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

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 Neighborhood

Autumn forest walk with Bo, and some current WIPs

October is the most beautiful month in Korea, in my humble opinion. I made time this week for a forest walk with my pup, having in mind to admire the foliage in all its fiery glory. PHOTOS: Forest walking with Bo this week. Autumn colors are out in full effect. I'm not familiar with all… Continue reading Autumn forest walk with Bo, and some current WIPs

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Finished Metropolis cardi, and button shopping at Seomun Market in Daegu

The Metropolis cardi is finally finished, including 7 buttons I found today at Seomun Market in Daegu. I was prepared to hunt for awhile before I found some I liked, but I ended up finding ones I liked at the first shop I went into. They are 1.5 cm shell buttons with red and black… Continue reading Finished Metropolis cardi, and button shopping at Seomun Market in Daegu

My Makes · My Neighborhood

A peek at early Autumn in my neighborhood, plus WIPs

If I could pause this weather pattern and keep it all year long, I would. Warm, bright days and cool nights suit me, and so do the colors of this season. Right now, cosmos are in full bloom around my neighborhood and on campus. PHOTOS: Top, my boy enjoying a lunchtime walk. Cosmos field at… Continue reading A peek at early Autumn in my neighborhood, plus WIPs

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