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

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Korean food and the origin of chilis

I eat a lot of yummy Korean food at local joints around my home. It's inexpensive, healthy, delicious, and more often than not, is laden with different kinds of chili peppers that give the food color and personality. Some are super-spicy, and others aren't spicy at at all, depending on the variety. Bottom line, it's… Continue reading Korean food and the origin of chilis

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Sunrise Bridge stroll; Finished cozy reader’s wrap

Yesterday I had business at the Immigration Office downtown, and decided to take the long way back home while finishing some errands. Before hopping on the subway in the Dongchon area, I paused to take some photos of the nearby Sunrise Bridge, a pretty structure spanning Daegu's Geumho River. The bridge leads from the Dongchon… Continue reading Sunrise Bridge stroll; Finished cozy reader’s wrap

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

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