My Makes · Treasures

Daegu oriental medicine market area; new yarn and WIP

During my semester break I've been painting, but do make time to get out of the house as much as I can to enjoy my neighborhood in the recent mild temperatures. The other day I ran some errands downtown, and passed through one of Daegu's treasures, the Oriental Medicine Market. The market encompasses a few… Continue reading Daegu oriental medicine market area; new yarn and WIP

Treasures

Dad’s 2020 Christmas ornament and vintage hats

Well, yesterday I received a wonderful and highly anticipated Christmas care package from home (California) that took an unexpected seven weeks to arrive - after Christmas, but of course it is no one's fault, just another pandemic glitch. Dad's yearly Christmas ornament was inside. This year he has created an adorable sailboat with a red… Continue reading Dad’s 2020 Christmas ornament and vintage hats

Expat in Korea · Treasures

Traditional Korean painting “Minhwa” and WIP update

One of my favorite Korean handicrafts is Minhwa (민화), or Korean folk painting. I recently acquired a lovely reproduction of a well-known Minhwa theme, called Hojakdo (호작도), or a tiger, magpie, and pine tree scene. There are many versions of this triad, and this one makes me smile. Minhwa paintings have a charm and accessibility… Continue reading Traditional Korean painting “Minhwa” and WIP update

Expat in Korea · My Neighborhood

Happy New Year! First post of 2021 and Winter view

Just checking in to send out a wish for a happy, healthy, hopeful New Year. I have to laugh a little as I look at my modest crafting resolutions from last year. Hardly any of the things I dreamed of doing got done! But a few important ones did - for example, I made my… Continue reading Happy New Year! First post of 2021 and Winter view

My Makes · Treasures

Favorite toy makes of 2020; First “snow” this winter

Like so many people, I don't feel I accomplished as much this year as I'd hoped, but as I look back on my makes this year, I am pretty satisfied. I brought a spot of joy to some people in my life with my humble gifts, and I had fun in the process. The wire… Continue reading Favorite toy makes of 2020; First “snow” this winter

Expat in Korea · My Recs

Happy Holidays and three more podcasts on my “to-listen” list

Happy Holidays! ❤ It's Christmas in South Korea, and Santa Claus sprinkled some of his special magic over my little household last night. It was a glorious day of typical winter chilliness (6 degrees Celsius), which kept me largely inside, catching up on holiday calls and media, and organizing my kitchen. At this writing, Santa… Continue reading Happy Holidays and three more podcasts on my “to-listen” list

My Makes

Breakfast cookies recipe

On Tuesday, I had an early-morning Zoom cookie-making session with my young nieces in California (it was Monday afternoon for them). They made some pretty spectacular sugar cookies, while I watched, chatted, and mixed together my own breakfast cookies. Cookies for breakfast are absolutely allowed in my house. I'd like to share my own recipe… Continue reading Breakfast cookies recipe