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Before launching The Pet Shop v.2 last Friday morning, I was scared. I was scared that we’d pushed ourselves so hard, we’d worked late into countless evenings – and what if we hear crickets? This was not the case (how many ways can we thank you?), and while it’s easy to see now, we were scared because it was new; it was exciting. I’ve said that before, but how easily we forget.

Afterwards, Scott and I joked that we birthed our version of a proverbial baby. By no means am I comparing our web store to a real-life bundle of joy, but in our own way, we nurtured that store to fruition – and now that it’s live and kicking, we can take a deep breath and enjoy it. To do just that, we spent our Sunday on the lake. We soaked up the sun and took naps in the sand. Even after we came home (and called our dads!), we took to the couch and napped some more. It was long overdue, and we needed that.

  • ann - June 19, 2012 - 8:13 AM

    Glad you took some time off but wish we had been at the beach with you!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 20, 2012 - 12:14 PM

    Your pictures have me looking forward to some much needed beach time! How warm does the lake get? The ocean here can be hit or miss, usually in the 60′s.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 20, 2012 - 5:36 PM

    Alexis, it’s still so, so cold – even in the 50s! But when the air is in the 90s, it feels amazing.ReplyCancel

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As if Scott’s 31st and our bloggy anniversary weren’t enough to make a week worth celebrating, we’re adding one more to the table (and we can hardly contain ourselves): meet our “new” Pet Shop, v.2!

For the last couple of months, we’ve been busy on the back end, working to bring you a new shop that’s easy, fresh and informative – separating ourselves from our old news one page layout of yore. We have a bit of tidying up to accomplish around this virtual home of ours (just a personal, type-A to do), but you can still access our very live and active Shop from the sidebar, as always.

Now, you’ll find everything in one place – from those custom, mini modern portraits you know well, to signed art prints, original paintings and gift certificates. You may remember our fancy shmancy model, Miss Maddie, showing off our newest stock size, the 8×8 – and we’ve added a few new faces, too!

We’re also thrilled to be collaborating alongside animal rescue nonprofits, and we’ll be working closely with one organization at a time on a quarterly basis. For every sale in The Pet Shop, 10% of our proceeds from every product will be happily given back to those loyal, fuzzy companions waiting for a forever home. Our first partnership is with New Leash on Life Chicago (extended for one month due to a mid-month launch date), and we couldn’t be more smitten with their mission. Learn all about them right here.

And to kick off our grand opening (v.2!), we’ve partnered with Chick and The Dude’s momma from Love & a Six-Foot Leash to give away one of our custom portraits in the new, larger 8×8 size! Go here for your chance to get your paws, er, mitts on one. There may be a little something extra in it for you, too.

We hope you’ll take a moment to poke around, see what’s new, and get better acquainted with this team. If we weren’t clear yesterday, let it be known that we think you guys are the tops. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting us and making this our reality.

This debut would not be complete without thanking Mr. Lively (yup, of Makeunder My Life), our amazing web developer who brought our ideas to life. Thank you to the moon and back; you rock.

Photo of Chick and Dude via Love and a Six-Foot Leash.

  • Claudia - June 15, 2012 - 7:42 AM

    Yeah! The shop looks great (and Happy Birthday Scott – I was unplugged from reality for a while there so missed the actual day), and I love the portraits of Chick and Doodlebug.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - June 15, 2012 - 7:52 AM

    Very fancy! It really looks great, well worth all the hard work that has gone into it. Congrats.

    (And happy belated bloggiversary and Scottbirthday-y.)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - June 15, 2012 - 9:14 AM

    Kim an Scott — I’ve been lurking around your blog for quite some time, but I just have to speak up and congratulate you on your absolutely PERFECT new virtual home! I love the Petshop and am absolutely SMITTEN with the tiny art prints! We’re in the process of rescuing a senior citizen pittie and can’t wait to have a portrait made once our little dumpling finally joins us. Cheers, and congrats again! RReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 15, 2012 - 9:40 AM

      Thank you, ladies! Rebecca, we can’t wait to meet your dumpling!

      And now we’re wondering… is it too early to have a celebratory drink? Phew!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Sayre - June 15, 2012 - 10:11 AM

    Congratulations on the new shop! How wonderful that you get to spend your days painting precious pooches and cherished cats. I personally cannot wait to receive my portraits.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - June 15, 2012 - 11:06 AM

    The site looks AMAZING! Congrats! All y’all’s hard work certainly paid off in a gorgeous new home for your Pet Shop.

    And FYI, I just screamed again when I saw my sweet Mack’s portrait and my review on the “You Said” page!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 15, 2012 - 1:38 PM

      Thank you, thank you!

      Amanda, I haven’t seen that commercial, but I’m pretty sure I’d love it!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - June 15, 2012 - 11:32 AM

    Congratulations on the 3rd year, and on the v.2 of The Pet Shop. It looks really great, and so proud of you for coming so far. I’ve been holding out on getting a portrait of my little Trinity (WHY? I DO NOT KNOW!) but this may be the year … I’ll have to start writing up her story. She has got a little plump over the years, so maybe I’ll just share photos of her skinny days — HA HA!

    Have you seen the new Purina commercials? “Catitude” ? Yep, that’s my girl.ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - June 15, 2012 - 12:37 PM

    Love the new shop! It looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea B - June 15, 2012 - 4:07 PM

    Looking good, Pet Shop! Love the “new digs.” :)ReplyCancel

  • Dave - June 16, 2012 - 8:01 AM

    The new Pet Shop is absolutely fabulous. Congratulations on year 3. You guys are a great team with ideas galore!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - June 17, 2012 - 10:02 PM

    Love the new virtual shop! And you’re giving 10% of the proceeds to our furry friends? That is just amazing! Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 18, 2012 - 10:07 AM

    Hi Emma, we are, and we’re so excited about it!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - June 18, 2012 - 10:16 AM

    You haven’t seen them yet? Oh my!

    This one has Trinity written all over it, except with a computer keyboard, not a newspaper. Though I still love her. Haha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qbK1RsN-lw&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    Here’s the other two they have in the same ad campaign:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fNcrn0zKyo&feature=plcp

    and

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNkSydxyZVA&feature=context-chvReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 18, 2012 - 10:21 AM

    Amanda, TOO funny! Maddie is totally the sweater girl. I can’t lay any article of clothing on my bed, unless I want stripey furs on it…ReplyCancel

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It’s been 3 years since we’ve started this blog (a word that Scott still can’t say; it makes him itchy), and it’s been an incredible ride. After sharing my first puppy painting – a birthday gift for Scott years ago – you’ve supported us. You’ve asked for your own custom art (by the hundreds), you’ve come back to see what we’ve been doing and you’ve left us sweet words, given us input and shared your opinions. Our tiny home has ebbed and flowed along the way, but it’s because of you that I’m now living as a working artist. Good gracious, just think about that. You’re amazing.

To celebrate, we shared a slice of s’more pie from Bang Bang, a new treat in our neighborhood. The verdict? Four thumbs up and two happy bellies.

Last year, you wanted to know a little more about who we are, and we shared those answers here and here. If there’s anything we’ve missed, ask away! And if you’re a new reader (or maybe the silent type), please, tell us about you, too. What makes you, well, you? Do you also write? Where can we find you?

Thank you for sharing with us and allowing us to do the same.

PS: We’re bursting to share our Pet Shop announcement tomorrow morning. It’s been a busy couple of months to get our ducks in a row, but we couldn’t be more excited. See you then!

  • Emily - June 14, 2012 - 7:57 AM

    Congratulations! I’ve been a silent reader for a while now, but I love that blogging has led you to the career of your dreams!! I write over at voyage-on.blogspot.com – check me out! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 14, 2012 - 8:04 AM

    Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary!

    I’m a long-time reader but only an occasional commenter; however, I find you to be a true inspiration. I love your writing, the artful and practical improvements you’ve made to your home (especially since I live in a small space myself), and your adorable, “furry” art. But most of all, I’m inspired by your ability to do what you love each day.

    I’m a full-time writer for a retailer by day, and an eager DIYer/artist/baker by night and weekend. I’ve been working on combining just a few of my interests through a freelance position as a food/restaurant writer for a website. My hope is that I’m someday able to make my true passions my full-time job.

    If you want to take a look, you can find my recipes, restaurant reviews, and general food musings here: http://www.examiner.com/food-in-philadelphia/michelle-hein

    Keep the posts coming!ReplyCancel

  • Two PItties in the City - June 14, 2012 - 8:17 AM

    Congrats! It is amazing that you have taken this to really be doing what you want to do. Excited to see the big reveal tomorrow, and I’m interested in knowing more about this pie shop….ReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - June 14, 2012 - 8:18 AM

    Congratulations! I’ve been silently reading your blog and lusting after your portraits (it’s on my Christmas list for this year) for about a year. I love watching the projects you tackle in your home and the fact that you keep it real. Homes aren’t filled overnight :) Anyways, I thought I’d say hi. If you’re looking for any recipes for the two of you or some (I like to think) witty dialogue, stop by and see me at http://www.modernmealsfortwo.comReplyCancel

  • Miranda @boucksy - June 14, 2012 - 9:09 AM

    Yaaaay, three years! Congratulations, guys!

    You know me, a frequent reader (and commenter) in Omaha. I’ve been following your blog for two years now and absolutely love it; my favorite! I’m excited to see what’s happening tomorrow and I just can.not.wait to see the new Pet Shop! I’m still hoping that you two will talk it through to potentially sell some of your photos (drool) on Etsy, because there are many I could see in my home.

    Have a great day!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - June 14, 2012 - 9:21 AM

    Just adding my well wishes to the rest – congratulations Scott and Kim (and a belated Happy Birthday, Scott!). I daily check out Yellow Brick Home and whenever there’s a new post it’s always a highlight for me. Truly love your style (design and writing), your photos and Kim’s anal/perfectionism that always makes me smile (because I can so relate!).

    I already asked all of my personal questions last year – but I am wondering why Scott gets itchy when you say/write “blog”?

    Hoping for many more years of blogging from you two!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 14, 2012 - 9:30 AM

    Emily, I’m enjoying your blog! Thank you for sharing!

    Michelle, wow, you are BUSY. Your words are very sweet, thank you SO much!

    Two Pitties, we’ll have to make a pie-eating-double-date.

    Heather, I’m always looking for new recipes! Scott’s more of the cook in our home, so perhaps I’ll have him poke around your site, ha! I hope I get to work with you around the holidays this year, too.

    Miranda, thank you so much! We’re definitely considering it. Perhaps we’ll dedicate our Etsy shop to photography. It’s on my list of things “to do,” so we’ll keep you posted!

    Susan, glad you can relate. Perhaps that’s why we love Jubilee so much! As for the word “blog,” Scott simply thinks it’s an ugly, ugly word. I sort of have to agree. He won’t say it – rather, he’ll say, “I liked your website post today!”ReplyCancel

  • rachel - June 14, 2012 - 9:58 AM

    Congrats on three years! I check in daily, and I just love your style and ideas! You have helped to save my couches from my fur babies with the upside down office mat idea, not to mention some great decor inspiration as well. I write over at ilikewhatimherring.blogspot.com. I dabble in art, including some pet paintings, and I’d love for you to check it out! It’s so inspiring to know that blogging led you to a career you love! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Pet Shop tomorrow!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - June 14, 2012 - 10:04 AM

    Happy 3rd Year to You!
    Happy 3rd Year to You!
    Happy 3rd Year Yellow Brick Home!
    Happy 3rd Year to You!

    And many more!!

    I agree with the others. I check this site the minute I’m informed of a new post and devour each one like a delicious dessert yet savoring every word and photo as if it’s the last. I also second the mention of putting up your photography for sale. Prints, postcards, the boundaries are limitless! Just notify me if you do!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 14, 2012 - 10:11 AM

    Hi Rachel, of course you KNOW I love your gold leafed horse heads, right? Awesome! Your pet portrait style is amazing as well!

    Tina, Thank you! I had no idea so many folks were interested in the photographs. Must. Get. On. That.ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - June 14, 2012 - 10:11 AM

    I think that’s so fun that you found your “calling” by chance! Happy 3 years! Can’t wait to see the new website reveal tomorrow….I’m so excited!ReplyCancel

  • Zandi @ Radical Possibility - June 14, 2012 - 11:51 AM

    Congratulations and happy birthday!! You guys are a big part of the reason why I started blogging in the first place!

    And mmm….bang bang :)ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - June 14, 2012 - 12:03 PM

    Happy three years!!!
    It’s such a pleasure to read your blog and I find it to a constant source of inspiration.
    Looking forward to your shop announcement :)ReplyCancel

  • jacqueline - June 14, 2012 - 12:05 PM

    Happy anniversary! I am a relatively new reader and very much enjoy this site. I have to agree that blog is kind of an ugly word. I cringe a little when I say it, but I do still use it.ReplyCancel

  • kirsten - June 14, 2012 - 12:31 PM

    Happy birthday to you guys – 3 years is amazing! Big congrats to you and your lovely blog!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - June 14, 2012 - 1:07 PM

      Thank you so much everyone! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Emma - June 14, 2012 - 2:04 PM

    Happy anniversary! You have a lovely blog and are uber talented and stuff. I have a big question. Why oh why didn’t you get your OWN piece of pie? =) I for one and too greedy to split what looks like a wonderful piece of pie. Good for you for exercising some control.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 14, 2012 - 2:12 PM

    Emma, haha, my friends joke that I have the stomach of a bird. I get full WAY too fast to ever eat my own slice! I force Scott to share things with me whenever possible!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - June 14, 2012 - 2:35 PM

    Happy blogaversary!! It’s been a joy seeing all your inspiring projects (I live in a pretty small space too) and I can’t wait until I’m able to order a painting of my pup! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin - June 14, 2012 - 6:54 PM

    Congratulations! I’m so glad I found your blog recently- it seems like every week you, among other things, give us a cool new place to visit/explore! (S’mores are my favorite food. There *will* be s’mores pie in my future!). Thanks for being an awesome re-introduction to Chicago!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle DuPuis - June 15, 2012 - 10:45 AM

    Congrats on three years…and your new shop! It’s gorgeous. Someday we’ll get a pet and order a portrait for ourselves, and I’m sure I’ll blog all about it if we do…http://rustsunshine.blogspot.com. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - June 15, 2012 - 3:05 PM

    Thank you, ladies!

    Michelle, I can’t wait to try your strawberry rhubarb soda! Just pinned it!ReplyCancel

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