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November 2017

By Aislyn Bryan October 26, 2017 210 Views No comments

(Click News & Information, above, to see our holiday schedule through January.)

This is our November schedule. Note that we'll be closed for a week at Thanksgiving, but the website will remain open. And this year, the last day to order MTOs before Christmas is November 30. Remember, MTOs (make to order) rings are all rings made of exotic metals. all rings made of wire shapes other than round, plus all the outlying sizes of round rings. Anything in any of those categories that you're going to need before we return from the Christmas holidays in mid-January must be ordered in November. If you wait til December, it'll be too late. Heads up, everybody!

October 2017

By Aislyn Bryan October 1, 2017 483 Views No comments

In a few days Urban Maille's Facebook page is going to disappear so I wanted to take a bit of space here to explain why we're wantonly deleting a page followed by more than 5000 of our favorite people. There's a bit of explanation involved, so feel free to skip down if you don't care about this sort of thing.

Gary and I are old school patriotic types who believe in old school free speech and the free market. We believe in defending to the end each and every person's right to speak their beliefs, even if we loathe what they're saying. Maybe even especially if we loathe it... because when people can speak freely, it's easy to see who they really are. That's where the free market comes in. We vote with our dollars and with our time and attention. We don't give any of it to people whose beliefs are abhorrent to us. Instead, we find like minded people and give them our business, our time, our attention, and in this way we vote for what we want to see more of and disregard the rest. It's a wildly effective system that's completely fair to everyone, suppresses no one, and allows for each and every person to reap exactly what they sow; a blissfully, perfectly, fair result that no form of censorship can ever provide.

Unfortunately, some social media platforms are trying to socially engineer us by deciding what we can see and what we can't. It's just a modern form of book burning, a concept unbearable in any form. The only power we as individuals have (or need) is that free market vote of money, time and attention, so Gary and I have made the decision to stop giving ours to platforms that choose to censor what we see instead of just giving us the tools to filter our own information as we choose. So... bye bye Facebook. It was fun while it lasted.

We've had a lot of lovely rain in the mountains this summer, so even though it's been cool since mid-August, the aspens are only just now turning from green to yellow and the ground is purple with asters well beyond the usual end of our summer flowers. It's hard to pick a favorite season when they're all beautiful but autumn is just special. I hope yours is just as lovely. Until next time....

-- Aislyn

September's the Beginning

By Aislyn Bryan August 31, 2017 725 Views No comments

It would be difficult to overstate how great it is to have a whole month off in the summertime. It feels like sooo much time, stretching away into the future, just the way summer always felt on the last day of school as a kid. Gary and I lazed around, cooking and eating, watching movies, taking naps (some of them on lounge chairs outside), surrounded by our many critter babies, until even the dogs had had enough.

Then we started cleaning. We rearranged furniture, put up new curtains, beat the rugs, washed the decks, and slowly cleaned away all the clutter that accumulates during the eleven months of the year when we're too busy to notice. Once that was done, we did it all again downstairs in the office and the shop. It's such a nice feeling when everything's clean and shiny, oiled, upgraded, well rested and ready to bust out.

So go place your order... we've got new equipment to break in. :)

-- Aislyn

P.S. Believe it or not, this month is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It's time to get busy making what you plan to sell and thinking about what you plan to give. I usually get too busy, wait too long and then have to rush... but not this year, because I'm starting right now.

Summer 2017

By Aislyn Bryan July 10, 2017 674 Views No comments

Hey, everybody. Last summer was so nice that we've decided to make a tradition of closing for the entire month of August to catch up, reorganize and rest. Our website usually remains functional while we're closed, but giving our IT people the whole month to do site upgrades worked out great, as well, so we're going to do that again.

For the entire month of August, our website will be shut down with just a little closed sign on the door, not accepting orders. We'll ship all the orders that come in by midnight, July 26th, then we'll break down our equipment for cleaning and maintenance, so there will be no ring making from that time until we re-open the first week of September.

Freshly organized and without the usual backlog of orders to catch up when we return, our shipping schedule will be nice and speedy from the jump, so that'll be a good time to order. Everything you need before September, though, needs to be ordered this month (July) so we can get it to you before we close. Stock items can be ordered through the 26th but the deadline for ordering make to order (MTO) rings is Friday, July 21th. (MTO rings include all exotic metals and all wire shapes other than round.)

We're having such a beautiful summer. I hope you are, too. :)

-- Aislyn

To EveryThing There is a Season...

By Aislyn Bryan March 18, 2016 4642 Views No comments

This is my favorite photo of Gary's parents, taken in '95. They're wonderful people, great parents and surely the best in-laws anyone's ever had. Gary's dad passed away this month and left such a big hole in our lives that none of us are quite sure how to carry on without him... least of all, his wife of 60 years. Gary's spending a lot of time with his mom right now, comforting and helping her find a way forward into the next phase of her life.

For now and throughout the summer, Gary and I will be keeping a shorter than normal work week, so our order turn around time will often be a day or two longer than usual. It's easy to keep up with email no matter where we are, though, so if you'll let us know when you have a deadline to meet, we'll do our best to get our rings in your hands by the time you need them.

Spring is coming....

-- Aislyn and Gary

Christmas 2015

By Aislyn Bryan December 8, 2015 3600 Views No comments

Update, December 23rd -- We've shipped all the pre-deadline orders, and everything we possibly could that came in later. I'm about to turn off the lights and go wrap some presents, but first I want to take a minute to thank you for another wonderful year. We just love you all so much! ~hugs all around~ We'll be back the first week of January and look forward to seeing you then.

Best wishes for every joy of the season to you and yours, from us and ours.

-- Aislyn and Gary

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It's that magical time of year once again, that time when you don't hear a peep out of us because we're so busy filling orders. :D Actually there is always at least one peep and it's this one, when we post the last day for ordering items to ship before Christmas.

For MTOs -- that's make to order rings, including all shapes other than round and all the more exotic metals -- that date is this Friday, the 11th.

For everything else, the last day to order for pre-Christmas shipping will be the following Friday, the 18th.

Keep it merry and bright, everybody!

-- Aislyn and Gary

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