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Happy List: #205

Hello and welcome to this week’s Happy List! March sure is flying by, isn’t it? 

Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? We always do something small to mark the day, but we do miss being able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in person with our friends in Ireland.

When we moved to Ireland (we were there two years), my kids were dismayed to realize that Lucky Charms cereal was not an Irish thing. One of the grocery stores I shopped at did import it from time to time. It was stocked in the sweets aisle and a box cost between $8 and $10! I didn’t buy it. 

This week on the blog was all about two holidays: Easter and St. Patrick’s Day. If you missed the post about my Watercolor Wood Easter Eggs, you can read it here. 

If you aren’t following along with us on Instagram or Facebook, please consider this your official invite! Last weekend, Handy Husband started building a bathroom vanity and I painted a door. Based on that sentence alone, it is very clear that Handy Husband is the star of that show! As he should be. 

Now, here’s the Happy List!


I just discovered the shop Flax & Twine. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to weave, this shop will feel like your very own candy store. 

They also sell patterns and materials for arm knitting projects like this gigantic bunny. It is bigger than a toddler. Think floor pouf size! Isn’t it adorable?

flax and twine arm knit bunny on the happy list

(image: Flax and Twine)


roy_oh_roy twitter status on the happy list

(image: Roy_oh_Roy on Twitter)


This is a very clever way that the design firm Dumais came up with to hide a kitchen tv

Do you have a kitchen tv? When I was growing up I had a friend who had a small tv on her kitchen counter. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. 

Now? We don’t even own a tv. 

For more kitchen nook ideas, check out this My Domaine article.

Dumais design firm hidden kitchen tv on the happy list

image: Dumais via My Domaine)


Look quickly at the below image and then take a second longer look to see what you are really looking at.

Detail of “Burooli” by Melbourne-based artist Josh Dykgraaf on the happy list

(image: Josh Dykgraaf)

Melbourne-based digital artist Josh Dykgraaf uses nature photography and off-the-charts Photoshop skills to combine natural textures with animals. 

You can read more about his work in this This is Colossal article. You can visit his website and see examples of his other work here.


Guess which industry has done really well during the pandemic? Supplements. 

We all want to boost our immune systems, but is there a scientifically proven way to do that? Is taking Vitamin C actually helpful when you have a cold or just an old wives’ tale? What about zinc?

Listening to this Science Vs. podcast about this topic was really interesting. I also like that they cite and link all of their sources in the show transcript. I don’t take everything I hear or read at face value, so this allows me to read source material about the areas where I had questions.

My lazy children were not super thrilled with the best ways to boost your immune system: exercise and sleep.

nature's bounty vitamin c from amazon on the happy list


I just realized Home Depot carries a line of decorative screens that can be used indoors or outdoors. 

The screens are 2’x4′ and come in different patterns and colors. Although, they can be painted.

I can think of so many instances where a home needs a little privacy or there’s a need to divide an indoor space and this would be a cool solution. In my area, the screens were around 40 bucks each.

decorative screen barrette outdoor living on the happy list

(image: Barrette Outdoor Living for Home Depot)


My daughter is studying the periodic table of elements, so this newly revised periodic table by Jamie Diersing caught my eye. 

This will probably be too small to read, so you can see the original here

coronavirus periodic table by jamie diersing on the happy list

(image: Jamie Diersing via McSweeney’s Tendency)


If you have $36,000 per night, you can rent Kevin Costner’s 160-acre ranch in Colorado. If you have $36,000 to spend per night, would you please invite me along? 

The property has 3 houses on it, so you wouldn’t even know I was there. 

dunbar ranch on the happy list

(image: Dunbar Ranch)


“We Irish prefer embroideries to plain cloth. To us Irish, memory is a canvas—stretched, primed, and ready for painting on. We love the “story” part of the word “history,” and we love it trimmed out with color and drama, ribbons and bows. Listen to our tunes, observe a Celtic scroll: we always decorate our essence.” ― Frank Delaney, Irish novelist, journalist, and broadcaster

“When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.” ― Edna O’Brien, Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer.

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” ― W.B. Yeats, Irish poet.

Thank you for spending part of your day reading today’s Happy List. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Have a fantastic weekend. Be good to yourself and others.

I’ll see you back here on Monday!


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