Expat in Korea · Free Patterns

Aug. 15: Love for Korea and the Humble Granny Square

Today is Korean Liberation Day, a major holiday celebrating Korea's 1945 emancipation from the Japanese empire. We're in holiday mode and the Korean taegukgi (태극기, national flag) is flying high. A much more humble observance underway for us crafters is the yearly commemoration of the granny square, a familiar, homespun classic that's found on countless… Continue reading Aug. 15: Love for Korea and the Humble Granny Square

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Afternoon trip to Gyeongsan’s Bangokji reservoir

My second summer "staycation" in Korea has included a number of local day trips that have increased my appreciation for the area I live in. I've always thought of Gyeongsan as a booming college town, but it also encompasses a lot of farmland and charming pockets of "boondocks" countryside and small bodies of water to… Continue reading Afternoon trip to Gyeongsan’s Bangokji reservoir

My Makes · Travel

WIP updates & Busan sea view

Korea is deep into the mid-summer monsoon season, with heavy rains, heat, humidity, spectacular cloud formations, and glaring sun when it does shine. I just returned from a quick trip to Busan, Korea's second-largest city, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. I lived in Busan for three years when I first began working in… Continue reading WIP updates & Busan sea view

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Happy Mother’s Day, neighborhood lake walk & crafty bits

Happiest Mother's Day to all the moms and all those who "mother" in some way. Mothering is a creative gift of the heart, no matter its object. There was a brisk wind yesterday which gave a lovely, gentle wave to the lake in my neighborhood. My pup Bo relishes these walks. Today in particular it… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day, neighborhood lake walk & crafty bits

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Part 2: Spring blossoming on campus w/video

I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos and video of the height of Spring. The lilacs are out now, too, so that means I’d better hurry and get my yearly bunch before they’re gone. Video shows the petals dropping and giving the landscape its soft-focus appearance. I heard the call of pheasants today, too,… Continue reading Part 2: Spring blossoming on campus w/video

My Makes · My Neighborhood

New WIP update and Spring walk photos

March isn't yet over, but we have some high Spring weather happening here. In fact, the cherry blossoms are already in bloom two weeks early. I will get outside tomorrow and take you some shots before they've all disappeared for this year. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures I took in the meadow at the… Continue reading New WIP update and Spring walk photos

My Makes · My Neighborhood

On the verge of Spring in Korea; WIP updates

This was my last week before starting a brand new semester at the uni. It has been a really mild week weather-wise; in fact this winter in general was one of the warmest since I've been living in Gyeongsan. I imagine we'll have another "early" cherry blossom show this year, although early might now be… Continue reading On the verge of Spring in Korea; WIP updates