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Happy List: #133

Hello, everyone!

I hope September is treating you well! We’ve survived school thus far. There’s only been one forgotten snack, one forgotten Chromebook, one forgotten Chromebook charger, and one lost form, so I think we’ve really got this school thing nailed. Ha!

This week on the blog I shared my trip to Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market in Connecticut. I also shared the 1971 MLS Listing for our Colonial Farmhouse.

Here’s the Happy List!


I was mesmerized by this synchronized swimmer’s underwater dance to Chopin. She can hold her breath for 4 minutes!

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“I’m trying to be one with the water,” said @claire_friesen, a synchronized swimmer and actress. “I feel most creative when I’m able to step out of my brain and into my body. Dancing underwater is a form of meditation.” Claire — she was in the show “Le Rêve – The Dream” in Las Vegas and a member of the Canadian national synchronized swimming team — will be featured in “Lake of Dreams,” an underwater project directed by @kennyortegablog, in December. Here, as a toast to summer, she performs an improvisation to Chopin in the pool at @mphc.nyc. “I grew up in the ocean and on the beach,” said Claire, who lived in Qatar as a child with her family, “and that’s where I was always swimming.” She can stay underwater for 4 minutes without breathing. “You get a sensation of having to breathe underwater, almost in a panic, but you really don’t,” she told the #nytimes dance critic @giadk. “If you’re calm through it, then you have so much time. And especially in the ocean. It’s just so magical.” @mosadek made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.

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You know I love a good leather project!

Go check out this neat wreath and how to make it at Cherished Bliss.

fall leather wreath by cherished bliss on the happy list

(image: Cherished Bliss)


If I’ve had a song on constant repeat then it means I must share it on The Happy List!

This ballad by Maddie Poppe has been on repeat not so much because of the lyrics, but because her voice in this song is amazing. And that’s coming from someone who pays zero attention to American Idol.


I’m 99% certain I’ve shared these before, but these would make a fun gift idea.

Get the tutorial at Country Living Magazine.

(image: Lara Robby/Studio D via Country Living)


Yesterday I bought this oak tripod lamp from Target and I put it together all by myself! Let there be light!

As it turns out, we have several rooms without overhead lights. The days are getting shorter, so lamps are quickly becoming a necessity.

oak tripod lamp from target

(image: Target)


Thought September 9th you can vote to remodel the CLUE mansion. The board game is celebrating 70 years and for the first time ever they are switching things up on the game board!

Vote here on Houzz.

I voted to remodel the Hall instead of changing the hall to something else – like a bathroom.


I can’t even pick a favorite thing out of this photo. The beams? The table base? The range hood? The cabinets?

Find more pictures of this space in Traditional Home.

french flair kitchen via traditional home mag on the happy list

(image: Traditional Home)

That’s it from me! Happy Friday, everyone.


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