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Happy List: #35

Hello, everyone!

How the heck are you? Ready for Monday’s eclipse? Sadly, I’ll have to live that one vicariously through social media! We are not in the path for optimal viewing.

We do live in an optimal area for traveling though! This week was all about Ireland. I detailed what to do (or not do) in Galway. I also basically insisted that you put the Cliffs of Moher on your Travel Bucket List (TBL). You do have a TBL, don’t you? Mine is still pretty long – there are a lot of cool places in the world! I’m having trouble prioritizing where I’d like to travel next.

While I’m figuring that out, here are the items on this week’s list o’ happy.


While the mom in me wonders how this room actually lives, I can’t help but feel inspired by the ideas.

I like a chalkboard wall that isn’t black. I also prefer it when my kids don’t write on my chalkboard. Gosh – did I say that out loud?!?!?!

I like how they put the mountains and trees on top of the chalk wall towards the ceiling. Finding the perfect live-edge wood slab to use as a minimal desk would be neat too.

See more pictures at I SPY DIY.


I’m generally in favor of keeping a piano’s original finish, but there are times when a piano needs some cosmetic love.

This piano was refinished by keeping some of the original wood tones. It has a fresh, modern feel to it.

Also, those painted corbels! Wow!

More pictures and a tutorial at U Create.


Here’s a big dose of RANDOM for you.

Apparently, Blockbuster closed in 2014, but forgot to tell one store. It’s actually independently owned and still operating.

Turns out, they are having fun with their social media presence and now have 245,000 followers on Twitter. Yes, you read that right. I don’t know if that actually helps their business model, but whatever.

They also did an interview with The Daily Dot that made me laugh.

And yes, I’m going to give you an excerpt because I’m a giver! Then you have to read the whole interview for yourselves. I wasted 5 minutes doing this, so I need someone else to do so as well.

“What’s your name, and what do you do at the store?”
This account is actually run by a few of us at the store. We’re a small operation, so we take turns running social media, working the registers, and cleaning out the return drop box. A lot of people seem to think it’s a trash receptacle even though we taped up a sign that says it’s for movies and games only.

“Do you find more people come in for VHS tapes or DVDs?”
It’s pretty much a 50/50 split on that one. If we’re being honest, though, most people come in to use our bathroom or hang out with Chad, a senior on the football team who works Tuesdays and Thursday nights.


Serena made this floral table runner for her in-laws 50th wedding anniversary out of a combination of greenery and flowers from her yard and store-bought roses.

What a beautiful setting for a celebration, don’t you think?

The how-to is on her site, The Farm Chicks.


If you ever want to feel inspired – just check out all the work Sawdust Girl has been doing on her house. She can build anything!

Get the step-by-step on this curved desk here.


I can’t imagine holding onto this frame for 18 years, but I think it would be cute in a classroom for a class photo project.

Also, if they could adjust that brown crayon next to the “D” just a little to the left, I would feel SO MUCH BETTER. You see it now, don’t you? You’re welcome.

Image and more info on the how-to at HGTV.


I’m going to try this recipe from Pinch of Yum for Back Pocket Stir Fry because it looks delicious.

Does there need to be any other reason? Nope. Definitely not.



I never really thought about WHY bees buzz. I guess I assumed it was because of how fast their wings were beating. Turns out, they buzz even when they aren’t flying and the reason is incredibly important.

Find out why here.


I could really, really, really use this shoe storage peel and stick thing! Has anyone else tried this Stick On Plastic Shoe Stand made by Sunward? They are on Amazon for 4 bucks.

It seems like it might make a good hairdryer holder too.

Also, I need those red polka dot shoes.

If these shoe holders stayed stuck, but removed without damaging the wall (it says they do), it would be awesome for renters.


This idea for customizing a plain wooden chair is pretty cool. In this case, it’s less about the technique and more about the paper print you select.

Also, I need a wall of haphazardly hung hats that I will never wear.

I have a lot of “needs” today, apparently.

Chair directions and more pictures can be found here.

If you need me, I’ll just be over here googling red polka dot shoes. Happy Fri-YAY!



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