For the past couple of days, views from readers in the Philippines have exceeded views from this side of the world and elsewhere which I find heartening for many reasons. However, I find it sad that I have yet to hear a peep from these kababayans who have honored my humble space here a visit.
Magsalita naman kayo at paunlakan ang aking paanyaya na kayo’y magparamdam sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat ng ilang kataga dito sa tahanan ni Pinay New Yorker. (Please speak up and accept my invitation to have your presence known by writing a comment here in Pinay New Yorker’s home.) And of course, the invitation is being extended to everyone else.. I’d love to hear from Saudia Arabia, Germany, Ireland (who is probably my fellow-Pinay, Mara)… I love all visitors, but fellow Filipinos — no matter wherever you may be — will always be special. (Right, Lou and Mara?)
I’ve had a pretty productive weekend so far, but of course, I wish I could do more. For starters, I visited the brand new Michael’s over at the corner of 187th Street and Horace Harding Expressway. It is a rather huge store, but maybe because it’s newly opened, it didn’t feel quite as “fully stocked” as the bigger stores I go to in Long Island or in Manhattan. Both were a trek for me (yes, even the one in Manhattan, considering it meant a commute from 42nd to 100th street!), and this is a welcome addition to the stores in the area where I live.
I’m hoping they eventually get fully stocked in the months to come, because I missed a lot of the usual items in the different departments. (No ATC sleeves or cards, no Ranger DYC-33943 Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Collection Ink Spray, in Vibrant Turquoise that I was hoping to add to my set of ink sprays, very limited selection of rubber and acrylic stamps, etc.) Let’s give the store a few more weeks to stock its shelves sufficiently. All the same, I’m overjoyed! I might finally get to take classes onsite like I had always hoped to, but the Long Island branch was a 20-30 minute drive. I did manage to grab some paper packs and polymer clay which were on sale for $1 each. (Can’t beat THAT bargain.)
Happiness! Can’t wait to get crafting again. I’ve posted about the pressed flower experiment I did Friday which I can’t wait to “uncover” on Monday. It’s not so much the actual pressing of the rose and hydrangea petals (which most crafters can do with their eyes closed), but rather the timing in the cut flower’s life that it is being done to produce a desired effect. I pressed the rose petals while they were nowhere near dry to fully flatten them. Do visit my craft blog, GOTHAM CHICK to read more about the craft projects in more detail. (You can also keep track of new posts there through the Gotham Chick widget on the right hand side of this space.)
I’ve just been sidetracked by a project / business my sister and I are getting into. I’m helping her pull together a website to sell some items back home in Manila. I hope to start work on a series of Mega (Big) Artist Trading Swaps that will be due end of the month. I don’t want to be late, so I’m going to start on the backgrounds at least tomorrow. I tend to do multi-process collage ATCs and the one I’m thinking of doing for this swap is something just like that. It’s still a long ways away, but I don’t want to be late.
I had kept away from the ATC swaps because my two poor ratings on Swap-bot.com were a result of delays with ATC swaps. That’s why I’m trying to get a headstart on the whole swap. Click here to view some of the ATCs I’ve created.
I have two more posts here on draft mode so let me get going so I can get them published here eventually instead of languishing in draft mode. I hope everyone’s having a good weekend… mine has been good so far. =)