Suanne Huffman

Marion, IA


You're never too old to do something you've always wanted to do. Suanne Huffman of Marion is proof of that. At 74 years young, Suanne, a retired English teacher from Linn-Mar High School, has decided to begin a new venture; making, printing, and distributing greeting cards nationwide. 

"I just love making things, and people seem to like the things I create," she said. "I don't like to sit around much. Working on my projects keeps me active." 

Suanne uses clothing and other items to make upcycled art, altered books, and greeting cards. She also paints and restores shabby chic furniture, repurposes clothing, makes purses, pillows, jewelry, vintage linens, and "unique crafty projects of all kinds." 

"I love making the cards," said Suanne. "I use fun little objects to decorate the outside. I add a quote, and leave the inside blank for a handwritten note. I think it's really important to write what you feel inside to make it more personal." 

Since then, Suanne has taken part in the McGowan House Artisans, Serendipity, Next Page Bookstore, and the Cedar Rapids Art Museum, as well as Iowa Artisans Gallery. Suanne also attends artisan shows in the area, as well as out of state.