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Where Has Time Gone?

I can’t believe that we are quickly approaching the end of August. School is back in for the Fall semester, Halloween is right around the corner, and before we know it, the 2022 holiday season will be upon us.

For those of you that know me personally, you know that the first part of 2022 has been a whirlwind for me. I have had many plans for mmillsdesigns that I have had to put on hold because I have not had the energy, both physically and mentally, to do what I want to do on any given day. I have been very disappointed in myself, feeling like I make promises that I can’t keep in wanting to move my business forward and continue to create new jewelry for my customers.

Luckily all of that is changing, and I am happy to say things are looking up; I am turning a corner and have been working on a few projects over the last few weeks. I have not caught up with listing new jewelry on my website, so for now, I will be posting pictures on my Facebook and Instagram pages. If I do not post a price, please contact me, and I will gladly give you a price on any item.

Here is a quick preview below of a few items that are currently available to purchase; more to come! 🙂

Happy Spring!

I am so happy that Spring is here! The days are getting a little warmer, and everyone is feeling a little less down now that the cold weather is going away. I am sorry that I have been away from here for several months. I have been dealing with some complicated things over the past few months, and it has been challenging for me to get through everything. I have had to concentrate on my health lately, so I haven’t felt very creative. I haven’t been in my studio much, which makes me sad as it is often my therapy because it makes me so happy to create. Christmas was very slow for me, but I understand why and I didn’t let it get me down. My focus is to get all of the new jewelry listings on my website. So, over the next week, while I have a break from other things, I will be working on the listings.

I have attached a few photos of the jewelry that will be up on my website in the coming days! Please let me know if you have any questions, including any pricing that you need for a particular piece.

Thank you for sticking with me during this challenging time; I appreciate it! 💕

Long Break

Hi, I can’t believe that we are already in July and that it has been over two months since I published a post here! In my defense, I can tell you that I have had a lot going on since the end of April.

In early May, I started looking for a house to move to because with the housing market going crazy, I was sure that the owner of the house we had been renting for the last six years would want to sell. About a week later, my suspicions were confirmed by a phone call from the owner. Finding a house was challenging because a home would be listed online, and not even 24 hours later, there were multiple applications on it. Right before we were due to leave on vacation, we went to see a house, and it was perfect! At first, we didn’t know if we had gotten it, but right before we flew out of town, we received the news that we had been approved and would get the keys on June 1st after we returned from vacation. So, my time was filled with stress from looking for a house and then getting ready to go on vacation, but it was worth it because we have moved into a house that is perfect for us and our vacation was wonderful!

While on vacation, we renewed our wedding vows on our 17th anniversary, and everything was perfect on our special day! Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is one of our favorite places to relax and reconnect with each other, so why not renew our vows while there. We were supposed to renew our vows two years ago, but between my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2019 and Covid causing the world to stop in 2020, we had to post phone our trip and ceremony until this year.

So now that I have decompressed from all of the chaos, my new home is unpacked and my studio is back up and running! I will have new jewelry to photograph and post soon so hold on for just a little bit longer for me!

Thank you for your patience and continued support! 🙂

March 30th: New Jewelry Listed in My Shop

I just finished listing all of the jewelry I made last week in my mmillsdesigns Shop!

Yesterday I started working on a revision of my website. I haven’t been happy with how my catalog was displaying, so I am using a new theme. So far, I am pleased with it, but let me know what you think and if you have suggestions for me.

This week is hectic for me as I only have one day where I don’t have any appointments, and that day is tomorrow. I plan to spend some decent time in the studio tomorrow, coming up with a few new ideas, and working on new pieces.

If you have any questions, please email me directly at mary@mmillsdesigns.com or fill out the Contact Me form on this website.

See you soon! 💕

March 18th: Update & New Jewelry

Hello! I realize that I have been gone from my studio for a while now, but my absence could not be avoided. Soon after my last post in February, I hurt my back. I have had issues with my sciatic nerve in the past, but that was years ago, so it was quite a surprise when it flared up after so long. About two weeks after the initial pain started, my back was better, thanks to a lot of rest and avoiding sitting in my studio chair where I have to sit up straight. Once my back was better, I worked on a few custom orders that I needed to get done and shipped out.

A few days later, I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon, and it was determined that I needed surgery to fix an issue from a surgery I had back in November 2019. For those who have not noticed the links connecting you to my other blog, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in late February 2019. Two weeks ago today, I had my 5th surgery, and I am doing well! I am excited to see my surgeon again next week to remove any stubborn steri-strips that are still hanging on to my surgery site.

Today I finally felt well enough to get back into my studio and design a few pieces. It felt so good to be able to sit for a few hours and do what I love! I hope to work on a few more pieces tomorrow, and then I will list them in my online shop.

Thank you for your understanding and support! 💕

Valentine’s Day

Hello! I didn’t have an update for last week due to a few things. It was an emotional week for me, so it was hard to concentrate on making new jewelry. Instead, I focused on fine-tuning my new organizational system in my studio and ordering a few new items I needed to create a new type of jewelry that I will be designing next week. I am so excited to present a different kind of jewelry to you, and I hope you will love it as much as I do!

I will have another update, listings in my shop, and photos of some of my new items towards the end of next week, so be on the lookout!

Please note that next week I will be working on new items for Valentine’s Day in particular, so if you have any custom requests, please let me know by either emailing me at mary@mmillsdesigns.com or going to my Contact Me page on this website.