Announcement Why hello there! Welcome to Mfen Designs, specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind, jewelry and art work. Every piece is as unique and special as you are!
Why hello there! Welcome to Mfen Designs, specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind, jewelry and art work. Every piece is as unique and special as you are!
Making Things and Keeping Swimming
How was MFen Designs started? Where did it come from?
Let's start at the beginning.
I was tiny tike living in mountains of snow, surviving off the land... Just kidding.
Well sort of.
I moved from a tiny mountain town in Idaho, with my husband and two kids, to Portland to go to college. I worked my booty off, completing my four year degree in three years, ending with an awesome GPA. I thought I was totally set. (Ahem) Right.
I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Portland (I studied Advertising and Graphic Design). However, an exhaustive job search led me no where. I spent two+ years applying to everything I could find, from fast food jobs to industry positions and found nothing. I worked freelance on the side, but finding freelance gigs was taking over. And I was getting worn down by rejection letter after rejection letter. I was feeling pretty crummy, I had student loans out the wazoo, no income (from me) and no prospects. It was a struggle to function everyday. A battle raging inside of me, knowing I moved my family away from everything I had ever known to drown in debt because I wasn't good enough for people to hire.
Finally my youngest child started school. Aside from volunteering at my kids' elementary school, I was home. Alone. And going stir crazy. I've always loved to create things, always loved painting and drawing and just doing things with my hands. I stated really getting into making jewelry and painting, but I had so many pieces, I didn't know what to do with them.
So, MFen Designs was born.
I look at everyday as a blessing, and every experience as a lesson. I lived, I learned, and I grew. What more could you ask for? As that little blue fish from Finding Nemo says, "Just keep swimming."
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In my free time, (besides making jewelry), I write stories and poetry, practice amateur photography, sketch and chase my kiddies around. I’m a huge nerd, not the pocket protector and calculator type. I am slightly (ahem) obsessed with Harry Potter.
Accepted payment methods
All pieces shipped through USPS (United States Postal Service)
No international orders please