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects, by Jane Ann Wynn (Northlight Books, 128 pages, $22.99, paperback): Just a little creepy (plastic body parts), but still fun (shadow-box necklaces) – this title is perfect for the goth crafter.

How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book, by Esther K. Smith (Potter Craft, 128 pages, $25, hardback): You don’t have to be a pro to appreciate this essential guide to making books of all types, shapes and styles.

I wish I had more time, I would list more! Oh – if you live in the L.A. area, check out Felt Club this Sunday!


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One Response

  1. Catching up on my blog reading – wow great deal at the salon! I’m completely jealous!

    Sounds like you guys are very busy – and thanks for the book recommendations! I have a couple of them already but always looking for new ones. 🙂

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