February 2012 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

A photo an hour // February 23rd

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I came so close to missing out on doing February's photo an hour! February just kind of slipped by in the blink of an eye. Luckily I remembered last Thursday. So here is February 23rd, hour by hour...

7 am // starting the morning with a light workout and some stretches. Someone makes it hard to concentrate!
8 am // doing some blog planning for March.
9 am // finally showered, dressed and ready for the day!
10 am // some more blog planning while my co-worker takes a nap.
11 am // the tastiest lunch! baked potatoes smothered in butter, cheese, pepper and oregano with my favorite drink, chocolate milk!
12 pm // re-painting my nails and plotting future tutorials.
1 pm // looked at the couch beside me and found these two getting their snug on.
2 pm // baked some banana bread. the house now smells heavenly!
3 pm // checked the mail to find some stickers I ordered for Circus Bear Vintage orders.
4 pm // a quick dinner while I wait on Kevin to get home so we can head over to my parents.
5 pm // visiting with baby kitty, my mom's new (and first!) cat. 
Isn't he the cutest?! I just want to squeeze him. His little legs are so short and stubby! He's a fabulous cat, especially for a first time cat mom. I should just be a personal cat picker-outer for a living.
6 pm //  stopped and "visited" with Zip, the family rooster on the way up to the garage
I say "visited" because you can't really visit with someone who hates you and tries to chase you, but only when no one else is out in the yard.
7 pm // family woodshop night, of course. That would be my brother, and his son on the scroll saw (it was his first time, and he did SO good!), my dad in the background at the lathe and Kevin at the other scroll saw.
And that was my day! Sweet and simple, just how I like them! 

daily life

a not quite frozen lake erie...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

As I've mentioned about a million times before I love visiting the beach in the winter. It's calm, beautiful and we're almost always the only people there. Because of the strange weather we've been having it hasn't had the chance to freeze and create those amazing ice dunes I found last year but that doesn't mean it didn't leave me in awe yet again.

The waves were pretty intense a few days ago, had been splashing up onto the land and spraying this tree. Everything near the ground was originally standing and had been weighed down by the ice. Pictures don't even begin to do this amazing sight justice!
The last two photos are from a different beach than the rest of the photos. I actually got wind burn on my face the day they were taken. It was so windy I was literally having a hard time standing, it was crazy. It's still amazing to me that the weather here can be such polar opposites, I'm really happy to live in Ohio.

animals and nature

It's the little things...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

like watching this little squirrel outside my window...
 How precious is he eating on our stale bread? We threw some out there for the birds to munch on but it appears as though someone else enjoyed it.
Hope you're having a great weekend!

hair and beauty

Nail Tutorial // Zig Zags!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

During mine and Elycia's blog weekend we worked on a cute little nail tutorial. While it does take some patience (drying time) it's super easy and perfect to do while you watch a movie in the evening. Let's get started...
three different nail polish colors tape pinking sheers
1 // Use your pinking sheers to cut out ten strips of tape. You're going to want the tape to have been cut on both sides so it has zig zags. *Tip* press the piece of tape to your (clean) hand before you cut and apply it to your nail so it's easier to use and not so sticky!

2 // Paint your nails one solid color, and let dry completely.

3 // When your nails are 110% dry apply the small piece of tape across your nail in the middle so that there are equal areas not covered on the top and the bottom.

4 // Using which ever color you'd like next paint the bottom portion of your nail. It's easiest to start from the bottom of your nail and paint slowly and steadily up to the tape.

5 // Now paint the top part of your nail starting from the top of the tape to the tip of your nail.

6 // As soon as you get done painting take the tape off quickly in one solid pull. If you do it slowly it might pull up some of your newly painted polishes. Now repeat with the rest of your fingers and after that's all dry seal it up with a top coat. My favorite is seche vite!
green and blue combos by me, black & white and purple combo by Elycia.

Let us know if you have any questions and send us pictures if you use the tutorial, we love to see your color combos! I know I have about a million more I want to try! ;)

what i wore

what we wore - super colorful!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

my details
coat - target (many, many moons ago)
dress - thrifted / vintage
belt - thrifted / vintage
brooch - handmade by my dad
tights - thrifted (originally from target)
boots - thrifted / vintage

You can find all the details regarding Elycia's outfit on her blog! She also has other pictures from our outfit shoot. Kevin shot over 600 photos so we both had a ball going through them and picking out favorites to post! There are a ton more that I would to have loved to share but I tried my hardest to narrow it down to only my favorites.

All along Elycia and I had planned to take outfit pictures when she came over for this visit. She even had her most recent clothing purchase shipped to my house so it would be here waiting for her. Buuuut lo and behold the wrong item was shipped and she didn't bring anything else to wear for the pictures so we decided to spend Saturday thrifting to find the perfect outfits! (If you missed it, you can find the thrifting video here. It's still my favorite thing ever right now!) It was a fun little challenge to have to find an almost complete outfit in a day.

We had a BLAST taking outfit pictures together. It's amazing how much less ridiculous you feel posing up a storm in front of people when you're doing it with someone else. I wish we could take outfit pictures together all the time!
I'll be back a little bit later with some behind the scenes photos from out outfit shoot!

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