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What inspires Kathy Cano-Murillo - The Crafty Chica?

Posted by Jessica
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We’re still smiling from our interview with the Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo. Her positive outlook, passion for creativity and zest for life come through in everything she touches – from her signature love shrines to her carefully crafted novels. Get ready to put a smile on your face, too!We are so inspired by your mission – “To spread positivity through creativity.” Tell us more about this incredible statement.Originally I didn’t quite know what my theme was. I just loved to use bright [Read More...]

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1,000 Nights Anniversary Card

Posted by Jennifer

When fellow OttLife Blogger Autumn asked me to create an Arabian Nights-themed card to celebrate her anniversary with her boyfriend, I was extremely flattered. It was a project with a challenge that I looked forward to.The theme was inspired by the middle-eastern part of Nick's heritage. Autumn used a Pinterest board to share some images that inspired her, then we got together so I could ask her some questions and get a better feel for the project. I gathered some samples of the new handmade [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Tim Bruckner

Posted by Autumn
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Tim Bruckner, one of the pioneers of the comics/fantasy toy field has worked for companies such as Kenner, Gentle Giant and DC Direct, as well as companies such as Maxx Factor, Hallmark, American Greeting, and The Franklin Mint. You can check him out here. When did you start sculpting? How did you come to choose this art form?It's an old story.  I started sculpting when I was about seven. In the old days… and I mean before color TV, even – there was this odd candy treat.  A wax tube, maybe five [Read More...]

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Back Bow T-shirt DIY

Posted by Autumn
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We found this DIY gem on Pinterest, and it's perfect for summertime crafting. Want to add a little breeze to your tees? Give them this stylish embellishment and you'll look and feel as cool as a cucumber.Back Bow T-shirtfrom In La La Land  What You Will NeedT-shirt or T-shirt dressSewing shearsSewing needle & thread matching fabricPen1. Turn shirt inside out and lay flat. Mark where to cut--a few inches down and about half the width of the shirt.2. Cut flap in shirt.3. Starting at bottom center [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Camilla D'Errico

Posted by Autumn
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Camilla d’Errico is a product of her split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one: Italian fiestiness, Canadian politeness, and an early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons, comics and manga. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and just enough sleep deprivation, she has followed her dream of working creatively for a living. Camilla’s unique style has put her talent in high demand and her client list includes Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Tokyopop, Hasbro, [Read More...]

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Butterfly Garden

Posted by Autumn

It's not too late to lure beautiful butterflies to your backyard. If it's too hot to dig and plant an entire butterfly garden, you can create smaller gardens in large planter pots. The trick is to use a mix of perrenial and annual plants that attract butterflies. Here are just a few of the many types of plants that attract butterflies and feed the caterpillars.Annual Aster This lovely, hardy  plant flowers from late summer to early winter. The stalks are about 12 inches tall--perfect for garden [Read More...]

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Fourth of July Garland

Posted by Autumn

This patriotic decoration comes from Craft. Most of the materials can be found around the house or at your local craft store. Have fun and enjoy the holiday!Fourth of July GarlandHow-to photos available at Craft You Will NeedRed, white, and blue crepe paper streamersHeavy-duty glue stickWhite glueRed acrylic paintPaintbrushPainter's tapeScissorsPen or pencil18-20 cupcake liners18-20 4" x 6" index cardsSewing machineDirectionsStep 1: Prep your index cards by gluing them together in pairs, using [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Bill Buchman

Posted by Autumn

Bill Buchman is an artist, musician, and teacher whose art focuses on the contemporary nude figure and abstraction.  Besides exhibiting his work, Bill also demonstrates and teaches his concepts  in his instructional book, Expressive Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill),  on his five art instruction DVD’ s, and in workshops held around the US.  Bill also has his own special line of “Zen” Sumi brushes and reed pens.  To see more of Bill’s art and for more details visit his website. When did you start [Read More...]

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Braided Friendship Bracelet

Posted by Autumn

It's day 12 of the 30 Days of Creativity, and according to the calendar today's inspiring item is "string." This instantly conjured up a summertime memory of making friendship bracelets. Here is a simple tutorial from Kaboose on how to make this classic craft. You can use embroidery floss, leftover yarn strands, or bits of string.Braided Friendship Braceletfrom KabooseWhat You'll Need2- 24” strands of embroidery floss, yarn or string, color A2- 24” strands of embroidery floss, yarn or string, [Read More...]

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Living Inspired: Thom O'Hearn

Posted by Autumn

By day, Thom O'Hearn is a book editor for Lark Crafts. His books cover everything from printmaking and paper crafts to ceramics and letterpress. They have been featured in such places as The New York Times, the Tate Modern Museum, Dwell, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Urban Outfitters, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's bookstore. When he's done making books for the day, he's often found on the potter's wheel, brewing beer, or reading. He lives with his partner Heather in Asheville, NC.When [Read More...]

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