I went to Metals Week in Idyllwild, California last year. It is organized by Deb, who we all know by now, is my teacher & mentor. I had a wonderful time but afterwards I knew I had to find a class that allowed me to focus on Raising.
When the new year rolled around, I started checking the websites of the other summer metals programs around the country. I checked them weekly, waiting for the day when they would post the programs for 2011.
It was only the second week of January and Haystack posted their course offerings and I found not one but three courses that interested me: A course on raising & sinking, a course on flatware and another on fabrication of small hollowware. Not only did I fill out the application that Saturday, with my first choice of Metal Moves which is a two week session, my husband took it to FedEx on Monday and I had an acknowledgement of receipt two days later.
Now I had to wait to be accepted. I would not be notified until mid-April.
And while I waited I scoped out other programs on the off-chance I was not accepted. There was a period of several weeks that I did not think about it at all because I was so busy at work.
Last week a reminder popped up on my computer informing me that I could email Haystack and ask if I was accepted. I sent off an email before I went to bed with the hope I would have an email waiting for me in the morning.
YES I DID, and the subject line was "CONGRATS...." To say I was ecstatic all day would be an understatement.
So now I have to make my travel arrangements, schedule vacation time at work and count the days until I go.