Crafty Chica Market Tote - making it my own

Crafty Chica Market Tote by
I was recently chosen to become part of Crafy Chica's Design Team to work and create something with her new line at Michaels Stores! I received my Eco Tote bag and began to plot how to best decorate this tote.  Since I make a lot of my own tote designs I wanted to really make this a part of my wardrobe and tote collection.

I opted to go with Kathy's wonderful Juicy Fabric Inks, Golden black gesso, and Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint in glitter and solid white to make my tote come together.  All of which are available at Michaels Stores.

I then took the black gesso and painted the bottom of the tote bag.  I wanted to give it a canvas look.  As you can see I made rough lines at the bottom which I later went and fixed, as you will see.  I then began coloring the image.  These markers are so fantastic!  They are bright, they fill in perfectly and they don't tear the fabric/paper when repeatedly coloring over them, which I tend to do.  I was going to try and use water with the markers as I had seen done, but I decided not to.  I drew the mandala petals around the peace sign and then later developed them.  In the bottom right corner you can see Kathy (Crafty Chica) autographed my tote.  I worked around this space.  

I love how vibrant the colors are and how they easily color whatever medium which you are working.  I used them on paper, cardstock, canvas.  I tested them on everything I had.  Except vellum, so I'll try that next.  They also are great to complement each other.  When I color I love to use a darker color on the outside and a light color to fill in.  This concept worked well with these markers and tote.  For the Red petals I mixed the Red, Orange, and Yellow together.  For the Purple, I added blue in the center then colored in with purple.  I like how the colors look blended, reminds me of pastels.

I then added more details to the mandala using the black marker from the Juicy Fabric Inks.  It worked so well and didn't run into the tote or the other colors.  Very awesome indeed.  I've ruined many pieces because of runny ink.

Here's a close up of the coloring I did.  I really tried to make it seem 3D.  I wish I could really show you the colors and how bright they are!  I even smudged and blended the colors a little in the center with the yellow and green.  I love how that came out.  Looks vintage-y.

I then added in the Scribbles.  I started with the Violet Flash in the heart and the petals.  Then I followed up with the Crystal, the Silver, the Golden Platinum and lastly, with white.

 I took some Art Minds Fabric Spray Paint and sprayed the back with Purple.  I am in love with this color right now.  

I then took some ribbon and buttons and sewed them onto the handle.  

On the other handle I added ribbon and charms.  I had way too much fun making this tote bag.

Close up of design and coloring.

This was so much fun!  I want to thank Crafty Chica (Kathy Cano-Murillo) for this wonderful opportunity.  I can't wait to show off my tote!!  Click here to see if a Michaels store in your area is carrying the Crafty Chica Line.

*I received this complimentary product from as part of the Crafty Chica Design Team, was asked to share an original DIY project.*


Kindergarden Art Techniques

This is a technique I picked up from an arts & crafts book in the children's library.  I'm sure you're familiar with this one.  I used oil pastel crayons to draw an image, then took black gesso to cover the entire thing.  After, I used a knife palette to create the lines . The first piece was a test. I loved the design but hated the scraping.

I just picked up my crayon and started drawing.  First thing I drew was the eye, followed by the petals.  I filled in all the petals with yellow and painted the background pink and purple. The top was purple and the bottom was pink.

I used Liquitex Black Gesso to cover the entire picture.  I then began to carve out lines with the palette knife.

I didn't like the lines I made with the knife so I took a lid and just began scraping off the gesso.  

Later that evening I decided to try again, this time taking my time.  I make another flower, mandala, and got to it. This is the final product.  I was very happy with the final piece and realized if I ever did this again I'd need to use bright colors in the background.  Maybe oranges and yellow hues, as those are the ones that seen to pop behind the black gesso the most.  

As always I learned that patience is key when doing my art.  I tried to rush through the first one because I wanted to see the final product (like I always do in real life), and when I finally stopped and focused I produced a thing of beauty (to me).

Love and light.


Guest Blogger At Big Time Beauty

I was able to partake in an amazing opportunity with Ashley over at Big Time Beauty in which she celebrates her blogs 2 year bloggerversary. I wrote a piece on transitioning into Fall with Yoga and Ayurveda.  Many of us suffer as soon as the cold hits and I offer some tips on how to make things easier.   Come on over and get your tips!



Hispanic Heritage Month

Crafty Chica and Queen Elisheba

Every year, Americans partake in observing National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This tradition began in 1968 and enacted into law in 1988.  I generally don't observe much here on my blog, but I made it a point to partake in this holiday.  The month is dedicated to honoring all the Hispanos who came before us and paved the way for the rest of us.

Today I'd like to honor a lady who I hold dear to my artistic heart, The Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo.  I met Kathy 2.5 years ago at CHA.  At the time, Bela was 6 months old and the youngest at the event.  I remember approaching Kathy's table very slowly and with much shyness as I had recognized her from her videos. She was very friendly and warm.  Inviting. Inspiring.  I created my make-and-take with her and was off.  That night I remember getting home and playing with my paints in my journal. I found the courage to paint in my journal, and create art.  Undefined art, expansive art, my art. That was how I began my art journaling journey.  With no fear and always remembering there is room for everyone, which is something Crafty Chica believes, and so do I.  

She was touring Los Angeles and surrounding areas to promote the launch of her line at Michaels. I was lucky enough to meet her at my local Michaels store for her in store appearance.  Her Juicy fabric inks (which I purchased) were laid out in front of a white t-shirt and we were offered to paint and try and play. Lalibela, my daughter, enjoyed doing just that.  The cool thing about the markers is they can be used with water...and it gives the watercolor effect!  I immediately imagined all the possibilities, and the upcoming post featuring said markers. As I was saying, I'd like to honor Kathy for paving the way in an industry in which very few Hispanic Artist have prospered.  She inspires me to be true to my artistic self, and for that I'm grateful.

Here are a few of my favorite posts:

Paint Oil Cloth Shoes/Heels however you want.
I'll be doing this Paint Drip Pumpkin this year.
How adorable is this Emapanada Pin Cushion?!
Lastly, her Artists Tips are fantastic!!

I hope you shoot on over to her blog and check out her work.  She has something for everyone and her daughter, Maya, also crafts and creates for teens!  They are one crafty family and I admire them.

Namaste friends.


Dad Tips with Huggies Latino

Having a baby is quite a journey.  It’s all roses after delivery, while at the hospital and being catered to, but once you go home with baby, everything changes.  There is no manual, or instructions on how and what to do.  It can be overwhelming and trying at times.  Many of you might know that in May I delivered a healthy 8 pound baby girl into the world.  Having a child changes your life and everyone’s life around you as well.  To say that it’s chaotic is an understatement.  Huggies Latino is hosting a Facebook Chat with Poncho de Anda, TV Personality and father of two.  He’s sharing his Dad Tips and answering any questions you may have.  I decided to sit down with Elia’s dad and ask him questions about fatherhood. 

Me:  As a new father, what is something you wish you had been told prior to the birth of your baby?
Him:  Um, that it never ends (to which I answered, “that’s a given”. I thought everyone knew this?!).

Me: What is the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make?
Him:  The time reduction (with Me) has been hard.  It’s taken a lot of getting used to. Getting a hobby has helped me deal with this aspect of fatherhood.

Me:  What is the biggest tip you have for new dads?
Him:  Enjoy the newborn stage while it lasts.  Learn from your kids.  Don’t try to teach them too much, let them explore the world they live in on their own.

Me:  Did your dad give you any fatherly advice?
Him: Don’t make the same mistakes he did. (snicker)

Me:  What is your “diaper changing” strategy?
Him:  Let mom do it.  (HMMM…I didn’t know this part so I’m glad I asked this question).

Me: How do you cope with the stress of parenthood?
Him: Church and prayer.  I find those 2 things help me balance as a father and allow me to help my child grow.

Those are his Dad Tips.  Not too shabby, I’d say.  Huggies would love to hear from you! Come join Poncho de Anda for a Facebook Chat and have the opportunity to ask how he tackles parenting challenges.  Look for the picture of Poncho on the FB page to participate in the chat, which is in Spanish. 

When:  Thursday, September 20th
             12 - 1PM EST

Check out Poncho and his wonderful family in this webisode.

I’m glad I did this, I learned something new!  I hope you found a handy tip or two you can use along this new journey. Best wishes for you and your expanding family. 

*This is part of a compensated campaign with Huggies and Latina Bloggers Connect
, however all opinions expressed are my own*


Completed 9 Pc. Canvas

This set came out so wonderful!  I truly love how it came out, although it didn't start out that way. I randomly picked out quotes that called to me.  The only one that was intentional was the quote by Freddie Mercury - no explanation needed, I hope.

After I spray painted it with the silver I added stamped images to a few of the pieces.  My focus was hearts.  I used different shapes of hearts. I then added pink and purple buttons to make the background color pop a little.

I love this quote.  I feel courage is underrated and not practiced enough.  This is my reminder.

So true.  My number one teacher was my mom.  So grateful for her.

This is a corner shot.  I just wanted to show the corner. 

Overall I love how it came out.  Oh, I forgot, I did ink the edges of every single canvas with black ink.  I wanted to distinction to be noticeable.  I also stuck them together with hot glue but not sure if it will hold.  I will have to hang them up with nails for almost every canvas, or else the weight will drag it down.

I'm so excited to announce I was chosen to do a post featuring one of Crafty Chica's new products.  She is going on a road trip and she's coming to Downey!! She'll be visiting all throughout California.  Check here and see if she'll be in your neighborhood.  I can't wait to share with you.

Until then, Namste.


Letters upon Letters! May I send you one?

I was recently inspired by Robin Norgren's Postcard Project, and am connecting via letter writing instead.  So I'll keep this short and sweet.  Below are the topics in which you can choose your letter to be based.  If you would like to receive a one page letter with no strings attached, I'd gladly comply.  Simply email me. 

  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Ayurveda
  • Vegetarian Recipes
  • Cooking Vegetarian
  • Art Journaling
  • Twitter (letter will be: what is this, what is it for, how do you master, etc.)
  • Mixed Media Art (my interpretation and example)
  • How I healed my Herniated Disc
  • Q&A Type of Letter (questions sent via email)
  • Pep Talk, Positive Reinforcement
  • Surprise

I think that covers what I know, if I know anything really ;)

Thank you for visiting and reading, but most of all deep gratitude for contemplating.



Confession: I am a Colour Lover!

So last year I found this really cool site called Colour Lovers that allowed you to create different color palettes and designs and shapes and *swoon, catch my breath*, you get the idea.  Well I recently revisited this site and OMG I am having so much FUN!!  I never realized what a color lover I am.  Here are a few color palettes I created.  I then in turn used those colors and existing patterns (created by other talented Colour Lovers).  You can even have these patterns be produced into fabric!!!  Can you imagine the possibilities??



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