About Us

Hello!  Thank you for taking the time to shop the Maven Wares online store!  My name is Danielle Bell, and I am the founder, owner, and creative guru of Maven Wares.  I am a mother of 2 beautiful children, wife, community leader and volunteer, PTO-mom extraordinaire, freelance graphic designer, real estate photographer, professional organizer, and a life-long craft enthusiast.  Whew!

In the summer of 2019, I left my 13 year career as an executive in the real estate industry to pursue my own dream of earning a living through my passion for creativity.  As the world changed through a global pandemic soon after, it was clear that this life change had been made just in time and I began sewing thousands of cloth masks to sell and donate, simultaneously proctoring my childrens' online education and sewing for hours each day.  That boom in business and the need for contact-free sales led to this online store and here we are today!

As the world begins to reopen, I am excited to bring products to local events and share my talents and joy with others!


What is a Maven?

Maven is a Yiddish word that means "connoisseur".

Many years ago, in my corporate-executive professional life, the owner of our national company suggested I read the book "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell.  As an avid bibliophile, I immediately purchased and read the book from cover to cover.  I felt connected with the word and the author's description of its meaning in a sense of interpersonal relationships and social culture.

Amanda Penn of Shockwave wrote, "Mavens are information specialists. They are the kinds of people who are endlessly curious and adept at gathering and retaining information on a wide variety of (sometimes obscure) topics. The term comes from Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. [...] 

According to Malcolm Gladwell, Mavens not only collect information, but they also enthusiastically share their knowledge with other people. They are socially motivated to help people with the information they’ve gathered; a Maven may give you some of her coupons, and remind you when a sale is coming up. Tipping Point‘s Mavens have no ulterior motive for sharing information; they just want to help. Their genuine helpfulness inspires more trust and credibility, so when they give recommendations people tend to take them more seriously. 

Whereas a Connector’s influence lies in knowing many people and spreading information widely, Malcolm Gladwell’s maven’s influence is in the power of her recommendation. People know that Mavens are knowledgeable and trustworthy sources of information, so a Maven’s word carries a lot of weight. If a Maven suggests you check out a budding epidemic, you’re inclined to listen."

While those who know me personally would tell you this definition is spot on as it is, in the specific sense of this business, I use the word to describe my deeply rooted passion for learning new ways to express creative and artistic talents in ways that serve and bring joy to others.  In fact, you only see a small glimpse of my "portfolio" of work here in this store as so many custom creations require a conversation to develop rather than a simple order form.  Check out the Maven Wares facebook page for photos of a variety of custom orders and an easy way to connect for your own requests! 


P.s.  Did you know "onomastics" is the study of the history and origin of proper nouns? ;)