Saturday, February 26, 2011

40's and 50's

Since when is 40's and 50's warm and feels like it's Spring Break? When you live in Korea and it's been darn near 0 degrees everyday!!! Of course the year we live in Korea we break 98 year old records for cold weather. I mean we drive around in our car and the temp reads's been crazy!

Here is Madi enjoying our (HOT) 52 degrees. She is standing near some kimchi pots.

It's been over a month since my neighbor Liz and I had been to Osan and since it's Saturday and 50's we went. I scored my favorite...Chanel, with a wallet. I needed a Chanel with their signature chain :-)

This heat wave we are having has put me in a Spring mood and I got this super fun colorful Coach.

Steve was so nice to watch the kids today. Madi's little friend spent the whole day over here. Her family was stationed in Georgia with us so we have known them for years. Madi looks like an orphan because well, Steve takes such good care of the kids and others since he watched our friend all day too, but he does NOT do hair and I was gone shopping with Liz all day. Oh, Liz got a super cute lime green Jimmy Choo and a pretty Prada. What a wonderful day this has been.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

stacked coins

Finally, I made myself a stacked coins quilt. This neat pattern had been on my wishlist of things to make for a long time. I LOVE it. That's Madi holding it up standing in front of our living room window...we never never tire of the Seoul skyline view we have.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

potholders and a new kitchen?

Last summer the super talented dressmaker jordon gave me tons of her scrap fabric for FREE! I have used bits and pieces here and there. One day I felt like trying my hand at some cute potholders and thought some of those scaps from Jordon would be darn cute cut in squares all sewn together...I made a bunch of those darn cute things. FUN!

I have been freaking out all afternoon. Our realtor in California let us know a house that we put a bid on is starting to go through. The house is's a ranch, 4 bedrooms, 1 living room, 3 car garage and has the most beautiful kitchen with 2 ovens and 2 sinks! The house was built in 2006 and sold in 2006 for $177,000 MORE than it is now, which means we are saving $177,000 by buying this house now rather than 4 years ago, can you believe that? This housing market is the best thing to ever happen for us to be able to buy a home in that great state of California...I am getting excited to say the least.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Best brownies & free movies

My goodness have I been busy. In this past week we have had 2 dinner parties, a night of Bunco, a brunch with my favorite Weather Wives and then all the my normal doings as's been crazy fun. Last night our realtor hosted a dinner party with her clients...many of them are from the Weather Squadron. We stuffed ourselves with the most delicious Korean food and then enjoyed playing some traditional Korean games...Ben and Madi were pro's because they had learned how to play at school in Korean Culture Class. I chose the world's best brownies to take for dessert.

So now about the movies. Here at USAG Yongsan we have the BEST base movie theater I have ever seen. It has 3 screens inside. They play a movie on each screen 3 times a day...that is 9 movies to choose from everyday of the week. Good movies too...up to date. They played Tangled and Secretariet the weekends they opened in the United States. Our family goes all the time, they are FREE!!! Free for us I guess, but some of you out there who pay taxes may be paying for us. It all started back in 2001 after September 11th, everyone was on lockdown so they opened the theater for everyone free of charge and decided to leave it. We just really get a kick out of going so much.

We bought more Korean rice...50 lbs. It's the BEST EVER! We have started eating like Koreans. When Steve got back from California all he wanted was Korean food after going without. Did anyone out there know Korean food was so good? Most nights of the week my kids ask me to cook Korean food. I will take some pictures and share some recipes.

Friday, February 18, 2011


That's where I went today. The fabric market at Dongdaemun in Seoul, Korea is the neatest place on earth...for a quilter that is. Take a look at all my new fabric...this one on the right...if you do papercrafts you will notice it's vintage milk bottle caps by Jenny fabric state...LOVE IT! It got 2 yards...maybe an apron and dish towel? Throw me some ideas if one comes to you. At Dongdaemun there is not much measuring...there are thousands and thousands of bolts of fabric and they just roll some out measure against their arm and body what they think is a yard ,make a snip at the top and rip it down the grain. The guy selling this stuff was huge so his arm span was a nice extra large yard...nice!

All the fabric is 3,000 won a yard which is about $2.80. I picked up 2 yards of the pac-man fabric to make something for Ben. The white fabric with the black crowns...I bought 4 yards of it a few weeks ago and wanted's 3,000 won at Dongdaemun or look here at the fatquatershop it's $9.50 plus shipping per thanks I will buy mine here in Korea for much cheaper! Oh and I picked up a fatquater of Japanese fabric with matruska dolls on it.

These are some other cute fabrics I picked up. Won't that orange with the cute skulls and bats make a cute skirt for Madi and I got enough I could make the kids Halloween pillowcases...FUN!

While I was there I stocked up on a few Louis Vuitton ribbons.

Since I always make girly things for Madi when I saw this Tom and Jerry fabric I had to get it too. What else can I make for Ben? And ever since seeing this post by camille I have had houndstooth on the brain, so it totally caught my eye at one of the venders today.

I love Audrey Hepburn so I picked these up to make something out of them. The ribbon was on sale too...3,000 won for 33 yards.

I can't get over this Olivia's so cute.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

You've got mail

Here in Korea we are about 1 day ahead of the United it's almost Valentine's Day here. I have had these pink mailboxes from the dollar section at Target for 2 years and finally I am I giving them for each of the kids teachers and we have 2 for the 2 wonderful nurses that take care of Madi's diabetes needs everyday during her time at school. The "mail" inside are chocolate coconut cookies I made...MMM!

I cross-stitched this primitive Valentine pillow.

When we lived in Germany I collected a few Hummel plates and dolls. These little plates are my favorite but I only set them out as part of my Valentines decor.

The other day the Family Mart across the street was swallowed by flames and we watched the whole thing from our living room window here on the 17th floor. We LOVE living in a Korea...even having kids.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine mug rugs

Mug rugs seem to be everywhere. So I wanted to give them a try. I had seen some similar to this over at sweetwater and thought they would be fun to make. I made a stack of them for some sweethearts for Valentines.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

G is for Georgia...

... not Green Bay. That said, I am letting the kids skip school tomorrow to watch the Super Bowl, and since we can't cheer for the Atlanta Falcons we will be rooting for the Steelers. We live in Seoul, Korea where the Super Bowl starts at 0830 on a Monday morning. We are going to get up at the normal time we would for school so we can watch the pre-game festivities. Steve is in sunny, 72 degrees Sacramento, California doing some house hunting. Today, he actually put in a bid on a short sale.

The kids were looking through pictures earlier today and I saw this one. This was exactly 5 years ago. Ben and Madi were 3 and 5. Look how cute. This is in the city square of Prague, Czech Republic.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My ironing board

I made this bright-cheery cover out of the Bliss line of fabric...I LOVE that line. It makes my ironing board seem like a decoration and it makes any ironing a little more tolerable.

Today in Korea we are celebrating the Lunar New Year...Happy New Year!