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How to lead your own online art retreat

Here is how to lead your own online art retreat! I’m sharing what works for me, feel free to adapt to fit your own brand and business! This has been a highly requested class for me to teach, but you know what? I’m happy to help other creativepreneurs get rolling

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Celebrating military wives with a crafty day

May is Military Appreciation Month and I worked with my manager, Candy, to come up with something special to do with military families and wives, here in Arizona.   Back in 2019, T-Mobile sponsored an AWESOME holiday craft retreat I hosted for wives at Fort Huachuca. we reached out to

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diy bead stash charm bracelet

Bead Stash Charm Bracelet

This DIY bead stash charm bracelet is what happens when I attempt to “edit down” my craft supplies. You know: Condense, get rid of what is not needed anymore?  Oh, that was such a good laugh! Here’s how it went down – I pulled everything out and then not only

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Easy, low-cost items to make for a pop-up

Here are some of my ideas for easy, low-cost items to make for a pop-up! These are for people who are looking for something different than what they have been doing, or for people just starting. I’ve used all of these over the years and they come in handy! My

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oreo cupcakes

These Oreo Cupcakes will change your life!

As a lifelong chubby girl, I’ve tasted many Oreo cupcakes – but none like this. I saw this TikTok by my friend, Vero of Vero Sweet Hobby and knew I had to try it! This hack is perfect for all types of bakers. If you rarely bake at all, it’s

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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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Cigar Box Birdhouse

Birds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes — and most certainly with their own distinctive personalities, too. For every fluffy, happy bird that

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Stamped Clay Mugs

Painting coffee mugs are my thing, I’m always looking for new ways to make them. For these stamped clay mugs, I used pasta letters! Here’s

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The Power of Invisible Red Lipstick.

People think I’m confident and happy 24/7. I’m here to tell you that my red lipstick is the key to my mojo. It’s my security blanket, right along with blouses that cover my hips and big earrings. It’s silly, don’t you think? I mean, lipstick is just a waxy cosmetic.

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Memories: Rock N Roll High School

When one of the most well-respected editors in the city asks you to write a first-person story for one of the biggest publications in town, you almost faint from the anxiety. That was my scenario, anyway. A few months ago, Amy Silverman, managing editor of Phoenix New Times offered me

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Crazy Lady or Hipster Chica?

    I’ve never been one to think about age or aging, I’m happy for each year that rolls by. I’ve never paid attention to “Things to Do Before You Are 25” or “Items Not Wear After 50” – so superficial. I let my mood, curiosity and energy level drive

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