May 2015 - The Dainty Squid

project 365 // days 142 - 149

Saturday, May 30, 2015

142 : 365 Grandpa chic in my new shoes, fancy socks, and favorite jeans.

Fifteen miles with Jeff, Jason, and Irissa. Sunset over the lake, and chai bubble tea from Koko Bakery. I am looking forward to more warm nights like this one.
143 : 365 Sun babies!
144 : 365 The cutest little lapel pin from i like cats.
145 : 365 I spent Memorial Day exploring with my friends. It was so much fun to have everyone together for once! I have so many photos to share these next few weeks.
146 : 365  I received a super duper amazing package from Sarah. Scratch and sniff banana stickers, a spicy(!?) KitKat, treats for Klaus (which the cats stole + devoured) and so much more.
147 : 365 Jesi came up to Cleveland to visit. We explored, we went to a greenhouse, and we ate macarons. It was an excellent day! Forever wishing she lived just a bit closer.

 148 : 365 Prepared a second round of leaves to propagate! Hopefully these are just as successful as my other ones.
149 : 365 A super fun little package of goodies from Eleventh Avenue.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #314

Friday, May 29, 2015

Very much into this patch, for obvious reasons.
 (via: WishboneMM)
 This puppy is way out of my bra budget but my goodness, it's gorgeous!!!!
(via: Anthropologie)
Always a sucker for a good looking backpack. Would you just look at this thing?!
 (via: BagDoRi)
My view on a lot of things. Maybe this shirt would stop people from asking about my hair in public...?
 (via: alphonnsine)
This would be perfect in my apartment! I will always love old pull down charts. 
My beautiful city, on a necklace!
 (via: Crave Jewelry)
These lip glosses look so lovely. Love the shade of that first one.
(via: Batty's Bath)
Oh, opal! You are so beautiful!
 (via: Rho & Jo)
It's quilts like this one that make me want to just spend hours in front of my sewing machine.
Why yes, I would like to add this globe to my collection!

Link Love...
The design lab Bandaru Organics has is pretty awesome. You can vote on different styles of plugs you'd like to see in production. Those shark ones are way too cool.
▴ Because a giant cat face pillow is just what everyone wants, right?
Super Mario Question Block coasters!
▴ Danielle from Condensed Star Stuff  is giving a free print away with each order while supplies last!
▴ I wish these cactus pajamas came in adult sizes.
▴ But speaking of cactus, I am very much into this makeup bag! Perfect for a trip to the desert, eh?!

Happy Friday!

Ps. Don't forget to browse my Everyday Favorites if you want to see more fun finds!

shop my closet : round two

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Back in September I did a shop my closet sale. It was a success to say the least. Everything sold out quickly, and to my delight lots of people later shared photos of themselves in what they bought! It's taken me a while to get this all set up but today a new batch of things are up for grabs! There are lots of dresses, skirts, and cardigans (mostly size medium with a few smalls thrown in) but there are also oodles of home goods as well. A few cameras, some fabric, brooches, and more!!!

The fine print of it all;  I'm open to shipping anywhere in the world. Any shipping overcharges will be refunded after your package has shipped. I am so so so sorry shipping costs are so insane for overseas packages, but that's the post office - not me. I wish there was a cheaper way to do things! There are no returns. I've done my best to look over everything for stains and things but there's always a possibility I missed something small. I, obviously, have two cats and a pup so folks with severe allergies should beware.

You can find everything here. Thanks in advance for helping me be less of a hoarder! If you have any questions at all, feel free to shoot me an email. 


getting back into the swing of film

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Like I mentioned in this post, I'm trying really hard to get back into the habit of shooting film. Last year I lost track of how many rolls I went through after number 75. This year I've shot around four and half...whoops! It's far too easy to just tuck my film cameras away and shoot only digital.

Recently I went on a few bike rides where I just carried a film camera in hopes of shooting a few rolls. When I carry both film, and digital I always end up doing the whole deal where I take the same shot with every camera on me - because c'mon they all turn out different, right? So just carrying film prevents that and forces me to work harder to get the shot I want instead of letting film take the backseat. Anyway, here are some shots from the film I got developed that don't really fit a theme other than being photos I liked (+ of things I like - bike, plants, puppy, Cleveland)

I'm really excited about that first shot. Last year a friend's grandfather passed away. He was a photographer and had a ton of equipment that I was lucky enough to "inherit". In the massive box of camera goodies I was gifted what stole the show for me was the Yashica Mat 124g. I've wanted one for so long but the price tag kept me away. Now I own one that's worth tons in sentimental value! His grandpa used to shoot weddings with this amazing thing! I'd been putting off loading it up with film for a while now just because I was intimated. I finally loaded her up but haven't managed to make it all the way through a roll of film. I can't wait to finally see what amazing images it captures. Ideally I'd like to finish a roll before June's big road trip so I have a better idea of what to expect from it but we'll see how that goes.

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fujifilm 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.


Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

While Elycia, Ivan, and Milo were out I wanted to show them all my favorite things about Cleveland. Nearly all of those things involve bikes, or food. Bikes were out of the questions with Milo and by Wednesday we didn't want to eat anymore so I was kind of stumped about what to do. Jeff suggested the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. I had heard of it, of course, but had never been there. I was under the impression it was super small, and not exactly worth a visit.

I was 100% completely wrong. This place is AMAZING. It was built in 1905, used originally to grow plants for the city. This place is stunning inside and out. There are multiple rooms with different themes, and tons and tons of plants. Parking and admission are free. You basically have no excuse to not love this place.

We spent a ton of time in there, way longer than any of us thought we would. Like I said, I always assumed it was really small. I remember reading a review of the greenhouse that said something about how it was a waste of time and that just kind of stuck with me. While the greenhouse isn't massive by any means, you can easily spend a few hours admiring everything, especially if you have a camera with you!

I was most enthralled with the desert room, well duh. I went through there at least five times. My favorite plant in the whole place was a century plant, seen above. I didn't really know much about them but due to the size and name assumed it must be super old. I did some research when I got home and read that century plants actually only live to be 10-30 years old. They're native to Arizona so I've got my fingers crossed to see some of those babies on our road trip next month! I would LOVE to see one in the wild.

This is easily one of my new favorite spots in Cleveland. An absolute must if you're in the area. It's a great spot to spend an afternoon. It's free and possibly best of all, we only saw a total of five other people during our whole visit. That's my kind of place!

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