It’s Time To Get Crafty with this Fun DIY!

Let's Get Crafty

Let’s Get Crafty

Hello Sunshine! I am so ready to get my Fall Decor on in our home. That’s right I have spirit, how about you? I recently ventured into our hardware shops & I am always overwhelmed! There really is a tool for everything and material for everything. I actually saw a faux brick wall! Can you imagine! Outstanding! Well, I did not get the faux brick wall, but I did get some of the more novice items for me to play with. Let me show you what I got to play with that maybe you may want to try.

Shopping The Hardware Shops

Still a bit too much for me. I knew what I wanted, but I did not find exactly what I was looking for. Luckily, there is a helper as you walk in to ask for guidance. The gentleman led me exactly to what I was looking for, but the shop did not have the larger size. I could have bought the materials, but I would have had to cut the size & I would have needed the tools. A little too much for a part time wood worker. I decided to buy ‘Off The Rack’ as he mentioned and use the smaller size. It really is just our entry table that I was trying to add a little ‘zing’ to anyway. If you can see in the pic, There are a few wooden furniture feet that you can decorate for a holiday. I chose a few and as I always like to say, “I did the best I can!”

DIY Fall Decor Candy Corn & Pumpkin

DIY Fall Decor Candy Corn & Pumpkin

Initially, I was looking for a few tapered legs to look like Candy Corn, but I thought the short stubbies were just too short, so I got the tall sticks instead. Although, there were these super cute double beveled cones that would have painted well as gourds. You know, I think what you choose will be fine. Depending on how many you use and the assortment you get will make all the difference. Oh, and get this~ these are furniture legs & staircase posts, so this is sturdy solid wood. This will be very long lasting. I decided to keep mine in the perfectly painted version, but I was going to sand ours to give it a more rustic look. Keep in mind, Decorating your Pumpkins and Candy Corn is your artistic privilege! If you would like to use sparkling crystals, different color paints to go with your decor, or even different types of ribbons, oh the possibilities are endless!

I do really like FolkArt Craft Brand Paints from Plaid Enterprises. The paints dry fast and really last on the wood. No, this is not a sponsored post, just one of my favorite brands & I really like their prices. I always like to create great crafts on a great budget.

So, depending on if you have a few paints on hand, the embellishments (ribbon, wood glue, felt bottoms & a few paint brushes…) this craft could cost you about $20.! Large wooden pieces cost about $7.50 and each & smaller are about $3.50 each, paint brushes I buy at the dollar store, FolkArt Craft Brand Paints $1.50 each. I like to put the felt bottoms on the finished wooden pieces so that they do not scratch any furniture, especially if I am gifting anyone my craftiness. I have found these Felt Bottom Pieces at The Dollar Stores also. If not, you can find at the hardware shops. They are used to protect furniture from scratching tile floors.

Princess Mousey Embellished with Photofy App with Crafty Chica  art

Princess Mousey Embellished with Photofy App with Crafty Chica art

I really had fun getting back into the craft room and making these, as you can see! Let me know if you get a chance to make some or if you are inspired to make something similar. I would love to see them. Don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram @princessmousey

Lots of love,

Lisa

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Our Ofrenda 2013

Our Ofrenda 2013

Hello Sunshine! I hope all is well with you & family and you are enjoying the beginning of this beautiful Fall Season. We have had some cooler temperatures here in Austin and also storms. I always appreciate cooler temps and I even like the rain, but sometimes they can bring on my post brain injury migraines. So I have been away for the last week because of them. Enough about that though, I want to share with you what my fellow Texas Latino Bloggers are writing about: National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th – October 15th. Most of you may follow my Instagram or Twitter or even this blog and know that I am a Proud Latina. I am always wanting to learn more about my Hispanic Heritage. Like, when I was able to meet The Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People, I was & am forever A Proud Latina. Or, when I posted my Instagram for Latinos Beyond Reel, I was encouraged to find more documentaries and more Latino Actors past and present that are not getting stereotyped. I encourage you to visit the webiste: National Hispanic Heritage Month to find more information about the observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Sonia Sotomayor

My story begins with my hair appointment~Funny, I know, but anyway… I was so happy to find out that my fantastic colorist is engaged and she is just glowing with happiness, as we all are when we know we are to wed for life. She was asking of our wedding and I was telling her that we have a very big Hispanic family and our wedding was 250+ guests. Oh & that we married on Halloween. She was so intrigued, as most are when they find out our wedding & now Anniversary is on Halloween. She is from San Antonio and was telling me how much she loves these ‘Big displays of Halloween or family members with the food and beer or liquor bottles.’ I said, ‘Oh, you are talking about The Ofrenda.’ It got me to thinking that maybe this is what I am to write about for my National Hispanic Heritage Month Post.

Ofrendas are an essential part of Dia de los Muertos celebrations. The word, Ofrenda means offering in Spanish. Ofrendas are also known as altars, but not the kind of altars for worshiping. These altars are for paying a special tribute to our departed. It may seem melancholy to have our wedding on Dia de los Muertos & even I had questioned it in the beginning. I called Sister Helen from my Catholic Church and she gave me a beautiful response of how she thought it was beautiful that we were having such a Blessed event on the Eve of All Saints Day. It was done. See, I no longer had my father and my grandfather had also passed prior to our wedding. My husband also has loss in his family that it was so fitting and felt comfortable to have this as our wedding date. We also had a close connection to Halloween in our dating history. We do not think of Halloween or Dia de los Muertos as a sad, scary or unpleasant time, but a time to bring both of our families together in our anniversary and honor & remember or departed that have passed over the years. Oh & this year there is going to be an animated movie called The Book of Life and it will be about living and the departed. I am looking forward to it!

It’s early still, but I want to give you enough time to prepare if you would like to make an Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos. Now, these do not have to be morose or haunted, quite the contrary! The Ofrenda welcomes spirits, but guides back to the departed’s journey. Also, there is no correct or incorrect way to make an Ofrenda. I included pictures of our pet Betta Fish last year because he died & why not? We loved our Betta! If you have a pet you should include yours as well! It is all a part of your Faith & your family. Here are a few things you may want to include in your Ofrenda:

  • Photographs of your loved one
  • Glass of water represents quenching the thirst of the spirit after their long journey, water also purifies & cleanses
  • Salt is to season the food that you are offering him & the continuance of life
  • Pan de muerto ‘Bread of the Dead,’ is a dessert bread found at panaderías, Spanish bakeries, or HEB in Austin
  • Favorite foods or beverages: a plate of food, candy bar, bottles of beer, wine, or other
  • Small, personal items that belonged to the deceased: a watch, piece of jewelry, hat, belt, handkerchief, etc.
  • Marigolds Sometimes a cross is made with petals of the cempasuchitl flower. Also with the petals, paths are set to guide the souls to the ofrenda. I bought my Marigolds from Ben White Florist last year if you are Austin
  • Skeletons/Calaveras these are becoming popular in the shops every year! Any type of style you find is perfect to fit your decor or that may fit your loved one. I love to add as many as I can. Why not start a collection?
  • Candles represent fire & at least one for each person being honored. Also four candles at the top represent the cardinal directions & provide a lighted path to this world
  • Copal/IncenseBurning copal is a tradition from the Aztecs, who used the incense as an offering to the gods. It is still used in Catholic funeral masses
  • Papel picado/Brightly Colored Cut Tissue Paper serves as a colorful & meaningful trim: Black = death, purple = grief or mourning, pink = celebration, white = hope  yellow = sun

Other items that are known to be in Ofrendas are beans to represent fertility, woven baskets, pictures of Saints & toiletries. I like to make it a happy place. Our family and friends spirits are coming by and are having visitors and I want them to have a nice place to be entertained. I am always one to be the happy host!

My Beautiful Grandmother

My Beautiful Grandmother

This year I have a tough one because I will be adding my Beautiful Grandmother. I miss her so very much.  I want her beautiful Spirit to be welcomed in the most beautiful Ofrenda ever! I am going to make a Pretty Pink Space Just for her! That is what an Ofrenda is, to make a special tribute to the departed. Ofrendas are not to be sad or bring depression when you look upon it and see your departed. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of our ancestors. I want to look at my grandma daily and be happy and see her favorite things and remember her in the best way!

You can also make a little Ofrenda with a little cardboard box, maybe a shoe box, cereal box or maybe any box/crate you are not using. Start adding your items inside. It does not have to fill an entire table. Make a mini size Ofrenda.

If you make one, Instagram it & tag @princessmousey. I would love to see it!

Enjoy your National Hispanic Heritage Month &

Lots of love,

Lisa

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So I Broke My Ankle, Big Deal!

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

 

Hello Sunshine! School is back! Some are happy, some are sad. I always say we need to pay teachers more whenever we have an opportunity. Our teachers do so much to educate our children for 9 months and we do our very best with the 3 months we have, but really we are not the professionals~ they are. Not saying we are not to help with teaching their curriculum when they are out for the school days. Just that we may not be best at starting any new studies on our own. Always give those teachers the best we can when the little cherubs return!

So for this month for BlogHer I mentioned that we are all writing about healing. Emotional healing is what I have been focusing on or when I have been brainstorming. Then, as I have been all summer~ I was going to my post op visit for my broken ankle. Some of you may know that I broke my ankle Memorial Day Weekend. Yes, that’s right ~ the beginning of Summer! The Texas BBQ smell is in the air, my summer dresses are ready to get out, my summer heels are ready to be worn & I am ready to just get some color because I suffer from migraines and I’ve been struggling with my Vitamin D so I have really lacked in my Latina bronze!

Collage Of Broken Ankle

Collage Of Broken Ankle

Then summer begins & I break my ankle! I didn’t know the first week that it was broken, or I was in denial. I thought I just twisted it really bad when I fell as I was coming out of my Mini Cooper with too many shopping bags and my large Chloe handbag. No, I never feel the need to make more trips to the car, that’s absurd! Well, finally I went to the primary care & yes, it was broken so I needed to see a surgeon. Yes, Surgery Needed, ‘When would you like to schedule?’ I’m thinking,  ‘Today is Monday.’ Surgeon says, ‘I can schedule your surgery Friday, but you may want a second opinion & discuss with…’ I interrupt,’That sounds great, if I think about it too much… besides I really want to just get this over with and get back to normal!’ Ha! Oh Yes! That is where my surgeon should have said, ‘Hold up, wait a minute!’ I was in a hurry from the very beginning. Like Sweet Honey Brown, ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!’ I was scheduled to have surgery June 6th. Done & done!

Well, I have luckily been moving right along every month, using my crutches (not very easy), doing my ankle exercises andwearing that ‘Stylish & Always Fashionable Post Surgery Boot’. For me this has been very difficult because I was just getting ready to wear my dresses and linen pants and just purchased great backless jumpsuits from Neimans that I knew would look fabulous with my 3″ heels! Guess what? Those fashion dreams ended when my ankle was broken.

I finally saw my surgeon last month and he said I could wear a ‘sneaker’ or a ‘running shoe’. Ok, I have those, but I use those when I run & when I run I am on the great Hike & Bike Trail in Austin so they get that really dusty look or even when I use them in our neighborhood, they get a good looking wear. So I did what anyone would do, I went shopping for a new pair of ‘sneakers’ or ‘running shoes’ to wear that I could use with my summer outfits that would look nice and not like one of those office people that walk around with pretty clothes & running shoes. Nothing against them, it’s just not my look & I could not rock it as well. I was out for most of the day with no luck, but I did find a great pair of heels that will look great when I am healed! I did try to stand in them & it was a no go. I thought if I need to go anywhere nice, I can be carried in them for now, but anyway I will try another day for the surgeon ‘Prescribed Sneaker’.

I never was able to go out for a good shoe that he had ordered and it was time to see my surgeon again. I had found my adorable pair of Mary Jane type of traction shoes that I wear sometimes when I am doing lots of walking on vacation. Perfect, right? Wrong! My surgeon said, ‘Cute, but not enough support.’ I also got in a bit of trouble for working out on my ankle. I really thought it would be a good idea to start doing squats with weights to build up my muscle, but apparently it is just too soon. Let me tell you, going shopping on my ankle all day is just not a good idea either. I just like to go out and get the weekly groceries to Whole Foods, Central Market, Costco and if we want to see a movie we will go to walk around the beautiful downtown Austin to the Violet Crown Cinema. Well, I have been a bit stubborn and pushing my ankle too much. My kind and wise surgeon said it’s no wonder that I am having so much pain because I am giving it to myself. I really need to be more homebound.

My New 'Hardware'

My New ‘Hardware’

What I thought was physical healing of my ankle has become more of an emotional healing. I really need to stop being so stubborn and stop pushing myself. I keep wanting to get back to normal and I think if I start acting like my normal self, my ankle will also. I got a huge wake up call that my ankle is going to tell me when I can go back to my normal self instead of me. I waited until I was 40 years old to break a bone and I still do not have the knowledge to listen to my body. As much as I am tired of being homebound, it really does not matter. I need to get over it and do what is best for ankle no matter how sad I am about it.

I know many of you are wise enough to know this, but I wanted to share with you my healing dilemma. I will always be honest with you, even with my flaws! So what if I missed my fashion this summer, big deal! I just have more reason to look forward to my Fall wardrobe, with more supportive shoes. I do hope I find some cute ones….

Lots of love,

Lisa

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An Unexpected Thank You Letter

An Unexpected Thank You

An Unexpected Thank You

Hello Sunshine! I know it’s been a while since I have posted, I have had some severe migraines & I am afraid they have really impaired me from doing too much. My apologies for not keeping up with you.

A while back I posted a Blog about attending Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing for Hard Choices at Book People in Austin. I mentioned how kind she is and was to me and I will always appreciate her sincerity. Well, during my migraine spells, I received this letter from Mrs. Clinton and I wanted to share it with you.

I can only express again how much I always recommend visiting a book signing for your favorite author or any public, govornment official that may be visiting your town. I always believe that even if you believe in their politics or not, it is someone that could be a once in a lifetime moment, why not check it out?

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

I also wanted to share with you this fantastic snack that we enjoyed while watching The Little League World Series. Heirloom Tomatoes are out now and if you can find them at your local farmers market, grab them! If you can’t find them there, then check out your local supermarket. I grabbed these at Whole Foods. They made it so convenient with the fresh made mozzarella next to them! I had to go home and make some fresh Basil Pesto. I finished the dish with my favorite olive oil from, Mandola’s, sprinkled with fresh Comet Tail Black Pepper and fleur de sel. Oh, we indulged, but it was so worth it!

Labor Day is monday and I do hope you have the day off. Thankfully, we are taking extra time off. So, the hubby and I will be spending a good amount of time together simply relaxing. I hope you enjoy and relax during your holiday, because you deserve it!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Why Not See A Movie This Weekend?

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Hello Sunshine! Happy Friday. Do you have any plans for the weekend? We are staying in. It’s been a rough week with the loss of Lauren Bacall & Robin Williams. The riots that are going on in St. Louis for the young gentleman, Michael Brown & the loss of the gentleman Michael Brown. I wanted to let you know of some movies that we have seen recently if you are planning to see a movie.
To Have And Have Not

To Have And Have Not

If you would like to see a classic & remember Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not is a

We Remember Dead Poets Society

We Remember Dead Poets Society

great classic to remember her with Humphrey Bogart.

If you would like to remember Robin Williams, I have always loved him in Good Will Hunting & Dead Poets Society. Funny, because he has given me so much joy in Birdcage, but I felt so much love in the other movies. He really tugged at my heart in the other movies.

When I feel my heart burn and my tears flow from someone who can make me laugh usually it makes me so out of the normal and realize that this is someone that can really is an amazing actor. He also did so much out of acting that I know he was an extraordinary gentleman.

These movies may be available on Amazon or Netflix as a stream, but if you have the DVD’s that is even better.

Le Weekend

Le Weekend

The movie that is available on Netflix DVD loan is Le Weekend, but it is also available on cable TV rentable movies/Pay-Per-View. It is a great

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

movie about an older couple spending the weekend in Paris. They have some adventures and they are just like any other couple. Very entertaining & is in English language.

Last week we saw A Man Most Wanted. This is a great Spy Thriller. If you like twists and turns this is the movie for you! This movie is set in Germany, but not in German language, so no need to read subtitles. This was one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movies, I believe. He was always a terrific actor. I would always see his name on a movie & knew I wanted to see it just for him. Yes, his portrayal in Capote was wonderful, but he was fantastic in Doubt, The Savages & Charlie Wilson’s War.

Boyhood

Boyhood

My absolute favorite movie in theaters now is Boyhood. I know, you are thinking I am favoriting because I am an Austinite. Not true! This really is a great movie. The way Linklater made this movie over a 12 year span documenting a family is absolutely wonderful! This is a modern family and also seems like a normal family. A modern and normal young man who goes through his boyhood. I could not help but think of my child hood growing up & then thinking of my son growing up. I know this movie started in limited release, but I think it is out at more theaters now. I do hope you find it where you are and I do hope you see it soon. 

Let me know what movie you see, if you go out, I always love a movie recommend, or if you see a movie~ take a pic at the theatre and tag me in you Instagram @princessmousey

Well, that is all I have for you now.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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10 Great Stories About Modern Catholic Women: A Book Review

You Will Usually Find Me With A Book In My Hand Or On My iPad!

You Will Usually Find Me With A Book In My Hand Or On My iPad!

I read a great book, Style, Sex and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider The Things That Really Matter. The book is by Editor, Hallie Lord. The book is published by Our Sunday Visitor. This is not a current book. It is from 2012, but I had read an article about it during Lent and my book list is quite long, that I just got to it.

This book is really about The Modern Catholic Woman. I grew up in a Catholic family, but am I the same as my mother, grandmother, and my grandmother’s mother? Today we have Pope Francis who is even making statements about our Catholic Church taking a more contemporary approach on love. This book is a quick coffee or afternoon read, only 160 pages. You may want to take your time with this one only because after each story, there are Reflections. I really took the time and meditated on the reflections. I wanted to take each moment in. After all, I am a modern Catholic woman. The book discusses, a modern Catholic mom, wife, friend & a single woman. I was very much into each story, I really felt each of these women. With the reflections, I wanted to know more, even though the story made me feel these women, I wanted more. They knew it and they wanted me to put their feelings in my own life. I did. I reflected each of their feelings in my own life.

As I mentioned before, I grew up in a Catholic family, I feel like I already had these beliefs, but it was good to go back and remember that I am a modern Catholic Woman! I am not my mother, grandmother, and my grandmother’s mother.

I recommend this to any and all Catholic women. This book is refreshing and I do hope it will bring you happiness. This book’s reflections will enlighten us to keep our faith forward and live it in our days.

You can purchase Style, Sex and Substance in most bookstores or if you are on Goodreads, look at the places to buy books like Half.com, Abebooks or Powells.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Also, if you notice, I love to flag pages in my books & to hold my spot in my books, I use these fantastic Magnetic Bookmarks from Everyone Can Play. She makes Custom Bookmarks also. So, the Bono, U2 & Austin, TX marks are Custom made. I requested a few Sherlock Holmes marks. She has an awesome shop, click her name above to get to her shop.

Lots Of Reading Places, I Love Magnetic Bookmarks from Everyone Can Play!

Lots Of Reading Places, I Love Magnetic Bookmarks from Everyone Can Play!

Food Swaps Are The Bee’s Knees!

Food Swap

Food Swap

Wow! What a fantastic evening with The ATXswappers! You may have read a previous post of mine, The Beginners Guide To Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches, where I mentioned my girlfriend Andi had invited me to join her in attending a food swap. Well, all of those cans of peaches I made for the swap are gone and swapped for some delicious & home cooked, homemade or homegrown goods!

I am so grateful to have Andi for letting me know about this fantastic event and grateful for all of the friendly swappers I met last night! I really love meeting new friends & I look forward to attending more Swapping Events!

Guess what? Food Swap Networks are not just in Austin, Texas! Check Food Swap Network to find one where you live & you can participate. I brought 7 jars of my Pickled Peaches. 8 jars, but I needed 1 jar for everyone to sample. It’s good to sample your good to ‘sell’ your item so that other swappers want to swap with you. After you place your item on the table, we all place our samples on a separate sample table. Perfect for us to all mingle and meet new people and ask what each other made to swap. While we are sampling, more swappers are coming in. Yum, more samples are coming in. Our event is so organized. We have Kate from Hip Girl’s Guide To Homemaking & she has so much information on her blog about swaps. Also, Meg from Brooklyn Homesteader is another host that keeps everything very organized. Everything at our swap went absolutely perfect and I know it would not, had it not been for our great hosts & our great swappers.

Oh, not everyone brought 7 items (as I did), or more of their swap item. Some swappers just brought 1-3 items. Some brought more. Some brought a variety of goods. I am sure most Food Swaps are very open to what you bring.

I do hope you attend a Food Swap sometime, I really think you will enjoy it!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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My Food Swap Fantastic Swaps

My Food Swap Fantastic Swaps

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches