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We had so much fun reading through all the reasons why your pet is the tops. From the best cuddlebugs to the “snorkles” and plastic bag licking, blissed out head pats and smittens (smoochable kittens, love that), you’ve reassured us that you’re just as nuts about your pets as we are about ours.

But because we’ve already painted our kiddos’ portraits (in addition to the hundreds that we like to think of as brothers+sisters-from-another), we were thrilled to celebrate our 2-year birthday by giving back some love to you! The lucky dog winner of a mini, modern 4×4 portrait from The Pet Shop is Amy M., who says her pup, Rio, is the tops because of her lovely talking voice and the way she greets with a “woo woo” […]!

And don’t forget, the end of the year is fast approaching (we know; we can’t believe it either), so remember to place any Christmakwanzakuh orders no later than Sunday, October 21st to ensure a timely delivery.

Congrats again to Amy M., and another huge, whopping thanks! to all of you for being our rock stars. Your support makes us all mushy gushy inside.

Above, Sissy is painted on our 8×8 panel.

  • Sam - September 19, 2012 - 6:52 AM

    Congratulations, Amy M and Rio!



A few weekends ago, Scott and I enjoyed an afternoon at the summer Renegade Craft Fair. But for the first time ever, we came home empty handed. Yes, we fell in love with countless items as we always do, but we persevered through the Fair, knowing we didn’t quite need anything.

That’s how we remembered it, but when you’re in an induced state of crafty-high-goodness, you tend to forget things.

We met The Medium Control team on the earlier side of things, and I spotted Watson the Cat – er, more specifically, these kitty coasters. We had to have them. They were kitties! On coasters, for goodness sake! After grilling them with burning questions such as, what wood are they crafted from? and how do they hold up to condensation? (ugh, I can be such a nerd), another couple swooped in and bought them. But they were the last set. I was visibly shocked and upset by the couples’ smooth, quick swoop-in-factor, so the kind folks at Medium Control offered to ship us our own custom set – at no extra charge! Sold. I’m so easy. (Um, wait a minute.)

For those wondering (or if you’re dorky like me), they’re made with solid pine and flocked felt. Perfect for soaking up beer condensation or trapping heat from your morning cup. We did actually leave empty handed, but we also made a purchase for that much needed pick-me-up.

They arrived over the weekend while we were celebrating birthdays, so of course I flipped when Scott told me we had a package waiting for us upon our return home. Whoot! They were a sweet surprise that I had completely forgotten about; happy early… um, Christmas to us!

Aren’t they cute? And hey, you’ve purchased things and forgotten too, right?

  • Rachael - September 18, 2012 - 9:23 AM

    Love the karate kitty!ReplyCancel

  • home blogs - September 18, 2012 - 10:46 AM

    These are adorable and my wife loving anything ‘cat’ would absolutely love them. Great find!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - September 18, 2012 - 12:22 PM

    Those are ADORABLE! How did I miss them!?! I’ll have to add them to my wish list…:)ReplyCancel

  • Maria - September 18, 2012 - 1:26 PM

    I die! I don’t see your version of the coasters with the karate kitteh and sleepy kitteh — just packs of 4 happy and 4 sleepy. I’d love to have a mixed set like yours.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 18, 2012 - 1:32 PM

      Katharine – it’s because someone took ‘em!

      Maria, I think maybe they were selling a mixed pack at the Fair, but I don’t see them online either. I bet if you emailed them, they’d make you a custom set. They’re awesome folks!ReplyCancel

  • Medium Control - September 19, 2012 - 1:29 PM

    Kim – Thanks for the amazing feature on Yellow Brick Home! Yes, we would be happy to make a custom mixed set of Watson coasters just shoot me an email. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • […] via @pawesomenet"}};}I spied these adorable coasters over at the Yellow Brick Home, and I simply. had. to have them. Watson the cat is a sort of mascot for Medium Control Goods, a […]ReplyCancel


This weekend saw a whirlwind trip back to the old stomping grounds of Cincinnati to celebrate the 60th birthdays of my dear ol’ mom and dad. Happy (early and belated, respectively) birthdays to Ann and Dave! The celebration on Saturday night was held at the home of our close family friends where we noshed on home-made lasagna, amazing cupcakes and handcrafted beers.

Speaking of family, you may notice a similarity or two in my ugly mug and that of my dashingly handsome maternal Grandfather, seen here in a tiny image given to parents by a distant relative. (Kim, who never met my gramps, couldn’t get over our likeness.)

We also found time for our favorite Skyline Chili (of course), visits with more family and friends than we thought possible in one weekend, and a great stop by the City Flea. In addition to the flea, Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighborhood is also home of Washington Park and Taste of Belgium, where we had delicious chicken and waffles for brunch on Sunday.

The journey home yesterday began with an impromptu trip through our old campus haunts and swings by the college digs on the street where we met. (Awww.)

We’re sufficiently worn out – in the best possible way. How was your weekend?

  • Jillian - September 17, 2012 - 11:19 AM

    “Cincinnati’s just okay” Haven’t seen that one before and sadly, kind of agree. So funny.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 17, 2012 - 11:26 AM

    Jill, a quick Google search brought up this FB page:

  • Dave - September 17, 2012 - 5:45 PM

    Thanks so much for having such a huge part in our B-Day event. Great post! Cinful Sweets is extraordinary. We highly recommend Mel.ReplyCancel

  • ann - September 18, 2012 - 5:07 AM

    I beg to differ with the “cincinnati’sjustOK” bumper sticker. For a city its size it has much to offer to a wide variety of residents and visitors.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli Streator - September 19, 2012 - 8:20 PM

    Aw, I guess I would say “Cincinnati’sNotTOOShabby” but couldn’t go as far as “Cincinnati’sFlippinAwesome” or anything. It depends on how many other places you’ve been.

    You cruised Chickasaw? Is our piece of crap old building still there?

    I really need some chili.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 19, 2012 - 8:24 PM

    Hey Kalli, I think you’re right. We love going back home to Cincinnati, and we think of it as a little respite from the hectic city. It’s certainly come a long way since we’ve graduated!

    We did go to Chickasaw, and at one point I asked Scott, “was our neighborhood always this run down?” He said we were just seeing our old ‘hood through beer goggles back in the day (this is probably true). Ha! Our old building is still there, as if that porch with so many fun memories.

    Love you!ReplyCancel