You know those little animated smiley faces? Well, imagine one with its eyes popping in and out and its jaw dropping to the floor. You now have a fairly accurate picture of what I looked like when I read Julie’s PM asking me to be a Dirty Girl! I’m still shaking my head in disbelief and am really nervous about this. I only hope that I can contribute something worthwhile to the team. I feel very honored.
My name is Susan Roberts, a.k.a. rainy here on SCS. I was born and raised in the desert in Richland, Washington. (Yes, Washington State the 'Evergreen State' has a desert.) My mom, who was an interior decorator and antique collector, always had some sort of craft project going on. She was so meticulous and patient in her art. But, sadly for me, I never took any interest in her crafts. Oh, the things she could, and would, have so happily taught me . . .
Instead, I chose to spend my time in the arts. I play the piano. I love to compose simple little songs and make existing songs my own with some tweaking here and there. Guess that is sorta like a CASE! In junior high I had an after school job playing classical music for ballet classes. It wasn’t long before I put on a leotard myself and joined the dancers. When I was in high school my ballet teacher asked me to help her teach. I loved it! Later when DH was a college student I taught on my own for some city sponsored classes. I am currently a pianist for my church. Some of my other interests include snow skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, and a very neglected Harley Sportster sitting in the garage.
I have four sons: Jared (28) works for Google. Jeff (26) is in dental school. Gary (24) is the daddy to my darling twin granddaughters. Zach (16) is a great student and quarterback for his school’s football team. Hubby (of 33 years) is Steve (younger than me) and brilliant. His job has taken us all around the world. We lived in London for about five years. His company was the first to introduce the UK to digital cell phone technology. He was one of the engineers at Bell Labs who ‘invented’ them back in the late 70’s!
So my crafts background was one of observation until about two years ago when a friend (now my upline) invited me to a home to make some cards. I had such fun. She told me about Splitcoaststampers.com. Thank you, Joella!! It has changed my life. I am inspired on a daily basis by the talented and creative artists here. If I can, in any way, give some of that back to this wonderful community, I will be thrilled!
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 GMT Views: 9042
Registered: July 26, 2004 Location: A stone's throw from Portland, OR Posts: 3059
Mon, Jul 16, 2007 @ 10:44 AM
Welcome! What an interesting life you lead! I've always liked your work and you fully deserve this special honor! Hope you had fun creating for the gallery this month. I'll have fun browsing it, I'm sure!
And you don't look anywhere old enough to have been married 33 years, BTW! :-)
Registered: February 18, 2005 Location: In the South! ;o) Posts: 20609
Mon, Jul 16, 2007 @ 7:59 PM
CONGRATS girl! Enjoy cloud nine with the dirty crew! I know you will truly be an inspiration to us all while you are hanging with the dirty gals. Your work is amazing...can't wait to see all you create!
Registered: July 11, 2004 Location: Troy, Michigan Posts: 10383
Tue, Jul 17, 2007 @ 3:09 PM
Well, well, well! I finally get to formally congratulate you here on being invited to join the DD! As I already told you, I knew it would happen one day. What fun to read how talented you are in so many other areas! I'm very impressed that you are an accomplished pianist and a ballet dancer/instructor. Plus a world traveler and so physically active too! A Harley?! Wow! Now tell me - how could you possibly be so frightened of a stampa-ma-jig? :o) Linda
------------------------------ Linda Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. -Twyla Tharp
Registered: June 18, 2003 Location: Lino Lakes, Minnesota Posts: 13774
Tue, Jul 31, 2007 @ 5:10 AM
CONGRATULAIONS, SUSAN!!!! I had NO IDEA you had gotten DIRTY! (Not surprising though, as your cards often leave me speechless!!!) I'm so EXCITED for you - BIG HUGS!
I loved your profile . . . what a wonderful family you have. My husband's name is Steve, too, and he is an engineer for a medical company. Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!