Crafty Chica Book Shelf

It took us six hours to drive from Phoenix to San Diego, and that excited me because it translated into six hours of reading a book! I took in Berta Platas’ new novel, Lucky Chica. It is the sweetest, funniest book ever! It’s about an everyday chica who hits it BIG in the lottery, and how her life changes. It’s a fast read because it is so engaging!
While we are on the cruise, in between crafting and eating, we will be reading Gwendolyn Zepeda‘s Houston We Have a Problema. This is clever book about a young woman trying to find her place in life and relies on a comical psychic to guide her through. Grand Central Publishing donated copies to each cruiser! Thank you, Selina!! (On next year’s cruise, we’ll have copies of my new novel, I can hardly wait!!!)

On the drive home from San Diego back to Phoenix, if lighting permits, I’ll be reading Misa Ramirez’s Living The Vida Lola. This is a mystery, chica style! Cute title!

Now, about some other books I recently scored and loved that I highly recommend:

Practically Posh: The Smart Girl’s Guide to a Glam Life, by Robyn Moreno. This is a go-to guide for inspirations and tips in everyday life. Robyn is a writer and editor at Woman’s Day Magazine and knows her stuff. Her advice is golden!

Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More, by Susan Beal. Susan is a genius when it comes to designing classic and cool, functional objects. Here, she offers a world of ideas using only buttons! I’m very excited to make some of these projects!!!

Sew Darn Cute: 30 Sweet & simple Projects to Sew & Embellish, by Jenny Ryan. I *heart* this book because it 100% lives up to the title. Jenny’s personality shines through and the projects are irresistible! I have a favorite personal memory about this book. Last year when Jenny and I rallied in front of Ellen’s studio for the sake of glitter, Jenny was worried about her book deadline. I was a bad influence. I kept saying, “You only live once!” and stuff like that because I didn’t want her to leave, she is so much fun to be around. She stayed!! And look, the book came out beyond perfect!! Speaking of “beyond”…

Last (for now), is another crafty homegirl of mine! This one is Beyond The Bead: Making Jewelry With Unexpected Finds, by Margot Potter. It is all about ditching your predictable jewelry supplies and searching for more unique takes.

Leave a comment sharing your own favorite books, fiction or non-fiction. I’ll draw one name and give away a copy of EACH of these books.


Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy 🙂

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

Love & light,

8 Responses

  1. Right now I’m devouring YOUR new book, Kathy!! I love it. I’d love to win Sew Darn Cute; looks like lots of fun spring projects to make!

  2. ¡Hola!
    I’ve been going through this huge Julia Alvarez kick, I just can’t get enough of her! I actually came across your new book at the book store and fell in love, but I’m in the middle of planning an out of state move. We are moving from Utah to Wisconsin on the 26th, I knew that if I bought your book it would keep me from my duties…ha,ha! I plan on picking it up as soon as I’m settled over there. Love your blog and your art! Gracias

  3. I’m sort of ashamed to admit this, but my favorite books are the Twilight (saga) books. I’m way to old to be completely obsessed with them, but whatever.

    I also adore Barry Eisler. He authors books who’s main character is John Rain, an assassin for hire. Really good stuff.

    And lastly, All of the Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers novels by John Sandford. Just look for the Prey novels.

    They’re all crime/detective type stories. Well, except for Twilight.

    Hope you’re having a blast on the cruise! Some day I’ll actually get to go too. 🙂

  4. I wish I was going with you on your crafty cruise!! One of my favorite authors is Janet Evonovich. Her Stephanie Plum books are so funny it’s embarrassing to read them in public because you can’t help laughing out loud!

    Tamara (aka)

  5. Thanks for the Linky Love sista! I hope you’re having a fabulous time on your cruise. We just got back from Jamaica and I want to turn back around!


  6. I love non fiction: cookbooks, craft books, diy, parenting books, etc…….
    the last fiction book that I loved was Water for Elephants and it was so amazing!!

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