new in Etsy shop…!

Hope you all had a great holiday yesterday! Even if you don’t celebrate the ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving holiday, I hope your day consisted of being with loved ones, lots of laughter – and yummy foods! Just want to share some new … Continue reading

Dia de Los Muertos 2016…

cempasuchil (flor de muertos) - susie carranza studio

November 1, 2016 – Dia de Los Muertos is here. If you know me, or read my inconsistent blog posts, you’ll know that Lawrence and I lived in Diamond Bar about three years ago. We were in the process of … Continue reading

holiday traditions…

Last year, the holiday season passed in a blur. Losing loved ones does not leave one in the mood for celebration and festivities… This year I’m feeling a bit different. We lost my aunt unexpectedly last month, and this holiday … Continue reading

november 1st, dia de los angelitos (the little angels)…

november 1, 2012.  i can’t believe the year is almost over.  can you?

if you follow Day of the Dead tradition, today – November 1st – is dia de los angelitos (day of the little angels).  it is believed that babies and children who have passed away return to their loved ones for the day, to celebrate their lives.

i added lights and more flowers to our home altar today.  (the blue box on the right holds photos and memorial/prayer cards of family and friends who have died.)

the vase reads “In Loving Memory

this light

shines as

a symbol of

a life and love


meant for a candle or flowers, we had two of these vases at our wedding 7 years ago, one in memory of Lawrence’s sister, Adrie, and one for my paternal grandmother (Tita).