About me

I was 'born and bred' as they say, in the Cambridgeshire Fens and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else as I love the flat and scenic landscape which stretches as far as the eye can see.

I am married with a large family of children and grandchildren and a good few animals in tow as well including horses and dogs. I was forced to give up full time work soon after I was diagnosed with MS about twenty five years ago, but still work part time in my hubby’s office which keeps me out of mischief.

When I look back I realise that I have been crafting all my life in one form or another and as a child spent many hours sticking bits of card and paper together with flour and water, no fancy glues in those days !  Like so many crafters I did cross stitch and when my children were small had fun creating ‘Blue Peter’ inspired makes with them.

My cardmaking addiction started many, many years ago and from the start I was drawn to rubber stamping, the obsession grew as I discovered new techniques such as brayering, inking and masking. I'm not naturally artistic and cant' draw for toffee, but I do love colour and experimenting with colour palettes which to some might be a bit 'off the wall'.

My Dad who farmed all his life and grew sufficient vegetables to supply a village, taught me to appreciate Nature, animals and all things botanical and this continues to provide me with constant inspiration in my daily crafting, along with the rural landscape which surrounds me.

I consider myself very fortunate to be able to share my passion for crafting with others through classes, demo’s and working on the Design Teams I have been privileged to be part of and have met some wonderful friends along the way.

If I was asked what my style was, I guess the nickname given me many moons ago sums it up ‘Botanical Brenda’. 


vilini said...

Hi Brenda
This is so interesting. We also take care of the some horses and ponies
a lot of homeless dogs. We love nature and life of freedom.
How is a small world .....

Desire Fourie said...

Wonderful to have come to know you even a bit better and 'botanical' your creations are indeed.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

AnyOldCraft said...

Hello Brenda nice to meet you *shakes hands, bows and courtsies* LOL
When I grow up I want to be just like you ;)
I love to cross stitch but must admit to becoming very quickly addicted to card making.
Like you I can't draw to save my life especially on paper but have found by using paintshop I can.
Looking forward to learning and hopefully creating cards that become passable.
I love flowers as well and hope to be able to use photos of my own in my card making. :)

Unknown said...

Hello Brenda...just discovered your blog and your bio...my husband is a transplanted Brit from Cambridgeshire also...so was quite surprised to see your location...love your dog on your blog...

Bad Kitty said...

Wonderful to know you a bit better

fld said...

God bless you Brenda your work is absolutely beautiful. Love the picture of 3 little puppies on your computer.

Surekha Galagoda said...

Dear Brenda
I just came to your blog by accidentand i will visit your blog often to get the inspiration i need as i love flowers,butterflies, trees, beees, bugs anything natural. You truly are an inspiration. May you and your family be blessed with a joyous Christmas and a super duper fanrtastic New Year 2020 filled with Good health and happiness always. with Love