My Neighborhood · Treasures

Antique crochet pattern booklets; WIP update

I've been officially on break from my teaching duties for the last couple of weeks. Apart from my trip to Seoul, I've stayed relatively close to home, since the pandemic keeps me grounded, but not idle. While going through old papers in my home yesterday, I came across two vintage American crochet booklets from 1916… Continue reading Antique crochet pattern booklets; WIP update

My Makes

Mandala has a home! Plus, new shawl and favorite dog treats recipe

After some thought and time to locate supplies, I was able to satisfactorily hang the mandala on my living room wall, behind my piano. I used a simple curtain rod and some metal rings in every other space of the border. I think I may add rings to the rest of the open spaces, to… Continue reading Mandala has a home! Plus, new shawl and favorite dog treats recipe

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Back in Gyeongsan: giant lotus; making fresh tortillas

It's been a couple of days since I returned from Seoul, and my thoughts are looking ahead to the next trip, to Andong at the end of next week. Meanwhile, I've been doing a lot of home improvements: I bought a new dresser, dining set, lamp, and screen door. I'm also about to hang my… Continue reading Back in Gyeongsan: giant lotus; making fresh tortillas

Expat in Korea · Treasures

First 24 hours in Seoul – palaces, handicrafts, hanok, and tea

I started my two-night getaway by using the convenient Korean train system to get to Seoul Station. I so love traveling by train. There is a bit of romance about it, and it's nice to see the Korean countryside in all its lush, green summer aspect, while whizzing by in temperature-controlled comfort. PHOTOS: Comfortable with… Continue reading First 24 hours in Seoul – palaces, handicrafts, hanok, and tea

My Makes

Finished Spice Market Mandala

After several months of stitching almost every morning, I've finished the Spice Market mandala. I started it way back in February, right before my trip to Tokyo. That means I've been working on it bit by bit for the last 5 months. https://youtu.be/Pv0OHJ6DpOo Spice Market mandala is finished! https://youtu.be/1I6MbQHturc Close-up video best shows the colors.… Continue reading Finished Spice Market Mandala