November 2011 - The Dainty Squid
what i wore

What I wore; Party Time!

Monday, November 21, 2011

the details:
coat - forever 21 (from at least 5 years ago!)
skirt and shirt set - estate sale (FIFTY CENTS!)
belt - modcloth
sweater -thrifted
tooth pin - Rachel O's on etsy
acorn pin - c/o Sugar Cookie
shoes - Soho c/o Wanted Shoes

This is what I wore to my grandpa's 80th birthday surprise party last weekend.  I tried to pick out something at least moderately conservative (read: tattoos covered) Some days you just don't feel like talking about them, especially with all your great aunts who don't have filters from their brains to their mouths. The party was great, my grandpa was totally surprised and had a blast! He can't stop talking about it!

Before the party Kevin and I had a few hours to waste, so we headed to the cemetery. I figured there would be somewhere in there pretty to take outfit photos. Plus it was a beautiful day and I love exploring cemeteries! I love looking at all the old headstones, calculating how old they were, and imagining what they were like. Lets not forget what awesome names everyone had, so strong and powerful - I'm pretty jealous! I took a bunch of photos but afterwards realized I'd be much happier if the photos were film, not digital! I guess that just means we'll have to go back again! 

Hope you're having a great Monday! I've got a busy one. Thanksgiving is sneaking up and I have so much to do before taking a little holiday break. (Don't worry, I'll still be blogging daily!)

daily life

Where I work. Part Two.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Last week I shared some photos of my craft room (you can find them here), and here's part two of all the photos...
Already I've made a few little changes since these photos. I'm working on making my desk the perfect clutter to cleanliness ratio. I love organized clutter, which I've got down pat to the right side of my iMac, but the right side I just can't get it perfect (hence why it's not really shown in these pictures!) I love the constant evolution of my home. Its fun to see it change and slowly become "perfect" even if it's only viewed that way by me for a short time before I change my views on what perfect is.

tips and tutorials

Estate Sales 101

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Each time I mention an estate sale I get more than a few questions about them so I figured it would be a good idea to make a post about them and hopefully inspire a few people to go to one!

What's an estate sale? An estate sale is like a really big garage sale, basically. Estate sales usually occur when someone dies or moves to somewhere where they will be unable to keep their things (like a nursing home) and their closest of kin are unable or unwilling to keep their possessions and need to sell them quickly.

What can I expect from an estate sale? In most cases estate sales are located in the former owners home and you'll be able to enter the house and shop, just like it was a store.

Some sales are conducted by companies and some are organized by the family. Either way, if it's an estate sale and not an auction all of the items will be priced. Sometimes it might be categorized (ex. there might be signs around the house : clothes $2/piece, purses $.50, shoes $2/pr) and other times each item might be individually priced.

There is a common misconception that estate sales are only for the wealthy, this is most definitely not the case. You can find lots of steals (like 50 cent vintage dresses or a $20 couch) at these sales. You shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but try to keep in mind if you're in a wealthier neighborhood chances are you're going to be paying more and finding bigger ticket items. We live in a smaller town and tend to find estate sales where the homes full of small items at great prices. Don't be afraid to stop in to a sale even if you think the outside of the home looks a little too rich for your tastes - you never know what's inside!

What can I buy at an estate sale? Let me reword that for you...what can't I buy at an estate sale? Like I mentioned in the previous question an estate sale normally encompasses everything in the house. You can find just about anything at a sale. Think about your own home, take out the food - everything else? it's probably for sale! (Actually I've been to an estate sale where there was food for sale too!)

Where do I find out about estate sales? My top four ways to find out about estate sales are:
• The newspaper. This website is a very valuable resource of mine. On the front page there is a map where you choose your state and then the city closest to you. From there it will show you all the estate sales going on in the upcoming weekend. It's best to check often because a lot of the time there isn't much warning. Their mailing list is a life saver! You give them your email address and zip code and they'll shoot you an email when a sale is coming up in your area.
• iPhone apps! My two favorite apps for finding estate sales are Garage Sale Rover (free!) and iGarageSale ($1.99). Garage Sale Rover is particularly useful as it indicates estate sales with blue markers as opposed to the red ones garage sales are marked with.
• Craigslist! Try searching "estate sale" in the for sale section of the search.

A few tips!
• Unless you're going to buy something that you saw listed in the ad, try going on the last day of the sale. At estate sales the point is to get rid of all these things so on the last day there will usually be a big sale. 50% off is common but I've seen up to 90% off!!

• Be courteous. When the sale is put on by the family members a lot of the time they'll be the one who is at the check out or watching over the rooms to make sure people aren't stealing, remember that they most likely just lost someone. There have even been instances where we've walked into rooms where things were for sale and found someone grieving. It's best to smile politely and walk out of the room  in that case. 

Take your time exploring the house. Go in every room that you're allowed to (if you're not allowed to enter a room it will be marked "private" and be closed off), check closets and make sure not to forget the basement and sometimes even the attic.  Even if you don't find anything to buy it really is an amazing opportunity to visit a home. There was one beautiful mid century time capsule of a home we went to an estate sale at that I literally teared up because it was so gorgeous (seriously, it was my dream home!) It's an amazing experience to be honest. 

Always bring cash! I've never been to an estate sale where they accept credit cards but some do take checks. 

Unless it says "not for sale" don't be afraid to ask about purchasing something! Love the curtains? the stove? that rug? Ask how much they'd be willing to sell it for!

I hope this helps! If anyone else has any more questions about estate sales feel free to ask! 
Have fun! ;)

daily life

Where I work. Part One.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

It's been a while since I've shared any photos of my craft room. (you can see all previous posts here) I recently moved a bunch of stuff around, got rid of one of my shelving units and realized once again how much I love my craft room! I tend to get bored when my decor stays the same for too long so I do this every few months or so. I took a bunch of photos to share, too many for one post, so I'm breaking it up into two posts - here's part one!
It's such a great place to work. I can't wait to share the rest of the photos!!

animals and nature


Sunday, November 06, 2011

I just discovered these photos on my laptop the other day. They were taken near the beginning of fall and I completely forgot to share. Kevin and I were taking a quick hike on the trails at the park when we spotted these beautiful mushrooms in all different shades of yellow and orange. There had to be hundreds. It was amazing. We were kind of in a hurry (okay, I was, because the mosquitoes were being particularly fierce that evening) so I just gathered a few to photograph.
Aren't they so pretty?!

what i wore

what i wore; driftwood and cowboy boots

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

the details:
hat - thrifted
sweater - thrifted
belt - thrifted
camera bag - Jo Totes
socks - kohls
boots - thrifted

This outfit all started by building up from the socks and boots. I just recently realized I didn't have any over the knee socks to go with my new cowboy boots I thrifted a few weeks ago. Kevin and I wandered into Kohls to waste a few minutes before heading to an estate sale and I found four amazing pairs of over the knee socks for this fall. I'm so excited to wear them all!

On the evening these photos were taken Kevin and I had headed to the beach to play. We worked on a silly little project that a friend and us has started over the weekend - standing pieces of drift wood up. I dunno - it seemed like a fun idea and it most certainly was. I was so excited to see most of our pieces from the weekend were still standing despite the crashing waves. Sometimes the simplest things are the most fun! 

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