Almost time to cruise and craft!

I cannot believe how fast 2009 is speeding by! Next week at this time, I’ll be packing for the 3rd annual Crafty Chica Cruise! 50 of us are set to sail to Mexico to craft our worries away! I am blown away at the amount of support we’ve received for this project.

Three years ago Sea Cruises called me about it. I figured I’d give it a try, and if no one signed up, I’d have that weekend free. Well, 20 people joined that first year. Now we capped it at 50. I like the group small because of the one-on-one relationship with guests. I remember last year my time zones were jumbled and I accidentally showed up in the craft room at 6 a.m. – and there was Belen (now a dear friend of mine) crafting away while the sun rose. It gave us both time to breathe and relax before the day’s jam-packed adventures!

Check out how much we have grown: The first year of the cruise we had just a few sponsors, companies who graciously donated supplies for us without the blink of an eye. Duncan Enterprises loaded us up with Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Paper Glaze, and Tulip 3D Fashion Paint (little did I know I’d someday work for them!!), Jenny Hart gave us embroidery kits, Chronicle Books sent over Mexican Calendar Girl postcards, Linda Young from Art Unraveled gave us totes, and HarperCollins sent books. We pretty much winged the rest. I remember making dozens of hand painted skulls for use in one of the workshops. Um, actually, I’m doing the same this year!

The second year was even better! We had close to 40 cruisers. The same sponsors stepped up, as well as new ones – 11 total! Here is a link to see the wrap up from last year’s cruise!

This year – drum roll…we have 22 sponsors! I’m going to be listing them all next week because I want to take pictures of the hearty things they sent. We’re getting books, totes, tools, stickers, iron-ons, canvases, fabric books, charms, milagros, handmade papers, paint brushes, vintage ephemera, jewelry findings, fabrics, and more. Oh, and of course CRAFTY CHICA GOODIES too!!

Without these companies, there would be no cruise, that is how we keep the price hundreds of dollars lower than other craft cruises (but the others are worth every penny, don’t get me wrong!). My view is that I wanted to make this cruise affordable so people of all economic backgrounds and ages could experience it. And I’m serious – last year we had an 11-year-old who saved up her babysitting money to come! Her mom came too, of course! Isn’t that so cool??

Aside from the generous sponsors, some of the repeat chica cruisers are volunteering to help Patrick and myself coordinate the shipping of supplies, stuffing the totes, the workshops and demos. All the cruisers are making artist trading cards so we can swap them when we meet each other at the opening party. Not to mention, this year our kids (and Patrick’s mom and uncle!) are coming with us to help too – Patrick is spending every night this week training them!

So before I start posting about the cruise updates and such, I just wanted to send a triple thick shout out to everyone who has supported this venture over the past three years! And those of you who can’t make it this year, no worries, I’ll be posting the project pictures and directions so you can make the creations at home. We’ll synch our clocks so we all sip on rum punches and sprinkle our Crafty Chica glitter at the same time! How’s that???

BTW, we are considering expanding the number of attendees or the amount of days for March 2010. And because my novel will be out then, I may add a writing/publishing angle to it. Writing and crafting, what do you think? Please leave me your feedback on this in the comment section!

And those of you who are going – 11 days until we leave!

OK, I do believe I’ve reached my exclamation point limit for the night. I’m off to go work in the art room! The clock is ticking!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy 🙂

P.S. Check out my new book and product line!

Love & light,

5 Responses

  1. Kathy, I think that sounds wonderful! I would so love to go–maybe next year!! I also wanted to tell you how much I love your new book, it’s so inspiring and I can feel the pages bursting with your glittery enthusiasm. Thank you so much for being so open and making crafting less daunting and more accessible to everyone.

    I will send you a link when I post a review on my blog and I will review it on Amazon too.


  2. I wish I were going on the cruise, actually I was thinking of going but decided to have gastric bypass surgery instead and will do that on Monday. It was no easy decision. I’d rather go crafting! I love goodie bags from sponsors too!

    Kathy, I just love your new book. I plan to make a lot of the projects. I recently took up sewing again and make bags… I will also need to use my skills to take my clothes in after the surgery. I’ll probably applique sugar skulls and hearts that say Te Amo all over my shirts.

    Hope to see you next year on the cruise. It sounds just great! have a wonderful time

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