10 things making me smile! - The Dainty Squid

10 things making me smile!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

1 // My beautiful new, thrifted, bedding and the little kitty who loves it just as much as me!
2 // Funny outtakes from when Elycia and I were taking jumping pictures a while ago.
I love the way she's looking at me skeptically in the first shot!
3 // Starting a pretty little window garden.
4 // Finding items to fill up another curiosity shelf.
5 // Bright, warm sunny days at the beach.
okay, so maybe it wasn't that warm. my feet burned from how cold the water was. but look how sunny!
6 // Finally hanging all my pretty vintage blouses and capes together.

7 // Finding other folks stacks of rocks.
Have you guys ever found one of these stacks? I saw some in PA when we were camping once last summer and thought they were the coolest! I just about screamed with excitement to find some on my own beach.
8 // This bird party happening on my deck.
I put out some failed cookies, and they LOVED them!
9 // Catching one of the neighborhood strays napping on my deck like he owns the place.
Remember when I blogged about him a little while back? Well, he still visits almost daily! We've since named him Carl.
10 // Snagging a new camera for my little display case.
the brownie in the middle is the new one thanks to a really great estate sale.

What's making you smile today?
xoxo

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  1. There is a place in the Highlands of Scotland where there are dozens of stone stacks known as cairns (you can see a picture here http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliveormonde/3994559857/) ... people stop and build new ones, it's a pretty magical place.

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    1. AWESOME! Thank you so much for the link! I didn't know they even had a name.

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    2. Thats near my family's place! The cairns used to mark/be used as the burial places of the people of the area when the ground was frozen too solid (which in Isle of Skye was very often!). The email I sent you about your purse - well it has visited the Highland cairns too :)
      Luvluv,
      Sway xx

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    3. This is a bit peculiar but when I saw the rock stack it reminded me of my therapist. Her practice is actually called Cairn Cottage. There is a huge rock stack in front of her office and she has tiny ones that she's made all over her office. For her they symbolize trails and making new paths in life. I was at Lake Michigan a few weeks ago and found a bunch of rocks to make my own.

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  2. That beach picture is so inspirating and makes me just relax.
    Love your blog, thanks for putting on so many pretty thnigs for us to see. ;)

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  3. Ain't no party like a bird deck party...

    I'll stop. :)

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  4. lol, more teeth. When I was a dental assistant we used those shade samples ALL the time. We stack the stones, but in shapes of people... called Inuksuk. We made a mini one in our back garden. They are fun to make... would love to do a couple more but a bit bigger!

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  5. Nest time I go to a lake I am going to stack rocks, that is such a cool thing to find.

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  6. The bedding...the bedding is so amazing!

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  7. whee I snagged a new vintage camera too! I got a Kodak Duaflex last night :)

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  8. I am fairly certain I'd be smilin' with all this great stuff goin' on, too!

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  9. those stacks of rocks are called "cairns" :) at least that's what they called them when they were trail markers out in utah! i always got excited to see them because it meant i wasn't totally lost, haha.

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  10. in canada we call stacks of rocks "inukshuks" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk but they're more people shaped and used to mark roads / paths / trails :)

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  11. Love the cat pictures. We have a neighborhood cat that likes to visit. My husband and I call him Smokey because he has beautiful long gray fur. My cats aren't fans though and tend to go a little ballistic when they see him outside.

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  12. Your new bedding looks lovely and the picture at the beach is so evocative of summer days (even if it was colder than it looks)

    I remember stacks of stones walking in the mountains with my aunt and her family. We'd add one stone to each stack in passing :)

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  13. I've found cairns all over North Carolina, I had never seen them before I moved here. I love them dearly, I build them often myself now and even worked a little mini one into my bedroom decor hehe

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  14. I love when you post these lists! I've never found rocks stacked up but it would be so cool to find!

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  15. Awwww! Carl is making me smile too. What a cute kitty! :3

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  16. Your thrifted bedding is beautiful! I have a major case of the thrift-envies :)

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  17. Those birds, do you happen to know what kind of bird they are!? We have them here in Montreal, QC as well, but no one seems to know their kind. I think they're just awesome.

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    1. They are Starlings! Starlings are some of my favorite birds - they are such fun birds to watch and listen to!

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  18. I love the sassy bird party. The one on the far right is hilarious.

    Stacked rocks are mysterious, it makes you wonder who came along and did that. It's your own Easter Island puzzle!

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  19. That thrifted comforter is such a beautiful palette of colors.

    I have seen the stack before. Mostly along river beds. Or in the mountains. I always thought it was a marker. Like, to find your way back or "I was here" kind of thing. Maybe it's just a fun thing to do now. I'm going to research it! Hah.

    And that Carlcat is cute. I'm sure your four love to watch him.

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  20. That picture of you on the rock is so nice, I saw it on Tumblr first and liked it...aren't your feet FREEZING though? :)

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  21. There is a lady in a town near mine who has rocks stacked all over her yard, and I found more when I went hiking, she even went out into a stream and built some. I think I'm going to put making one on my 2012 to-do list.

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  22. that bedding is so great!
    also i love the picture of Carl napping. such a cutie.

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  23. Hehe, I love the kitties!

    Today I'm smiling even though it's cold and rainy because I am blessed to be able to wake up every morning and head to my store to spend my day doing what I love. It's all huge grins and big thumbs up from me today! d^__________^b

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  24. So cute! We have two kitties that come by our house and we want to adopt them and bring them in, but they don't want to be caught/picked up :(

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  25. I love the bird party! Carl is a great name, too. He definitely looks like a Carl. My kitty has been extra snuggly this week, which has definitely made me smile.

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aw, that's the best! I love when my kitties go through extra snuggly spurts!

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  26. I love your bedding and the idea of a curiosity shelf!!
    -Miranda

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  27. The way the bird on the far right is standing made me smile :) whats he up to..?? haha

    Jen xx

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  28. OMG, i'm in love with you're bedding, they never have stuff as awesome as that in the UK thrift stores, that is such a find.
    This whole post made me smile, especially the outtakes of you and Elycia, brilliant!

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  29. Everything looks nice, I want to go to the beach

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  30. I've started collecting interesting things I just need an interesting shelf to store them in. I haven't had any luck lately at my local thrifts.

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  31. Uhm, I MUST know where you got that awesome nail polish rack!!??

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    1. I blogged about it a while ago here;
      http://daintysquid.blogspot.com/2011/11/gratuitous-nail-polish-collection.html
      :)

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  32. Gorgeous pictures, as always. I get giddy over little discoveries at the beach too! I once found a stack of rocks like that after climbing a trail to the top of a cliff, I could not contain my excitement.

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  33. The beach picture is my favorite! it looks so serene!<3

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  34. simply fascinating! the bird party, vintage blouses, bedding, stacked rocks. lovely! all made me smile.
    greetings! my blog is written in Spanish, but still like to have your visit.
    I've talked about your blog a few times. I hope you do not mind.
    http://uncaosorganizado.blogspot.com
    sorry for my english. i'm still learning.

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  35. I've seen stacked rocks in certain places too. I think it has something to do with relaxing, calmness and being zen.

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  36. Your new bedding looks absolutely amazing! Love it!

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  37. That bedding is gorgeous. And the bird party looks awesome.
    A lovely selection of photos :)

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  38. My boyfriend loves doing things with rocks, driftwood, branches, etc. whenever we're out exploring!

    http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x478/lighterboots/may2.jpg

    My little Andy Goldsworthy :)

    brilliantnature.blogspot.com

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  39. oh wow.. so much awesomeness.. I love you two jumping.. and all those nail polishes are yours.. i don't even have 1/16 of that collection..(sad)at least the birds are having fun!

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  40. Oh my! Look at all those nail polishes! That's just too awesome, the colors are amazing, I just want them all! And that picture of you in the beach is beautiful!

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  41. i make those stone stacks all the time because they make me smile and i hope they make other people smile too! i love that you appreciate them as much as i do :)

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  42. Inlove with the cream-colored deer blouse in picture #6 <3

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  43. Inlove with your cream-colored deer blouse in picture #6 <3

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  44. I just love your "things making me smile", it makes you appreciate the little things in your everyday life! Oh and on a side note, I love that photo of you at the beach, so gorgeous!!

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  45. Number 6 with the blouses and capes, could you do a What I wore post wearing that deer one? I'd love to see what it looks like properly!!

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