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.
I think my wall of hammers might look good on the wall next to the fireplace.
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.
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.



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.

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6 thoughts on “Moving… Retreat… Workshops…

  1. Pam

    I feel your pain. We will be packing the apartment we have been renting in three months for the move to our new town home.

    How long does it take to drive from Denver to Salt Lake City?

  2. Amy cox

    Where about in Utah we just moved up to Farmington. My shop isn’t done yet really don’t know where it will be yet.
    Guess I also had 1 more question does your husband have a brother and sister that live in NSL? Brian Muir and Jill Muir Morley? They were in our last ward!
    I have been ready your posts for a little over a year now. I was excited to here you were moving here.
    Guess I’m sounding a little stalkerish so I will just say I hope the move goes smoothly. Goodluck

  3. Denny Diamond

    Wishing you and your family very best wishes and lots of luck in your new home. Hope you settle in comfortably and quickly when you move.


  4. Melissa Muir

    Pam, I believe Denver is about 8, or it might be 10 hours to Salt Lake City. Good luck with your move. Glad you found a place you like. I hate moving.


  5. Melissa Muir

    Amy, the house is in Draper, so not super close, but closer than Washington or Ohio. No, My husband’s family is from Idaho. However, he does cousins, though I don’t believe the names you have listed are related that closely. And no, you don’t sound stalkerish. LOL. I am, after all, the one who has put all of this out here.

    I look forward to meeting you.



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