Thursday, March 10, 2011

book review & giveaway!

wooohooo! i'm so happy to be part of my friend kathy cano-murillo's blog tour for her newest crafty chica novel - miss scarlet's school of patternless sewing!

i received an advance from her publisher and started reading it right away. i enjoyed kathy's first novel,
waking up in the land of glitter, so i knew i'd love her miss scarlet.

first of all, kathy is just about the nicest, sweetest, kindest person you'd ever want to meet. we know her as the
crafty chica, a madly talented artist and crafter with a creative passion for her latin roots.

kathy's writing style is lovingly descriptive and fun to read. her characters are immediately likable and an artist and a crafter myself, i get such a kick out of their crafty lingo, thoughts, and mishaps. it's like there are little private jokes woven into the story just for me. 

i was drawn to the title right away, because i am all about patternless. i rarely use templates or patterns when i create. i am all about the shortcuts - i hate to measure, i leave the instructions behind, and i tend to design on the fly, tweaking mistakes into opportunities as i go along.

and on a more figurative note, the book's tagline really resonated with me too... s
ometimes to find your life's true path, you have to stray outside the lines.

click here for a book synopsis...
click here for the video trailer...
click here for the bio...

since there are many bloggers on this book tour who already did a fabulous job of interviewing kathy with questions about the story, her character development, her writing style, her experience and inspiration...i went rogue (as i often do) and asked her just three simple and totally non-sequitur questions:

what is the wierdest thing in your fridge right now?
The item itself isn't weird, but the way I use it kinda is...I always keep a tub of dark chocolate ready-made frosting in the fridge. That way when I need a quick hit of the hard stuff, I can run over and dig out a teaspoon and savor it! I only allow myself to do that a couple times a week so it lasts a long time. Hit and run chocolate!

if you were on the show, survivor - what is the one luxury item you would bring with you to the island and why?
I would craft a mini-suitcase and have my iPhone, charger, drawing pad, pen, red lipstick - oh and pictures of my husband and kids - all stitched together so they would count as "one" item!

what is your go-to doodle when you're in a boring meeting?
It's always henna-inspired flowers in the corner of the paper. And then I add vines and leaves up the side to the top corner, next thing I know there are more doodles than notes! If it is a super professional meeting, I'll write the topic of the meeting in fancy bubble letters so it looks like I think it is super important and exciting and no one will mind me getting doodly with it.

and now for the giveaway!
one lucky winner will get a copy of both books!

just leave a comment here on this blog post to enter for your chance to win...i will pick a winner on friday, march 11th at midnight (pst). good luck!

3/12 update:  congrats to Tracy, aka "scrappynana" who won this drawing!

visit kathy's flickr gallery to see more of her art. i love her colorful drawings, her style is just so happy!


  1. Would love to win this book. Sounds really good.

  2. Kelly Donovan3/10/2011 5:49 PM

    Would love to read these books!!!!!!!

  3. I love to win Kathy new book ..I'm reading one of Kathy book right now called ...Waking up in the land of glitter ..

  4. Would love to read this book. Really like stories about people like us! Besides the review sounds pretty awesome.

  5. Vickie Stabile3/10/2011 6:06 PM

    What a wonderful prize this would be. It sounds like a wonderful book.

  6. OOOH, I love Crafty Chica. I would LOVE to be able to read her books. Thanks for the opportunity..!!!!

  7. Oh exciting!!! I would love to read these books!

  8. I would love to win these books. Thoroughly enjoy the Crafty Chica and all of her wonderful crafts!!!

  9. I would love to win these books. I do my crafts by the seat of my pants:) and seem to never have a direction until I am finished. No patterns, no know the story!

  10. I love cathy. She inspires me daily to create. I would love her new book!

  11. This sounds like a great book to win and to read! I recently saw Kathy on TV, wrapping her daughter in duct tape to make a dress form and I think this is in the book. It looks like such a great idea and eay. I love the way Kathy uses chocolate frosting. If I did that the frosting wouldn't make it an hour, much less the whole day. Thanks Lisa for sharing and asking such great questions!

  12. Oh, I've been itching to give Kathy's books a read. Gotta throw my hat into the ring for this one. Loved your interview, Lisa!

  13. Would love to win one of Kathy's books!!!

  14. I love Kathy, she is so Awesome! I would love the opportunity to own both of these books!

    Artful Blessings,

  15. Kathy is so perky and cheery, love her blog, bet her books are great too. what a clever business woman.

  16. I am dying to read this book so it would be really cool if I won it!!!!

  17. I just learned about these books on another blog and I loves me some books and I loves me some crafts!!

  18. The Crafty Chica is the sweetest thing ever. I love her style of art and what I have seen of her writings sounds fabulous.