Handmade Korea Fair

Yay, time for another COEX post! New fairs come to the the COEX every week so you can definitely find something that interests you if you want to attend. I always browse through the list and bookmark the ones that look interesting, if you book early you can usually get in free! Last July there was the annual Handmade Korea Fair. Think of it like a huge expo with a ton of Etsy sellers. If you are looking for something homemade, you will find it here!

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Crafts

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Stamps

Handmade Korea Fair Watercolor Postcards

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Barrettes

Most of the sellers are grouped according to what they are, so you will find the woodwork in one area, the baby stuff in another area, etc. There are so many amazing artists here! A lot of them were still crafting their items right there at their booth so you could really see the hard work they put into making their stuff.

Handmade Korea Fair Wooden Figures Around the World

Handmade Korea Fair Unique Cat and Dog Postcards

Handmade Korea Fair Unique Bowls and Spoons

Handmade Korea Fair Stuffed Toys

The prices were a little steep but it’s to be expected for handmade products. I didn’t have tons of money to spend but I found plenty of cheaper items to buy. The original artwork was amazing but expensive. Thankfully there were a lot of printed art of the originals on postcards and the like so I could still take some home! Most of the postcards had awesome designs and were only $1.

Handmade Korea Fair Recycled Electronics Artwork

Handmade Korea Fair Paper Flower Artwork

Handmade Korea Fair Stuffed Toys Display

Handmade Korea Fair Phone Number Templates for Cars

There were a lot of practical things to buy too. There were stuffed toys galore! One of the most popular booths had cute wooden plaques for your car that they attached wooden numbers to list your phone number. In Korea they usually place these in their cars because their parking is crazy crowded so sometimes you need to call a car’s owner to move their car from blocking something.

Handmade Korea Fair Plushies

Handmade Korea Fair Pens and Pins

Handmade Korea Fair Mason Jar Lights

Handmade Korea Fair Painted Shoes

I felt like I was browsing pinterest at some of the booths. There were so many baby booths with the cutest stuff ever. It made me wish I had a kid so I could buy everything! The mason jar lighting looked so pretty. There were a lot of international artists participating too.

Handmade Korea Fair Life Size Plush Doll

Handmade Korea Fair Knitted Bears in Pots

Handmade Korea Fair Hanbok Pins

Handmade Korea Fair Funky Accessories

Knitted bears in pots! Ahh, I wanted these so badly! There was so many cute things here.

Handmade Korea Fair Felt Macarons and Ice Cream Cones

Handmade Korea Fair Knitted Animals in Pots

Handmade Korea Fair Fabric Clock and Hair Accessories

Handmade Korea Fair Engraved Stamps

Engraved stamps are important in Korea and families have stamps with their family name to sign important documents. It’s kind of like a signature. You can get a ton of cute stamp designs with your name on the bottom, or anything you’d like written there!

Handmade Korea Fair Delicate Floral Pins

Handmade Korea Fair Cute Postcards

Handmade Korea Fair Cupcakes

Handmade Korea Fair Bracelets in Cups

There were even some homemade baked goods. I was surprised to see the little pie shop across from my school at the fair too! It was a really good deal because usually their pies are $30 and you can’t just buy a slice. It was nice to try a slice of each pie instead of having to buy the whole pie without knowing if you like it or not!

Handmade Korea Fair Barrettes and Pins

A big part of the fair is the mural portion of the fair. I can’t wait to showcase some of their awesome creations on my next blog post. Look forward to it! ;)

If you want to check out the current events happening at the COEX, you can find it here.

Q: What was your favorite craft from the expo? Do you know any cute Korean Indie brands?


Change a Life with IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign

Education. It’s something vital to all of our lives, but how often do we take for granted the blessing of getting a good education? This post is sponsored by IKEA, but really it is so much more.

As an educator, I’ve seen first hand how giving a child the chance to learn and thrive in a good environment surrounded by opportunities and people who love and support them can change their life. So when I was contacted to talk about the new IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign, it was a no brainer to accept. As if I didn’t love IKEA enough (IKEA is finally coming to South Korea, fyi!) with all of their awesome furniture, delicious food and endless aisles of home inspiration!

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I’ve been blessed to work with a wide variety of kids, from the very wealthy to the extremely poor. I’ve seen firsthand how education can transform lives, bringing a child out of their shell and not just surviving, but thriving! It’s hard to believe, but there are families in the United States living in horrible conditions. Many families are living with limited resources.

During my time teaching, there is one little boy who stands out in my memory and pushes me to do my best to be an advocate for the children under my care. At just four years old, he came to my center unable to speak, use the restroom or even eat on his own! He started off unable to look at anyone or display any emotion at all. His home situation wasn’t the best, but with the support of trained teachers and hard work, he came out of his shell and blossomed. I’m so thankful he was able to enroll in our preschool program because by the time he went off to kindergarten he was potty trained, interacting with his peers and talking up a storm!

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If he hadn’t had that opportunity to be in a quality education setting, I can’t imagine all of the problems he would have had in the future. The fact is, setting children up for success in their lives starts with giving them a good education. It has a direct impact on well-being, from better health to increased opportunities. It gives children knowledge skills and confidence they need to shape a better future for themselves.

Don’t all children deserve this opportunity in their lives?

For every soft toy and children’s book sold between November 9, 2014 and January 3, 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. Did you know? Last year, the IKEA Foundation raised $13.6 million (10.1 million euro) and over $1 million was raised in the US. That’s a lot of money to help a lot of children!

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So what are you waiting for? Not only can you get affordable products at IKEA, you can chip in during this holiday season to support the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign in their efforts to help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials in schools, help rebuild schools, provide better water and toilet facilities, and increase school attendance rates.

If you have a child yourself, they can even participate in a contest to create their own soft toy. How cool would it be to see their design come to life?

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You hear a lot of people talking about changing the world. Well, here is a small opportunity for you to affect the lives of children around the world in need. IKEA has helped over 11 million children through the IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign, and with our help this year they will help many more. We all love our children and want the best for them. Spread the love this year by giving a little extra love while shopping during the holidays and help to literally change a child’s life for the better.

See you at IKEA! ;)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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