My Makes

New gnome figure; Christmas decor is up

Happy Turkey Day to my American friends and family! I've been busy this week, but not too busy to finish a few crafty things I've had on the back burner for awhile. I'm excited to have finally finished my second gnome figure, who will be my little Christmas tree sentinel this year. Mr. Kringle is… Continue reading New gnome figure; Christmas decor is up

My Makes

Early holiday toymaking – Mr. Gnome is done

My first holiday craft for 2022 is finished! This adorable gnome pattern was a wonderful way to get back into toy making. I chose to make him in a more traditional "Santa-like" color scheme, with a red hat, mitten, and boots, and a white beard dressed with red and green cord. He could be made… Continue reading Early holiday toymaking – Mr. Gnome is done

Free Patterns · My Makes

Christmas tree is up! + new hat pattern

I'm checking in to share a photo of my Christmas tree, a mini time capsule that I put up on Thanksgiving, as I try to do each year. My Dad's handmade ornaments cover about 80% of the tree, and the rest are gifts from friends and some travel mementos. The newest ornaments are a paper… Continue reading Christmas tree is up! + new hat pattern

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 · 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