Hey there, bitties! It's MONDAY! We don't know about y'all, but Monday is becoming a rather, shall we say, liked day around here?! It's just so much fun introducing you to a cool creative that you may never have heard of or seen! It's like a blind date that knocks it out of the park EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! Well, this week will NOT disappoint!
Our feature this week is a girl boss, a self-proclaimed "jock" and has the sweetest heart for giving! We love her jewelry and can't wait for you to love it too! Meet Marlissa! She is the beauty behind Mai Lin Jewelry! We chatted her up to get the behind the scenes scoop that can only be found on The Daily Bits!
TDB: Mai Lin Jewelry is your creative business, how did it come about and what does it mean to you? Is Mai Lin just a shortened form of your name?
MLJ | Marlissa: My business has become the biggest part of my life aside from my family. In my final year of design school, I spent 9 months exploring gift giving around the world. When I graduated, I started Mai Lin as an extension of my research.
Mai Lin is my Chinese name, given to me by my grandmother. Before starting my business, I had never really used the name but I always wanted it to be on the forefront of my life in some way. When it came to naming my jewelry company, nothing felt more natural than using the name Mai Lin.
TDB: If your business could take off and grow infinitely, where would you envision it going?
MLJ | Marlissa: Oh boy. I really love where my business is right now. I am enjoying playing a major role in every aspect of my business from the making to the accounting. I have learned so much and I feel so lucky to have this little company. I would love to travel more. It would be so amazing if my business could take me around the world. I suppose if we're being completely honest here...I would love to see my reminder bracelets in every Anthropologie in North America :)
TDB: Have you always been creative by nature and do you have any other secret aspects of your creativity that aren't showcased by Mai Lin Jewelry?
MLJ | Marlissa: I have always been creative and I have always made new things on a regular basis. I love to challenge myself to learn new skills, use new tools and just enjoy the thrill of making something I've never made before. In the spring and summer, I love to spend time in my back yard dyeing fabric and clothing. Dyeing was something I did a lot of during my years in undergraduate school so it's familiar and fun to do on a sunny day.
TDB: When you aren't busy creating pieces to sell or making custom orders, what do you find yourself mostly enjoying? Can you describe a typical Saturday for you?
MLJ | Marlissa: I am a big jock at heart. I love to do anything active. On a Saturday, I love a nice big cup of coffee, followed by an indoor cycling class. Then I go to some sweet, cozy spot for some brunch with friends. I live in Toronto Canada which is the perfect city for a nice neighbourhood walk or weekend market, or a combination of both. In the evening, I love to relax by cooking a hearty meal for my family.
Make sure you head over to Instagram and start following her beautiful feed (@mailinjewelry) and be sure to check our her website (http://www.mailinjewelry.com) where you can also find the link to her Etsy store so you can sport some of her handmade lovelies! Marlissa has a great week planned for all our Instagram fans, including a giveaway! Be sure to head over to our Insta account (@the_daily_bits) so you can see what her life is like when she takes over tomorrow!