Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I discovered the beautiful work of artist and blogger Susan Schneider last year after she left a comment on my blog. She specializes in creating all sorts of decoupage pieces for the home, vintage lighting and gorgeous lampshades. Her shop and studio is located in a newly renovated, century old building in Millerton, NY. She is currently having a 15% off sale that runs until August 15th, so don't miss checking out her site or shop! She has kindly agreed to a mini interview here with me so we can find out more about the lady and skilled craftsperson behind Shandell's.

Where were you born?
New York City

This is the lovely tissue box that Susan so thoughtfully created for me with images of my chairs

What would you take if your house was burning down?
My dogs, a 19th century document box filled with memories and a couple of pieces of jewelry.
Your favorite book?
All of them, my vast collections of cook books, design, textile, antique, horses, garden and more. I looked through them all and could not pick one out.
Susan's workshop
If you could have only 1 last meal, what would you want on the menu?
A table full of appetizers and desserts. Smoked fish of all types, caviar, Shortbread cookies, peach pie.
Hot weather or cold?
Strangely cold, summers are okay but anything past 70 is too hot.

Favorite artists?
Art of animals and pansies are my favorites, vintage art no matter if it is signed or not. John Emms, Arthur Wardle, Richard Stone Reeves, Georgia O'Keeffe (she does not seem to fit my group of favorites, but there is something special about her and her art - a very different direction, a bit of fantasy) also, the Victorian women who had the pleasure and time to paint in groups. I also collect paintings of Pansies.
Pet peeve?
Too much perfume!

Susan's darling dogs
Favorite travel destination?
Newburyport, MA
Favorite shop?
I do not get out of my studio much, Etsy has become my favorite shop. Ever changing merchandise, hand made by amazing artists. What more can I ask for.
Most visited links?
This is hard, I visit so many. These are on the top of my long list.

Thanks to Susan for taking the time to share more with us on her life and work. Be sure to visit her website, where you can read her blog and keep up with her latest creations!


pve design said...

There they are, those lovely lamps that I am saving for and wanting ----and those dogs really are wonderful.
Love Susan and her creations.

Laura Trevey said...

I have to agree with the "too much perfume" pet peeve!
How do some people go through the day smelling themselves??

Lovely post!!

sophie dahy designs said...

I love it when you promote people on ETSY! I just bookmarked her shop!

Kalee said...

Thank you for the introduction, great interview!

Kalee said...

Thank you for the introduction, great interview.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I ADORE the tissue box!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Hi Anne,
Enjoyed the profile of talented Susan.....loved what she did with the tissue box (and really like her dogs).

Karena said...

Very talented. I have tried decoupaging several times, and my projects just do not look professionally done.

Shandell's said...

Thank you Ann for a wonderful profile. Love your blog.

Michelle said... the lamps as well! I think we are definately drawn to more artisan and handmade objects today...I'll have to check out Etsy...I see you are there as well Anne. I love it when you introduce me to a new artist :)

Great combo with your chairs and her work!!


Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

One of the many wonderful things about Susan's work (and yours too, Anne!)is that you can rest assured no one else will have it. What a fun interview - caviar and peach pie - why not! EEE

MrsLittleJeans said...

Wow, surprising how I nod yes to most of what she her studio, her choice of foods, her pet peeve, and.... Thank you Anne!

Margaret Roach said...

There is no place more fun to visit than Susan's mad shop filled with baubles and who knows what else (oh, and those dogs). I am fortunate that it's right down the road from me! Wonderful post, about a wonderful woman.

Averill said...

That tissue box is gorgeous -- you guys should team up to create a few more for your Etsy shop. :)

Yansy said...

Anne- What a great interview. I fell in love with Susan's shop. Her dogs are adorable.

Jo said...

What fun ~ her shop is great!


Tickled Pink And Green said...

Great interview!

red ticking said...

great post.... love newburyport! have a wonderful week... x pam

parisbreakfast said...

Thank you Anne, Susan's work is terrific, but I am knocked over by her Jack least I think they are Jack Russells...I'm too smitten to tell

the Preppy Princess said...

This post is so lush.. and luscious I can almost taste it, what a lot of goodness! Thank you for introducing us to someone new, Miss Schneider does beautiful work. (That tissue box is amazing.)

We're off to click on all the fabulous links you included!

teri goetz said...

Susan is a creative and talented artist. I love her stuff! Her shop is a blast, the dogs are adorable and she can make anything (even from the "transfer station") beautiful! thanks for the interview!