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Happy List: #36

Hello! I loved seeing all your pictures on social media regarding the eclipse. We watched a live TV feed of the eclipse from Oregon while we ate dinner. Wish we could have seen it in person, but happy it prompted some interesting dinner conversation.

This week I shared some of what we bought while in the United States. Expat life is interesting – especially as it affects our retail habits. I also shared a super easy way to corral the millions of hair bands you might have in your bathroom drawers.

Here’s what else caught my interest this week.


I haven’t collected any driftwood, but now I have a good reason to do so!

Jen from CityFarmhouse shows you how to turn these finds into pieces of art!



If you and your BFF go together like avocado and toast, here’s the bracelet for the two of you!

I am unashamed to say I do not get the avocado hype. I leave all the avocados for the rest of you to enjoy. You’re welcome.


Here are some cute and FREE lunchbox printables from Alice & Lois.

I need one that says “Don’t even think about leaving a HALF EATEN YOGURT in your lunchbox. Love, Mom.”

I also need one that says, “I WILL KNOW if you don’t eat your fruit and veggies. Love, Mom.”

And yes, they’d be in all caps.


I have a doily collection that my mom crocheted. I don’t want to get rid of them, but figuring out how to make doilies modern again has eluded me.

This idea has potential though! It would be an interesting way to add texture to a pillow.

Sam from Raggedy Bits shows you how to make this pillow on her blog. She uses an actual sewing machine (unlike someone around these parts), so she’s the real deal!

I originally saw the Raggedy Bits tutorial featured here.


If my daughter was still into mermaids, I’d be all over this seashell tiara craft.

Get the easy how-to here.



If you’d like one of your family pictures turned into a custom painting, check out Gypsy Soul Interiors.

Orders are due by September 22. Prices range from $225 – $335.

I don’t have one of her creations, but I’ve seen lots of pictures and it would be a really awesome gift. Get more info here.



I pretty much like anything Marian of Miss Mustard Seed creates.

In her new studio space, I love how her collection of vintage paintbrushes becomes art.


It’s almost September, so we can ‘almost’ be thinking about fall decor, right?

I like throw pillow covers because I don’t have room to store a bunch of seasonal pillows!

These covers caught my eye on Amazon:

Fall Y’all Truck Pillow Cover 12 x 18  – $5.98 plus shipping

Pumpkin Spice Pillow Cover 18 x 18 – $8.99

These ones on Etsy were amazing:

In All Things Give Thanks Pillow Cover by JolieMarche – $37.50

Stenciled Wheat Pillow Cover by Inspireren – $!5.00

Okay, I’m going to stop virtual shopping now because once I go down this rabbit hole, I find so many good things!


If you’re hoarding cool yardsticks (and I can think of at least 3 people who are), this would be a fun project.

Turn them into a neat planter box!


Do you have any weekend plans? We are doing our first family fun run tomorrow – all 4 of us! It’s a 5k with 10 inflatable obstacles to conquer. If you want to check it out, it’s the Wild Air Run at Malahide Castle. I’ll try and post a picture on Instagram.

Wish us luck! And Happy Friday!


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