Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & Beyond | The Cheerful Times

Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & beyond!

Is it too late to wish you a happy 2016? Nah.

I’ve seen far too many blog posts commemorating the new year, but there was no way I couldn’t partake when thinking about how much crazy growth The Cheerful Times underwent in 2015!

I’m over the moon and humbled by your dedicated readership and generous feedback, and that so many of you have shared my posts with your friends, family, and followers. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside!

Although I’ve been seriously slackin’ on the blog (I published a grand total of 8 posts in 2015… #womp), I was so amazed to see that The Cheerful Times had a huge influx of visitors over the past year. You guys are the best!

Here’s a round-up of some 2015 metrics & accomplishments!

  • Blog traffic increased over 300%
  • Subscribers increased by 40%
  • Viewers came from 99 countries! (with US, Canada, and UK taking the lead)
  • Posts were featured on several cool sites, like Diply and All Created
  • The Cheerful Times took over Pinterest! I was shocked to see that my blog posts were pinned thousands of times. DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar alone has over 3,000 pins and repins. It even comes up as a top result when searching Pinterest for dog crafts or dog gifts — very cool!
DIY upcycled dog dress shirt collar craft: Super easy, no-sew, and the perfect gift! | The Cheerful Times
“DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar” was the big kahuna of 2015

I’m so thankful for everyone who made these accomplishments possible, and I hope that I won’t let you down in 2016!

The Big Ole One-Six

As is usual with the start of a new year, everyone seems to be either making resolutions or complaining about how everyone is making resolutions.

Goodness gracious. Don’t you know how many things there are in this world that are more deserving of your hatred and social media ranting than people trying to better themselves? Imagine how much you can accomplish if you put that energy into something else. It’s a little ridiculous.

I’m not a resolution hater. The start of a new year can be a good check point to evaluate where you are and what you’re doing in life, and compare it to where you want to be and what you’d rather be doing. And then you can map out efforts to correct course (AKA resolutions).

But I’d much rather refer to resolutions as goals. Goals are friendlier, like helpful guides… rather than stressful, out-of-reach standards with fear and failure seeping through every crack like impenetrable smog. The term “goals” makes my anxiety senses tingle a little less. 😉

Like many others, I envisaged my ideal 2016 and developed some on- and off-blog goals.

Sharing them with others is the first step toward making ’em happen!

Blogging Goals for 2016

1. Redesign. That’s right, I’m overhauling the look of Continue reading “Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & beyond!”

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!”

Monkeys in the Bronx Zoo - New York City

Saturday at the Bronx Zoo

To celebrate the beautiful Saturday weather, we went to the Bronx Zoo!

We had a great time. I love looking at all the different animals from around the world — I could stare at the exhibits all day. There were even little babies in both the gorilla and crane exhibits, as well as a few others.

I thought I’d share some pictures I took! Poke around through the gallery, and click to enlarge any of the photos for a better view!

Continue reading “Saturday at the Bronx Zoo”

DIY photo frame wall collage | The Cheerful Times

Craftsicles: Photo Frame Collage

How to create a photo frame collage for your wall

My name is Kelsey and I have a problem: I’m a photo frame collecting fiend. I can’t help it! There’s something about finding the perfect frame — no matter how simple in design — that gives me such a feeling of satisfaction. I scour thrift stores, antique shops, and garage sales in the name of my addiction, hoping to add to both the quantity and quality of my collection.

When people roll their eyes at me as I snatch up my latest find, I always give the excuse that one day I’ll move into my very own apartment with more white walls than I (and my frames) will know what to do with. I needed to stock up!

Well cheerful friends, that’s exactly what happened.

before the photo frame collage
Don’t put my big doggie butt on this little chair unless there’s food waiting for me on the table, Mama.

Even though we’ve been here 4 months, empty walls make it look like move-in day was yesterday. Luckily, I had three boxes of picture frames in the closet waiting for me to turn them into the giant photo frame collage that I always dreamed of making.

And here’s how I did it. Continue reading “Craftsicles: Photo Frame Collage”