January 2016 - The Dainty Squid
friday favorites

Friday Favorite #349

Friday, January 29, 2016

 (via: Modcloth)
Didn't know I needed a highlighter until I saw this one!
(via: Perpetual Kid
I want about fifty of these planters.
LOVE this shelf!
  (via: Ruche Shelving)
 These vintage snail clips are so cute!
I wish all my blankets could be this cute.
 (via: Modcloth)
There goes Anthro breaking my heart with another insanely amazing lamp that is crazy expensive.
 (via: Anthropologie)
Yeah, the rug is pretty darn awesome...but if everything in that room just magically showed up in my apartment I wouldn't complain.
I saw this, thought it was cute, then I realized it's coasters! So not only is this cactus adorable, it's functional!
(via: Clive Roddy)

Link Love...
 ▴ I would like to wear this shirt for every creepy dude in the city.
 ▴ How cool is this morse code best friends bracelet?
 ▴ This is exactly the sort of thing I want to cross stitch! It's been a while since I talked about my love of Jim Carrey, huh? Well, he's still my favorite.
 ▴ Because I'm still a child who loves everything scented - a pineapple scented hair brush!
 ▴ This face cream from Batty's Bath sounds amazing. My skin is so dry right now, winter sure does a number on it.
 ▴ This bra!

Happy Friday!!

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


Abandoned Rubber Bowl

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Akron, Abandoned stadium

The Rubber Bowl was one of those places I had known about for a little while but wasn't all that concerned with actually getting to. I'm not interested in football at all, and I really didn't see how an abandoned stadium could be all that cool. I had seen a few photos but wasn't too impressed. I'm fully prepared to admit I was wrong, the Rubber Bowl was pretty darn awesome! I'm super pumped about my photos.

Let's back up a second though. The Rubber Bowl is a, now abandoned, stadium in Akron, Ohio that was built in 1940. It was primarily used as a football field, both professional and high school, but also hosted concerts, and other events. Large names such as Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Alice Cooper, Tom Petty, The Grateful Dead, and Aretha Franklin, among many others, have all played here.

Since 2008, when the Rubber Bowl's home team The Zips, moved to a new stadium this place has sat abandoned. In 2012, a marketing company with big hopes purchase the stadium for $38,000. They have yet to do anything with the property but claim that the stadium could be up and running within six to eight months if they wanted. Apparently, "most of the damage is cosmetic."

Rubber Bowl Stadium

While we were poking around two teenage boys showed up. Always a little bit skeptical of others, I kept my eye on them only to watch them change shoes and start playing catch down on the field. It was kind of unexpected but can you blame them? I mean, what could beat your own personal football field to practice on?

I sent my mom a photo that Jeff took of me on the steps. Apparently in 1972 she had seen the Rolling Stones here. It's one thing to read the history the history of a place but thinking that forty-four years ago my mom was somewhere in these stands, probably dancing and screaming her head off, is just crazy!  It's things like that bring you right back down to reality. This is a real place, that A LOT of people have had special moments at. I don't necessarily feel sad about abandoned places (yes, it's a total waste!) but knowing that someone I know was here makes me feel something I can't quite describe. If you recall, she had also visited this now abandoned amusement park I blogged about back in 2014.

After finishing up shooting, we ended up finding a football. Jeff, Jason, and Brandon tossed it around while I laid on the ground and soaked up the sunshine. Playing catch might be something totally normal for most dudes but these are three guys I have never seen show any interest in sports before so it was particularly amusing watching them throw the ball back and forth. There were a few random tires scattered across the field so they took turns trying to throw the ball through a rolling tire. We could have hung out a lot longer and I'd have been a happy gal. The sunshine, and blue skies were a nice change of pace from the constant gray Ohio has been. And the artificial turf? SO warm! For a brief moment it was easy to forget it was we're smack dab in the middle of January.


the little things

10 things making me smile

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

puppies in too big sweaters.

informative street art.

cats who are into science (and dusty old gifts from friends!)

finding faces in inanimate objects.

leaving treasures for others to find.

a friendly good morning pat on the back between two cats who'd never be caught snuggling.


matching my outgoing mail.
mushroom postcards from Moorea Seal // If you'd like to be postcard pals - see here!

photos that feel like summer time, and of course, making pals with deer.

more inanimate object faces!

What's making you smile today?

"10 things" was a series on TDS back in 2012. I've since deleted the tag due to inactivity but seeing as stumbling upon those posts still makes me smile I thought I was way overdue for another one. Further installations will be nestled under "the little things" tags.


my blogging essentials - staying organized

Monday, January 25, 2016

tooth containers by Hello Hopscotch full of my favorite pens - the seven year pen!

Someone recently tweeted me to ask about how I stay organized which was the push I needed to finally write an updated post about my blog planning process and how I stay organized. It's been on my to-do list for a while now.

I know there are tons of apps, and websites for staying organized. Of course, even my phone has a calendar I could use to keep all my blog related stuff together but my number one tool for staying organized is, without a doubt, my editorial calendar. Keeping an editorial calendar, whether digitally or on paper, is, in my opinion, essential! Giving it a fancy name makes it sound so much more complicated than it really is. In reality it's just a planner from Target. It could be any planner, the important thing for me is that it shows the whole month on one page as shown below.

I write each individual blog post on a sticky note and then place them on the date I plan on posting them. I use sticky notes because I like how bright they are. It helps the whole process not to feel so mundane and it looks really pretty! Also, the real reason, I'm able to move posts if need be. There are some days I just don't feel like posting what I had planned or maybe another post just feels more appropriate for that date.  I can't stand scribbles in notebooks, or even use of two different pens together so using sticky notes just helps everything feel neater.

I normally begin working on an upcoming month's calendar a week or so before the first. I start by filling in any regular features, like Friday Favorites, or anything I've planned way in advance. Then I start to fill in the spots with well thought out ideas, and posts I have in my drafts. After I've queued a post it gets a piece of tape to indicate that it's good to go! I'd like to pretend that I plan out a whole month at once but I definitely don't. My goal is always to be one week ahead. Ideally everything is queued up, but as long as I have a solid idea of what I'll be posting I'm satisfied. The whole purpose is just so I'm not scrambling at the last minute for a post.

My two other must haves are...
▴ Notebooks and notepads x10000. You guys, I am a sucker for a pretty notebook or notepad.  Moorea Seal's office section has more than a few gems, Anthropologie has a great selection of paper goods, and Paper Source, of course, is home to lots of pretty notebooks! TJ Maxx might be my favorite place to grab them though. Most of the time they're around $2.99, and they're always getting new ones.

The newest addition to my "collection" is this notepad/calendar thing-a-majig. Seen above. I've found it super useful to keep track of social media stuff, and jot down notes for the whole week. Beside the column for Monday there is skinny blank column which I wrote down a few tasks I need to do everyday such as sharing posts on twitter, and facebook. I also use it to keep track of how much water I drink.

I use the above notepad to write down ideas, and things I need to do that are kind of broad. I use regular list style notepads for more specific daily tasks. Back in October I shared a post, which you can find here, about how I write my lists.

Notebooks are good for keeping track of post ideas. The one shown in the photos above (a TJ Maxx score!) is where I'm currently writing down all my ideas. I used some washi tape to break it down into sections.  Just like my list making, I do a lot of my note writing in a few different steps based on how thought out the idea is. Sometimes, if I'm super lucky, what pops into my head is a complete post idea. In that case I'll outline the whole post in my notebook. Other times I might have a really vague thought that maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to mold into a post - those go into a different section.

I've found the most helpful thing for me is to write every single thing down, no matter how crazy or irrelevant it seems. Usually I'll be able to work with it at some point, it might not be now but maybe in six months it'll be exactly what I want to write about.

▴ A good pen, obviously! Lately I've been using the heck out of this one. I like it for the same reason I actually disliked it when I first got it, I write really tiny with it! I guess I tend to write fairly large but with this pen I almost have to write small. My other favorite pens are the seven year pens by Seltzer Goods. They're super smooth, and can write 1.7 meters a day for seven years!

So that's that! I'm not the most organized person but making lists upon lists on pretty paper kind of makes me feel like I am! ;)

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #348

Friday, January 22, 2016

The print on this bag is too good!
(via: Modcloth)
I didn't realize Instax had come out with yet another new camera. The Instax Mini 70 sounds pretty darn awesome. It apparently even has a selfie mode? I'd love to test one out.
These tiny little planters are the cutest. I have so many plants that I just use plain terra-cotta pots for everything. I think I want to switch it up this year... slowly or else I might go broke!
Love From Berlin is one of my new favorite blogs. Rae is just so gosh darn adorable, and her blog is very aesthetically pleasing. Also, that hair? My dream hair!
These Beetlejuice themed lapel pins? YES PLEASE.
 (via: Ludlow Luna)
 Have I made it clear in the past how much of a sucker I am for anything with an eye print? Well, look how awesome these nail wraps are!!!
(via: Tattify)
Hogs and Kisses! You guys, I love Emily McDowell's work so much.
The cut of this shirt isn't something I'd normally go for but it's covered in cacti!!! I wish I could try it on.
(via: Modcloth)
Such a beautiful embroidery. Victoria Clare Gray is crazy talented (and has a super awesome instagram!)
Notebooks and planners in fun patterns. My biggest weakness!
(via: Moorea Seal)
 I don't quite have room for a chair in my apartment with it's current set up but that doesn't stop me from dreaming about how pretty this one would look with all the rest of my stuff.
(via: Anthropologie)

Link Love...
 ▴ I think basically every single thing in this shop would fit perfectly into my apartment.
 ▴ Cat apron + matching potholder!!
 ▴  Love that these earrings look like rock candy!
 ▴  This glass tooth in a jar is the coolest!
 ▴ Jordyn shared this link where you can learn to make your own leaf skeletons. So cool!
 ▴ This squirrel lamp is insanely expensive for what it is but holy cow, it's awesome!

Happy Friday!!

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

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