Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

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"A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!

put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DIY Strawberry Shortcake Costume!

As I promised in my previous post, I am back with instructions to put together this Strawberry Shortcake costume for your own little trick or treater! I am thrilled to share these patterns with you that I used to put together this adorable costume! I am so proud of how it turned out and would LOVE to see your photos as well if you use it!

Before I get to the tutorial, can we just all collectively marvel over the cuteness for a minute? Okay? Okay! Because it was almost too much for me to handle on my own.

For this photo we were so lucky to have the chance to shoot with the incredible Hannah Joy of Hannah Joy Photography. If you're in the area, I cannot recommend her enough! She is beyond a talented photographer but also has this unique ability to connect with her subject, even these stubborn little ones, and getting gorgeous photos! I just love this one so much!

Now, onto the patterns!

I scoured Pinterest for costume ideas and from the start I knew I wanted to model her costume after the more vintage version of Strawberry Shortcake rather than the newer one. Despite all of my searching, I didn't really find clear instructions anywhere so I set out to create my own.

For the red dress I followed this Sunday Best Dress Pattern from Bobkin Designs. The pattern level was for Intermediate sewers, and I found it easy to understand and follow. It comes in sizes 1 through 8!

For the apron I followed this Girls Pinafore Dress Pattern from The Tie Dye Diva. This patterns goes up to a size 10 and would be so versatile for so many projects! I will definitely be using it again. The level is marked for beginners and I found it easy to understand and follow as well. I did add the red trim and I used leftover fabric from the dress and other projects to freehand the diamond and strawberry appliques.

Onto the hat! Sew Can Do was kind enough to provide detailed instructions to make the hat. I won't lie, I was most intimidated by the hat and saved it for last. I almost didn't even attempt it, but I am SO glad I did. It really was not difficult, came together in under 15 minutes and looks amazing!

Thank you to everyone linked above for your talent and for making my sweet Bee a very sweet little Strawberry Shortcake this Halloween! She loved it, and so did I!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

It's no secret that Halloween is a very favorite holiday here at Brightly Living! I have always enjoyed Halloween, but having a child to share it with makes it extra special!

Trick or Treating each year in the Historic Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida has become our annual tradition! This was our third year and we never get tired of seeing the community come alive with decorations, music, and trick or treaters! 

Bee had an amazing time with old and new friends and of course scored plenty of candy and other goodies! This year she chose her own costume, Strawberry Shortcake! Her father and I joined in the fun and went as custard and pupcake.

This costume was one of the more intricate pieces I've made, so I am very excited to share it will everyone! I am planning to post a tutorial soon as well, so stay tuned!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

But It Wasn't Just Any Autumn Day...

Each Year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere.


He's gotta pick this one. He's got to.


I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one.

You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. 

Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.