Rather than spend our whole weekend triple-checking our phones for missed calls on the one (nope; not a word), I thought it would be fun to work on a mini project that would keep our one-track minds off of the only thing we think about lately. And since we’re limbo-living – and because tweaking our…
  • Paige - February 26, 2013 - 8:44 AM

    That’s pretty darn cute. You may have just inspired me to try it! I’ll just have to find an equally adorable safari animal for my subject.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 26, 2013 - 9:58 AM

    Looks like fun. I keep meaning to try this out. I wonder if a paw print shape would work…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 26, 2013 - 10:02 AM

    Paige, yes! Pick one up at any dollar store!

    Crystal, now THAT is an adorable idea. And pose your pup in the foreground… too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - February 26, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    How neat, love it! I’m definitely going to try this :)ReplyCancel

  • Kat - February 26, 2013 - 4:43 PM

    Omg, love the heart bokeh giraffe — please add to print shop!! Also, Scott: halfy giraffey is a fantastic name :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 26, 2013 - 6:06 PM

    Kat, haha, I love the giraffe + hearts too – maybe it’ll make its way into the Print Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - February 27, 2013 - 7:43 AM

    Thanks for sharing this — so cool. never knew you could do this!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - February 27, 2013 - 6:20 PM

    That’s so cool! And here I thought bokeh was just an iPhone filter… hahaha *clueless*ReplyCancel

  • Trude - March 1, 2013 - 1:10 PM

    Love the results, especially with that subject! :) I’ve had black construction paper sitting on my desk for this exact purpose for over a year, it’s really time I got motivated to try it too!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Mattinson - March 19, 2015 - 6:39 AM

    This is great, especially that last one! May try this on a rainy weekend.ReplyCancel


We’ve been dancing around the idea of a larger-to-us home for a while; it’s been a quest for more space, no more wall sharing, a yard for Jack and more room for the home studio as The Pet Shop (and soon-to-be Print Shop) continue to expand and grow. We’ve been marking yearly anniversaries around travel…
  • Ainhoa - February 21, 2013 - 6:06 AM

    This is so exciting!! Can’t wait to hear more details as move forward with the process.ReplyCancel

  • Kim @ See Kim Decorate - February 21, 2013 - 6:47 AM

    Congrats!! That’s so exciting. You’re making want to move back to Chicago now…ReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 21, 2013 - 7:02 AM

    Sending positive energy to Chicago that “the one” will be yours!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rizzo - February 21, 2013 - 7:20 AM

    Congrats on your move and joining us in Chicago!!!! THere’s actually a Chicago bloggers get together on March 16th in Naperville. Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you bought!You’ll make it beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - February 21, 2013 - 7:37 AM

    So exciting! I bought my house short sale – it was a pain and made the process much longer. But the time allowed me to get things together and prepare myself for the move. It of course was totally worth it – I got “the one” feeling from it too!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - February 21, 2013 - 7:37 AM

    MAJOR congrats!!!! I hope that everything goes smoothly for you two, and I obviously can’t wait to see the new place (and what you do with it!).ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - February 21, 2013 - 7:40 AM

    Ahhh how exciting! I hope the short sale process goes smoothly for you! I can’t wait to see the new place! :)


  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 21, 2013 - 8:26 AM

    Wow – how exciting! Just adding my congratulations to all the rest!

    Once moved – maybe I’ll see more of you two at Jubilee Furniture? *smile*ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 21, 2013 - 8:36 AM

    Thank you for all your congrats and well wishes!

    Jennifer, what’s the meet up called?ReplyCancel

  • SamW - February 21, 2013 - 8:58 AM

    I don’t blame you for calling Chicago home — what’s not to love (other than the snow)?! I am super jealous but just as excited that you’ve found “the One”. Can’t wait to see pics.ReplyCancel

  • katie - February 21, 2013 - 9:00 AM

    good luck to you! i know what you mean about “the one”, we had the same feeling when we found our house. only we didn’t find it on the first day, we found it after about 45 house tours… :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2013 - 9:05 AM

      SamW, we even love the snow though!

      Katie, we’ll admit to being a little bummed that this happened on the first day. We were so excited to hunt, hunt, hunt! But when you know, you know.ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - February 21, 2013 - 9:07 AM

    I hesitate to say congratulations (superstitions of my own), so for now I’ll just say, ‘way to go! good luck! rooting for you!’ I know first hand how home buying can be, well, unpredictable. Fingers crossed that yours will be easy breezy beautiful. Better get your black thumbs greened up – you’ll have a yard to look after soon!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - February 21, 2013 - 9:10 AM

    SO EXCITING! good luck!!ReplyCancel

  • Jody - February 21, 2013 - 9:11 AM

    Good luck! My husband and I looked for weeks, and almost put in an offer on a fixer-upper (not a great option with two small humans in the house), and then one morning, walked into this house, toured it, sat down and said, “What should we offer?” Our agent was gobsmacked. It was different than anything else we’d seen, and we both loved it to pieces, and they accepted our offer within 24 hours.

    You really do just know! Great luck to you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2013 - 9:24 AM

      Kati, ha, thank you! Yes, it’s been a strange ride, because we can’t really cheer just yet, but we keep making it through hoops, so… it’s a mix of feelings! About the black thumbs – you’re right. We’re going to have to brush up!

      Jody, we knew within 24 hours about our current home too. Our current home felt like a less stressful hunt, whereas this one is constantly a state of “what now?”ReplyCancel

  • Amy - February 21, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    Congratulations! Crossing my fingers for you while you wait out the short sale process. My husband and I moved into our home in Jefferson Park a year and a half ago (having lived in a small two bed condo prior) and have loved every inch of our new space. Our dog has loved every inch of his new yard.ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - February 21, 2013 - 9:43 AM

    congrats on finding a home you love! i know short sales are tough, so good luck!!

  • Marti - February 21, 2013 - 9:47 AM

    Very excited about the prospect of home renovation blog posts. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly McK - February 21, 2013 - 10:01 AM

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to tag along on this journey with you guys :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - February 21, 2013 - 10:23 AM

    So exciting! I’m a new reader and fellow Logan Square resident, so I’m hoping you’re staying in the neighborhood. We spent years(!) looking, but bought a foreclosure last spring. Best of luck with the short sale!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - February 21, 2013 - 10:24 AM

    Good luck! Your stomach must be in knots waiting to know, so I hope you’ll know as soon as possible.ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - February 21, 2013 - 11:24 AM

    Ooooh that is so exciting. Just think of all the new projects that house has in store! 3 years and many ‘this old house’ fixes later, I have amassed a basement full of power tools, reject paint colors, tile and wood scraps. It has been difficult, but so much fun. And I know that you’ll document the whole process of turning that house into your home so beautifully.
    But wait….! Will you still be Yellow Brick Home?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2013 - 1:26 PM

      Kiira, haha, yes, we won’t be yellow brick anymore, but we’ll still be YBH virtually at least! :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - February 21, 2013 - 11:44 AM

    Ugh, “short sale” is the biggest misnomer. I’ll keep everything crossed that the process moves quickly!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - February 21, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    I know EXACTLY what you’re going through. We just bought a foreclosed firehouse and didn’t want to to announce it online until we had the keys. We made the offer right after Thanksgiving and finally closed last Thursday. Of course, we couldn’t keep everything under wraps and gabbed about it endlessly in person. It was so nice to finally share with everyone (online friends included)!! You can check it out at http://www.afirepoleinthediningroom.com :)

    I hope things go as smoothly as possible for you! I can’t wait to see pictures of your new space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2013 - 1:24 PM

      Heather, that is so awesome! I’m excited to see what you do with it! Congrats!

      And thank you everyone! It’s still early in the process (and it’s been a crazy whirlwind), but we hope to keep you all in the loop when we know things, too. That is, while still holding onto our superstition – everything is so uncertain in a short sale.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - February 21, 2013 - 12:57 PM

    This is exciting! I cannot wait to see all of the improvements and renovations you do at your new place. I am new to your blog but read all of your posts in the span of two weeks! Best of luck with the short sale. Patience.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole T. - February 21, 2013 - 9:37 PM

    I’m so excited for you! I’m jumping up and down!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - February 22, 2013 - 11:06 AM

    Hootie hoo! I felt the same way about my first home (that I now live in). We saw it on our first day house hunting and nothing compared. And we got it! Our house certainly wasn’t the perfect house for everyone (the 1950s bathrooms and kitchen scared a lot of buyers away) but it was the perfect home for us! Now we’re busy gussying it up (we bought it 2 years ago). I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things with this home purchase continue to go well. Buenas Suerte!ReplyCancel

  • kirsten - February 22, 2013 - 11:11 AM

    Eeeeek!!! What an exciting time! Can’t wait to hear more and hope all goes smoothly!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - February 22, 2013 - 11:15 AM

    Good Luck! In November my parents put an offer on a house in Naperville that was a short sale. A month later they were signing the papers at closing. Hopefully your process goes just as fast :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 22, 2013 - 1:48 PM

      Melissa, oh my goodness, that would be AMAZING.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - February 22, 2013 - 3:31 PM

    Funny how “short sales” always seem to take so long! I hope it all works out, and if you don’t get it, that just means the real “One” is still out there waiting for you. :-) Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 22, 2013 - 4:12 PM

    So exciting! Crossing my fingers, I know the feeling of ‘the one!’ My husband and I live in Seattle where the market is crazy competitive and put 7 offers on 7 different houses until we finally landed here, in a place that’s absolutely just right for us. Can’t wait to see the new house!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah @OneDogLife - February 22, 2013 - 4:30 PM

    Can’t wait to see what you guys will do with a new place! Anytime I’m driving past Chicago, I’m all “Hi, Yellow Brick Home and Two Pitties in the City and Two Kitties One Pittie!” I think my BF thinks I’m crazy ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 22, 2013 - 6:33 PM

      Thank you, everyone!

      Hannah, that is too cute! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Mary K - February 23, 2013 - 10:50 AM

    It’s so funny about househunting. Of the two houses we’ve bought, both of them were the houses that I said, “I want to come home to this. This is the one.”ReplyCancel

  • Beth - February 24, 2013 - 8:08 AM

    I had to go through a six-month wait for my own short-sale house of dreams. It had two separate mortgages so required approval from two different banks – everyone in the real estate world told me to keep looking because it would never happen. But it DID and I love my house more every day. My fingers are crossed that your story works out perfectly and we get to see photos of your new home much sooner than expected!ReplyCancel

  • julie - February 24, 2013 - 12:53 PM

    Congrats on taking the house buying plunge! Very exciting. I hope that all goes well with your purchase. But in case you are still looking… galewood is a GREAT chicago neighborhood with easy public transportation and super home prices. Its part of the bungalow belt in the city and right now there are some really nice house for sale cheeper than most of the city.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2013 - 3:31 PM

      Thank you everyone for keeping our spirits up! This waiting game is no fun – and who knows how long we’ll be doing it!

      Beth, that must have taken some patience. So glad to hear it worked out for you!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - February 25, 2013 - 11:59 PM

    Fingers crossed for you two! What an exciting new adventure this will be. I’m glad you’ve got so many peeps rooting for you! ^.^ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ Sunnysideshlee.com - February 26, 2013 - 9:53 AM

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see what your new home looks like! I love Chicago and am sad I had to hike it to the burbs but it’s a great city overall! Especially, if you can find a diamond in the rough – or even better, a diamond in a great neighborhood!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - March 1, 2013 - 1:43 PM

    That feeling is so strange isn’t it? I always thought people were exaggerating about THE DRESS or THE GUY but it happened both times to me and then again with THE HOUSE. I could just see us living there. Ours already had an offer on it and that offer fell through so we were able to swoop in. Sometime its just meant to be. I will keep my fingers cross for you that luck also goes your way!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 1, 2013 - 2:24 PM

    Carrie, yes, it is definitely a strange feeling! A great one, too.ReplyCancel


Not wanting to forget everything I’d learned in my pillow making class, I borrowed a friend’s sewing machine over the weekend and dived right into my second I-made-this!-with-a-sewing-machine! project. I cursed, I almost cried, and I pricked my finger more than a few times – but 3 hours (yes, really) and a few YouTube videos…
  • Hannah K. - February 19, 2013 - 7:05 AM

    Too cute, Kim! Nice work. I’m so jealous you are learning to sew – I have a major fear of sewing machines, but I feel like it would be so useful. Maybe you will inspire me.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - February 19, 2013 - 7:08 AM

    Kim, your clutch is beautiful! I love the vinyl’s texure. I inherited my grandmother’s old Singer sewing machine and have yet to sit down to give it a whirl out of fear. I, too, don’t want to break my machine. Or worse, sew myself into what ever I’m trying to make. Hah! Maybe I should take a class like you did…ReplyCancel

  • Sam Malone - February 19, 2013 - 7:48 AM

    This is great! I got a sewing machine for Christmas and it’s still staring at me and intimidating me, I haven’t gathered up the courage to try it yet. Although I’m sure a little intro class would help me as well.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie aucoin - February 19, 2013 - 8:11 AM

    That’s pretty! Nice job with the vinyl too–that stuff can be a total pain to sew through (and, it would be extreme unlikely you would break the machine by adding in the layers of te lining; more likely you would have broken a needle at worst). Some other easy projects to build up your practice would be larger purses/bags, pet beds, a-line skirts (but if you don’t want an elastic waistband you’ll need to do some reading up on certain supplies needed), jersey material anything (but you need to use ball point needles on knits). Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Aucoin - February 19, 2013 - 8:19 AM

    (Sorry for the duplicate comment. Guess that’s what I get for using my phone with a spotty wifi signal). Reusable shopping bags are another easy, quick sewing projectReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 19, 2013 - 8:20 AM

    I think it is obvious you are a natural!!! I want one. ….and your pink lipstick. Cute!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2013 - 9:06 AM

      Thanks, ladies! Hannah and Sam, I’m glad I gave in to the class, give it a go!

      Ashley, I almost sewed myself into the clutch, but for the most part, left unscathed! Ha!

      Jessie, thanks for the suggestions – they’re all awesome. Reusable shopping bags are right up our alley (our old Baggus are starting to look a little worse for wear), and it’s good to know that I could’ve added the lining. I suppose I’ll have to try a larger purse! I can never have too many of those…

      Also, am I totally crazy for thinking the tutorial measurements were off? I couldn’t wrap my head around a 16″ zipper but only 12-13″ fabric pieces. Is there a trick to that? Or maybe the smaller sides allow the zipper to work better? I have no idea what I’m talking about, but that stumped me for far too long before I decided to rebel and do my own thing.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2013 - 9:19 AM

      Oh, and Julia, the pink lipstick is a Revlon Just Bitten lip stain. I’m addicted to them and have them in a few colors!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 19, 2013 - 9:19 AM

    I’d guess that she used the longer zipper and tucked the loose end of it down inside the purse. A lot of people do that with zippers when sewing, especially with purses. But then, people also hit the wrong buttons while typing and write the wrong number sometimes too. Either way, you ended up with an awesome end project.

    As for breaking the machine with too thick of fabric, it is possible, but not likely. I regularly sew through leather and fleece, and the biggest problem is fitting the pile of fabrics under the foot of the machine! You do want to make sure to use a heavy duty needle, and a new sharp needle, when doing that kind of thing. And to go slowly if the machine seems less than happy about the whole thing.ReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - February 19, 2013 - 9:20 AM

    you’re not totally off base for being confused about the zipper. zipper length is measured from the zipper coil to the metal stops, which means if you want the zipper to go open the entire length of the purse (as she did based on her pictures) it is better to opt for a longer zipper and cut off the excess. you may have also noticed when at joanns that a lot of zippers are listed as a variety of lengths (14″-16″ for instance), and that is why (14″ would be the length up to the stops, 16″ would be the entire length of the zipper tape).

    if you look at her picture above the caption about sewing the second side of the material to the zipper, you’ll see she has extra hanging off the right side, but her tutorial neglects to tell you to cut it off. remember, zippers can be sewn through the teeth (though the zipper you bought is a little trickier because the teeth are so much larger). hope this helps explain thingsReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2013 - 9:23 AM

      Crystal, yes, I was wondering about that – when you have a pile of thicker fabrics, how do you fit it all under the needle? Are you limited by how thick you can sew?

      Jessie, got it! That’s what I needed to understand. I guess as a newbie, I was taking her words verbatim, which was throwing me off. Also, I bought the wrong zipper foot, so I sewed in the zipper using a regular foot – which was only possible because my zipper was SO wide! I wanted it to be big and bulky for this clutch, but your explanation makes sense for less bulky zippers. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - February 19, 2013 - 9:27 AM

    Oh, I L-O-V-E it!!!! So cute…ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Aucoin - February 19, 2013 - 9:37 AM

    Anytime! Seriously, I’m a total dork and love to talk about this stuff. I’m FAR from an expert bd am mostly self-taught, so there’s no guarantee what I tell you is correct, but feel free to email me with any questions.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - February 19, 2013 - 12:23 PM

    I’m so impressed! You are a quick learner. Whats next? Make tote bags! I like using magnetic closure. May I ask what machine you are using?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2013 - 1:06 PM

      Thanks, Helen! I was using an older Singer borrowed from a friend. The one I used in the sewing class was a Sears Kenmore! So now, I need to decide on when to purchase for myself (and Janomes keep coming highly recommended).ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 19, 2013 - 2:29 PM

    That clutch is so great! I’m beyond scared to try to sew.

    Just wondering if you’d be willing to share where your sweater is from? I’ve been searching around for one that looks like it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2013 - 2:37 PM

      Hi Sarah, thanks! The sweater is from Old Navy. I’d been looking for a chunky cream sweater for a while, and this one fit the bill! I probably wear it too much actually!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah S - February 19, 2013 - 3:10 PM

    Kim – Thanks so much! I can’t even express how excited I am that they’re only $15ReplyCancel

  • Hannah @ OneDogLife - February 19, 2013 - 6:10 PM

    That material is beautiful! Please tell me it’s leather and feels as good as it looks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 20, 2013 - 9:09 AM

      Hi Hannah, thank you! It’s actually an upholstery grade vinyl – but it looks and feels like leather :)

      Jennifer, I accidentally bought a “vertical zipper foot,” so while it was the right FOOT, it wouldn’t go on the machine due to where the screw was. The folks at our local hobby store are extremely unhelpful (something we groan about every time we need to run to the store), so no one could help me. As for the needle, I used the one on the machine. I borrowed the machine from a friend, and she warned me the needle might be a little dull, but I trudged forward – and with no problems!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer P. - February 19, 2013 - 11:28 PM

    Eee, what a beautiful piece you sewed! Would you mind sharing which (wrong?) zipper foot you purchased? I’m going to attempt sewing in zippers this weekend, but I have no idea which foot to buy. And did you buy a new thicker needle to sew your vinyl?ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - February 20, 2013 - 3:14 AM

    You can do anything you want with a sewing machine! Just have to be patient and organized…
    After making pillows and seat covers, I sew peter pan collars to accessorize my sweats or tee-shirts…It is not so hard to do when you find the good pattern (that’s also true for everything you want to sew).
    I think I’ll try this clutch soon..thanks for this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - February 20, 2013 - 11:29 AM

    Great job, Kim! I can’t figure out that original zipper length either. . . sounds like what you did makes the most sense.

    I have broken needles a bunch back when I was still learning. My dog crate pads are really thick and the final sewing steps to finish them are tricky because they barely fit through the machine, but fortunately I have an above-average machine that can handle tougher jobs. If you ever do get an urge to sew another clutch and add a lining, just use a heavyweight needle – one marked for use on denim should do fine – and go slowly.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey Johnson - February 20, 2013 - 1:01 PM

    I LOVE this bag!! I really enjoyed talking with you last weekend. Your home and your Talents are amazing :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 20, 2013 - 2:23 PM

    Thanks, Jane! I’m soaking in all these tips.

    Kelsey, it was fun talking with you too. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Fashion meets Beauty - March 2, 2013 - 4:15 AM

    It looks excactly like the purse i purchased @ H&M a while ago. Love it !ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 2, 2013 - 11:17 AM

      I actually noticed a purse at H&M this week that looked just like it – I thought, hey, that’s my purse!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 5, 2013 - 8:29 AM

    UGH, how’d I miss this one?!?!? I love love love your clutch!!! Do you use it a lot? How’s it held up?!? I WANT! So what are all the colors you have of the lipstain?!? I’m so excited for my Falsies and lipstain to arrive, ahhh, the little THINGS! IT’S FRIDAY! hahahaha. Oh, and I scored houndstooth shoelaces for my GOLD SHOES for a buck fifty on clearance at Target! Although the vanilla creams are on their way. I guess when I’m sick of the print I’ll throw those babies on. HA!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 5, 2013 - 9:11 AM

      Jillian, you’re too funny! I have 2 colors: Romantic and Lovesick. Let me know about the Smitten – it was also on my list! I use the clutch quite a bit, and it’s held up wonderfully! I thought I brought it when we went to lunch a few weekends ago, but now that I think back, I think I had my more practical over-shoulder purse instead. Boo!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - April 5, 2013 - 8:31 AM

    And thx for making me want that sweater when SPRING is supposedly finally coming. Do. Not. Need. Sweater. Do. Not. Need. Sweater. Ok, I’m done drinking coffee now.ReplyCancel

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In-between downtime with friends and dates with our couch, we spent the weekend tying up loose ends, making future plans and daydreaming (lots of that). I took advantage of weekend sleep ins, and I woke up each morning to Scott and Jack playing video games – something that is becoming sort of a tradition. After…
  • Katie - February 18, 2013 - 7:48 AM

    I’m equal parts curious and crazy excited for you guys in the hunt for a new home. Your weekend sounds like the perfect blend of everything a good weekend at home should have.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 3:21 PM

    Thanks, Katie – it really was a good weekend. Exhausting in the best possible way!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @cuckoo4design - February 18, 2013 - 4:06 PM

    I love your photographsReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 4:24 PM

    Thanks, Julia!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 18, 2013 - 4:46 PM

    I absolutely LOVE your artwork! Can’t wait until I can get my hands on some!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 5:48 PM

    Sarah, thank you! I can’t wait to get The Print Shop going! We’re on pace for a March 1st opening/giveaway…ReplyCancel

  • Shannyn @frugalbeautiful.com - March 2, 2013 - 3:01 PM

    Oh my gosh- I was looking at this and thinking “that’s where I’m moving!!” I saw the “Home” mural and got so excited. That is a few blocks from the neighborhood I’m moving to in 3 weeks! My boyfriend owns a condo there and I’ll be moving over from Cali- so exciting… I just found your blog and love it already :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 4, 2013 - 9:14 AM

    Shannyn, you will love it here! So glad you found us.ReplyCancel

  • carolyn - July 6, 2013 - 12:04 AM

    my gosh, is that fire department photo available in the print shop?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 6, 2013 - 9:12 AM

    Hi Carolyn, it’s not, but you can check out our Pinterest Print Shop board to vote for favorites! http://pinterest.com/yellowbrickhome/the-print-shop/ReplyCancel


I’ve admitted many,┬ámany times that I have a real fear of sewing machines – I mean, that’s an exaggeration, but those crazy strings! Coming from all angles! – and for my whole DIY life, I’ve avoided them. You’ve seen me swear up and down on hem tape (and I still do; Stitch Witchery rules my…
  • jessica w - February 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    I love the contrasting zipper color!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    Yay Kim!!!! I took four sewing classes and no one ever taught me how to sew a zipper…wtf?! ;) This pillow is so Kim and Scott. And although you said it is the buffalo plaid, I am calling out the zipper. Not that it is teal–although that is very you, too. But that it is a seemingly hidden thing that you still took the time to make it special–in a color. Your rollaway printer (??) in your office also comes to mind. You are masters of detail. I can’t wait to see what you sew next!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - February 15, 2013 - 8:24 AM

    God, you’re my HERO! I’m terrified of sewing machines…Major kudos to you, girl. And I LOVE the pop of color in the zipper you used! Super cute…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 8:43 AM

      Thank you, ladies!

      Carrie, I’d been avoiding it for FAR too long. I really can’t wait to start doing more projects, but I still need a sewing machine…. (for now, I’m borrowing a friend’s machine!).ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Aucoin - February 15, 2013 - 8:40 AM

    Are you looking for home sewing, clothing, or accessories tutorials? I’ve got a ton of recommendations for you depending on your interests. Also, the library has some great books for quick and easy projects. Off the top of my head “Bend the Rules” by Amy Carol would probably be a good one for you to look at. If you’re at Sociabulls tomorrow, grab me and we can talk some moreReplyCancel

  • jessie aucoin - February 15, 2013 - 8:42 AM

    PS–It’s a beautiful pillow, by the way! well done on matching the plaids, too!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 9:08 AM

    Jessie, a little bit of everything! Mostly accessories and home. I’ll have to check out the book you’re talking about – but sadly, we won’t be at Sociabulls this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • jackie jade - February 15, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    awesome! my sewing machine has been sitting on the floor for years, terrifying me haha. i hope to learn asap! i should probably take a class so it will give me a kick in the butt to actually do it.

  • Renee - February 15, 2013 - 10:37 AM

    It was indeed a momentous evening to see you sew, with a Machine! Hey, for me, maybe third time is a charm. Maybe I won’t need a 4th pillow class…Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - February 15, 2013 - 11:18 AM

    Congrats on your first needle and thread pillow! It looks great. And the pop of color for the zipper is lovely. You should be so proud! Not only did you sew a pillow, but you used a zipper!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 15, 2013 - 11:25 AM

    That zipper rocks. I love little unexpected pops of color like that! I have made a few pillows in my time, and thats where my sewing machine skills start and end. I have never made the jump to zippers, and you have encouraged me to do so. Keep your fingers crossed that mine comes out half as awesome as yours did!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 15, 2013 - 11:29 AM

    You guys are so awesome – thank you! Trust that the zipper was put in while I was practically being hand held. But YES, I did it! COL!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - February 15, 2013 - 12:38 PM

    Mama’s so proud! I love your pillow! I only sew pillows and window treatments. And guess what – that’s enough! Endless decorating opportunities are possible with just curtains and pillows. Just think of the awesome things you can make for your future home!! Best wishes on your sewing journey :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley and Ammo the Dachshund - February 15, 2013 - 1:25 PM

    Awesome! I am so in need of one of those classes too. I have a machine & I can kinda sew, but it’s not very pretty. Disappointing since I even took home ec sewing in high school, but I guess I’ve completely forgotten everything!

    Maybe someday I’ll get myself into a class!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

      Kyley (and Ammo!), the class was so, so worth it. I’d never really sewed before, so I was BRAND new, yet I somehow managed to leave the class with a pillow and a zipper. It was magical.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 15, 2013 - 3:34 PM

    I just took a few sewing classes too, and I’m hooked! Making a pillow with a zipper closure is the best. Our instructor also had us make one with an envelope-back, buttoned closure and it looks so much less tailored than the zipper one – fyi! ZIPPERS 4 LYFE. Here are my finished products! http://instagram.com/p/VK-ORTADtD/ Love your buffalo check too. Wish I’d thought to line up my fabrics a bit better… oh well. =)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:55 AM

      Love that pillow trio, Kate! So much pattern and color – Be still my heart!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 15, 2013 - 4:39 PM

    I just took my first class too! We didn’t make anything and only practiced on little squares of fabric but I feel SO much better about attempting anything now. I’m excited too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - February 16, 2013 - 8:08 AM

    Amazing! I’ve only sewn curtains thus far – terrified to try my hand at a zipper! – but it is so satisfying to have created something from scratch like that. I’m very impressed that you faced your fear and did it anyway! I’ll have to look into finding a sewing class. Did they provide the fabric, or did you? Wondering if you have favorite sources for fabrics.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:54 AM

      Kati, I picked the fabric! I just searched through Fabric.com :)ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - February 16, 2013 - 9:49 AM

    Looks perfect Kim! I love the contrasting zipper color. Making a new pillowcase for throw pillows is a really easy way to change the look of a bedroom or living room without spending too much dough. For pillow-making my tip is to look in clearance discard bins at the fabric store – many times you can find a yard or two of fabric that was the very end of a big bolt, or something a customer had them cut but then changed their mind. The other day I just found some of this at an IKEA in their fabric section – now they let the customers cut fabric themselves as needed, and this seems to have produced a pile of “mistake” fabric for sale for $1-3/yd.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - February 16, 2013 - 10:35 AM

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes today! p.s. your pillow is boss, seriously boss.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis - February 18, 2013 - 10:51 AM

    Your pillow looks great!

    Thank you for inspiring me to finally dig out my 27 year old (eek) sewing machine from the garage, dust it off, and summon enough courage to make this:


    I lost my user manual when we moved…thank goodness for YouTube!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    Phyllis, I love, love, love a good floral fabric – nice work! And yes, I think I’ll be looking at YouTube tutorials when I inevitably lose my sewing class knowledge…ReplyCancel

  • Blair @ design that inspires - February 19, 2013 - 2:16 PM

    I just wrote a post about wanting to learn to sew! I’m in Chicago and plan on signing up for this class ASAP!ReplyCancel

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