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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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darth vader suitcases

Father’s Day Gift and Craft Ideas

Father’s Day is always the hardest, isn’t it? Mugs, beer steins, grilling goods, wallets, sock, T-shirts – he already has plenty of those and doesn’t it all create more work for Mom (or Dad) because those are items need to be washed, etc. Let’s think next level for Dad this

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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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Painted Holiday Trees

I am all about holiday crafting these days. These painted holiday trees are a result of many double mochas, binge-watching Christmas films on Netflix, and

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My kids flew the coop & I grew a set of wings

“Don’t you dare touch my room,” Maya instructed last July, right before she stepped in her newly purchased Toyota Yaris to leave for Los Angeles. “It’s still my room, I’ll only be gone for three months. Please leave it as is!” I nodded in agreement, excited to have a new option

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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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