Disney Housewife gets a makeover!

Pic: My boy and his dog.

Quick post today, y’all!

You may have noticed that not only has the title and layout of the blog has changed, but also the web address!

Why The Merry Mousewife?

“Mouse” is for two things: it’s in honor of Mickey Mouse (or as my son likes to say, “Mi-Mouse!), still sounds like “housewife” (since that’s my primary job that I love), and also reminds me of the Churchmice from Robin Hood.  Much of my growing up years were spent at church as both parishioner and as a musician, including many Holy Weeks where I would be at church every day, often more than once! My faith is still important in my life today, and a huge part of who I am, and I wanted to find a way to honor that as well.

So there you have it: Mickey, being a housewife, and my faith all came together to form this revamped blog.  I think the change will help me open up a new world of writing for myself, and I hope you enjoy!

Housewife 101, The Catholic Housewife

Housewife 101: Make a wreath

If most popular musicians are to be believed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! CHRISTMAS!
Well, really it’s only Advent, but I love this season. As a musician, I love being able to play the songs that brought me so much joy as a child, and my Christmas CD collection (Yeah, I’m a 90’s kid and I still have one of those!) grows a good deal more every year.

Now that we have our own home together, I’ve been excited to decorate for Christmas in our own style. My wonderful husband was a good sport and helped me put up the tree on Thanksgiving afternoon.


I’ve had this little four-foot beauty since my sophomore year in college. The Smuggler (then boyfriend, now husband) helped me pick it out soon after we started dating, so I suppose you could say it was our first tree together, in a way, though it only ever lived at my own place until now.

Since I love to craft as much as possible, I thought what better way would there be to make this new place feel homey than with a homemade wreath? Thanks to a mega coupon from Michaels, I was able to get a scrawny little wreath that only Charlie Brown could be proud of, and made sure to get enough classic doo-dads and shiny ribbon to try and Peanuts-gang it up-with a lot of love!
Here is the before, when I first started arranging the ribbon…


…and the after, just before all the hot-gluing began!


I just love the Joy To The World burlap ribbon. That and the birdhouse were my main startingpoints, then the fruit and berries.

Hanging on our front door:


Such a fun project! I highly recommend it, even if it’s as simple as just putting a little ribbon of your choice on a wreath. It gave me a sense of being more at home in our new place, especially being so far from family during the holidays.

P.S. At my husband’s insistence, we put our shoes out last Friday night in case St. Nicolas came by. It looks like we were good kids this year-all candy, no sticks! Maybe he just ran out of sticks by using them on heretics on the way to our place… 😉

(If you’re wondering about St. Nicolas and the heretics, click here. )