sisters, a little bit about me (and a freebie)

I am lucky that I have 2 sisters.  My girls are lucky that they have a sister.

Lets back pedal a little bit…  My parents came to the United States when I was 3, and my mom was heavily pregnant.  How lucky am I that she gave me a sister?   Because I didn’t know any English until I started kindergarten, and because my parents spoke very little English themselves, my sister and I were BFFs by default.  We did everything together.  We shared a room together, we played with hand-me-down barbies together, we rode bikes down the street, we walked to school together…the list goes on and on!  My 2nd sister wasn’t born until I was in middle school, but I helped my mom raise her.  Needless to say, we are still pretty close to one another.

I was on the simple as that blog, and I can across a picture of her 2 daughters with the words “Because I have a sister I will always have a friend.”  Here is the link:  http://simpleasthatblog.com/2014/07/simple-things-sunday-explorealberta.html

I don’t know why, but that immediately hit home with me!  I knew that I wanted to make some handwritten art for my girls’ room, because it was just perfect.  Here’s what I came up with:

jungahsang sisters

and here it is framed:

jungahsang sisters frame

I used an old ikea frame that I already had, and the stars are Studio Calico stickers.

** freebie:  If you’d like a copy for your daughter’s room or for your project life, leave your e-mail in the comments below and I will e-mail you a scanned copy! **

happy Monday!

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sharing a quilted layout & card

Today I thought that I would share the quilted scrapbook layout and card that I sneaked on this post:  https://jungahsang.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/the-one-with-the-triangle-quilts/

First up:  3RD GRADE FASHIONISTA. 

Every year, I take a picture of my daughter’s outfits (and back pack & lunch box) the first week of school, and turn it into a layout.  I usually incorporate a few of the clothing tags from school shopping into the layout.  (Can you spot the 2 target brands tags, the jc penny brand tag, and the BOBS tag?)  I want to remember her new outfits, her personality, her style…  Once she reaches 5th grade, I plan to do a layout documenting her first day of school, grades kinder-5th grade.  It will be fun to see changes to her style & how much she’s grown.

jungahsang 3rd gr LO

jungahsang 3rd gr LO-2

Some products I used:

* the alpha stickers & school themed products are from October Afternoon

* all the stars accents and the wooden ! are from Studio Calico

* the date stamp is from Project Life

* I also used products from Me & My Big Ideas, Freckled Fawn, My Mind’s Eye, Elle’s Studio, American Crafts, and older scraps I had that I no longer remember the manufacturer (Sorry!).

You can also see this layout amongst other awesome projects at: http://www.meandmybigideas.com/blog/2014/9/24/mambi-fans-got-talent

Next up: a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY quilted card.

I’m not a big card maker, but I do make them occasionally for friends and family members.

jungahsang quilt card

Products used:

* all the gray and white papers are from a paper pad by My Mind’s Eye

* the envelope and floral chipboard are from Pebbles

* ink splatter is an October Afternoon sprinklers in hopscotch

Thanks for indulging in my quilted obsession with me!

Happy Sunday!

Fall decor & 7 tips for decorating

I love holiday decorating!  I got the fall box out of the attic today, and dusted off all of my little pumpkins.

jungahsang fall decor 2014-2

jungahsang fall decor 2014-3

7 DECORATING TIPS:

1.  Don’t try to buy everything at once.  My collection has grown little by little; I usually only buy a few things each year.

2.  Bargain shop!  Most of these items I have bought at either Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or JoAnn’s using a coupon on my phone.  Always check online before you go shopping.  Hobby Lobby usually has a 40% off one item coupon on their website.  Did you know that you can use competitor coupons at Michael’s and JoAnn’s?  Also, you can use multiple coupons at JoAnn’s.  I also like to shop at tjmaxx, Marshall’s, and Homegoods.  Don’t forget the day-after sales (I like target)!

3.  Try a little DIY.  In the first picture, I spray painted a cheap pumpkin gold.  In the second picture, I bought a bag of cheap foam pumpkins and then I stacked & glue-gunned them to make them taller.

4.  Add personal items.  I display the frame of my favorite costume picture of my girls from Halloween 2011 every year.

5.  Especially for fall, I try to find items that I can keep displayed for both Halloween and Thanksgiving…mostly pumpkins.  Then I throw in just a few items for each holiday, like the jack-o-lantern for Halloween.

6.  Group items together!  It makes such a bigger impact when you have 3 pumpkins grouped together, than if you had them spread out.

7.  Buy a sturdy box for storage.  I keep all of my decor in plastic rubbermaid/ sterilite containers.  Clear containers make it easier to see what’s in your boxes, but you can also color coordinate for your seasons.  Last Christmas, lime green rubbermaid containers went on clearance, so I bought 3 big lime green boxes for my Christmas decor.

jungahsang fall decor 2014-1

Hope these tips help you out!  I would love to know if you have any tips!

Happy Thursday friends!

photographer: celebrating fall by looking back on the summer

The fall season is officially upon us!  We have even been blessed with cooler weather today here in Texas.  It’s not sweater weather by any means, and our a/c is still on, but anything under 100 degrees is fine by me!

To celebrate, I thought that I would post some pictures of my favorite images from late spring and summer photo sessions.

1.  blue bonnet session with my girls while location scouting… full sun! gah! jung ahsang photography 1

2.  dance session for my older daughter’s ballet and tap recital:

jung ahsang photography 2

3.  blue bonnet session for my friend’s gorgeous little girls…the bugs were not kind to us, but we managed to get some great images anyway!  yay!

jung ahsang photography 3

4.  my dorkie (dachshund & yorkie mix)…many treats were involved in making this happen:

jung ahsang photography 4

5.  first birthday session with my nephew(s)…boy, did he made me work for it!  (many treats were involved in making this happen as well!  LOL!)

jung ahsang photography 5

6.  first birthday session with new friends…beautiful little cutie!

jung ahsang photography 6

Happy fall y’all!

finished: quilt.

I finally finished up my throw quilt, and I love how it turned out!

ja quilt 4

I have sewn only a few quilts before: a baby quilt for Lola & Ellie, a twin sized quilt for Lola,

JA quilt collage old

and a few baby quilts for friends.

This time, I wanted to make a quilt for myself!  After looking on pinterest, I found a triangle quilt that I liked.  Here is the link:  http://seekatesew.com/modern-ombre-bw-triangle-quilt-tutorial-pattern/

Here are some general steps that I took:

1. decide on a quilt pattern, gather supplies & pick your fabric (I got all my fabric from either JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby)

2.  cut fabric freehand with a ruler or using a template

3. sew rows first, iron the seams (I chose to iron them open), then sew the rows together, again ironing the seams.

4. lay down your backing fabric (I used a flat bed sheet I had that I wasn’t using), then batting, and then your quilt top on top, smoothing out any lumps and wrinkles.

5. pin all the layers together and sew your quilt together.

7. create your binding (you can use store-bought binding, but they usually come in solid colors only)

8. sew the binding on, and done!

JA quilt collage

Here is a link to a step by step tutorial that I discovered a few years ago that really helped me out:  http://www2.fiskars.com/Sewing-Quilting/Projects/Tools-and-Techniques/Sewing-for-Beginners/How-to-Quilt#.VByCURaJktU

I am by no means an expert, but my quilts are getting better with each one I make!  Love how this one turned out, and how it matches the other colors in my living room.

Happy friday friends!

the one with the triangle quilts.

I have been so inspired by triangle quilts lately!  I am bursting with creative energy!  I have started so many projects… if only there were just a few more hours in the day…

It all started when I wanted a cute throw to leave in the living room.  I often need a little blanket for those evenings when my husband and I are watching tv, and I’m super cold, but he has the ceiling fan on high… However, all the throws that I’ve seen at the store are better for colder weather (i.e. fleece or knitted) and not the scorching Texas summer & fall!  So, I decided to make a light weight quilt in my favorite colors.  I’ve never made a quilt strictly for myself before, only quilts for my girls and baby quilts as gifts for friends.

After looking on pinterest, I decided that I wanted to try the triangle pattern.  So, I started my little quilt, and then I thought this pattern would be so cute on scrapbook pages and maybe even a card… & here I am with a few projects started, but none finished.  womp womp…

ja quilt

I am itching to finish these projects, but it’s tough when you get interrupted more than 10 times every 10 minutes.  Even more so when you have your creative juices flowing.  Alas, that’s to be expected when you have an 8 & 4 year old, haha.

Happy tuesday friends.

mini album: ten year anniversary getaway

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  We went on a short road trip to Colorado.  It was so nice to get away, just the two of us.  We ate lots of food, did a lot of walking, and I took entirely too many photos!  I knew I wanted to remember and document this story in a special way, so I thought a mini album would be perfect.  When I saw the mini We R Memory Keepers albums floating around instagram, I knew it would be perfect. 

So, here are a few of my favorite pages:

     

I used a lot of Heidi Swapp for Project Life products (love the minty green & gold), some MME products (the necessities 6×6 paper pads are just awesome), some We R Memory Keepers products, with a little older products from Dear Lizzy, October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn, SNAP Simple Stories, and Basic Grey thrown in.

Have a happy Wednesday!