happy holidays…

can you believe Christmas Eve is here?!

December ends with me trying to do more painting…

purple, red, gold canvas WIP/instagram pic

excited about the reaction to my hand painted wood ornaments & seeing the last of my hand stitched ornaments sold (as seen on the beautiful Christmas tree from Frozen Ropes Sports Training Facility in Glendora where several of my ornaments hang) …

Frozen Ropes Christmas tree/my ornaments/Instagram pic

and  hoping for a peaceful, no-drama Christmas Eve with my familia.

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I want to wish everyone a merry Christmas. 2013 was rough & I’m happy to see it end. hoping 2014 brings lots of love, laughter, and dreams finally coming true…♥

(the beautiful angel figurine in photo is from my mother’s Nativity scene.)

the week in instagram…

are you on instagram?  i’m kinda hooked on it!  i love that it’s so visual: i’ve come across so many awesome artists and photographers on instagram.  i love it!  i post there daily.  here are just some of my photos from this past week:

bougainvillea window view/instagram pic

tincrossWIP2/instagram pic

shimmery purple birdWIP_instagram

birdornamentsWIP/instagram

live_originalcanvas2/instagram pic

Andesmint2/instagram pic

if you’re on instagram, leave your instagram name/link in the comments below.  i’d love to check out your photos!  you can see mine at instagram.com/susiecarranzastudio.

’til next time…

around here…

i’m not in a celebrating-the-holidays mood.  losing my sister in october and losing my father-in-law in february did not leave me in a party mood. our thanksgiving here was a quiet meal with my parents, my brother, and my nephew. (my husband lawrence was with his mother.)  it was quiet, peaceful, and simple.  we also had a small cake for my mom; that day was also her 79th birthday.

lawrence and i did visit Huntington Library again a couple of weeks ago. (read my other post about the gorgeous library and botanical gardens here.) this visit was more about just clearing our heads and getting some exercise, so i was not concerned about taking too many photographs…

zen garden, huntington library, nov. 2013(i love how lawrence’s shadow looks in this photo!)

huntingtonlibrary_nov2013_2we watched some ducks for a while…

huntingtonlibrary_nov2013_4bridge in the japanese garden…

so – not many pictures to share this time, but we enjoyed the day.  we even finally had lunch in the tea room: garlic shrimp spring rolls with jasmine tea.  it was delicious!

i haven’t been painting as much as i should be, but i did start up again.  funny thing – even though i don’t feeling much in the holiday spirit, i have been painting ornaments for my Etsy art shop – and enjoying it!

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i added a pretty metal heart charm on sheer ribbon around the birds’ necks…

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birdwoodglitterygreenHOLIDAYWMif you’d like to see what i’ve been adding to my Etsy shop, please check it out – hopefully you’ll find some holiday gifts you can check off your list! ♥