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Happy List: #286

Hey, hey! Welcome to the Happy List! I hope you had a great week and are ready to read something fun and light-hearted.

Let’s start by reminding you what was on the blog this week. On Monday, I shared 3 ideas on how to label your DIY furniture. If we don’t start labeling and documenting things, history will be lost.

On Wednesday, I shared the first bracelet I’ve ever made – a wood heart bracelet. It’s important to me to make things I actually will use or wear and this craft fits that bill!

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Here’s the Happy List!


Imagine me bouncing up and down in my seat right now because I want to try this crafty idea! Maybe not on a vase, but on something.

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia walks you through the super easy process of how to hydro-dip a vase with spray paint. At first, I didn’t understand what hydro dipping was but if you like that marbled look on objects, this is a way of achieving that. Get the directions here.

how to hydro dip a vase with spray paint from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia on the happy list

(image: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia)


It’s possible I’ve shared this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe from Creme de la Crumb before. If so, you’ll know I really like it if I’ve shared it twice!

I made the recipe again last weekend but used white chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate. Still delicious. I staunchly believe cookies should be soft and chewy, so I’m careful not to overbake them.

Get the recipe here.

peanut butter chunk chocolate chip cookies from Creme de la Crumb on the happy list

(image: Creme de la Crumb)


You’ll never guess what Carli from Made By Carli used to make this gallery rail. Sometimes I think I’m resourceful, but this takes the cake!

Go read about it and get the directions here.

DIY gallery rail from Made By Carli DIY Kitchen Built In on the happy list

(image: Made By Carli)


Did you know that NASA invented scratch-resistant lenses while working on a completely different technology? NASA scientist Theodore J. Wydeven, Jr. was working on a water purification system and as a part of that research developed a thin, plastic coating. The short story is they realized that technology had other uses and the invention was licensed to Foster Grant. We take for granted that our eyeglasses have a scratch-resistant coating on them and we have NASA to thank!

Read more about this invention here and if you want to browse all the things NASA has invented, click here.

glasses and a coffee cup on the happy list


The clever folks at Hostess With The Mostess used a balloon to make these festive glasses. How fun for a party!

I know some of you are more extroverted than me and actually have parties! So, go get the directions and tons of party ideas here.

balloon dipped glasses from Hostess With The Hostess on the happy list

(image: Hostess With The Mostess)

P.S. I tried this trick myself this week to see if it would work. Mine didn’t look as good as theirs did but the idea has potential!


I bought myself a pack of socks for Christmas. I was genuinely thrilled to open this “gift” on Christmas morning because I knew they were exactly what I wanted. I haven’t stopped wearing them since.

My feet stay warm in these socks. I love the color variety. And here’s the important part…they aren’t too tight. I don’t need my feet or ankles strangled by my socks. Life is hard enough as is.

Loritta socks 5 pack of women's sock on amazon on the happy list

(image: Amazon)


Would you live in an old post office? This Kentucky post office conversion is pretty neat!

It’s certainly not for everyone but it is so inspiring when someone repurposes an old building.

See all the photos here at This Old House.

kentucky post office home conversion featured in This Old House photo by Michael Luppino on the happy list

(image: Michael Luppino for This Old House)


“Bitterness is consistent. It will never let you down. Bitterness is never-ending, impenetrable and refuses to negotiate. If you give it a chance, it will persist. It lacks nuance or surprise. It’s simply a wall you can lean against, whenever you choose. Consistency is all it has to offer, actually.” –Seth Godin

Thanks 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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