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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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After the busiest, craziest and most hectic year The Pet Shop has ever (ever!) had, we’re eager to say, Come in! We’re open! Er, well, we’ve been open, but we’re back to taking custom portrait orders as usual. My painting fingers had a restful, happy holiday break, and Scott and I took much needed time to visit family, enjoy our city and sleep in.

Like, I didn’t even get out of bed some days. And it was great.

Since we’ve been back at it in this new year, we’ve updated the Shop with an updated gallery of recent paintings and testimonials – and we’ve already been so lucky to “meet” a handful of fuzzy kids through the magic of Christmakuh gift certificates (and we’ve yet to have a full week of January yet!).

We also want to thank you a thousand times over for the love and support we’ve received since launching the new Shop this past summer – especially as we began the rewarding ride of collaborating alongside animal rescue nonprofits. Since partnering with New Leash On Life and One Tail at a Time over the last 2 quarters, we’ve been able to donate $2,000 to pets in need, and my goodness! that warms our hearts so much. Just think of all those little tails and wet noses that are now snuggling into their forever homes. You know we couldn’t have done that without you, right? Thank you.

This quarter, we’re looking forward to working with our newest partner, Born Again Pit Bull Rescue in Portland, Oregon. Now through March 31st, a percentage of our proceeds from every product in The Pet Shop will be happily given back to those BAPBR companions waiting for new moms and dads. (Click on the image below to learn more about BAPBR!)

We’re looking forward to another amazing year working with you – yeah, pets!

Above, Bella is painted on a 6×6 panel.

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - January 7, 2013 - 8:43 AM

    I wanted to tell you that my friend absolutely loved the painting of her pup and his fedora. Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 7, 2013 - 9:44 AM

    You’re welcome! I had so much fun painting Sprocket!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - January 7, 2013 - 9:53 AM

    Wow, 2K? That’s great!ReplyCancel

  • Helen from Cali - January 8, 2013 - 12:25 AM

    I visited Portland recently and really loved that it is a pit friendly city. It makes me happy to see people that have compassion toward this lovely and highly misunderstood breed. I support any efforts that help pit bulls so I will be placing an order in your pet store ! And thanks for introducing BABPR! Hi Jack!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 8, 2013 - 4:02 PM

      Hi Helen, we agree, and we’re thrilled you feel the same way. I really hope to work with you in the near future!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - January 10, 2013 - 12:57 PM

    Kim, Thank you for the very special portrait of Bella. My sister and bro-in-law love it and can’t wait to find a special place for it in their soon-to-be new home. Thank you for also being so great to work with and making a priceless work of art for their family. I enjoy following your blog. You have a great style for your home and I look forward to hearing about your future adventures!


  • Kim - January 10, 2013 - 1:50 PM

    Holly, thank you so, so much!ReplyCancel