For many years I was an Intensive Care Nurse and decided to leave nursing to be a full time mum once our second child was born. My time is divided between raising my family, gardening and holding card and paper craft classes. I also like to travel, host and plan parties, cook and dabble in the art of basic quilt making. I also love anything vintage or shabby chic.
I have been a scrapbooker for nearly 20 years and when I was introduced to card making with Stampin' Up! in 2014, I knew it was for me just after one lesson! That's when I joined straight away and haven't looked back.
I am in love with Stampin' Up! stamps, ink, paper and products. It's a pleasure taking classes, sharing my knowledge and learning from others. I have made some fantastic friendships along the way and value this dearly.
I like to offer that something extra at my classes and make ALL my customers feel special ( the ones that can attend my classes and the ones that can't).
You won't just MAKE CARDS at The Maples, I try to make your visit a full sensory experience with relaxing music, beautiful fragrant candles, a spotless workspace with all your crafting tools supplied, delicious home made cakes & desserts and we often have gourmet pots of tea served in vintage tea cups. I like to make my customers feel relaxed and indulged - because our time is precious and this is special time out for yourself for a few hours.
During the warmer months, I offer and serve High Teas in the conservatory or in my garden. When it gets cooler, after our class we have home made soup and rustic bread by the open fire...BYO slippers are a must.
I also enjoy my Kid's Classes during the school holidays - children are so much fun, they always end up showing me new ideas and are so creative without any inhibition.
There is always a celebratory event that pops up during the year....Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day as well as my Catalogue Launch Parties where we make appropriate cards and 3D projects that are always followed by a festive feast.
I also offer private functions for small groups with Cards and High Tea.
What ever your style or taste, I'm sure there is something here at The Maples for you. I hope you enjoy your visit with me and leave with some new ideas and inspiration.
Enjoy your day