Monday
Mar142011

[KIDS] PROJECT 001

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

I was originally going to title this post "SCIENCE EXPERIMENT 001" since it appears I have an affinity towards numbering projects and posts. But I thought that might be too ambitious since I'm not sure how many science experiments we'll be conducting throughout the year. I admit I'm a social science type of gal but J loves science and I'm trying to encourage him to pursue his interests so maybe you'll see more science projects + experiments around here in the future. For now we'll stick with "PROJECT 001" because I definitely plan to share more kid-friendly projects on this blog.

Last week J participated in his school's annual science fair. His experiment was titled "Pencil Vs. Ziploc Bag". I thought I would share it here since it might interest those of you with children. You only need three things to conduct this experiment [sharpened pencils, ziploc bags and water] which makes it easy to do at home. First off you want to ask the question, "What would happen if you put a sharpened pencil through a ziploc bag filled with water?" Some might guess the bag would leak and others may hypothesize that the bag would not leak. Next fill a ziploc bag with water [3/4 full], seal the bag and pierce a sharpened pencil through the bag [rounded pencils work best]. You can put several more pencils through the bag. The bag should not leak. Why? The plasic is made of polymers, long chains of molecules, that allow the plastic to stretch. When you stick a sharpened pencil through the plastic bag the polymers move around and form a seal around the pencil. Pretty neat, right? When you're finished with the experiment make sure you place the ziploc bag in the sink and then remove the pencils. Otherwise you'll have some nice little puddles of water to clean up. 

Friday
Mar112011

HOLDING THE WORLD...

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

...in our thoughts and prayers. I took this photograph last month for my photography class and it seemed appropriate for today's post. We are so deeply saddened about the earthquake in Japan that has claimed the lives of so many people. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone that was affected. As you know we are heading out to Asia next week and we have plans to be in Tokyo for a portion of our trip. We're feeling very grateful that we were not out there this week. All of this is just another reminder for me that life is fragile and each day I have on this earth is a blessing. 

Friday
Mar112011

[DESIGN] ARTECNICA

{Artecnica}

I have a thing for mobiles and hanging decor in general. And I'm smitten with Artecnica's Themis II, a geometric mobile designed by Clara von Zweigbergk. I love the unexpected muted and neon colorway. 

Thursday
Mar102011

[CASA SHIM] SNAPSHOT 001

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

I love my home. It isn't my dream house [I go back and forth between a modern space in the country and a cozy loft in the city] and there are definitely things I would change about it but it is a clean + edited space that makes our family feel cozy and comfortable. When we lived overseas we only brought a few essentials from our home in Portland and left the rest in storage. And let me tell you it was quite liberating. We had all the basics and I was able to decorate our new home in record time.

I am a true homebody, I could spend days inside my home and it wouldn't bother me one bit. I am quite particular about what I bring inside our home and whether or not I have space for it which helps me keep it from being cluttered [And no, this doesn't apply to craft + office supplies!] I love all the little pretty spots that we have created around our home, whether intentional like my favorite pieces of Korean pottery or unintentional like a bowl of colorful fruit. These pretty spots are what I think make our house a home. Each week I'll be sharing with you a little snapshot of Casa Shim. Right now this bowl of meyer lemons is making me very happy and reminds me that spring is right around the corner!

P.S. Speaking of spring, I'm doing a little spring cleaning in the studio. If you're interested in a box of fabric scraps please take a look here. [Update // I just added more BIG boxes to the shop.]

Thursday
Mar102011

[EAT] MEAT CHEESE BREAD

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Meat Cheese Bread. Need I say more? When Appah and I have a craving for a good sandwich we go to Meat Cheese Bread. I always order the Park Kitchen [flank steak, pickled onions, blue cheese mayo, lettuce and vinaigrette] and Appah gets the warm Roasted Mushroom sandwich [roasted mushrooms, goat cheese, sherry onions and frisee on a roll WITH steak AND bacon]. I love how the chef does a double take when he reads Appah's order. What can I say, my husband was raised in Chicago and he loves his meat! Meat Cheese Bread also has delicious baked goods, one of my favorites is the Magic Bar [photographed above] which has a little bit of everything inside and is delicious! And you have to love their simple + cute logo. The owner told me that if you get their logo tattooed on your body you get a free sandwich every Tuesday. Guess what? Someone actually did it! You gotta love Portland!

Wednesday
Mar092011

[SALLY] REFLECTING ON BLOGGING

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

I love blogging and having my own little space to document life. And the majority of the time it is a positive and fulfilling experience. But I admit there are times when I get confused what the boundaries are with respect to blogging, particularly when my photographs are used without permission on other websites. Chelsea has started a very interesting discussion regarding photograph usage over here. And I just wanted to add my two-cents with respect to my blogs. On my SHIM + SONS blog I have always had a copyright notice on the right hand column which states "Please ask permission to use any content or photographs from this site." This blog has a similar notice at the bottom of the site. You want to know how many requests I've actually received in the almost six years I've been blogging? Less than a dozen requests. Do you want to know how many times people have published my original photographs on their blogs? Many, many times. I think most of the time people honestly have the best intentions and are "borrowing" images from my site to help promote my blog or shoppe and I truly appreciate it. But that still doesn't take away from the fact that people should ask permission to use my photographs. Since all the photographs from my SHIM + SONS blog and many of the photographs on this blog are original I would like to keep track where they are being re-posted. I am particularly sensitive about photographs of my boys being posted on other sites [e.g., pinterest, tumblr]. For the most part I would like to keep their photographs contained to my blogs. So whether I know you and you run a beautiful big blog or you are someone who has a tiny personal blog, please request permission to post any of my photographs. You can email me at HELLO {at} SALLYJSHIM {dot} COM and I promise to respond within 48 hours of your request. Thank you so much in advance for understanding. 

xo,