My lady is pretty spectacular in the gift-giving department. She’s got a knack for paying attention to my quips and thoughtless rambling throughout the year, and she’ll surprise me with things that I had specifically mentioned that I wanted (but had forgotten all about!). She’ll do this all without ever having to ask me, or…
  • Hannah K - March 14, 2013 - 7:37 AM

    Too cool, Scott! My uncle taught me to weld years ago, but I haven’t done much since — I’m so jealous of you! What a great gift, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 14, 2013 - 9:13 AM

    Hannah, so cool! He can’t wait to get started on the next class! I may have started something big…ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 14, 2013 - 10:27 AM

    That looks like so much fun! What an awesome gift!

    Robert knows how to weld (I can’t remember where he learned), and in the past he got his welding fix in a friend’s garage working on motorcycles. We’ve been meaning to stop in at our neighbor’s garage (he heads up a local high school’s robotics team, and has lots of cool “toys”) so he can brush up on things. Maybe I can get him to make me some hairpin legs… haha.ReplyCancel

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  • blair @ design that inspires - March 14, 2013 - 11:30 AM

    too cool! what a great gift idea too :) can’t wait to see what cool things you guys make!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 14, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    Cait, hairpin legs – yes!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - March 14, 2013 - 9:25 PM

    This is badass – as knowledge gained, as an interest pursued, and as a gift.

    My sister’s longtime boyfriend welds artwork as a hobby. Does really amazing stuff. As an art major, his senior project was 10 foot bucking horse, made entirely from welded horseshoes. It’s incredible. I’ve wanted to have him show me how to do this for years, and I keep putting it off for no good reason.

    Good on you guys for doing this. You’ve inspired me. Yet again.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 15, 2013 - 2:00 PM

      Jimmy, thank you! Steve actually made a huge horse, too – it’s the sign for a local bar in our neighborhood, and we’ve always loved it. You should definitely weld some beautiful art for your home and take advantage of some free lessons from your sister’s boyfriend!ReplyCancel

  • Daphne - March 15, 2013 - 3:56 AM

    I know how to weld oyes! haha so cool :DReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 16, 2013 - 9:36 AM

    Fantastic documentation Kim, as always. Great job Scott! What a cool new hobby. (Also, is it the Rocking Horse?)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 17, 2013 - 11:28 AM

    Nina, it IS Rocking Horse :)ReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 18, 2013 - 6:22 AM

    Nice! Before ya know it Scott will be contributing to the neighborhood scene too. :)ReplyCancel


With daylight savings behind us (which, by the way, is anyone else still having a hard time waking up?), we’re so looking forward to spring and sunshine, and we’ve really enjoyed powering down our laptops before the sun sets. We’re thisclose to warmer weather, but in Chicago, you’ll still find us bundled in puffy coats…
  • Hannah K - March 13, 2013 - 7:16 AM

    SO have to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

    We’re in limbo (weather-wise) here, too. I wore shorts and a tshirt on Sunday and it snowed yesterday. Boo.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 14, 2013 - 10:22 AM

    I’m soooo freaking tired of Limbo. And yes, I’m having a hard time waking up while it’s still dark out. And the weather is all wonky. Been wearing short sleeves in the afternoons, but bundling up on chilly mornings.

    That chili looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Daphne - March 15, 2013 - 4:00 AM

    Drool. So simple dish but it looks good xDReplyCancel


Over the last few months, I’ve been so lucky to paint Kiira’s clan of pups, Monkey (above) and Petey, plus their super handsome foster, Rerun (bonus: he’s a Jack look-a-like!). My most recent portrait, however, was Monkey, and I must admit, he was quite the personal challenge – just check out his beautiful and unique…
  • Julia @cuckoo4design - March 11, 2013 - 6:39 AM

    Wow, how beautiful! Love the two-toned edges!
    What a cute crew!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 7:59 AM

    I love these! We have a 3 month old pitty and I can’t wait until she’s older so I can have you do hers! Here’s a cute picture I took of her yesterday. :)

  • Hannah K - March 11, 2013 - 8:01 AM

    Yes! When you mentioned this in your table post, I knew it would look fantastic — and it does!! I can’t wait until I save up to have our pooches painted!!ReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 11, 2013 - 9:25 AM

    Incredible job Kim! Brindle seems like it would be difficult to replicate, but you’ve done it spot on. Also love the pop of color on the edge. Someday when we find a brother for Zelda we’ll get one done like that too. ^.^ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 9:48 AM

    Kim, are you KIDDING me with that puppy?! My heart just melted. That little black eyebrow about killed me.

    Hannah, yes! I’d love to paint your Pitties!

    Nina, ooh, fingers crossed that Zelda gets a sibling! I actually really enjoy painting brindle fur (the patterns are always so beautiful), but I have to say that Monkey has one of the most unique patterns I’ve seen!ReplyCancel

  • Kiira - March 11, 2013 - 10:05 AM

    Kim, they are so amazing, and even more so in person. I was looking at the tiny details yesterday, especially the black hairline traces, and I’ve concluded that you must have one of the steadiest hands around.
    And thanks for making Monkey shine. He often gets overlooked for his brother, who has the graphic cartoon quality that people are drawn to. And with Rerun in tow for the past four months, well, that head is a showstopper, so it’s rare that anyone notices the black mutt by his side. You really captured Monkey’s elegance, and his portrait is easily my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 10:38 AM

    Kiira, steady hands, maybe. Tiny hands and tiny paintbrushes? Yes!

    Thank YOU for sharing the whole crew with us! They’re all stars, but we’re happy to give Monkey the spotlight today.ReplyCancel

  • Yet ANOTHER Kim - March 11, 2013 - 7:00 PM

    The gentleman and I are in the process of adopting a french bulldog and I can’t wait o have you do a painting of our future pup. You nailed Monkey’s coloring and I love the colored edge! How you get such perfectly crisp and clean lines never fails to amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 11, 2013 - 7:07 PM

    Ha, too many Kims!

    Kim, thank you! I really hope to work with you on your future Frenchie!ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - March 11, 2013 - 8:16 PM

    We know her crew and you did such a great job of capturing them. Especially Monkey who is so unique. And I love Kirra’s descriptions of him.ReplyCancel


I ran across this pin a few days ago (an excerpt from Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss), and not only did it make me smile, but it felt so appropriate during this whole limbo-living phase we’re dancing to. When everything else seems so uncertain that you start second guessing your every move (Heather nailed…
  • Jill - March 8, 2013 - 7:11 AM

    Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - March 8, 2013 - 7:22 AM

    My favorite Dr. Seuss book! We have that quote hanging in the kids’ Dr. Seuss bathroom!! = )ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 8, 2013 - 8:10 AM

      Annie, awesome!

      Jill, that’s my all time favorite, hands down.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - March 8, 2013 - 4:19 PM

    Heather totally nailed it with that comment. And you nailed it with your response! I’m exactly the same way (although my “limbo” is more job related than house related, and I am substituting bourbon & margaritas for wine). So. Much. Drama & Misery. I have no idea how Robert puts up with me. I also turn to my Well Said board on Pinterest in times like this.

    Hang in there, Kim (& Scott).

    45 minutes until I get myself an aquarium of a margarita.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 8, 2013 - 5:56 PM

    Cait, thank you.

    Drink up to the weekend! We’ll be doing the same :)ReplyCancel

  • Athena Warner - March 8, 2013 - 10:52 PM

    I have found as an adult rediscovering Dr. Seuss (I have my own kid now, so there’s a reason) that the man embedded the most meaningful concepts inside these seemingly childish stories. I particularly like this one whenever I start to feel like I should change to be more like other people, and I realize that I’m who I am for a reason. I wish you both really good luck with this whole moving process.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 9, 2013 - 4:07 PM

      Love that, Athena. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel


First, congrats to Tara, the lucky winner of a 16″x20″ giclĂ©e from The Print Shop! Thank you to all who entered and encouraged us to get up and running in the first place. You’re awesome. See all available prints (based on your votes) right here! We’d been doing so good with our houseplants for a…
  • Hannah K - March 6, 2013 - 7:27 AM

    I’ve been wanting to make a terrarium SO bad. I too am a “black thumb” and have such a hard time keeping greenery in the house — but I love it so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 6, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    Hannah, yes, it’s super sad for Scott. If it were up to him, we’d have more plants than anything else!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - March 6, 2013 - 10:59 AM

    Total black thumb here. Funny that keeping plants alive is more difficult than a human or animal. Why is that?! Orchid, dead within a month. Mini rose plant, nearly dead within a week. I had almost given up on it and moved to from the bright, sunny spot to the darker kitchen window. (Where I put plants to remember to water them which becomes the plant graveyard). I kept watering it and surprisingly, it came back to life! New green leaves and fresh growth.

    So, maybe your light amount isn’t ideal? We’re also having success growing grass seed in small indoor planters. If all else fails, I buy fake succulents (the most realistic fake I’ve found) and pop ’em in a dark spot. No watering or care and it adds life to an area it wouldn’t otherwise grow.ReplyCancel

  • MJ - March 6, 2013 - 9:21 PM

    I love this terrarium!

    I always dream of having a giant garden that I could wander through where I can grab an orange off a tree and enjoy it right there. Alas, my little patio hardly gets any sun and only allows me to grow succulents. (I secretly think this is a blessing though because I know I don’t have the skills to grow an orange tree)


    • Kim - March 7, 2013 - 8:06 AM

      Amanda, black thumbs unite! :)

      MJ, an ORANGE TREE. Now that right there sounds like heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - March 7, 2013 - 1:36 AM

    Hi Kim, I buy cactus mix and fertilizer from California Cactus Center. . The guy at the shop said cactus mix at places like Home Depot is not as pure as they mix it with other dirt. Hope you have a similar place like this in Chicago? Maybe order online to try?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 7, 2013 - 8:04 AM

    Helen, good call – I should have mentioned that we do use cactus soil! The good news is that this is our longest living terrarium yet, so hopefully our reconstructive surgery will help keep it that way.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - March 20, 2013 - 12:47 PM

    Come on, penguin terrarium, you can do it!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 20, 2013 - 12:52 PM

    Marlene, ha! C’mon, little guy!ReplyCancel

  • Arielle - August 5, 2014 - 5:03 PM

    have you ever tried watering your plants with ice cubes?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 5:06 PM

      I think we’re doomed with (mostly) closed terrariums! Next time we give it a go, I’m absolutely trying the ice cube route.ReplyCancel