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Upland, Ca, United States
Sissy Dre was inspired by my father, Robert Felix Rosales, particularly his stylish clothes and big-hearted ways of being. My father was always open to any new hobbies or opportunities and especially enjoyed meeting new people. I take on this creative venture to honor him in my own way. I have been making cloth dolls since January 2009 when I left the corporate world behind and moved to Upland, CA. with my family. Our lively household includes two teenage children, four dogs, six cats, and a wonderful husband who always supports us with love and grace. I had never worked a sewing machine before but I truly love making dolls and enjoy every aspect of creative life. Making dolls form scratch has opened artistic doors within me that I never knew existed and I hope this blog helps to inspire some crafty part of you too. 000000

Monday, December 13, 2010

Manager ~ home made

Hi Friends ~ 

I thought before it gets any later in the month,
I better take a quick pic of the wonderful job
my husband did, creating our home made 
manager scene. I still want to get hay, raise the
baby Jesus a little bit then, 
add xmas music in the background for the 
evening walkers.


I also took a quick pic of our entry way....



 And lastly, a pic of Santa's boots ~ 


To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose 
under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; A time
to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; A time 
to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time
to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to 
mourn, and a time to dance." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

Simply stated, the Bible is God's message to you.
At the end of this year, you'll probably look back at all the
things you did that you'd never expected to do. If getting into
the Bible happens to make that list, it may be the most surprising
year ever. 

Much Love to you daily ~
Andrea
c/o 
Sissy Dre



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Today was a Good Day

Hi Peeps ~
Well, the weather was working with us today ~ wouldn't  ya say?!

The kids were sunbathing for most of the whole day today, getting
those bones dried out and just plain old relaxing in the sun.
And then at high-noon, the old posses got 1/2 pill of joint medicine 
wrapped in turkey, and a little extra for Lorenzo with his 1/2 pill
of pain medicine crushed and sprinkled on top of dinner this evening. 

Aha ~ bring on the joint med's ....

from left to right:
Lorenzo 8yrs, Sophia 2yrs, & Grizzly 10 yrs.


Isabelle 9 yrs.


Austin 13yrs. is intimating Sophia on purpose. 


Teddy 3yrs. she loves to eat everything.


Flowers 


Austin 13yrs. is the neighbor tom cat.


Samantha 16yrs. with Roscoe 6 weeks old. 


They will call him Immanuel, which means 
"God is with us."
Mattew 1:23 NLT


Blessing to you always,
Andrea 
c/o
Sissy Dre











Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sweet Magnolia Farms ~ Christmas Giveaway ~

Hi Peeps ~ My friends 

Sara & Abby from 
"Sweet Magnolia Farms"
www.sweetmagnoliasfarm.blogspot.com

 is having a Christmas give-a-way ~ 

Giveaway !!!

Posted by Sweet Magnolias Farm in 
It's always the time of year for Giving ...But it's always the time for giving when it's the
" Most Wonderful Time of Year "
We decided on one of our Beautiful Romantic Lace Christmas Signs ...They are so scrumptiously soft ..so light and airy like snowflakes on a cold winters day ..and they feel a room with warmth with their Christmas Sentiments.
(You can find more of our signs and ornaments listed in our Etsy shop)

This Sweet Merry Christmas Romantic Lace Sign ...could be yours .......
BTW ...it measures: 12.5 inches wide x 13 inches long not including satin aged hanger.
All you need do is:
1. Leave a comment ..(if you have trouble leaving a comment ..just e-mail me at sweetmagnolias at luckymail dot com ... sometimes even when you have trouble leaving them I still get them but double check that I got it.)
2. Post our giveaway on your blog ...in a post or on the sidebar ...and let us know you did so in your comment or e-mail. Just right click and save the Giveaway Picture and post it ...
That's it ...that simple !
The Giveaway starts Right Now ....and Ends Midnight Wednesday, Dec. 15th
If your the winner once we contact you answer quickly with your full name and address... so I can promptly ship it out to you ..that way you can enjoy it for Christmas ...
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas ..
Photobucketand Abbey

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lorenzo & Sophia

For the last two days "Lorenzo" hasn't been himself. 
When Lorenzo was around 3 yrs old. he had a 
running accident with "Isabelle", they both chased the ball at the same time and 
Isabelle, literately  ran over Lorenzo. After we got Isabelle out of the way, 
Lorenzo was laying down yelping at the top of his lungs and 
his back leg was not able to ben back to normal. 


from left to right: 
Sophia, Lorenzo, Grizzly and Isebelle
2007


After taking him to the Veterinarian ER, he had surgery on his left back leg, 
and a very small plate had to be placed round the knee cap 
so it would not slip out of the socket. That was about 5 years ago now and 
Lorenzo is approx. 8 yrs old this year.  I have to look for his birth certificate record
to get his exact date. After the surgery, he was in the hospital for a week, then 
he got to come home and recuperate. After two weeks, Lorenzo was back to his old 
self, no problem. Isabelle and Lorenzo, and Grizzly went back to sleeping
together and being the pack thay are today. With the exception of Sophia, the 
new addition to the pack. Lorenzo and Sophia bonded first, his fatherly 
instincts took over and both of them related to each other very fondly. 

from left to right:
Sophia and Lorenzo
2007


Yesterday and today, Lorenzo has had trouble walking. His back legs 
give out, and he is in pain for a while until the pain seems to pass. 
I called a horse veterinarian friend of mine and she prescribed a
dog pain relief aspirin, every 3 hrs., and for now Lorenzo sleeps in a 
kennel with a heading blanket. When its time to take him out I have to
cokes him with some cheese to come out and then take him outside. 
I hope as the days move forward Lorenzo's pain will not be so
extreme and with the help of the warmer days approaching 
he will be able to lay out in the sun next to the pool. 

from left to right:
Lorenzo and Sophia 
Dec. 2010


Bring on the warm weather, for all of us ~

Andrea
c/o
Sissy Dre



Bragging Rights

I don't tout my children very often, not that their achievements 
don't merit acknowledgement, but more for internal enjoyment 
for themselves. 
Because frankly, success is short lived and failure is our teacher. 
Wow, that sounds harsh doesn't it!?!?


It's a time to celebrate Samantha Harris, and her latest achievement.
Samantha has been playing volleyball for the past six years at her
school(s) and various volleyball clubs in southern California. 
Her passion and proficiency is displayed every time she is on and off the court,
at every practice and of course in every game. She has strong and respectful 
leadership skills as captain and co-captain positions that are always 
growing her to new levels. 
She has also been on the National Honor Society for the past six years. 
Samantha displays tremendous agility, speed, and strength, that has been 
acknowledged thought out the years by various coaches, scouts, 
parents, and players. 

As a freshmen in high school she accepted a open
position on the varsity team, for two years. 



With much family discussion it was decided to transfer
from a private christian education to a public school education.
Both of my kids did and are currently doing extremely well with 
the new adjustment. Samantha went to tryout's for the volleyball 
program and made the varsity team once again. 
However, as several 
weeks of practice were going on we received a letter to attend a meeting 
with the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) 
Commissioner, HS Athletic Director, and Varsity Coach,
to informed us of CIF Rules for varsity players in Southern California.
CIF Rules are, any player coming from a high school varsity level sport, 
into a new school, on a varsity level will not be eligible 
to play on a varsity level of the same sport for one season.


Wow, that was a huge awaking for us. Dealing with this new
awareness, we embraced the motto "it could be worse". At least
the rules don't say "you can't play volleyball at all!".
So, the following week Samantha was introduced to the JV Coach,
and players.  Challenges bubbled to the surfaces quickly. Three girls on the team, 
have never played the game before and the other girls have only played the
previous season.  This was a new leaning experience for this very young, seasoned
volleyball player. A new mind set needed to be established, with grace and 
patient. Throughout this season we had a lot of late night long talks, 
tears, frustration, growth, and love. 
And, all of this has again, has taken Samantha to another level of leadership,
with her coaches, team mates, teachers, and herself. 

Last night was the award banquet for the Volleyball program at
Upland High School. 


Samantha received the MVP Award (Most Valuable Player).
We are looking forward to a new club season as well as a new high school
season at the varsity level. 


After years of being a mother, I've come to know a few things. Both of my
children are my heart. The grace and love of God watching over us, has help
all of us become better people.


Blessings to you daily ~
Andrea
c/o 
SissDre







  

Monday, December 6, 2010

Good Morning Joe

Aah ~ New hot tea this morning put a "skip in my hick along" ~ get it?!? 
Kids are healthy again, everyone back to school this day and hopefully
all this week as well. 
Slept thru the thunder & lighting last night, and work up to a 
beautiful crisp morning. 


Have a great day beautiful ones ~ 
Much Love daily

Andrea
c/o
SissyDre

Sunday, December 5, 2010

All in a Day ~

Got up early and woke up Teddy...
She looks perturbed, doesn't she?!?!?!



Then headed out to VG to check out the Apple Shop ~ 


Then we took a ride out to "HorseTown USA Norco, CA" ~ Where horses have
equal and more rights then people ~ 








This is pretty neat, the elephant and the zebra pictures are 
painted on palm branches using acrylic paints. 




Love these rocks, each rock is painted with words from the Bible
then heated in the over for about 15 minuets to ensure the
paint is baked into the rock. 




So, we left "Tom's Farm" and took a walk
down the street to see some friends of mine, Joyce & LeRoy 
of "Odds N Ends Rescue".

This is a animal's lover paradise ~ lots of critters
you don't see as regular pets.
Take a look ` 

Really plumb squirrel ~ 



Raccoon Family 


Raccoons are curious ....


Love the little dogs.....


lot of little dogs 


Little dogs hanging with the 20 yrs old desert tortuous



Joyce holding a white bird 


Lovely white bird 


The tortuous smells the apple 


so does the dogs 


everyone wants a bite



This is a white and brown skunk, which has been de-skunked ...


Cat & chicken living quarters .....


Funny pig




Green Bird

Beautiful big black horse 


Prairie Dog




Yes, it was a fun filled and packed day with 
those animals.  

And oh yes, did I tell you, we came home with two kittens
from Joyce & LeRoy's place. 

And here they are, the grey one is Roscoe, and the 
black & white one is Lincoln 


Their 5 weeks old and so very cute....

Joyce, has here own animal rescue in Norco, CA, it's called 
"Odds n Ends Rescue" 
The different Animal Rescue, 
Sorry No Dogs or Cats
951-751-3144 
Oddsnendsrescuel@aol.com

 Joyce is known in the area and beyond the county line,
for her willingness to take in the not so common 
domesticated animal. 
Today I saw baby hedgehogs, a emu, broken winged crows, 
and a African water turtle. 

As you know, the goal of a rescue organization is to acclimate 
the injured or non social animal back into a home or if possible
back into the wild, which is the ultimate success story.

When an animal is received into the rescue it's logged into a 
data base with details of it's history if any, current issues, 
date received, type of animal, and
status of it's condition, and then the observation and 
study begins on the animal. 

Sometimes the stories are very sad and even when the animals 
are brought into the rescue and are taken care of they don't make
always make a recovery. And that's when it gets really tough. The heart 
break is very emotional, but with the sadness comes the strength to
continue the cause to educate and bring awareness to others
on the various concerns owning non domestic pets. 

 Unfortunately its not uncommon to see different domestic puppies & kitten 
dropped off in front of her place from time to time. As well as getting
a picture text with the caption stating "will be put down" in 24 hrs. if not 
adopted when the call comes in. And that's when Joyce gets the kennels 
loaded into her truck & takes a drive to where the animal is & 
usually brings them home to start the rehabilitation process. 
This is how we got the two kittens, Roscoe & Lincoln. 

Neighbors and supporters who know the cause will sometimes
drop off various type of food for the animals. The cost of 
feeding these animals runs approx. $1400. per month.  

I'm so grateful this road of life has crossed into meeting Joyce, she has
enriched my life to a different level more then I could have imagined.
She is the animal rescuer, the antique dealer, the collector, the artist, 
the environmentalist, the spiritual soul sister, the behaviorist, 
the cowgirl, and so much more. 

Capturing moments with my camera are some of the things 
that make this journey of life so wonderful. And visiting Joyce's 
world has touched my heart in a spiritual way. 
I believe understanding that others have interests and passions, 
and hopefully finding one of your own, makes people enjoy 
life a little more. It gives you something to connect yourself to 
others with, and that makes life even sweeter. 

Human or Animal, I'm reminded how much alike we all are.

Thanks for stopping by today & much love to you always ~ 
Andrea
c/o 
SissyDre