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Happy List: #320

Hello! Welcome to this week’s Happy List! I’m delighted you are here.

This week on the blog I shared an easy-to-make wheat wreath. If you’ve always wanted to make something with those cool, gold floral hoops, this is your project!

I also shared the antique music stand that I found for our music room. I’ve idly been looking for a music stand for years and this ended up being THE one. I love it.

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Here’s the Happy List!


Look at this gorgeous home in Sweden. The roofline. The balcony. The view.

Go see the inside pictures of this home over at My Scandinavian Home.

fairytale apartment in sweden with balcony photo by wrede via my Scandinavian home on the happy list

(image: Wrede via My Scandinavian Home)


Check out this wood turkey I spotted on Etsy. Isn’t it amazing? The craftmanship…wow.

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving and want festive decor or need a host gift, this wood turkey would be perfect.

wood turkey thanksgiving decor created by JKCreativeWood via Etsy on the happy list

(image: JK Creative Wood via Etsy)


Speaking of birds, stop everything you’re doing and go check out the Audobon Explorer page. They have tracking on individual birds and you can watch their migration paths.  It’s so cool!

Maybe there are birds always at your house in the spring and you wonder where they go. Well, now you don’t have to wonder. You’ll know what month they are in which state or country.

Audubon explorer screenshot

(image: screenshot Audobon Explorer)


Visiting Paris soon? If so, you can see this art installation of vintage chairs outside the Liaigre architecture firm in person. It was created by Tadashi Kawamata and is meant to question how we interact with our built environments. Learn more about the installation here.

vintage chair art installation outside Liaigre in Paris 2023 via this is colossal photo by Sylvie Becquet, © Tadashi Kawamata on the happy list

(image: by Sylvie Becquet, © Tadashi Kawamata via This Is Colossal)


I love everything that Michael at Inspired by Charm creates. This clay ghost garland is no exception. It’s five days before Halloween, so I realize it might be a little late to jump on this craft.

But wait! Just imagine making the garland with angels instead of ghosts. Can you picture it? How amazing would that be for Christmas? Go get Michael’s directions here and start making something awesome!

diy clay ghost garland for halloween by Inspired By Charm on the happy list

(image: Inspired By Charm)


In Britain, they are testing filling old coal mines with water and using the natural heat that occurs to the water underground to heat at least 350 high-rise buildings and more in the town of Gateshead. The mine water acts as a central heat pump.

You can read more about it here, but if it works long-term, this could be a great way to repurpose abandoned coal mines.

treated coal water in britain using abandoned coal mines filled with water to heat Gateshead photo from britain's coal authority via good news network on the happy list

(image: Britain’s Coal Authority via Good News Network)


I have never made a recipe from Half Baked Harvest that wasn’t delicious. I’m so eager to try this pot roast recipe because the roast is cooked in cider and apple butter. I can see how that would be delicious.  Recipe here.

She’s my favorite person to watch cook on Instagram stories because it’s so visceral. It’s all about the food. There’s no chatter and I appreciate that. (That’s funny coming from someone who does her fair share of chattering on IG stories. Ha!)

cider braised pot roast with crispy sage butter potatoes from half baked harvest on the happy list

(image: Half Baked Harvest)


“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’… He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature… Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.” – Albert Einstein

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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