My name is Suzanne, but a lot of people call me kiddo. I'm 33 years old and live in Corryton, Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville. I've lived in Corryton and Knoxville my entire life. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology (concentration in Criminal Justice) and an Anthropology minor. I later started my career in social work as a case manager for the State of Tennessee Department of Children's Services and worked there for 7.5 years. In May 2009, I was fired from my job for accessing Etsy.com during breaks at work (using their computer). Since I have a shop on Etsy, I was accused of "conducting outside business on a State computer" and was terminated.
Unemployed and devastated, I immersed myself in crafts and art in order to keep myself occupied and to maintain my sanity as best I could. (I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so maintenance of sanity can be difficult at times.) Now I have two Etsy shops: Cool + Kitschy Creations and House of Plush. I spend my time crafting, drawing, and networking online with other artists and artisans on Facebook, Cut Out + Keep, and deviantART.
I'm currently taking a course to become certified as a Peer Support Specialist. I'm in recovery from my bipolar symptoms for the first time in years and I'm loving life.