Monthly Archives: February 2013

I will be back one day….

My head just spins these days. I went from moving in June, to moving in April, to moving in mid March. In just 3 1/2 weeks I will leave Washington and begin life in our new place in Utah. I think I have been caught off guard a bit because of the rapid changes in the timeline. We didn’t expect to find a house so quickly. Although, I have to say that I am so glad we did. I was actually quite concerned about being here on my own with my girls for 3 months while my husband was in Utah workings and house hunting. I am also very excited and rather antsy about getting there and settling down.

The studio is now probably more than 1/2 packed. I should have it all finished up by wednesday, I would think. That will give me time to get some of the deep cleaning started and will make it easier for me to clean the house once the movers get all of our belongings loaded onto a truck. Last time we moved, it took them two full days to pack everything up and one solid day to load it all on the truck. This time however, we have a lot of things that are already packed. So I think that it will all happen much faster.
I am really going to miss the Columbia Gorge area. I have been driving around just soaking it all up and trying to commit as much of the scenery to memory as possible. I need to start researching hiking and biking trails in Utah so that the girls and I can hit the trails as soon as the wether gets nice. They have some really pretty areas in Utah, but it will be hard to replace the beauty we have here in washington. One thing that makes this move pretty nice is the view from my front yard.
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That will be pretty easy to look at every morning. And the best part…. the view will never be obstructed. That is the view forever. *sigh*
We called ahead to some of the leaders of our church there in Draper. It has been wonderful this past week as we have had several members of our new ward reach out to us to welcome us and offer any assistance when we get there. It is nice to know that we are moving into a place that has such caring people.
It may be a while before I am able to get the studio back up and running once we get there to the new place. There is a lot of work to do to finish the room. And unlike when we bought the house in Ohio and built my studio there, I have a SERIOUS lack of funds this time. So it might take a while. But I hope not too long.
I will try to get on and blog a bit when I have something good to share. But thanks for being patient in the meantime. Wish me luck!

Moving… Retreat… Workshops…

Let me just start by saying that there certainly is never a dull moment in my life. Those of you that are long time readers of my blog know that already. I often joke that my life is so crazy that you just can’t make this stuff up.

Well, we have a timeline for our move. However, stranger things have happened, so we will just have to see how it all plays out. Last week my husband went to Utah to hang out with my little brother. While he was there, he took the opportunity to meet with our realtor and look at houses. Our plan has been that he would start his new job on March 1st (or thereabouts) and the girls and I would stay here in Washington until June and they were finished with school. We also said, in the unlikely case that we found a house, we might move sooner. Well, wouldn’t you know it? He found a house. It is a great one and the studio spaces (yes, plural) are fantastic. I will start out inside and then once we get the detached garage plumbed, heated and cooled, I can move out there. Here is what I am starting with… So excited! Eventually this room will become a family room, so I am going to finish it with that in mind.
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I think my wall of hammers might look good on the wall next to the fireplace.
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I would like to install a Kitchenette type of set up along this wall with a sink and counter top for working on projects such as etching, patina application, wire wrapping, etc. I will probably put my bit table there in the nook by the window on the left.
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I honestly don’t know how big this room is. I haven’t seen the house yet. I will be flying out next week to attend the inspection and see it in person.
The house itself has great bones and quality construction. The other elements inside?…. Well, let’s just say I am going to be VERY busy for a couple of years with various projects. So, when do we move? During spring break, the first week of April, also Easter weekend. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!! Do you know what that means? Only 7 1/2 weeks left. You know, I could swear I just wrote this message…. Oh wait, that’s right, I DID. Almost exactly one year ago.
But this time, I am not renting a house. I am going straight to a purchase and I am not moving again for at least 6 years. If he hates his job, too bad. LOL. Of course we also feel more comfortable buying without renting as we are already pretty familiar with the area.

So at any rate, I guess, Let the studio packing begin… again.


Pacific Northwest Metal Retreat

A good friend of mine, Francesca Watson, and I are hosting a retreat of jewelry artists. It will be held in beautiful Trout Lake, Washington. We have rented a rather larger house from September 9 – September 15.

Registration opened yesterday and it is already just over 1/2 way sold out. The retreat is going to be so much fun. I was really excited about it being only about an hour away, but now it will about 14 hours away. Oh well. But I am excited that I know I will be returning to Washington. Hopefully I will get some really good hikes in at that time.

Would you like to join us? Please check out the information. But don’t hesitate too long or there won’t be any spaces left.

Workshops

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Just a reminder that enrollment has begun in my Basic Soldering Online Workshop. Class begins February 15 and ends April 15.

Learn how to cut your own jumprings, one at a time or hundreds. Learn the basics of your soldering set up. I will introduce you to a butane torch, essential tools and chemicals. Once we have gone through the basics, there are 6 projects for you to hone your skills. Learn how to solder copper with silver solder and without having a silver seam show on the finished piece. I even share my secret of how to make perfect swirls. We play with alcohol inks to add interest to textured pieces. Learn the secretes of soldering silver onto copper and not having the silver solder flow all over your copper piece.

The entire workshop is only $130. Or you can take each individual project for only $30.

Work at your own pace and ask questions along the way. I have a flickr and Yahoo group set up so that we can easily communicate.

View more information about the projects: www.MelissaMuir.com/workshops

Tool Time Tuesday – Anticlastic Bracelet Tutorial

Hello everyone. It has been a while. It seems I say that more and more. I have all the intentions on sitting down and writing a post, posting or filming a video or even working on jewelry and it just doesn’t seem to go as planned. So I am just trying to go with the flow of things. Thanks for your patience.

Basic Soldering Online Workshop

First off, I am running my Basic Soldering Online Workshop again. Many people indicated that the fall was a bad time and asked if I would run it again after the first of the year. So I am. In addition, you can choose to take the entire workshop, or just specific projects. I will have a yahoo group and Flickr group again so that you will have access to me through those means as well as email.

View more information about the projects: www.MelissaMuir.com/workshops

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Tool Time Tuesday

I did finally get a video edited that I filmed a couple of weeks ago. though. So for today’s Tool Time Tuesday, I am presenting a video tutorial to make an anticlastic bracelet with the hydraulic press. Kevin Potter of Potter USA, has come out with some great bracelet blanking dies. There are three different sizes. I am loving them because they make working on bracelets so much faster.
I will be listing the bracelet blanks (in copper) for sale in my shop next week if anyone is interested in buying the blank but don’t have the resources to get the press set up.
In the video, I show how to use the blanking die with both the larger press and the new smaller bolt together press. There are also some considerations that need to be made with the smaller opening and smaller platen size.
Enjoy. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

The Press and press tools can be purchased at www.PotterUSA.com