Friday Five.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Well hello! I took an unintentional few days away from blogging as we've been really busy over here... prepping for an impending move (more on that later), trying to sleep train our teething boy (yikes), and catching up on lots of sewing.

A few things...
1. For my nieces' birthdays, I sewed them matching dresses (my first foray into kids' clothing, really) using the Geranium Dress pattern by Made by Rae. It is such a versatile pattern with a wide range of sizes and options. I totally recommend it, even for beginners.

Asking an almost 3-year-old to model her new dress looks a little like this:
And her little sister... 

2. A few more pictures of when the family was all together. Had anyone told my sister and I five years ago that Kels would have two girls and I'd have a boy, we'd never have believed it. I was the girly girl and Kels was a total tomboy, so it's pretty funny this is how it worked out. And somehow pretty perfect.
 Some very happy grandparents...
 And this little man who is becoming less baby and more toddler every day (nooo!!!)...

3. Because we're moving, Brighter Day and Brighter Day Baby have to go on vacation mode for a few weeks. Before we do, though, we'll be selling lots of items we have in stock. I'll let you know when that comes, but it should be in the next week or so. A little preview... I'll be having one of each of these new messenger bags in the shop: 
4. I read The Fault in Our Stars this week and wow. Heartbreaking, hopeful, exquisitely written. I stayed up until 1am to finish it - I couldn't put it down. If you haven't read it, be prepared to laugh and especially to cry. That's all I'll say.

4. It's Friday! I'm headed to Cleveland for the weekend. Shawn will be in North Carolina, so I'll be taking my first flight alone with Liam. Should be an adventure. Do you have any fun plans?


  1. I love every one of those! The dresses are so sweet, I'm excited for your move and answers to prayer, Liam is adorable, and I love your messenger bags! Got me thinking about a new diaper bag...hmmm... :)

  2. Love all the family love. Need one of those bags. Have fun this weekend! I'm working on wrapping up the summer semester... Finally. Praying for you!

  3. If you liked The Fault in Their Stars try Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. It's got some of the same qualities but is maybe a bit simpler.

  4. North Carolina!? I personally think it's be best state. :)And, love those bags!

  5. Love the bags! Just beautiful! I have sewn some geranium dresses for my little girls. Love them! Such a great pattern! So excited to read what the Lord has planned for you and your family! We are in transition mode as well. Scary, but freeing.

    Personal question: What nail color are you wearing? It's gorgeous. I'm looking for more happy colors to wear that are soft and bright.

    1. It's a mint color on my nails (wish I knew the exact color!) but I get the shellac at the nail salon which actually lasts 3 weeks. It's the only way I don't chip it immediately!

  6. Whit those dresses are amazing!

  7. You've read The Fault in our Stars--does that mean you have heard of the Vlogbrothers? I really enjoy the videos they make most of the time, and consider myself a nerdfighter. =) Keep meaning to get around to reading the book--now that you've read it I have even more incentive! =)

    Liam is such a sweetheart--what a little character I glimpse with those charming smirks! I just wish I could hug him to pieces haha. =) And I totally love the bag--so classy and yet fun! =D Here's to a lovely weekend, Whitney!

  8. Have you sold the messenger bags yet?

    1. If not, I would be interested in purchasing one. Please send me some info if you have any left!

      P.S.- I live about 45 minutes north of Raleigh. You'll L-O-V-E the area- it's beautiful!!

    2. Jennifer, I didn't sell them yet, but totally ran out of time and wasn't able to put them in the shop. When I open back up (hopefully next month) they'll be there, and I'll be sure to announce it here!


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