May 2014 - The Dainty Squid

at the drive in

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last week Jeff and I went to the drive in. We didn't get to catch a movie but we did have one heck of an awesome time. I've actually never been to a drive in, let alone an abandoned one. The screen has long since been removed but there's still lots to see there including the dilapidated remnants of the concession stand, which is actually a decent sized building, and a spooky playground.
It was a super fun little adventure, perhaps one of my favorite to date for quite a few reasons. We actually weren't 100% sure how to get there. As we walked along side a building we spotted three deer, which I, of course, squealed over. When we got too close for their comfort they ran through some brush showing us the hole in the fence that we just happened to be looking for. If it weren't for them we most likely wouldn't have even known it was there! Thanks guys!
I'm kind of weird about shooting photos in front of Jeff. I suppose I just feel intimated since he's a wonderful photographer. This always leads to me either wandering away from him or just not really shooting as much as I'd like (Yeah, definitely a stupid thing I need to get over!) This day I just wandered away from him to shoot. As I walked around the outside of the building I happened look down at the ground and there was a perfect skull! Just a little bit of dried flesh that was easily pulled off but otherwise absolutely clean. It was like it was waiting on me to find it! That was just the icing on the cake of my wonderful day.


project 365 // days 139-146

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

139 : 365 Someone sweet bought me flowers.
 140 : 365 Always exploring! I have a bunch more photos to share soon from this little adventure.
 141 : 365 Celebrating a friend's birthday by playing with steel wool.
 142 : 365 Went out for an evening bike ride around the city with Jeff, and a few of our friends. As we were crossing one of the bridges we noticed it had starting lightening like crazy. Everyone went their separate ways but Jeff and I stuck around to shoot photos. He taught me how to take awesome night photos so I made a silly little GIF of the storm. Jeff took this incredible photo. I love just happening to be in the right place at the right time.
 143 : 365 Awesome mail from Explorer's Press.
 144 : 365 Hit 100 miles on my bike, 50 of which were just in the last week.
 145 : 365 Some pretty new babies! I was trying to quit buying plants since I'm kind of running out of room but it's so hard to resist when you find really great ones.
 146 : 365 A deer spine! I found the full skull too, I just for some reason didn't snap a picture of it. I just need to do a quick peroxide soak on it and it'll be ready to display in my collection.
It was seriously such a fun filled week, these photos don't even begin to do it justice. I ate Indian food, biked around my beautiful city, took Jeff to meet my parents, let Klaus play off leash outside for the first time ever (he did AMAZING!), climbed around Whipps Ledges, did some more biking, and so much more!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One of my favorite things to shoot is fog. The opportunity rarely arises for me, I think the last time I took fog pictures I really loved was way back in 2012. (See here, they're still some of my favorites!) Last week on the way over to Jeff's place I saw it was pretty foggy at the park. We had planned an evening of working, me on the blog and him editing photos, but I guess neither of us could resist the fog so we headed out to the lake.
I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful city, to be right on the lake and surrounded with so many great parks! Cleveland rocks.


the BEST estate Sale

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's no secret that I love estate sales. Now that I'm living in Lakewood I'm finding that there are A LOT more sales nearby than where I used to live. I've had some pretty awesome luck at the sales too. Even if I don't find anything I really just enjoy snooping around people's homes. But a few weekends back I hit the jackpot. I've always said my dream estate sale would be a doctors and as luck would have it I finally got to attend one.

It was probably the craziest estate sale I've ever been to. Jeff and I arrived super early in order to get numbers. I got number six, which for some dumb reason really made this other lady mad but that's another story, and Jeff got nine. We left for coffee and hot chocolate then came back about twenty minutes before the sale started. Since we had such low numbers we were let in as soon as the doors opened but I watched as someone immediately grabbed the few things I had seen online and had counted on buying. It was a mad house inside. The sale was packed with amazing things but as quick as you could spot them people were slapping sold stickers on them. I did manage to find a few spectacular pieces to buy that day but I wasn't satisfied...

The next day, presuming everything would be picked over but at least it wouldn't be crowded, I headed back. I arrived around noon, three hours after the sale started, and it was empty. I was the only shopper. Even better than that they had set out a bunch of new stuff. I scored...BIG TIME. I have literally never found so many amazing things in one place. I'm over the moon about my purchases. Here's what I got...
A raised relief of Alaska! I adore raised relief maps. I only own a few of them but I'm always on the look out. They tend to go for pretty expensive online. This didn't have a price tag on it so I was prepared to leave it behind if they wanted too much. When I asked I was more than tickled with the response of "two bucks." Heck yes!
A model heart was one of the things I was really counting on getting at this sale. Sadly the one I wanted was way out of my price range. The next day I went back to find this one sitting on the table for $10. Aw, yessss!
A brain! Originally in eight pieces, for teaching purposes not because it was broke, I had to glue it together into two main pieces so it would sit nicely.
Found this on the second day as well. I'm so happy to add this piece to my collection. I actually already own a matching foot. I didn't realize it until I got home, it even came with the original booklet that has all the parts labeled. Quite an awesome find.
My favorite piece of the day! Even the little old ladies at the checkout were admiring it.  The brain is removable and comes apart into four pieces so you can see the insides. It's quite heavy.

I'm still riding high on this amazing estate sale score. I can't believe all the awesome things I was able to get at one sale. What a dream come true!

If you're looking for estate sale tips, check out this post. It's from 2011 but not too much has changed.

what i wore

what I wore : jail bird

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

jean jacket - TJ Maxx
crop top - Kohls
skirt - Target
sunglasses - Target
rings - Firefly Collections, question mark c/o asianiCandy, knuckle ring via Urban Outfitters
shoes - Keds 
patch - Bad Asteroids
backpatch - Goners
plugs - Omerica Organic (use rep code "daintysq" for 20% off!)

I can't help but think wearing so many stripes must be wrong. But it looks oh so good. Guess I've never been one to be subtle in my fashion choices though, why start now? Haha!

This was the first of three crop tops I bought for this summer. I just couldn't resist picking it up despite not yet knowing what I'd wear with it. I love that my jackalope peeks out. It actually kind of makes me think of my mom whenever I wear it. One of the conditions of her letting me get my bellybutton pierced when I was thirteen was that I not starting wearing shirts to show it off. That, of course, was never even an issue. I've never really been one to show off much skin. Something about this crop top though!!

The weather has been crazy lately. By crazy I mean it's basically just been storming constantly. I had planned to get up super early and go take outfit pictures before it got too hot out but by the time I was ready to leave it was pouring. I decided to head out and run some errands anyway. It stopped raining just around the time I finished up so I booked it over to my new favorite spot. I managed to shoot the outfit without a single drop falling from the sky. As soon as I got back to my car the sky fell. Pretty awesome timing, huh?! I'm hoping these storms don't last too long though. I want to get in the habit of a few times a week waking up early to go shoot an outfit and then going on a bike ride. Those are two things I want to do lots and lots of but not in the summer heat.

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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