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Weekend Update

Gazing At: This amazing face:



Browsing
Another awesome recipe site.  This one is great too for your mock restaurant versions of your favorite foods.  This baking supply site – which I found via Crafty Crow.  I can’t wait to bake special birthday cakes for my kids and you can be sure I will be using this site for many fun things.  Another fun blog link from Crafty Crow – check out her giveaway. 

Watching: Rocky – yes, I love myself some Sylvester Stallone.  I knew I wanted to marry my husband when I found out he, too, owned the entire VHS boxed set of the Rocky series.  Also watched and loved Slumdog Millionaire.  If you haven’t seen this movie yet, check it out, very well done and such a creative plot line.

Reading: This book, this book, and getting ready to re-read this book for book club.  If you haven’t picked up People of the Book, you must.  I can see a movie in the works for this one someday.

Listening To: Sasha Fierce

Cooking: Chicken Enchiladas and vanilla pound cake for girl’s night, orzo for Parenting Study using a mixture of this recipe and this recipe.

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Things I’m Thankful For This Holiday Season (in no particular order):

1. Makeshift holiday decorations (because it’s hard to find Christmas trees in Korea).

2. Giving is so much better then receiving.

3. Making a friend’s bachelorette party weekend invitations and helping that bachelorette celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

4. Handmade Christmas decorations (can you tell I was having fun with my hot glue gun)?

5. Surprising my friends with some small party favors for the Fancy Pants Holiday Party 

6. The Fancy Pants friends!

7. Exchanging some handmade napkins for sock knitting lessons.

8. Being surprisingly happy with a bag prototype.

9. Mixing textures (my new favorite scarf – a combination of a wool tweed and a soft as silk jersey fabric).

10. The Annual Caramel Apple Pie (just before the crumb topping).

11. Delivering a box of baked goods to the church bake sale (and baking with my favorite Korean friend, “Ally Crocker”).

12. Christmas Eve service at church with my honey.

13. An orphanage visit in Seoul.

14. My favorite cold and cough remedy! (No, I REALLY am thankful for this!)

15. Baking a congratulatory cake for one of Joe’s troops who was promoted to Staff Sergeant (hence the Ssgt spelled out in mini M & Ms).

16. Baking the yummiest, crustiest loaf of bread ever (actually baking 4 of them).

17. Trying out a new homemade recipe and loving it! (Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup – perfect for that crusty bread)

18. A weekend in Seoul with my hubby!

19. Christmas gifts!

20. Lovely lovely swap goodies (this journal is fabulous Emma, thank you!)

21. Handmade wine bottle holders (these could be my new favorite thing to make – inspiration).

Seoul Flower Market & Etsy Shop Update

I just posted some gorgeous photos from the Seoul Flower Market here.  Check it out!

I also wanted to share the beautiful bag I made thanks to Melly & Me.

I did a swap with Melly a while back and her gift to me was the Black Forest bag pattern with hand-picked fabrics.  She read my mind when it came to fabric choice and I haven’t had a chance to make the bag until the other day.  I love it!  She and her sister, Rosalie have some fab patterns.  Run, don’t walk over to their site and get one!
Also, I am updating the shop with a few fun things – some fabric covered buttons, a cute little toddler dress made from a vintage pillowcase and some fabric, check there later today.

I’m B-A-A-A-C-K! (Image heavy)

It’s been a while, I have no real valid excuses other than I needed a break and I was busy. I know everyone else is busy but I like to balance my busyness with a little bit of laziness as well. I think writing two blogs also makes it harder to keep up with them. I sometimes feel like my writing is forced and unnatural. So here are a few things I have been up to, in no particular order.

Utter sewing room chaos!!!

Some solutions for said sewing room chaos. When I saw these pieces I didn’t care that we can only ship 1500 pounds back from Korea, I HAD to have them, aren’t they beautiful!

A beautiful package from Dana!

My dream – a French package from Gaelle!

Magazine and yarn heaven from Grace!

Yummy chocolate and scrapbooking goodies from Julie.

I participated in Kelli‘s Mozambique orphan goody bag drive about a month ago and this was the package I sent. I made about 12 of these and wished I could have made more.

I also opened an Etsy shop, although there is not a whole lot in there yet, but I’m working on it.  Check it out!

Part of the reason I have been so neglectful of this blog is because I am fervently working on a new business. I’m not quite where I want to be and still need to get a website designed so if any of you fellow crafty-blogger-types design websites or know someone who designs websites for next to nothing, please shoot me an email. I do have some money in the budget for the website but not a substantial amount right now. I will let you all know in a short while what exactly my venture is. Let’s just say I am working on something that I hope will allow me to become successful enough to stay home with my children in a few years, when Joe and I actually have some. I’m thinking ahead!

Random Post and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – well big for me…

Ok, so this week I have been seriously trying to make a change in my blogging habit.  Thanks so much to all who commented with helpful hints.  I have moved the computer to the couch rather than the dining room table, making it harder to sit for a long period of time and stare at the screen.  I have also started giving myself small chunks rather than endless hours.  I’ve found reading some blogs while listening to a podcast has also helped as a little timer.

A great package I got in the mail from Natasha from Singapore.  We found each other on Gimme Your Stuff and she sent some great things.  My favorite things were the yummy snacks, and some beautiful Swarovski crystal earrings she made me.

Dawn  , a fellow military wife, is collecting cards for the troops.  If you make cards or have some that were given tou that you wouldn’t mind donating to her cause dropby her site to get all the info.  She is donating the cards to troops stationed overseas to use to send to their loved ones since their card selection is not the greatest.

Also, my dear blogging friend Kelli in Arizona has organized a heartwarming drive for orphans in Mozambique.   She is gathering goodies to deliver to the orphans on her trip to Africa next month.  Her blog today read that she has plenty of participants and help but I wanted to toot her horn a little.  Even though I have only “known” her a short while I can honestly say she is an amazing person and I feel honored to be her “friend.”  Plus, I’m always a sucker for orphans as Joe and I plan to adopt from underdeveloped countries when our young, travelling bug has finally worn down.  

The beautiful magnolia trees outside my apartment building – I love cherry blossom and magnolia season in Korea.

Ok, now for my big announcement.  I am becoming a Stampin’ Up independent demonstrator!  I am very excited to meet new people on base here and maybe make a few bucks doing something I love  So, if you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up gal, drop me a line.  I look forward to sharing my stamping creations with you on blog.

Dongdaemun

It’s been a while since my last post and I have a lot to report. I finally quit my job and after a week of drama from the school director, I am finally free from his immoral business practices. He chocked it up to cultural differences but all my other Korean friends disagree. I won’t bore you with the details but suffice it to say I don’t wake up every morning with a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach.

Next order of business, my brother arrived in Korea the other day. Alex will be teaching at a school in Suwon, a larger city 30 min. north of Songtan. I went to see him on Thursday night and check to see how he was doing. Jet lag and hunger mixed with an overwhelming amount of information being thrown at him obviously increased his exhaustion level but he’ll get into the swing of things in no time. He’ll head down to Songtan Saturday or Sunday to visit me and see my town.

So since I no longer have a job and have some free time on my hands I decided to go on a day trip with some girlfriends from base today. We headed to Dongdaemun Fabric Market in Seoul.

Me, Stephanie and Tami outside the fabric market.

This is the enormous fabric and trimmings market in Seoul. 9 floors spanning an entire avenue block filled with fabric, yarn, trimmings, buttons, ribbons, upholstery, and beads. Every piece of clothing or jewelry you wear that says “Made in Korea” originates from this place. Most of the vendors did not seem happy selling 1 – 2 yards of fabric to American women who were obviously not there for wholesale purchases. We didn’t care and came home with yards and yards of amazingly cheap fabrics.

I got all this fabric (17 yards), some yarn and felt for about $65. I have no idea what I’m going to make with it all.

I also shipped off my tote for the International Tote Exchange III.

I stuffed it full of goodies and sent it on it’s way.  I hope my partner likes it all.

I also finished my March Amy Butler In Stitches Sew Along Project, the clutch.  I am very happy with the way the outside looks but the lining is all funky, it was too large somehow and gathers a bit where the lining is sewn into the exterior.

Rainy Day = Happy Things

I feel lazy today despite my venture through the rain to the supermarket. But there are lots of things making me happy today:

Homemade Banana Pancakes

A little backpack I made my friend’s son using this pattern.

A smocket and taggie combo I made for a friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday.

Artwork at Ssamzie Market in Insadong, Seoul.