December 2011 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

This year I...

Saturday, December 31, 2011

found a new favorite hobby - pressing flowers...
did lots of exploring and appreciating of nature...
made lots of new animal pals...
met a great new friend who I can hopefully continue to grow closer to in 2012...
got braces and watched my teeth rapidly change...
was honored to be one of modcloth's bloggers of the moment...
made lots of pretty things for The Dainty Squid shop and even started up a new business, Circus Bear Vintage,  selling vintage...
just like last year, dyed my hair lots of pretty colors...
found and identified lots of mushrooms...
2011 was a great year! I can't wait to see what 2012 brings! Here's 2010's "This year I..." post if you'd like to check it out. 
I have two more year end round up posts for this weekend so stay tuned! I hope you guys have a wonderful (and safe!!) New Years Eve!

animals and nature

Lost photos; sugar glider!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's near the end of the year so I'm working on some end of the year round up posts for the blog. This involves looking through my external hard drive for photos but while digging around for certain photos I found tons and tons that I never shared here. A few of which just need to be seen, like of this little guy...
That's a sugar glider that my dad fostered briefly in the fall. He was SO CUTE. I'd never seen a sugar glider in person before this. They're super soft and my goodness, they make the strangest noises!
Don't you just want to squeeeeeze him!?

what i wore

what I wore; little red boots!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

the details:
sweater - forever 21

These were taken the other day when I found those earthstars. It was so cold out, the wind coming off the lake always is! (the beach and Lake Erie are just to the right of the path I was on) But fall and winter are my favorite time to be there because no one is ever there...except the other day. Some guy walked up behind me when I was taking a picture of my tights and shoes which probably just looked really awkward. We, of course, avoided eye contact.

These boots might just be my favorite shoes right now! They're really cozy and don't really feel like you're wearing shoes at all - I love it! Plus the color is phenomenal. I love me some bold shoes!

And because I haven't posted any jumping pictures recently, which almost seems out of character for me, here's one of me trying to stay warm without my coat on!
Hope you're having a fabulous Tuesday! I'm spending my day cleaning house and taking down christmas decor.

It's the little things...

Monday, December 26, 2011

As anyone who is interested in mycology probably has, I have a mental list of mushrooms I'd really love to find and identify. Near the top is an earthstar. I had a basically given up on mushroom hunting for the year because of the weather, it's been pretty frosty lately. But a few days ago Kevin and I were at one of the local parks taking outfit photos when I spotted these beauties in a patch of mulch.
I thought they were just puffballs but upon further investigation I realized the were earthstars!! These are Astraeus hygrometricus, more commonly known as the false earthstar, or the hygroscopic earthstar.

They start off looking like puffballs but as they mature the outer layer breaks open into a star shape. The rays open and close depending on the amount of humidity in the air - opening when its wet and closing when the air is dry. It had just rained earlier in the day when we found these but you can see in the above photo the one beside the open one is closed.
Sorry for the mushroom talk, well not really...I'm totally stoked. I couldn't be happier about crossing a mushroom off my to find list! It's the little things that count!
Hope you're having a fabulous day!

what i wore

What I wore; the most fabulous collar!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

the details:
coat - thrifted / vintage
scarf - Target
belt - Modcloth (last year)
shoes - Hot Topic (probably 6 years ago?)

There has never been a dress with a more fabulous collar than this one. It was love at first sight! The whole dress is a nice thick, warm material (that is suuuuper soft!) and the collar always sits perfectly. I have so many dresses with great collars that never sit flat, it's such a bummer. I need ten more dresses like this in different lengths and colors to get me through the cold weather.

This was our first big(ish) snow of the winter. We got around 3 or 4 inches total and then it quickly melted. In a way it's disappointing but it will make the winter go so much faster! Although, I definitely need at least one good snow to play in! I love sled riding, especially with my nieces and nephew!

Well, I have to run! I hope you all have a fabulous christmas eve,  if you celebrate,  and if not, I hope you have a great day regardless!!

tips and tutorials

DIY shoe fringe

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm a total sucker for shoes with fringe, even the ugliest of shoes is somehow charming to me with fringe. So I decided to give it a go and try and make fringe that I could add to make all my already awesome shoes just a little bit better!
Supplies needed: ♥ pinking shears ♥ scissors ♥ hold punch ♥ vinyl (or leather) ♥ a pair shoes

Use the photo below to make sure you have the right kind of shoes as some kinds are not suitable to add this fringe too.
The flaps (for lack of a better word, I'm no shoe expert!) that the laces tie into need to be not connected. In the first picture you can see where the flaps are attached at the bottom to the shoe, in photo number two you'll see that they are not connected. Basically you just need to be able to insert something from the bottom of that area for them to be the correct kind of shoe for this tutorial.

Got the right shoes now? Here's how to add some fancy removable fringe!
1 // Unlace your shoes and measure how wide the area is at the bottom of your lace flaps and how long the tongue is, add 1 inch or so to the length for fringe then cut out a piece of vinyl using those measurements.
2 // After it's cut make sure the piece fits and trim, if necessary.
3 // Using your pinking shears cut just enough off that you're able to get the pretty little zig-zag design. After that's done, using regular scissors, cut one inch up each one of the peaks made by the pinking shears.
4 // Insert the vinyl piece back in the shoe and use a marker to mark your bottom holes. Make sure to make both of the shoes the same!
5 // Punch holes where you marked in the previous step.
6 // Put your shoe lace through the vinyl piece as shown in the photo, with the laces coming out the front.
7 // Lace up your fancy new shoes and enjoy!!
grey shoes pre-fringe c/o Blowfish & heart tights from ebay.

Some tips and ideas!
Try different lengths for a different look! A shorter fringe would be less eye catching and more like secret pizazz!
♥ Use a contrasting color fringe to add a bold pop to your shoe! 
♥ Make multiple fringes in different colors to make black shoes coordinate with any outfit! This fringe only takes a few minutes to make.

Let me know if make some removable fringe for your shoes, I'd love to see a photo!

3 favorite recent thrift finds

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1 //  So stoked to find this! We have a whole bunch of the Merry Mushroom collection all ready and it matches out kitchens color scheme so this little tea pot is an absolutely perfect addition. Kevin and I always had an ugly little pot on the stove for tea and hot chocolate but now we have this!! It was kind of dirty looking when we found it but washing it up came to show that there isn't even a scratch on this beauty. Quite a steal for $3!
2 // This gorgeous camera is a great addition to my collection! It came in an awesome carrying case with all the manuals, a flash and some other odds and ends. The bellows are so ridiculously clean that I've been storing it in the case instead of on the shelf with all my other cameras because I don't want it to get dusty!
3 // This is one of the three awesome vintage coats I mentioned in an outfit post last week. It's the most beautiful mint color (so sad photos didn't properly capture that!) and it fits like a dream. It's kind of a light jacket so it won't get much, if any, wear until the spring, I can't wait though! It was only $5!
Have you found anything awesome lately? Because of the holiday rush I haven't had much time to thrift and most of the local estate sale companies are taking a little break until 2012. I'm looking forward to getting back in the groove!

what i wore

What I wore: Blue All Over

Monday, December 19, 2011

the details:
cape -
thrifted / vintage
shirt - target
tooth pin - Rachel O's on etsy
jeans - target
boots - thrifted

So absolutely in love with this cape. I found it mixed in with winter coats at Goodwill a few weeks back. It had little buttons on the sides so that it had these weird makeshift armholes, but they were totally awkward and luckily easy to remove. I love the color, length and hood but my favorite part has to be the tag! I'm not quite sure if it's one of those tags that you get from a craft store and sew in or not but it doesn't even matter, it rules! (Ok, that might be a lie, if someone's cute little old "grammie" made this I'd love it 10000x more, if that's even possible!)
Well, I've gotta run now. I have presents to make, presents to wrap, and some orders to pack up! (PS. Thank you times a million to everyone who purchased or even took a peek at my new vintage shop, Circus Bear Vintage! I'm so so so excited!!)
Hope you all have a fabulous day!

daily life

10 Things Making Me Smile.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time for another 10 things making me smile post. It's been far too long since I've done one, I think I'd like to make it a goal to do one monthly!

1 // the good Doctor, who is always laying on his back, sleeping...
2 // this cozy little corner in my craft room...
3 // photos that are probably even more charming out of focus than in focus...
4 // kitties who find bad places to sleep but are too cute to tell to move. (that would be a basket of tights....)
5 // my ever growing shelf of special things.
6 // getting cute little mushroom pins in the mail!
7 //  photos from Halloween that didn't make the cut...
8 // fancy galaxy nails that I somehow mastered first try (but have been unable to replicate since)
9 // all the pretty colors in my wardrobe!
10 // things organized by color. ps. can't wait to tell you all about why I have all of these beautiful boots TOMORROW!
What's making you smile today?

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