Monday, May 11, 2015

Maedeup Monday!

I always have portable craft projects ready to go at a moments notice. If I'm going on a trip, the first thing I pack is craft projects. It's the way I've always been. Even if I know I probably will be too busy to craft, I have something with me for just in case. But when I stayed at my mom's a few months ago to help with her surgical recovery, I completed all the maedeup projects I had prepared. Originally, many of these were projects that I had brought to and from our last trip to Korea. Fourteen hours in an airplane can really freak me out if I think about it for long. So I took the time a few days ago to make more maedeup projects to fill my crafting bag. When the bracelets are finished I'll be adding them to my Etsy site.
Last weekend was Mother's Day and although Sunday was rainy, Saturday was beautiful. This is a photo of my Mother's Day present from 15 or so years ago, a crabapple tree. It's in the perfect spot for me to see when I look out my kitchen window and it has even grown over the deck to provide wonderful shade. The tree explodes with beautiful blossoms in the Spring and in the Winter I can watch the birds eating the rotten crabapples.
          I took out my camera to snap a few photos before the rain took a lot of the blossoms away.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sumi-e Class Susan Frame

I should have named this post "Long Time No See" since it's been a few weeks since I last posted. The last two weeks I spent a couple days with my daughter watching the two youngest grandsons because the babysitter was on vacation. But I did manage to take some classes like another Susan Frame sumi-e class. This class was all about spring flowers which is one of my favorite things in the world.

If you have been on Instagram, you will know where a majority of my time is being spent, quilting! I am in the middle of lots of quilt projects. I'm just about halfway through but it does take a lot of time even though I am using a rotary cutter to cut pieces out and my sewing machine to sew. It's not like Korean bojagi where everything - and I mean everything - is hand stitched. I have a gal who will do the long-arm quilting for me and she is booked until June which is fine with me and gives me time to get all the quilts done.

I haven't made a quilt in years and it feels good to be quilting again. It also feels good to visit my local quilt store, Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake, MN. There is nothing like a good quilt store to sooth your soul. I love just looking around but that can get me into trouble too. I noticed that a lot of fabric was made in South Korea. How cool is that!! I also find that I am obsessed when quilting. It's all I think about and it's hard to get to sleep sometimes because I'm so excited. I also have Rocketman involved since I hate math and there is math in quilting.  He determines how much fabric I need. I don't know what I would do without his help.

I better run, I'm itching to start pinning the next quilt. It's all cut out and just waiting for me.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Maedeup Monday!

This blog has been pretty quite because I am deep in quilt making mode. I have four quilts lined up and have finished two which are ready for my long arm girl to finish. She is booked into June so I have time to finish all four. The first quilt is for the new grandbaby which is due November 9th, the second for my niece, the third for my new daughter-in-law and the fourth for a dear friend.

I haven't sewn a quilt for quite a few years and it felt great to dust off the sewing machine and my rotary cutter. In the meantime, I had been concentrating on everything but from Korean crafts to watercolor painting to sumi-e painting. If you would have told me a few months ago that I would be working on four quilts, I would have thought you were crazy. But this is one of the things I love about my life including my crafting life, I never know what tomorrow will bring.
You can find these maedeup bracelets along with a lot of other wonderful things in my Etsy shop. Did you know Mother's Day is just a few weeks away? That's why I am offering 20% off everything in my shop until May 2nd. There are a lot of goodies that would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.
Use the coupon code MOTHER to get your discount.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Noah's 9th Birthday

Our oldest grandson, Noah, turned 9 on the 9th of April. My parents were up for a visit so we had a little party for him at our house over the weekend. It is just amazing to us how fast those nine years flew by.
Even our son, Luke, was able to come over. He just got married last week and we were hoping to introduce Amber to my parents but she was home ill with the flu and morning sickness. You heard that right, we are going to be grandparents again in November.
      Noah loved his football from his uncle and it was a beautiful day to play catch in the backyard.
                                               Noah and my mom, his great grandmother.
Ezra showed up as Spiderman and discovered how much fun it is to ring grandma's doorbell.
                                   Rocketman was able to get a photo of all of us. We had a great time!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sew Busy!

I am in a sewing state of mine. I had a bunch of Korean pouch kits that I had assembled for some bojagi classes I taught a few years ago just sitting in a plastic bin. I decided to stitch and assemble the kits into pouches and I'll use them as gifts and I may also put some in my Etsy store.
I love the fabric which I had bought from Dongdaemum Shopping Center in Seoul. My favorite satin guy went out of business but I was able to find a shop with the same fabric I love. That's one thing I hate and also love about Korea, it is ever changing.

I am also working on a couple of quilts which if you follow me on Instagram, you can see that I've been spending a lot of time at my sewing machine. If that wasn't enough, my folks just arrived for a weeklong visit and then I have a weekend of painting classes. No wonder I've been neglecting this blog. Soon I'll be adding lawn mowing to that list but luckily here in Minnesota that is still out at least a month. We have had snow in May don't cha know:)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Judah's 1st Birthday

Judah turned one on February 25th so we had a little family birthday party for him. Of course we did the Korean tol because it's so much fun to see what they choose. He immediately went for the bowl of rice which means he will never be hungry. Our tol consisted of: computer mouse (he will be a gamer which is a highly respected job in Korea), ruler (I forgot), bowl of rice (never be hungry), money (will be wealthy), pencil (will be a scholar), ball (professional player) and string (will have a long life). His mama wasn't surprised at all he went for the rice. Right now he is all about food.
 Judah and mama helping to blow out that candle.
                                             He loved the rocking horse we got him.
His brothers loved the cupcakes. 
And so did Judah. It was a great time and we all marveled at how fast the year had past.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maedeup Monday!

I made a lot of maedeup bracelets and necklaces while taking care of my mom. I have a lot of them listed for sale in my Etsy Shop. It just doesn't seem like there are enough hours in the day to get all the things done I want to do. Right now I am working on some bojagi (Korean quilting) projects and I'll share that in another post.

On the new deck front, the only contractor to come out and bid gave us a great bid. It was a lot lower than Rocketman thought we would have to pay so we are going to go with him. I never heard back from the other contractors and now I don't care. We are not sure about when it will happen. The contractor mentioned he is booked out to June but we really aren't concerned about when just that we want it done this year.

April is going to be a busy month for me. I signed up for painting classes at White Bear Center for the Arts. I can't wait!

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