Friday, February 5, 2010


Hi Peeps! It’s Nerina here and it’s my chance to let you know something about me :0) I was born and raised in Sunny South Africa, lived for a while in London, England and now reside in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

I am blessed beyond measure to have met and married my soul mate; – my hunkadorus and I have just celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary! We met in a very traditional hospital setting where I was a junior nurse and he an honoured intern. Our very first conversation occurred over a patient whom I couldn’t single handedly move into a more comfortable position…..and the rest is history!

We have 4 fantastic children, ranging in age from 10 – 16, who brighten up our lives beyond measure. I still don’t know what teenage terrors are; these are the most helpful people of my acquaintance! I’m a homeschooling mum – something I find both terrifying and rewarding.

We are an animal loving family with a very gentle and adored Golden Retriever and 2 Shih-Tzu dogs (also known as ‘the cats’). We have tame chipmunks who come to visit us in our back yard, one of which we hand reared after its mother died last spring.

Creativity has always been a part of my life. I started fine art at school, but gave it up after my eldest was born. I tend to be very right-brain creative and lose track of time and place when drawing – something that doesn’t blend well with small children! I have also enjoyed other creative hobbies, including knitting and embroidery ( tone on tone candlewicking embroidery). I have been a scrapbooker for many years, but recently found that card making is even more enjoyable, as I get to start and finish a project in a reasonable amount of time and have total control over colours and composition – which one doesn’t always get when pulling these details out of photographs.

I’m a non-fiction book lover with special interests in History, Theology and Philosophy/Worldview. On Sundays I am active in our church and lead worship on rotation. (I’m a guitar player and enjoy singing! :0)

The other passion of my life is the well-being of children in the third world. I mentor 8 children - 6 in Burkina Faso, 1 in Tanzania and 1 in Kenya. Beautiful people who are planning a future and trying so hard to win against sometimes insurmountable odds.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Peeps group. Although the group is new, there has been enough time to get a taste of what this incredibly talented company of ladies is capable of! Thanks for including me in your creative journey!


Carol's Ink Spot said...

Hi Nerina,

I believe you mentioned you were scared to post. Girl you have been places! What a challenge and wonderful thing to be able to home school your children. Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself. So good to get to know you!

Terri said...

It is great to learn more about you! I didn't know you were a home school mom too. I think it is really cool there are 3 of us homeschooling our kids in this group and are crafters too.

Linda W said...

Hi Nerina. It was so nice to read your intro. You write so beautifully. Kudos to you for mentoring the children that you do. And the more I read, I think we need to get a group together with all the musicians I am learning about. I love your work and I'm very excited to get to know you better.

peggysue said...

What a lovely into to read, thanks for sharing so much of your life. You do beautiful work and its so neat to read about how folks met their spouses, how you got into card making and the other interests you have.

Marinette-Scraptherapie said...

Je suis très contente d'apprendre à mieux te connaitre

Sharron said...

Hi Nerina! What a wonderful introduction. I loved reading about all the fascinating places you have lived and things you have done. With all the recent news about Haiti, it reminds us how blessed we are to have people like you who care about those less fortunate--especially the children. I am so glad to have met you through PTI and always enjoy your beautiful creations. Hugs!

Rhonda said...

Nerina, You are a very busy lady. What fun it is to learn more about you.

Aimes said...

Hey Nerina! It's fabulous to get to know you a little better! I love your work and blog and I'm sooooooo happy that you're a part of our group!

Lori said...

Hi Nerina!! Wow, what a life, it sounds so wonderful!!! And you sound so happy!! :)

Cammie said...

Hi, Nerina! Sorry to be late in commenting. I can't believe you were nervous about my reading your writing; you write beautifully. And the English teacher in me doesn't "grade" others' writings anymore. But I do appreciate reading fine writing. What a fulfilling life you're living. I look forward to spending more time with you and the rest of the Peeps.