January 2012 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

10 things making me smile...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1 // kitties who just don't understand what the heck a record player is...
2 // rearranging my cute little shelf to feature all my favorite little critters...
3 // when even my dirty dishes look cute...
4 // all the pretty colors and patterns in my bedroom...
5 // pretty nails.
I'm so happy they keep coming out with more Sally Hansen nail strips. You can find where I've blogged about them in the past right here. I still super duper love these things.
6 // finally hanging my paint by number collection in the living room...
7 // this sweet picture of the boys...
8 // this bony guy who hangs out by my collection of cameras...
9 // this adorable Pennsylvania Dutch napkin...
Kevin and I now say "don't be so schloppich" to each other every chance we get. 
10 // this photo from the fall...
(my dad carved "i luv u" in this puffball, put it back where he found it then told me he saw some mushrooms over on the dam and that I should go look. I'd be lying if I said I didn't shed a tear about how cute it was!)

Those along with a million other things are what's making me smile today. Elycia and I had the best weekend ever, I can't wait to start sharing some of the amazing things we worked on (starting tomorrow! You should be pumped, I sure am! For about 99.99% of TDS readers this will be the first time you get to see me move and see that I'm a real person! Haha.) Plus it's supposed to be 55°F today, words cannot express my excitement! I'm so ready to get outside, I hope my work hours fly by and this evening moves in slow motion.

What's making you smile today?

animals and nature

Stray Kitty

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The other day I walked in my living room and saw this sight in my dining room...
Normally my kitties are pretty nuts when they see a stray, or any animal that they don't know hanging out outside but they were just hanging out with this guy like they were good pals. It was the sweetest thing ever. I think Leaf, especially, was smitten with him.
During the four or five hours that he hung out on the deck I took so many pictures. He's such a beautiful kitty! I wish we could adopt him. I wonder where he's from, or if he has a home. I especially wonder what his name is, I have yet to name him even though I've named all the other neighborhood strays.
Aren't those eyes hypnotizing?! I am just in love! I hope he continues to visits often. He's been back everyday since. I made him up a little shelter on the deck to protect him from the wind (it's been crazy windy here lately!) and I fill up a little plate of food for him daily.

Oh - and of course, seeing as they're my favorite, I have to include a photo of him with his tongue out...
Hope you have a fabulous day! Elycia and I have some awesome plans, I can't wait!

what i wore

what I wore; new purple hair!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

the details:
jacket - target
shirt - thrifted
brooch - thrifted
necklace - ebay
belt - thrifted
camera bag - Jo Totes
skirt - c/o Romwe
tights - target
boots - thrifted / vintage

I originally bought these boots for Circus Bear Vintage but when I got home and curiously tried them on I fell in love and realized I just couldn't part with them. They fit perfectly and they're so cozy. Feels like you're not really wearing boots at all which I suppose isn't really the best in the winter (my tootsies were so cold!) but I'm stoked to wear the heck out of them this spring and summer! 

Once again, as I post an outfit picture in the snow, all the snow is already melted! I haven't even had a chance to go sled riding yet! The cycle seems to be that it snows really hard then melts really quick. It's normally not like this, at least not this quickly.

My plans today are to clean for when Ivan & Elycia get here, make and photograph a recipe for the blog and work on some nail tutorials! Fun, fun, fun! ...well except cleaning the bathroom, least favorite chore ever!
Hope you have a great day!
ps. Any weird looking speckles in the photos are actually snow flakes! I'm not sure why they stand out the most on my tights.

daily life

More beach treasures...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last week I admitted my love of picking up trash on the beach. I was blown away by the amount of people who responded they loved to do the same! That Tuesday (the day I did my photo an hour post for January) was the perfect day to do so, the wind wasn't blowing and that's just about the only factor that makes it not a good day to go to the beach in my opinion. It's so bitterly cold there in the winter when the wind blows. We got to the beach with about twenty minutes to spare before the sun set and this is what I found...
Maybe it's just me but I think these would make pretty cool post cards - especially the first one. I like weird post cards and I think getting one of beach trash on it would be pretty hilarious.  I don't really think we have that much trash on the beach compared to other beaches though. When I was younger my family and I went to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My cousin who is severely allergic to poison ivy got some before we even left my house so we had to go to the emergency room shortly after we got to SC. In the emergency room, I will never forget, there was a lady with a fish hook stuck in each of her big toes. Oh my gosh, that makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it happening to me. So, yeah, I'd much rather step on a tampon applicator or lighter at the beach than something like that. I rarely see anything fishing related, like bobbers or those fake fish bait things, on the beach, I consider us fairly lucky.

Wait, here's another gross beach story, slightly unrelated but while we're on the subject I need to share! One time, a few years back, Kevin and I went to the beach, laid out a blanket and hung out for a while. A few minute pass, sniff, sniff, sniff...Kevin, I smell dead fish! Gross! He responds that he doesn't smell a thing. We stayed for a half an hour or so before I couldn't stand the smell anymore and we got up to leave. When I picked up the blanket to shake all the sand off of it there was the culprit - a dead fish. I had been laying on it the whole time. Hahaha.

In other beach related events - the lake still isn't frozen, last year it had been frozen for about a month already by this time. I'm almost kind of bummed. Of course, I'm enjoying this weather but I was pretty stoked to go back and see the beach when it was frozen again, it was such an amazingly beautiful sight last year. (You can see photos here)

I swear I won't post photos of trash every time I go to the beach, just every once and while. ;) I hope you have a great Thursday. (Can you believe it's Thursday already, I can't!) I'm going to do some baking today, someone has been requesting my vegan banana bread for about a week. I'm also going to start plotting how I'd like to photograph clothing for CBV. So exciting!


what I wore; a modern little red

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

the details:
belt - Modcloth
socks - Kohls
pin - thrifted
shoes - Trip Oxford c/o Wanted Shoes

I am SO in love with this outfit! I feel like everything about it flows so well. Plus knee high socks are just about my favorite thing ever right now, even if I have to pull them up every three minutes. 

Hope you all have an awesome day! I'm going to work on finishing up the owl update for Circus Bear Vintage today. It'll go live on January 25th, just in time to get a present for your Valentine.  I'm so excited!


The Collector; part 13.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Since the beginning of 2011 I've been sharing photos of my collections. So far I've shown off my collection of cuckoo clocks, vintage stationarybrooches, special things, buttons, keys, nesting dolls, owls, deer, weather houses, nail polish, and cameras.

It's been a while since my last collection post and while I have a few collections that I still need to find the time to gather from around the house and photograph there's always been one I've felt awkward about sharing. Not because I'm not proud of it, I'll gladly shove them in anyone's face who shows the slightest bit of interest, but because most people think they're really gross and no one wants to hear negative comments about one of their favorite things.  ...I'm talking about my collection of teeth!
I did a little interview on Lea's blog, The Collective Collective, which you can find right here, where I talk about my collection, my favorite piece and share a few more photos.

I'm more than willing to share more photos of my favorite collection here on the blog with more information if anyone is interested, like I said I love talking about this collection!

Anyone else out there collect teeth?

what i wore

What I wore; Red, White and Raccoons.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

the details:
coat - thrifted / vintage
dress - thrifted / vintage
hat - thrifted / vintage
brooch - handmade by my dad
belt - thrifted / vintage
gloves - c/o Uncommon Goods
tights - Target
socks - Kohls
boots - Target

This was our first and only big snow this winter so far. (all of the snow is melted now!) I was so layered up it wasn't even funny. I had dress under the one showing, three pairs of tights and a pair of socks under all of those. But it was worth it because the only part of me that got cold was my face! The wind was whipping so hard I was afraid my tripod was going to blow over!

I completely adore this dress, it kind of reminds me of this one, at least in the style of dress and how it fits. I wish I could have shown it off in this post but it was just to cold to be taking off my coat! I'm sure I'll wear it again soon!

Hope you're having a great day!

daily life

Photo an hour; January 10th

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

As you may remember from my 2012 goal post, I wanted to do at least one photo an hour post per month, so here's January's! This is my day yesterday, summarized in photos...

7am // Wide awake, showered and dressed for the day!
 8am // Preparing the day's blog post...
9am // Early lunch. Not a very healthy one but pizza and root beer sure do make a delicious one!
10am // Listing some items I had in my draft listings in the CBV shop.
11am // My helper, who sits on the back of my chair, helping me measure items.
12pm // Washing loads and loads of pretty vintage clothes. Some for me, some for the shop! 
1pm // Photographing some new vintage goodies. My dining room has been in a complete state of chaos since opening CBV. Things are always on the table waiting for their turn to be photographed.
 2pm // Cutting up green onions, onions, carrots and celery for soup!
3pm // Finally done, and ready to chow down on! *You can find how to make my vegan "chicken" noodle soup right here. It's SO delicious!
4pm // Time to pack orders! I love packing orders, it's so much fun.
5pm // Put on my favorite record and folded the mass amounts of laundry I did.
6pm // Went to the beach and collected more treasures. (I'll share photos of that this weekend!)

The rest of the evening consisted of watching Zodiac, eating spinach sandwiches (oh my gosh, my favorite!!) and relaxing! All in all it was a great day!

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