Daily Life Inspiration New York

Mossy terrariums, mini parcels, and holiday festivities

Can you believe it’s already December? It’s beginning to look and feel like the holidays here in New York, though I have been swamped with work. I took mini breaks this weekend for some time with friends and city explorations. I made a terrarium at the Etsy Holiday Shop, attended an early holiday party in Williamsburg, ventured out to Koreatown with Emily for some hand-cut noodles, finally got out early enough for a brunch date downtown, and began working on a small creative project with Jannese. And a letter arrived from Malaysia!

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I made this terrarium! Etsy’s been hosting a series of workshops at their Soho Holiday Shop, and the terrarium workshop was taught by Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow, the two lovely ladies behind Twig. I’m so proud of my little business man trekking through the mossy forest with a tiny map in his hand.

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A little furry creature!

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My friend Nicole, who also works at Etsy, made this terrarium.

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Paper snowflakes at my friend Stefanie’s apartment.

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I love the view from Stefanie’s rooftop!

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Brunch at Fatta Cuckoo: tender short ribs and fried egg on English muffins, fluffy ricotta donuts, and coffee!

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Kaljaebi (kalguksu + sujaebi mix): hand-cut noodles and hand-pulled dough in Kimchi broth.

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Crispy kimchi pancakes dotted with sliced rice cake.

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And an ice cream taiyaki for the road!

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An adorable mail arrived from Malaysia from Fiona, decorated with colorful washi tape and line drawings! I was so excited, I took her letter with me to read on the subway.

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Here’s a sneak peak of a project I am working on with the talented Jannese of Craftylove:

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P.S. One more week to take home a little personalized parcel from me.

14 Comments

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    Our Strange Nature
    December 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Love the terrarium you made ! I’m going to try it myself as well. Yours looks great!
    Just received a letter from Fiona today too 🙂

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      Sewon
      December 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      I would love to have a windowsill garden with potted plans and small terrariums. 🙂

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    Veronica Fish
    December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, that Etsy workshop looks like such fun

    I’m a washi tape horder, only tearing off tiny bits because I hate to see it go…

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      Sewon
      December 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      I don’t know if I read this somewhere or heard it told to me…of an old lady who passed away with a huge vintage perfume collection in her bedroom. She’d never use the expensive ones, because she wanted to save it for later.

      So my mentality lately has been all about now or never! 🙂

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    Barbara
    December 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    This terrarium is just wonderful!!!

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      Sewon
      December 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks, Barbara!

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    kelly
    December 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I love your little terrarium Sewon too cute!! I wish I could take a workshop at Etsy HQ it would be so much fun.

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    Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
    December 4, 2012 at 2:24 am

    love that terrarium!

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    Koey
    December 4, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Your terrarium is very cute! Frankly, I’ve longed for one this…
    Beside, the food looks yummm… and the gift looks so sweet!

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    Lisa
    December 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Those terrariums are so cute!

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    Winnie
    December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Your terrarium is really cute! It looks like a great little evening (I could totally browse Etsy for hours) and I love love the care that goes into the parcels that you get sent. So lovely.

    Also – all that yummy Korean food looks amazing!

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    jessica
    December 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    oh yum, so much delicious food! and i love the terrarium you made, especially the little man you put in there, what a cute idea! it turned out great. 🙂

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    jannese
    December 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

    OMG! I love the terrarium. I went last night to the Etsy Shop but there was an NPR dude speaking instead of a workshop, snore…Thank you for the mention 🙂

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    Fiona
    December 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Sewon,
    Sewon! I am so happy to see all those picture, specially the the snail mail, this is the 1st time I saw my snail mail on my friend’s blog! hihi >_ < Thank you Sewon, THANK YOU!

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