Author Kathy Cano Murillo was at a book signing at locally owned studio/boutique Tres Rebeccas. The author was super sweet and kind enough to pose for a few pics with me!
Being a bit of a crafty chica myself, I was very excited to meet her, and naturally I already had my own copy of one of her books, Art de la Soul. I'm above holding my newly autographed copy while Kathy is holding up her new novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter. Her second novel is set for release later next year. Please excuse my shiny face, and frizzy hair... it was very humid.
Kathy is the author of about a dozen books relating to the Chicana-Crafting culture. My favorite of her books is the one I got signed and shown above. In, Art de la Soul, Murillo mixes colorful (and most importantly, GLITTERY) how-to's with humorous first hand accounts throughout the crafting world. Embedded between every tutorial is an excerpt from DIARY OF A CRAFTY CHICA in which she recalls crafty inspirations, revelations, and even nay sayers.
While Murillo's inspiration is clearly drawn from the Chicana Culture, I truly appreciate how she encourages crafters to think outside the crafting box. It's so easy to strictly mind the packaging and labeling of crafts, but you may be pleasantly surprised at what you can create by going to a hobby store you've never been to, or even the hardware store. This notion is wonderfully articulated in her DIARY entry, No Crafts!
While this book is a few years old, it's one I highly recommend to bring out your inner "crafty chica!"