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

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 · My Recs

WIP scarf and cardigan, plus – music I’ve loved during lockdown

Even during "normal" times, I really enjoy podcasts and music while crafting. More isolation has me reaching a little farther into my musical favorites. Here's a short list of what I've listened to recently, and a bit of background. In the last couple of weeks, we've had some monsoon weather with heavy rain, thunder and… Continue reading WIP scarf and cardigan, plus – music I’ve loved during lockdown

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Crafting updates and my favorite local bakery

Happiest July 4th to all my American family and friends! I've been spending the weekend (since Thursday) wrapping up the semester, hosting a beautiful little dog for a night, cooking, crafting, and enjoying the fruits, flora, and fauna of my Korean neighborhood. On Thursday, I went to Siji, a neighborhood about a 12-minute bus ride… Continue reading Crafting updates and my favorite local bakery

Treasures

Birthday cake and Instagram giveaway

It’s my birthday week, so I set up a giveaway on Instagram for one of my Frontier shawls and a care package of surprise treats from Korea. Go to my Insta profile @the_frill_seeker and read the instructions! I’ll pick a random winner by June 23 PST. PHOTOS: Care package giveaway on Instagram @the_frill_seeker Choose a… Continue reading Birthday cake and Instagram giveaway

My Makes

Juniper cardigan is finished, plus what’s ahead

Just a quick post to share the Juniper cardigan I finished about two weeks ago. I volunteered to test-crochet the garment for Rachel at Desert Blossom Crafts. It's a simple, lovely cardi that's crocheted in one piece and has minimal seaming. The pattern is very beginner-friendly. PHOTOS: a few shots of the cardi I tested.… Continue reading Juniper cardigan is finished, plus what’s ahead