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La Crafty Noche with the Crafty Chica: Handmade Book
6:30-8:30PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 The Crafty Chica
mini books

Changing Hands Phoenix hosts a two-hour crafting class with Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. "The Crafty Chica."

Attendees will learn how to create functional, handmade books from folded mixed-media paper, posterboard, and scrapbook paper, then decorate the pages with papers, trims, washi tapes, stickers, lettering, and more. The book can be used as a journal, a photo album, a secret pocket book, gifts to trade with friends—whatever you like!

  • Cost: $20, includes all supplies and creative business tips.
  • Register below or by calling 602.274.0067.
  • Refunds will not be issued within three days of the event.

People mostly know KATHY CANO-MURILLO as The Crafty Chica. She has been profiled for her art and crafts in The New York Times, USA Today and on NPR.

Kathy has been a writer longer than she has been a crafter, inspired in grade school by Erma Bombeck and Judy Blume. As an adult, Kathy went on to have a 13-year newspaper career at The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter, all while running her award-winning web site, She has authored seven books including Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul and Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing.

In 2004, Kathy pursued her dream of writing a novel and finished her first draft for National Novel Writing Month. She wrote from 10pm-2am every night while her family slept, a tradition she still carries on to this day. Her manuscript sold in 2007 in a three-way bidding war to Grand Central Publishing. Kathy's debut novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter, released in March 2010 and her second, Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing, in March 2011. She is currently writing her third book.

Kathy designs her own Crafty Chica product line through iLoveToCreate, a Duncan Enterprises Company, and she is also the Crafts Editor for

Kathy's mission with her novels is to share stories about contemporary Latinas living and working in the creative arts. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and five Chihuahuas. Her motto for life is "Crafts, drama and glitter."

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