My Recs

Korean food and the origin of chilis

I eat a lot of yummy Korean food at local joints around my home. It's inexpensive, healthy, delicious, and more often than not, is laden with different kinds of chili peppers that give the food color and personality. Some are super-spicy, and others aren't spicy at at all, depending on the variety. Bottom line, it's… Continue reading Korean food and the origin of chilis

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Sunrise Bridge stroll; Finished cozy reader’s wrap

Yesterday I had business at the Immigration Office downtown, and decided to take the long way back home while finishing some errands. Before hopping on the subway in the Dongchon area, I paused to take some photos of the nearby Sunrise Bridge, a pretty structure spanning Daegu's Geumho River. The bridge leads from the Dongchon… Continue reading Sunrise Bridge stroll; Finished cozy reader’s wrap

Travel · Treasures

2014 Travel memory: lovely handicrafts of Laos

I've found some simple ways to experience joy during this past year of being grounded by the pandemic, many of which are just outside my door in the beautiful Korean countryside. Some other sources of comfort have come from my substantial cache of travel memories I frequently access, as I regard the mementos that surround… Continue reading 2014 Travel memory: lovely handicrafts of Laos

My Makes

New paper cut floral art from Japan

Now that I've finished painting my kitchen and living room area, it's time to think about organizing pictures I want to hang. Just today, I completed a wonderful little paper cut-out floral kit that I got on my trip to Tokyo last February, at one of my favorite paper shops and galleries, Ozu Washi. The… Continue reading New paper cut floral art from Japan

My Makes · My Neighborhood

New pond ducks, and a bit more crafty goodness

Winter has been mild this year, so we've been able to take some great nature walks when the temperatures get high enough. Yesterday, the pup and I stopped by the YU pond, since it had been awhile, and I noticed some different ducks that I hadn't seen before, co-mingling with the brown ducks and the… Continue reading New pond ducks, and a bit more crafty goodness

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