November 2014 - The Dainty Squid
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project 365 // days 326 - 332

Saturday, November 29, 2014

326 : 365 The day I took Jeff over to meet my parents for the first time we went on a hike and found this skull. I fiiiinally got around to cleaning it this week. After I was finished, while Jeff was at work, I went to his apartment and left it along with a cute little note. Upon typing that I realize how hilarious it is that I snuck over to my boyfriends place while he wasn't home and left him something dead. But he was appreciative and I guess that's why he's perfect for me.
327 : 365 My latest finished embroidery piece, and easily my favorite so far.
 328 : 365 Visited a reeeally cool museum for the second time in a month, specifically with the intent to take pictures for a blog post. I'm pretty excited to tell you all about this place.
329 : 365 I spent the afternoon at Jeff's apartment waiting for the furnace guy to come so I could let him in, only for the dude not to show up at all. Leaving my house I quickly grabbed some embroidery supplies to keep me occupied but completely forgot my marker to plot out where to stitch so I ended up just stitching lines. It's not something I plan on finishing anytime soon but I will tuck it away for another day when I can't think what to stitch but still want to do something with my hands. Guess it'll turn into a tiny little sampler piece.
330 : 365 Just a corner of my apartment.
 331 : 365 The two best friends that there have been. Professor and Jeff are inseparable. It's almost annoying how much Professor likes him. He greets him at the door, follows him everywhere, and immediately hops up onto him as soon as he gets in bed.
 332 : 365 Queen of the apartment.

friday favorites

Black Friday Deals

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's become an annual tradition to share Black Friday sales from my favorite small businesses each year. I'm so excited to share these with you, some of these sales are exclusively for TDS readers, which is pretty darn awesome. This is a pretty hefty list, so grab your coffee and get ready to shop!

Live Beautifully is offering 25% off with discount code "LBBLACK" and they will be offering free shipping on all domestic orders that are $25 and over after the discount. Their photos alone are enough to make me want to purchase but my goodness, their perfumes sound like they just smell amazing!

Jo Totes is having a huge sale. All camera bags are marked down, some even 50% off! I can't recommend these bags highly enough. I own more than a few. My favorite is Siena but the number of pockets in Somerset makes it one of my top bags. Right now I've got my eye on Hanover.

 Run 2 The Wild is offering 20% off with code "dainty".

Maiden Voyage Clothing Co (an absolute favorite of mine!) is offering 25% off with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" until December 1st. I know a certain blogger who wouldn't mind getting this sweatshirt for Christmas!

Urban Outfitters has taken an addition 25% off sale items online (50% off in store!)

Moorea Seal has an awesome section full of Black Friday deals! Her shop is so incredibly well curated.

Black Crystals is offering 25% off everything in their shop, with no coupon code needed, now until Cyber Monday.

Crave Jewelry is offering for 15% off everything except custom pieces with coupon code "ETSYHOLIDAYSALE" now through Cyber Monday (Nov. 28 - Dec. 1)

BB Dakota is offering 30% off all full priced items with code "THANK30". I really like this sweater, looks like another simple yet perfect staple piece.

Cat Coven is offering 25% off your entire purchase with code "BLACKCAT14" until Cyber Monday, December 1.

The Knotty Owl is offering 10% off with code "SHOPSMALL2014", all the way through December 5th. I'm rather fond of this necklace, and of course, the one pictured below.

Omerica Organic is offering 25% off + Free Shipping with code "GIFTMAS", through Monday. In case you weren't aware, they sell more than plugs. So if you don't have stretched ears (or aren't buying for someone who does) there are still lots of other things to check out. I'm loving their selection of pendants!

Society6 has free worldwide shipping plus a buy more, save more incentive! $10 off $75, $15 off $100, and $30 off $150! That's for all society6 shops, I'm obviously promoting mine. But hey, Jeff has one too! Doesn't this pillow look awesome!?

Jessamity is running a 25% off storewide sale from 11/27-12/1. Everything is already be marked down, so no coupon code is needed!

ASOS is offering 30% off with code "TGIBF"

Demiflux is offering 20% off everything in the shop until 11:59pm Monday (Pacific Time). No coupon needed. There will also be free item included in orders over $25!

And my absolute favorite, every year, Modcloth! They're offering 50% off 100s on new arrivals! I am dying over this duvet cover, there couldn't be a more perfect one for me! And my all time favorite jeans - except in a fun new color! And this cat dress! Ahh! So much awesomeness!

Even more sales!
 ◦ Black & White Boutique is giving away a free bracelet stack with every order as well as offering free shipping.
 ◦ Honeycomb Mosaic is offering 15% off with code "BLACKFRIDAYVINTAGE".
 ◦ A Grape Design is offering 20% off everything in the shop with the code "BLACKFRIDAY".
 ◦ Dactyl Life is offering free shipping in their shop from 11/28-12/1 with the code "BLACKFRIDAY".
 ◦ Keen Kidney Bean is offering 30% off everything in the shop with coupon code "SQUIDPRINTS2014" at checkout through Cyber Monday.
 ◦ I Love Crafty is having a 30% sale over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend with codes: "BLACKFRIDAY" (over the weekend) and "CYBERMONDAY" (on Monday)
 ◦ This: handmade accessories is offering 15% off any order with the coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY15".
 ◦ Dina Fragola is offering 15% off with code "thankyou".
 ◦ A Diva + 3 Dudes Design is offering free domestic shipping with code "BLACKFRIDAY14".
 ◦ Papyrusaurus is offering 25% off for all purchases $10 or greater, Friday and Saturday with code "FESTIVUS25".
 ◦ Baroness X is offering 20% off everything, no coupon needed. Nail polish makes a perfect stocking stuffer!
 ◦ Baxter Vintage is offering 20% off everything in the shop through the holiday weekend with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY14".
 ◦ Deloom is offering 10% sitewide + free shipping, no code needed.
 ◦ Madewell is offering 25% off with code "GIFTON".  I'm pretty into this button down shirt!

Have fun shopping. Whatever your black friday plans are remember to be safe and kind to others (read : please don't trample each other running into WalMart or Best Buy...)



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ever since I started this blog I've done a Thanksgiving post where I post about what I'm thankful for...just like every other blogger. I skipped the post last year because I was at a really strange place in my life. That was actually the day I told my mom I wanted to move to Cleveland. It's insane to me how different my life is now compared to this same day one year ago. I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. In no order at all, here's a very short list of things that make me cry a little when I think about them too long... 
(I'm so serious too, I'm a crier!)

My apartment in the most wonderful city. I've said it once, and I'm sure I'll say it at least another hundred thousands times; I love this city.  I'm so happy to have settled into so city life so quickly and easily. I belong here. Although I'm ready to start looking for a new place, I do love this apartment. It's the perfect size for all my collections and I.

The best roommates. This year is actually the first time in my life I've lived alone. It wasn't that strange at first, it felt normal. But a few months in, it hit me. I'm never going to come home to dinner cooking, or music on or anything in this apartment. I don't miss a person in particular, I miss a feeling. I like having someone in another room doing their own thing while I do mine. Living alone can be super lonely for me at times but Klaus, Professor, and Squid are really great company. I seriously don't know how anyone lives alone without pets. These three are lifesavers!

A tight knit group of incredible friends. I've never really had a lot of friends. In high school I had maybe two or three super close friends. I lost touch with them and then basically only concentrated on a relationship - that failed. When I moved to Cleveland I had one friend. Then I met Jeff and was instantly welcomed into his group of friends. I've never felt so comfortable so quickly around a group of people. Almost immediately I was being corrected by Jeff for saying "your friends" because they were (are) my friends too.

Jason, Brandon, Rachel, Garrett, Jake, and of course, Jeff - I LOVE YOU GUYS, and I'm so incredibly thankful to have you all in my life. I couldn't ask for a more awesome group of pals!

It probably seems silly to most, but dude, this list isn't complete without my bike! It's insane to me how much something that I've known about my whole life could mean so much to be when I rediscovered it as an adult. My bike makes me feel confident, healthy, strong, sexy, and in control. I'm not sure there is any time that I'm happier than when I'm on my bike. I took to cycling like a fish to water.

Last but not least, all of you! I'm so fortunate to be able to blog for a living. I couldn't do that without you guys. And even more than being able to blog for living, I love connecting with people through my blog. Over the past two years there have been lots of big changes in my life and obstacles that I've overcome but it makes it even more exciting to get an email or comment from someone doing the same thing. I connected with people from all across the world doing the same things I was doing - getting their license late in life, moving to a new city, getting on their own two feet, etc. Being able to share my experiences with so many people is a crazy good feeling.  Thank you all so much for reading, commenting, emailing, liking, sharing, everything!

I hope you all have an incredible Thanksgiving.

animals and nature

Lagoon Deer Park // Instax 210

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I shared photos from my trip to Lagoon Deer Park back in October but while I was there I also shot with my instax 210. I hadn't used it in a while, and honestly had forgotten how much I love the photos it produces. I used to spend a lot of time planning my photos with this camera and ultimately always ended up disappointed. I've recently taken to shooting quick, and thinking less about it. I love the results. They have a bit of a disposable camera vibe to them. Shots that would probably be discarded had they been shot with my digital camera always end up being my favorite on film.
It's so hard to believe this was only just around a month ago. The weather here in Ohio changed SO quickly. It was 70 degrees one day, and then two days later we had a big snow storm. Since then the temperatures have been in the teens and when that wind is whipping it is BRUTAL outside. There was no smooth transition into winter so I'm kind of already feeling antsy about it ending. I would kill to be back in the pen with all these deer, sun shining, in less than the four layers that have become my uniform as of late. Spring can't come soon enough.

I recently shared a little bit about instant film + four cameras with easily accessible film here if you're looking to get into a super fun hobby! ;)


Monroe Street Cemetery

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I love cemeteries. I think that's apparent. But there is just something about cemeteries in the fall that makes them a thousand times more beautiful, and more peaceful. This cemetery is close to a few other places I frequent but somehow I'd never spent much time poking around in there. I finally got around to doing it last week and I couldn't be more pleased with my photos. I actually spilled tea on my laptop just a few hours after I got done editing these and my first thought was "Nooooo! The cemetery photos!!!" After a few days in a bag of ride my laptop made a full recovery! Hooray! Although I am still finding pieces of rice everywhere...

It was a gorgeous day for checking out the cemetery, albeit pretty cold. The leaves were all different colors, and the sky was overcast which is my favorite to shoot it but for some reason all my shots looked uninspired. I just wasn't able to capture what I was seeing in person. Right as I was about to leave a headstone off in the distance caught my eye. When I walked over to photograph it I realized there were all kind of tiny little headstones along the fence that had, for the most part, been neglected and forgotten. Ivy had begun to cover most and I even found a few that had been completely buried underneath growth. My fingers were so cold I felt like they might freeze but I had to keep looking for other little hidden treasures.
Monroe Street Cemetery is a historic cemetery on the West side of Cleveland, until the late 1890's it was actually the only public cemetery on the West side. It is said that burials began in 1818 but the earliest headstone that can be found is 1827. There are currently over 31k people buried on the 13.63 acres, over 500 of which were soldiers. During the civil war, soldiers who died at Army camps near Cleveland were often buried here. There are also two mayors, as well as many notable folks who helped build Cleveland and Ohio City buried here.

After finding all the really old, and tiny headstones hidden along the fence I think that brings this cemetery up my second favorite in Cleveland. I'm not sure I'll find one I like more than Woodland but here's to lookin'! 

Bonus fun Monroe Street Cemetery fact : It was fenced during the 19th century to keep out wandering hogs.

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