Hi! I'm Jenn. Not Maggie. We'll get to that in a minute. Thanks for checking out Maggie Claire Designs. I started hand-stamping metal right after the holidays in 2015.
I started out hand-stamping word-of-the-year bracelets. I decided to expand to offering leather items shortly after that. My dad owned a small business in the 1970s making hand-tooled leather goods, such as belts, wallets and purses. I still have many of the old patterns that he used for these items. When I decided to start offering leather items, he "loaned" me the leather stamping kit and tools and showed me how to use everything.
As for the name of the business? My grandma had passed away in 2015 after a battle with Alzheimer's. Her name was Maggie and my red hair matched hers when she was younger. She was always the life of the party, loved a good card game, and was a big fan of road trips and Willie Nelson. I named the business after her and my paternal great-grandmother, Claire, who was a native Canadian who rode horses bareback in her youth. She also used to be my dad's accomplice when he would skip high school to go to the beach.
I love the process of taking an idea or a custom request from some initial sketches all the way to the finished piece. It has been an interesting ride to say the least and I have certainly learned a lot along the way.
My favorite thing about this business? I love being a small part of so many celebrations and special occasions.