Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hi Again...Months Later!

Hello everyone! Soooo...not much has changed except that I have my computer now! My husband was able to save a lot of my stuff but not a lot of it. Does that make sense? Jajajaja! I'm glad to be back! Slowly but surely...I know it will take some time but I'm motivated! I miss my therapy! LOL! So I have the Sushi Dolls back on to sale!!! I'm so happy! And as for my D.T? Hopefully I will start that back up soon...need to e-mail my gals! We will see.  I don't want to overwhelm myself because then it will be no bueno. =) I did craft recently and it felt sooooo good!!! I made my niece a sketch book which she absolutely loved! I kind of wanted to keep it but I couldn't because it didn't have my name on it! I'll have to make myself one! I did make a video but I couldn't upload it! Estupid video! But there will be others. I want to make a mini mouse mini for a friend, I need to make some cards and start painting again.  The list is never ending! Anywho, here is a picture of the sketch book I made.



So that's all I have really done...Yeah, I know, not much but I will get back on tract! Anyway, I think that's all for right now. Hopefully when I have a little bit of more time I will have more to share.

Love you all!

Susi

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hi there!

So many of you may be asking, "What ever happened to Susi?" I kind of fell off the face of the earth...if you have me on my personal Facebook and were part of my Sushi Doll design team, you kind of know that I had and am having some problems.  I have been going through a lot in my life and it has been a lot to handle.  To top it off a lot of other things have been happening and I'm trying to take it day by day. Some days are better than others and I think the only reason I'm 'o.k' is by the grace of God.  I don't want to go into details but I will tell you this much...because of everything that I have been going through I have become so much closer to God and have grown so so much spiritually. So no matter what happens I know everything will be o.k.  I just need to continue to have faith, hope and love. 

O.K sooooo...one of the reasons why I have not been active is because my compoopers finally broke down and with that I lost all my info, pictures, Sushi Dolls...just lost it all. Even my website is down because I could no longer pay for it.  My husband tried to fix my compoopers but has not been able to. He then said that he was going to give me his but as of right now he has not been able to do that...I personally think he is just lazy! LOL! No but really, we have a lot going on and I do bug him but I think that just might be a lost cause. =( 'But how is she on her blog right now?' Well, I'm using the family laptop that my fil gave my husband.  I'm still learning how to work it and I'm having a real hard time trying to figure it out. I think I might be using this laptop until I can get another computer but I need mula for that so I need to get the Sushi Dolls back on so I can start saving...aye! I'm already stressing myself out! Jajajaja!!!!

But this is a start, right? I'll be taking baby steps and God willing I will be back on. I miss you guys so much! This was an escape for me and even crafting was a stress release. I haven't even crafted! But since it's 2014, a new year, I want to start it off on the right foot.  A new start with an new outlook in life.  No matter what happens, good or bad, it will only make me stronger.  I know God won't abandon me and even if I fail, God will be there to pick me back up.

Well, I think that's all! Hope to get the hang of this laptop soon. Maybe even start crafting and drawing again!

Love you all,

Susi

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Updates and Sneak Peeeeeeek!

I don't wanna!!!!!!! =) My weekend went by too fast! I don't like it! Waaaaaaahhhhhh!  LOL! Yeah, got to go to work tomorrow but I have to wake up at midnight to get ready and be there at 1:30AM Monday morning. I am a night owl and this is making my inner owl CRAZY! Ooooof! LOL! My poor night owl.

Friday I had to have a day off because I had to take my dad to the lung Dr. He is still doing good but his oxygen level went down and lost some weight.  He still said he was good but for him to take his meds like he is supposed to and eat like he is supposed too.  Times like these is when I just want to bust out and cry because I wish I could be with him like I used too.  I used to be there mornings til the afternoons everyday making sure he ate his meals and taking his medication...I'm not there as much anymore.  My friends tell me not to feel guilty and to know I'm trying my best but I can't help it.  I just pray and pray that God gives my dad strength and understanding as well as for me.  

I'm telling you, if it's not one thing it's another! But I'm doing o.k in a situation like this.  I know everything happens for a reason and that I may not understand.  Got to keep positive and that's what I have to focus on. 

So that's what has been happening in my vida.  And now for happier things in my life! LOL! 

Since I will be doing my new release next week I have been getting all my Halloween stuff out.  I'm planning to doing my little Halloween series like I did last year but this year I'm thinking of planning earlier and making videos earlier and posting them later. Not sure what I'm going to do but that is my plan. 



This is why I started to get my Halloween stuff out.  These will be the new images that I release next week.  The first 3 are typical Halloween themed but the last 3 are not.  So you will be able to use them on different projects...not just Halloween. 


I got a little present in the mail from Nathalie that just made my day!!! I loved it and am already using the bookmark with a book I was reading! I finished reading "The Help" which was amazing and NOW I can see the movie. I can't wait! 

Insert picture here... =}

So that is all folks! 

Abrazos,

Susi




Sunday, August 11, 2013

And 2 Weeks Later...

1:13 A.M...=) Crazy! Typing at the same time that I was finishing up the last post! Cu Cuy! I did not do this on purpose either!

Anywho, I didn't look for my picture where I was stylin' the 'walki talki.' Hey, don't get sad! Do you know How many pictures I would have to go through to even find it?! Do you?!?!?! (Breakfast Club) =) Maybe later. Oh and that mini? Nope, didn't happen either.  BUT I did do some coloring and crafting. YAY!!!! Yeah, I know!!!! Isn't that so exciting!!! Oh and some non-crafty things too. What should I show you guys first? Hmm...

CRAFTY!!!!!!

I colored and used stickles for this cute image! She is a sneak peek for my Halloween series. It's been a long while since I drew up anything related to owls! The other images are basically "Halloween" themed but wanted to draw a few that you could use at any time. Hope you guys will like them but my favorite is Owlisa!



My wonderful friend Marla (Marla from my D.T) gave me a R.A.K of some Prisma Colors in flesh tones! I was so happy!!!! She knew that I have been eyeing some of those colors but have not got around to doing so.  When I opened that package up I started to use them! Let's just say that I have found my new favorite skin colors; I love the darker tones!!!




This card was a custom order and I had to do it in 1 day!!! I wasn't able to take my time like the others but still love how it came out! The easel is originally left white but I drew up the cake and wrote Happy birthday.  



This is by far my most fav card!!!! Minions!!!! How could you not love them! I hand drew them out and started to work on them. this was a very fun card to make and one of a kind.  I love the colors and everything! 
This is a custom card for a fifteen year old. I had a hard time with this one but love the outcome!

And finally the last of the custom cards.  This one was for a baby shower! The customer sent me a picture of the couple and I tried to draw them up to look the them.  I thought it came out super duper cute!

Now for the not so crafty stuff...You hae been warned! =)
This is me warning myself not to do it. You may wonder what I'm talking myself out of? Well...


THIS! O.k, so I have these sticking out mole things; my mom had some too but they were not as noticeable as mine. I usually cute mine off and I only have to do it every 3 to 4 years from the looks of it.  Well, this time I didn't cut it all the way because the stupid tweezers kept slipping! Estupid tweezers! So I'm waiting for it to cure so I can cut it off again! 

Oh, and some sad sad news...my 49ers slippers are falling apart!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I'm very sad.









Saturday, July 27, 2013

80's are AWESOME!



I have been on this 80's movies kick lately and since I have a day off tomorrow I can catch up on all my media sites...well most...and watch my 80's movies! Brings back my childhood and how much I admired the lives of all those teenagers or how I looked up to my older cousins.  One of my biggest dreams was to own my very own Trapper Keeper! Do you remember those? Well, I didn't get one but still dreamed. I did get a Walkie Talkie (not the name brand)! I thought I was styling! I even have a picture with them! I look so funny but at the moment I was cool! I'll have to dig through all my pictures and show you guys! Miss the 80's...how times have changed!

Other than that I have been drawing up a storm.  I have already drawn 3 school specials, images for September and October! Now I just need to copyright them and scan them in my compoopers! I have not crafted but I hope to craft something tomorrow.  I would love to make a mini, no matter how difficult they are to make.  I really want to make a paper bag mini too but I have to many unfinished books that it is ridiculous!

Also, since I will only have one day off and we didn't get to do anything for my son's birthday on Tuesday we decided to do something tomorrow. I don't get to spend as much time with my family as I used to and miss them so much so I'm looking forward to celebrating  his birthday! He chose to go to John's Incredible Pizza so I'm so going to enjoy the all you can eat buffet! Salad sounds so so good! Yummy! I will have to take pictures of tomorrow!

All right my peeps! Sorry that I don't have much to share but hopefully tomorrow I can show you guys some pictures and maybe make a video! Well, goodnight! It's 1:13AM and I'm tired! Jajaja!

Muchos hugs,

Susi

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Oh my!

Oh my is right!!!!

So...a little up-date, shall we? =) Work...yes. still working in the same place but handling it better. I asked God to give me strength and he has.  Some not so bueno stuff has happened but I'm dealing with it.  I have had a lot of wonderful support; and you guys have left some amazing comments and I thank you.  You guys are awesome!

My schedule has been crazy! Some days I work early mornings and others times I work nights.  Then I'm off and then on. I don't find out when I'm working until a day or two days before.  It's just nuts! My feet ache, my back hurts and I get spasms now. It's from lifting those darn buckets full of hot stuff...hot stuff as in spicy not hot hunky men. =) I work in different areas but both are hazardous! So at the 'peppers,' for the most part I pour some "lava" into the peppers to make it spicy...well if you get that on your skin it burns the HELL out of you! It hurts! Then in the 'garlic' we use citric acid...yeah...my eyes water like crazy! Plus it's hot and humid in there! The combination sucks! AND a little humor to all this...I sweat in places that people shouldn't sweat in...it feels like I 'stained' or peed myself most of the day and when I get home my bra is soaking wet! I ALWAYS smell like either jalapenos or garlic and in-turn our truck, room smell like it too. I reek and my poor phone smells also. My kids say I stink and my husband, bless his heart, sprays air freshener.  =D

I do like one part of it...yes...I like something about the whole thing. LOL! I get to be a chemist/scientist! I test for the balance of the chemicals in the product before it's shipped out to the customers.  So that side of the job is fun.  sidenote: when I was in college I only needed to take one more class to get my certificate in microbiology (I LOVED it!) but I couldn't do it at the time and I never went back. So this part of the job somewhat reminds me of that class.

After all this and all the drama that has happened I still see this as a blessing. All the hardships and everything that is happening around me can be falling apart but I know God is there through it all.  At the end everything will fall into place and just knowing that is what is helping me get through ALL of  my life.

All-in-all, I'm doing better. I have been breaking down a lot less and have been in better spirits. I even was able to buy myself a little something with some of my HARD EARNED money!!! I got to spend some mula on me! And where did I go? Micheal's! And what did I buy? 2 pack of Fiskars trimmer blade and scoring refill...boring...but it gets better! I bought me some stamps! They were only 15 for $10 (you can see some of them above or check out my instagram)!!!! OOOOH YEAHHHHH! My husband gives me a hard time when I buy crafting stuff in genera, but he was happy that I bought something for me (He sees me coming home from work exhausted and hates that I work where I do.)


And if you have not checked out my Y.T channel I have made 3 more custom cards! Go check that out! I also have pictures on my F.B but I will go ahead and show you guys some photos here.

I DID NOT draw these images! LOL! I got them from the web.  This card was meant to look like a D.S. for a boy name Julian.  

This is for a young man's birthday.  I drew the truck but didn't do a lot of the details like the picture. It was way too hard to try and do. I went through my whole eraser trying to figure out the angles...my poor pencil. 

This is for the customer's husband.  I drew the a moire to make it look antique.  Her husband loves to paint antiques so I drew him painting. =) I hope she likes all the cards I did  for her. 
That's if folks! =) Thanks for stopping by in advance and talk you soon!

Muchos hugs,

Susi

F.Y.I...I will be posting a post on the Sushi Doll blog announcing who will be in my D.T! It was hard but I think I finally figured it out. Keep an eye out for that one in a couple of hours!


Monday, July 1, 2013

OMGumballs!

Yes, OMGumballs! Oh how life throws us curve-balls! More like freaking pellet gun bibis!!!!!! So yes, I have disappeared for a good while. (Seriously?!?! Apparently I can't spell or look things up in a dang dictionary!) =/ Awe, man! O.k. So let me start by telling you guys what has been happening.

 These last few weeks have been busy and very emotional. My daughter just turned 16 and I can't believe it. Her birthday was on the 19th but we didn't celebrate until the 22nd.  We had a little bar-be-que with close family and friends; she was a very happy camper. It's been a while since I 'threw' a party...a big Mexican party. The last time I threw one was 7 years ago. Why? ever since my mom passed away 6 years ago it has never been the same.  I don' t know...it was a thing that my mom and I did together even when she was as sick as she was, we always planned them together. =( It's not the same. You should have seen me! I was like a chicken with her head cut off! I didn't take many pictures like I wanted and even forgot a lot of things. I'm very rusty and times like these it's just very emotional.

The day before her little party it was my mom's anniversary.  I did better than the past years but I still broke down. Even after 6 years it still seems so fresh.  I would have done better but something happened that caused me to become an emotional wreck! I got a call from an agency that I applied at to work at a garlic company.  This was the FIRST employer that had called me over a year and a half! Yes, a year and a half! As many of you know, I have been taking care of my dad and recently we had car problems where I have not been able to be with my dad everyday as I was used too. My dad is fine but the thought of me not being there everyday is very difficult for my dad and me.  We  have and are struggling financially....just so much more going on that I don't want to go into details.

Anyway, the garlic company. I have not worked in the fields since I was a kid. My mom put my brother and I to work in the fields with her or with family because she wanted us to know what it was like and to make us understand that she didn't want a life like that for us. She wanted us to get an education and get a career where we would be happy.   In the beginning of my job search I stuck with places I wanted to work at and where I was comfortable at...time passed and I wasn't getting anything. Then I decided to start applying at regular stores...nothing.  At one time I even applied as a fork lift operator! LOL!  Still nothing. So finally I applied with an agency that focused on field work.  I didn't want to do it but I had too and guess what? I got a job; 330A.M-12P.M.

It's not something that I was happy about but at the same time I was grateful and elated beyond belief to have finally got a job.  I felt like I was disappointing my mom because she worked her butt off for us not to have to work like this. She didn't want us to suffer like she did.  One of my mom's last jobs before she got really sick was at a garlic company. I remember I would walk her to work and when I got a car I would take her and pick her up. I remember the smell of garlic on her and that was so comforting. She and my dad worked in the fields and my mind fills of memories of all the smells and see them come home so exhausted.  Their bodies suffered for working like that and it breaks my heart.

So on my mom's anniversary I got this call to work at the garlic. It was heart wrenching and I cried so much. I still cry. I'm working in a shed/warehouse instead of outside. Yes it is better but still hot and humid. My back hurts, my feet are aching...it's harder than I remember and I'm inside! I see all these faces around me and can't help but think of my mom and dad.  So many of them have no choice but to work in this fields to feed their families and pay bills. How they do it, how my parents did it...I have no idea.

I was forgetting where I came from and becoming too comfortable with working in air-conditioned buildings where you sat more that 30 minutes a day...and 'easy' job.  I'm surrounded by fields; almonds, cotton, grapes,roses, tomatoes, garlic, onions...and just started to look past them.  Now? I remember and it's a constant reminder that 'my' people are still doing what they have to do.  Reminding me where I came from and remember how good we have it.

God has his plans. I may not like where I'm at right now but I know there is a purpose.  I may have felt like I have let my mom down but at the same time I need this to remember what sacrifices my parents made for us.      This is not a punishment...this is a gift.

So yep. This is why I have been missing.  Today I was let out sooner than usual so I decided to catch up with you guys and all my crafty stuff.  I know this is  a lot but I wanted to share.The new Sushi Dolls will be posted in a bit and I'll be making a vid/slide show in a while too.  I have also extended the D.T call until the end of this week.  I just need to get a new schedule going for me because I don't seem to have enough time and I'm just so exhausted.  I think that's it for now.

Muchos hugs,

Susi