September 2011 - The Dainty Squid

What Doctor Octopus Wore; so dapper!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Is it safe to say I have the most dapper cat in the world? I think so!

When I saw this suit and bow tie combo on ebay I knew he had to have it. It's so not fun to put on since they're real buttons, not snaps or velcro. But it, clearly, is so worth it. I might have even gotten a little teary eyed looking at him all snazzy like this. Just wait til I have human children someday ai yi yi! The glasses and hat are from the doll section in craft store. All the doll accessories are kitty sized! I cant wait to look at other craft stores for more "doll" clothes. 

Hope you're having  a fabulous day!


The Collector: Part 12

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cuckoo clocks! I know I've briefly posted about my collection of cuckoo clocks in the past (before the collection series even started) but I recently acquired two more (back in August, for my birthday!) so I thought I'd do a new post about them with updated photos.
They're so pretty and possibly even one of my favorite collections! 

The wall is basically filled but I've always got my eyes peeled at thrift stores, auctions and garage sales for more. For the most part I've quit browsing online because even the ones marked as "for parts only" (which means they don't work or are missing something) are over priced.

The cheapest one in my collection was less than a dollar (it came in a "junk box" from an auction that was filled with tons of other awesome things and only cost one dollar) and the most expensive was $15 so I'm pretty proud of this collection seeing as cuckoo clocks can get pretty pricey! Having thrift patience really pays off sometimes. ;)

Almost all of them in my collection work (except for one which is gutted) but I never wind them. I did once and immediately regretted that decision. They're far too noisy for me! I just like looking at them.
It's hard to pick a favorite but I really love all the smalls ones!

what i wore

What I wore: to the park

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

the details:
vest - target
flannel - thrifted
shirt - thrifted
jeans - target
shoes - c/o Blowfish Shoes
camera bag -  Jo Totes

So in love with this outfit, so in love with this weather! It feels so nice to layer. It's cozy! The weather here the last few weeks has been changing so often though. It'll be warm one day and very chilly the next. I can't wait until I can wear outfits like the one above everyday.

We're trying to squeeze in lots of walks in the park before hunting is allowed in the park for the year again. (the 15th!) I still can't believe you're allowed to hunt in the state park, how ridiculous! This is my favorite time of the year to explore. Almost everywhere is all ours, no one seems to explore the parks in the fall, and there are tons of mushrooms!

Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!

PS. I took pictures for a new "What Doctor Octopus wore" post yesterday. I am dying to show you! Soon!!

hair and beauty

Nail Tutorial: Strawberry Nails

Monday, September 26, 2011

I have another cute tutorial to share today (see the last one here, it's on how to make a triangle design). I'm going to show you how to make your finger nails into cute little strawberries. Sure there has been a million other tutorials on strawberry nails but the problem I found was that I can't freehand with polish. But then it hit me...I could use tape!
 • pinking sheers red nail polish green nail polish 
a nail art pen (or black nail polish and a toothpick)top coat scotch tape

Now that you've gathered your supplies, let's get started!
1 // Paint your nails red!
2 // After the base coat is dry cut ten strips of tape using your pinking sheers. Firmly apply one piece per nail.
3 // Apply the green polish on the area you left un-taped for the leaves.
4 // Gently, and slowly pull of the tape. I find my nails turn out best if I take the tape off immediately after painting instead of waiting until my whole hand is done.
5 // Using your nail art pen or a tooth pick and black nail polish randomly place polka dots on your nails
6 // After everything is dry, add a top coat! My current favorite is Essie Good to Go, it dries so so so fast!
7 // Enjoy!!!
It's very easy, just make sure to have patience and take your time.
Make sure to leave me a link if you decide to try on your nails! ;)

animals and nature

Mushroom Hunting.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A little over a year ago my mushroom obsession began. I'm sure I had picked and admired them before but on our annual trip to the property owned by my sister in laws family my interest really blossomed. With the help of Kevin, my nephew and my dad we picked a hefty haul that I've drooled over ever since.

This year, due to unfortunate circumstances, the trip was cancelled. I was bummed not only because I love camping with my family but my goal for this year was to pick twice as many mushrooms to identify as last year. But, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining and I got my wish - just a little closer to home!
Pretty exciting, right?! ...well it is for me! ;)

Mushrooms are so incredibly plentiful at the park we visit regularly. The ground is just littered with them, ones so big they fall over and ones so tiny you can't see them unless you're really looking!

You can see last year's haul in this blog post.


Jo Totes "Betsy" camera bag review

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm sure by now most everyone knows that there are stylish alternatives to those boring black camera bags. But thorough reviews are few and far between. So I'd like to show you a little bit more about Jo Tote's newest camera bag, Betsy and tell you why I love it so much!
First, lets have a little over view with the help from the bag's description. Betsy is made from top quality faux leather, comes with three adjustable interior pads, two straps (cross body and shoulder) and a removable shoulder pad. Betsy comes in three colors - black, chocolate and mustard.
This bag is the perfect size! It easily holds my Instax Mini 7s, an extra package of film, a 18-50mm lens, and my Canon 60D with my go-to lens, the 50mm 1.4, attached. These are the few things that are ALWAYS in a camera bag, no matter what. I'm sure I could fit more if I rearranged but this is all I really need to carry. (I'm trying to quit carrying more than I need, sore backs are no fun!) Even with all these things that bag is still pretty light, and doesn't hurt my shoulder.
The bag closes with a zipper and flap. I normally don't zip it so I can easily and quickly access my camera. The flap doesn't have any time of closure but doesn't have any problems staying shut either.

The Betsy has quite a few pockets, which might be one of my favorite features (I love pockets!)There are two pockets on the front of the bag. They have hidden magnetic closures and are very secure. In the left one I've been keeping my macro filters, and in the right one my iphone and camera remote.
 The flap has a pocket as well. At first I was a little baffled as to what I might keep in it but I've come to find it's perfect to keep my instax photos in while I'm out and about.
Finally, the back has a big pocket which is the perfect size for an iPad (both the newer and older version) but since my iPad rarely leaves my desk (I mainly use it to watch movies on) I use this pocket for chapstick, money, my mushroom hunting permit and other random things that normally float around in a purse.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this bag and Jo Totes. It's absolutely perfect - stylish, comfortable, and best of all it keeps my camera safe and sound, which is the utmost important thing when choosing a camera bag.
I also own the Millie (which you can see me wearing here) and since getting them I haven't used my purse once while going out - I'm always carrying one of my Jo Totes camera bags. It's perfect because as I'm sure I've mentioned before I pretty shy about taking photos in public and now that I always have my camera with me it's getting easier for me to snap photos in public. It's also really nice to be wearing a camera bag that doesn't scream "look at me, I'm holding thousands of dollars worth of equipment!" like I feel like a black one sporting the word "canon" does.

If anyone else has any other questions just let me know!
ps. for a better idea of the size of the bag you can see me wearing it in this post.

daily life

photo an hour; camping with Elycia

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Last weekend Kevin and I drove to Salamanca, NY to meet up with Ivan and Elycia again! We had plans to antique and camp. Instead of telling you all about it in paragraph form both Elycia and I took a photo an hour on Saturday, here is mine...

6am // Just leaving the house. It was a rainy morning, and I had yet to eat breakfast so we stopped at Dunkin Donuts to grab a donut and some chocolate milk for the road.
7am // After a brief nap in the car I woke up to beautiful scenery and fog.
8am // Bear!! This is the first sign I've ever seen instructing me to watch for bears, I was pretty stoked.
9am // We arrived in Salamanca, NY, met with Ivan and Elycia and wandered around the town waiting for the antique mall to open.
10am // They opened at 10 but we were apparently too busy taking jumping photos to care!
11am // Getting our antique on! ;)
12pm // ...still antiquing.
1pm // Arrived at Allegany State Park, which is only around 15 minutes away from the antique mall. Shortly after we started driving through to look for a place to spend the night I spotted a weasel (errr, after looking it up we've come to the conclusion it was a mink)! I screamed at the top of my lungs (literally) with excitement. To be honest, I'm still pretty stoked about it.
2pm // It had been raining on and off all day and we decided to just rent a cabin for the night instead of worrying about what we'd do if it rained in the evening (sitting in the tent instead of around a fire wouldn't be much fun) The woman in the first part of the park led us on a wild goose chase looking for avaliable cabins. Finally we made out way further into the park and found another area to find a cabin. We were half stoked and half terrified of all the "do not feed bear" signs plastered around.
3pm // We got a cabin, finally. It was so precious. Four cots (which were actually REALLY comfortable), a fridge, stove and fireplace were inside and I don't think any of us could have been happier with our choice to rent a cabin instead of camp.
4pm // Yeah, this photo would be Kevin and Ivan showing us how they would protect us from bears if we happened to see any on our hike up to the bear caves.
also 4pm // On the trails there were lots of slugs mating. (When we got home I looked more extensively into this, and was truly intrigued. It's pretty interesting if you ask me!)
5pm // We drove down the the lake. We all oooh-ed and ahhh-ed over how gorgeous the view was and decided it was perfect to take jumping photos in front of. (Aiy yi yi, like every picture of Elycia and I ever is of us jumping!)
6pm // Cooking our dinner!
7pm // Ready to chow down. Oh my gosh, it was so delicious. I planned on taking embarrassing photos of everyone eating corn on the cob, perhaps to make up for how ridiculous I look while eating it with corn all up in my braces, but it was so tasty I didn't even take a breath let alone pick up my camera!
a little bit later but still 7pm // We drove over to the lake to watch the sun set. It was so beautiful.
8pm // This is only shortly after the photo of the sunset was taken and was actually right behind me while I was looking at the view of the sunset. There was something beautiful to look at no matter which way you turned!
a little bit later but still 8pm // After the sunset we headed back to the cabin, had a fire and devoured some pizza. It was the perfect end to a perfect day!
Can't wait to meet up again Elycia!

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