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For the most girly, pink and gold-gilded room in our home, it makes me smile to see the Studio on Made By Girl today! With those brass-’denza-knobs inspired by Jen herself (originally seen here, then purchased immediately, you know, for art’s sake), it makes my insides all mushy gushy. That, and reminiscing on all those months that Scott helped me paint pink walls, choose art and select reflective wallpaper – aw, what a guy.

See it right here, or just click on the image, above. And a super warm and fuzzy thank you to the ladies behind MBG; a happy Monday indeed!

  • Emma - January 14, 2013 - 12:06 PM

    Yay! Your studio is such an amazing room and I think everyone should see it. Congratulations you two!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 12:15 PM

    Thank you, Emma!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 12:52 PM

    Very cool. Congrats!

    Totally off-topic, but the fodenza mention reminded me that I’ve been meaning to ask you. As a fellow small spacer, and someone who’s photography skills I deeply admire, I figured no one better to ask: I got the fixed 50mm lens a few months ago and love, love, love it. Only problem is shooting our small spaces. I can do some lovely close-ups, vignettes of little areas, but I can’t back up far enough (thanks to small rooms) to get full over-all shots of my renovation projects. What lens should I be looking for when it comes to these shots? For now I’ll be grabbing my old point-and-shoot to get these photos, but I think this will be my first “second” lens once I save up a little cash for it.


  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 1:06 PM

    Hi Jimmy, thanks!

    I have 2 wide lenses – my 20mm and a 12-24mm, but here’s the thing… the 12-24 is really wide, and I use it for room shots to get fun, funky angles where I actually want distortion. You can see my exact wide angle lens right here:

    Then, I use my 20mm f/2.8 when I need a wider angle but don’t want distortion. The 20mm doesn’t get nearly as wide as my 12-24 above, but I love it because it was decently affordable (I bought it used for $250) and has a f-stop as low as 2.8. (My 12-24 only goes down to a f4.) By googling the lens, you can find photos that were shot using that one.

    Let me know if that doesn’t help to clarify!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 1:07 PM

    I should say that I bought the 12-24 second hand as well, for about $350. I use the 20, 12-24 and 50 for everything you see on the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 1:59 PM

    Thanks Kim, very helpful. I should say that when I saw those prices I threw up in my mouth a little. Looks like we’re resurrecting the point-and-shoot for a while. Do you think a 35mm f/2 wide angle would work for these purposes? They seem to be easier on the wallet, starting at 289 new on amazon.

    I suppose you are happy with the used-lens purchases then, right? Very good to know you are able to do so much here with those three lenses.

    We’ve resumed construction on the bedroom build-out series from a while back. You’ll notice in my post that I don’t have any pictures of the whole scene in there.

    Thanks again for all your insight on this.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 2:08 PM

    Jimmy, no problem! I’ve been using the same three lenses for YEARS. (Like, the last 6 years I think?) Purchasing them gently used is the way to go! I’d recommend starting with the 20 for good, non-distorted wide shots.

    I think the 35 might cause similar problems to the 50, only giving you a slightly wider shot in a small home. I think it’s worth saving the extra $100 for something wider, especially since you’ll be focusing on room shots. (Not to mention, a wider lens will be good for capturing your growing family in one frame, or capturing wider landscape shots.)

    If you have a camera repair store near you, many times you can rent a lens for a day/weekend. You could rent a lens for a weekend and see if it’s a good fit for you, since I know they can be very pricey.ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 2:46 PM

    Ok, good to know about the 35. I kinda figured that might be the case, especially in rooms that usually aren’t much longer than 10 feet in any direction.

    Good call on the lens renting idea. I’ll have to check around for that.ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - January 14, 2013 - 9:44 PM

    Ok, last question and then I’ll stop bugging you guys today. With all the photos you take, have you invested in cloud storage for backup? If so, do you have any recommendations? I try to delete a lot of my junk pictures, but my hard drive is still filling up fast, and I know I am just one rambunctious toddler tantrum or spilled coffee away from losing it all.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 10:50 PM

    Jimmy, ha, bother as much as you need! Last year, we actually upgraded to an Apple Time Capsule. My laptop backs up several times a day to the Time Capsule, and I also have a smaller 500GB external drive that I use to back up my laptop (in addition).

    Technically, everything on my laptop is always on the external drive, and I’ve set up the Time Capsule to back up not only my laptop internal drive, but my external drive as well (when it’s connected to my laptop!). If anything happens to my laptop internal drive (knock on wood!), I’d have 2 other places that have backed up all my information and data.

    I swear this sounds more complicated than it is. If you use Apple products, the crew at any Apple store can break it down more simply!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 10:52 PM

    One more thing! I permanently delete the majority of photos I take, saving space on my laptop internal drive (so my external drive isn’t also backing up no-good photos).ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - January 15, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    YAY! Your studio is totally the (yes, I just said that) and deserves to be showcased to all. :)

    So happy for you, Kim!

    Shannon Loves Design
    Fabulously VintageReplyCancel


Okay, so I realize that I announced my sewing class sign-up on Facebook earlier this week (it’s official, right? Because it’s on Facebook?), but I’m not there yet. (However, I will be in February!) Anyway, Jack needed a new bed. Bad. And he wasn’t about to wait until I learned to sew for a couple reasons: 1) the poor guy needs a cozy place to “work” from every day, but 2) his current bed smelled so awful, I was unable to get any work done with every toss and turn of his little puppy body. I realize this is TMI, probably.

You might remember that his old bed was a floor pillow from Ikea. The insert was non-washable, and although we washed the velvety cover weekly, the insert itself became a trap for grimy, dirty Jackie germs. And because he ate his first bed (here, from Molly Mutt), we wanted something that was not only inexpensive, but easier to maintain – aka, we could wash the whole thing. Inside and out.

So, I purchased 2 yards of durable outdoor fabric on sale (about $15 total) and used the same no-sew technique from this pillow of yore – just on a larger scale. Jack curls up in the tightest little Pittie balls you’ve ever seen, so we decided on a 26″ square for his new bed (his last one was a 24″ square, which was plenty big).

I added two buttons I rummaged up from old craft supplies and used a match to burn the cut-out hole. Seriously. The outdoor fabric melted perfectly, creating a stiff edge (that didn’t fray – even in the wash!). I did add a quick stitch on the corner of each button hole, though, to prevent it from growing. So professional, I know.

For the pillow guts, we used old towels. In total, there are about 7 towels for Jack’s pillow fluff (let’s just say we had needed new towels in the bathroom for years, as evidenced by a few we still had from college!), and of course we love that we can throw them right in the wash with the no-sew cover itself.

It’s since been washed and dried, and it held up like a champ. To be honest, I’m not surprised, because while I receive much slack from friends who can sew, Stitch Witchery hem tape really is strong. It holds the hems of every curtain in our home – and a few toss pillows, too! The biggest “trick” when using hem tape, I find, is patience. A damp cloth between the hot iron and fabric with a minimum 20 second press makes all the difference.

So, while I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by eventually learning to sew (that would’ve been my entry submission, by the way), Jack needed a comfy, cozy bed now – before his mom got her sewing-ducks in a row. And I’m telling you (that is, my dear friends who give me a hard time about my lack of sewing skills – love you!), hem tape ain’t so bad.

  • Sam - January 11, 2013 - 6:30 AM

    Oh nice! Our boys need new beds, I might try that.


  • The Tiny Homestead - January 11, 2013 - 7:58 AM

    <3 it! He looks very happy with his new spot.ReplyCancel

  • Beth |Daily Dog Tag - January 13, 2013 - 4:55 PM

    It looks great and easy to make: my kind of DIY!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - January 14, 2013 - 1:33 PM

    I love his collar! My pibble’s martingale (purchased on etsy) is beginning to fall apart and I need to buy a new one. Where did you purchase Jack’s?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 2:03 PM

    Hi Annie,

    Thanks! He has the Eco-Lucks collar in Hackysack:

    We bought it last August, and it’s held up like a champ since then!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Vargo - January 15, 2013 - 3:52 PM

    LOVE this! I am such ‘no sew’ person too!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina B. - January 19, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    If I can’t hot glue it or use some other kind of trickery that doesn’t involve sewing (handsewing little stitches or buttons doesn’t count), then I’m all about it. You’ll get no ridicule from me!ReplyCancel


First, congrats to Lindsay, Rose and Mirjam, the 3 lucky winners of last week’s giveaway with Neu Year! And don’t forget, use promo code YELLOWBRICKHOME for 30% off your Neu Year order through January 31st.

I have this bizarre fascination with dinosaurs – my favorite being the T-Rex, followed (very) close behind by the Brontosaurus. Like, I’m seriously nuts about them (ask Scott!). Yeah, weird, but isn’t it so bizarre to think that they lived here? They were huge! With big teeth and long tails, necks and wings! 

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, you know, with T-Rexy and all. And the terrarium battleground.

In any case, I tapped into my dino love over the holidays and created a few mini presents for friends – colorful dino magnets! Using a Toob of miniatures (I also picked up Toobs of sea creatures, too, to mix it up), Scott and I put together these little guys in an afternoon:

Supplies and tools needed:
miniature plastic toys (Toobs can be found in any hobby store)
drill (optional)
spray primer
spray paint
super or hot glue
small craft or mighty magnets

As for how we did it, we decided to drill a notch in each little toy to have a place for our magnets to nestle in. (And if your holes aren’t perfect, no big.) This was preference and isn’t necessary, but our idea was to give them a more polished look. In hindsight, we wish we would have used mighty magnets for a stronger dino-to-fridge-bond ratio, but regardless of strength, they’ll look cute!

We chose teal and gold spray paint as our colors of choice, after priming them first. A dab of super glue to hold your magnets in – and done. Super easy, right?

Like I mentioned on Instagram, what can’t you do with these guys? I can be such a child; I swear.

Unfortunately, we didn’t save any for ourselves (boo), but they sure looked sweet tied up in clear cello bags and given to our friends! Next batch though? Ours.

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - January 9, 2013 - 8:53 AM

    I loved them on Instagram and I love them even more today!! I am pretty bummed our fridge doesn’t hold a magnet. Like, what kind of stainless steel fridge ARE you?! I guess I’ll have to make them for someone else, too.

    P.S. I am taking notes on your gold spraypaint. I think I have tried every brand under the sun, finding the most brilliant and metallic and yours looks awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 9, 2013 - 9:16 AM

    Julia, YES! The Brilliant Gold Design Master is our favorite, and it covers so, so well. It’s more of a sophisticated gold (not too yellow-y), whereas we like to use Classic Gold Liquid Leaf for projects that need more spunk.ReplyCancel

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  • Jill - January 22, 2013 - 10:26 PM

    Thanks for my gift, you guys! HahaReplyCancel

  • Jill - January 23, 2013 - 2:53 PM

    I was totally kidding, I hope you know. I don’t have room in my house for another dinosaur…haha, plus, you have been very generous to me (us) over the years! I was being a goober!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 23, 2013 - 3:04 PM

    Of course I knew you were kidding. How much caffeine have you had today?! (Kidding!!)ReplyCancel

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    Me gusta mucho las ideas que Uds. Dan , me gustaría recibir a mi correo todas esas ideas de manualidades. GraciasReplyCancel

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