I always knew my childhood nickname of "Chatty Kathy" would come in handy! I LOVE to talk with people and to offer my personal experiences, lessons learned, insider tips, positivity, creativity and inspiration. I've made a living as a writer and artist, I've never settled for less. I've learned how to work a multitude of angles to get the results I needed to move forward. I've had my fair share of jackpot hits... and slow-slides-down-the-wall ugly cry fails.
I'm proud to share it all to help others fast forward to success!
I have twenty years experience as an entrepreneur, artist, freelance writer, newspaper reporter, syndicated columnist, author, product developer, branding expert, motivational speaker, social media enthusiast, and best of all – as a working mom who found a way to make her artful dreams come true! (And help her kids launch their brand platforms too!)
My presentations bring on high energy, laughter, (sometimes even tears), and headmsacking "a-ha" moments from the audience. And did I mention GOBS of note-taking?
I don't just give broad "follow your passion and the money will follow" speeches. I break it down into specific action plans that are supported by personal examples. I'm the ultimate taskmaster, I want people to get started A.S.A.P. on turning their dream into a goal and then into daily life!
I use photos, samples, creativity exercises, insider tips and more! I want everyone to leave the room confident, educated and empowered to kick their projects into high gear!
I'd love to come speak at your next event!
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Hi! Kathy here! I make a living spreading the gospel of glitter. Literally through CraftyChica.com, & figuratively through my novels, speeches, and classes.
My husband and I vowed to live doing what we love, for me that was writing and making art. Within three years, we hand made hundreds of Latinocentric home decor and jewelry items for 300 shops. Becoming a sweatshop wasn't exactly the dream we had envisioned.
I took a part-time job at The Arizona Republic as a features clerk. Being an entertainment reporter was another dream! I inputted airfare prices, weather reports, organized movie file folders. One day the editor asked me to write a weekly craft column, she knew about my other business.
At this time, Martha Stewart was EVERYTHING. I almost turned down the assignment out of intimidation. But I loved layering on the sparkle and decided to OWN it. I celebrated my DIY techniques in high gloss style. My column became nationally syndicated by Gannett News Service and I joined a local TV show. I also covered music & movies for the paper's entertainment guide. I loved my job!
Something still itched at my spirit. I knew I was meant for a bigger purpose. I yearned to promote positivity through creativity. Hello, CraftyChica.com!
My first book deal came, as well as national press. In between raising two kids, a full-time job, my art business, web site, and authoring books - I went to night school for my BA! Thank goodness for my husband who supported me in every way!
My national product line debuted in 2008 at Michaels Stores. It was the FIRST Latina-designed, Latinocentric line in a major craft retail chain! Something had to give, and I left my beloved newspaper gig.
Seven craft books, two novels, a Crafty Chica Cruise, later - all of it is going strong! I've learned the key to success is persistence - and embracing social media.
Evolving. Reinventing. Sharing. GETTING MY LIFE!
And now for the official bio... Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist & founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She has worked with Coca-Cola, HSN, HP, WordPress, Disney & many others. She is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic. She has authored nine books, two of them novels. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed + more. Her “Mexi-boho” designs have been carried in Bloomingdales, Target & Michaels. She is Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom of two, wife, with five Chihuahuas! About CraftyChica.com: Inspiring women to brighten their lives with artful ideas, books, shopping, fashion, business, entertainment, food, travel, beauty, tech, family life and more.
2017 calendar (so far!)
July 28-30: Hispanicize Texas, speaking.
August 9: Picture Jewelry Workshop at Changing Hands Phoenix. $20, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Aug 17-20: GenCon50 (SciFi, cosplay and gaming), Artist Guest of Honor, workshop instructor, book signing.
September 30, 10-4, Frances Vintage. Crafty Chica Pop Up Shop.
Oct 6-7: Pinners Conference, speaking on business, & teaching an art class.
October 24-25: Ceramajam: Speaker and workshop.
October 29: Desert Botanical Garden Dia de Los Muertos
November 25, Galeana 39, Phx Frida Holiday Pop Up Shop
2015 highlights: Disney Social Media Moms, Collectivo, Latina Blogging Tips, Social Media Strategies, CCSA/Bisque Imports: NJ, MN, KS, Casa Latina Blogger Boot Camp, Miami, WordPress PressPublish Portland + Phoenix, We All Grow Summit (Dove Storytellers and branding), Hispanicize 2015: Branding; Monetizing Your Brand, Biznique: Ceramajam workshops for small business owners (NJ, MN, KS, NC)
2014 highlights: WordPress WordCamp 2014; Blogalicious; Casa Latina Home Expo; Hispanicize 2014; BlogHer; Coca-Cola's The Adelante Movement; Arizona Storytellers.
2013 and earlier highlights: Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute; Hispanicize; Craftcation; Casa Latina Home Expo; Craft + Hobby Association; Arizona Book Festival; Latino Book & Family Festival; National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Etsy; Hispanic Women's Corporation; Maker Faire; National Association of Art Educators; American Library Association; Scottsdale Center for the Arts; NY Open Center.
Welcome to MuchoMotivation.com! After the success of my business classes over at CraftyChica.com, I'm currently developing a whole new curriculum that I'm calling "Mucho Motivation" - and I'm hosting it all right here!
Join the Mucho Motivation Club to be notified of when these classes open for registration in December! Also returning in December: Crafty Chica consulting!
Yes, I'm great at sharing ideas, working a glue gun and spreading the gospel of glitter, but you know what I'm even better at? Nagging! I love to keep people on track and remind them of the awesomeness that lies ahead. If you are up for this - sign up for my Mucho Motivation Club.
Every month I offer a new challenge for you to incorporate into your life and business. Plus reminders to keep you focused. I want you to succeed in all you do!
It's fun, I swear! It's also a place where I'll let you know about new classes, offerings and freebies!
“Kathy Cano- Murillo aka Crafty Chica, is a “positivity” thought leader . She teaches how to use creativity as a gateway to a better life. Sparkles are her muse. She captivates audiences of all ages with her infectious dose of goodness, positivity and fun! She can turn anything dark into light by “ crafting it out”. She is a tornado of love, happiness and confetti, ready to transform willing readers and listeners. She succeeded with this follower.”
– Nely Galan, Adelante
“I’ve been lucky enough to have Kathy speak at three of my events, and the audience has loved her every time. Kathy is a dream to work with — she’s a consummate professional, responsive to feedback, and unfailingly enthusiastic. She’s low maintenance and high performing. On stage, she’s warm but no-nonsense, candid but polished, optimistic but down-to-earth. Kathy’s work ethic, creative talent, and sincere desire to help others reach their goals combine to make her a fantastic ambassador for WordPress as well as, I am sure,
many other brands.”
– Andrea Middleton, event coordinator, WordPress, WordCamp, Automattic.com
“Kathy Cano-Murillo is truly a gem! She has taught hands-on product training workshops as well as speaking engagements multiple times and always gets great feedback from our attendees. Not only does she share all of her experience but explains why it is important and applicable to your business. We will continue working with Kathy as long as she’s around!”
– Nidia Negron, Craft and Hobby Association
“We have had Kathy Cano-Murillo speak and keynote at BlogHer events since 2007…on subjects ranging from blogging to crafting to succeeding in the traditional book publishing world. Kathy brings a unique and ever-charming blend of inspiration, yet warm accessibility, that has made her a highlight of those programs.”
Elisa Camahort Page, BlogHer Co-Founder
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