(First, go to this post if you don’t know what my #Before30BucketList is. I’ll also be going back to that original post and noting each goal accomplished if you want to keep up but miss out on some of my posts.)
Right around when I was first making my list, my mom invited me to go to her Mindfulness Class with her, which was held at her local library every Monday — for free. I didn’t put it on my list because it wasn’t really something I was going to follow up on, but I did go (because this is not only my #Before30BucketList year but also my “Yes Year” aka my “Year of Experiences” in which I try to say yes to everything and do as much as possible and probably kill myself in the process).
Anyway, it worked out perfectly that I was figuring out my goals at this time because when I read them to my mom and worried about how I was going to afford and/or find everything she pointed out that all of our local libraries hold all different kinds of free classes. So I spent way too much time looking up every class offered in all of my county and the neighboring county (because I live literally on the edge of the two) and wrote down anything I might be interested in or that would apply to my list.
Originally I found two classes that could count as “Learn A DIY Craft” and I was considering making this one my “Take A How-To Class” but the second crafting class was canceled so here we are. I may have skimped a bit because it was only one class and I didn’t really learn a lot about the craft, but I did complete two projects and plan to follow up on my own to learn more.
The class was origami, which I’ve always been interested in but never really pursued. When I got there they asked me if I’d ever done origami before and I said no but halfway through class I remembered that back in middle school we used to make cootie catchers basically every day and I used that memory to turn them into programs for my wedding, and I designed, printed, cut, and folded all 80 by myself (rarely anyone even took one).
So I did remember a few things that I learned along my wedding-prep route, like folding twice (once on each side) made things easier and how to best align the paper so you got even folds. That doesn’t mean I was an expert, however. More than once the other women in class asked me to help them because I’m impatient and kept going ahead without instructions and looked like I knew what I was doing, then ended up being wrong and having to help them undo what I had previously done and redo it the right way once I got the hang of it.
There’s not really too much to say about this class. It was fun and the instructor had been a kindergarten teacher so she dealt with us rebels well. I’ve noticed in my free class-taking time that the majority of people like to goof off and not take themselves too seriously. There were also snacks and drinks and the whole atmosphere was wonderful, so I rather enjoyed myself.
I got the hang of things pretty well and made a super awesome basket, which I still have in my room holding various knick-knacks I refuse to move into another room but also don’t know what the hell to do with. Originally we were told we’d be making two baskets but we were so goofy about the first one that we had about 5 minutes left to make the second one. I insisted that I could stay if anyone else could, so most of us hung around to make the second. That’s when everyone learned I lived 20 minutes away and couldn’t believe I drove that far but then kept inviting me to other classes so I don’t know what was going on in their heads.
At the end of the day I felt successful productive and inspired to teach myself more Origami, so I do believe it was a success.
**EDIT — I bought an at-home origami kit from 5Below the other day and have been doing all sorts of creative animals. I’ll update with pictures when I feel I’ve finished, but for now I just wanted to add that in and change some of the specifics at the bottom.
Companions: Group of Older Women also Taking the Class, No-good instruction manual
Tolls: Courtesy of Dad
At-home Kit: $5
Goal Total: $10
6th Goal Accomplished
List Item #63: Learn A DIY Craft
Bucket List Total: $139