Friday, September 10, 2010

New Life in Rio Rancho, NM

It is hard to believe that 4 weeks ago we were filling up a 26' moving truck and on our way to New Mexico!! We loved the home we built in Alpine AZ. It IS one of the prettiest places in AZ. After four years we felt isolated - at least 28 miles from the nearest town, 75 from the biggest town and 250 miles from Phoenix, Tucson or Albuquerque! There was no income opportunity apart from our Website and shows that we would travel great distances to. We knew we needed a change and other than moving back to Scottsdale the other nearest jewelry manufacturing hub was Albuquerque - so that's where we decided to move.

We're not attending shows for a bit while we research indoor venues in New Mexico, Colorado for next year. We will still be attending shows twice a year in Flagstaff, AZ - one of our favorite show locations. Instead Mark is already picking up trade work for the jewelry industry here (stone-setting, manufacturing, repairs), we're going to work hard to improve our website, create new jewelry lines and one of a kind pieces. We are so inspired by New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment that it won't be a problem. :)

Apart from the work opportunities we are appreciating all the conveniences of civilization again. Rio Rancho is a quiet, low crime area. Everything is 5 min from home. The weather is beautiful as well as the sites. We have amazing views of the Sandia Mountains. Every Sunday I go to the Corrales Farmers Market. This picture above is from one of my trips. It has become a Sunday morning tradition to get out and support local growers and bakers. Love it!

Every year we can enjoy the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival and any given weekend morning they fly over our neighborhood. Sometimes so close you can see the passengers in the basket.

Not only can we rave about the weather, our new home and studio, conveniences and neighborhood but there is also a dog park across the street for Sam! Incredible views of the mountains and a place to take twice daily walks.

Mark and Sam in the Park. So much to explore in this new state and city!

One of the many pretty sunsets at our new home.

Now that the traveling and moving are done there will be more posts showing our new designs, interesting things we learn about New Mexico and the beautiful natural surroundings.

It's nice to feel truly at home somewhere.


Greg Smith said...

Welcome to Rio Rancho.

K. said...

Mark and Carla,

I am so happy that the move went so well and that you have found a nche in Rio Rancho. I am so happy for you. Let me know when you will be in Flag so I can come see you, Best wishes and Love,

Sister Kristan

Kelly said...

Glad to hear that you guys are settled and happy! It looks beautiful there!! I wish you guys the best!!