About Me

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Madison, WI, United States
A few roles I take on include artist, teacher and parent. I make art, and also love to craft in paper.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Hello, my name is Susan Schaffer, and I am a geek. And I am a crafter. Sometimes it is hard to be both. I love my comic books, my sci fi, my rpg's and especially my newest toy, Rock Band 2, which we got last night. I am reminded of the article in the Storque awhile back about a husband and wife, the husband was a gamer and the wife was a crafter. I am both rolled into one (although my husband is a complete geek as well, and I wouldn't have it any other way). I have had to give up the geek in me a little because the crafting part has definitely taken over, but now that we have our Xbox360 (which feels a little sacrilegious to me because I am a devoted Nintendo user, but I certainly can't afford a Wii).

I have to force myself to stay out of the bedroom lest I be tempted to spend all my time on it, rocking out, or searching new worlds. I have reserved that time to the hours of 7:30 to 9:30 at night. I hope I can stay a good girl and keep those hours!

Any other geek girls out there?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In the beginning

I missed my Etsyversary, I completely forgot about it, it was on January 11.

This is the first book I sold on Etsy, over a year ago. When I first opened my shop, this was the kind of photos I posted, pretty bad (not to mention that horrid ribbon!)
I felt so excited if I got a sale a week back then.

I am selling the same book (with some tweaks, of course) in my shop again. You've come a long way, baby! I am so amazed and grateful for the success I have had on Etsy, and for the growth I have had as an artist because of it. Of course I still need work, but I feel that my books and photographs have improved. I know I have taken a step backward in my fine arts, but that is partly a time issue (not having the time to work on my paintings) and that I need to focus (when I have the time) on them more. I need to get back to my roots, while experimenting in the new. But in the meantime I am happy to make books everyday.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Art and an Interview with The Isthmus

I have added a few new prints to my art shop, from some of my older art. They are a little random, not "fitting" within the style of portraiture that I have been doing, but I am usually pretty random in my art style.

I have also been interviewed for the Isthmus Daily Page, which is Madison's local newspaper. I always hate how I sound in interviews but you can read it here anyway.