Susan was at the retreat the last time I was out there. She was part of the Paper Cowgirls group and let me tell you ... that girl can create some magic!!!!! Keep going - read below and look at the pictures. Oh - and that craft room!?! What person wouldn't just die for a room like that? I think you'll join me when I say "I know I would!"
The Tilda teacup was a tutorial I taught the gals at that same retreat. I also left one that is on display in the main house too. It was a hit!
How many times have you been there? Three.
How would you describe your art for the general public audience if they have never seen it before? Full of vintage details and/or a theme shines through.
I made this for my husband for Father's Day. He is an amateur radio enthusiast and this spells "Freedom" in 'ham radio' language. He loves it and has it in his office. It was created on an old cupboard door bought in Canton.
This is a framed chalkboard I created for my niece's wedding.
What would the walls in your craft space say? About you? About your work? They’d say she likes a lot of variety and supplies. They’d say she creates to be happy.
If you could add just one tool to your craft arsenal, what would you add? A kiln. I don’t know how to really do pottery, but I have a book that makes me want to do it!
What is your favorite “must have” item for crafting – something that you just cannot be separated from? My glue gun. I like glue but the glue gun is a crafter’s MUST. Oh or maybe it’s glitter. I am also known as a glitter queen.
What is the most useless item that you have purchased to craft? Probably my Silhouette cutting machine. I just can’t get myself to read the manual. I’ve had it like five years and my daughter used it once, as I wouldn’t take the time to read the manual. LOL!
Do you keep any of your own creations on display? Yes, I love to remember the fun I had creating items by glancing at them in my craft room and my house too.
What are your tricks for organizing your supplies? Just do the best you can in the space you have with the time that you have to do it. And just “let it go” like Elsa sings.
Finish this sentence: When I am in my creative space, I feel curious, excited, happy.
I am going to grant you three wishes to make your area into your dream space. What are your three wishes? Even more room with a chandelier please!
What are your favorite products to create with at this moment? It would have to at this moment be my embroidery machine.
Speaking of embroidering, this beach tote is a rare embroidery machine/sewing goodie I made for myself. It's not often that I craft for myself, but this is the one time that I did.
Are you a neat or a messy crafter? Messy. I’ve gotten better though on cleaning up afterwards. It’s a continuing struggle.
It’s time to go shopping. Does most of your money go to Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Michael’s, conventions or a local scrapbook store? Or are you an on-line shopper? Probably Hobby Lobby. It’s their home décor and sewing department all together with the crafting supplies that have me choose them most often.
Are you an impulse craft supplies shopper? Yes, very much so. Clearance is my middle name.
Do you have any personal goals you have not yet attained? If so, what are you doing to fulfill these goals? I would like to learn more and take classes on quilting. I think I’ll need to retire in order to have the time to do so though.
Tell me that one thing that you have not yet done that you really want to do. I want to go to an art retreat in France. Is that too much to ask?!
If you were given $1000 to spend on craft supplies/tools what would you purchase? Probably would buy a serger and maybe a second sewing machine to go with my embroidery machine. This way I can embroider and sew on the second machine.
Do you spend hours and hours looking at blogs? Do you have a blog? I don’t. I have a few blogs I look at daily, but I’m a scanner now. Usually led there by Pinterest. I did have a blog, but I found that I sit on my behind too much when I work and then to sit more to blog was not healthy. So I quit blogging.
What is the best piece of advice that anyone has ever given you regarding your crafting? Nicki told me at our last ranch retreat that your (Bleep) is good, Susie. You should sell it! Thanks, Nicki! You’re so sweet!
Do you have any inspirational words to share? I will give you the one on my office wall: “A book is a garden carried in a pocket.”
I know. I know. What happens at the retreat stays at the retreat. Let’s break a few rules. Tell me something interesting that was said or happened on one of your retreats. Oh we all agree what happens at the ranch stays at the ranch. It's a code punishable by no more sharing of craft goodies with you if you break it. ZIPPED LIPS HERE!
WOW - now that's an interview!!! Thank you so much, Susan, for a peek into your life. AND into your craft room. I'm sure most of you will agree with me when I say I am green with envy.
Remember one thing: YOU MATTER. See you next time!