photo by Jon Wolf Photography
Hi, I'm Bren.
I am a designer, daughter, sister, & also a 'mom' to an adorable elderly pup named Bailey.
After growing up in California, the last place (well one of them) that I ever thought I would make my home would be Arizona. . . but God had other plans. (I love the saying, "If you want to see God smile - tell Him you've got plans. . ."!) . . . And so for the past 19+ years - I have called the town of Oro Valley, AZ my home. Oro Valley sits north of Tucson, in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. . . & I must admit - they are big reason why I like living here so much. Although, my home sits at an altitude of about 3500 ft., & although we do have our share of sunshine, we usually do get at least a dusting of snow each winter. . . being next to the Catalina's means that I'm only 45 minutes away from being up at an altitude of 9000 ft. & terrain (aspens & pine trees) & weather like Colorado.
Before moving to Arizona, I worked in the interior design/architectural field. I enjoyed it for many years, but there came a time when I knew it was time for a change. I came to Arizona in a bit of a round-about way - only planning to be here for a couple of years - but my time here turned into what God wanted me to do (teach. . . art & design at a Christian High School) & where He wanted me to be. . . (near my parents in their 'sunset' years.) After having to bid 'good-bye' to my Mom a few years ago, I also found some other changes happening as well. . .
After fifteen years of teaching - my designing took over all of my time & so now my two companies, Acorn Quilt & Gift Company (quilts) & Brenda Riddle Designs (needlework & graphic design), is where most of my time & energy is spent. I have been designing fabric collections for the last several years with Moda (& love it!), & I now continue to spend the majority of my time designing quilts, fabric collections & needlework.
I'm also loving spending time with my adorable little girl (of the pup variety, Emmie, & puttering around in the garden (two newfound loves!)
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. . . hope to 'see' you often!