art helps me grieve…

art journaling: grief - susie carranza studio

Friday, October 20th, was the fourth anniversary of my sister Patty’s unexpected death. Four years. Since then, every subsequent October 20th always start out terribly, sadly, sometimes angrily for me. I wake up in the early morning hours and relive … 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

Inspiration is everywhere…(or: Palm Springs, baby!)

Inspired to draw palm trees - susie carranza studio

Last weekend, my sister Lulu invited me to a Palm Springs getaway. If you knew my sister, you’d know that it was a no-brainer to say “Yes!” with no hesitation. Off we went! We had two nights and three days … Continue reading

sharing Instagram photos – last post for 2015!

Photos from my sister's garden...

Can you believe another new year is here again?! As usual, I can’t. For my last blog post of 2015, I wanted to share my most recent photos from Instagram. I also want to thank those of you who read … Continue reading

Dia de Los Muertos, 2015…

Gorgeous papel picado, entrance to San Gabriel Mission Cemetery - susie carranza studio

Sharing my Dia de Los Muertos weekend in photos… (Please read my post from 2012 –Β Dia de Los Angelitos… to see our home altar that year.) ’til next time…

Etsy shops open again – and I’m having a sale!

Life’s finally settling down a bit around here…my mother in law is currently in a nursing home receiving the necessary help in recovering from her broken hip and the problems that resulted from it (including a heart attack). Lawrence went back to work on Monday and I opened up my Etsy shops again…

…and I decided to have a sale! In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m holding a week long 14% off sale in my Etsy art shop. Use coupon code “amor14” at checkout on ANYTHING in my shop!

’til next time…

 

14% off everything in shop!

14% off everything in shop!

a few journal pages…

As I wrote before, my mother-in-law is in the hospital. Today is day 12 of Lawrence and I spending our days (and some nights) at Kaiser Permanente with her. I started bringing my sketchbook with me recently, along with some … Continue reading

rough times…

Life has thrown us another curve, and I’ve had to put my Etsy shops in vacation mode for a while. My 85 year old mother-in-law fell last Friday (January 23) and she broke her hip. She had surgery on Sunday and, unfortunately, it led to several complications to her already bad health. I’m spending my days with my husband Lawrence at the hospital.

Any positive vibes you can send would be greatly appreciated.

‘Til next time…

View from my mother-in-law's window the morning of her surgery...

View from my mother-in-law’s window the morning of her surgery…

Keeping busy in the waiting room while she undergoes hip surgery...

Keeping busy in the waiting room while she undergoes hip surgery…

She made it through surgery...

She made it through surgery…

My Monday post in Instagram & my Facebook business page...

My Monday post in Instagram & my Facebook business page…

Caught the sunset through the ICU stairwell window...

Caught the sunset through the ICU stairwell window…

Lawrence and I stumbled upon a beautiful little serenity/meditation room on the ICU floor...

Lawrence and I stumbled upon a beautiful little serenity/meditation room on the ICU floor…

Yesterday I placed both my Etsy shops on 'vacation mode'...

Yesterday I placed both my Etsy shops on ‘vacation mode’…

Today: new room = new view...

Today: new room = new view…

first day of 2015…

Happy New Year! Here in sunny California, our first day of 2015 was a beautiful, sunny (of course!) and chilly day. Lawrence and I enjoyed a delicious lunch with my parents, and my sister and niece. I suggested a walk in a nearby park, and so we spent the afternoon in the gorgeous outdoors…

I hope your first day of the new year was just as good as mine…tomorrow I get back to sharing creative stuff – specifically, the last pages of art journaling I did in 2014.

’til next time…

New Year's Day 2015

New Year’s Day 2015

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