Friday, August 23, 2013

college bound...The Full Story


Stamen Polypods

I knew when I was typing this post that something was very wrong...
and it was...and I lost the entire post which I just so carefully wrote...
Do I want to do it again?  heck no!  
So I will give an abridged version of my long tale and tell you that I am returning to college to take a metal smithing class.
I will be going to the local junior college and I am just so excited I got into the class,
which after a difficult time even trying to get registered, I finally got in by the skin of my teeth.

So I'm going to be a bit busier than usual and my Etsy shop will show it...
but I'm off to learn how to finally use big girl tools and play with fire...

Thanks Penny for sending me the orignal blog....
here it is in it's entirety....

When I graduated from high school way back when, there was no question in my mind that I would go to college.
It was never really brought up, encouraged or even asked about...What was I going to do? No one asked...no one cared.
I personally hated school, high school in particular, and the idea of going to school another four years just was out of the question...but I remember graduating and thinking" now what?" It was assumed I would work in a factory or get married even though I never had boyfriends, so it's not like marriage was looming on the horizon.
So what did I do? I worked in a factory for a week, where I cried every lunch hour. I got a ride to the job with a neighbor lady who had been working there for 20 years....the thought of this kind of a life...endless repetitive boredom was not for me...but I was lost and didn't know what to do....

I did meet a boy and fell in love and after being with him for about 6 months he told me he was going to California and did I want to go with him...Well my bags got packed that night and to the shock and dismay of my poor parents, i hitch hiked the 2,500 miles in the middle of a March snowstorm to Venice, California.
I never really did figure out what I was going to do with my life...I dabbled in just about everything...you name it ...I have probably done it...acting, singing, dancing, boat washer, waitress, photographer, camp cook, seamstress, curtain maker, upholster , craft services, production assistant, stage manager, antique dealer...have I forgotten anything? probably.

Cut to today...my main job has been wife, "home-maker" and I had my own antique business for 9 years in a brick and mortar store at Wertz Brothers Antique Mall in Santa Monica  and I have been making my own jewelry and running my Etsy store....I have known all along that I need to be my own boss, that I have a hard time focusing on getting a task done  and of course I am bone lazy and love to do as I please....and although I did finally go to college at the tender age of 30 and got two AA degrees, one in liberal arts and one in theatre, the time has come for this old gal to go back to school.

Long Beach City College...one of the orignial buildings from the 20's

Now I'm doing anything as crazy as trying to get my bachelor's degree...I got into a silversmithing class at the local junior college...It meets two days a week for both lecture and lab...I am excited and scared.  The college has had a major overhaul...It is beautiful..It retains it's old California Spanish charm but with luxury upgrades, beautiful xersicopse landscaping, and fabulous rose gardens...There use to be bunnies running all over the campus...I guess people dumped their pet rabbits and it turned into a major "Bunny U"...but they captured them all before the re-model and they are not there anymore...I loved those bunnies, but now the clean, wide open spaces are just so beautiful that the bunnies are now just a lovely memory.

where the bunnies ran free



I will probably not be making as much jewelry for the shop as I would like but this new challenge is going to expand on what I am doing already.

xxbh

20 comments:

PipnMolly said...

Beautiful stamens. Nice post. It's wonderful that you are broadening your metalworking skills. Hope you love the class.

Alice said...

Beautiful pods!!!

Congratulations on getting in the class. I have been wanting to do this for so long as I don't learn well from a book or video. But I can't seem to find any classes.

I can't wait to see what you make!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Metal smithing! Very cool! Or should I say hot? Have fun!

fanciful devices said...

wow this is huge! i was considering taking a 3 day workshop but even that seemed like too much time wasted...
oh congrats on the polymer daily feature- that site has a huge viewership i think. and these new pods are amazeballs. that shape!

Anvil Artifacts said...

What a blast you'll have! Everything you make now is so expertly crafted, it will be a treat to see where your new skills take you. Enjoy!

Lucie said...

Awesome ppds! That's great, you'll love it I'm sure!!

Kath said...

wow how exciting, I'm sure you will make a great success of your course.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

You are going to enjoy it so much Cynthia ..... and we shall all look forward to seeing the results in your jewellery. Have fun. XXXX

La Petite Gallery said...

Cynthia, I am so happy for you.
Yoy should be the star of the class. Talented as you are. Big hug, go girl..yvonne

Chris said...

Oooo cool things ahead for you Cynthia! You'll learn new skills and rock them with your own style. This is a great new adventure!

artistic rejuvenations said...

have a great time in your class! i bet the outcome will be magic.

Sparrow said...

omg smithing jealousy!!! There's no kind of course for that thing around here, nothing. I have to teach myself, which of course means I never will! You're gunna do great because you're already a techniques genius.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I just hate when a Post disappears like that---It is very very disturbing and deeply discouraging, too....!
How wonderful that you are expanding your horizons...Good luck with that class!

PK Studios said...

Hi Cynthia,
You are going to LOOOVE metal smithing! By the way, I've taken a couple of classes in Santa Monica at Precious Metal Arts.... you might look into it in case your college classes are limited. I can't wait to take more there in time! Can't wait to see your new metal smithing creations! : )
Cheers,
Penny

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

You will love it, and it will open up so many doors to your work. I envy you!

Lela said...

Now, THAT'S a good story. You're going to have a blast in silversmithing class!

betweenreader said...

You're gonna love it! Smithing is going to be great for you. It is so wonderful to be able to push metal around. xxP

annamei said...

You´re lucky one!!!
You´ll love to play with fire...
Have a lot of fun in this adventure and i´m excited to see where it will lead you!
xxAnna

Deb's Desrie said...

Cynthia, I am soooooo proud of your desire to keep learning and all your accomplishments.

XxOo Deb

Jackie said...

Back to school, how exciting!! Wishing you the very best. I can't wait to see what you come up with after the metalsmithing class.

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