April 2012 - The Dainty Squid
daily life

beach trash - on film

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Here are some of the first photos from the oodles of film I shot while my digital camera was broken. I have a bunch of posts lined up with some of my favorite photos and they're organized by category (animals, split-cam pictures, etc.) So I'll start off with some photos of my most recent beach trash findings.

The last few times I've gone to the beach there has been significantly less trash. A collection like this would taken me a half an hour at most to gather but this took me a few trips to the beach to build up - which is great! I'm not sure what's going on whether other people are picking it up, or less stuff is washing up but I definitely approve. I really hope it stays like this and continues to improve.
For fear of turning into a hoarder I really try not to bring things home no matter how neat they are - because seriously, it's trash and I have no intention of ever doing anything with this stuff other than gathering it, laying it out, photographing it and throwing it away in a proper trash receptacle. Buuuut I could not resist bringing home the "B phase" and number "5" yellow...things. I'm not sure what they are but they remind me of that "BØ" thing (which you can see here) that I found a while back on the beach. I hope to find more of them in the future and maybe someday figure out what the heck that really are. But in the mean time they look great on my curiosity shelf.

 Here are two behind the scenes photos...
Don't mind my grimace, it was really sunny out. I swear I don't just spend all my time grimacing at the beach.
You can find all my other beach trash posts here.

animals and nature

a new straybie!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

First of all, you're probably wondering if that's a typo in the title or not. It's not! I call the the outside cats who visit us my straybies - as in stray baby.

Back to the subject at hand - there's a new kitty who has been hanging around and this guy is making Carl fight for his place as my favorite straybie. We've named him Lloyd after Lloyd Christmas (you know, Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber!) because of that super fabulous little hair do he's got going on! This little guy is so so so precious. I am just smitten with his colors and of course, that black patch on his head.
He's been visiting us daily for about a week now. On his first time here (or rather - the first time I saw him here) he spent the evening and whole night right outside the patio door. It was so pitiful! He was peeking in the door, craning his little head so hard to see what we were doing. I hope he really does have a home and isn't a real stray because he sure doesn't seem cut out for it.

Hope you all are having a great Saturday. I'm just had some super rich chocolate cake for breakfast, that's always a great start to the weekend, right?

my favorite corner!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I think it's safe to say one of my favorite corners in my house is in my craft room. I love looking at all my pretty jewelry displayed. I'm the kind of person that if something is tucked away I'll probably forget about it so a jewelry box isn't really my style. Having everything displayed is perfect for me and I sure do love looking at it. Sometimes I catch myself just staring over at everything admiring it all.
Here are some close ups!
The jackalope jewelry holder is from modcloth, the swan ring holder is from an estate sale. The pink organizer is thrifted and if you're curious about anything else, just ask!

daily life

smitten as a kitten!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Last week I got THE best present in the mail, ever, EVER, ever from Pony Chops! I am beyond smitten and I'm pretty sure my cat lady status has been confirmed (as if having "cat lady" across my knuckles wasn't enough). If you're new around these parts, or just not connecting the dots on this one...THOSE ARE MY KITTIES! All four of my babies! I love their silly little faces.
Here are some fabulous close ups because you definitely need to see how awesome the details are.
I can't wait to wear them out and about. But until it dries up outside they're going to stay safe and clean on display in my craft room. It's so wet and soggy out right now. I'm apparently drawn to puddles like flies to poop (uh, sorry about the gross example, I really can't think of another one!) and I'm not taking a chance with these glorious shoes! I'll be sure to post outfit pictures when they finally do get to see the sunshine.

Pony Chops is currently taking custom orders in case you're interested. I'm pretty sure everyone needs a pair of shoes with their animal companions on them. How adorable would some lizards, or chickens look on shoes?! Oh my, OR TURTLES.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This is a big birthday year in this house, all but one kitty is turning five (Professor will only be 2!) and it starts with Squid. I'm sad to report that no matter how many times I try and deny it by saying she'll be 5 days old, 5 weeks old, or even 5 months old, she's actually 5 years old today.

(I recently cleaned off my computer to make more room and this is one of the very few photos of her still on my computer. HILARIOUS.)

Happy Birthday Squid! I hope you're enjoying all the catnip you're currently rolling in. You're the best friend a girl could ever ask for.

Last year on her birthday I shared her adoption story, you can find it right here.
Hope you're having a fabulous day. I'm off to spend some time with the birthday kitty, she looks like she could use her belly rubbed. You couldn't make a custom cat (ya know, if you could built custom cats....) better than this girl.

Pssst. Sorry for the sappy cat lady post but how could I not blog about the girl who the blog is named after's birthday?! 

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Galaxies! This is the third time I've tried galaxy nails. The first I really dug them, I thought they were the bee knees but knew I could do better if I just kept practicing. The second time I failed miserably, some thing was just off. So I didn't try again for quite some time. This time I did a decent job but as soon as I was done I figured out a few things I could have done differently to make them a little bit better but regardless I still think they turned out pretty great!
Supplies used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Jade Jump
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Black Diamond
Nicole Let's Get Star-ted
Essie Blanc
Funky Fingers Riot (The only place I know of to get Funky Fingers is at FiveBelow)
Makeup Sponge

I have a little tip for you regarding glitter nail polish, like this Nicole one, where there is a main glitter you want on your fingers - like the star or a heart. It's rare they actually come out on the brush when you want them to, let alone where you want them to and when you just keep adding layers and layers trying to get the stars (or whatever shape) it will just make it hard for the polish to actually dry. So what I like to do is dump a little bit of the polish out on a paper plate (or any other disposable surface) and use a toothpick to pick up and place the glitter where I want it. So simple right?!

My favorite turned out to be my thumb. I love how it all came together. The only thing I'd change is that white area behind the star. I wish I could just hit "undo" sometimes when I was doing my nails. It'd save me so much time (and nail polish remover)
Hope you're having an awesome Sunday!

what i wore

What I wore; cat shirt and flatforms

Thursday, April 12, 2012

the details
sunglasses - c/o Tumbleweeds
shirt - c/o Supayana
ring - c/o Sea of Bees
skirt - thrifted / vintage
belt - thrifted
shoes - Gypsy c/o Blowfish

Not even sure where to start with this outfit. I love every piece right down to the belt. The shirt - it's amazing. Once you get past the really amazing kitty you can look at the downright perfect quality of this handmade shirt. (Yana, you are AMAZING) I was going to compare it to something from the store but then I realized that's probably an insult since even a novice could spot the shoddy craftsmanship in store bought clothing. Color me impressed!

Also, these shoes! LOVE THEM. They're now officially my second favorite pair of shoes from Blowfish. (Number one being the junction shoes, I wear them all the time!) I'm not very comfortable in shoes that give me any sort of height. I'm 5'7" and while that's not really all that tall, I don't like sticking out anymore than I already do (thanks purple hair and tattoos!) But there is just something about these shoes that I can't resist! They're really comfortable and I can jump in them, which is clearly a must!
Hope you're having a fabulous day!

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