Sue's Happy Thoughts

Just over here blogginn' some of my happy thoughts on LIFE, HOMESCHOOLING, HOME DECOR and more!

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I started my little business back in the fall of 2012. I had person after person telling me to “go for it” and supporting me through making a purchase or sharing about my business to a friend, a coworker or family member.

Since then, I’ve had the awesome privilege of becoming part of a thriving community of super talented artisans in the Milwaukee area.

I’m humbled to be included in their ranks at local makers markets and events. Because I understand first hand, the value of sharing a local artist's work with others, I want to share a few of my favorites with you today.

With the temperatures dropping and snow covering most of the Midwest at this point, I figured you might be ready to start a little holiday shopping, or maybe you cope with the cold weather with a little retail therapy!

So here’s a list of my favorites for you to check out:


I honestly don’t wear too much of anyone else’s since I make my own… BUT I really love the style of these awesome artists:


Earth and All Stars

Bath and Body:

Handmade soaps, lotions, soaks, etc. are always being restocked in my home by these awesome businesses. I love that they are small batch and chemical free:

Halo Artisan Skincare

Fern & Nettle

Fern & Nettle

Squareone Soapworks

Shade Tree Naturals

Moots Soap


I’m addicted to hand poured soy candles

and I don’t care who knows it!

Kinder Brand

Big White Yeti


Sarah Badera

Farmer Candle Co.

Farmers Candle Co.

Art/Wall Décor:

It’s true, I’m running out of wall space! I think I need more rooms in this house…

Beyaz Bohemia

DSR creative

Hilltop Creations Co

To the Weft

Naomi Paper Co.

James Steeno Gallery

Fun gifts/apparel:

K&C Studios

Row Bears Garage

Row Bears Garage

The Flying Turkey

Ellie Jane Accessories

Knitted What Knot

Rep Wisconsin




literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.

I’ve always loved reading. Since childhood, I’ve enjoyed going on adventures and solving mysteries while being safely tucked in the same spot in my bedroom for hours and hours.

As a home-school mom, I’ve handpicked favorite books and classic stories to read to my kids or have them read. With daughters in high school, it’s been so much fun to discuss Austen and Bronte and Shakespeare. Books can entertain us, excite us, make us laugh or bring us to tears. For a short time, we live in the world the author has created.

Our bookshelves are filled with much more than Marie Kondo would approve of… and that’s just the “reading library.” We have books in this house that are for reading, for décor (vintage copies and sentimental copies passed down from family members), and for destroying. Yep! It’s true! I confess! I’m a book lover and I have a full collection of my favorite books that are simply for cutting apart. Don’t worry, I’m careful to keep this collection separate from the rest!

Lord of the Rings map bracelet

You see, back in 2012, my mother-in-law was selling doll clothes at a craft fair and invited me and her daughters to join her, selling our crafty creations. I knew right away I would pick up an old thrift store copy of Pride and Prejudice and make Mr. Darcy necklaces. He IS my favorite swoon-worthy fictional character, after all. And yes, I did apologize to Ms. Austen before that first cut… Well, the necklaces were a hit and that was the very beginning of my business, “A Happy Thought Indeed,” which is a quote from Pride and Prejudice and a nod to my appreciation of the very snarky Jane Austen.

Since then, I’ve scoured thrift stores for torn, beat up copies of my favorite books and I give them new life as necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, key chains and more. Over the years, I’ve added vintage dictionaries, hymnals and one or two torn up Bibles that I hope the Lord is cool with my re-purposing.

Book lover. Book nerd. Book destroyer? Book rescuer, perhaps.

What’s your favorite story?

Updated: Oct 17, 2019



force (someone) to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified direction.

I think I’ve worn this word like a badge of honor for quite some time now.

I’m not a naturally patient person, I don’t like depending on others to do something or to do something right. I like to get things done, see things accomplished, challenges conquered. Not a lot of wishing and hoping, just “how do I make this happen?”

I’m pretty proud of the things I have been able to do over the years, sometimes with little more than Google and sheer determination, but I’m a little tired of my life being defined by such a restless word.

I’m not done being creative or working hard, but I’ve found myself lately wanting to change my “word.” Maybe, if I could choose a word, it could just be “seasons.”

Whatever the season I’m in, I want to embrace it while it’s here.

Right now, just being mom is a full time role. With my youngest in 6th grade already, this word won’t be my number one job description for very much longer. And I've got all different kinds of feelings about that!

"With my youngest in 6th grade already, this word won’t be my number one job description for very much longer"

Seasons and roles will come and go, but this is the most important to me right now and it requires a lot of focus and attention and just being present.

So I’m setting aside the “hustle” and shifting my business into something that will hopefully be more home based than it’s ever been before. I’ll still be creating lovely things while I sit at my dining room table, and you’ll still be able to buy them. I’ll still think and plan and dream big things, but hopefully I’ll be doing that while snuggling on the couch with my kids, not in a 10 x 10 pop up tent every. single. weekend.

"but hopefully I’ll be doing that while snuggling on the couch with my kids, not in a 10 x 10 pop up tent every. single. weekend." That's me, hunkered down in the back. With my 16 (almost 17!) year old in the beanie.

"While I’m home more, I’m sure to find projects right here to keep me busy in this house that is almost 100 years old."

While I’m home more, I’m sure to find projects right here to keep me busy in this house that is almost 100 years old. I hope to have a little more time to explore our city with my family, so I’ll share that with you too.

And as a home school mom with kids in 11th, 10th, and 6th grade, I’d be happy to let you know what has worked and what I wished I had known 11 years ago!

If you’re interested in following along, awesome! If you’re like “whatever, lady I’m just here for the jewelry…” hey that’s cool too! Either way, I’m glad you’re here.