About Us

Hello there! My name is Brenda Wyatt. I was born and bred in Alabama. The women in the generations before me inspire me to this day. I write from our cottage- this blog, Camellia’s Cottage, under the pseudonym- ‘Camellia’.  I love to read, write and tell a good story- to make you laugh or to inspire you. It’s led me to this- ‘It’s never too late to live happily ever after’ ! And I hope to help you find that too.

I am a retail and PR specialist, and a recipe developer, southern food generally! Still. I’m interested in you! And your business! I look at businesses all the time, out of curiosity, to see what they are doing right and if their business is working! I believe we are generally at our best, when we gather round a table, share our lives through good food. And- after a lifetime of helping  women look their best so they can be their best- I’m ready to help! For more information send me an email at brenda@camelliascottage.com

My work background centered around clothing.

  • At first as a wholesale business, called ‘Grandmother’s Trunk’ – we designed handpainted children’s clothing and had a tiny shop too!
  •  I became a personal shopper for Birmingham based Parisian Department stores, then later as a-
  •  Fragrance Model and Representative for some of the finest perfumers and cosmetic companies in the world, including Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, Bvlgari, Tiffany, Ferragamo and the international division of Chanel.
  • I also had a wonderful job working for Leaf and Petal gift shop at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. ,blending my love of gardening with home design and art.
  • I wrote a book in 2012, called  Four Days the Lazarus Principle which can be found at major booksellers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It was written during a difficult time in my life. And!
  • Because of an entirely different type of writing! Camellia’s Cottage is an award winning blog for southern cooking and writing. I was honored to be selected in 2018 by Zpublishing as one of Alabama’s emerging writers.

I love to read, paint, garden, cook and travel!  And of course write about it! I began this strange and journey of blogging with the goal of sharing stories, writing about our travels, still looking for ways to help folks look and feel good. Bringing  folks together whether around the table or around their goals – with good proven results- basically it’s just recipes for living!

I had a desire to record my grandmother’s heirloom recipes such as her ‘award winning’ pimento cheese! I collect old recipe books to keep traditions of entertaining and food alive for the next generations! And share them  with you!

My life and retail experience inspired me to create this blog- Camellia’s Cottage . Alabama’s state flower is the Camellia, which is a long lived plant and blooms in winter, some might say – ‘at the wrong time’-I could compare it to myself!

The trail of fragrance and fashion by the iconic CoCo Chanel inspires me- she made a comeback at age 71, creating her most enduring designs at an age when other designers were retiring and her favorite flower was the Camellia! Her strings of pearls, classic lines and long lasting beauty closely resemble the ladies who inspired me as I was coming of age- believe me, most of them couldn’t afford Chanel’s couture but did buy an occasional bottle of Chanel #5 ! These ladies are my ‘camellias’ – women who bloom when and where they are planted.

I created a fictional character for Camellia’s Cottage, Camellia, who is a composite of Alabama ladies then and now. (see blog posts from Camellia).  Between the ‘two of us’ we hope Camellia Cottage will be about the wit and wisdom, the graciousness, the artistry, the industry, the generosity and the beauty of this great state, Alabama.

My husband is Wallace Wyatt Jr., retired after serving 20 years as Probate Judge of St. Clair County, which is part of central Alabama that is often called Greater Birmingham. I am honored to be a member of the Steering Committee for YWCA Purse and Passion Luncheon/St.Clair- which benefits victims of Domestic Violence. We have two beautiful daughters who are honoring timeworn traditions and building wonderful careers. We hope you will sign up for our blog, enjoy what you see- ‘like’ us and even comment.. I thoroughly enjoy helping people, whether it’s friendship, coaching, giving a bit of public relations advice, even collaboration with you on any of our platforms !

Feel free to contact me at brenda@camelliascottage.com for more information, questions and availability for helping you be your best you! . Thanks for stopping by! Brenda Wyatt

This is my cottage in Alabama, another inspiration for Camellia Cottage!

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My book, Four Days, the Lazarus Principle

Available in paperback or ebook at Amazon.com, bn.com and other fine booksellers.

Contact information: Brenda Wyatt, Pell City, Alabama 35128, email us at : brenda@camelliascottage.com

 

Four Days the Lazarus Principlehttp://amzn.to/1ssTRin

70 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Brenda, you were born to do just this, along with everything else that you do so well! Congratulations and I look forward to your wonderfully original ideas and words of wisdom!
    Much love,
    Sandra

    1. oh my goodness! I don’t know what to say…thank you does not seem adequate- in my part of the world- it would be something like having a ‘conniption fit’…thank you so much!

    1. I think you could say a combo- I self published- but the one I used merged with Random House during the process. If I wrote another book, I would most likely do more research on who I used- though I do continue to get royalty checks even after 4 years! with no real promotion of the book- blogging has helped sales even though I don’t promote the book except an occasional ‘Sunday Inspiration’- Alabama has Oxmoor Press who is a major book and magazine publisher, I would take a look at them next time or Amazon’s publishing unit…

      1. just make sure you use a publisher who will distribute it to the major booksellers by ebook and paperback, mine went to Indie, Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc..good luck!

  2. Hi Brenda. Thanks for stopping by my site.
    Your story is an inspiring one. I sooo love the “homemaker” thing. That has been a dream for me.
    Would be a delight learning from you through your posts. 🙂

  3. Brenda, I just ran across your blog. It is great and I look forward to reading more. Thanks for your friendship over the years. Glen

    1. Congressman Browder! What an honor for you to stop by! You are the best congressman we ever had and a friend we could always count on…We need more like you running things! Please give our love to Becky! I look forward to your honest commentary of this ‘experiment in blogging’ especially now that you are an esteemed professor! The blog post on Mother Teresa was especially sweet to write about and remember!

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog, for the like and for following. Congratulations on all the awards! Your blog looks extremely interesting, and I’ll enjoy stopping by in the future. Keep on blogging!

  5. It was my good fortune that you liked one of my posts ” HOW TO SPEAK NEW ORLEANS ” other wise I would have never known about your site. We have a great deal in common. Thanks and GEAUX TIGERS !!

    1. oh my! thank you! I loved your post! my husband and I lived in Alexandria LA the first year we were married, we love LSU except when they’re playing Bama! and we come to New Orleans every chance we get!

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