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Happy List: #269

Hello! Welcome to today’s Happy List. I’m glad you are here.

In case you didn’t know this, I publish blog posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. How in the world I keep up that schedule is a mystery to me because I’m pretty much convinced every week that I have nothing else to say. If there’s something you’re curious about, you’ll have to let me know.

This week on the blog I shared how we turned a piano into a kitchen bar. Spoiler: it doesn’t look like a piano.

I also shared 5 tricks for decorating your home for fall. The over-arching theme of that post was just to never decorate for any other season. Ha! I’m only half kidding.

Thank you for your continued support of this blog in all ways, shapes, and forms. Even engaging with us on Instagram or Facebook is important to us. Your support truly helps our family, helps restore this old house we live in, and keeps this blog running.

Now, here’s the Happy List!


KITCHEN IDEA

The idea to use an old-fashioned soap holder as a holder for a kitchen sponge is very smart!

See more photos of this home in this Remodelista article.

sandeep-salter-brooklyn-heights-house-jonathan-pilkington for remodelista on the happy list

(image: Photography by Jonathan Pilkington for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz)


DIY TERRACOTTA CANDLES

I found a new-to-me website called Celebrate Creativity that has the most beautiful styling and also some cool DIY ideas.

I loved what Lisa created with these mini terracotta candles. Get the DIY and so much inspiration here.

dia terracotta candles via celebrate creativity on the happy list

(image: Celebrate Creativity)


RAKTIVIST

Have you heard the term raktivist? It means a Random Acts of Kindness activist. We could use more of those in the world.

Learn more about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation here.

random acts of kindness foundation “HUMAN KINDNESS HAS NEVER WEAKENED THE STAMINA OR SOFTENED THE FIGURE OF A FREE PEOPLE. A NATION DOES NOT HAVE TO BE CRUEL TO BE TOUGH.” Franklin D. Roosevelt on the happy list

(image: Random Acts of Kindness Foundation)

P.S. I’m not affiliated with this foundation. I just stumbled across it this week and thought the idea of being a Random Acts of Kindness activist sounded cool.


PINECONE WREATH

I know some of you are very crafty and like to make things for your home. The idea Leslie from My One Hundred Year Old Home had to use pinecones to make flowers for a wreath is one you could take and make your own for almost any season.

Leslie’s home is gorgeous and has been used as a movie set more than once! Check out her blog here.

pinecone spring wreath via my one hundred year old home on the happy list

(image: My One Hundred Year Old Home)


FLANNEL REPURPOSED

Loved Jennifer Rizzo’s idea to repurpose an old flannel shirt into a fall leaf banner. You could also take this idea and turn the flannel leaves into gift toppers or wreath embellishments.

Get the tutorial here. You’ll want to know Jennifer’s tip for how to get the flannel to not curl on the banner.

jennifer rizzo fall leaf banner from a flannel shirt on the happy list

(image: Jennifer Rizzo)


PRINTER INK

I loathe buying printer ink. It is always so expensive. However, 2 years ago I bought an off-brand type of printer ink (one that doesn’t match my brand of printer) and had really good luck with it.

I just paid $23 for all of this ink made by Arthur Imaging.

arthur printer ink via amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)

P.S. We have a Canon printer. The very first time I used it, the printer didn’t want to recognize the off-brand ink. I just reinserted the cartridge a few times and have never had a problem since. I can’t say how this will work for your printer, but I’m hoping you have as good of luck as I did.


DESSERT NACHOS

Dessert nachos? Um, yes, please! Why have I never thought to do this?!?

Get the recipe from Tidy Mom.

dessert nachos via tidy mom on the happy list

(image: Tidy Mom)


POETRY MOMENT

How You Know by JOE MILLS

How do you know if it’s love? she asks,
and I think if you have to ask, it’s not,
but I know this won’t help. I want to say
you’re too young to worry about it,
as if she has questions about Medicare
or social security, but this won’t help either.
“You’ll just know” is a lie, and one truth,
“when you still want to be with them
the next morning,” would involve too
many follow-up questions. The difficulty
with love, I want to say, is sometimes
you only know afterwards that it’s arrived
or left. Love is the elephant and we
are the blind mice unable to understand
the whole. I want to say love is this
desire to help even when I know I can’t,
just as I couldn’t explain electricity, stars,
the color of the sky, baldness, tornadoes,
fingernails, coconuts, or the other things
she has asked about over the years, all
those phenomena whose daily existence
seems miraculous. Instead I shake my head.
I don’t even know how to match my socks.
Go ask your mother. She laughs and says,
I did. Mom told me to come and ask you.

Thank you for reading today’s Happy List.

Be good to yourself and others this weekend.

I’ll see you back here on Monday.

 

 

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