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 · 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

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Folk village in summer and peek at a new project

I'm making a summer top with the Phildar Shiny yarn, a cotton yarn with touches of polymide and polyester, which provides a little sparkle. I absolutely love the yarn - wish the sparkle showed up better in photos. The yarn has beautiful color flecks, and doesn't split. The top I'm making uses simple mesh and… Continue reading Folk village in summer and peek at a new project

My Makes · Travel

Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

Summer travel is usually big for me, and I typically try to get out of Korea during the hottest part of the year - my recent favorite August destinations have been home to California; Australia (it's winter Down Under in August); and Japan. This year is different, of course. Travel is made difficult because of… Continue reading Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

My Makes · Treasures

An imaginative “map” of my neighborhood, and some crafty updates

On Instagram recently, I found out about a beautiful project from the artist and teacher Molly Mary Simmons at Direction of Flow. Her concept is called a Mapestry, and it invites people who are on their respective "islands" during this time of isolation, to submit individually-rendered maps of one's dwelling-space or neighborhood. These maps will… Continue reading An imaginative “map” of my neighborhood, and some crafty updates