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

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

Post-typhoon nature walk, and crochet projects update

My posts are coming slower these days - I'm really bogged down at work, like so many educators during this pandemic. There is some wheel-reinventing going on that is unavoidable. I have plenty to be thankful for, including the simple pastimes that distract me from worries. That still includes going out in nature with my… Continue reading Post-typhoon nature walk, and crochet projects update

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