Mar 11, 2010

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo

With glue guns, glitter, twigs, or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary ... especially at La Pachanga. Owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family, the restaurant has a rep for two things: good food and great art. La Pachanga brings people together-even when it looks like they couldn't be further apart.

One ill-fated evening, Star jeopardizes her family's business, her relationship with her boyfriend, and her future career. To redeem herself, she agrees to participate in a national craft competition, teaming up with her best friend, Ofelia-a secretly troubled mother whose love for crafting borders on obsession-and local celebrity Chloe Chavez-a determined television personality with more than one skeleton in her professional closet. If these unlikely allies can set aside their differences, they'll find strength they never knew they had, and learn that friendship, like crafting, is truly an art form.


Kathy Cano-Murillo is a lifelong writer and artist. Her crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers including Bloomingdales, Target, and Hallmark. She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored seven books including Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing. She is the founder of, a wildly popular web site to inspire women to brighten their lives with clever craft ideas. She has a web series on, and can be seen on HGTV and DIY Network.


This was a really fun book to read ... a "laugh out loud" kind of story. It is a light, cheerful and feel-good story, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Just picture this: "There on the floor of the enclosed patio, in plain view of the nervous guests, were the family Chihuahas, Lolo and Rocco, snarling and playing tug-of-war with a pair of Ofie's size-22 lime-green floral granny panties.  The oldest pair in her collection, as shown by the large hole in the crotch and a loose piece of wavy elastic that trailed behind."

I would love to read more about the colorful and "crafty" characters in this book. This unlikely group of characters were brought together under the guise of a Crafter's Olympics event, but the story encompasses so much more than crafts. I give this book a double thumbs up!

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Thanks to Miriam Parker of Hachette Books for a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

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