Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Linda Brown. I was born and raised in Ocala, Florida where I met my wonderful husband and have been happily married almost 24 years. We currently reside in our hometown on 12 acres which has been in my husband’s family for over 100 years. I love roses and pretty, elegant Victorian-style things. I’m also drawn to anything vintage, rustic or antique.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Through the summer I help my husband with our landscaping business. Aside from work, I enjoy gardening, cooking and photographing beautiful flowers, birds and butterflies. My husband and I also give home Bible studies to share our testimony with others.
What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
“Blessed Beyond Measure,” because I can look back on my life and see how God has blessed my family throughout the years in so many ways.
What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is very special, in that it has been handled in every way and you can touch another person’s work. Even if the buyer doesn’t realize the time that goes into the process of making an item, they can see the quality of workmanship. To me, handmade work is one of a kind — a product of who you are.
When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I grew up around a crafty family — my mother was a great seamstress and made wedding attire and clothing of all kinds, in addition to being a cake decorator. I have many fond memories of my grandmother and great-grandmother making quilts together. When I grew older, I enjoyed decorating and designing and eventually, sewing. I discovered Etsy and decided to open a shop and list a few of my items. I was surprised how quickly it started to flourish and never would have imagined our products would be featured on so many blogs, publications and even HGTV!
How would you describe your creative process?
I created a pattern for my banners, sachets and pillows. Thankfully, I have a friend who helps me twice a week by cutting out burlap or whatever I need to get prepared for stamping and sewing things together. My husband is also very helpful — he prepares and addresses all the envelopes for me which saves me a lot of time.
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Rachel Ashwell! I love her shabby chic style.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have a quilt my great-grandmother and grandmother made together, one that I remember watching them sew. I also love the barn my husband built. I use it for photographing my work because it is a perfect rustic background.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
If my Lord hasn’t came back, I want to be happy, healthy and surrounded by people I love.