was established 03.03.20 by Marissa Mills with the support of her parents,
Laura and James Mills.
To spend our time crafting
beautiful things that inspire joy
in your heart & home.
Also Our Mission:
To make it easier for other women to learn about what it takes to craft a life they love and a business they can be proud of.
At the encouragement of my parents
(& grandparents!), I was always ambitious. In 7th grade, I wanted to be an actress, and when my chance finally came, it went just as fast. The dream of becoming a fashion designer soon replaced that one and while I was accepted into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, I botched that up -twice- and then I botched three other attempts at college as well. Later, after several rough years of coming into who I was, I became an esthetician. I developed a passion for the industry I wasn't expecting, and soon realized I wanted to start my own business; so I partnered with a local salon. Yet again, though, it was not to be. The partnership ended, and I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth whenever I thought about esthetics.
Check out what happened next
I eventually found my happy place at
age 24 working with retreat ministry
and my skills really flourished.
At 26 I was responsible for increasing the revenue of two individual, one-person departments by 61.34% and 67.07%. This involved dabbling in a little bit of everything from marketing, sales, operations, management, and financing.
Because of this growth I needed help maintaining the day-to-day operations and my mom was hired.
It didn't take long for me to realize my mom and I are a good team, especially seeing as how I learned most of my skills from her (& my dad!) anyway.
But despite our working so well together, I began to wonder what it would be like to be solely responsible for my circumstances.
So, soon enough I started dreaming again and in 2019 the idea for The Craft Mills was born.
First it would be a small handmade business - run by my mom and me - but then a bigger idea began to flourish. I wanted to share my knowledge and inspire other women to follow their dreams too, no matter their circumstances, self-doubt, or past failures.
So, wherever you are in your business journey, I'd love to hear from you and offer any help
I can to get you closer to your goals.
Special Shout Out
For the last 4.5 years the guy pictured above has encouraged me to never settle and makes me push past my comfort zone to experience great things.
I am lucky. So this space is to thank you Kyle...
for being the sounding board for all my crazy, the good and the bad.