My Makes · My Neighborhood

Gyeongsan forest walk, and crafty bits

Gorgeous weather kept my dog and me out an extra long time on today's afternoon walk in our neighborhood forest. I'll share a few photos here that only need a little explanation. The small pond above is one of two I'm aware of in the forest behind the university where I work. There are many… Continue reading Gyeongsan forest walk, and crafty bits

My Makes · My Neighborhood

More progress with the Spice Market project and doll

Just checking in to share where I'm at with a few of my long-term projects. I have been crafting a bit more slowly recently, since I am officially back to work. Because of the Covid-19 issue, I've had to revamp all my lessons to go online for the foreseeable future - so I am plenty… Continue reading More progress with the Spice Market project and doll

My Neighborhood

Folk Village in Winter: a little Old Korea near my home

Just a few minutes' walk from my home, at the edge of the Yeungnam University campus, is a charming folk village that is a favorite spot for field trips, early-morning promenades, and bird-watching. The folk village is actually a complex of relocated historic buildings. In 1975, the first of its buildings was installed - a… Continue reading Folk Village in Winter: a little Old Korea near my home

Expat in Korea · My Neighborhood

Things I love about Korea, #137 – Unique Cafés

Whether in multi-story coffee palaces, or little jewel box hideaways, South Korea has embraced cafe culture. I’m not just talking about the international mega-franchises such as Starbucks and their ilk - although there are plenty of them here; Korea has its own set of corporate coffee peddlers, too (such as Angelinus, owned by Lotte Group).… Continue reading Things I love about Korea, #137 – Unique Cafés

Expat in Korea

A little Christmas shopping, Korea-style

Today I did some holiday shopping, and stopped at one of my favorite places in the city, Seomun Market. Tailors working in the DIY areaHats galoreMy quick lunch today: bibim guksu (noodles, vegetables, and chili paste). The green chili peppers are eaten raw, and taste a lot like a slightly spicy capsicum. I wrote about… Continue reading A little Christmas shopping, Korea-style

My Makes

Blanket and sweater weather in Korea

Granny stripe blanket This granny stripe blanket took ages to make - not because it’s a complicated stitch, but I took multiple breaks, sometimes to make whole other blankets! Granted, it’s huge - fits a queen-sized bed - but I may need a little work with my attention span. It has four colors of Lion… Continue reading Blanket and sweater weather in Korea

Expat in Korea

“Things I love about Korea” #298: Traditional markets (시장)

Photo: At Seomun Sijang in Daegu: Indulging in a sweet, sunflower-filled fritter called "hoddeok" 호떡 When I moved from California to Korea a decade ago, I experienced many layers of culture shock. It began with the language barrier, and continued with missing many everyday conveniences that I had always taken for granted. Shopping was just… Continue reading “Things I love about Korea” #298: Traditional markets (시장)

Free Patterns · My Makes

Scraps to Treasure: Free lanyard pattern (crochet)

Anyone with a yarn (or fabric, or paper) obsession like mine will recognize this photo - it's the result of never wanting to throw out any craft material, "just in case" it comes in handy one day. Full disclosure, that's only a fraction of my scrap stash. But not long ago, it was even bigger! … Continue reading Scraps to Treasure: Free lanyard pattern (crochet)