Melinda, a vibrant and creative soul, discovered her true passion for card making late in life. Melinda’s first career was working in the medical records and coding department at St. Barnabas Medical Center in 1970. She later became a respiratory therapy technician. Melinda's husband was a general, vascular, and bariatric surgeon and she managed his practice for 28 years along with starting her own Medical Billing Company, MLS Medical Billing Services, Inc. Melinda raised four children- 2 sets of twins-each set a boy and a girl- and is now a proud granny of 3 girls and 2 boys!
Fast forward 40 years and Melinda has immersed herself in the art form of crafting heartfelt greetings, filled with intricate designs and personalized touches. Her inspiration and knowledge for making cards is thanks to the wonderful card making community on YouTube and her gratitude goes out to the many instructors, designers and card making companies who kindly share their knowledge and products. Melinda's joy grew exponentially, and she dreamed of sharing her amazing talents with the world. Fueled by her steadfast determination and unwavering belief in her craft, she took a leap of faith and opened her own store, aptly named "Handmade by Melinda." With shelves adorned with a kaleidoscope of vibrant papers, ribbons, and embellishments, the store is quickly becoming a sanctuary for fellow enthusiasts and those seeking unique, handmade expressions of love and celebration.
Melinda's passion and dedication shines through in every meticulously crafted card, capturing the hearts of her customers.