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Happy List: #324

Hello! Welcome to the Happy List. I’m so glad you’re here.

I don’t want to alarm you if you haven’t checked the date but it is December 1. Finally! It’s actually felt like December for a few weeks now. I’ve been checking the calendar for days now thinking it’s already December since the internet seems to have moved on to the Christmas but I was wrong every time.

This week was all about ornaments on the blog. It’s the best time of year to be crafty! I shared my origami tree ornaments with the cutest wood star topper. I also shared the mini wood tree ornaments that I customized with paint.

Next week is a big one of the blog. I’m sharing our dining room mantel which skews more toward art installation rather than simple holiday decor. I’m also sharing our fully decorated Christmas tree! I hope you come back for those two blog posts on Monday and Wednesday.

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Here’s the Happy List!


How could you look at this picture and not smile?

Just once in my life I think I’m going to need to decorate a cactus for Christmas. Pretty sure this one is a faux creation by @HeyWanderer. For more Christmas tree alternatives, check out this My Domaine article.

cactus christmas tree from @heywanderer via My domaine on the happy list

(image: @HeyWanderer via My Domaine)


I am so impressed with how Made By Carli turned throw blankets into upholstery for an ottoman. She used a needle and thread but not a sewing machine to make this and it will make sense why when you read how she did it. This sounds like something I would do!

Check it out here.

how to use throw blankets to reupholster an ottoman without using a sewing machine by made by carli on the happy list

(image: Made By Carli)


Here’s a gift idea! Kidding. It’s not really a gift idea but it is something we just purchased for safety sake. It’s a safety can that you can toss oily rags, stain rags, etc. in when you are done doing a woodworking or other home or auto project that involves rags covered in combustible materials.

No one wants a house or garage fire because rags caught on fire!

just rite 6 gallon oily waste can via amazon gift for woodworkers on the happy list(image: Amazon)


Did you hear about the previously unknown time capsule found in the base of a statute at West Point? The time capsule has been dated to 1828.

Can you imagine doing renovations and then finding a box like this? I would not have been able to contain my excitement.

time capsule found in base of military statue at west point military academy 2023 credit West Point US Military Academy on the happy list

(image: West Point U.S. Military Academy)

Then can you imagine having to have the patience to wait in order for the box to be x-rayed?

X-ray of 1828 time capsule found in 2023 in base of statue at west point military academy photo credit west point us military academy on the happy list

(image: West Point U.S. Military Academy)

Inside the box they found some very old, very rare coins. You can see the pictures here. You can read about this discovery here.

If you are ever in New York state, West Point has a visitor center that is very interesting to tour. I wrote about our experience touring it here. It’s one of those places that, as an American, makes you a little emotional.


These terracotta gnome ornaments by One Little Project are adorable!

I don’t know how much yarn it would take but I like the idea of making giant gnomes using this idea too.

Get the directions here.

terracotta gnome christmas ornaments from one little project on the happy list

(image: One Little Project)


This gallery wall caught my eye because it’s wide but not tall. You don’t see that very often and it definitely works here, especially against that gorgeous wallpaper.

See more photos of this cozy Swedish apartment over at The Nordroom.

green sofa with long and narrow gallery wall in swedish apartment via the nordroom photo by Historiska Hem on the happy list

(image: Historiska Hem via The Nordroom)


I have not been thinking broad enough when it comes to hot glue! The Krazy Coupon Lady has a blog post with a whole bunch of hot glue hacks like how to make instant tap shoes or how to use matches with hot glue for when you need glue in a pinch.

When my kids were little I really could have used the tip to plug bath toys with a little hot glue so that they didn’t get nasty and moldy.

hot glue hacks use hot glue to plug hole on bath toys so they don't mold picture and tip from the krazy coupon lady on the happy list

(image: The Krazy Coupon Lady)


Fudge but make it in a wreath shape. Brilliant! When I saw how TidyMom made the wreath shape I was like “Oh! That’s easy!”

This would be a cute neighbor gift or something fun to bring to a holiday party.

Get the 5-minute fudge recipe here.

five minute fudge wreath recipe from tidymom on the happy list

(image: TidyMom)


Snow (excerpted lyrics) by Sleeping At Last (YouTube)

The branches have traded their leaves for white sleevesAll warm-blooded creatures make ghosts as they breatheScarves are wrapped tightly like gifts under treesChristmas lights tangle in knots annually

Our families huddle closelyBetting warmth against the coldBut our bruises seem to surfaceLike mud beneath the snow

So we sing carols softly, as sweet as we knowA prayer that our burdens will lift as we goLike young love still waiting under mistletoeWe’ll welcome December with tireless hope

Let our bells keep on ringingMaking angels in the snowAnd may the melody disarm usWhen the cracks begin to showLike the petals in our pocketsMay we remember who we areUnconditionally cared forBy those who share our broken hearts

The table is set, and our glasses are fullThough pieces go missing, may we still feel wholeWe’ll build new traditions in place of the old‘Cause life without revision will silence our souls

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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