Sunday, February 28, 2010


It is easy to forget how little these kids are sometimes. They speak two languages.

How crazy is that?

currently listening to: August and Everything After, Counting Crows.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I'd like two yards of the raddest fabric ever please.

Ask and you shall receive. I found this matryoshka doll fabric and took what they had left (two yards. suck.)

I'm obsessed. It matches the doll I bought at Russian town in Busan.

I've had this ugly Asian style pillow laying around my apartment. My alter crafty/sewing ego has been needing some attention. So I began a little project with it.

With some awesome pear fabric and some wicked hand stitching, I gave it a better life.

I feel much better now. I love fabric shopping in Korea! There are endless bolts of amazing fabrics that are so full of colors and patterns that I can't even begin to process it all!

currently listening to: Brandy Alexander, Feist.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Another month, another New Year.

Lunar New Year (usually called Chinese New Year in the 'ol west) was a special experience. The children were completely decked out in their beautifully made Korean Hanboks, the traditional Korean garment. Being a total textile-a-holic, I was obsessed with the colors, patterns, fabrics, and embroidery.

The children were beyond adorable in their tiny outfits. While we westerners didn't quite carry the Hanbok as well as the Korean teachers did, we did our best. We were loaned Hanboks for the day and got to play along with the kids. I plan to have a Hanbok made for myself before I leave. It will be a special reminder of what an awesome experience this all is.

currently listening to: Brand New Colony, The Postal Service

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Little reminders

This is hanging in my kitchen. It's helpful sometimes.

Currently listening to: Rocky Raccoon, The Beatles.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Another year, another birthday.

It was fun. Thanks everyone xoxo

Currently listening to: House of the Rising Sun, Animals

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The first 100

I am almost 100 days into this Korean adventure. It is almost impossible to believe how much time has passed. Once you settle into a routine here, things move pretty quick. I'm not sure where I thought I would be at this point in my time here, but I definitely thought I would have seen more of the country by now. Oh well, there are still 265 days left to see all the temples, parks, mountains, trails, and old Buddhas that I can.

Here is a little list of the most important things the first 100 days has taught me-

1. It isn't going to be anything like you think it is.
2. If you see something cool, check it out. It might not be there tomorrow.
3. The money seems like Monopoly money. But it isn't.
4. The Seoul subway system is scary but super rad once you figure it out.
5. A bus card is the best thing ever.
6. Don't forget to turn the shower head off (it is connected to the bathroom has ruined a morning or two for me).
7. Few things feel better than receiving a care package, a card, or anything from home.
8. Korean food is generally cheap and super tasty. Don't be too scared of it.
9. When you are totally unsure of what to do somewhere, just stand there looking around until a Korean tries to help you (they always do!).
10. Leave your apartment as much as you can.

So, Korea, here is to the next 100 days :)

currently listening to: Coldplay