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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hanboks and Cursed: What a Combo

I love to browse through foreign language magazines at bookstores, especially the lavish, glossy fashion and home ones filled with fresh stylish things. There are certain themes I never tire of adoring, like chandeliers, vintage bling and kimonos, but I am really liking these Korean hanboks. They are so serene with their clean lines, blocks of color and simplicity.

Korean Vogue October 2007
Images from Nihilistic_youth at Flickr

I've been surrounding myself with serene and calming things lately because such bizarre, unexplainable things and bad luck have been happening around here lately. I don't believe in curses, but if things keep going this way, I might just have to change my mind. I'm beginning to feel a bit like a tiger chasing it's own tail and getting random shocks with an electric cattle prod. If anybody wants to send some good luck this way, it would be appreciated! But look .. The tulips are starting to bloom in my garden and Spring, that season of new hope and new beginnings, is near! Maybe Spring will chase away this barrage of bizarre happenings :)

I did finally get a new batch of magnets done! Yeah! They look like little mushrooms here. I found this one sheet of paper for magnet manufacturing that is just too cool - it's patterned like illuminated manuscripts.
And now .. new friends and old, I'll see you in a week or two! If this bad luck doesn't make my laptop explode or drop an asteroid on it :) Then you can see some awesome mail love AND ..... the little bird and nest I'm currently creating for a swap. Shhhh .. quiet .. my little bird is about to lay some pretty eggs! :)


Natasha Burns said...

Wow Heather those Korean Hanbocks are amazing! I have never seen those before.
The magnets are cute!
Yay you're getting tulips - it's wonderful when they start popping their heads out of the ground.
Hope you get some good luck your way soon... sending good luck now.... can you feel it yet? LOL

Lori said...

ditto on what the Aussie beauty said:) i LOVE the one in the middle with the white bottom and the little touch of pink...gorgeous!!!
i would send some luck your way...but i only have the bad kind sorry...see you when you get back:)

Gracie said...

Oh I hope it all gets better for you Heather *sending hugs*

I love those images they're lovely. They are so interesting to look at.

New life is always so wonderful isn't it? The sweet little buds springing forth.

And I like those magnets. I like the paper you're using.

I do hope all is well and looking forward to your next post.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

I have flowers coming up as well. Everytime I go out on my porch some new ones are peeking out. Promise. Hope. Your little marbled magnets look marvelous. Wish I could get my upclose shots to look so perfect.
Thanks for the link - dropping one back at you. :)

Sugar Bear said...

Those magazine images are very clean and crisp and lovely. I think I have that paper you are using. The magnets are very chic.

SweetAnnee said...

Oh I love the magazine pics..
the greens popping out
and the fun magnets!!
can't wait to see what's next!!

Mary Timme said...

I'm so sorry for the steak of bad fortune. But oh, the promise of tulips. . .I think that is why I love spring flowers so much, all the promise. And the magnets. ARe they going on etsy? I have to buy some.

bluemuf said...

The tulips starting to come up has to change our bad fortune. I love the magnets.


Lola Enchanted said...

OH my, sending you BIG wishes of good luck and happy days ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be careful and take care!!!!!!~

Felicia said...

So many beautiful things in this post. Thank you for sharing them :)

chocolate girl said...

i love this post....and thank you for introducing me to korean vogue. my goodness! what loveliness these photo are! hanbocks....lovely. the colors and the textures, and the way they drape and are layered. do they not evoke the deepest inspirations for your designs?

oh yes, and thank you so for adding me to the wonderful blogroll! i am adding you today to mine :) what a thrill to see my name along with so many other gifted artists. your designs are just stunning and beautiful. i love the magnets! a good friend of mine brought me back a beautiful box of stationary from her trip to italy and that was the actual paper design! i still have that box on my shelf today! that was over 20 yrs ago! my gosh!

have a beautiful day lovely!

Monica Yvette said...

What a gorgeous fashion spread. Your taste for Eastern art makes me wonder if your home reflects that. Anyway, I'm sending good vibes your way~~~~
There! All better hopefully.

GardenGoose said...

those hanbocks are just pretty!
and love your magnets!
hope that things brighten up for you.....and the tide turns.
wishing you a lovely weekend.
thanks for stopping by my blog..I'm glad hat you enjoyed the eclipse photos. It was a wonderful event to watch.
p.s. drawings are going on over at my blog in celebration of Leap Yr. day..come join the fun.

Mosaic*Queen said...

I too, love foreign magazines. Lots of fresh ideas.
In regard to your bad luck......I'm sending good wishes into the universe for you right now! :-)

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh gosh...what is a hanbock? I guess I will have to go google it. I'm sorry you're having such bad luck. I'd send you some if I had any to spare. I will send good thoughts your way and hope your luck changes soon!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Those hanbocks are absolutely beautiful! Calm and true! Your magnets look wonderful..the paper almost looks like stationary I have purchased in Florence...gorgeous!

Thank you so much for your sweet birthday wishes and helping make kari's fourtieth birthday fun and fabulous!

kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

I tried my hand at some jewelry making yesterday. It takes lots of patience, that's for sure. Maybe more than I have. :)

Sandra Evertson said...

These are Gorgeous, like little jewels!
Sandra Evertson

jen said...

wow those korean photos are amazing, and i'm not just saying that b/c i'm half-korean. ;)

very the magnets too. :)

decadentdiamond said...

I love those korean girls! Never seen anything like that, love the colours of what they wear.. first impression when I saw the images were oriental marie antoinettes!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your sweet words. Believe it or not, I took apart the bracelet and sent the earrings to my daughter. I am going to turn the bracelet into something else, it was a bit cumbersome and I used up ALL of my pretty crystals making it. :)


Lola Enchanted said...

Hi Heather! Stop by and drop me a line! I'm having a blog give away and would love to include you!

Debra Johnson said...

Fabulous magnets!!Gorgeous paper!
Love them:)!!!

NeereAnDear said...

Well I do believe I am losing my mind ... I could swear I posted on here the other day however...

that being said... LOVE THE BOOKS

and absolutely adore the magnets..
going to check those out right now.. fab paper



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Jen ~ ARTful Dreamer said...

I am loving those pretty! Sending you some good luck vibes too :~)

Gina said...

Those mag pics are gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!