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, potential customers, and marketing myself.
Along with my husband and three artist friends, I also own an online art store – Arte de Nuestro Corazon – where the five of sell our artwork, 100% handmade by us with love and pride. (“arte de nuestro corazon” is spanish for “art from our heart”.)
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! ♥