Entries from January 1, 2012 - January 31, 2012



It has been almost 1.5 months since we moved from Portland to Busan. With our new home and life in Korea comes the need to create a new rhythm. The two months leading up to our move was a blur with a long laundry list of things to accomplish to make this overseas move possible. I was flying solo for several months while Appah was working in Korea and although I intended to focus solely on our move it seemed like I was working on projects right up until our departure. Once we arrived in Busan we were without many of our belongings until recently which forced us (ok, mainly me) to slow down and relax. I started going to bed early (which was unheard of back in the States) and spending less time in front of the computer screen. This down time has been the perfect opportunity for me to think about what I want to focus on in this new chapter of my life, both personally and professionally.  




I wish I could take part in the Kinfolk Dinner Series. I love the concept of bringing local artisans and small businesses together to create intimate gatherings over a good meal. It is exciting to see the first dinner will be in my beloved Portland next week. 




One of the things I love about living in Busan is being able to walk to so many places. The beach is just a few steps outside of our home, the aquarium is less than a five minute walk down the boardwalk and there are dozens of restaurants and shops on our block. Coming from the suburbs of Portland this has been such a refreshing change for our family. Although Appah has to drive to work we do a lot less driving and a lot more walking. It definitely makes me think a bit more about whether we need to make that trip to the store, especially if the weather is chilly, but we're also able to slow down and enjoy the scenery around us. There are so many little details you miss when you drive a car. I found a cute cafe a few blocks from our house on a small side street while walking to the store with the boys as well as a photography museum while I was walking home from lunch with a friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are able to squeeze in a nice little walk around your neighborhood.

A few lovely links:

1. This year I won't be able to send out our yearly New Year cards since our shipment from the States has not arrived yet so I'm thinking about a Valentines/Moving card combo. I love Amanda Jane Jones' New Year card. So cute and clever!

2. There are a billion design blogs out there but I'm excited about Rena Tom's new design blog, Singular Possessive, because she has awesome taste and a keen eye for good design. And if you run a creative business or have hopes to do so in the future then I hope you're reading her Rena Tom blog because it is chalk full of wise advice.

3. I loved looking through some of the meals my friend Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt prepared in 2011. Her Pork Meatball Banh Mi and her homemade Butter Finger Candy look amazing. I'm pretty sure we all wish we were her neighbor, I certainly do! 




I came across Common Kitchen, a Scandinavian style housewares online shop, when I was researching Korea food blogs. I was surprised to discover Common Kitchen was based in Korea because Scandinavian goods are not as prevalent in Korea as they are in Japan. Common Kitchen stocks beautiful ceramics, kitchen goods, linens and fabric. They also carry Skinny LaMinx tea towels and pillows. I only wish Common Kitchen had a brick and mortar shop here in Busan.




I had grand plans to make Christmas gifts for friends and family before our overseas move. And although we've done an international move before I think I must have forgotten how crazy the few months prior to the move can truly be. So long story short only a few gifts were made (everything else was store bought) and sent out. One of my favorite handmade gifts was a simple wood bead necklace. J made dyed wood bead necklaces for a 2nd grade market at school last year and we had leftover wood beads. J wanted to make some more necklaces but I ran out of dye so we ended up using what I had in my studio which included my favorite Knot & Bow gold glitter twine (a craft supply must-have in my book) as well as some brass nuts. I gave the supplies to J and he made several necklaces with the help of j. This is a fun and easy project for kids and adults.

W O O D  B E A D  N E C K L A C E


1. wood beads (found at your local craft store)

2. twine (Knot & Bow makes thick, nice quality twine)

3. brass nuts (found at your local hardware store or you can substitute with brass beads)

4. scissors


1. Cut three pieces of twine to the desired length of the necklace.

2. Thread beads on to twine in any order or pattern.

3. Optional: Knot before first and after last bead if you don't want the beads to move around on the necklace. 

4. Tie ends of twine together.

5. Enjoy your new simple wood bead necklace!

6. Variations: You can braid the twine, substitute the twine with yarn or strips of jersey, add beads or brass tubing, dye or paint the beads.

A big thanks to Erin at Knot & Bow for sending me some spools of her glitter twine to use for this project!




I love bread and I love Tartine Bakery so it is no surprise that I love Tartine Bread, written by Chad Robertson. The kind folks at Chronicle Books sent me the book and it was love at first sight. The book teaches you how to make different types of bread and takes it a step further and shows you how to use the breads as the basis for delicious sandwiches, burgers and salads. If you're a baker or dreaming of becoming a bread maker then I think you will enjoy this book.