Pet photography in Brooklyn, New York City - Rochelle BaRoss | The Cheerful Times

Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!

Happy holidays, everyone!

My sister Rochelle decided to start a pet photography side business! For Christmas, she offered to do a photo shoot with me, Malcolm and Abby. Well… mostly just Abby 😉

Rochelle recently shared her favorite shots with us. I can’t wait to see the others!

Without further ado, here we are with our favorite little reindeer: Continue reading “Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!”

DIY Dog Collar Upcycled Dress Shirt - No Sew | The Cheerful Times

DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar

Last month my sister Rochelle adopted a new dog to live with her in her new Brooklyn studio apartment. His name is Henry and he’s a terrier mix!

Hi, Henry! Isn't he cute?
Hi, Henry! Isn’t he cute?

I had already given Rochelle an apartment-warming gift, and I obviously had to give Henry a dog-warming gift. I knew I wanted to craft him something, but there was one problem: my sister is basically the most crafty person in the world. Anything I made him, she would be able to make for him ten times better and faster.

For this reason I knew I had to keep it simple and effective.

In my internet travels I stumbled across this adorable and incredibly easy craft: “Easiest Upcycled Dog Collar Ever!” from the Sew Doggy Style blog. It was the perfect gift! My sister loves throwing parties and Henry would be such a dapper doggie host in a little collared dress shirt accessory. Plus, Rochelle is the shop owner/seamstress behind Etsy’s Brooklyn Bowtied, so he would look like such a cute little fancy man wearing a collar/bow tie combo.

DIY upcycled collared dress shirt dog collar craft | The Cheerful Times

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Collared dress shirt(s)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • That’s literally it

I decided I wanted to make three different collars for Henry, so I rallied my beloved crafty companion Athena and went to the thrift store. Rochelle told me that Henry’s neck size is 13 inches. Because Athena’s dog is also teeny, we took a trip to the little boys’ section. Some little boy dress shirts are labeled S/M/L instead of by neck measurements, so I brought my measuring tape to double check sizes just in case.

Here are the shirts we picked out!

Athena is a wonderful model.
Athena is a wonderful model.
So exciting!
So exciting!

You have to make sure of two things when picking out shirts for this project: Continue reading “DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar”

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month - Meet Abby the puggle | The Cheerful Times

Meet Abby: Celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

I have exciting news to announce! October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and Malcolm and I did just that — adopt a shelter dog!

Meet the one and only Abby, the newest contributor to The Cheerful Times.

Abby the black puggle
ABBY!

Abby is a five-year-old chubby wubby Puggle (that’s a beagle and a pug mix), and is the absolute best, cutest little princess.

Wubby wubby
Little wubby! This photo is from one of the shelter’s photo shoots.

Abby likes:

  • Snuggling humans
  • Snuggling cats
  • Burping
  • Showing her pudgy belly for scratchies
  • Making cute faces
  • Her two stuffed toys/dolls
  • Sleeping on items that are neither of her two beds
  • Forcibly suggesting you pet her
  • Soaring through the air onto the couch
  • Snoozing on the couch
  • 4:30 a.m. sneezing fits
  • Falling asleep as you scratch the top of her head, behind her ears, on her chest, tummy, neck…
  • Licking the foundation off my nose to reveal its true Rudolph-like complexion
  • Frolicking up every driveway and walkway we come across in the neighborhood
  • Meeting new people
  • Helping put on her martingale for walkies

Abby dislikes:

  • Closet doors — those sneaky things look just like a front door, so she waits next to them when she has to go potty
  • Berkley, the hound dog at her shelter who ate her favorite toy 

Continue reading “Meet Abby: Celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month”