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Monday
Aug112014

BACK TO SCHOOL 2014

It is hard to believe the summer has come to an end at Casa Shim. Although we had an amazing summer in the States, it is good to be home and back to a regular routine. Today the boys went back to school and they were happy to see all their friends and meet new teachers and classmates. One of the absolute best things about a new school year is school supply shopping. I have fond memories of school supply shopping when I was younger and am so happy to be able to relive the memories with my boys. We are lucky to live in Korea where it is easy to find cute and functional supplies for school. Here are some of the goodies we picked up for the boy's back to school supply kit. And even if you don't live in Korea many of them are available online (links below).

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Tuesday
Jun102014

SUMMER ADVENTURE 2014

The school year is coming to an end next week and the boys and I will be embarking on a 5-week summer adventure in the States. We have not been back to the States for 1.5 years so we are excited to see all our family and friends (and eat some good burgers). We will be flying through four airports, taking a road-trip through California, and heading back to the Pacific Northwest. If you have any recommendations for good restaurants, bakeries, shops, and or fun spots for the boys in LA, SF/Bay Area, and/or PDX, please let me know! I will sharing our adventure here on the blog and daily over on Instagram and Pippit (@sallyjshim).  

Wednesday
Jun042014

FAVORITE MOTHERHOOD TIPS FOR CLEMENTINE DAILY

I remember when I was pregnant for the first time I really appreciated the advice given to me by other mothers. One of my favorite "words of wisdom" came from a fellow graduate student researcher who was the mother of two and grandmother of one. She told me that there are highs and lows as a parent, but to always remember that you will never have that moment back in time. So if it is something to be happy about, allow yourself to relish in the joy of the moment. And conversely, if it is a completely stressful situation, step back and remind yourself you will never have that moment again. I have to say that her words have stuck with me the past 11 years of motherhood (has it really been 11 years!!). So that one time when J was 4 years old and starting to gag while j (who had a strong gag reflex) proceeded to throw up because he saw his big brother almost throw up...well, let's just say, I ended up laughing at an otherwise not-so-pleasant situation. 

My friends over at Clementine Daily (one of my favorite spots on the internet) asked me and fellow creative mamas to share some motherhood tips with their readers. I loved reading what other mamas had to share and I hope you do as well. You can read Clementine Daily's "More Of Our Favorite Motherhood Tips" here. And a big thanks to Shayla Lafreniere for the wonderful illustration of me and my boys. 

Monday
May122014

PACKAGE 027

Kraft paper and twill tape are one of my favorite packaging combinations. The other day I found some cute polka dot kraft paper and thought it would be perfect to wrap up a little thank you gift. I wrapped the bottom box but the top two boxes did not have square corners to I adhered them together with tape adhesive and wrapped a band of paper around the box instead of fussing with the tricky corners. I then tied white twill tape around the gifts and and added a little thank you label.

If you don't have any polka dot kraft paper in your stash you can always go the DIY route and make your own by stamping on dots or adding dotty stickers.

Thursday
May082014

THANK YOU CANDY WRAPS PRINTABLES

Thank you for the kind words about my new book! I am so happy that I was finally able to share the good news with you. I don't know about you but I always feel like I have so many people to say "thank you" to and this month I am trying to play a little catch-up on my "thank you's". Although I do think a handwritten thank you card is one of the sincerest ways to express your thanks, I was trying to think of a few different ways to show our gratitude. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some new ways to say THANK YOU to the people in our lives that do things to make our lives more joyful and fun.

I designed THANK YOU candy wraps as a fun and yummy way to say thank you. 

The printable comes in a colorful blue, green, and pink colorway and also a simple black and white colorway.

 

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Tuesday
May062014

MY BOOK! PRETTY PACKAGES: 45 CREATIVE GIFT-WRAPPING PROJECTS...COMING SEPTEMBER 2014!

Hi Friends! I’ve been keeping a BIG secret from you and today is the day I finally get to reveal the big secret! I am feeling nervous, anxious, and excited right now and it feels quite surreal that I am able to share this big news with you! I wrote a BOOK! It is titled Pretty Packages: 45 Creative Gift-Wrapping Projects and is being published by Chronicle Books, one of my favorite publishers. Below is the cover of Pretty Packages, which showcases some of the 45 packaging projects that you’ll find inside the book. 

Pretty Packages contains 45 step-by-step gift-wrapping and packaging projects perfect for beginner and advanced crafters. The book walks you through how to turn a simple package into a creative and personalized gift that the recipient will be excited to receive. The projects in the book will not only inspire you to create pretty packages for gift giving, but will also give you ideas about packaging party and wedding favors as well as branding for your business.

Pretty Packages is divided into three sections: 1) Wrapping Paper, 2) Gift Boxes, Bags, & Toppers and 3) Gift Tags & Ribbon. The book also covers essential materials and tools needed to create your own pretty packages as well as various gift-wrapping and ribbon tying techniques. Each project includes two “bright ideas”-- variations to further customize your package.

In my experience teaching Packaging 101 workshops in Portland with my dear friend and fellow designer Joke Vande Gaer and creativity workshops here in Busan, I know there are many people out there who want to be creative but don’t think they have the “know how” or skills to do so. I truly believe everyone is creative and that you just need to tap into and cultivate your creativity. And I think packaging projects are a great way to jumpstart your creativity. I really wanted to create a book that was accessible for all types of crafters, from the beginner to the advanced, and I think I have achieved that with Pretty Packages.

This book has been a labor of love and I’m excited to be able to share more details about the book and the book writing process in future blog posts. Over the next several months I will share how I came to write a book, what it was like writing a book in Busan while my publisher is in San Francisco, and other fun behind-the-scenes stories. 

The book will officially be released in September, but you can pre-order now at:

+ Amazon

+ Powells

+ Barnes & Noble

+ Books-A-Million

I feel fortunate some of my favorite design, craft, and lifestyle bloggers like Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, Jordan Stanley of Oh Happy Day, and Erin Loechner of Clementine Daily have written kind words about Pretty Packages. I think Pretty Packages will be a wonderful book to add to your own personal library and it would also make a fantastic gift for a friend (and will arrive plenty of time before the holiday gift wrapping season).

I'm looking forward to sharing more about Pretty Packages in the weeks and months to come!

Photography by Madelene Farin and book jacket design by Hillary Caudle.