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Friday, September 23, 2016

Sea Otter Awareness Week- Save the Otters

As Otter Awareness Week comes to an end Louie and her guest Sophia, have some really important information to share. They are talking about the things today that are harming sea otters. The good news is that there are things that you can do to help.

Louie's love of sea otters is truly an amazing thing to see. Thanks to all the friends and family who send us links, post videos and pictures on our Facebook wall, and send cute otter gifts and books to Louie. We appreciate it all so much.

Louie's dream is to see the sea otter population grow and grow and grow.

Oh and to hold hands with one!

I hope her dreams come true.

For more information on sea otters and learn how you can help please visit...

Friends of the Sea Otters at www.seaotters.org

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sea Otter Awareness Week- Our Favorite Sea Otter Books

Otter Awareness weeks continues!! Besides collecting plush otters, Louie also loves books about otters. Today Louie and her special guest are sharing a few of their favorite otter books.

There are so many great books out there! Find them at your local library!

For more information on sea otters and learn how you can help please visit...

Friends of the Sea Otters at www.seaotters.org

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sea Otter Awareness Week with Louie- Meet the Otters

As we continue to celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week, Louie would like to introduce you to her Otter Squad.

Talk about squad goals!

Sea Otter Awareness Week with Louie- Wednesday from Elissa Lerma on Vimeo.

For more information on sea otters and learn how you can help please visit...

Friends of the Sea Otters at www.seaotters.org

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sea Otter Awareness Week with Louie- Otter's Special Fur and Population

Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week. Louie hopes that you have been thinking a lot about otters this week! There are a ton of reasons that Louie loves otters. I mean they really are cute and fluffy and the idea that they are endangered is very upsetting to her. 

In this video Louie tells us about the otter population and the main reason these little guys almost went extinct! 

For more information on sea otters and learn how you can help please visit...

Friends of the Sea Otters at www.seaotters.org

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sea Otter Awareness Week with Louie- 4 Facts About Otters

A few weeks ago Louie brought to me a calendar that Sea World had mailed to her. She pointed to September 18-24 and with giant eyes said "MOM LOOK!". Right there on the calendar it showed that it was Sea Otter awareness week! She was so excited and wanted to know what we were going to do to celebrate. I asked her what she wanted to do and of course she wanted to share her love of otters with everyone and tell people how they can help her beloved otters.

Since she loves filming videos she settled on making some Public Service Announcement's

Here is a short video with 4 fun facts about sea otters.

Otter Awareness Week with Louie- Monday from Elissa Lerma on Vimeo.

For more information on sea otters and learn how you can help please visit...

Friends of the Sea Otters at www.seaotters.org

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bass Lake Talent Show- The Lost Footage

So over the summer we had our annual Bass Lake talent show. My parents act won by a landslide.

Well we thought that filmed footage was lost, but not so.

I found it. And so I present to you the winning skit from the 2016 Bass Lake Talent Show

Bass Lake Olympics

Sorry for Phi's cackling throughout but is was so funny!

Friday, September 09, 2016

Stranger Things + Art

I kept hearing about this Netflix show called "Stranger Things". I stayed away because I usually don't do scary shows. But then my boss, who also doesn't do scary shows, said that she binge watched it and loved it. She told me that the first episode was the scariest (she totally lied!) and that it wasn't very scarey but that I shouldn't watch it alone.

So Joey and I started in and a couple of weeks later I was sitting on my couch in tears because it was over. Of course I am not completely obsessed. It's just my personality. Seriously this was me....

Thanks to my obsession I have been trolling the internet for interviews with the cast, crazy fan theories, any news on the next season. As I was looking I kept finding all these amazing fan art. I love art so much.

Here are some on my favorites....

Barb by GENZOMAN on DeviantArt

Eleven and Barb were my favorite characters. I love all these campaigns going around looking for justice for Barb. 

The kids in Gravity Falls style.... Perfect.

But this! This is my absolute favorite!

Now... how do I convince my family to dress up as the characters for Halloween??? 

Monday, September 05, 2016

805lide Drift & Grip at Willow Springs

My cousins Martin, Arnie and Danny all belong to a car club called 805lide. It is a drifting club or crew or group. I am not sure what it's officially called. They have cool shirts and put on drifting events. The guys have always asked when we were going to go and I told them that I was waiting for my personal invitation. So when the flyer for the August event came out Martin and Arnie both personally sent it to me and Joey. With our personal invitation in hand (or on phone) we headed up to Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in Rosamond, Ca. The drive was only a couple of hours but instead of freeway driving we drove through a lot of desert and strange small towns with abandoned cafes and big farms with cows and half a plane in the yard.  We got there about 11 am and I found the guys! 

The guys showed us around and we got to look over their cars. Martin, Arnie and Danny spend so much time. money and energy on their cars. They love it and I get it. They go to car part stores and get that happy feeling the same way I feel when I walk into a Michael's. 

Sometimes when they are out there driving they need a reminder.

The club had rented a flat driving pad where they could drift. So how to explain drifting? To me it looks like you drive really really fast and then turn really fast and then you skid sideways.

Martin in his 1988 Mazda RX7
 Since I can't really explain drifting I asked my cousin Martin to explain it..

"Drifting is going around a corner as fast as possible while losing traction in the rear wheels of the car. You are essentially sliding around the corners like the old police chases in movies. Drifting requires a lot of conscious thinking and practice. You need to be aware of what your car is doing at all time and what to adjust in your driving. It requires throttle control, steering wheel input, using your hand brake and even foot brake."

See he totally said it better than I did!
Arnie in his newly painted.1990 Nissan 240sx
It was in the high 90's with no shade. We even had to give the girls a 15 minute air conditioner break in the car. Despite the heat we had such a great time. The cars were loud and fast and it was so awesome to see in real life. It was also awesome to see my cousins doing what they love to do. We had fun cheering them on and of course being a little bit nervous! I mean that was my familia in that car!  

 The cars are built for this. The seats are harnessed and they all wear helmets. The course is well run and the guys all know what they are doing. But when they are reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour and getting really close to walls it's still a little bit intense.

So much tire smoke. We saw a lot of busted tires that day!

And to up the intensity we could not get Joey out of the cars. He was the passenger with all 3 guys. He loved it. I mean in this next picture he is smiling, You can even tell how happy he is even with a helmet and sunglasses on.

With Danny in his 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo
 10 all around for everyone!

We got the helmet on Louie but she was still a little bit too little to ride in the car. 

The guys tried to get me in but it was just too scary for me. My parents went to an event a few months back and my Mom even when for a spin but it just looked to scary. But Joey couldn't get enough! 

Cousin Martin and his cool wrap to the rescue!
It was so cool to see how organized and how well run the event it. 805lide is a very well oiled machine. I was also so impressed to see how nice the drifting community is to each other. They all pitched in and helped out when someone was fixing a lose wire or changing a tire. Tools were freely shared and advice given. 

Of course there was some car carnage. On his last run of the day event Arnie purposely blew his tire, but when his tire blew it also took out his bumper. Even Martin's driver side bumper didn't make it out. Here is Louie was a piece of it. 

Nothing some zip-ties can't fix!

Martin, Arnie and Danny, thank for the invitation and sharing your drifting world with us. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

I Have Always Wanted To Try This: Embroidery on a Photo

I have seen some artists who take black and white photos and add color by embroidering it onto the image. I love embroidery and photography and I had been dying to try this. My Nana recently took a trip to Arizona to visit family and someone gave her some awesome photos of her younger years. This was one of the photos and I loved it. 

My Nana looks so beautiful. It looks like a scene from a old Mexican movie. She looks like a movie star. I knew immediately that this was the perfect picture to try out this new craft. I consulted with my crafty cousin Cassie to see the best way to do it. She recommended transferring the image to a canvas. As I looked into this it would require me take apart the canvas so that I can iron on the transfer. And a needle through a canvas is a lot more work. So I decided to go with just a piece of linen. 

After a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for transfer paper, a piece of white linen, and embroidery string I was ready to get started. Step one was to print and iron the image onto the cloth. I was worried it would bubble or not stick in some places. I had nothing to worry about!     

Then it was time to bust out the hoop and start working. I was debating between making the skirt red with yellow flowers or green with yellow flowers. I ended it going with green because it was my Tata's favorite color and I imagine this is what my Nana looked like when he first laid eyes on her. 

 It took about 4 days to finish and since Joey was out of town I had a lot of time to work on it.

As it started to come together I could see the end result and I was so excited to finish. I couldn't embroider fast enough!

I went to a thrift shop and found the perfect matted frame. When it was done we stretched the cloth over the matting and it was done.

I could not be happier with how it turned out! I love how it brings depth, texture and color to what is now one of my favorite pictures.

Over the weekend I got to give it to my Mom for her birthday! I was so excited to give it to her.

This was such a fun project and I hope that I can fine some more photo to embroider! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Her birthday is always the toughest to wrap my head around. Today my Chone turns 17 years old. 

That blows my mind. 

How can that little perfect child who loved to wear crazy rainbow socks and loved spending the night at my house, who was the only kid in our crew be a year away from adulthood? 

The one with that big smile and who could light up a room and who could gladly get me to watch Lilo and Stitch everyday.  

The little girl who liked to dress in all green or sometimes in a Barney costume.

She was our first baby and I always say it because it's true, she was my first true love. When this kid came into the world I was floored with the love I had for her.

She is so smart and so funny. She was such a great little kid. I loved every minute I got to spend with her as she grew up.

And then she became a big cousin and a big sister and she has always been the best example for the little ones. She is kind and patient and loving to them. My kids obviously adore her.

Our weekly trip to Chuck E. Cheese are just a memory. Yes she could get me to go to Chuck E Cheese weekly! Anything for my Chone.

In the blink of an eye she has become a young lady. A smart, talented, politically charged young lady. Someone who stands up for what she believes in and has the guts to stand in front of hundreds of people and speak her brilliant mind or sing a beautiful song.

As she has grown up watching her perform is still one of my most favorite things. To see her play an instrument or act in a play gives me more pride than she will ever know.

I cannot believe that today she is 17 years old.


I am so amazingly proud of the person you are becoming. You are strong, smart and using your talents to fight for what you believe in. I am so happy that you have found your passion in life. I remember when I found mine. It is life-changing. 

I can't tell you what a trip it's been to be part of your journey in this life. I have to admit, I take a little credit for the person you have become. There were years when we were together all the time and I loved that time. I have no doubt that you are going to change the world. You changed my dramatically the day you were born.

I love you so much. 
More than you will ever know.
 I am here for you for always.
 Happy 17th Birthday Chone Balone

-Tia Lissa