About Us

morton tims event 1 004My name is Brenda Wyatt. I was born and bred in Alabama. The women in the generations before me inspire me to this day- like most of them, I am a wife, mother and homemaker who just happened to work in some interesting part time jobs. I love to read, write and tell a good story- to make you laugh or to inspire you. This blog is my second attempt at a higher level of writing- I wrote my first book in 2012, called  Four Days the Lazarus Principle which can be found at major booksellers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble- it started as an email Bible study between my sister and several women friends. Isn’t that part of what’s important in life- making sure you share yourself with your friends and family ? I also paint, sew, garden and DIY  projects, and of course write about it! I love to cook Sunday dinner and make special foods like my grandmother’s ‘award winning’ pimento cheese, for family and friends and hope to share the recipes with you! As a young woman, my mother and I designed and created handpainted children’s clothing for our little business, Grandmother’s Trunk. Then I represented several lines of fine children’s clothing including Kelly’s Kids and Rags Land children’s clothing. As my own children grew I became a personal shopper for Birmingham based Parisian Department stores, then later as fragrance model 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.  My life and retail experience inspired me to create this blog- Camellia’s Cottage . Alabama’s state flower is the Camellia, which is long lived and blooms in winter- 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 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. I’ve enjoyed introducing you to our very real big cat, Walter. (See blog post ‘Meet Our CFO- Chief Feline Overseer’ ) We hope you will sign up for our blog, enjoy what you see- ‘like’ us and even comment..  Feel free to contact me at brenda@camelliascottage.com for more information, questions and availability for speaking engagements or free lance writing. 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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