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It’s always a little sad after Renegade ends – the weekend is a whirlwind, filled with early mornings, exhausted evenings (both in a good way) and enough blood-pumping adrenaline for the entire holiday season. We consumed way too much coffee, but the crowds of pet-loving people we met in those two days make every minute of our prep so, so worth it!

I spent all of yesterday in my pajamas, and when Scott suggested a night at the restaurant of my choosing to celebrate, we settled on fancy take out to prevent the need for jeans and make-up. While going through my photos, I quickly realized… I didn’t have many. We spent little time outside of our booth, which we can only consider a great thing, as we were busy. So busy! And we loved it.

When Scott patiently attempted to take a photo of me behind our booth, I went into super-awkward mode, but he did manage to snap one where I was smiling “for real” – you know, as opposed to my normal oh my god, how do I act in front of a camera syndrome.

On the other hand, my dude’s a natural, likely because I’m always the one behind the camera.

As in years past, we split our booth with Grandpa Pete of Wood House Pipes (you should take a peek into his story and process; it’s pretty incredible), and with such opposing products, we kept things cohesive with a neutral tablecloth (it’s really a drop cloth!) and festive framed logos.

The crowds were in full force this year (the photo below was taken in our room, but there were 4 others!), and like I mentioned yesterday, we had a ball meeting those of you that introduced yourselves as blog readers! You have know no idea how much this made our weekend, and handing over those original paintings (and envisioning them hanging in your homes!) makes our hearts sing.

We Instagrammed our way through the weekend, sharing glimpses of the happy shoppers, our bright-and-early coffee faces and snaps of the cute and charming Pulaski Field House.

I couldn’t have survived the last few months without Scott, the best damn booth mate I could ask for. While I worked late every night and 7 days a week, he never once complained as he cooked dinner every night, ran ridiculous errands for our display, and pretended not to notice when I went into crabby-Kim mode due to my self-imposed heavy to-dos (well, mostly!).

Of course, we snuck in a few minutes of holiday shopping – the problem being that most of the purchases were for ourselves (but in our defense, we reallywere keeping our giftees in mind). We’ll share those as soon as we unpack our bins of product and loot.

In the end, we came home with a lot less paintings and prints than what we started with (can’t ask for more than that!), and once I get my ducks in a row, new items will be added to The Pet Shop. We took a moment on Sunday evening to celebrate the weekend over margaritas, and by 10 o’clock, we fell into bed very, very happy. We cannot thank you so much for the support; we’re still pinching ourselves that we’re able to do this, and we really couldn’t do it without your fuzzy kiddos to inspire us.

See our first year at Renegade right here, and last year over here.

  • Amanda - December 4, 2012 - 7:08 AM

    but what about the sloth?ReplyCancel

  • Scott - December 4, 2012 - 7:33 AM

    @Amanda, the original sloth is still in our possession. If I have my way, it’ll be in Kristen Bell’s hands by the end of the week. If Kim has her way, (she will) it’ll be up for grabs in The Pet Shop soon enough. Boo!ReplyCancel

  • Different Amanda - December 4, 2012 - 10:19 AM

    Kim, where did you get that cream blouse? It’s gorgeous! and exactly what I’ve been looking for… :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - December 4, 2012 - 1:33 PM

    You two are so cute. I love how supportive you are of each other! Keep up the great work.

    PS I think you should mail the sloth to Kristen Bell, too ;)ReplyCancel

  • Different Amanda - December 6, 2012 - 9:13 AM

    Kim, thanks for the link!… but it’s not working :(ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 6, 2012 - 9:27 AM

    Amanda, shoot! Looks like it’s no longer there. I know it went on sale, and it must have moved fast! It’s called the TINLEY ROAD Swiss Dot Blouse… perhaps a Google shopping search might turn it up somewhere else?ReplyCancel


Holy ships, what a weekend! We met too many wonderful people (and we loved meeting some of you personally), sold our little hearts out and smiled until our cheeks hurt. We got tipsy on cold drinks, filled up on local soups and put a big dent in our inventory – thank you. We’ll be taking today a little easy, and we’ll be back with a full run down tomorrow!

Until then, here’s our annual photo booth snap; never mind that Scott would rather yak than kiss me in #3. Love that dork. Happy Monday, friends!

  • Bernadette - December 3, 2012 - 12:03 PM

    My husband and I went to check out the fair on Sarurday afternoon. We couldn’t believe the crowd! Was it packed the whole time? Unfortunately, I gave up too easily on making my way through the crowds and only saw your booth for a few seconds. Loved the giraffe and lamb paintings though! Glad to hear the fair was a success!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 3, 2012 - 1:13 PM

    Bernadette, oh no! Yes, it’s always very, very crowded, but we love your effort!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - December 3, 2012 - 8:45 PM

    So did you sell the sloth painting?! I’d love to see you guys send it to Kristen Bell!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 4, 2012 - 7:59 AM

      Emily, we got a lot of squeals, but no takers!

      Katharine, you too! And Christine!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - December 3, 2012 - 10:33 PM

    It was so great to see you guys! :)ReplyCancel


First, congratulations to Tara, winner of this week’s Janery giveaway! Congrats, and have fun stocking up on cute loot. XO to Jane, for being our awesome host!

After weeks and weeks of prep, the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair is here! This weekend! We’ve been working around the clock (like, for real) to push out a ton of new paintings and prints, but this year, we put a little spin on things. In an effort to keep things fun and new, we focused on more than just house pets. For months, I kept a list of friends’ favorite animals, adding some of our own to the mix, and this year, we’ve popped them into vintage frames (and in some cases, painted right over old panels):

In addition to ones that are wall ready, we also rounded up a handful of stand-up frames, keeping things bright and cheery – in other words, we’d totally put these on our shelves. (Above and below are just a few of what we’ll have in stock!)

And in other news, Scott has insisted that if our sloth doesn’t sell, we’ll be mailing her to Kristen Bell – his Hollywood crush. You’ve seen this video, right?

Just like years past, we’ll have our standard canvas + wood panel pieces, gift certificates for custom-portraits-in-waiting, and this weekend only, we’ll be taking pre-orders for January 2013 – so you can get your name on that list early and be at the top of our 2013 list!

For those that aren’t familiar, the Renegade Holiday Market is an indie craft fest, featuring hundreds of handmade artists in the super charming Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. (They pop up around the country, so check out their page to see if there’s one in your area, too!)

The fest will also have a gift wrapping station (so you can really knock out your holiday to-dos!), a photobooth (you know we like to cheese it up every year), DIY crafting stations, and yummy local foods and drinks. It really is our favorite event of the year – no matter how ca-razy it gets behind these scenes leading up to it. In the end, it’s worth every minute we’ve poured into it (we’ve jokingly compared it to preparing for a wedding, only the work is squeezed into 2 months!), and we especially love meeting our local pets’ moms & pops in person.

And because we’d love to see you, meet you, and really just hang out with you – mention the secret password JACK FROST, and we’ll give you $5 off your Fair purchase. Compliments of this little buddy:

We’ll be at booth #19 in the main auditorium; look for us there! And for more information, peek the entire Renegade rundown right here. Anything that doesn’t sell will hit The Pet Shop soon after the weekend – that is, if I can pry the sloth from Scott’s hands.

PS: We’re part of a pet-lover gift pack over at Love and a Leash today! By putting your name in the lottery, you’ll be helping a dog training scholarship fund, which in turn corrects behavioral issues and helps keep dogs in their loving homes. Yeah, puppies!


  • Shannon - November 30, 2012 - 7:32 AM

    Gosh, Kim, you are so talented!! :) I absolutely love the addition of the new animals!


    P.s. Scott, that sloth is going to sell; It’s adorable!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Bertha - November 30, 2012 - 8:24 AM

    Hi, Kim
    I have been following your blog for a while, and I love it. Your portraits of animals are amazing.
    Wish you the best of luck in the fair.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 30, 2012 - 8:31 AM

    Thank you so much, ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Trista - November 30, 2012 - 9:20 AM

    I’ve seen the Kristen Bell video before. It is one of my favorite things.ReplyCancel

  • Meg - November 30, 2012 - 9:24 AM

    holy awesome! i love, love, love these new not-pet animals (i love the regulars, too, but now the love is bumped up to a whole new level). now i wish i had waited a month for my trip to chicago–renegade sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G. - November 30, 2012 - 10:09 AM

    I love these animals! For those of us who aren’t in Chicago, will they be available in the Pet Shop later on?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 30, 2012 - 10:20 AM

    Hi Jessica, thank you! A lot of the paintings were made into prints, so those will definitely be in The Pet Shop following the Fest. Any paintings that don’t sell this weekend will also be made available in the Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - November 30, 2012 - 2:33 PM

    I had seen some of your sneak peeks, but the new animal designs look so great! Love that there’s a manatee. We’re hoping to make it there to see them all in person.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - November 30, 2012 - 8:18 PM

    I’m totally loving the penguins in the dual frame with the blue background! They’re adorable (and my hubbs favorite animal)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 30, 2012 - 8:22 PM

      Two Pitties, we hope to see you!

      Kelly, your husband has good taste – penguins are my favorite, too!ReplyCancel