A selection of custom hand crafted, personalized: wood, leather and textile gifts.
Before I began with BellesHearts, I lived in England with my 3 older children, my dogs, cats, goats and chickens. I worked at a local high school as an English Language and Literature teacher - my specialism was working with students with special educational needs and/or social and emotional barriers to learning. These were some of the most amazing and wonderful people I have ever had the privilege of meeting, yet an intense and challenging time. To make a difference, passion, patience, acceptance, tolerance, creative teaching and learning from both my students and I were paramount. Then everything changed. I met my husband who lived in the US, we got married and I moved over to the US to live. We have a spirited little boy with whom I spend my days, along with my amazing adult daughter. I decided to trade in my creativity in teaching, for creating with my hands. I have always enjoyed working with wood and with fabrics. Inspired and taught by my father - an amazing carpenter, engineer and artist; my mother with her strength and determination and by my maternal grandparents, with their unquestioning belief in me always. BellesHearts was born and there is nothing I love more, nothing so rewarding as being able to create 'Handmade Memories'; truly unique and special pieces for others to treasure. Maxine at BellesHearts.