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Do days have names?

It’s been silently hectic lately around here. But I’m making quick progress on all my projects and taking mini breaks making tiny paper snowflakes for my snail mail friends. Sometimes I imagine my handmade envelops flying across oceans, traveling through new cities, and patiently waiting in a new mail box. How exciting!

I know I’ve been keeping this quiet, but I’ll be on an airplane soon, too. In two weeks, I’ll be back in Shanghai surrounded by bright lights and overpasses hovering over my head. I’m already planning to stop by little vintage shops and eating baskets of soupy xialongbao.

Isn’t this little forest guy amazing? He’s from a stationary store in Seoul. I’m planning a giveaway this upcoming week, which will include other lovely things from Korea. And lots of my own handmade things.

Carefully dried autumn leaves

I don’t wear a lot of make-up, but these are my personal essentials: BB Cream by Bobby Brown + eyeliner from Face Shop (a Korean brand) + matte bronze powder by Lancôme

One of the many things I love about living in Yunnan: Panfried homemade goat-cheese topped with salt and pepper

A bookmaker in Shanghai gave me this tiny homemade notebook. What should I do with it?

I’m so excited I found these wonderful vintage sticker labels at a local stationary store!

As you can see, I’m overzealously labeling all sorts of things.

I’ve been collecting paper to make envelopes and tiny snowflakes.


“I hadn’t understood how days could be both long and short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names.” – From The Stranger by Albert Camus


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    November 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    So many pretty things! I like the forest guy very much! The snow flakes are beautiful, I have some as decoration too but they’re plain white.. I’m very excited to read something about Shanghai =) I love goatcheese.. in every form 🙂

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      November 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      I’m afraid to actually use that forest guy other than letting him model by the bushes. Ah, Yunnanese goat cheese is soft but firm, similar to fresh mozzarella. I think you’d like it!

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        December 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

        oh yes! he’s modeling so nicely there =) what else could you make him do?! modeling is what he was made for 🙂

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    November 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Lovely, lovely! I love reading your blog, I get so happy. The snowflakes are beautiful! Hope you have a nice trip to Shanghai 🙂

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      December 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, Anna! 🙂

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    November 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This is why your blog is one of my favourites, so much so that I’ve added you to my current faves list on my blog haha! I love your pictures and the little hand bound book is adorable. I wouldn’t know what to write in it, it’s so precious! Wow, can’t wait for your posts from Shanghai, I love your jet setting lifestyle. I’m not really one for goats cheese, I can’t stand the taste/smell. I’m such a foodie, I feel like I’m letting myself down by not liking it haha. How is that BB cream by Bobbi Brown? They don’t sell it over here in England yet…I’m intrigued!

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      December 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Ah, yeah goat cheese does have a distinct taste/smell. You have to try making some fried egg sandwich with some goat cheese + hot sauce. You can’t not love it. 🙂 P.S. The Bobbi Brown BB cream is my favorite! Other BB creams tend to have an odd tone and feel a bit sticky. This one is perfectly light and evens out my skin!

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    November 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Ou the papers are lovely! I love the umbrella envelope. Looking forward to seeing photos of Shanghai!

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      December 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Taylor! Those will be coming soon. 🙂

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    Sarah Ruth
    November 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I am loving those envelopes!!

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      December 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Gracias! 😛

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Paper snowflakes? Cuteeeee! Good luck making them ^^ I haven’t tried the Bobby Brown brand yet, but I tried Skin79 and I quite liked it…I’ve just had a difficult time finding bb cream in stores. Have a really lovely trip to Shanghai and take lots of photographs, eats lots of good food (:

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      December 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Apparently, the Bobbi Brown BB cream is only sold in Asia. I had no idea!

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    Studio Meez
    November 30, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    So much pretty things to look at! Those vintage stickers are a great found!

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      December 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      I was really excited about them, and the ladies at the post office thought it was cute I made my own “air mail’ labels. 🙂

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    November 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Sewon,

    I’m discovering your blog and am amazed by your beautiful photos and style… I’m hooked !
    Thanks for visiting by the way 😉

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks, Emilie. 🙂 I love your colorful knits and houseplants!

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    December 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

    oh my god! all these little things are so lovely!
    i love the tiny notebook! i would have no idea what write in it either! maybe little secretes?
    and those vintage sticker labels are awesome too!

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      I like the little secrets idea, though I don’t think I have too many secrets! 😛

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    December 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

    sewon, i can’t wait to receive your mail.
    and now i’m going to eat because the delicious food on your blog is ruining my eating habits (GIMME THE FOOD, KITCHEN)

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      And I can’t wait for you to have it safely in your hands! 🙂

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      February 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Great cmiprehensove ideas right here.Id want to advise examining things such as visual bomb. What is your opinion?

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    December 1, 2011 at 1:13 am

    ” bookmaker in Shanghai gave me this tiny homemade notebook. What should I do with it?”

    Write down your favourite quotes and have it in your purse/bag at all times? When you’re feeling the blues, waiting for the bus, I don’t know – you read it? Sorry. I am rather dull. xD It’s cute, though. 🙂

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      Aw, that’s a great idea, Eileen! I’m an avid quote collector, actually. I should write them down. 🙂

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    December 1, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Love your eyes for details and sweet little things! The forest guy is so cute, and I gotta agree with Eileen with that tiny homemade notebook. Put lovely quotes there! 🙂

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Gabbie. That’s what I just might do!

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    December 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

    All these things are so lovely!
    Yay for going to Shanghai. My family’s from there but I haven’t been in years.

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Ohh Shanghai’s going to be packed full of activities for me, but mostly eating. 🙂 Can you speak Shanghainese? I only know a few phrases..

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    December 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I’ve seen that little forrest guy before! Korean stationary is the cutest. I ordered some adorable Korean Christmas cards from a store on etsy.
    I’m impatient to send them out now!!
    The leaves look so delicate and beautiful. I thought it were also stationery. They make cute post it notes that look like leaves, maybe you’ve seen them before.
    I could just go on and on about how cute Korean stationery is and how much I love it…
    Cute little snowflakes! Maybe Sewon should open her own stationery store. :0

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Ohh how fun! 🙂 I’m going to search for those leaf post-it notes. That sounds way adorable!

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    December 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    For that “無字天書”, you may keep it 無字:P
    I like those paper. So cute!

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      December 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Does 天書 (heaven book) mean bible? Haha well, I guess it’s supposed to have no words… 😛

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    December 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Yunnan looks so delicious!!

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    December 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Such an amazing blog! Thank you so much for visiting me so that I could discover your world!

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    December 2, 2011 at 5:38 am

    your photos are so so beautiful and lovely. 🙂 i’m very much looking forward to your giveaway and joining it! xxx

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    December 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Such nice envelopes and paper snowflakes you make!

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    December 4, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Where did you buy the goat cheese? I love it but haven’t seen it at my market. Also, I’m a huge fan of random papers and your crafty snowflakes. What a great idea!

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    Emmie Rae
    December 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Oh I love those labels! they’re perfect, and that goats cheese… my god! and a giveaway from Korea.. I must admit, that excites me. haha. ^.^

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    December 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    i`m so in love
    with this book

    is it possible
    to see more of those?

    and the book
    you were giving as a giveaway
    made by you, right?
    very charming.

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