A Plumber, I am not

I’m in the midst of a plumbing crisis as my own attempts at unclogging my kitchen sink seems to have just aggravated the problem.  I admitted defeat this morning and called our maintenance guys to come rescue me.  Come, they did, and they got the sink unclogged and I signed off on the work, only to discover later that the pipes have been compromised (leaking!), and their “snake” might’ve cause the clog to transfer to the bathroom sink which is just on the other side of the wall.

My half day off from work is now a full day off which is not something I am too happy about but which I am sure the tyke will rejoice over when he gets home later this afternoon.  I have been trying to just enjoy the day instead of stressing out over working from home since I did declare a day off.  I’ve been getting my fill of the royal wedding as well which, I must say, is a lovely way to end the week.  Sun outside, lovely day — and seeing Prince William and his new Princess saying “I do” makes one very hopeful.  In the midst of all the craziness of this world, there is still much to smile about. =)

The plumber has finally returned.  It’s 11:34.  Even if he finished in 10 mins, I won’t be able to make it in time for a 1pm start as I still have to get myself ready.  Again, why stress myself?  So I called my “reliever” and asked her to cover my spot and I will just try to make the most of my Friday.

The past few days have been very stressful and emotionally draining.  I guess that’s the reason why I went back to doing my “Art Journal Every Day” (which I left in the office thinking I would bring it home today).   Meanwhile, I’m a “Mom in panic mode” as I am trying to organize Angelo’s 7th birthday party next week.  (He turns 7 on Sunday, the 8th which, being Mother’s Day, made us decide on having the party on May 7, the day before.)  Nothing big — we’re having a play date in McDonald’s.  It was Angelo’s choice and despite offers of other places, he had made up his mind about it and was not about to be swayed.

I am also happy that he agreed not to have cake or cupcakes in class the Friday before — probably because he doesn’t like cake and he doesn’t like cupcakes either.  We settled on a compromise and he agreed to just give away coloring books and my domino pendant with an appropriate graphic instead of what I sell in the shop.  I was busy trying to figure out giveaways for the birthday party but he smugly reminded me his guests were getting happy meals so that should be good enough. (The voice of reason!)

Mr. Plumber came back a second time — at first he gave me a flustered look and asked me what happened now as he made his way up the stairs.  Upon closer inspection, I guess he realized it was nothing I did — the sink needs repair, so be it.  He will need to finish this and look at the bathroom sink next.  My hope is that he does the job without further aggravating any pipes or connections.

The plumbing is working again and I’m beginning the weekend without fear of clogged drains.  Yesterday I took this gorgeous picture of one of three trees in my courtyard.   Gorgeous!  The thing is that this particular composition is only good for 24 hours.  Already, the petals have shed and the color is not quite as vibrant a pink.  Precious..

I remember how last year I had postponed taking pictures, rushing and passing it by day after day until I just realized I had missed capturing its beauty.  So this year, I promised I’d take the time, even if I am rushing to join Alan in the car or as I rush to the bus stop to try and be on schedule.

My Art Journal – Finally!

I know I resisted the idea of having an actual journal or book for my “Art Journal Every Day” project.  I don’t know if it was all the pent up emotion over the weekend or emotional exhaustion or both that led me to finally decide I was going to convert this ordinary composition notebook into a workable art journal.

The biggest problem had always been the paper — too thin.  Taking the cue from other posts and interaction with fellow journalers, I pasted thicker paper as a “work surface”, using the lined sheets instead as a “skeleton” or “base” for my work.  Ta-da!  The two graphics below are still a work in progress.  My cover is practically more than halfway through, and the first entry is, well — uhm — getting there.  I have already “gesso’ed” the next spread, but I haven’t had the chance to do the backgroun I was hope to start — so either I get to do that tonight, or I gesso the next spread.  In the meantime, I try to add more pages as the days go by.  It is turning out to be quite a thick book.

As my first entry says: Today, the JOURNEY begins…

Art journaling for me is indeed a journey as I find myself exploring new ways and means of expression.  I have also started to look at other forms of art, trying to find out how best to work with acrylic and even just crayons.  I find it very relaxing to do repetitive strokes, so actually work on a piece and see it finished later.

Although I will reiterate that I don’t consider myself an Artist in the true sense of the word, I’d like to believe that there is an artist in each of us waiting to come up.  I’m just nudging mine out little by little, page by page, here in my Art Journal.

New Items up at GothamChick.Etsy.Com

While I am congratulating myself for having successfully beefed up my stocks for the craft fair I participated in two Saturdays ago, I am now in a serious backlog as far as posting the items up for sale in the Etsy shop.

The good news is, I managed to add quite a few pieces today.  (Pictures with links posted below.)

Carnelian Bouquet Earrings Chalk Turquoise Cross and Matte Silver Drop Earrings

Olivine Antique Brass Dangling Earrings

I actually have a ton of other things to put up in the shop but there’s the business of taking pictures, doing the write ups (which means measuring and getting accurate descriptions) and then figuring out pricing.  At least I can say I’ve gotten down to a more subjective but faster way of arriving at a price per piece, unlike before when I used to go back to images or records of how much the raw materials were purchased and then I would calculate how much each piece actually cost.  Not anymore.  I still look at the approximate cost per piece but no longer rely on actual computations.  Then I look at the piece as a whole and figure out a good profit margin which would not shortchange me as the artist, nor the buyer as the one forking out the cash to purchase my wares.

A few nights ago, I managed to put up my Domino Pendants and although four designs were initially posted, I made my first sale (!) today which leaves three in the shop.  My personal favorite, of course, is the one of “The Laughing Christ”, and I’m proud to showcase my original art of zentangled initials/monograms.

Zentangled T Monogram - Domino Pendant with Chain The Laughing Christ - Domino Pendant with Chain The Laughing Christ - Domino Pendant with Chain

My first sale was for my “A” — as I only have the letters that make up GOTHAMCHICK in the inventory, and not all of them have been rendered on domino pendants.  My first sale disproves the hubby’s unbelief in the selling power of domino pendants.

Also up are my turquoise cross pendants (graphic to follow) which have gotten a lot of oohs and ahs at the Craft Fair but which, unexpectedly, didn’t sell.  I’ve received the same compliments when I wore one, so I’m trying to see how it will go in the shop.

These days, my nights are spent inventorying what’s on hand and what’s posted in the shop.  I’ve also started stocking the earrings on earring cards (handmade, of course!) and making sure the earrings are secured by comfort clutches which I know the buyers will appreciate.

So goes my continuing attempts at keeping my store alive…

The Pinay New Yorker IS back!

I have been “sidelined” by the craft fair I participated in last Saturday, April 16, but I AM BACK!

I feel bad that I haven’t been here at all because I just haven’t had the chance to sit down to write something that makes sense.  Even now I feel as though I have a ton of things to catch up on.

The fair was a learning experience and was a mild success for a first attempt.  So I am happy.  It has made me think of better ways to present my wares, and I believe I gained some points as far as self confidence and morale is concerned, seeing how people looked at my table and handled my creations.  (Blog post coming: Things I learned from my first craft fair)  Better yet, I actually sold some items!

The good news is, I’ve managed to complete all three books of the Hunger Games trilogy (again, another post coming on that one!) and I’m gearing up to catch up with my John Grisham backlog.  (I am at least 5 books behind and he keeps writing, so I better start reading up on his latest works.)

From Sunday to Tuesday, we spent time as a family driving off to Lake George (yet another post coming) and I can happily say it was well worth the drive and we are definitely going back.  (I am even willing to forego demanding a guarantee that the hot water will be flowing uninterrupted…)

My Art Journal Every Day attempt is almost a total fizzle this April, so I am keeping my fingers crossed May will be a different story.  And while April is slowly slipping away (it IS now the 20th!) — I am hopeful I will be able to “create” something between now and the end of the month.  (Hopeful!)

At least I am back here, chronicling my day-to-day existence as Mom, Wife, All-around maid, Yaya, jewelry-artist-wannabe, trying-hard artist, and Imortal fan trying not to be saddened by the fact that the series is about to end.

Like I tell everyone whose e-mail or FB private message I manage to respond to with a curt reply, I will write more later.