The Holiday Annoucement
Update: WOW. We sold out (and then some) within 30 minutes of this post going live. Thank you for being the most supportive, amazing readers a girl could ever ask for. Please excuse me while I let this all sink in.
For this time of year, we’ve had an unusual rush of Pet Shop orders, so forgive me for bringing up the holidays so early… but I can no longer delay our annual Pet Shop holiday announcement! As of today, I can only accept 10 more custom portrait orders to be completed before December 25th. Whether this has been on your own wishlist or you’re looking to give a sweet, personal gift for a friend, I encourage you to purchase a painting at The Pet Shop today, as we commonly sell out within the first 24 hours (or less!) of our annual announcement. Once this limit has been reached, items in the shop will be deactivated and ‘sold out.’
It has been another busy year of business for the Shop, and although I rarely talk about it here, I want you to know that both Scott and I appreciate all the love you’ve shown this little business. Did that you know that this week, we’re celebrating 7 years of painting pets? In that time, I’ve been commissioned to create more than 1,300 portraits (dogs, cats, bunnies, mice and birds alike!), and we’ve been able to donate upwards of $10,000 – both monetarily and through auctions – to nonprofit animal rescue groups. It has been the most incredible, rewarding side hustle that the planner in me never planned, and for that, we thank you.
The (Bittersweet) Update
All of this is why it’s hard for me to write the ‘update’ portion of this post. The Pet Shop’s virtual doors opened in 2010 (after increased requests from you!), and after a whirlwind of years painting the cutest, most handsome teeny toes and shiny noses, I’ll be saying goodbye – for now – to commission work. As a result, I’ve also deactivated the option to purchase gift certificates for the season, as I’ll be unable to take on any additional redemptions in the new year. After the 10 remaining paintings have sold, the shop will be taking an indefinite break (because I’m truly terrible at goodbyes, and who can really predict what the future holds?).
This blog has seen opportunities that we couldn’t have imagined, including the birth of The Pet Shop and The Print Shop. Our gratitude for all that has come our way is difficult to express, so much so, that I’ve been procrastinating with this very post, finding reasons to continually put it off (ahem, I must vacuum right this second!). Saying goodbye – even to one sector of my/our work – has been, and will likely continue to be a challenge. However, it’s because of these opportunities that something had to give, and in order to work as hard as I’d like in other aspects of my life – and my goodness, with our baby girl on the way! – it’s finally time for me to give The Pet Shop a misty eyed farewell.
Thank you. Thank you for turning a handful of requests for custom pet paintings of your own into a business that allowed me to give working for myself a fair shot – a hope that every art school kid (like this kid here!) dreams for. Over the years, you’ve shared your VIP family members with me, offering stories of rescue, love, goofiness and loss. I have cried with you, smiled at countless floppy ears and speckled noses and laughed out loud at some of the best underbites I’ve ever seen. I’m going to miss it so very much.
PS: Outstanding gift certificates are, of course, still redeemable! I’ll continue working on The Pet Shop behind the scenes as usual throughout the end of this year, and starting next year, I’ll take GC redemptions as they come. Pet Prints of already commissioned work will remain available!