Sometimes, as a faithfully devoted husband, concessions are made when it comes time to decide how my time is spent. This post is a detailed account of one aforementioned concession. On a recent innocent trip to a local second-hand store to pick up some vintage picture frames for Renegade, my dear wife spotted this fancy…
  • Stephanie Phillips - December 11, 2012 - 7:16 AM

    Silver = Silver polish, silly man. You can buy the paste, the liquid (I prefer for intricate stuff), or the wipes. Check your local Wally World or Tarjay.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - December 11, 2012 - 8:19 AM

    How kind of you to keep at it :-) Perhaps I am just not understanding the other polishes…but have you tried a true silverware polish? I’ve used both the dip and the paste with fantastic results. I was also told to dip my silver jewellery in lemon juice after polishing it up in order to prevent tarnishing. I would imagine that would work in this case too. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - December 11, 2012 - 8:23 AM

    My grandmother always uses Tarnex for her silver and I’ve been using it for mine as well. It can be hard to find though, if you can’t find it in stores check online on Amazon.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 11, 2012 - 9:27 AM

    Ha, thanks, guys! To be honest, we weren’t even sure if the tray was true silver, since Eagle One claims to work wonders on silver… The dip idea sounds good though!

    Is there a way to test the actual metal we’re dealing with? Or are we all in agreement that this is very obviously silver? Oh, we feel silly…ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - December 11, 2012 - 10:06 AM

    Silver will continue to oxidize as it is exposed to air, no polish will keep it shiny and beautiful forever. One thing you could try is to spritz very lightly with aerosol hairspray to keep the air off the surface (after you’ve polished again).

    I have a wall hook from anthropologie from years ago made of two vintage silver spoons. Those puppies tarnished like it was their job! So I polished them very well and coated them with clear nail polish. Problem solved. Although you probably don’t want to coat that whole tray with clear nail polish, so try the hairspray.

    As to the metal content, I’m assuming you’ve checked the bottom for any potential engraving? If it says 925 anywhere, it’s sterling silver.ReplyCancel

  • The Tiny Homestead - December 11, 2012 - 10:50 AM

    I have a silver catchall on my dresser and I just let it get tarnished. However, I have some brass hardware in my house that I like to keep shiny. After polishing I just rub on a bit of car wax, like turtle wax to keep it from oxidizing. Maybe there is a product made for this purpose, but I just used what I had on hand and it has worked very well.ReplyCancel

  • Rae - December 11, 2012 - 10:57 AM

    I know it’s pretty ghetto, but for non-food, stubbornly yellowing items, rinse, dry and coat with clear polyurethane. Boom.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 11, 2012 - 11:40 AM

      Rae, we’re not above ghetto. We could see that working…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 11, 2012 - 3:09 PM

    Rachel and Tiny Homestead – thank you both so much! We felt like we were going crazy, and we wondered, what are we doing wrong?

    There are no etchings of any kind on the tray, but the turtle wax, hairspray and coating it with a clear coat are all great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - December 11, 2012 - 5:43 PM

    Sorry, I’m no help about the polish. But I just had to say, Kim, I knew you would be a Clinique Happy Heart wearer. It fits you. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 11, 2012 - 5:47 PM

      Julia, haha, you just made my heart so happy! I’ve been wearing that scent since I was 16.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - December 11, 2012 - 8:24 PM

    I can’t believe that no one has suggested this!…It is so so so easy and probably the only reason I own anything silver as a decorative container in my home… Boil a tea pot or large pot full of water, grab another dish – I use whatever size I need to fully submerse the tarnished item usually my large lasagna pan and line the bottom with a piece of tin foil. Place the silver on top of the tin foil and dust baking soda over the silver to cover it, then pour the boiling hot water in the pan lined with foil, your silver and baking soda.. it will bubble and fizzle and might smell a little like eggs. Keep sprinkling baking soda over it until it stops fizzing. The tarnish is magically washed away from your silver! It the best and easiest way to polish silver IMHO. Make sure after you remove it that you rinse it lightly and dry it completely. Any little imperfections left (if any) can usually be buffed out with a soft cloth.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - December 11, 2012 - 8:28 PM

    Oh one last thing I’ve learned about silver.. do no store anything made of rubber on or near your tray, rubber for some reason corrodes silver faster…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 12, 2012 - 8:20 AM

      Melissa, thank you! We’ve never heard of this tip – baking soda, who knew? What can’t it do?! We’ll give it a shot!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - December 12, 2012 - 4:28 PM

    Hi Scott, Hi Kim,

    Melissa is right, use her natural method and you’ll be surprised, no need to buy any polish. You can also try with toothpaste, it works well too. You just rub your tray with an old toothbrush and some toothpaste, and rinse it under water before complete dry. And that’s it ! But anyway, I’m afraid you’ll have to do it regularly, unless some varnish could be sprayed on the tray ?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - December 12, 2012 - 5:21 PM

    We never thought to varnish the tray, but as something that will never have food on it, we’re starting to think this may be the way to go! You guys have been very, very helpful. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Oneita - December 13, 2012 - 12:18 PM

    I’ve used the baking soda method with great results. Once the silver is cleaned, a coat of poly works, or you could try Renaissance Wax. It’s a little pricey, but it does a great job!ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home - December 13, 2012 - 4:17 PM

    I wish I could pin all of these amazing silver suggestions. I’m just as ignorant of how to care for silver, and am appreciative of all your readers for chiming in with such helpful tips!ReplyCancel


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