Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 486}

Wimperis embroidery kit

Starting the week by writing the Happy List is something I’ve been doing for a while over the last few years. It is my chance to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of the adventures we have as a family.

Five Happy Things {Week 486}

Last week I finished Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby and I enjoyed it so much I ordered a copy of her other novel about Jane Austen, Miss Austen. This is equally good and I’m enjoying reading it whenever I can. I find Jane Austen a fascinating character and am quite fascinated by reading fiction about her rather than her own novels for a change.

M&S HEart Biscuits

My daughter is really enjoyed her cooking lessons at school and has wanted to bake more at home too. Last week we decorated some ready-made biscuits from M&S, as well as some delicious chocolate button pretzels. These were so much fun to make and really quick too. She soon started adding biscuits and marshmallows and created her own little treats.

I started and finished my first Wimperis embroidery kit last week. I bought it second hand (I’m totally trying to save money this year!) but it hadn’t been started. The pattern featured an envelope full of Spring flowers which I thought was really pretty. Last week we spotted snowdrops, daffodils and crocus on our dog walks and we all are ready for Spring.

Our bathroom renovation is coming along quite quickly now. All the furniture and cabinets are in, as is the new floor and my husband has started tiling the walls. We chose a gorgeous teal colour for the wall tiles and they are just lovely. I can’t wait for it to all be finished soon.

Benzie Design Valentine Exchange

I received my swap from the Benzie Design Valentine Exchange I recently took part in. I loved stitching a sweet felt bear (felt is my favourite material to work with) and received Valentine themed sweet canvas and envelope. Valentine’s Day definitely brightens up this time of year.

Have a great week!


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    Ambra Mills
    February 8, 2024 at 7:53 am

    Such a delightful week filled with cozy reads, sweet treats, creative projects, and exciting home renovations! Here’s to more happiness and joy in the coming days 🙂

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    Samantha Donnelly
    February 8, 2024 at 10:27 am

    I love getting in the kitchen and baking with my daughter, and she loves it if her nieces are here as the three of them cause chaos in the kitchen.

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    February 8, 2024 at 10:40 am

    Those cookies are absolutely adorable. Those alone would make the week for me!

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    February 8, 2024 at 10:52 am

    I can’t wait to see the finished bathroom. Home renovations are so exciting.

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    Marie Cris Angeles
    February 8, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Omg! This is so pretty. Can’t wait to see it finished. I’m starting to renovate my room too.

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    February 8, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    The Monday Happy List, featuring “Five Happy Things {Week 486},” offers a glimpse into the author’s reflections on the previous week’s highlights and family adventures. From discovering new novels to diving into the world of Jane Austen through fiction, it’s evident that happiness can be found in the small moments of reading and relaxation. As we embark on a new week, let’s take a cue from this post and embrace the joy of finding happiness in the everyday.

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    February 8, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    Decorating ready made cookies is a good idea. I would like to try this with my niece, she will love it!

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    Jupiter Hadley
    February 8, 2024 at 6:51 pm

    My daughter is also enjoying cooking and started doing an afterschool club for it! It’s quite nice to have someone cook for you, isn’t it?

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    February 8, 2024 at 10:00 pm

    The cookies are so cute! What a fun way to celebrate V Day. Cooking lessons sound like fun…so nice to hear your daughter is enjoying them ^_^

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    Melanie E
    February 9, 2024 at 10:03 am

    It’s great to hear your daughter is enjoying the school cooking lessons. Decorating ready made cookies is a pastime my son enjoys too.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    February 9, 2024 at 10:37 am

    It sounds like a week of crafting and baking. I am loving your embroidery it looks beautiful. I literally can’t wait for Spring, I have noticed some crocuses too.

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    February 9, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    omg these are the cutest ever…Super looooove your baking and baking in general. I can’t wait to bake with the kids this weekend.

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    Melissa Cushing
    February 10, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    You have made such lovely creations and I especially love that needle work you are doing in the first picture. Love this and loving the look of those cookies too!

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    Lavanda Michelle Williams
    February 10, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    My daughter is in a cooking class right now! She comes home with a new recipe every time, I love it. I’ll have to show her your cookies!!

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    Archana Singh
    February 11, 2024 at 6:11 am

    What a beautiful week you and your daughter had. Those cooking lessons at school look delicious. Have a great next week, too.

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    February 15, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    The cookies looks really so cute. Cooking lessons sound like fun. Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day.

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    February 17, 2024 at 4:59 am

    I am so happy that your daughter is enjoying the school cooking lessons. In my opinion, cooking is an art!

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