Simple Joy Saturday #12

Simple Joy Saturday #12

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!


November 28-24

1. My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last weekend.  I am very thankful that these self-described “partners in excellence” are my Mom and Dad.

This photo was taken two years ago in Connecticut.

2. We repainted Brother’s old room.

Brother moved to Connecticut two years ago, but we hadn’t done much to his childhood bedroom since then.  Yesterday, Mom and I spent hours moving the furniture, cleaning, and painting.  We feel accomplished, and the room looks great.

3. Coffee flavored Greek yogurt.


I am obsessed with this stuff.  It is a seasonal flavor at Aldi, so I basically buy as many containers as will fit in my fridge at one time.  You seriously need to get to Aldi ASAP. Why are you still reading?  GO!!

Now I want to know…what seasonal foods do you stockpile?

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

When the deans asked for suggestions for the semester’s first Friday Night Frenzy, I had an immediate answer: messy Twister.


I like it when people agree with me! 🙂

DIY Graphic T-shirt

DIY Graphic T-shirt

It’s no secret that I am a bit of a cheapskate.  So when I decided that I wanted a new t-shirt with a camera on it for my photography job this summer, I scourged the internet for the most inexpensive shirt I could find.  I found an adorable shirt for only $10 and was ready to check-out of the online store when an idea came to me.


Last year I ordered a camera shirt for the summer.  When the shirt came in the mail, it was the wrong size.  The store sent a replacement and offered to let me keep both shirts.  Since then, the incorrectly sized shirt has been sitting in my craft drawer.


Using a Goodwill t-shirt, the too-large shirt in my craft drawer, and some acrylic paint, I recreated the online $10 steal for less than $4.  A penny saved is a penny earned.


  • Ill-fitting graphic tee
  • Properly fitting plain tee
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard


  • Cut out the image of the ill-fitting tee.
  • Pin the image onto the shirt that fits.


  • Use a zig-zag stitck to sew the image onto the shirt.
  • Place cardboard inside the shirt so that it separates the two layers of material.


  • (The next two steps are optional)
    • On a piece of paper, I wrote the text that I wanted to add, and I placed it on the shirt to decide where I wanted it.ohsnap4
    • I used permanent marker to lightly write the text on the shirt before painting it.ohsnap3
  • Use acrylic paint to decorate the shirt.


  • Let dry.


DIY Cookie Jar

DIY Cookie Jar


I really like cookies.

If the number of cookies I eat directly correlates to the number of unpleasant moments I experience, then one could assume that I am regularly unhappy.

Thankfully, I eat cookies whether I am happy or sad, pleasant or unpleasant.  The only thing better than eating cookies may be baking cookies for someone else.  There is something so calming about mixing brown sugar, eggs, and flour.  I love scooping small balls of dough onto the cookie sheet (and eating the raw dough that doesn’t quite fit).  The crinkle of parchment paper is a joyous sound.  Yes, I love cookies and baking.

But where does one store endless hordes of cookies (other than their stomach)?  A cookie jar of course!

Since I love crafting almost as much as I love baking, I made my own cookie jar to house my favorite treats.



  • 1 large empty plastic container (I used a protein powder container, but you could also use a pretzel container or buy a container at Wal-mart).
  • Tempra paint in contrasting colors
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sponge, cut into a V shape


  • Completely paint the outside of the container in a solid color.  Let dry.


  • Using the V-shaped sponge, lightly paint chevrons around the top and bottom of the container.  These V-shapes will only serve as a guide for the next step, so they do not have to be perfect.


  • Use a brush to completely paint the V-shaped marks.  Add a row of polka-dots between the two chevron rows.


  • Let dry.
  • Fill with delicious cookies!
Dorm Life: DIY Wall Art

Dorm Life: DIY Wall Art


One of the benefits of working at a daycare is that I have the daily opportunity to color, draw, and paint. My creative impulses are able to be released, and I get paid in the meantime. The kids usually leave behind their unwanted projects, and the frugal part of me could not let these masterpieces go to waste. When I found this project online, I had the perfect project for my growing stacks of swirly, neon paintings. I made a few adaptions to the original project and created unique, fun art for my dorm room.


  • Unwanted paintings on basic printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Stretched canvas
  • Sponge
  • Liquid school glue
  • Water


  • Decide that this is art! You will make it be whatever you want it to be!
  • Prep the canvas by painting it. The example I found used white paint. I used black paint. Be creative and make it your own.
  • Cut the paintings into triangles of various sizes. Do not worry about making the edges straight or the angles exact (unless, of course, you want straight edges and exact angles).
  • After the canvas has dried, arrange the triangles into a desired mosaic on the canvas.
  • Mix about 1 teaspoon of glue with ½ cup of water (this is very approximate—I just mix until it is the consistency I want).
  • Dip a sponge or sponge-brush into the glue-water mixture. Press this sponge over the triangles that have been arranged on the canvas. Do not rub the paintings; simply dab up and down until the entire canvas has been covered.
  • Let dry.
  • Display and enjoy your art!

**I actually made two mosaics on the same size canvas.  My plan is to eventually hang the two pieces side by side, but I really like how the solitary one looks on my shelf right now!