Thursday, July 21, 2016

Korean Dolls / Silla Crown

I bought these dolls at one of the local thrift stores a while ago. I was excited to find them. I sometimes will see a Korean or Japanese doll in one of the stores, presumably from a military family's travels and subsequent closet cleaning in later years, but usually it is a single female figure. I am not sure that I've ever seen a couple. I am guessing this is a bridal pair. But I have no basis for that guess. Just the positioning of the dolls and the Hanbok which is often still worn for wedding ceremonies but could just as easily mean nothing as this is a pair of dolls, possibly created specifically for tourists. I don't know.

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Korean Doll Couple

Aren't they sweet? And then one day I realized that the man's head piece was reminding me of something I'd seen before. There is a crown in the Nation Museum of Korea (I was lucky enough to visit in 2011) from the 5th Century.

Crown, Silla, 5th Century
photo taken of a page in the catalog
from the National Museum of Korea

I can see a reference to the shapes in the Silla Crown in this headpiece. I find it very interesting that the doll maker chose to reference this rather fantastic 5th century piece and I wonder if it has to do with the timing of the discovery of the crown. The Korean Times article points out that the crown was first shown in Seoul in 1974, right after being discovered. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Trying to add Shoulder Straps / Pink Sundress

In the spring I tried a "cold shoulder" pattern by Striped Swallow Designs. It turned out darling and the girls wear their shirts lots and lots. I wanted to make MLyons a dress to wear over her leotard to ballet and found this gorgeous pink. And then I started thinking that I might try to make it less "spaghetti" straps and more of a solid strap in case MLyons wanted to wear the dress to school.
So I looked at Striped Swallow Designs blog and some of the modifications that others had attempted and decided to try. I am not sure that I'm happy with the finish at the neck but other wise it turned out very cute and she has already worn is 3 or 4 times and I only finished it last Saturday.

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purchasing fish food at Wild Wolf Brewery

Last week we ate at Wild Wold Brewery off 150 in Nelson County. Tim & Patrick like the brew(s) and the food was great (try the fish and chips) and there are things to keep the kids busy for a minute. In addition to feeding the gold fish there is a delightful "airplane" to play on and it kept our kids busy until their food came.

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feeding gold fish at Wild Wolf Brewery

Friday, July 8, 2016

Rock Sculptures in the Mountains (for K)

For you; bear, bean, busy bee
who often thinks no one notices

smart, strong, beautiful daughter


always changing yet steady 

seeing details and wide focus 
both the forest and the trees

so wise and so naive
worldly yet innocent

exploring, questioning, seeking

facing challenges

cherished and missed

reunion joyfully anticipated


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Blackstone Merlot

I posted this on my "The Wine Log" page just over here
but I'm so pleased with this wine I'm posting here too

July 2016: I love, love, love this wine! 
So this is a gorgeous merlot. I have no idea where it came from. Maybe a hostess gift at some time? I tasted the blackberries and wondered, is that just suggestive from the label? But no, you taste blackberries, not sickly sweet berries, but black berries in a lovely warm, full, not sweet sort of way. Gorgeous. Best part, it is available online for under $10.00 a bottle. No lie. For example try here:

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Blackstone Merlot, my new favorite wine.