Frances Announces Fall Craft Workshops in Central Phoenix

Categories: Crafts, Events

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Courtesy of Frances
The popular boutique continues its monthly workshop series this fall.

Frances, oft-heralded one of central Phoenix's best boutiques, continues its popular hands-on craft series this fall. Taught by local talent, the monthly workshops, which in the past have ranged from terrarium building to jewelry making to cocktail creation, are designed with both the craft capable and novices in mind.

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How to Make a Tie-Dye Heart Shirt

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Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica
How to make a tie-dye heart shirt, by Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

'Tis the season for red, white, and blue.

If you're looking to have some patriotic fun with your crafts in time for the fireworks, here is a cool folding technique using tie-dye, chalk, and rubber bands.


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How to Craft with Gold Leaf

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Kathy Cano-Murillo
My first try at gold leaf. Practice makes progress!

Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Just because I make crafts for a living, doesn't make me an expert on all things crafty. At least not at first. Sometimes it takes several tries to nail a technique. I am resilient. I will not stop until I conquer!

Case in point: gold leaf. I've see it everywhere in DIY projects and thought I could knock it out in my sleep. Glue, apply the gold, seal. . . What is so difficult? Well, it's a teeny more complicated than I thought, but definitely worth the effort. Let me walk you though my experience.

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How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

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By Kathy Cano-Murillo
How to transfer a color photo to wood or any other hard surface.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Image transfers are one of those timeless crafts that are always fun to revisit. While recently shopping in downtown Tucson, I came across a few stores that had walls of image transfers on wood. Inspiration hit. I came home and used my illustrations (and my husband's) to give it a try. This is my trial run, and I love how they turned out! I definitely plan to make more and spruce them up a bit.


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How to Make Crushed Pepper Resin Charms

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Photo by Kathy Cano-Murillo.
Use crushed peppers and resin to make a necklace.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

You know you are an obsessive crafter when it hurts to throw things away. Straws, chopsticks, gum ball toys, old purses -- anything. One of my favorite crafts is working with two-part resin. I'm always looking for fun things to embed in it.

So when I came across crushed pepper packets while cleaning the kitchen recently, I knew what my next project would be! Crushed pepper resin charms!


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Bienvenidos a La Vida Crafty

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Photo and graphic by Alexa Westerfield.
Little did I know being silly for a photo-op at the craft convention would lead to this crazy meme that now lives on Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, and who knows where else!
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

Hi, I'm Kathy, the Crafty Chica, and I sprinkle glitter for a living. Literally and metaphorically, right here out of my Phoenix home. I'm a third-generation Phoenician (love!) and am excited to share sprinkles of my crafty life here at Jackalope Ranch every month.

I'm a working artist and blogger. But I'm also what you call a "professional craft designer." This means I am hired by craft industry clients to think up, sketch, present, and make DIY tutorials and craft products.

I'm not Martha. At all. I have never used taupe, I'm allergic to pastels, and my style is far from elegant and minimalist. But you know what? I found my own crafty tribe who loves sequins coupled with glitter topped with varnish just as much as me! And I'm proud to say I don't think I've ever used a mason jar, painted a chevron pattern, or melted crayons down a canvas. I appreciate those techniques, but it seems they've been covered. A lot. So I try to come up with something a lil' different.


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Chandler's Letterpress Central Looks to Kickstarter to Launch Zombie Calendar

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Courtesy of Letterpress Central
The prospective image for January and February of Letterpress Central's 2014 zombie calendar.

A new year means new things. New opportunities, new perspectives and most important -- or at least tangible -- of all, a new calendar on which to track them.

Chandler letterpress studio Letterpress Central has created a mockup for a zombie-themed 2014. The 12-page calendar features images of the walking dead, decaying trees, gravesides, and the synonymous corpse-hand reaching skyward from the ground. Each hand-made copy features a background of vibrant color -- which means more templates, more letterpress trays and, most of all, more money.


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Crafeteria 2013 Lineup Announced

Categories: Crafts, Events

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Melissa Fossum
Crafeteria 2012 drew more than a thousand attendees.

On First Friday, December 6, head to Medlock Plaza to celebrate all things DIY. More than 50 local artists will showcase their 100 percent handmade products at the eighth Annual Crafeteria, hosted by Frances.

Vendors were selected through a juried process, and their wares will include letterpress cards, holiday ornaments, knits, accessories, and sweet treats.

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Call to Artists: Grand Avenue Festival Seeks Recycled Art

Categories: Crafts, Events

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Andrew Pielage
Grand Avenue Festival 2012 took over a stretch of the artsy avenue.
The Grand Avenue Festival will present recycling-centric art and fashion Saturday, October 19, on Grand Avenue between Seventh and 16th avenues.

With four different types of recycling art projects, there's room for all who wish to participate. Yeah, that means you. Local artists and community members are encouraged to get involved in the festivities.


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Call to Artists: Be a Vendor at the 8th Annual Crafeteria

Categories: Crafts, Events, Fun

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Melissa Fossum
Crafeteria 2012 drew a crowd.
It's that time again. Ready your hands, because Crafeteria is back.

Frances will host the 8th Annual Crafeteria in the parking lot of Medlock Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 6.


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