I never had any pen pals in Russia. I had more than 40 countries represented and clearly remember when my pen pal from Ceylon suddenly wrote that she was now from Sri Lanka. I was young enough that I didn't realize that countries could just change like that (I'm sure it wasn't that easy). It was quite a surprise!
So why am I suddenly thinking about Russia these days? Well, the web is an amazing thing. I imagine all the time what I would have been doing if I had had access to it when I was 10, 12, 15 and interested in people from all over the world and their cultures. I was mostly interested in their Arts and Crafts. Oh, and their Food! and Languages (and cute boys, one mustn't forget that played a big part in my life. - OK, fine, my family will tell you that half the reason I watch the Korean dramas now is for the cute guys, so I guess I haven't grown up that much!!) *blushing* Where was I?
Russia. Oh yeah. So, I've learned how to look at the Stats on blogspot and I have Russians peaking at my blog. OK, they may be computers looking in on their own, but I hope that they are women who are stamping or scrap booking or something. Do they scrap book much in Russia? I do not know. I am very curious about this now.
When my daughter lived in South Korea (she's been back for a year) she brought back some rubber stamps with Hangul on them. I love them!! They didn't have acrylic stamps there. What they do have is lots of cute stickers!! Think of all of the Sanrio Hello Kitty-type stickers from Japan. Well, South Korea makes a lot of those cute stickers of food with faces, etc. I just love those!! I love CUTE!!
Jeonju, Jeollabuk-Do, South Korea is the home to Hanji, the traditional paper made from mulberry, which literally translates as "the paper of Korea." This is the city that Lisa lived in for 5 months when she was teaching English (her first month was at Orientation in another city - details: koreanmermaid.blogspot.com). You see, even my daughter can't get away from my obsession from paper crafts.
Still wondering about Russia though. They have a rich culture. I wonder what is "in" there now craft-wise?
I may have to delve deeper into the web OR if there is someone out there who can let me know. I'll send you a handmade card!! Like I said, I never had a Russian Pen Pal!!
I'm not feeling well today, so here's a butterfly popping off my daughter's mini album. She made it for her boyfriend's mom. I know it'll be a big hit! After she took this photo, she removed it, coated the top butterfly with pearl paint, then liquid glass. It's really beautiful now!! I was amazed.