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design to make sure to use the bare minimum or silver required. The silver is antiqued to add to the vintage feel and, believe it or not, this can be done by placing the pieces into a zip lock plastic bag with a hard boiled egg – not that I do this all the time!

One thing I do love making above all else is envelopes! Once I get started on a set, my entire studio gets taken over by rows and rows of envelopes. I love the whole process of cutting out the shapes, the folding, the gluing and the packaging too – I like doing repetitive tasks like this. I’ve got a bit of a stationery fetish, so to make my own is a complete joy. I’ve sourced biodegradable cello bags too, so even the packaging is eco friendly!

What is the hardest aspect of running your own business?

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I wish I could concentrate on Milomade full time but I can’t, so the hardest part of running the business is not being able to devote enough time to it I guess. I also have a strange phobia of telephones, so another difficulty is having to deal with using the phone to speak to stockists or potential stockists. I know this is something that is stopping me getting ahead, so I’m very thankful for email, facebook and twitter as I’m really comfortable using these as a way of communicating – I’m OK if someone calls me though, so please call away – get in touch – ring me!

Also, I often find it difficult to categorise Milomade as I’m not just a jeweller, I make accessories and stationery too and it’s difficult to fit into a single category. I used to bundle everything into one product

page on my website, but I’ve recently re-designed it to have three distinct product categories and I think that helps people to be able to distinguish the product types I produce.

When someone asks me what I do, I stumble to find the right words – I think I need to practice my ‘pitch’ a bit more. It all comes down to confidence in the end and as the years go by, I’m getting more confident about Milomade and also very proud of what I do.

When work is done, how do you relax?

There is no relaxation in this house, there’s too much to do! We bought this house a few years ago and it needs everything doing to it. So I hardly ever have time to chill out as I’m either working on web stuff, or Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126
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