One of my favorite pastimes is going to art festivals and craft shows with friends and family who can appreciate the arts, like my sister, my mom, and my friend of 20 years, Beth Church. These women are not only talented, but encouraging. If my mom would see something she liked, she would expect me to study how the piece was put together, commit it to memory, and duplicate it for her when we returned home.
Sometimes the expectations were a little daunting. But I couldn’t say “no” to my beloved mother. My sister and Beth believed in my abilities so much, I didn’t want to disappoint them, either. Regularly, when my mom would take an interest in something—a lawn ornament or tiled gazing ball—Beth was in my ear saying, “Sandra you could totally make that.”
Some lawn decorations were all metal; some were miscellaneous auto parts welded together to make flowers; some were a mix of glass, metal, and recycled materials. All were interesting and had personality. However, I didn’t have the tools and resources to make art like this, and I thought, “Someday, I’ll learn to weld, and I will be able to make art like this.”
When I had an opportunity to sign up for an artistic welding class through Ivy Tech Northeast’s new IvyLiving program, I jumped on it. For just over $100 I would learn to weld, create art, and cross “learn to weld” off my bucket list! I had been waiting for this opportunity for more than 20 years. This was too good to pass up.
Now when Beth sees metal lawn art and says, “Sandra you can totally make that,” I’ll be able to respond with a confident, “Yes I can.”