Only 3 weeks to go.

Christmas break. I really wish we had. Then all this craziness would be done and over with. But at the same time, I am glad we are still here. I am having fun fitting in the last visits and classes. I am getting more and more nervous now that we have only 23 days left.

I went out to Vancouver back in December to do some house hunting. I found my DREAM HOME!!!! We can even afford it…. if we didn’t want to have money for anything else. So, for now, we have found a nice little rental home and will save our money and pray that my dream home stays on the market long enough for us to get a really good size down payment.

The girls are getting excited to leave. Though my oldest (Riley) is unhappy about the timing. We move the day after her 12th Birthday. Her Birthday/Going Away Party will be held the weekend prior. Kate broke my heart the other day when I asked her if she was excited to go. She said, “Yes, but why do we have to leave all of our friends?”

Kiari is oblivious to all of it so far. But she has her own problems to deal with. I had noticed that she was not hearing me and she is delayed in her speech by about 4-6 months. I took her over to have her hearing tested and they got the same results as I noticed. She has quite a bit of fluid in her ears and will be having tubes placed on Monday. The interesting thing is, she has never had an ear infection. I guess she and Kate got my bad ear genes. We just have issues with the fluid draining. In fact, I get to have my ear surgery done again too. Oh Lucky Me! NOT! But my surgery will wait until after we get settled in Washington as well. See? Never a dull moment in my home.

In the midst of all of this I have somehow finally found a way to work on a few new pieces.

Last week I had a couple of students over and we made some simple wide band bezel set rings.


Saturday I had some friends come over for a Fold Formed Pea Pod class. This was a fun one. I love the sound of hammers in my studio.


This was a bracelet I was working on for something that I hope to announce soon.


The past couple of nights I have been working with my oldest daughter. She wanted to learn how to solder, so she made the top ring with the black onyx. I made the bottom ring with Red Coral that I bought in Tuscon back in September.


I have a few other pieces that I have been working on as well, but you will just have to wait and see my book when it is done for those little beauties.

I have also finished recording a few new videos for Tool Time Tuesday and would like to get them done before I move, but they may have to wait until we get settled into our new place in Washington. My studio will be packed this weekend. My best friend Valerie is coming over to help me get everything ready for the big move. This is not going to be fun. Anyone want to come over and help clean and touch up paint? Anyone? Anyone?

Well, I have two final classes here in Ohio. On Friday night I will hold my very last class here in my beautiful studio. Oh, that just made me cry. :*( I will be teaching the fold formed cuff with they hydraulic press. I have one or two spots open if anyone would like to come. $65 – Includes all materials. Class starts at 6:00 pm.

Next Tuesday night, I will be teaching my Spinner Ring class at Beadtini Boutique, in Copley, Ohio.

It really is starting to hit that we really are moving. Now, I just need my beautiful home to sell. I hope whoever buys it loves it as much as we have. It has been our nicest home yet.

Well, off to clean out more crap that I don’t want to move.

12 thoughts on “Only 3 weeks to go.

  1. Susan

    I love the blog and tool time videos. Am using the bracelet blanks sparingly because I like them.
    I’ll keep you and yours in my prayers over the next month.

  2. Marilyn Daley

    Melissa, I’m will be so sad when you go. I have to say that you are one of the most inspirational people I’ve met. You are kind, patient, and it just makes me happy to be around you. I’ve learned so much from you! You are by far the best teacher I have ever had. You are creative and every time I’m with you I learn something new or better trick to doing something. I will look forward to your videos once you move; however it won’t be the same as being in your studio. Maybe one day I will make it to Vancouver to visit you in your dream home studio. Time will tell. I do hope you will be able to venture back and be a guest instructor for a week at one of the bead shops! Words cannot say how thankful I am to have met you!!

  3. Melissa Muir

    Awwww, Marilyn, You made me cry. Thank you so much for the kind words. And even more than that, thank you so much for your support of me. I have had so many fun hours with you in the studio. I am really going to miss you too. I hope you do make it out to Vancouver one of these days. You already know you are always welcome in my home. <3


  4. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Susan. I know what you mean about using them sparingly. I hoard several of my more rare shapes. I don’t want to use them. But then again, they do me no good if they don’t get used. LOL. Glad you like the blog and videos. Thanks for the prayers. We may need them…. certainly for my sanity.


  5. Angie Simonsen

    Best of luck on your move, and if you need ANYTHING while traveling from Iowa into Nebraska on I-80, you had better let me know! Seriously.
    Your daughter is doing some pretty spectacular work too!!!
    And what’s this about a book???

  6. Anita Hearn

    Melissa – you sound so exuberant about your move, but I’m sure it will be a lot of work getting packed. I want to wish you all great happiness in your new home! A new chapter in your life begins. You will be a great success wherever you are! I wear my beautiful heart necklace that you made for my 40th wedding anniversary with great pride. I have it on as I write this. It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry and I always receive compliments when I wear it! Wishing you and your beautiful family love, health and prosperity in 2012! Blessings, Anita

  7. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Angie, We are hoping to stay the night in Omaha or at least stopping through. I will be sure to let you know when we will be there. I would love to meet up.


  8. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Anita,

    This is a lot of work. I am not enjoying it at all. I am so glad you like the necklace. I love how that one turned out and I am so honored that you asked me to make such a special piece for you. Thank you again for your love and your support. I enjoyed having you over to the studio.


  9. Marilyn Daley

    I will try my best to get there, but I need to save up for a Potter Press. I made it home safely. Took twice as long and that’s ok. I decided to just go slow.

  10. carolyn

    Will you be teaching in Vancouver?! I live near Portland. I have wanted to take one of your classes to learn bezel setting, but Ohio has been too far for me to travel.

  11. Melissa Muir

    Hi Carolyn,

    I hope to be teaching some. It will probably be more on a small group level, but I really do hope to teach. I love teaching and would love to have you over for some bezel setting. Keep in touch and we will work something out.



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