January 21, 2012


Yesterday my oldest brother passed away. He died in his sleep of a heart attack and when we got the news we just could not believe it. We still don't. He was a USMC Veteran that served during Operation Desert Storm 1990-1995. Since he is a veteran, he will be receiving a honorary burial. All the arrangements are still in the works.

Loosing a sibling is not something I ever wanted to experience. Watching my father and my other brothers break down and cry hurts just as bad. This is especially hard on my father who lost his sister exactly 1 year ago and his mother exactly 6 months ago.

Pablo,went as "Guayo" for a reason I dont even know. That was just what we all called him. He was 44 years old and my father's first born out of 6 children.
He was my oldest brother. My fondest memory was when he used to live with us, my other two older brothers would spend the day watching movies and playing video games in his room and I was the little sister who wanted to part of the group. I would spend hours watching movies I had no interest in watching just to spend time with them all.
This picture pretty much sums up that portion of my life. From left to right, Guayo, Alan, Marvin when he was a baby, Carlos and me. Once Alan and Carlos got older, they stopped spending the weekend with us and Guayo moved away. All 5 of us where never together again at the same time. The closest was at my Aunt's funeral but I wasn't able to make it due to work. I have two other siblings, an older sister who is in her late 30s whom I met for the first time ever last year and another brother who is in his late 20s/early 30s. I have never met him in person, only know him through facebook but we do not speak.

Speaking to my brother Carlos today, we are still in shock. we feel like any moment now the phone will ring and they will say that everything is okay. It was just a false alarm and he'll be fine...
I am going to miss him dearly.

January 16, 2012


Such a busy busy weekend. SO behind on snail mail but I'll make another post for that.

Saturday my family and I threw my grandpa a surprise birthday party. He turned 85 years old and it was his first real birthday. He almost cried which means we all almost cried.
My grandpa got a party hat!

My immediate family

A van is always a good backdrop

My mother showing my grandpa and grandma their presents.

My grandparents

My great grandparents from my mother's side

Tim has (almost) met my entire family. There's still the rest of my grandpa's side that wasn't able to make it to the party and then my grandma's side which is A LOT. Most still live in Costa Rica. I always tell Tim that i come from high class. I am related to more than one past president of Costa Rica , including the last who was in office, Oscar Arias Sanchez, and high ranked military officials and other important people dating back to the 1700s in Spain. (My brother spent months doing our family genealogy) Anyways... 

My grandpa's side of the family..more than half still missing though.

My godmother and I

January 9, 2012


Latest mail art,
#4- Octopus Conductor.

#5 - Vintage Hats

#6 - Frosted Owl

I decided not to mix my mail art related swaps with the mail art 365 project so these are two envelopes i made for a swap,



So far I have received - 

which inspired me to start sewing paper on paper and paper on fabric again.

oooh and I just splurged on this bracelet. now everyone knows my  name! lol

January 5, 2012


 Well Happy New Year! 

So life is starting to really happen now, it's getting pretty difficult but I am trying my best to stay positive. 

I have started Mail Art 365 days, I don't know if i'll be able to  make it but I'll try my best. I have created a way to log what I send so I wont loose track...

I wanted to start on January 1st but I haven't had time so I already have some catching up to do! haha. 

#1/365 (It should be 366 since it's a leap year though..just realized that!)



Why is it that I only get inspired to do things at 2am?!

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