The studio is just about packed

What a great response to my Tool Time Tuesday Post. Thank you all of you that responded to it and left me comments. I have to say, it means a lot to me when you take the time to comment. It really makes it worth it to me to do them. I honestly almost didn’t post that one because I was afraid people thought it would be a stupid one. I am glad that wasn’t the case. Thank you again for the feedback. I love it when I come on here and have comments. It makes my day!

Oh, I have a piece that I made a little while back. I didn’t show anyone because I want to use it as a project in my book. But now that I will be teaching it in March at the Fraser Valley Bead Show in March, the picture will be out there, so I might as well share it with all of you. You can tell me if you like it or not.

 

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Wow, what a week. I think I just about have it all done. There are the little bits of odds and ends here and there, but for the most part, I think it is just about done. I even have all the holes in the walls patched and now they just need to be sanded and painted.

I was really hoping to be further along than this, but that just can’t happen according to plan, right? On Monday my baby had to go in to have her tubes in. She was fighting a bit of a cold at that time, but we were all comfortable in going forward with the surgery. Well, the past couple of days, her cold has improved and then gotten worse. Last night my husband and I were up all night with her and we each had the pleasure of a cold shower. My poor baby had a fever of 106. I have had my kids have fevers up to 104, but NEVER 106. OH MY GOODNESS. With multiple cool baths and showers, a couple of rounds of tylenol and an antibiotic on board, we finally got the fever to break around 8:00 am this morning. Of course, by that time, we had had only about 2 hours of sleep. Talk about miserable, for all parties involved. Today she has been super clingy and we still haven’t gotten much accomplished. I was really hoping to have all the packing done here in the basement with all the boxes moved upstairs and ready to be loaded into the truck in 2 weeks. Oh well. At least I still have 2 weeks….. right?

So you want to see what I have been up to?

This is where the polishing machine and bench used to be.

 


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Watch as the ventilation system comes down.

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I have removed the vent hoods.

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This is the shelf we built to hold the dust collector that I use for my ventilation motor.

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Now the vent system is down and you can see the blower that I use for moving the air out of the studio.

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My rolling mill looks like it has been met by a rather large group of spiders.

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This shelf keeps getting empty and filled back up as we move things around while packing everything up.

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All the copper is packed up and the pegboard has been taken down. The boxes on the floor are coming out of the storage room and we are culling and sorting them to see what to toss and what to keep.

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The vise has been removed and even the bottle jack has been removed from my hydraulic press. We just need to wrap it up and move it upstairs with the rest of our stuff.

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My peg board (wall of hammers) is down and the storage drawers are all empty and packed away.

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All the mirrors and wall art has been removed. You can actually see all the pictures from the studio sitting on the cabinet there in the corner.  I just need to take care of some chemicals and get them disposed of and that will be done.

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So there you have it. Once we get all the boxes up stairs and a bit more organized, I will take a picture to show how many boxes I filled. It is actually kind of embarrassing that I have as much as I do. But when you consider that I teach classes, it kind of makes sense for me to have multiples of various tools.

 

19 thoughts on “The studio is just about packed

  1. Dale

    Oh Melissa, nothing silly about putting up amazing hints like that. I learned that from my Tool Man down under, when I bought my cordless Dremel. Mind you I have the electric Dremel, Proxxon Flexshaft, and nobody thought to give me that amazing hint at the time 🙂

    I don’t have my Dremel over #3 speed and I work in titanium, nickel silver as well as copper 🙂 For bigger holes in the titanium I use an 18V cordless and now use a low speed. Amazing how few drill bits I blunt on the titanium now 🙂

    I wish somebody would put out a DVD with all those great little hints that nobody thinks to tell you because they ‘assume’ you know them. There must be hundreds!

    Thanks again for taking the time, it is greatly appreciated.

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  2. Melissa Muir

    LOL. Tell Dennis Thank you. I would show it to you in person when you get out here, but I think I packed it away.

    ~Melissa~

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  3. susanc

    Your piece is gorgeous! I love the scroll-work and the piece inside – wow! I hope your little girl is feeling much better very soon. You have gotten a LOT accomplished with all you’ve been having to deal with. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

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  4. Terry

    Hey Melissa, so sorry your lil punkin has been sick. Not fun with packing. Sad seeing your amazing workplace being dismantled. May it land in a more amazing place again soon. Bless you all.

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  5. Linda S

    Your new piece is just stunning! Druzy or sugilite? Wow! The whole design, piercing and setting are just beautiful. Sure wish I could take classes with you. Best of luck with the move and getting settled in your new home. Hope the baby is better soon.

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  6. Donna

    Love you pendant Melissa! I know that packing is a pain in the patootie, but it will be worth it in the long run. I am looking forward to meeting you when you arrive in my neck of the woods!

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  7. Melissa Muir

    It is a druzy. I purchased them in September when I was in Tucson. I hope she is feeling better soon too. Thank you.

    Melissa
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  8. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Valerie,

    I have a hard time not tearing up when I go in there now. It is even more empty now. Almost everything but the tables are now out. I should probably be in there right now finishing that up rather than playing on my blog.

    Kiari is starting to get better. We had another really long night with her last night. She has been super clingy today again so we didn’t get nearly enough done. But oh well. It will happen. I hope.

    ~Melissa~

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  9. Sarah Sequins

    I’m absolutely blown away by your pendant. I’m a huge fan of druzy, and also a fan of cold connections.

    Wow, that’s a lot of packing! It reminds me of when my husband packed his collection of books — it took forever and there were boxes everywhere. Best of luck with the rest!

    — Sarah @ Saturday Sequins

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  10. Melissa Muir

    Thank you Sarah. I have not been a huge fan of the coated Druzy. But when I found them in Tucson in September, I fell in love with them. I spent so much money at their booth it wasn’t funny. I also adore cold connections. They are so versatile.

    It is a lot of packing. I am so tired of it. But I guess I should get back to it.

    ~Melissa~

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  11. Swati

    My!! What a piece that is!! I love it! And I am avoiding looking at the studio being taken down. I hate seeing houses being packed up.

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  12. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Swati. I can’t wait to make more of them once I get settled in Washington. I don’t mind seeing houses packed up, but seeing my studio this way is awfully difficult for me. It seems like we just moved in and built the thing. It sure didn’t take me long to fill it up. LOL.

    ~Melissa~

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