While on a visit to a park last Saturday, my son was invited by a kind lady to fly a handmade kite. She makes kites using her father's old silk shirts. She taught him how to fly it and was happy to learn. My son let me have a turn flying the kite which is something I haven't done in a while. Oh, I love how children give us the opportunity to just play.
Although a few months still need to go by before we move into our new home, I am beginning to feel a bit sad about leaving this little place. A home which has brought so much joy. It is always hard to leave a place that has part of our life in it. So I will continue to take care of it and enjoy it until the time comes.
Ever since I received a wonderful heart necklace from artist Becky Shander, I have wanted to make a necklace. So I took a little break from painting/making journals and made this necklace. There is something therapeutic about bending and twisting. Life is beautiful
Something I have noticed lately is that each journal I make is like a treasure for me. It is hard to part from them when I make them for someone. However, knowing that each journal is landing in the hands of someone who will treasure it makes me want to make even more.
For the last two weeks, I have focused on making some journals for myself. These two are my latest which I learned to make in this class.
Currently, I am art journaling in three of these journals. I am saving one journal for our summer trip and the other is for later on this year. During my recent visit to my dad's, I left with several books in my hand. Some I picked out on my own with my dad's permission. He knows I use the covers for my journals. Then he picked out some other books for me. Most are old with interesting covers so those will not get painted. That means I need to make more journals. This is just way to much fun.
At home, I am surrounded by a man and a boy who are my everything. It is nice when I get to be a bit girly (which I am not usually). This beauty is my niece. She is an outstanding swimmer/competitor, dancer, and singer (and much more). I love how she can make friends easily and has a huge smile just like what you see here. Even though she lives a bit far, it's nice to spend time with her (and my equally loveable nephew, Athens.)
I made this journal for her from a children's book. The pages are scraps of paper stitched together. The cover is a painted paper that wraps around the book. I am sure she will fill it up with goodness.
(original photo of kyla taken by family friend and edited by L. Ryu)
Spending time with my dad is always such a joy. It is wonderful to see him happy painting and painting. His art studio is his home. If you visit this place, you will see touches of handmade items like frames, benches, ceramic cups, doves, ducks (love them), and so much more. He is an artist. He is my teacher. He is my dad.
My son loves to color and paint. Mixing colors is what he enjoys the most. When my son and I join forces to color, collage, or paint, we make a total mess. That doesn't stop us from having a great time together. I certainly want to try something new with him like embroidery or simple sewing soon. For those long flights to Seoul when we visit my husband's family in South Korea, I would love to learn how to knit. So you might see some knitting attempts in the future.
Here is the window of my future creative space. I am sure Noah and I will have plenty of creative time there.
A view from my desk. One finished journal which I call my purple journal and two new journals that need covers.