{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

We always keep a box of waxed paper bags handy to use as snack bags if our favorite food containers are being used. But waxed paper bags also come in handy when you need to package up goodies for a friend, in this case some homemade pizzelles. I placed the pizzelles in the bag, folded the opening over a few times and sealed it with a piece of linen tape. [I bought the linen tape at Alder & Co. but you can always use colored masking tape or washi tape.] 

P.S. If you are fan of pretty packaging you must check out my dear friend Joke's HAPPY PAIR series! She has so many cute + fun ideas! 



{Photographs by Sally J Shim}     {Book photographs by Kim Hyang Soo}

While we were living in Korea I would take the boys for a weekly trip to our local bookstore. The children's section was filled with beautifully illustrated books and a handful of the books were translated into English. One of my favorite books is Cloud Bread, a children's book written by Hee Na Baek, a Korean born author, illustrator and animator. The story is about two little cat siblings, Hongbi and Hongshi, who find a piece of cloud stuck in a tree and give it to their mother who uses it to make cloud bread. When they eat the bread they start floating and their adventures begin. Ms. Baek won the Illustrator of the Year award at the Bologna International Children's Book Fair in 2005 for Cloud Bread. I adore the three-dimensional aspect of her work. Although the book is geared towards the 2-6 crowd, my boys are big fans. I'm going to try and track down her other books, The Moon Sorbet and Last Night when we visit Korea later this month. You can see more of her work here. I also came across this article and learned more about Hee Na Baek and how her experience with her first book led her to start her own publishing company, ultimately giving her more control over the creative process. And although the commercialization of Cloud Bread was not something she had planned for, I have to admit the Cloud Bread app and the animation TV series are super cute [You can see a clip in English here].


{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

My boys' favorite winter accessories are hats + scarves so every year I make a few scarves for them to rotate through the chilly months. Last fall I found this amazing wool jersey fabric at Mill End. It is slightly cabled on one side and striped on the other side. The jersey is soft and machine washable so I knew it would be perfect to use for scarves for the boys. After making half a dozen 5-minute scarves last year [thanks to Sarah's post] I decided to add a new one to their collection.

These scarves really do come together quickly. All you need is some jersey fabric [I've used cotton + bamboo jersey before], rotary cutter [or scissors], straight edge, thread and sewing machine. For the boys' scarves I cut out strips of jersey 14" long and 52" wide [if you want a fuller scarf buy one yard of fabric]. Fold the fabric in half [wrong side out] and sew along the 14" side. [If you have a spiffy serger you can serge the edge but it is not necessary.] Turn the scarf loop right side out and wrap it around your neck [or in my case my boys' necks] a few times. Cute + easy, the best combination in my book!

P.S. Appah loved the boys' scarves so much he requested one for himself. So yes, there are days when all three Shim boys are matchy-matchy. 





It is no secret that I love food + design. And when they intersect in beautiful + functional products like SWITCHDESIGN's food covers I could not be happier. I only wish the food covers were being sold in Japan right now because I would definitely pick up a set or two while we are in Tokyo later this month. 

[via Spoon & Tamago]


[FRIENDS] Big Sister

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

It is amazing to see the bond children can create in a short amount of time. Although more than 900 miles separate j and V they share a special brother-sister relationship. I love the way she cares for him and wants him to be happy. True friendship is beautiful and inspiring.



I have a slight obsession when it comes to pretty packaging. I am one of those people that think the outside is just as important as the inside when it comes to gift giving. I favor minimal + modern packaging and often try to make use of materials I have in my studio. So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite packaging ideas every week.

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

For Package 001 I wrapped a children's book [for one of our favorite 2-year-old friends] in kraft paper. Kraft paper makes a wonderful blank canvas for packaging. I cut a scrap of fabric approximately 0.5" x 1.5", applied a spritz of spray starch on it [to make it a little stiff], ironed it and then ran it through my Xyron sticker machine [you could also use craft glue]. I peeled the sticker backing off the fabric and wrapped it around a toothpick. I made a few snips with my small sewing scissors and voila, a cute little fabric flag. I then carefully made a few slits on the package using an Xacto knife and slipped the fabric flag through the slits. The fabric flags are super versatile and can also be re-used as a cupcake or pancake topper.