March 2012 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

Beach Trash

Saturday, March 31, 2012

All this nice weather lately means I've had tons of time to gather, organize, photograph (and then throw away) beach trash. Even if I don't pick up much I do feel like I'm at least helping my fellow beach go-ers out a little bit. I hope others will help pick up trash on the beach as well, ours doesn't look like much of a paradise at the moment. You can't walk a step without finding a plastic bottle cap, or tampon applicator (I still don't understand why there are SO many at the beach) It's disgusting how much trash is actually on the beach right now. I took some outfit pictures there a few days ago and opted out of using a few of my favorites because of the amount of trash you could see in the photos, it was embarrassing! Oh hey, just taking outfit pictures at the local dump, don't mind me.

Here are some photos from my most recent beach combing expedition. 
  Is it really weird that I have favorite things to find when I'm gathering trash for these pictures? Because I totally do! Hair barrettes, figurines of little people (like plastic army men!) and things shaped like letters or numbers (like refrigerator magnets) are among the few things that I will normally spot from a distance and dash to grab.

Here two behind the scenes photos...
This basket I picked up at the thrift store was probably one of my best purchases ever. I use it for mushrooms, rocks, beach trash - everything! Plus it's super cute and makes it just look like I'm going on a picnic instead of picking up and carrying around all kinds of strange items.
You can find other beach trash posts here and here.
Hope you're having a great day! If it's a nice day where you are, you live close to the beach and have nothing to do today - why not take a trip there and help clean up the place so everyone can enjoy it just a little bit more.

what i wore

What I wore: on the beach

Thursday, March 29, 2012

the details
shirt - c/o Romwe
skirt - thrifted / vintage
tights - Amazon
socks - Forever 21
shoes - c/o Wanted Shoes

This is one of my favorite skirts. I actually kind of hate wearing it because I'm afraid of ruining it. I feel that way about a good portion of my clothes though. I've always been the kind of person who likes to get dirty when I go outside. If there's a puddle, I'd love to splash in it. Mud? I want to squish my toes in it. A tree down? Of course I want to climb all over it. As a child I had distinct "play clothes" and "school clothes" and now as an adult, I'm trying to break that habit (I mean, I don't go to school anymore obviously, so I guess they'd now be "estate sale clothes" Haha) or at least make the line a little blurrier. Just because I'm going to take a walk on the beach or in the woods doesn't mean I need to wear my play clothes. I can go outside, not get completely dirty - and if I do my clothes can be washed! It's so not as big a deal as I make it in my head.

We've been spending so much time at the beach lately, I love it. Even if I do really love the beach in the winter it's so nice to go there and not freeze my butt off. We spent this particular evening picking up rocks. Right now our beach is mostly rocks, almost all of the sand has disappeared. While that would really suck if I had plans of playing in the sand, I really just prefer being on the beach looking for treasures and enjoying the sights and sounds. Plus there are so many cool rocks! Not to sound like a total weirdo but I could seriously spend all day on the beach just looking for cool rocks and photographing them. They come in so many colors and patterns, it's just amazing.

Hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

animals and nature

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?

tips and tutorials

DIY Scratch Off Tickets!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I love scratch off tickets, always have. I remember begging my parents to let me scratch off theirs when I was little. Now that I'm an adult I can't think of something more fun to receive with an order than a scratch off card with a coupon code so I decided to make some of my own for Circus Bear Vintage. I designed these simple cards in photoshop then had them printed. If you're looking for an awesome company to print your cards, I recommend Moo!

To make your own scratch off tickets you'll need;
dish soap (any brand should do, but if you're curious I'm using Ajax)
acrylic paint (any color and brand of your choice)
paint brush
packing tape
painters tape
scrap paper

1 // Prepare your mixture. Two parts paint for every one part dish soap. Mix it up good, but try not to stir too aggressively - you don't want too many little bubbles.

2 // Grab a piece of scrap paper and tape down (with packing tape) the card you're wanting to put the scratch off area on - making sure to cover the whole area you want painted over.

3 // With painters tape, mark off what you don't want painted over. If you're brave and have a steady hand you could skip this step but I definitely prefer the clean lines that painters tape gives me.

4 // Paint! Use thin, even layers. Don't worry if you can still see through it after the first coat, it will most likely take two or three coats to get it all covered.

5 // After the paint is thoroughly dry, carefully peel off your painters tape. Go slowly so you don't accidentally rip off any of the paint.

6 // Cut the cards off of your scrap paper and TA-DA - you've got pretty scratch off cards!

Aren't those so awesome?! I think my biggest tip would be to be patient because I can't even begin to tell you how many times I had to keep doing it over and trying different methods before I figured out exactly what would work for my cards and what would give me the cleanest lines. It's so easy once you get the hang of it though!

Make sure to send me pictures if you make some too! I'd love to see them.

Another Elycia and Kaylah vlog answering your questions!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Elycia and I have another vlog answering reader questions today! We have so much fun making these vlogs - clearly!

Two things before you start -
1. Just like last vlog, excuse our sarcasm. We can't help it, I swear!
2. Don't laugh too hard at my hair when all of a sudden it's down and quite ridiculous. I had just taken it out of curlers and was clearly not having a great hair day. You can thank Elycia for adding that craziness in there.

As you can see, I spend the majority of our time together making fun of the hilarious things Elycia says. She's pretty funny.

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I'm a little tardy to the party with this whole using paper reinforcement sticker to make perfect little half moons thing but in my defense - I had some vintage ones that apparently weren't the quality that new ones are (that's seriously a first!) and it just wasn't working. But now that I gave it another try I'm mildly obsessed. I have a page in my notebook scribbled with all the different designs I could make with the stickers, I can't wait to have a chance to try them out.
Supplies used:
Essie in Sew Psyched
Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect in Dune
Seche Vite as a top coat
Reinforcement Labels

I'm also a little obsessed with nude-ish colors. I like how it doesn't really look like you're wearing polish at all and makes other colors really pop. I have a few neon colors I'd really like to pair it with!

PS. A tip for the reinforcement stickers, just like scotch tape, they work a lot better and are easier to use after you've placed them on your hand. This way they're not so sticky and come off your nail without leaving residue or taking nail polish off.


What Doctor Octopus wore // St. Patrick's Day attire

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I am so SO so excited to share these photos with you today. There are only two of them, but sometimes less is more!  I've been planning this for a little while and definitely think this is Doctor Octopus's most hilarious outfit yet. I literally laughed until I cried the first time I put it on him.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope you're having a fabulous day! Whatever your plans are, be safe!

 As always, no kitties were harmed in the making of these photos. Doctor Octopus has no qualms with wearing clothes, is the most patient kitty ever and is always rewarded with lots of treats and snuggles (not that he doesn't get tons of those anyways!)

Another Elycia and Kaylah adventure!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Last time Elycia and Ivan were out we got a whole slew of awesome things done - including making another video of our day! I seriously love these videos and want to make one every single time we get together. It's so much fun to see what our day looks like after it's all said and done - especially because I swear times goes by in twice as fast on our weekends together.
Hope you have a fabulous day! It's supposed to be 71 degrees Fahrenheit (that's around 21C for all my international friends!) today here, so exciting!!

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I have a new feature to introduce you to today - weekly nail! I've been into painting my nails for as long as I can remember. Within the last year my interest has increased tenfold and I normally find myself painting my nails every night. I'd like to kind of break that habit, or at least slow it down a little and spend some more time working on awesome designs or just playing around with new color combinations instead of doing my same old, same old. Plus, I really love taking pictures of and showing off my nails!

Each week I'll share what's on my finger nails and a list of the supplies need to do them. Sort of like mini how to posts. Sound good? Well, here's the first one!

I used my simple triangle tutorial then put cute, little, messy polka dots on top of the triangle only.  I super duper love this. I've actually replicated it twice in other color combos already since I did these.  I have a feeling you'll see something along these lines in my outfit posts quite often.
Supplies used:
scotch tape
dotting tool
Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect in Sorbet
Revlon in Hot for Chocolate
Claires Brand in Snow Ball
Seche Vite as a top coat

Hope you're having a fabulous Sunday!



Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Recently I thrifted a charming little two tiered wooden desk organizer. It's vintage and I, of course, had plans to put it up in Circus Bear but when I took it into my craft room to store until I had a chance to photograph it I found THE perfect use for it.

My curiosity shelf was getting out of control and looking a little more than crammed than I'd like where it was but with some careful rearranging, and my new desk organizer it looks better than ever. Seriously, I'm obsessed with it. It's the first thing I notice when I walk in the room and I find myself staring at it multiple times through out the day.
I can't wait to find more goodies to add to it!

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