Midnight thoughts

Its past midnight and this is one Friday I am particularly exhausted but feeling fabulously good.  I had awoken from a semi-sleep remembering I still had my make up on. I was so deep into slumber that it took me a good half hour to finally open my eyes and get moving on the freshening-up-before-bed routine.  

Finally done.

Yet again, I am so deeply disappointed that my space here has lain dormant.  And every time I find the time to stop by here and write, I make another promise to rouse this corner of the web from its deep slumber.  Still trying.

Perhaps this time will be different. 

I just came back from a two-week trip to Manila, and although I purposely took it easy and tried my darnedest not to stress out about “seeing the sights,” I think I managed to make productive use of my time.  I had come armed with an arsenal of my own creations to give away as gifts.  My only regret is that I didn’t get to take pictures of all the pieces I created before they found a new home.

Like before, I wore my own creations and was flattered pink by the comments that were thrown my way.  It only convinced me all the more that I should continue to create and hopefully start selling again.  Well, that’s the plan.

Welcoming 2015

Sunset over Manhattan 02Jan2015

Three months after an attempt to jump start this corner, I’m back.  And hopefully, REALLY back.

It seems that that has been such a struggle the past couple of months.  And yes, the creativity has somehow ebbed and I haven’t been as good with keeping up with my goals.  But the new year is here, and with it, a chance for a new beginning finds me again.

2014 has been quite a challenging year in many ways.  Personally, it was a time of discernment and struggle, but I think I managed to regain my footing the second half of the year.  The challenges continue to come, but I think I have come back to my old form and are now in better shape to face them head on.  It’s not a “new” me — but rather a “better me” — like reacquainting myself with the old self I had somehow tucked in deep under the layers of conformity and compromise.  No more.

I guess you can say “I am back” in many ways.  And hopefully I will be able to finally get things up and running on this side of my web presence.

Here’s to Gotham Chick this 2015..

Here we go again..I’m back!

Antique book pages, spray ink and postcards.. #papercrafts  #postcards #sprayink #inkspray #papercrafts #color #personalartI didn’t realize that the months had slipped by (yet again) and my last post here was July.  It hits me harder just as I had vowed a couple of months back to be more vigilant about posting here and keeping this blog alive.

I’ve been busy, but I have not really had the chance to post much to report on the things I’ve been up to.  There is THE THANK YOU POSTCARD PROJECT  that has required a lot of background creation, lettering and paper crafting in general which has been taking shape as I work on it.  I haven’t gone too far in documenting my progress there either.

I have been enjoying experimenting and working with Polymer Clay.  I’m halfway through assembling pieces and hope to complete something this weekend.

The summer has come and gone and I feel like I’ve had a good start trying to get back into the swing of things.  The shop is officially open again and I’m not just relisting but creating pieces to sell.  I’m trying to work with the supplies I have and explore new methods like working with wire and creating more than assembling components.

The graphic above is a set of vintage paper collage postcards I sprayed with ink.  My papercrafting has been confined mainly to these postcards and my altered book.  It has taken a life of its own as my diary / journal and it’s progressing quite nicely.  It keeps me tethered to an evolving project.  I’m continuing to make background pages and here’s the latest update on my Art Journal.

Creating has always been a means of coping for me.  It goads me to move where sometimes just being or vegetating is a very tempting option.  I can’t give in.  I am reminded that there is so much more going on in life.

This year, I plan to start pulling together Bead Store Tours but I am saddened that one of the stores I like in Manhattan has just closed shop.  (As of this writing, they are currently trying to get rid of what’s left of their inventory.)  I had taken a friend around one time and she said I would do well to make money of doing this for people who are visiting NYC.  It gives me an excuse to go around my favorite shops beyond shopping or browsing.

But first I must start my store reviews here.  That is yet another plan no the drawing board.

I am back.

De-stashing and upcycling

Promises should be kept, I know. I had promised to post more regularly but everything has been moving rather simultaneously in the different facets of my world. It has been a struggle but I haven’t quite given up yet on reviving this space.

Spring is gone, and summer is here.

While I have successfully gone back to creating and selling on Etsy, I need to step up the posting and the creating, while indulging my continuing experimentation and organizing.

Work in Progress: learning my way around a hammerThe good news is, I’m beginning to use up my stash and I’ve found a new way of creating findings by using my hammered wire. I’m also working on being braver with stringing and I’m looking to do more of that in the coming weeks. So while I haven’t posted much here, I have been doing a lot of experimentation and crafting as far as the shop is concerned. There are nights when I don’t realize how I’ve let the time pass me by as I sit working in my craft corner, and before I know it, it’s past midnight already!

Crafting has always calmed me and has helped me to bring myself to a quiet place where I can think more clearly.  Maybe that’s why I get so absorbed in the creating process and I lose myself in it.

I’m also trying to upcycle this ton of freecards (advertising postcards) that have been stocked in my attic forever.  I’m doing a “Thank You” project that will utilize them but I’d like to leave it at that for now.  That should help me move my supplies which have been sitting untouched here and in the office.  I’m trying to sort what I need and what I don’t, and trying to find new uses for what I have.

I have always had a love affair with paper and it has never been easy for me to throw it away. But things can’t stay as “supplies” forever! Yesterday, I fished out some color photocopies of some watercolor backgrounds I did maybe two years ago and pasted and cut them as postcard backgrounds. The originals had gone into my first art journal. I have also printed off some choice photos from my portfolio and I do a mod podge process which turns them into a canvas-like texture print. (To do or not do a tutorial on that…. It’s not really rocket science!)

So there.. I hope to post more but let me hit publish on this one so I can get the blog rolling…

 

 

Welcoming 2014

2014And so 2014 is here.

I didn’t realize that my last post here was written just before my world literally came to a halt.  I am still having trouble jumpstarting things and writing here now is such an effort.  I have to find my balance again.  There is often too much pain and anger crowding my heart these days that I have to force myself to create anything or even touch the things that are my source of inspiration.

I am trying to stock up on hope and be optimistic for 2014.  I was hopeful and optimistic about 2013 last year but it turned out to be even worse than 2012.  But it’s done.  2014 is here.  So let’s wait and see.

Trying to find the right “look”

Do you know how agonizing it is for me to find a theme for this site?  And it doesn’t help that I’m kind of cheap and not willing to pay premium.  I haven’t quite gotten there.

It’s not even so much the design nor the color scheme.  It’s just the feel of how the whole page comes alive when I hop on over.  It shouldn’t be so difficult.

I know I’ve been promising to build my presence on this website but I am still in the process of getting this site organized.  (Promises, I know..=)  Getting there.

For starters, I’m dressing this place up again and hoping to post more contect.  Soon.

Overhaul coming

I know that I haven’t been too good in keeping this blog updated — and I am really, really trying hard to have a more regular presence here.  For starters, we have to do something about my header.. and my layout.. but I must write content! 

I am making a commitment today to work on all of the above as soon as my last major swap is out — “DECORATE A JOURNAL” which is barely finished and send out is tomorrow.  I would have made it but for some binding mishaps and an eye infection.  (I’m late…)  So I’m hoping my partner doesn’t mind it — (note to self: write partner today and advise of delay).

Meanwhile, I have laundry to fold, and another video uploading.  More coming!!

GothamChick is now on WordPress

Moving my domain to a wordpress blog has taken me forever and a day to decide because I’ve had one on another blog server.

From the very start, I had hoped to devote this blog to the “crafty” side of me, showing the crafts I have been working on and hoping to make personal notes about my crafty exploits.  I also wanted to be able to provide tutorials, mainly to demonstrate that there is much one can do “the ordinary way”, even if you consider yourself artistically challenge.  As a crafter, I take pride in being able to produce work using the simplest materials.

I haven’t had much luck maintaining consistency in posting in my original Gotham Chick blog mostly because I try to do my posts with accompanying photographs.  I am even thinking of doing video eventually as well, but I’m trying to start fresh here.

So instead of migrating the old blog, I’m starting fresh.

This is a crafter’s blog. While there are times when I get lucky and what I eventually produce can be likened to art, I am by no means pretending to be an artist.  I have an array of artists that I am a fan of, and I take much inspiration from their works, even if I can only hope to do anything close to what they create.

Creating is a good means of expression and something I encourage in my friends.  I hope this blog helps other fellow crafters as similar blogs have helped me in my own craft journey.  Many of the things I have created are the result of hours and hours of internet research and countless experiments.  One of my personal mantras is “I learn something new everyday.”  Opening ourselves to “new things” helps us grow, no matter how young or old we may be.  I’d like to think that it helps us go through the challenges of daily life and become better persons.

I blog here, and I sell on Etsy.  My etsy shop, Gotham Chick — what else? — has been in existence for three years now.  A lot had happened in 2012 that had forced me to put the shop in the backburner or in semi-hibernation, but I’ve put the shop back online and I’m repopulating the shop with existing stock.  I am also starting to experiment and create again, and hopefully, these new ventures will find their way into the shop soon.  The first three years have seen some sales, but they can be better.  And I know I can do better if only I can focus more on the “creating” part.  This is my challenge for 2013.

So welcome to the new home of GothamChick on the web.  Join me on this never-ending crafter’s journey.