DSC_0031_croppedFrom a very early age, I have been surrounded by creative people and clever projects. My grandmother was always making something. She cut quilt squares in the spring and summer, assembled them in the fall, and quilted all winter. Everything by hand. She quilted, crocheted, embroidered, and cross-stitched. There was always a new project at her house.

I benefited from my mom’s craftsmanship often as a child. From pillows and curtains to a prom dress, a ceramic piggy bank, and much more. I quickly joined in by doing simple latch hook rugs, making pot holders, and small cross-stitch projects.

My mother-in-law introduced me to scrapbooking at a Creative Memories party in 1995 (while her son asked my parents for my hand in marriage!). I have been scrapping ever since. It clarified the activity I had been doing since I was a teenager, and gave me more sophisticated tools.

I have met some awesome people and made some very close friends at crops. There is something about getting together with friends and making something. It is such a sense of accomplishment. With my background, it was very natural for me to want to start a craft retreat business, but it meant convincing my husband Jay. After a couple weeks of reflection, he was on board and had some ideas about the design of the building. The adventure began and Maple Brook Memories was created.

We created a place for women to step out of their busy lives and work on those projects they have been putting off, to reconnect with friends, and recharge. As wives, mothers, students, and career builders, our days often focus on the needs of others in our lives as we neglect our own needs. Maple Brook Memories creates the opportunity to pause and carve out time for ourselves.