I’ve always been a kid who loves to do crafts. I liked putting things together to make a pretty fountain for my backyard. I got hooked on making acorns out of felted wool a few months ago. Now, I’m mildly obsessed with making stained glass pieces.
It started by signing up for a class at the local Portland Community College. This sounds like a insignificant thing but that is NOT the case. Deciding to learn a new skill was oddly very hard for me to do. Thoughts like but you might die before your able to do this crept into my brain and why learn something if your going to die soon? I found it best to not even try to answer those questions but to give them the boot out of my brain.
So, I eventually committed. I signed up for a class. The class was relatively easy, taking place between 10-12:30 once a week for 4-weeks. So easy I signed up for another. Now I’m still going once a week at the same time slot, but for students who are only slightly more advanced than someone who has never cut a piece of glass before. I love the studio I go to, Roses…oddly it feels like I’m in a new family. The owners Pam and Mitch have certainly created that environment intentionally.
Like the sign posted in the Roses Studio “stained glass is a socially acceptable addiction“, I accept that I too may be addicted. I nearly have a full set-up to do projects at home in my basement. I am still very much a beginner having made only 4 total projects to date. I am so pleased I stepped out of my comfort zone and signed up for the class. Living is important.