Happy Birthday Stanley and Maud!
You are my baby...literally my third child.
If you've followed me a while you'll know my story and a bit about me...I am the kind of person who doesn't sit still...I'm the kind of person who cleans their bathroom at 11pm because I spotted watermarks before bedtime.
Anyway you may or may not know but I started Stanley and Maud by accident. I've taken up many hobbies and crafts...some have lasted a few months...some not so long. Every time I said I fancied trying something new my husbands eyes would roll...
So in 2014 whilst on maternity leave after attempting knitting, crocheting, sewing you name it...I decided I was going to make a herb garden...I finished it and I was so happy but I wanted some fancy herb markers! I had browse on google and good old Pinterest showed me ones made from cutlery. I decided I was going to complete my herb garden by making some markers of my own and in a flash I spent the dregs of my maternity pay on stamping supplies! (queue B's eye roll).
I loved stamping straight away and ordered more and more including some supplies for jewellery because if you don't know I'm also a bit of a magpie! ;) and so from there that's how it started...I made pieces for family and friends and after they wore it or shared it on social media I was getting asked by strangers to make them pieces too.
In January 2015 I formally set up Stanley and Maud, named after my children's snugs, and so the adventure began. I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave so I made the decision to turn my love for stamping and creating into my full-time job. It's still just me and I'm still working from the hub of our home and I truly love it. I will be honest it's hard work...really hard work as I'm still learning as I go...I never woke up and decided to be a business owner I kind of just fell into it but I'm happy and I'm so thankful.
It's been a wonderful four years and I really hope there's many more, I am so grateful to everyone who supports me and my family. I still can't believe it.
T h a n k y o u
Much Love, Charlotte X
Photography by Georgia Rachael xx