about me…

Hi! Thanks for being here.

My name is Susie.  I’m a self-taught artist, a former preschool teacher. I live in sunny southern California.

I loved working with small children – I worked with children from ages 2 to 5. My favorite moments were when it was just me and the kids – learning together and playing together. I worked at the same children’s center for 20 years before I started feeling unhappy, stressed out ALL the time, and incomplete…

I no longer was doing what made me happy.

After much discussion with my husband, Lawrence, I quit my full time teacher position to pursue art full time. It was scary and exhilarating all at the same time!

Now – a few years down the road:

I own 2 Etsy shops, one selling my artwork (Susie Carranza Studio), and one selling excess, unused art and craft supplies (Susie’s This & That). I’m learning more all the time about running online shops, dealing with customers, and marketing myself.

I’m doing what I love and loving what I do. Money is tighter, of course, than when we had two consistent full time incomes, but I’ve never been happier.

I started this blog as a way to share my art, my writings, and anything creative that catches my eye.

that’s all…for now. I appreciate you being here. I hope to share beautiful things with you! ♥


4 thoughts on “about me…

  1. Hi Susie,

    Thank you so much for stopping by!  I just stopped by your blog and shop and have been admiring your work.  You have a new fan, and I look forward to seeing what you create next.

    I could really relate to your post about creating just to create.  Since I’ve started blogging I sometimes find myself limited by committments to others, and I miss just making stuff without taking a picture of every step.  I, too, have decided to take time just to play with materials and have fun.  I think you have to in order to keep from getting burned out on blogging.

    Have a great weekend!


    On Sep 8, 2012, at 1:10 AM, susiecarranzastudio wrote:

    susiecarranzastudio (https://susiecarranzastudio.wordpress.com/) has left a new comment on your post “Ombre Glitter Glass Star Pendant”:

    just now found you through facebook – and i love your blog! looking forward to reading more…
    and this necklace is so cool – what a great idea! 🙂

    Posted by susiecarranzastudio to Morena’s Corner at September 7, 2012 11:10 PM

    • thank you so much for the kind words, morena!

      and i totally agree – making time just to play and have fun is crucial. i found myself worrying so much about ‘networking’ and social media that i was no longer creating like i used to. and now, as a new blogger, i really have to focus on finding the right balance.

      again – thank you! 🙂

  2. OMG!!! Susie, I just love your art bagde!!! I love all the colors, details and especially the saying! I could see more of those in your future…maybe little signs or even magnets with creative inspirational messages for us artists/crafters. Of course I would bring up making more to sell on your etsy and website! Wonderful job!

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