After a semi-stressful week of heavy, self-imposed to-dos (and not knocking many of them out, gah!), Scott insisted we take the weekend off. As in, for the last several weeks (months, even!), we’ve been working 7 days of week. I always say that my out-of-the-box job creates for some fuzzy work/life balance, and as a…
  • Clara - December 10, 2012 - 7:47 AM

    Kim! This weekend sounds like shear perfection. I can totally relate on the working weekend front. I’m thinking next weekend will be my full on break weekend, but luckily this one had some much needed down time too. Hope you’re doing well!! xxReplyCancel

  • Hannah - December 10, 2012 - 8:08 AM

    Therapy Dog Tesla has a very busy social life that requires hre chaffeur to drive her to and fro. Tess had to “make an appearance” at a few events this weekend . Her social life really gets in the way of my To-Do List!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 10, 2012 - 9:38 AM

    Clara, yup, I’m sure you totally understand! Here’s to NEXT weekend!

    Hannah, Tesla has quite the charmed life! Oh, the things we do for our pups…ReplyCancel

  • Nina - December 10, 2012 - 10:23 AM

    Lots of great photos & it definitely sounds like a fantastic weekend…well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - December 10, 2012 - 11:05 AM

    This sounds amazing. I didn’t want this post to end because I was living vicariously through it. I think the best gift I could give Chris (and myself) would be a weekend off. Is this what other people do?!? Is this how other people live? With relaxing weekends. I want to interview those people and ask them all their secrets.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 10, 2012 - 11:11 AM

    Julia, you are so cute. Those questions were the exact same ones we asked ourselves as we sat on the couch. Is that what other people do? Is this how people spend their weekends?!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 11, 2012 - 9:25 AM

    Just curious…where did you find green grass this time of year? My lawn doesn’t look that lush in the summer! Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 11, 2012 - 3:07 PM

    Hi Michelle, that green grass was from South Haven, right before you walk down to the pier. It was the magic hour, so it was SUPER saturated and green!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - December 11, 2012 - 9:20 PM

    Oh my gosh Kim, what size is your tree? It’s so cute! Can I stay in Jack’s spot? He looks so comfy cozy!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 12, 2012 - 8:21 AM

      Hi Amanda! It’s about a 6′ ft tree, but we don’t use the bottom row of “branches” so it can be even skinnier and FIT in our home! Jack would love a buddy, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - December 12, 2012 - 11:21 AM

    Naomi & Violet were baptised together. It was a super cute, special family-filled weekend. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 12, 2012 - 1:36 PM

    Ahh! Jill, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - December 13, 2012 - 3:34 PM

    As per usual – your photos are absolutely beautiful. Can we buy any prints on Etsy yet? I like to visit Pinterest and pin projects I’ll never actually do on weekends. I also find clever ways avoid housework :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 13, 2012 - 6:13 PM

    Thanks, Emma! Ah, I’m very, very behind on adding any prints to the Etsy shop. I really need to do that (it’s been on my list for a YEAR!), but I tend to wear one too many hats sometimes…ReplyCancel


Even as vendors in the Renegade Fair, we like to take a moment or two to find our own loot to bring home – usually in the hopes of knocking out our Christmas list. This year, I found myself justifying one too many purchases for myself (ah, well), but we did officially cross off a…
  • Jillian - December 6, 2012 - 7:30 AM

    The earrings & purse make my heart sing! I’ve had my eyeballs on a pair of those for way too long. Now that I’ve seen how awesome they are on you, well I want! I want!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 6, 2012 - 10:23 AM

    Jillian, they’re only $8! You absolutely need a pair.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - December 6, 2012 - 11:11 AM

    I didn’t know you had a couch camera strap! I’m friends with the owner, he lives out here in Long Beach. Small world :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 6, 2012 - 2:09 PM

    Alexis, that’s so cool! We love that strap, and I’m always asked where I got it. I proudly boast Couch – it is THE best camera strap I’ve ever had, and it’s super tough and durable!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - December 8, 2012 - 6:42 PM

    Great finds! I adore the salt package design and the name “Magic Unicorn”. Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - December 9, 2012 - 4:44 PM

    I love that purse! And it’s blue inside? So cute.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 9, 2012 - 5:23 PM

      Megan, the name alone was reason enough for us to buy!

      Kalli, yup, it’s a really pretty soft blue-green.ReplyCancel

  • Karie - December 12, 2012 - 7:52 PM

    It was so great to meet you! I hope we can hang next time we’re in Chicago – our visit was way too short and hectic this time.
    Hope your friend loves the bag!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 12, 2012 - 9:56 PM

    Karie, you too! Visits to Chicago are always too short :)ReplyCancel


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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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