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The Importance of Using Sustainable Crafting Materials

Sustainable environments support health and well-being in an ecosystem. It helps to protect the world from the air and environmental pollution, which gives rise to other harmful diseases. By maintaining sustainability and recycling processes, we can save our environment and natural resources in the long run, so future generations can

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mothers day crafts

Mother’s Day: Get Crafty With Your Mom!

Get crafty with your mom! For reals –  flowers, and chore coupons are nice, but all moms really want is chill time. So here are some ideas to help her relax and flex her creativity. The last thing we want is for madre to break a sweat or stress! I

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DIY Floral mural by Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica.

DIY Mexican-Embroidery Mural!

You’ll love this DIY Mexican-embroidery mural, whether you paint it in your house like I did or on a patio wall or a business. It simple, clean, and muy colorful. The idea here is the color does all the work for you. I partnered with Dunn Edwards for this project

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silkscreened ring dishes

More silkscreen ring dishes!

A while back I reviewed the IkonArt silkscreen maker and thought I’d pop in to show my progress. Here are more silkscreen ring dishes I made! I’m soooo hooked on this machine, it’s fabulous! I’ve found myself mostly using it for ceramics as opposed to other crafts. But I do

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DIY shadowbox using what you already have!

Make a shadowbox with what you have!

Feeling a bit stuck in the creativity department? Make a shadow box with what you have! This challenge is great for several reasons: It helps you use up supplies you’ve been hoarding. You’ll save money because you won’t be tempted to buy new supplies. This exercise will push you out

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Mexican Embroidered Blouse #craftychica

Mexican Embroidered Blouse-turned-Purse

This is a project that I’ve been wanting to try since forever! Transforming a Mexican-embroidered blouse into a purse. There are a lot of variations. You can find these blouses at thrift stores or Mexican import stores. I went with wood handles, but you can get creative and create straps

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Five reasons to love aloe vera

Five Reasons to Love Aloe Vera!

Here are five reasons to love aloe vera. Because we feel it is so underrated, it’s truly a magical plant! Did you know it has been used as a medicine in various cultures since ancient times? From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra, many have used it as part of their

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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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When Mom Threw the Christmas Tree

“Can we please just have a little bit of Christmas magic? I’m not picky, I’ll take anything. Anything!” That sums up my thoughts for the holiday season of 2002. Between skimpy finances, long work hours, parenting, and fulfilling art and craft orders – all of it took its toll on

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