Ohhhh these Crafty Folk!!

When i saw these fun stickers by CraftyFolk i was hooked and had to see what other goodies this lovely artist had.


My goodness, I am so intrigued by Sarah from CraftyFolk. Her drawings are simply adorable and i love how she has made her drawings into wood pendants. Brilliant!


Make sure you visit her website and blog too, and go see what other goodies are on her etsy page. You won't be disappointed! :p

Blog at www.craftyFOLK.org
www.flickr.com/photos/craftyfolk/
www.twitter.com/craftyFOLK

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter

I know it's a little late, and i apologize, but life's craziness got in the way of blogging recently. And...i wanted to fully read this wonderful book and contemplate it before writing about it.



I can't express how long i've been holding out for a talented writer to create a novel with a good story line AND incorporate the craft world, and Kathy did JUST that!! I'm so impressed by how fun and easy to read "Waking Up in the Land of Glitter" is. The characters are easy to fall in love with, and I'm sure every crafter could relate to one [or all of them] in some way or another.



This book is a sincere view through the eyes of all the characters as they come to terms with themselves, those around them, and their art work. I love how Kathy Cano-Murillo expressed that the grass aint always greener, which is a harsh concept we all need to learn.

Star, one of the main characters in the book has the parents i always wish i had. They treated her with respect even in her darkest hours. I hope to some day emulate these traits when i have children.

PLUS at the end, Kathy shows you how to create your own love shrine, along with a few other crafty projects!! So fun! :D Weather you're looking for a book to help inspire you, or just something fun to read, i would highly recommend "Waking Up in the Land of Glitter"!



AND NOW...MORE FUN!!!



A GIVEAWAY!

1 lucky reader will receive a copy of "Waking Up in the Land of Glitter"!!


ENTRIES:

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1. Subscribe to the blog.
2. Follow this blog.
3. Follow me on Twitter AND tweet about this contest.
4. Blog about this giveaway.


Give Away will end on April 17th, at midnight. Winner will be picked by Random and emailed. As soon as the winner messages me, i will make sure the book gets sent to you. Thanks so much for entering!!

I hope you all have a stellar day! Good luck to ya'll!

Smiles and Blessings,

Jenipher

Wake Up In Glitter!!




I met Kathy aka Crafty Chika at a Michael's Craft Convention last year [walked around for 10 hours on crutches!]. When i sat down to rest, she down next to me and was twittering, so OF COURSE i had to tweet that i was tweeting next to the Crafty Chika.

She added me on twitter and we've been twitter friends ever since. I've always admired her work, but since getting to know her through her blog and tweets [and the fact that she replies to messages] is absolutely stellar. She is such a lovely, talented, creative person, and if you don't know her work yet, i know you'll love it!



She concurs every craft imaginable and always has another craft up her sleeve...so when i found out she was writing a novel, i was hooked! "Waking in the Land of Glitter" has just been published, and i am waiting eagerly to receive and read my copy of the book!

In the mean time..please head over to her website, check out her work, say hello via twitter and just generally enjoy her talents. :D



Below are some of the snazzy comments people have to say about her new novel. But "don't take my word for it", go read it yourself! Tell me what you think!! :D [Tell Kathy too!}

STAY TUNED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN KATHY'S NEW BOOK "WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER"!! :D






"A fun read about stumbling into love, honoring friendship, and celebrating the power of craft. Full of good cheer!" (Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club )

"Every word in this hilarious, fun read sparkles. Kathy Cano-Murillo is certainly an author to watch. I woke up in the land of happy reading!" (Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author )

"Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is wildly addictive! Funny, sweet, and slyly wicked, it draws you in so deeply that you're not even remotely mad you've spent the night on the couch, reading, and missed all of your shows on Bravo." (Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author )

"Kathy Cano-Murillo is an amazing storyteller--her narrative is as bejeweled as her crafty creations!" (Alberto Ferreras, author of B as in Beauty )

"Kathy's novel dazzles! Through Ofie's purity of heart, Chloe's emotional transformation and Star's awakening to the shine that was always there, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter weaves a story of friendship, trust and self-discovery. Whether you're a painter, crocheter, sewer or have nary the crafty bone in your body you'll leave reading this book with the feeling that creativity is key, but love conquers all! A must-read for crafty women of all generations!" (Vickie Howell, host of DIY Network's Knitty Gritty and author of Pop Goes Crochet )

"Who knew that glitter really does make the world a better place? Kathy's book is creative, inspirational and empowering, just like she is. I couldn't put it down!" (Terri O, TV Personality, Spokesperson, Craft Expert www.terriocraftprojects.com )


Girls Art Day!

Some lovely craft lady folk came over last weekend to have a crafting day! Twas quite fun. We had delicious food, painted and a had a relaxing Saturday.





We decided to have a painting exchange. We all started a piece and then switched and switched until all 5 of helped create the final painting. It was a really cool idea and i hope we get to do it again soon!



We all set up shop in my stellar bed room and crafted for hours, listened to some good tunes, ate junk food and chatted.





We are at a really yummy organic, vegan, cafe in Orlando called Dandelion. Seriously! They have AMAZING food. I've never had a bad meal there. :D





A perdy image of our friend Amanda at Starbucks.



Playing "pass the painting" is actually a pretty neat activity. Highly recommended. :D It's really hard to start a piece of art and then ship it off to someone to finish. But it's good healthy challenge, i'd love to do again.

All and all it was a perdy stellar day. A day we're going to have MORE often right ladies? Like every month!!! :D [i hope!]

Life is full of blessings...



You just have to keep your eyes peeled to appreciate them all.

I'm so sad that most of my posts were not the up-most-happiest they could be this year. My life is so full of blessings and i really have to appreciate this more. So below i list a bunch of lovely reasons to be thankful. :)

Just this morning....

I woke up to two sales...

A consignment check...

New crafty ideas to make at work..

I took a warm shower.
I made DELICIOUS fish tacos for breakfast. (yes ma'am, for BREAKFAST!)
I finished two necklaces.

And a really good friend is coming over to hang out before work today.

And THIS silly boy is visiting me tonight!! [and all weekend!]



Life is good. Being thankful and appreciate is key. And this mantra is something I'm going to do more of today. :)

Hope you all have a glorious day and weekend!!!

Shrink And Dink

Pre-cooked artwork!



My friend Alex came over this past Monday to collaborate our mad skillz and make some fun charms. Alex is a stellar drawer and created these lovelies in such a short span of time, twas awesome!

Mmmm!!

When Alex first told me he wanted to draw a black line around the cupcake, i thought he was nuts, but it looks stellar!!

Just Let Go

Growing Jar

Broken Hearted...

I am still amazed by this shrink plastic, it's so neat! And spending time with Alex creating is so fun! I've been yearning for friends to do art with my whole life, and i finally met them. It's just a matter of making plans to do the art, so this was such a blessing!

Alex & the mini's

I hope we get to craft again REALLY SOON! ::wink wink::

Back from California!!



Okay! SOOOO after taking 700 pictures while im LA, i decided it's prolly best to have posts with topics. Hopefully it shall help me be a better blogger since there were so many fun things to share with you all!

This post shall give you some highlights of my trip. :)

* LA was super awesome!

* I climbed up a mountian and got a bloody knee.

* I was on Brian's podcast!

* Renegade was SUPER DOOPER! I met so many amazing people! (a lot more on that!)

* I went to In-And-Out burger.

* I went to Melissa Joan Hart's new sweet shop!

* I got to visit "Reform School" - a neat indie shop in Silver Lake.

* I had CALIFORIA rolls in CALIFORNIA!

* I'm sad to be back.

Crochet = Amor

I first came around this necklace months ago and have saved Maria's shoppe, Kjoo, in my favorites for some time now. When i 1st started to write about artists, she one of the few i already knew i would have to interview. Her style is amazing, and i love the colors and textures of her work. She does beautiful crochet pieces that is absolutely practical artwork to wear!

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My name is Maria João Ribeiro I am Portuguese and I live in Palmela, a small beautiful mountain next to the capital, Lisbon.

How long have you been crafting?

I have been crafting all my life. Specially on my adolescence when I was always making modifications on my clothes and crafting some jewelry's and accessories for personal use. Crafting with the intention of making business of it, I started at about one year. More or less December 2006, after a few months thinking on what should I do for life.I was not happy at all with the professional offers regarding my formation area Graphic Design.

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Did you always craft in this genre?

I am still exploring the materials I am crafting with. Since started this projected not so long ago, I am still learning new ways to use crochet and felt. And I am also introducing some new materials such as silver, plastic, glass and other fibers. My work is also very experimental so I am always seeking new ways to use shape and color.

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Who or what inspires you?

I can get inspiration from everywhere. Can be a movie a book a website and illustration... What really inspires me is finding some unusual color combination. I am always seeking color combination and I have not many rules regarding color I just like to explore.

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What challenges have you found while taking your craft into the business world?

I think the most difficult part of this is get your name out there. Be noticed takes time and effort. Anyway I have to say that I have been really lucky. I work many hours a day and I have been really lucky to have receive really pleasant invitations (like this interview) that get the word about my work out there. I have taken the option of making my business almost all an online commerce and I am really happy with the results so far. I just need to organize better my time to be able to answer all the invitations, have new items available in the shop and for other proposes.

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Not only is her work wonderful, but many of her images are lovely as well. i LOVE the way she photographed the pins on the plate with the chop stix, so clever! :)