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{House & Hold}

I've always loved Ferm Living's wallpaper designs. So it should be no surprise that I love their new home desktop accessories like the wood clipboard and letter tray. (And if you haven't checked out the lovely new House & Hold you should!)



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

A few weeks ago j went to his friend's 7th birthday party. His friend Miss N is an animal loving, non-girly (no pink or glitter for her) girl. Last year this was the gift we gave her and this year we decided on some simple animal freezer paper stencil t-shirts. Freezer paper stencil t-shirts are my "go to" birthday gift and I was looking back at SHIM + SONS and realized I've been making them since 2006. If you're not familiar with how to use freezer paper stencils you can see my tutorial here. Miss N is taking horse back riding lessons and loves dogs so I found a few free clipart of a dog and horse. After we finished the t-shirts we packaged them up in a kraft box (from my trip to Tokyo) and added a personalized label. I heard the birthday girl loved her t-shirts (her mother tells me she is super picky about what she wears) which made me happy.



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One of my favorite dresses and the dress shown in my Oh Joy! closet & casa feature was made using a pattern from a nooy Japanese sewing book (ISBN 978-4-579-11298-2). (Please note I have never ordered anything from Amazon Japan but you can find instructions here.) I purchased this book last year at our local Kinokuniya bookstore and it is my favorite sewing book. Since I am a big fan of nooy it is not a surprise that I love the patterns in this book. The book contains 25 dress, tunic, skirt, pant and jacket patterns. If you are not familiar with using Japanese pattern books you should know that the patterns come printed on a huge sheet of paper with pieces overlapping one another. It is a bit tedious but you have to trace each pattern piece onto tracing paper (I use Birch Street tracing paper which I purchased locally at Modern Domestic). Once the pattern pieces are cut out the cutting of fabric and sewing of the dress comes together really quickly. Case in point, I made three dresses using this pattern in one weekend. For this specific dress I used the F1 pattern and a striped linen from Mill End. I usually wear a size 0 so I used the smallest size for this pattern. Most Japanese sewing patterns do not include a seam allowance but this has never been an issue for me because the styles I choose are very loose. Even though I used the smallest pattern size I had to take in the sides a good three inches on each side because it was too big. Also note that the pattern does not have any darts but because I have a small chest this is not an issue for me. There are only four pieces for this dress and I made the top portion so that the stripes were vertical and the bottom portion with horizontal stripes. My favorite part of the dress is the raw selvedge that I used for the hem of the dress. And for those who don't sew, I have a blog reader who bought the book and took it to a seamstress to have a few dresses made for her. So even non-sewers can have their own simple dress (although of course I want to encourage you to learn to sew).



nooy is a Japanese clothing company founded by Natsuko Wakayama and Yoshika Hirayama. It is one of my favorite clothing brands and I love their philosophy that "everyone is always lovely". They create classic clothing for women of all ages. I am a big fan of their sewing pattern book and after seeing these photographs I really want some pretty white oxfords. I am also looking forward to seeing their new nooy kitchen line, I can only imagine how beautiful it will be.


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Have you seen the Not Without Salt & SHIMTOKK collaboration? If you love cookies and you're a giver at heart I think you might like it! Check it out here.



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For those who have been following me over at SHIM & SONS know that our family spent a year living overseas in Busan, South Korea. I was really unsure what to expect since I had only been to Korea once when I was 3.5 years old. But it turned out to be an amazing year and filled with so many wonderful memories. As soon as we returned back to the States we were longing to be back in Busan. Although we were able to go back to visit our friends and enjoy our old stomping grounds last March, Appah and I continued dreaming about moving back to Busan while the boys are still young. And guess what? Our DREAM is coming TRUE!! In two months The Shim Family will be settling in to our new home in Haeundae Beach, Busan. I am beyond thrilled and feel so blessed to have been given a second opportunity to live in our favorite city. And I'm happy to finally be able to share it with all of you. This move is long term so we are clearing out the house and only bringing the essentials (hence all the major purging going around Casa Shim the past month). The boys are excited but also sad to leave their friends. Although once we told them we are living on the beach their eyes lit up (apparently you can't beat the beach as your front yard). The reality of our move finally kicked in once we received confirmation from the international school the boys will be attending and now I am madly creating spreadsheets of everything that needs to happen between now and our departure. One thing I regret about the last time we lived in Busan is not taking more photographs and documenting our lives there. This time around I am not going to make the same mistake. I'll definitely continue sharing my favorite eats, shops and design goods but from my new home base in Busan, South Korea.