My original name was just Brinsley but because I was raised by my aunt and uncle I thought it would be a nice tribute to them if I added their name to mine. So began years of misuse and mispronounciation by all and sundry, but would I change back? Would I buffalo!!!
I Currently work part-time at ASDA and this provides me with the money I need to pursue my crafting obsessions.
I finished my Degree in Contemporary Lens Media at Lincoln University in 2009 and it was the most liberating thing I have ever done. Being a mature student was a revelation, I had so much in me I never knew was there.
I am a keen ScrapBooker and Card Maker and my current obsessions are Dies, Dies, Dies!!! I am in love with Tattered Lace and the occasional Tonic at the moment but I also still love stamping and colouring too.
I am married to Jo and have three amazing cats (Georgia, Jasmine and Willow), who we call our fur-babies. Georgia is just about to turn 18 and has problems with her thyroid and a dicky-ticker but through all that Jo and I would sooner starve ourselves before leaving them go hungry. It's what a good parent should do, eh!
The BBC 6 O'Clock news has left me feeling very sad today. At only 63, Donna Summer lost her fight with cancer and the world lost one of the defining voices of a generation. She not only meant a lot to me, she meant a lot to the world of music. In 1977, we were teetering on the edge of a music revolution. Punk was waiting in the wings, ready to shake up music charts that were being bogged down with terrible songs from the likes of Demis Roussos, Bernie Flint and (my own guilty pleasure, but still rubbish none the less!) David Soul. Slap Bang in the middle of this waiting uprising from the second wave of 'Youth' driven music was a brand new sound in the clubs - the sound of disco and at the forefront of that sound came the overtly sexy, throbbing beats of Giorgio Moroder produced music, sang by a woman who would later become uncomfortable with her own moaning and groaning. That woman was Donna Summer and she sang more than one song that has played a massive part in the forming of The Soundtrack To My Life.
We all have one, we just may not have actually started burning CD's with this soundtrack on them, playing over (so far...) 15 eighty minute discs. Now I know this is slightly off topic, what with this being a craft blog, but anyone who has followed me for any amount of time will know the crafty stuff comes at the end!
Back to Donna. My favourite track by her is Heaven Knows, a track that didn't even really bother the UK charts, it has all the things I love in a good song; soaring vocals, strings, a strong dance beat and a diva in full effect. Over the years I have played that song literally thousands of times and it sounds as good today as it ever has. I loved her duet with Barbra Streisand (No More Tears) Enough is Enough, her many 'comeback' songs - Dinner With Gershwin, She Works Hard For The Money, This Time I Know It's For Real and State of Independence. All of these songs will have a deeper meaning to me now that she has passed. Every time we lose someone who has given us a gift, even something as seemingly impersonal as a song, that person enters your life in a way you weren't even aware of until they are no longer there. I will miss you Donna but I'm sure you are up there now having a ball with MJ, Sylvester and all the other great proponents of dance music. Much Love x
Now, on to this weeks card and the challenge over at I ♥ ProMarkers is everyone's favourite "Anything Goes". Our sponsor is the very wonderful "The Paper Shelter", an on-line company that offer great digi images that not only come with the line art for you to colour but also the pre-coloured image and a background too, great value for money and a superb selection of great images. The finished card isn't one of my best, but I had a card already lined up and the goal posts were moved on us quite late in the day, but it's not the worst card I've ever made so that's why I have put it up, otherwise I would have just missed this weeks challenge altogether!
So I hope you like the card. If not, then I understand but next weeks card is a doozy, one I am really proud of, so can't wait to show you that.
Have a great week.
Entered Into: Stamps & Fun = Creativity Challenge #100 - Anything Goes Stamps And Create Challenge: For The Ladies Make It Monday Challenge: Anything Goes