November 2012 - The Dainty Squid

beach glass collection

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Earlier in the year I discovered a love for searching for beach glass. (I blogged about it here, how pretty is my hair in that picture?! oh my!!) I've gathered a nice little collection in the last few months, or at least I think so. It doesn't look like much but it's taken many trips to build up and I've made lots of nice memories and had lots of fun searching for the pieces.
I really have no luck as someone who just walks along the beach finding it. I see lots people just walking the beach and finding huge pieces while I'm sitting in the sand squinting for tiny pieces. I have no idea how they manage to find all the huge pieces but really I've become quiet fond of the tiny ones I normally find.

I find a nice spot with lots of small rocks and start to dig, not too deep, really just taking off the first layer searching. It's so relaxing to sit in the warm sand (well not so warm right now...) and just look for tiny treasures. I'll take them as tiny as I can find them, some so small they're hard to pick up. It doesn't matter to me, they add up over time.
As you can see, clear is my most common find. I've filled up one full jar and I'm well on my way to filling up the second. Blue is the hardest to come by at my beach, so it's always a real treat when I find one, especially the dark blues ones.

Some day I might like to do something with my collection, make jewelry or find some awesome way to display them, but for now I think they look really neat organized by color in little jars on my shelf. 
Do any of you collect beach glass? I'd love to see photos of your collection!

ps. Yep, I totally see the tiny blue pieces in the clear jar. Sometimes they are SO hard to tell apart until you get them in the jar and even then, only when you look in the perfect lighting.

animals and nature

10 things making smile...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1 // Being followed around the yard by Carl and knowing that the stray cats think as much of me as I think of them...
2 // Caterpillars covered in morning dew...
3 // Photos that show how beautiful our very brief autumn colors were...
4 // Tiny purple mushrooms...
5 // Strange old photos found in the trash...
who gets rid of awesome pictures like this?!
6 // Packages in my po box from two separate people but with matching themes...
Thanks Emily & Fiany!
7 // Doctor Octopus and his reflection...
8 // Making spore prints for the first time...
mushrooms really are amazing!
  9 // This photo of this giant pup and I...
I hate sharing instagram photos in regular, non-instagram posts but I'm melting over this picture. I have never loved a dog like I love Crum. He's seriously the best, ever. We're totally best buddies.
10 // Photos of my deck from the summer...
Oh how I miss flowers!
Hope you have an awesome day! I'm so very tired this morning. Last night I went to see O'Death at the Grog Shop in Cleveland. Oh my goodness, it was amazing. But I'm running on about three and half hours sleep and my ears hurt so bad. (Totally not complaining about my ears, I loved every second & rather enjoy this little reminder of how amazing last night was.) I'd normally say something like 'today will be a day for working quietly in my craft room' but I know there will be a generous amount of time dancing with the music turned all the way up and that's just perfect!

what i wore

what I wore : aye aye, captain!

Monday, November 26, 2012

the details
hat - thrifted
sweater - c/o Jupe Boutique
collar clips - handmade
shirt - thrifted
shoes -c/o Wanted Shoes (last year)
camera bag - Jo Totes

How fun is this jacket!? I was a little disappointed (because I didn't read the whole description) to find that it's actually sweatshirt material instead of jacket material so it won't be able to keep me warm this winter. But I just can't get over how fabulous that collar is! 

We got our first real snow of the season yesterday so these pictures already seem like a lifetime ago. I mean, we didn't get a huge snow but everything was white! (sadly it's all melted already) The weather had been so nice lately it kind of felt like it was spring instead of fall and I was not so secretly hoping that maybe Ohio could just skip winter this year but it clearly doesn't work like that. I hope we get a few more nice days to play outside before winter really hits.

Hope you have an excellent Monday!

hair and beauty

Weekly Nail

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Supplies used...
American Apparel Lopez Canyon
Coastal Scents Azalea
Seche Vite as a top coat
Nail stickers (blogged about here // bought from here

How gorgeous are these!? I am smitten! I think I'll be repainting these again soon, maybe even in the same color scheme.

Sometimes I spend too much time trying to find fun color duos and forget that sometimes the prettiest color combinations are right beside each other on the shelf. (you can see my nail polish collection here) Also, I realized I need a good red polish, this one chips quite quickly. It's also literally the only red polish I own, which seems kind of funny since red seems like a really standard polish color. I normally tend to shy away from it but this combo has me itching to try red more often.
Hope you're having an excellent Sunday!


cemetery photos on film

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I'm well aware that no cemetery photos I take will ever compare to those gorgeous ones I took back in August at that foggy cemetery but I hate not sharing all the other cemetery photos that have been building up on my computer. I have an incredible amount of headstone photos, I can't help but take some every time I visit a new one.

Exploring cemeteries kind of became a serious hobby for me over the summer. I've found so many new cemeteries close by that I had no idea existed. I'm absolutely loving learning about all the different symbols on headstones and what they mean. I love reading all the names and I really just enjoying spending time wandering.

These photos are from a few different cemeteries I visited over the summer...
That dog is one of my favorites! Unique headstones like that are so neat. 

Hope you have a great Saturday! I'm going to spend the day cleaning the basement. I made it one of my new year's goals to get it all cleaned up, because it's kind of an embarrassing wreck. I've made quite a bit of progress already but I still have a lot of work if I really want to get it done before January 1st. Wish me luck!

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

daily life

life lately...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1 // Reading outside. I'm soaking up the last bits of fall. Sitting in the sun reading with a kitty beside you is simply the best. (Also - loving this book so far!)
2 // Visiting more cemeteries, of course. It's been so chilly in the mornings, but I must admit it makes the cemetery look even more charming than normal.
3 // Working on a top secret project... that I'm just dying to share.
4 // Starting my pinned insect collection. I've had this beautiful Luna Moth stored away for sooo long, so when I finally got my pinning supplies I immediately fixed him up. He's officially my first pinned insect in my collection. I can't wait until he's dry and ready to transfer to a display case.
5 // A new kitty! I've only seen this guy once, the day I took this photo. But it always makes me excited to get new visitors on the deck, especially when they're this beautiful! How cute is that little brown spot on his head?
6 // My popcorn rock grew! It's not quite as impressive as I thought it would be but hey, it's still pretty awesome for just adding some vinegar to a rock.
7 // Building shelves for the bedroom! When Sarah and Josh shared this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess I was instantly smitten but didn't really have a reason to build any. Fast forward to the last few weeks when I've been working on a bedroom makeover - and I'm so happy I remembered this tutorial existed. They're turning out so very pretty. I can't wait to stain them and finally hang them. My bedroom is going to look so great when it's finally finished.
8 // Root beer testing! I love root beer, it's probably my favorite drink ever. (chocolate milk is pretty close too though!) So whenever I get the chance I love to stop into End of The Commons General Store and stock up on new brands to try. They have an awesome selection of fancy sodas there. Out of this group everything but Sioux City Sarsaparilla was kind of gross. But the Sioux City Sarsaparilla was a-m-a-z-i-n-g, so I'd say it was worth drinking all the other gross ones.

 Hope you're having a great day!

what i wore

what I wore : the aeroplane flies high

Monday, November 19, 2012

hat - thrifted
belt - thrifted
tights - Target
shoes - c/o Blowfish (fringe added by me)
camera bag - Gracie via Jo Totes

A little while back I downloaded the Roadside America app. It shows you all sorts of stupid but totally awesome attractions in your area, like a giant rocking chair, the longest covered bridge in the U.S., or the largest Amish horse and buggy (those are a few of the ones near me). It kind of stinks because they break the US into sections and you need to buy each section separately (You can also buy them all at once if you'd like but it's more expensive, and I don't really see myself visiting some of the other areas any time soon). I sort of live in the middle of two of them so I had to purchase two sections to be able to enjoy all the stupid things I love to drive out of my way to see. Other than that, it's a really awesome app and I found all sorts of silly things I didn't know existed. Most recently - the Ashtabula Train Wreck Obelisk.

It's amazing how you can live close to something for so long and never even know it exists. Visiting the train wreck mass grave brought us to the most beautiful cemetery and we seriously could not have visited on a more beautiful day. The air was crisp and cool but you didn't need a winter coat. The fall scenery at the cemetery was just a few days past peak but there were still lots of beautiful colors and leaves everywhere. The cemetery was hiding at the end of a residential street and was set on a hill. But more on the cemetery another day - I took a two rolls of film there so I'm sure I'll be gushing about it soon...

Hope you have a great start to your week.

ps. did any Smashing Pumpkins fans out there get the title reference? That's one of my favorite songs.

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