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« on: May 18, 2007 06:53:02 PM »

Hi there. I've always been kind of crafty, but lately I've been discovering the amazing new world of South Korean paper arts. Not just origami or whatever, but card-making, etc. etc. I also came from a kind of "punk rawk" background with spraypainted, stenciled T-shirts and do-it-yourself everything, so I'm really into recycled crafts, crafts made with unusual items (think: cd-case coasters, etc.) and love looking at all the pretties on here. I'm a 26-yr-old Okie (oklahoma, usa)..

I can't crochet (yet) but there's a group of old ladies who have stared at me every day who gather together at the park and knit and crochet. I want to learn how to embroider first though I think!

Basically- Hi! Anyone wanna be my friend, especially folks in Asia since that's where I'm at right now?
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2007 07:32:12 PM »

Hey! Welcome to Craftster!
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2007 12:51:39 AM »

Hi. I am not in Asia, but I wanted to welcome you to craftster anyway!
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2007 01:05:20 AM »

hello.. well, welcome to craftster. I'm in Asia now.. I live in Singapore and Italy. Singapore is a little red dot @ the equator. Not in China or Japan despite popular believes. Heh.. Theres quite a great selection of craft supplies here.. and stuff.. not in Italy though. So theres usually a luggage full of craft supplies when I'm back to Italy.

Opps.. Sorry for babbling.. Well, I'd be your friend! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2007 08:34:22 AM »

Hey there!  I quite far from South Korea and Asia, but thought I would welcome you anyway.  So... welcome to Craftster!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2007 06:28:29 AM »

Thanks for the welcome. I'm already inspired to start making stuff again Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2007 06:30:57 AM »

You're welcome!

If ya need anything just holler. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2007 06:48:10 PM »

hi!!

im in china!  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2007 07:10:51 PM »

hi!!

im in china!  Cheesy



Such good food in China. *drool* (OT, I know. Smiley)
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2007 07:20:37 PM »

haha, yea, but you're totally right. 

china is home to the Best Mushrooms Ever 

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2007 07:57:32 PM »

haha, yea, but you're totally right. 

china is home to the Best Mushrooms Ever 

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I'm so jealous. I crave for that good sidewalk food and hole-in-the-wall stuff.

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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2007 08:19:26 PM »

(hee) ok, one more hijack  Wink

yum!

where have you been?
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2007 08:59:36 PM »

(hee) ok, one more hijack  Wink

yum!

where have you been?

Well, last spring vacation, my family and I went to go see Japan, Beijing, and Hong Kong. My parents born in Hong Kong, so that's the food I'm used to, even though I was born in America. And my aunt makes THE BEST Chinese food.

So in Hong Kong its the best. Sidewalk food: yummy squid and octopus and those fish balls in sauce. And hole-in-the-wall restaurants, there was yummy Chinese porridge with those crunchy things (don't know what to call it in English), of course the noodles were great, and there's this restaurant, it's the best! It serves basic food, like a ham and egg sandwich, but its so darn fresh! And the hot milk custard!

Obviously, I love the food there! Cheesy

In Beijing, the food was disgusting. One meal (we were on a tour), everything was tofu. Everything. Lips sealed Stinky tofu!!!

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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2007 07:36:22 PM »

I've only been to china once but that was several years ago, and I wasnt' a full-on vegetarian then, so yeah, I know exactly what ya'll mean about the food. I've never had food poisoning in my life (so far!) and I figure that if I can see folks prepare the food in front of me, it's better in the end for my budget and I'm less likely to get sick..

But damn, I really miss those delicious fried dough-sticks with condensed milk.

And the ice cream, but I can get that stuff here. Korea, however, is dominated by not-so-tasty things I can't eat anyway like fried chicken and fish-on-a-stick-in-the-shape-of-a-spiral. Weird....

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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2007 09:22:26 PM »

i am a pescatarian, so it makes life rather difficult at times Wink

i have to specify that when i say i dont want meat, i mean i dont want any.  not even a little, "for flavour."  haha i see the spiral meat-on-a-stick all over the place here. 

where in china did you visit?  where in korea are you?   im in xi'an. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2007 04:38:48 AM »

Cornie-
I went to Beijing, Xi'an, Kunming and Shanghai, and I'm now in Busan, South Korea. Think Beaches and sunburns-- like the one I'm sporting as of today.  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2007 04:58:47 AM »

Hi! Malaysian here! (it's between Singapore and Thailand btw).
and no, we do NOT live in trees.

About Koreans: ohmegosh but must they all be so cute? Every Korean I've met is just so drool material.
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2007 05:04:56 AM »

Hey electronicfly!

I know where malaysia is.. and koreans as cuties, well yeah, except for when the grandmothers shove you and push you around because they 1-want to get to the subway first or 2-want to get to the last loaf of french bread or 3-want to do something that you, the foreigner with blue eyes, is attempting to do. (sigh.)

I like it here, but today was trying. I do think the people here are legitimately nice and (usually) helpful. I just started to get into Korean cinema as well. I have to admit I think Japan has cooler little knick-knacks and things though!

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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2007 06:46:57 PM »

mimikachu: i love yunnan!! did you see more than just kunming? xi'an is one of my favourite places here, but i think that's partly because it's home Wink  i've gotten to visit a number of places, though no other country in asia...  at least not yet. 

im headed stateside in late july but plan on coming back to xi'an next winter. 

and next time im bringing my modpodge and freezer paper...

maybe we should do an asia-swap? im curious what kind of goodies one can find in malaysia and s. korea  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2007 09:01:12 PM »

yeah!
Asia swap would be awesome. I bet a lot of folks in theusa or wherever else would want to be involved too-- Asian themed or asia swap.

I hate to be a drag though but I"m not sure if I am yet eligible for such an endeavor, but if I am, I don't mind trying to help organize such a thing..

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« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2007 10:13:27 PM »

Wow, this thread is totally making me miss the Philippines. Aah, pretty beaches, good food (although I was mad that the only meat I could get in my ma's town was pork *yuck*), and good shopping.  Cheesy I especially like how everyone EXPECTS you to try to bargain on the prices of everything at the market. *sigh* Asians are so fun.

And yeah, I would totally wanna be in on an Asian swap, even though I'm stuck stateside.
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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2007 06:29:19 AM »

oh if there is an asian swap count me in. I am stateside but i am traveling to China soon and might be moving there in 2009. I am so intrested to learn more about Asian culture and art past whats in books.
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« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2007 06:43:23 AM »

Hmm..Asian swap...Interesting.

It's hard getting crafty stuff here in Malaysia though. Our craft stores are mainly filled with just paints, brushes, and scrapbooking stuff. But then again, I've not bugged dad to drive me around the more discreet areas.

Could the swap be done only after the 17th of June though? My finals won't be over til then. Damn A-Levels!
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2007 07:34:32 AM »

there's not a lot of crafty stuff here either, compared to what can be found in the US (and im sure europe as well), but there are some amazing treasures to be found.

lately ive fallen in love with the chinese brushes.  and there are some awesome stamps to be found as well.  and the paper! OH! the paper!  yum. 

ive been a lurker for a number of years here, but ive never been much of a poster until now.  methinks it's because i really miss the craftiness. 

nirvanagrl, where you headed?  what province? 

im not done with school until july 12 (semesters are on a totally different page here).  my parents are arriving for a visit (YAY!) july 10, and i head back to the states at the end of july. 
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2007 10:47:05 AM »

Wow, this thread is totally making me miss the Philippines. Aah, pretty beaches, good food (although I was mad that the only meat I could get in my ma's town was pork *yuck*), and good shopping.  Cheesy I especially like how everyone EXPECTS you to try to bargain on the prices of everything at the market. *sigh* Asians are so fun.

And yeah, I would totally wanna be in on an Asian swap, even though I'm stuck stateside.

Good shopping!!! Very cheap stuff, but good quality.
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« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2007 05:35:09 PM »

random suggestion for a possible Asian craft exchange-
-a piece of "native fabric" bargained from the street stalls in your country
-a matching piece of decorative embellishment (think weird lace or zig-zag or whatever)
-a little bit of handmade paper  or stationary (handmade OR purchased from the country you're in)
-and something else like beads, or a diy package of some sort.

could also make it fun by adding like 3 pictures of "things you'd see here" and a recipe from your country. For those stateside, they could go on the "ASian theme" and like try to find "all japanese stuff" OR something like that.

ideas? timeline? (I like the late in june or july timeline)

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*And I, unforunately, did not get anywhere outside of the main tourist traps in Xi'an and Kunming, but I'd love to visit again and experience it "for real." *
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« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2007 09:08:28 PM »

i like your items list--i would include a small piece of art Smiley

 
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i like your items list--i would include a small piece of art Smiley

 

and something that most people associate with your respective country.
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« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2007 07:02:20 PM »

okay kids-
I think this is a possible swap idea? And I appreciate the feedback and great suggestions.

I haven't ever done such a thing and I don't think I'm eligible to organize a swap until I participate in one-which I am trying to do now.

 Undecided
someone wanna organize this formally and open it up?
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« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2007 01:27:37 AM »

im not eligable because ive yet to do a craftster swap.  ive done lots of swaps but not here... sooooo....

i cant organize either. 

poo.

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« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2007 02:39:30 AM »

hells bells!

Can anyone step up? Or shall I suggest it to the swap thread?
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« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2007 09:09:34 PM »

im putting something up there right now--we'll see what people think Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2007 08:38:46 AM »

Thanks !!!!!
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