I am just a woman.
A woman who needed to be able to make money when I was a stay at home mom in order to supplement the family income. I taught myself to do anything and everything I could in order to provide for my children. I started with what I knew and could be passionate about, which was anything artistic that I could do with my hands. I am a wedding florist, I have also made flowers out of paper, and leather-- and a complete post-hysterectomy arrangement from tampons and pantie liners. I am an accomplished seamstress and was the go-to for costume alterations at Boise's largest dance studio. I refinish hardwood furniture and upholstery, I've dabbled in interior design. I put together a scrapbook design team that sold pre-made albums and pages on eBay (quite successfully I might add!). I've also worked in painting and multi media design. In 2008 I started to design and cut shaped acrylic albums. One of my designs spend years in the top 5 'most viewed' on one of the predominate industry sites-- out of more than 5 million project posts.
When Brave Girls Club was in it's infancy I was very involved with the camps. My parents taught me to work hard, and to "do it yourself." I guess I know how to do a lot of stuff, and I'm not hesitant to get dirty. At the first Brave Girls Camp Melody introduced me as the "woman who works as hard as any man she has ever known," and Jerilynn Wiley gave me the nickname WonderCam. It stuck.
In late 2009 I started playing with the Chip Art Tools designed by Melody Ross. I fell in love with tooling. As a resident member of Brave Girls Staff, I started to teach the leather tooling classes at Camp whenever I could. One of my follow teachers, Rachel McGough, gave me the nickname "Leather Whisperer," and the name stuck too.
To make a long story short, You'll see classes here from me in a LOT of different mediums. (I have recently started to dabble in enameling, and I absolutely love it.) Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or are interested in a particular class that isn't represented.
I am so honored to participate at Brave Girls University, and I am happy you are here. 🙂