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Friday Favorites #374

Friday, July 22, 2016

 This taco clutch is ridiculous in the best way!
 (via: Modcloth)
Maybe a camera shaped bag is more your style?
 (via: Modcloth)
I know I'm probably one of a very very few that this appeals to but seriously, vintage prosthetic eyes are so cool! I'd really love one for my collection of oddities. I love that it even comes in it's own cute little tin. 
Such a beautiful card.
 (via: Little Lark)
I've always thought that those scratch off maps were really interesting (even though I'd currently only be able to scratch off portions of the US) but they always came in ugly colors. I LOVE this one!
Love love love this pin!
 (via: Moorea Seal
This hand is listed as an ashtray but it'd make an awesome little planter!
A see through dress is definitely out of my comfort zone but I can't help but think how incredible this would look with a striped bodysuit under it!
I donut know how I'll survive without this phone case any longer! Glitter and donuts!!!
(via: ASOS)
Well, these are adorable!
Is it too early in the year to be excited about a new calendar? Because this one is tops!
 (via: Anthropologie)
I recently picked up a new planner (which I use to plot out my content) and I LOVE this thing so much I had to share! It's just such a nice, quality notebook! They currently have them at Target!
 (via: Day Designer)

Link love...
A cactus neon light
LOVE this spider web cardigan! 
Perfect summer dress. (It's striped, obviously!)
A double scoop of kitten ice cream!
Speaking of cats and ice cream, here's an ice cream truck for your cat!!
▴ Let me guess, you've been looking for the perfect pizza costume for your cat? Well, I've got ya covered.

Happy Friday!!

Ps. For more fun finds check out my Everyday Favorites!  

animals and nature

It's the little things...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

If you've been hanging around these parts for a while, you may recall how a few years ago I went through a spell where I was obsessed with mushrooms! I still think they're really interesting and I point them out to anyone who will listen when I find them but I don't really go out of my way to look for them anymore.

Since Jeff and I have been out chasing waterfalls, we've obviously been spending more time outside and in our parks. The weekend before last we took a two hour drive to Honey Run Falls. It was a nice little waterfall that I can imagine would have been just breathtaking after a big rain. We shot the falls, then hiked around the park. It ended up being an incredible spot with beautiful mossy ledges, as well as lots and lots of mushrooms! I honestly don't remember the last time I enjoyed hiking around, and sweating so much. You guys, new Kaylah with a fitbit is a changed lady!

Anyway, we were on the hike back to the car, and I was already having the best day when I spotted a curious stump a few feet away. I could see it had something on it but presumed it was sawdust. As I approached I realized that "sawdust" was actually tons, and tons of little mushrooms. In all my mushroom hunting time I had never seen anything quite like this. It was nothing short of magical!

I've identified these as Xeromphalina kauffmanii which commonly grows on rotting wood, and in large clusters like this. They were orange in color but I really fell in love with these photos in black and white. I feel like it gives them even more of an other worldly appearance. I almost feel like it looks like something you might find underwater. Way rad, right?!

orange mushrooms, tiny mushroom
Xeromphalina kauffmanii, golden trumpets

animals and nature

Klaus' pup-iversary

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

a few days after adopting Klaus. July 2013.

Three years ago today I went to a tiny shelter I had driven past a million times before to look at some puppies I had seen photos of on Craigslist. After spending the fourth of July weekend at my parents I had fallen even more deeply in love with their dog, and decided I needed one of my own. After that weekend but before this trip to the shelter I had met with one other dog who within the first few minutes home proved that maybe she wasn't really as "cat friendly" as her foster mom had said. It broke my heart to take her back but it's a decision I still feel confident in today. She clearly wasn't the one. My cats were my biggest priority, they came first. I had to make sure they were safe so I decided the only route to go was to get a puppy.

The shelter was advertising a litter of puppies who were only recently old enough to be without their momma. Beautiful, tiny, brindle babies all with names starting with the letter "D". I fell in love the second I saw him. Dylan. He was the sweetest little sleeping angel, all curled up in the corner of the crate while his siblings crawled on around and on top of him. I held him, and I was officially done for. I was his. He was coming home with me! He obviously needed a new name, one I stole from The Life Aquatic, but otherwise he was perfect. Three years later this big puppy still makes me smile about fifty billion times per day. 

Klaus. What to say about Klaus? Well, he's a baby. A giant baby. He has a sensitive stomach which has sent us to the vet more than once, he sneezes at nearly every smell (sunscreen, hairspray, spicy food, etc), and sometimes even gets little rashes from laying in the grass too long. He's also a giant baby in sense that there is no place he'd rather be than snuggled up to his humans. Errr, I mean, between his humans. He loves being held, and if you sit down around him he's probably going to try to wiggle his way into your lap.

Klaus looooves squeaky tennis balls, not quite as much as he loves Jeff, but very close. He's recently started sleeping in the bedroom with me at night. If I'm alone he sleeps in bed, but if Jeff is there he has to sleep on the floor because he is totally bed hog and there simply isn't enough room. We need a California King! When he's not allowed on the bed he'll just stand at end of it with his chin resting on the edge, giving you puppy dog eyes, until he's invited up. He definitely knows how to work his cuteness - no doubt about it! He thinks showing his belly is the answer to anything I say no to or anytime I ask him to go to his crate. Sometimes it totally is the answer. I love petting that belly.

Sometimes he drives me crazy, like by barking at strangers, and I start to think "maybe I am just a cat lady..." but I can't imagine life without Klaus. The company he provides me is immeasurable. I don't know if I would have been able to handle the last two years of living alone without him by my side. I treasure our walks around the neighborhood together, and I feel safe with him.* He always seems to know exactly when I need him.

A few of my favorite posts about Klaus:
Newest member of the TDS crew - his very first appearance on the blog.
Just a pupdate - some precious pictures of my puppy in a bow tie.
Puppy love - handsome pictures of my boy + me gushing about how much I love him.
Klaus + Crum - my two favorite puppies playing together.
No Bones About It - Klaus + I dress up for Halloween!
Another pupdate - cute pictures, and some silly facts about my boy.
What I wore + a pupdate - a puppy afraid of the beach.
It's the little things... - Klaus finally making friends with the cats!
A girl and her pup - a post full of pictures of Klaus and I. It's one of my favorites!

still loves sitting on Grandma's lap!

Here's to many more years with my smelly bed hog of a puppy! Sometimes you drive me nuts but I love you dearly.

*Can I tell you my favorite story about feeling safe with Klaus? Okay, so, I'm walking him in my own backyard which should be safe but my neighbors always have strange folks coming and going all day long. A dude pulls up, gets out of his car and starts "Eyyyy baby! You look fine. I like them tats!" I force a strained smile and says "Thanks!" Klaus is just watching him. The guy follows with "You got a man?" Before I can even say a word Klaus loses it. He might be a big baby but that boy has a BARK. Visibly frightened by my big scary pup (hah!) the dude apologized and left. I don't necessarily feel like I was in danger but dang it, I hate when dudes ask if I "have a man". Klaus told him!

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