Susie Williams - Susie_australia
Mornington, Australia
Hello there, my name is Susie Williams aka susie australia.

When I received a PM from Lydia I thought I was in trouble for giving an update to my Teapot Tuesday sisters about my downstairs lady bits still glowing in the dark 2 weeks after spilling a bottle of Dylusions ink in my lap. I was shocked to read that I was being invited to join the Dirty Dozen. To say I am honoured and humbled is an understatement.

My life feels like it is one adventure after another, or as my family would tell you, one crazy mishap after another. I am very much a glass half full type of girl, I am the extreme optimist and the simplest things make me smile. I am 58 years old and live in the lovely beachside town of Mornington about 1 hour drive from Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia.

I am very happily married to a wonderful man that supports and encourages me in everything I do. Occasionally Geoff will look at a card I am wrestling with and suggests an ‘embellishment’ might look nice….is that being supportive or what!

I have had several career changes over the years. I started out as an Electrical Draftsman, then studied accounting and worked for many years as a bookkeeper. I was an Ops Manager with a helicopter company for ten years and this work took me all over Australia. It was also during this time that I met Geoff (he is a helicopter pilot). In my “winding down” to retirement I worked part-time as a childcare worker in a long daycare centre and taught classes in my local craft shop. I am retired now but I occasionally do relief front desk work for a group of Chiropractors. Geoff has just retired so we hope to do some caravanning around Australia. My biggest challenge will be deciding what craft stuff to leave at home.

I was never blessed with children, but I was blessed with the most wonderful sister-in-law in the world. She and my brother included me so much in their children’s activities while growing up. My niece and nephew have little ones of their own now and they make me feel like a special grand-aunt.

My hobbies have always involved one craft or another. Back in the 80’s I had a little Gnome Adoption Agency. I handmade and hand painted concrete garden gnomes complete with an adoption certificate. The funny part is the recipients never knew where the gnomes came from or who paid for them. Once I was paid to kidnap a gnome, then return it a week later accompanied by 3 more gnomes. To this day I am still paid to send Christmas cards to this family of gnomes.

I started card making about 6 years ago. I have had once crazy mishap after another. I once knocked myself out while stamping with a very large stamp block. I couldn’t get an even ink coverage so I placed the cardstock on the floor, inked up the stamp again and placed it on the paper, then I stood on it. The paper started to slip, I fell backward and hit the back of my head on a metal heater. It wasn’t that serious I only lost consciousness for a minute or two. I went to the bathroom to get a towel to mop up the blood, when I glanced in the mirror and there on my forehead in black Stazon ink was the word PARIS printed back to front!! It took days and days to wear off.

I will stop writing now; my husband says I could talk under water. Before I go, I just want to add that I am constantly inspired by being a Splitcoaststampers, not just by the cards but also the comments. I wish the entire world had a “be nice” policy like SCS. Thank you to everyone at SCS for making my days full of love and happiness and for the huge honour of being a Dirty Girl.