A little bit of Tex-Mex in your Holidays

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The white caliche rocks of the backroads of my small country town remind me that I live in a place that still clings to Tex-Mex culture. My weathered boots remind me that we cling to this culture even more tightly now even as we become more acculturated. The Vaquero is alive where I am and is not a caricature of what most believe. It is real and breathing. Struggling with the advent of technology but still here.

I saw it when I went to the Ranch Hand Festival. My friend from work called me authentic and she was right.

I am authentic,

Authentically Tejana.

It is who I am and how I grew up. City living is part of me but my heart belongs among the thicket of mesquite trees and cacti plants.

In honor of celebrating my little patch of Texas, I will be doing a series of posts that reflect on what it means to have a Tejano Christmas. In a way, I will be cataloguing what my family has done and what they continue to do. It is time we write our own stories.

Day One: The Ranch Hand Festival

Day Two: Tejano Gift Guide

Day Three: Tejanito/a Gift Guide

Day Four: The Nativity

Day Five: La Posada

Day Five: Virgen de Guadalupe

Day Seven: Stocking and Ornaments

Day Eight: Meal Planning for your Tex Mex Christmas

-The Tejana

Divorced Parenting: How to transition from Stay at Home Mom to Working Mom

Transitioning from a Stay at Home Parent to a Single, Working Parent has not been an easy transition. In the beginning, my online blog and being online was my escape and it was those personal connections that helped me survive my imploding marriage. I started subbing and getting my feet wet with being comfortable with leaving my baby alone. I hadn’t stepped into a real working environment for little over 4 years.

1) Network. It is so important to network outside of the computer. Get to know the people in your community and make sure to have real life references as well. People who know you. If you haven’t worked in a while, do some freelance work or volunteer so that you can explain the gap in your employment.

2) Don’t be scared. It is hard to go back to work because i knew that it was the first step into my new life.

3)  Remember, it is about our financial security and independence.

I have been so busy with my first year back as an educator that I have had to step back several times to readjust my life. Healing is a process and taking back your independence is not an easy road. I am lucky that I already had my degree and certifications before I had my children.

I found my place again. The classroom makes me happy and inspiring others has made me branch off a little into really delving into pedagogy and helping new secondary teachers in my  new blog called Stacked Pages. All things secondary education will be there.

In the end, we have to branch out and figure out what works best for OUR family. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and know that despite all the trials that there is a way out. All you need is to have a stable foundation to regain your footing and it will not be easy but it will be worth it.





Do it for you: Life after Seperation

It’s been a rough year, y’all. The end of my marriage has taken everything from me and it took me letting go to find renewal. It is easy to be bitter and allow that anger to fester. It hurts so much. The shattered pieces of my life are finally becoming a mosaic of a new beginning.

I’m not here to say it will be easy because it isn’t. I’m here to tell you it’s possible. It is possible to feel normal, strong, and empowered. It is possible to be happy even as a divorced mother. You need yourself. I am not saying that I am not lonely and that I don’t wish things were different between my husband and I.

I went from being a stay at home mom to a divorced mom of 3. I am well educated so I benefited from having that already in place but the key was finding a job that would allow me ample time with my children. They are all under the age of 10. I went back to my career as an educator through the substitution pool. When I was a stay at home mom, we lived off a single income but unfortunately I had to relearn how to live off an income that is significantly less than what I was used to.

As I said, it isn’t easy. I am thankful that I have my mother and that she opened her home to us. We may be all cramped in a tiny home but we all love each other. Life after separation takes work. As divorced spouses, we need to take time for us to heal and refocus on our lives.

Here is what I have learned in my year of separation and soon to be divorce.

1. You will say hurtful things to one another unless it’s an amicable separation. It may take a few months for you to be civil (it did for me) but with children involved it is better to learn how to polite. I’m still learning this since I was still in love with my husband when he decided to file for divorce.

2. Don’t jump into another serious relationship.  Divorce is the dissolving of a joined way of life. You need time to heal, in my opinion, before you become seriously involved with another person.

3. Make time for you! This is a hard one especially as a mother. We have to carve out time for ourselves to be with other adults. I spend my Saturdays playing tennis and eating breakfast tacos with one of my amigas.

4. Routines. Routines are very important when you are divorced and working. I have 3 little people to get ready plus myself every morning. My older two are pretty organized but it is always hectic in the mornings and in the evenings.

5. Learn to Organize and Save. This is a biggie. Organization will save you as will saving your money, ladies and gents. With one income in play, you may have some huge penny pinching in your future. I am working on this everyday.

I hope this helps someone because I know that some days I just want to sit and cry. Other days, I am so happy. All that matters is that you come back from divorce a stronger person. I finally forgive my husband because our divorce is as much my fault as it is his. I don’t want to hold onto that animosity because this is the man that I had my wonderful children with. He is and always will be part of their lives. We are connected always and the love I have for him is still there. But, every day I try to move on a little more.

Robot Building

Each one of my children is so unique in their own ways and everyday I can see their passions grow. As a family, we decided that making a robot seemed like a pretty good idea. I have to give it to my little dude that he was right. My son is a maker like his momma while his sister is probably more of a creative (idea person).  Mara also tends to have more of the “gets bored easily” from me.

This Mindstorm Kit from Lego was perfect as an introduction into robot building.  Being that it was a Lego based kit  allowed my seven year old son to be able to follow the directions on his own.


Both of my kids were able to participate even though they are both fairly young and under the age of 10.


My son is already showing interest in Engineering so we may focus on creating modified curriculum based on his interests. My daughter is more of a designer so for her the focus will be on using tools for illustration.

As parents, expose them to everything and support their interests even if it is something that you know nothing about. The need for youth entrepreneurship starts with us. Together we can help change our communities by mentoring our kids and youth.

Divorced, Broke, and Fat: The 3 Words That Launched My Health Journey



I’m a Mexican American woman who came from a twice divorced home. My mom left my dad when I was ten. I remember sitting in my room, tears streaming down my face, as my mom told me that she was leaving my father. My dad with the old vintage cars, who made an amazing BBQ, and always held me when I was sad. Unhappiness masked my idyllic childhood and I was too young to fully comprehend or notice.

I swore I would never end up divorced. That I would fight for my marriage and we would work through it. At that time, I was 24 and married. I lived in that first year in marital bliss. Time passed and children happened. He worked in the oilfield and I stayed home.  I was held hostage financially because I had no out. I couldn’t leave because I was broke. I justified to myself that we had a good marriage. He wasn’t an alcoholic, an adulterer, or an abuser.

At 31, I lived a lie. We pretended to be married because we had become too co-dependent to be without each other. I wanted marriage counseling and he refused. It isnt all his fault though. I also contributed to the destruction of our marriage with my lack of trust and my low self esteem. I had fallen into a depression. All I did was sleep and eat. I barely remember the last few years and that is awful especially because of my children. They saved me though. Without them, it would have been meaningless.


So, I left. I have a BA in English but I was jobless and pretty much penniless. I was pregnant with our third baby and packing up what little belongings myself and my children had into my mom’s truck. I had to move in with her at 31. I felt like a failure. I wanted to hold onto the false hope that he would fight for our marriage.

Hollywood, you screwed up! It sorted of ended in a noisy battle of finger-pointing and it took me months to be able to say his name without crying. Being penniless makes you realize how grateful you are for family. My mom especially has helped me so much with my children. As I search for work, there are days I feel like just giving up but I can’t. I’m not giving up but transitioning and becoming stronger.


Yeah, momma got fat. I used to be a hottie or so my ex husband used to tell me. I let myself go. I’m not going to lie. I went from exercising everyday to not exercising at all. For six years, I ate nothing but fast food and hiding my shame in those sinfully delicious rumpled wrappers. It was a constant cycle of guilt and disgust.

I wanted revenge. Hey, whatever motivates you right? I started walking for 20 minutes a day when I was cleared from the doctor. A month later I started getting up at 5am to walk/jog, and then my mom got me a gym membership. I finally started to do it for me. I was happier and I wanted to be healthier. Those excess pounds to me were a reminder of what I had done to myself, of that unhappiness, of that feeling of hiding who I was behind the wall.


It’s never too late to start over. I’m now 3 months into getting up every day at 4:30am to hit the gym.  My baby is almost 6 months old. It took me 2 months to stop making excuses and get up out of my bed. There is something deliciously intoxicating about taking back control of your life. I can’t change everything but my health was the one thing I could change. I’m still broke and divorced but at least I’ll be healthy, happy, and able to play with my children.

We can all do this together. Share your hopes, dreams, and goals with my #doitforyou hashtag.


Do it for you: The End of New Year’s Resolutions


The last year I have gone silent for the most part except for sporadic postings here and there.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t able to write. It’s just I wasn’t in a place to write.  I didn’t have the animo or rather the will to write or make pretty things.

I was a nomad who was trying desperately to find herself again. I didn’t know what to do with this space. I forgot why I even started it in the first place. I forgot what was it’s purpose and did it match my purpose. Did it match my passions and what I wanted from my fleeting life?

In January, my life imploded. I was alone, pregnant, mom to two school age children, and I had no where to go. My marriage had ended. We were not amicable and I was broken. Because of my pregnancy,  I cried all the time. I gained weight and was slowly climbing out of a depression with the help of my mother.

It isn’t easy to admit but for the first half of the year I pretended to be married. We were in a live in seperation because he just wouldn’t leave and finally I just couldn’t stay.

In the summer, I had my daughter. I still couldn’t deal with anything other than caring for my newborn and my children. I put on a brave face and just started to heal.

The road has been arduous. I’ve gone back and forth. I’ve cursed the fates. I’ve doubted my purpose. I’ve stared down the crossroads of this treacherous new path with fear and trepidation.

Then one day it just clicked and I started working out. I got under the bar for the first time in 10 years. That was the moment that I found my confidence. It was that moment I found my strength.

It was then that I decided I don’t need a New Year’s Resolution to change. I have to make the change. I have to decide I’m ready for a healthier me. Even more important is that we value everything but our own health as Latinos. I realized I am not the best version of myself.

This blog was meant to chronicle my life as a Texan. I think it’s time to renew that passion. Because, sometimes life is about getting back to the things that originally made me happy instead of chasing and comparing myself to others. It is time to redefine myself and this is the place for that. I may grow as a person, as a business owner, and a mother but ultimately I just want to heal.

2015 seems like a good place to start because we should always think “Do it for You”.

Meet The Character Blog Hop: La Lechusa

My amazing amiga Sabrina Vourvoulis, author of INK, has graciously extended an invite to a Meet the Character Blog Hop. I have several works in progress that have been haunting me from my computer. Each one tenderly calls my name in hopes to be the one that i would write about. I can only choose one i a sort of Highlander-ish type dual.

!. What is the name of your character?

I was going to go with my protagonist but instead why not meet my antaganist because They are always a little more fun. Her name is hidden but we can just call her Lechusa, half-woman and half-shapeshifter.

2. Is she/he fictional or a historic person?

Well, if you are not Latino then she is fictional. As a Latina, I swear the Lechusa seems real as I hear the hoot of the owls on cool, fall nights.

3. When and where is the story set?

I have gone back and forth between different time periods. Is it a post-apocalyptic or is it time travel? Finally, I settled on Steampunk. I focused on South Texas which during that time was heavily influenced by the Spaniards. Why do England when you can do New Spain?

4. What should we know about him/her?

The Lechusa struggles with duality, She is neither completely human nor is she compleely monster. It makes her vulnerable. in order to hide her vulnerability, she becomes a beacon of despair to those around her. Her darkness enveloping her to the point where she is a story to be told to children to make them behave. An object to be cotrolled to fuel other peoples vengence.

5. What is the main conflict?

Katarina has decided to cross the threshold into the Forest of the Lechusa to try and dismantle the hold she has over her town. Lechusa kidnaps her and in that act she faces her own internal conflicts.

6. What is the personal goal of the Character?


7. Is there a working title for this novel,and can we read more about it?

Lechusa and right now the only way to read it is if you are remote accessing my laptop. You’re not, right? i trust y’all.

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

It still isn’t a published book, yet. I have high hopes though.

Meet the other fabulous people on this Meet the Character Blog Hop:

Ezzy Languzzi

Sabrina Vourvoulis

Gina Ruiz



Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Gloria Anzaldua

Gloria Anzaldua is my all time favorite Mexican American author and the first time I ever read her book Borderlands/La Frontera my life changed. The words she spoke truly reflected the way I felt about living within two realms of reality. I was part of two places at the same time.  I am not from there nor am I from here.


Ni de aqui, Ni de alla. We are no one and someone at the same time. One foot caught on each side where we are Pocho there and Mexican here. The reality is that I am a thirty something generational Mexican American who can trace her lineage to before the Texas-Mexico War.

This melding and meshing of two distinct cultures has forever transformed South Texas. We are forever intertwined and connected. Texas is the only home that I have ever known.

I am Texas and Tejas is me. I have always considered myself a Tejana. It was Gloria Anzaldua who made me understand that the essence of who I was. She began to delve into the notions of all our dual selves. The hidden selves that often contradict the basic societal and cultural norms that we are taught in our homes. Womanhood and personhood are also intertwined as we struggle still for acceptance and acknowledgement. This to me is where the very essence of Chingona was born.

“Wild tongues can’t be tamed, they can only be cut out.”
Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

That internal struggle could do two things:

1) Hinder our ability to succeed or

2) Enhance our collective voice.

It was Gloria Anzaldua who allowed me to find my voice as a young women. With my wild tongue and my duality, I was able to embrace the word Pocho. To embrace my dark skin and dark hair, to embrace the indigenous side of my culture as well as honoring the Spanish side of my culture  as well.

Gloria Anzaldua was an intelligent, brave, and courageous scholar who wrote about the issues facing our generation and her words resonate on. I honor her and hope you will pick up her books and keep her legacy alive.

“The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian–our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the “real” world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.”

– Gloria Anzaldua



Adventures in the Brush Country

Walt Whitman Quote

I recently moved to a much smaller town and now live in the Brush Country.


I spent most of my twenties trying to get away from the Brush Country but at the same time I am grateful. My family has allowed me the opportunity to fall back on them while i go through my life crisis. Divorce may not be life threatening but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt any less.

It took me a few months to bounce back with the birth of our newest addition. With moving and enrolling my children into school and finally finding a routine that works for me. Well…sort of.

The only drawback is that  my mom lives in the dark ages. She doesn’t have internet or as she likes to say “Wee-Fee”.  Gasp, #firstworldproblems, people. She loves to regale me with her stories “When I was a kid”.

Come on mom, your early twenties was in the 80’s.

I will still be making cuff bracelets and other jewelry. I also will be including lots of great pictures, anecdotes, and stories about revisiting my old childhood stomping grounds. I will still explore my artistry and mastery of leather crafting and share what I discover with all you.

I also have several projects in the works and will share accordingly  as I begin to flesh out all the details.  I believe that every door is an opportunity, every person met is opportunity, and sometimes you just have to take a risk.

Each moment I spend learning, reading, and growing is one that helps me heal and move forward with what I want to do and what I want to accomplish.

It is only through growth that we can become a better version of ourselves.  It is through those stumbles where we learn from our past transgressions and recreate what it is that we first wanted.

We have to rid ourselves of the fear and doubt even if for a moment. Even if the fear is the only thing we feel grasping onto our backs with clawed fingers. The only option is to leap.

You have to jump with both feet and your eyes closed.  Ill let you know what I find at the bottom.


About 3 yeas ago, I had the opportunity to hear Sandra Cisneros speak at Latism. She had mentioned how we needed to embrace our Chingona-ness.  Before that I had heard her speak in an HBO special. Her words resonated with me and this was long before I became a leather maker. I was and have always been a writer. An outcast among my extended family and a little weird as my mom still tells me. A little weird, a little defiant (well more than a little), and my own person.

Chingona Quote

After, I heard her speak at LATISM12, I started really trying to focus on what I was doing and what I wanted. Life got in the way but leather crafting became a way for me to explore my culture. Um..at first…,my designs were really, really pink. I think I was still trying to find my way. It took awhile to define my style.


For years, I was a Chingona and I strode against the norm. It wasn’t until my marriage sort of unraveled that I realized I had lost that woman.

I lost the courageous woman who stood up for what she believed in, who spoke her mind, and who was fearless. Between motherhood and wifedom, I had become a shell of my former self and it wasn’t until my daughter said to me “That daddies are the ones who work” was that I had failed.

I had become someone else and although I love being home with my children. I also miss being a part of something larger than myself. I missed being independent.

I was reading a friend’s timeline and saw a quote from Pauline Campos (Dimelo and Aspiring Mama). It was about how speaking Spanish does not define our culture. We instantly connected and I have been an avid fan. When she came out and wrote ” How to raise a Chingona.“, I knew we would be friends. Then came the comments and discussions about whether Chingona was a positive or a negative word.

To me and where I grew up it was always “Badass Chick” but sometimes it meant “You thought too highly of yourself”. Well, hell yeah, we should think highly of ourselves. I commented, she replied..and the rest is Chingona history. I participated in our weekly Twitter Chats where we met other like minded, strong Chingonas and Chingons. Follow along at #chingonafest.

Although when I think about us getting together IRL, this country song pops into my head:

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Hey, I am Texan remember so Tejano Music and Country Music sort of collide in my veins.

As I said before, I had to rebuild myself now that I am single again. I had to build something for my children. I have to be a Chingona for my two daughters.

We are all Chingonas. Each one of us on a different path towards our own acceptance.When we speak our minds without fear of repercussions, when we write with all our corazon, and when we love and build each other up is when we know we have arrived.

Till then we fight for every ounce and step. Together, we will rise to the top. I will wear Chingona proudly and not like a crimson bade of dishonor.

I designed this cuff shortly after I connected with Pauline and #chingonafest. I modeled it after my Rebel Cuff and thus this beauty was born.  You can get your very own cuff at my etsy store.

Chingona Cuff 2




30 Minute Monday: Lace Bow for Back to School


We finally had the opportunity to enroll my four year old into a Pre-K4 program in the same school as her older brother. This was the monumental milestone that she had been coveting since her brother went to Kindergarten last year.

Unfortunately, she was not too happy with the uniform requirements. She is my little diva so I wanted to do something special for her.

I decided to create some bows for her so that she could still rock some sort of personal style while being in compliance with the dress code. I started looking up lots of ideas on Pinterest and apparently bow making is more complex than I realized. It even has its own lingo much like any other craft.

Acronyms like OTT began to pop up and I immediately used google. I mean what else would you do. Apparently, OTT means Over the Top and let me tell you those bows are FABULOUS. Add in snaps while saying that if you want to because I literally channeled Hollywood from Mannequin.

But, the OTT bows DIY’s scared the heck out of this Texas gal so I decided on a cute, feminine bow that encompasses both class and sass. My motto if you ask me. The only downside was that I couldn’t find any good ribbon material in our local stores since we moved to a very tiny Texas town.

I had to make due with what was in my stash and what I could find. The school that she attends they can only wear maroon and khaki and on Fridays they are allowed to wear Black and Gold. Because, obviously, Football Fridays and we represent for the local high school.

I followed this basic bow tutorial and added a little bit of lace from my stash in Ecru.

Here is Cowgirl Lace in all its simple glory:

Lace Cowgirl Bow

I hope to be making more bows for my daughters and maybe even some headbands. It was a fun and easy project that can be done in 30 minutes.



Vaquera Outdoor Style: Discadas

Discadas are extremely popular where I grew up in South Texas. They are almost as important as the actual BBQ pit itself.

When I was in high school, I took a welding class where the very first project we were given was to construct a disco. That is what we call discadas in South Texas. Discos are a fairly simple outdoor cooking disc that can be used when camping or at the ranch. It is usually made from an old disc plow but you can buy the disc plows new as well.

Our Discos were used during Lentes fish Frys and when we made tripas. Tripas are not tripe (stomach and lining commonly used for menudo) but instead are commonly know as intestines or chitterlings. We used to wrap them in corn tortillas with fresh pico de gallo and avocado.

I believe that discos are considered more of a peasant style of cooking that encompasses what it is to live in the Brush Country. Discada cookung has suddenely been revitalized with people using them to make stir fry and other dishes when out camping. With the advent of technology and blending of cultures, small cultural gems like this become almost obsolete.

Photo by SouthWest DisK

Photo by SouthWest DisK

The one I made had legs and could easily be placed over a mesquite wood fire. Some of them now come with a gas connection so that you can attach a propane tank to the bottom of it.

I personally prefer the authenticity of having a real wood fire to place the disco over because it makes me feel as if I am connected directly to my ranching heritage.

Food, Family, Culture is so ingrained in how I grew up that I couldn’t move anywhere else.  it is in everything that I do from how I design my cuffs to my DIY projects.  My family roots are deep and strong and these small cultural treasures need to be preserved, collected, and written about.





Crochet Wednesday: 5 Easy Crochet Circle Tutorials

Header Photo for Crochet Circle


Welcome to Crochet Wednesday, y’all!

I spend most of my days avoiding housework. I know that sounds awful but I am 9 months pregnant and it has really been an interesting ride to say the least. The overwhelming heat has agitated my allergies and I avoid being outside between 10 am and 5 pm if I can. That is the joy of living in deep South Texas. We fry down here.

I picked up my crochet hooks determined to beat the rag rug conundrum but ufortunately I ran out of t-shirt yarn. The traditional granny square and I are not good friends at the moment and I am sure that pattern is constantly saying “Bless her heart” as I struggle to make the squares look tight and even.

Which led me to part ways with her momentarily and try crocheting in a circle instead. I scoured Pinterest for different patterns and instructions because I am still quite the beginner.

The best resource for me was the diagram that I listed in #1 and guess what it was so easy to read and understand.

Here are my first ever Crochet Circles:

Crochet Circles


I used a 5mm hook and some Super Saver white yarn. I really loved doing these circles and I think they would make a great blanket or throw. I also used the magic circle technique for these circles versus the regular way.

Here are some other great Circle Crochet Tutorials that can get you hooking in no time.

  1. Easy Diagram For Double Crochet stitches in the round by Maggie Weldon Via Stitch Love
  2. Circle in a Square by Zooty Owl
  3. Large Circle in a Square by Just Do
  4. Maybelle Rose in a Square by My Rose Valley
  5. Circle in a Square from Color n Cream

Happy Hooking, y’all!


30 Minute Mondays: DIY Texas Rustic Birdhouse

30 minute Mondays DIY Edition

We found a birdhouse hidden among the weathered debris and dying tree limbs. It was full of feathers and old cicada shells. My six year old was fascinated and pointed out that the amber hued husks were “chrysalises.”

We tried to clean it out the best that we could by giving it a good rinse with the mangera (water hose) before we brought it inside. As we were rinsing it,  a piece of the birdhouse awning broke off and you should of have heard the gasps of distress that came from my two children. Luckily, we had wood glue around so we waited a few days before we could paint it.

After the glue dried, I had to make sure my daughter didn’t paint it every color of our paint stash. She does that and ends up with more paint on her than on the project we are working on.

Here is what our birdhouse looked like before we started painting it.

Before Picture of the Birdhouse

Isn’t this the cutest little birdhouse? I love the Texas cutout in the front of the house and am pretty thrilled that I was able to find it in a decent condition.

We used a mixture of off white and eggshell paints and a rustic red acrylic paint. It was an easy to do upcycle that didn’t require extensive planning or work. It was an easy 30 minute project and I really loved the outcome of the birdhouse. Perfect for this Tejana!

After Picture

Here is a better view of the top of the birdhouse. If I do this again, I would definitely want to find a way to stencil the star on it.


I really loved the way it came out even with the funky metallic blue paint and I love being from the Grand Ole State of Tejas. As put in Friday Night Lights, TEXAS FOREVER!


Vaquera Couture: A new twist on the Cabeza de Vaca (Cow Heads)

Cow Skull Couture

I dubbed these posts Vaquera Couture because it shows the little pieces of Texas Style that I love. Let’s get started with the quintessential part of any Western Decor: The Cow Head. I grew up with deer heads gallantly hung on paneled walls complete with a built in gun case. Sometimes, we would the lone cow skull hanging in my Abuelito’s house.

Suffice to say, I grew up around hunting. I raised cattle, showed cattle, and it was the essence of farm to plate that so many talk about.  Cow heads have come a long way from being a faded relic of Cowboys past and instead of becoming a new rustic glam for design and decor.

Mosaic Cow Heads


Eternal Heart Mosaic Cowskull




Beaded Cow Skulls

Cow Skull

Sacred Heart Beaded Skull



Lilly Ross Mosaics


Zebra Print and Cross Steer Skull

Zebra Print and Cross Steer Skull


 Glam Skulls


These are just a few options you have to turn your wall into an Ode to the West.



Crochet Wednesdays: 5 DIY Pot Holders and Dish Cloths

Crochet Wednesdays


Welcome to Crochet Wednesday, y’all!

One of my very first projects was a potholder. I used Peaches and Cream cotton yarn in #1612 Sunshine and #1530 Rogue Red to make them. My yarn and I were inseperable for a little while as I carried it around in this little blue zipper pouch I had. I stitched whenever I had a few moments at church, at the doctor’s office, and even sitting outside while we BBQ’d.

Soon, an almost obsessive desire to finish the potholder kicked in. Every stitch got me closer to the end and when they finally met I was ecstatic.  What people do not tell you about crochet is that it takes FOREVER to even for small projects! It literally took me a few hours but it could be that I am a beginner. I can say  with relative gumption that if you are getting a good sized crochet blanket for $100 then it is a steal because the amount of work is crazy, y’all.

I learned to crochet these pot holders  by  watching this video by Hooked in Stitches. It took me several views before I became comfortable with working the stitches on my own. I am a very visual learner so it works better if I have a video or pictures to see what I am doing especially when it comes to something as complex as crochet. I hope to one day read a pattern because the older Crochet Patterns are especially beautiful.

Crochet Potholders and Dishcloths

1. This is a very cute, colorful Hexagon dishcloth by Debs Crochet that I am hoping to try soon. I would love to see it is a pastel or mint color.

2. This second potholder is very durable and is perfect for heavy duty use in the kitchen. I have made 3 of these potholders in Sunshine and Rogue Red. I used the Peaches and Cream Yarn which is very affordable and holds up well.

3. I really love the puffy design of this potholder from Petals to Picots and seems to be a more complex pattern but it could just be that as a beginner it overwhelms me to see stitches outside of a single crochet. I love, love the use of soft colors and think they are the perfect touch to any country style kitchen.

Textured Crochet Discloth from Petals to Picots

Petals to Picots

4.This very cute Cupcake Crochet Potholder makes use of the whimsical side of crochet. I found it on etsy through the seller, Whiskers and Wool.

Cupcake Potholder Crochet

Cupcake Potholder by Whiskers and Wool

5. I love this square pattern potholder that has a very dainty flower that embellishes it in the center. The colors are bokd and bright against the white background

four square

Four Square Crochet Potholder by Whiskers and Wool

I hope you enjoyed these easy and beautiful crochet potholders that can be easily customized to reflect the design of your kitchen.

Happy Hooking!






Crochet Wednesday: Rag Rug Obsession

Crochet Wednesdays

Welcome to Crochet Wednesday.

Today I want to focus specifically on floors. I really love the look of rugs and since I have old wood floors it would be nice to have homemade pieces in our bedrooms, bathrooms,and kitchens.

I told Big E that I would use his old FRC’s to crochet an outside rug.  He laughed at me but I am totally serious about getting rid of all our old clothes by turning them into yarn. I did try my hand at doing this Doily Rug but it eluded me and then I just pulled all the stitches out. I searched for simpler and easier designs and these two seem to be the most popular. I also located a few other posts and videos.

This easy Colorful Rag Rug looks like an easy tutorial for a beginner like me and a perfect fit for my laundry room or kitchen.

Colorful Rag Rug Tutorial by Cuada Designs

Colorful Rag Rug Tutorial by Cuada Designs

I can see this Mandela Rug as a statement piece for my daughters room. One for the baby and one for Mara.

Mandala Floor Rug

Mandala Floor Rug

Other Great Tutorials and Tips:

  1. Craftbits
  2. Stargazun Designs
  3. T-Shirt Circular Rug
  4. T-shirt Rugs Using a Hula Hoop

Happy Hooking, y’all!



Tejana Made DIY Edition: Bedroom Dilemma

I am expecting  our third child to make an appearance in two months and unfortunately my two children still love to sleep with Mommy. Now, there are several reasons for this and one is that my husband is a roughneck and gone quite a bit so it gives them comfort to be with me.

My daughter is also ready to transition to her room since she has been sharing with her brother for a while now. Bummer, because that means I have to move my craft room. I have been pricing bedroom sets for my children and Dios Mio!

I did the sign of the cross and everything in the middle of the furniture store. Okay, well I didn’t do it but I wanted to. It was $500 just for a basic bed frame. Now, I am frugal by nature and an antique lover. I love hand me downs because I feel like they have the ability to create a unique space.

I also love Shabby Chic and Rustic Style design which clashes with my husband’s modern sense of style. But, as I find myself designing for my children’s rooms I realized that I wanted to create whimsy for my daughter and something a little more modern for my son.

I am working on choosing several bed styles for my son and daughter who desperately need new bedroom furniture but everything is extremely pricey at the moment and I figure DIY would be the most cost-effective for me to do.

Here are some of the plans I need to choose from:

A. The Kentwood Bed from Anna White and submitted by Being Brooke



B. Hailey Storage Bed by Anna White


We just came back from Lowe’s this weekend so stay tuned to see which bed we decided to make.