Monday, August 31, 2015

Maedeup Monday! The Day I Met a Korean Maedeup Master

While living in South Korea, Su-Mi my maedeup teacher, showed me a book from maedeup master, Kim Eun-Young. I asked her to order one for me and she did. Hellena, my Korean friend happened to be visiting our apartment when I received my book and I told her how I wish I could meet Kim Eun-Young.  Hellena, always being the optimist said that I could and immediately got on her phone to make calls.

It was after about a half hour of phone calls, Hellena had Kim Eun-Young's phone number and was calling her. She was very interested in meeting me and we set up a time. She and her husband live in Seoul. I was really nervous to meet her but Hellena was with me so that helped tremendously. She lived in a beautiful home and was so gracious.

We talked for awhile and she shared rice cakes and tea with us. Her husband is also famous as a painter and she had paintings of his all over. We talked about maedeup and our great love for the art form. She was very interested in sharing maedeup with the U.S. and the rest of the world. Her English was excellent.

I would love to meet her again but I fear that it may even be more difficult to find her. Here is an article about her. She is an Intangible Asset of Korea and there are not many in Korea. It is very difficult to become one.
This is the book that I brought for her to autograph.
I will treasure it forever.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Karuna Reiki Training

A couple of weekends ago, I took a drive up the North Shore to Two Harbors, Minnesota where I spent the weekend with some amazing people learning Karuna Reiki. We stayed in a cabin right on Lake Superior. I had a wonderful time and I'm so glad I went. I almost didn't go because of the awful cold I had and also because of Rocketman.
 
The Friday I left happened to also be the same day that Rocketman was getting his stent removed from his kidney stone surgery and even though this was his third time, I was still worried about leaving him in case of complications. He came home right after the doctor appointment and was in a lot of pain. He had some oxycodone to take for the pain and he needed to take one. He insisted that I still go and he would be fine. I found out later that he was in extreme pain on and off the entire weekend. But he is fine now.
The boulders of Lake Superior is where we received our attunements for Karuna Reiki. It really was a magical place.
                           This is another view from the rocks. It is so beautiful on the North Shore.
 
We even found this thistle near the cabin we were staying at. I did have my first cold shower and I do not recommend it. Due to a miscommunication, the hot water heater was not turned on until Sunday so there were several of us that had cold showers. I never washed my hair so fast. It was freezing!
I returned home with my new certificate and lots of memories. I made some new friends and reconnected with some old. It was just what the doctor ordered.
      We also visited a rock store where I bought this Larimer bracelet as a souvenir of this weekend.
I also was able to finish this huge kingsize quilt for my niece, Madison who will be getting married sometime next year. I'm the only quilter in the family so I never know when the need for quilt will come up. This year was a big year with our son getting married, then expecting a baby and our niece getting engaged. 
Rocketman found this little guy on our deck the other day. A sure sign that winter is not far off.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New Hanji (Korean Papercrafting) Project

I stepped away from all the quilting I've been doing the last few months and pulled out a hanji project. I had bought these forms in Korea during our visit last year and I was eager to get started on them. I love how the forms come looking like a puzzle. Rocketman does not love how heavy they are to carry in our suitcases. True story!

Out first came my Korean glues to protect my fingers from the Super glue which I use to glue the forms together.
Here are the drawers ready to go. 
 
Here is a video I did showing how I did the entire gluing for this hanji project:
 
 
 
Here is a photo of all the hanji paper cut out and ready to glue onto the forms. I have one form that I didn't cover in paper and I'm going to do a video on that so you can see how I apply the hanji paper. It's on my To Do list:) 
Here they are finished.






Rocketman is going under the knife Monday to remove two kidney stones residing in one of his kidneys. It should be quick and he will be under anesthesia during the procedure. Normally, they would wait for these to pass on their own but with trips to Asia looming, it was prudent to remove them. We know how Korea handles kidney stones which was horrific and we can't even imagine how China would handle them. The hardest part for Rocketman is not eating the day of surgery.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Quilting!

 
 A couple of weeks ago, Diane, my long-arm girl, finished quilting three of my quilts. It's like Christmas to me to pick up a quilt from Diane to see the magic that she does with her long-arm. Binding a quilt is still time-consuming. I sew by machine the binding onto the quilt and then I handstitch it into place.
 
The quilt above is from my favorite quilt pattern company at the moment, Madison Cottage. It is called "Crushed Pistachio" and the fabric was a kit from Bear Patching Quilt Quilting in White Bear Lake, MN which also happens to be my local quilt shop. I wasn't intending on making any extra quilts besides the ones that I was already committed to but when you are buying fabric and you see these gorgeous quilts on the walls with kits located nearby, I have only so much willpower. Or you could say that I have little to no willpower while in a quilt shop.
I also saw this quilt at the same shop by Madison Cottage. This quilt pattern is called "Mango Parfait." It too was a kit and it turned out so beautiful. I love to buy kits because I don't have a large stash and when you need lots of different colors, it can be difficult to put it all together. I have really enjoyed the kits that I have made.
This quilt is called "Tumbled" by Sunnyside Designs. This was also a kit and you can find it here. This quilt is actually what started my quilting obsession, I mean binge. My son and his new wife are expecting their first baby in November and I wanted to make a quilt for the little one. When I bought the kit, I didn't know if it was a boy or a girl but now we know that that they are expecting a little boy.

The saga of Rocketman and the kidney stone continues. When he went to his urologist, he found out that he had two additional kidney stones still in the kidney. This came as a surprise to us since the ER doctor failed to mention that. The urologist will probably be removing them in the next month since Rocketman does travel to Asia occasionally and a kidney stone is not what you want to experience in China or South Korea.

He also wants to figure out why all of a sudden Rocketman is developing these stones. So he is spending 48 hours this weekend collecting all his urine to be analyzed to hopefully determine a treatment or what preventative care we can do.

Now that I am waiting for more quilts to be finished, I find myself trying to figure out what I want to work on next. It's not like I have nothing to do because we crafters ALWAYS have things we could do. I am writing a children's e-book which we will self publish. I will not only write the book but also illustrate it with simple watercolor pictures. I also want to begin some hanji projects too. But I could at any time get an email from Diane saying more quilts are finished and ready to be picked up. Welcome to the life of The Constant Crafter.



Monday, July 13, 2015

Maedeup Monday!

The infrequency of my blog postings is due to many things. I've been spending my days quilting which is a time consuming endeavor and I'm loving every minute of it. I'm pretty active on Facebook and Instagram. As far as the status of my blog, it will ebb and flow along with my life.

The photo above is some garakji maedeup I was working on while spending time in the Emergency Room with Rocketman. Maedeup is still the greatest thing to take away nervous energy if you ever end up like myself waiting in the ER. I always have something ready to grab at a moment's notice.
Now the reason I was sitting in the emergency room. Rocketman had been having some lower back pain all week that would come and go. Nothing sharp or long lasting but it became more worrisome as the weekend came. I made an appointment with our doctor for Monday (today) to get to the bottom of it.
But by Saturday evening it became apparent he couldn't wait until Monday. So we went to the Emergency Room. We were happy to find it pretty empty and the wait was pretty short. It's funny we both noticed that the beds in the ER are not much longer than the ones we encountered in the emergency rooms in Korea.
 
We told them we suspected a kidney stone and that this wasn't our first rodeo. They gave him some pain medication and he had a CT which showed a 4 x 5 x 6mm kidney stone right next to the bladder. The physician consulted with Rocketman's urologist and we were sent home with pain medication and to follow up with the urologist.
We arrived around 6:30pm and were released around 12:30 am. Rocketman's pain level when we arrived was an 8 and a 0 when we left. We found a nearby 24 hour Walgreens to get the script filled and arrived home after 1 am.

I would like to say Rocketman took it easy on Sunday but the opposite was true. He worked in the yard with 100 degree heat index. We went out to lunch, then to Home Depot and finally to Sears where he bought a large tool chest (almost taller than me). Then he had to make a second trip back to Sears to pick up the second tool chest box. He spent the rest of the afternoon putting the chest together in our horribly humid garage.

It was after 10 pm and I was already in bed reading when he came out of the bathroom saying, "I think I passed the stone." Just like that. I jumped out of bed and ran into the bathroom to see it in the strainer the hospital sent us home with. It passed with no pain. Thank goodness.

Now he just has to visit his urologist with the stone to make sure everything is really okay.  And that was our weekend. How as yours?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summertime!

I can't believe it is almost July! We have been so busy but having a blast. We had the grandboys for four days when momma and papa went camping. The three boys kept us on our toes but we had a blast. This is Ezra and Judah riding the trike I rode as a child.
I also finished scanning thousands of photos for my parents. It was fun to revisit the past. This photo cracked up my dad. That is me in the photo and his attempt to grow grass at our first house. He used a spreader for the grass seed and didn't realize at the time that it was plugged hence the plugs of grass instead of a lush lawn.

I'm still quilting away and I really need to get outside and pull some weeds. They always seem to reappear. My grandfather would spend hours and hours in his garden while I sat and watched. He loved it and so does my daughter. I didn't inherit that gene.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lot of Quilting Going On!

The quilting splurge started with a new daughter-in-law and continued with a baby due in the Fall. I hadn't made a quilt for over five years so I guess I was due. The photo above is a double Irish chain for our new daughter-in-law. She wanted red and loved the double Irish chain. It was so funny because that is the pattern I chose to make my first quilt way back in 1980 when I started quilting.
 
That was before I had a rotary cutter and I gave up because it was just too difficult for me to do it. I did take a lot of quilting classes and learned a lot. But when the rotary cutter was invented that changed my whole world and made quilting a whole lot easier.
        I never did make myself a double Irish chain so I thought it was a great time to remedy that.
This quilt has one of my favorite color combinations and will look great with the bojagi curtains I made.
 I was visiting my local quilt store, Bear Patch Quilting all the time and those naughty people have the walls covered with beautiful quilts.  What makes it naughty is they have kits so that you can make the same thing. The photo above is one of those kits I bought.
I became addicted to the quilt patterns by Madison Cottage Design. Their quilts are gorgeous and the instructions are easy to follow. You can also find kits online. The photo above is also a kit with the pattern from Madison Cottage.

I contacted my long-arm girl and she was booked until June. She emailed last week to see if I had any quilts ready for her and I dropped off a bunch. I can't wait to see what she does with them. I have three more left to do and I will be done for the foreseeable future. So if you want me, I'll be in my crafting room where the iron is hot and the sewing machine is humming.
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