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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Live Hangout: 6/14 @ 9 A.M

Hi everyone! How are all of you doing? Well, as the title states, I will be having another Live Hangout with Linda as the host of a make and take! She will be showing us how to make a Father's Day gift card holder that was inspired by a YTer! Her prototype is AMAZING and I can't wait to make it on Friday! So here is what we will be making and the list of the crafty supplies recommended. I will try to come back that morning and leave the url and hopefully put the live video here so you can watch it live here too! Hope you all join us on Friday at 9 a.m! It's going to be fun!

List of supplies:
1. TGF Ryan stamp (or you can use another image)
2. A mustache to place on your stamped image.
3. Paper sack/coin envelope
4. Patterned paper to decorate the sack/envelope
5. Masculine ribbon/fibers
6. Alphabet miniature stamps for sentiment
7. Embellishments: buttons, bling or brads

There you go and can't wait to see you there!

Hugs,

Susi

Saturday, June 8, 2013

A Die for a Sketch Challenge #13

Hello! Well, this is my first challenge that I am doing for A Die for a Sketch! My dear friend, Nancy, told me about this blog a while back. I just now am joining one of their challenges.  I am excited to try-out! I hope you all like the card that I made.  I hope I followed all the rules and if not, I still had tons of fun making the card.  If you would like to do this challenge for A Die for a Sketch, go ahead and click on the link! And now for the pictures!


I used one of my Sushi Dolls and altered her to make her look like a sweet girl.  I used  some 'Smash' polka dot washi tape and made  2 banners to try to match the sketch.  I hand cut the clouds with 'Recollection's' white card-stock.  The miniature pink flowers were bought a long time ago and they were perfect for the doll and sentiments.  
I paper pieced her hair and just used my colored pencils; unlike the skin which I used my Gamsol.  Her dress is also  paper pieced and I used my white 'Gelly Roll' pen to add highlights to her hair, eyes and dress. 

I didn't notice the words in her hair, until after I finished her; the words were Jesus and bible.  So I thought it was appropriate to add the words faith, love and hope.   

This is the Sushi Doll that I used; her name is Gothic Girl. As you can tell she looks completely different. I wanted to show that you can change her up to fit your needs.

This is the Sizzix die that I used for the background behind the baby blue patterned paper. On the card I placed a cloud to cover the hole and tried to place them towards the right hand side of the card to try and  mimic the sketch.

This is sketch 13 that we were to follow to enter in the challenge.  

 So there it is! I hope you all like the card.  This was a fun challenge and I hope to participate in more.  Thanks for visiting my page and if you have any questions please ask away!

Muchos hugs,

Susi



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I was going through my computer...

Look at what I found!!! Back in May Linda came to visit her fam. bam here in Bakersfield and we got to hang out for the day! We didn't get much footage or pictures so I must have forgotten! But look! I found them! So here are the pictures from our get together!


Linda making friends with the duckies...=)

2 little friends

Bakersfield's Mill Creek.  It was not only her first time here but mine too!

Linda looks so tiny! =)

Unlike Linda, I look proportionate. LOL!

All of God's animals are purdy...what the heck was this animal?!

Went antique shopping/browsing.  Linda playing with a childhood toy.

Mira mi pretty amiaga.

Yeah, that hat did not fit!

And yes, perfect hat for you!

Trying to get a pic in the mirror.

Look a dead cricket!!!!!

I want a bike like this!

Reach for the sky.

She had a hard time opening it up!

She loved the color. What can I say? LOL!

Our last picture. Hopefully next year again!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

1st Birthday Special Order

Hi! =)

I have some stuff to show you guys! I was going to wait until she received her package but then I thought, "Nahhhhhhh." LOL! So here are the pictures of the items I made for my cousin's baby girl's birthday.  It took forever but I loved making them because the theme is OWLS!!!! Jajajaja!!!! 

Happy Birthday!

My lil' 2nd cousin's name.

I am 1 banner!

Close up of the owl.

54 owls in total, 108 eye balls, 108 pupils, 50 bags to stamp....=)

She didn't order this frame but I decided just to throw in a picture frame that matches the banners and bags. I hope she likes it!

Also go check out the www.sillyshysushidolls.blogspot.com and my YouTube channel for more information on the Sushi Dolls design team open call and the new June Releases! 

That's it! Muchos hugs and besos,

Susi

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Dance!

No happy dance just yet. I would like to share something with you guys first. A lot of you know so much about me and my life...sometimes I think too much! LOL! But that's o.k. I like being me and people accepting me for me. I don't like to change for anyone because then I wouldn't be me...silly, shy, quirky, whimsical, dorky, loving...I can go on and on! =D But there are certain things I don't share about my life and I keep them to myself.  With that said, I would like to share one of those things.  The only reason I am doing this is because God is tugging at my heart; maybe to help someone else.  Oh, and I will also be talking about God because I can't just not mention him. O.k, although I have never gone to the Dr. to be diagnosed, I have depression. Aye, it sounds so dirty! Without getting into to much details, I have suffered with depression for as long as I can remember but I NEVER talked about it to my family or friends until recently. A lot of things have happened in my life since childhood and as I get older it almost becomes easier to just give up. The difference from then to this last time is my closeness to God.  He has been present more now than ever; not because he hasn't been there but because my heart is open to him now. Even with all the the trials and tribulations that I am and will continue to go through, I know at the end, no matter what he is there for me; even when I don't hear him, he is still there. This depression has haunted me throughout my life but this time it's easier to get out of it.  I'm not 100% out of it but it's not as bad as it was before. God has placed so many loving friends who have helped me several times get out of my hole. I thank God for them. You girls know who you are =') I wub you guys!  I will continue to work hard and won't give up...even when I want to sometimes. I just have to be thankful for all the good things that God has placed before me and see the bad things as stepping stones to the good that will come. I need to remind myself of all the good things I do have in my life no matter how small. 

So...did I scare anyone off? Jeejee! Now that I got that off my chest...=) I'm a work in progress and I know I will fall but I will just dust off my knees and keep walking. Booyaaaaa!!!! I ain't scurred!!!! LOL! 

NOW we can do the happy dance! Today was AWESOME! It was just a good day today and that's why I'm doing the happy dance. I also have been crafting again. I have drawn many new Sushi Dolls and have just been motivated! Woot woot! 

These are some of the other things that I have worked on. These first two were done before my deep depression and the last two were done yesterday. 
These are the 'Jee Jee' Sushi dolls I have on sale right now! 

This is a painting I  did a while back.  It's a one of a kind...I'm going to be painting one for me on a 8x10.

This is another drawing. Kind of a self portrait, cartoon style. 

Here is a new 'icon' for my blinki! This was a personal drawing but I might just make her a digital and place "Sushi" on sale...hmm...don't know yet. =)