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Last Online: October 21, 2008
Birthday: December 10
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a hard workin' mamacita. I juggle my family life and a crazy, crafty career. By day, I'm a newspaper reporter. After my day gig, I'm a mom until everyone goes to sleep, and then I become a writer and artist until about 2 a.m. or until my coffee buzz wears off. I've been married to my best friend, Patrick, for almost 17 years.

I write a nationally syndicated craft column, published six crafty books and just finished my first novel.

As far as my craft career, lots of folks say "I wish I could do that" or "What I really want to do is this..." Well I don't say things like that. I use a crafty state-of-mind to DO it. The things that make me happy and fulfilled.

My theory is life is too short to cheat yourself out of having fun and making the most of all the fabulous opportunities out there. Everyone is good at something, why not make the most of it? We have 24 FREE hours a day. If you want it bad enough you WILL find the time to make it happen. I do my best work in the middle of the night when the house is quiet. It works!

I think we should always strive for that next challenge, the next scary step up. Even if we fall on our butts, at least we will of had the thrill of the experience.

OK, my sermon is over! Be nice to those around you, don't judge or be mean, hateful, cruel. Be a problem solver. Appreciate all that you have. Make time for the important things in life. Always end on a high note. Smile big at someone who is frowning. Do your part to make the world a more beautiful place and I will too. I promise!

Peace, love and glitter to you!!

Favorite Music

Lily allen, The Pinkertones, Mexican Institute of Sound, Sergent Garcia, Mala Rodriguez, Gondwana, Manu Chao, Brazilian Girls, Si*Se, Andrea Echeverri, Rufus Wainwright, Liz Phair, Laura Nyro, Fiona Apple, Hawaiian reggae, French reggae, Latin reggae, my hubby's Chicano reggae band - The RastaFarmers!

Favorite Movies

Spanish language film (any foreign language actualy), Bollywood, almost anything by Tim Burton, melodrama, sisterfriend flicks, crafty movies, surrealist films (magical realism - Big Fish, Amelie, you get it...). As far as my FAVORITE films? Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Selena, White Oleander, Titanic, the original Poseidon Adventure, Splendor in the Grass, A Place in the Sun, Days of Wine and Roses, Amelie, The Others, Like Water for Chocolate, Amores Perros, Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Motorcycle Diaries, Mommie Dearest, Moulin Rouge, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Birds. Gobs more. I watcxh movies while I make my art and I also make crafts based off of movies!

Favorite Television

Ugly Betty, Top Design, Lost, Heroes, ANTM, Knitty Gritty, Craft Lab, Creative Juice, B Creative, Musical Pssport, Oprah and Tyra. Oh, and The View.

Favorite Crafts

I'm a binge crafter and artist who found a way to make a living out of it. Life is too short not to do whatcha love, right? My biggest challenge is that I'm addcited to bright colors, hi-gloss varnish and glitter. My designs often tend to lean that way. I break out in hives if I try to design with pastels, muted tones or monochromatic color scemes. i work in all mediums.


girlonaglide rated for Mixed Media Postcard Swap on Aug 2, 2008
SacredYoli rated for Mixed Media Postcard Swap on Aug 2, 2008
Comment: You Rock. I love your postcard! Besos, Yoli
elizabeth13 rated for Mixed Media Postcard Swap on Aug 1, 2008
Comment: As the "mama" of a ChiChi, your postcard won my heart over right out of the mailbox!! Thanks!!
Rainsembellishments rated for Emergency Puta Kit on Jun 20, 2008
Comment: Thank You so much Kathy!!!! This package is awesome! I love the shrine...I'll definitely use some of the goodies! Your letter had me laughing! Thanks for the book also! I read one of her other books before & loved it! Muchas Gracias! ;)
TíaBel rated for Mi Casa, Su Casa on Apr 22, 2008
Comment: OMG! Super-fun goodies! I love it all!! A million thanks!
Comment: Great cards! I'd not seen the 'comical' loteria cards before, too funny! Thanks so much!! :O)
Comment: Oh, WOW! I have a piece of art from the Chica herself! I have been a fan of your website and tutorials for a couple of years. Your work is amazing! Did you use a mold or were you able to sculpt it free-hand. I like the use of the glitter paint. It makes it even brighter than the sugar-frosted ones from the store. Thank you so much. I will be proud to display this every year.
eonsmomma rated for ~* For my Day of the Dead Altar *~ on Oct 26, 2007
Comment: I knew I was going to get something really awesome and I did, Thanks!!!! He is really cool and my son thinks it's his.
Comment: I've been a fan for years! Gracias mil veces por las tarjetas encancantadoras. I'm really hoping to be able to join you on the Crafty Chica cruise next year. I'm saving my pennies!
Comment: very cute thank you so much !
sarachattom rated for Handmade Earrings on May 21, 2007
Comment: Beautiful earrings and a bonus pin! Thank you so much - I love them!
sungazer rated for Handmade Earrings on May 16, 2007
Comment: very funky and unique. thanks!
maltagirl rated for ~* Latin Matchbox Shrine *~ on Apr 14, 2007
Comment: thanks for the great shrine
lunacjp rated for ~* Latin Matchbox Shrine *~ on Apr 11, 2007
Comment: Muchas gracias mi amiga! Me gusta MUCHO!!! Luna
sweetlittle rated for ~* Latin Matchbox Shrine *~ on Apr 11, 2007
Comment: Really great matchbox shrine, Thank You!
vidriosa rated for ~* Frida Khalo Earrings *~ on Apr 10, 2007
Comment: Thanks so much for the extra pair - they are fabulous !
user6307 rated for ~* Frida Khalo Earrings *~ on Apr 7, 2007
Comment: Loved them!
harleychick27 rated for ~* Frida Khalo Earrings *~ on Apr 7, 2007
Comment: WOW, these are absolutely FABULOUS earrings!!! They are, perhaps, the best thing I've received on swap-bot. You are super talented, in a league of your own!! Thank you so very much!! I can't believe that I was so lucky! (Also, loved the Crafty Chica button!)

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katehawk on Mar 23, 2010:

Hi! I see that you like matchboxes so I wanted to invite you to join my new group matchbox & more. It's mostly about matchboxes of various kinds but there are some other kinds of swaps (such as whimsy jars & lucky parcels). I hope you'll come be a part of the fun! Thanks!

CraftySenorita on Apr 26, 2009:

Day Of Dead Make-up Contest:

Hola! You are invited to join my "Day Of The Dead Make-up Contest" . The winner will get prizes. Read swap page for details.



here ---> http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/35978#comment-208183

azrosieposie on Aug 1, 2008:

Hey girl! I'm glad you loved it! To leave a rating, go to the swap page. Then in the yellowish box, it says.."Rate your partner". Click there and chk the appropriate boxes! Thanks! Hope to swap again soon! I'm in your "hood"! RosiePosie ;o)

krissi on Jul 24, 2008:

You KNOW you want to join the Dollar Tree Shadow Box Shrine swap in the Shrine-o-Mine group!!!!

azrosieposie on Jul 24, 2008:

Hey there! Just cking to see if you rec'd my Mixed Media PC! thanks for letting me know! RosiePosie (Phx local!)

krissi on Jul 17, 2008:

Get "on board" with the other Seasick Chicas we're celebrating the Sparkle Tour with a themed swap!


Annette on Jul 17, 2007:

I love Manu Chao!

RudeNun on Apr 16, 2007:

If you get CraftyChica as a receiving partner, make sure to send a hearts package she definitely deserves it!! :D

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