Finally Making Some New Pieces

As you know, I have really struggled lately (like for the past 4 years) to get back into the groove of things. Between having a baby (now 4 years old) and moving across the country a couple of times, setting up a new house and trying to figure out what I want to do, it has been awful. But This year…. This year is going to be different. We are now in a  routine. The house still has a LOT of projects and I need to figure out how to get organized, but I am finding I finally have some time to myself. I have set many new goals. Utah isn’t the easiest place to have a jewelry making business. The people here are just different and value things a bit differently. Let me just say, there is a reason why I can do what I do. I grew up here. I knew the mentality of Utah when it comes to being creative and “crafty.”


I have been approached by several online places to offer my workshops and videos. For a while now I have wanted to have my own video subscription service on my website with projects and such. This year, all of that is going to happen. Dates  have already been set for multiple national teaching opportunities. I will be teaching in Tucson at the Gem show next month. In March I will be teaching in the San Antonio/Austin area. Then in July, I will be teaching in Las Vegas. I am so thrilled to be “getting back to it.”


The other day my husband came home from work and I left the kids in his charge and retreated to the studio. He came in and asked what I was doing. I told him that I was tired of not creating and listening to the awful enemies in my head. So I figured that if I just came in the studio and forced myself to create something, then perhaps my creative muse would awaken and I could get back to “me.” The Me that used to sit and just pull out a stone or two and create. When I was that “ME” things just came together. That is where I am going to get back to. I am excited to get back to ME. This should be a fun year. Want to see what I have done so far? They aren’t perfect but I am sure pleased with them. It is a fabulous start.



I am also really excited that this week a good friend of mine is coming in from California to help me get the layout of my book going. I am  hoping to have the first volume of my book out in just the next couple of months. We will see how it all goes. I may be even further behind than I think. Then again, I may be further ahead than I think. Cross your fingers that things go well. 🙂




Next week I may be a bit quiet as we get our nose to the grind stone and really push to get everything going.

I have been going through my studio and found that I have a lot of things I don’t use. This includes tools and beads and such. So in an effort to raise money for the costs associated with  publishing my book, and hopefully getting a few things in Tucson, I will be holding a destash. I haven’t figured out how I am going to run it yet, but I need to get some things cleared out. I just don’t use some of this stuff and it might as well go to someone who can use it.

But in the meantime, I am so excited to be back. Thanks everyone for the encouragement and support.MelissaMuir-YOJ2015-Week1


8 thoughts on “Finally Making Some New Pieces

  1. Alicia Furse

    I love the necklace you made me nearly 3 years ago, I still wear it frequently and always tell friends who ask about my very talented cousin who makes beautiful things! I look forward to seeing what you have in store! What days will you be in San Antonio?

  2. Ann

    I’m hoping that maybe I can get a few of your tools & such that you destash … I’m on disibility & can’t buy to much … I’m just starting out making jewelry & would have to get all the tools that I need to make things … I have COPD & heart problems & crafting is bout all I can do to try & make a lil extra money … Just let me know please when you are gonna do the destashing … Thank you …

  3. Janet Morford

    Your creativity has lead you to make lovely things and I’m glad you are finding your way back. My cousin and I are taking your class at the Roadhouse retreat and am so excited to learn from you.

    Keep thinking forward as you are more of an inspiration than you may know.
    See you in March.

  4. Jeanne Wagner

    That’s exciting news! I look forward to seeing more of your creations. And good luck at your teaching engagements! Three in one year… I don’t know if I could do it. 🙂

  5. Linda

    Melissa, I am so happy for you, your book, teaching and making new pieces. I, too, have been struggling the last couple of years. I have set goals for this year. Let’s hope they pan out. I miss you. When you were in Ohio, it was so easy to take your classes. You are a great teacher. Lots of love being sent to you and your family. Linda

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Thanks Linda. I sure do miss you. My girls do as well. I am not hoping that mine pan out this year. I am finally tired enough of not accomplishing what I have wanted that I am going to MAKE them happen. 🙂 or at least I am going to do my best. I can’t tell you how much I miss Ohio and all my Ohio friends. I miss my creative buddies. It made making things so much easier and so much fun too.


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