Despite the on and off gray skies, our time in San Francisco felt – for the most part – magical. I say for the most part because, well, there may have been a moment of sheer sadness when, upon our plane’s landing, I pulled my camera from my bag and saw the dead battery. And for the first time in my life? I packed light, having left my charger at home. There also may have been countless hours spent fretting and calling shop after shop (but mostly a lot of fretting), and many more hours getting lost near the Golden Gate Bridge during a drive to said shops. Luckily, there was the time we found the seemingly only store in the city that carried a charger for my very-old-turned-very-happy camera.
Camera woes aside, it felt refreshing to be in a city that is so vibrant! Everything is the color of candy. Can we have pink houses here? Can we have blue ones and yellow ones and green ones, too? We’ve both been to San Francisco before (together and separate), and every time we’re reminded of how relaxed it is. Cars stopping at the crosswalk? Coffee served with a smile? Chicago, take note! (I kid! Sort of!)
We were so, so lucky to be in town for our friends’ wedding (big kisses to Rex and Cat!), and we were even luckier that Scott was asked to take part of the celebration. We got teary (okay, we downright cried) during the ceremony, and after all those camera efforts, I grabbed nothing more than a teeny, tiny bridge and groom head – but don’t their faces say it all?
After a full week away, it’s good to be home again. Chicago, we do love you – so much! – but how would you feel if we started a paint all the houses! trend here? How do you feel about fuschia?
PS! If there’s anything you’d like to see in The Print Shop, please let me know! I’m happy to grow our little collection and create new listings as you wish.
PPS! We made a terrarium and it has survived! Months later! That’s huge. You can read all about it (and the dinos we added, of course) at the Bali Blinds blog.
PET SHOP UPDATE: The response to our birthday celebration has been outstanding! So much so, that we’ve hit our earliest holiday sell-out to date for custom portraits (aka, the maximum number of paintings I can physically do before December 25th)! We have only a couple of openings left, after which, custom listings will become deactivated. To the moon and back, thank you for the continued support.
As is our travel tradition, Scott and I spent the last week celebrating our wedding anniversary. Okay, so, technically our anniversary is in November, but when a wedding had us booking tickets to San Francisco, we turned a could-have-been-a-weekend-trip into our once-annual-big-trip, and so we also split the west coast visit with our Portland friends! (Hi, Julie! Hi, Brian!)
We’ve been to Portland once before, but this time, we ventured outside of the city. We took a road trip to play along the beaches, taste wine in the Gorge and fill up on cheese plates and chocolate at various vineyards. While the marine layer had already seeped in by the time we made it to Cannon Beach (despite our best efforts to leave the house on time; I blame the excellent brunch we consumed beforehand!), we couldn’t contain our excitement as we danced, kissed and kicked up sand – all while snapping an insane amount of photos. Our stomachs hurt from laughing so hard, our bodies relaxed as we unplugged, and it wouldn’t be too far fetched to say that our bellies may have expanded, too.
For the sake of keeping this short (wait, me?), I’ll share our photos from San Francisco tomorrow, and then we’ll dive back into the swings of things around this home! We’re feeling awfully refreshed, so we couldn’t be more excited for the to-dos on our plate. Yeah, I said it.
UPDATE: The response to our birthday celebration has been outstanding! So much so, that we’ve hit our earliest holiday sell-out to date for custom portraits (aka, the maximum number of paintings I can physically do before December 25th)! We have only a couple of openings left, after which, custom listings will become deactivated. To the moon and back, thank you for the continued support.
While we were out, The Pet Shop celebrated its 4th year of business! Happy birthday, Shop! Every year since you all pushed me to get my little business up and running (a thousand times, thank you!), we’ve taken a time out to simply say: Have we told you lately that we love you?
Our online store unofficially launched in 2008, but our grand, grand opening was announced a year later. Since then, I’ve painted well over 800 portraits (!), began giving back 10% to our furry BFFs, and without a doubt, you all have been the best clients imaginable. Behind the scenes, I’ve had my ups and downs as any shop would (and as a result, Scott too!), but at the end of the day I remember, I’m painting pets. I get to work with people that love their pets so much, they’ve asked me to honor them! And that? That’s pretty cool. My kind of people.
So to celebrate – for 2 days only! - everything in The Pet Shop is eligible for 15% off when you use the code BDAY15, including art prints, gift certificates, pet prints and of course, custom portraits! There are a few things to mention, such as:
- Promo runs through midnight CST, Tuesday, September 23rd.
- Promo cannot be applied towards past or existing orders.
- Our current turnaround time for a custom portrait is up to 9 weeks, so now is the time to check off your holiday shopping list. ‘Tis the season! (No, seriously, ’tis the season.) And keep in mind that if you have limited access to pet photos, gift certificates are always the best solution.
And, and! Friday, October 24th will be the last day to place custom orders for a timely Christmakuh delivery – but we have sold out sooner in previous years (in which case, we’ll let you know!). Visit The Pet Shop, right here.
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