February 2017 - The Dainty Squid
project 365

project 365 : days 51 - 57

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

51 : 365 New Orleans! Jeff and I spent a week there, in case you didn't see me posting about it constantly on instagram. I have so many photos (and recommendations!) to share from our trip so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Jeff is always looking for the highest view of any city so our first night in the city that's what we went hunting for. I was pretty tired and ready to just call it a night but tagged along. We shot from one corner of this building and when I walked to the other side I spotted a piece from my favorite graffiti artist, You Go Girl! Such an awesome way to start our vacation. I went back later in the week and got a much much better shot but I wanted to share this one since it was such an exciting moment.

52 : 365 ...And SOLD!

Another artist I had my eyes peeled for in NOLA, Reader. They were one of the first to ever catch my attention back in Cleveland (I even wrote a post about it!) so I'm always excited to spot little pieces of their work! I could honestly share a whole post of photos of Reader + You Go Girl work I saw in New Orleans. 

53 : 365 Such beautiful colors everywhere you look in New Orleans!

54 : 365 On Thursday we took an Uber to one of the cemeteries I spotted from the highway on our way into the city. I haven't even begun to look through my photos from this location but I'm pretty stoked. It was gorgeous there, and despite a run in with some fire ants, I think I got some solid shots!

55 : 365 Friday - back in Cleveland. The kitties were so very happy to see us, and despite looooving New Orleans, it felt very good to be home. I missed my apartment!

56 : 365 Jeff and I decided to keep up the adventuring momentum by taking exploring a few abandoned buildings before going to pick up Klaus from my parents. We've been so much more active this year than last year and it feels amazing. 

57 : 365 Taking silly photos of Professor is honestly one of my all time favorite hobbies.
Also, all three pets in one photo! Woo!

This week is for playing catch up. Vacations are so much fun but getting back up to speed is kind of the worst, especially when you ignore your inbox for a full week. Ah! The good thing is that since I have been so busy I have a TON of photos to edit which is always exciting. Hope you have an awesome Tuesday!


Grahamville Cemetery

Monday, February 27, 2017

Grahamville Cemetery, headstone, graveyard

After that incredible abandoned church we found on our Valentine's Day adventure (check it out here!) I couldn't imagine our luck getting any better. Shortly after crossing the Pennsylvania border we hit a major wall of fog. Like barely see the car in front of you wall of fog! Jeff said something like "wouldn't you love to shoot a cemetery in this?" To which my response was "well, I doooo have the find a grave app!" I opened it real quick and found that a little ways off from the next exit was a real gem of a cemetery. The photos showed some old headstones and I was sold!

It was about ten minutes away from the freeway which when you've had the worst luck ever photographing fog feels like a lifetime. I've told you a million times in the past how every time I go to shoot some beautiful foggy location it all burns off before I arrive. I held my breath the whole way there. We went through patches where the skies were clear, and patches where you couldn't see a darn thing. By some stroke of luck when we pulled into the driveway it was so white you couldn't see a single headstone.

I nearly jumped out of the car. Just kidding. I literally jumped out of the car, grabbed my camera from the back and started running around snapping photos. I was so happy to just be shooting anything in the fog but the further I got into the cemetery the older the headstones were until I found that sweet spot I'd seen on the app. It was SO EXCITING. I honestly could ramble forever about how much I love fog and cemeteries, and how the two combined is like the ultimate photographic subject for me so, here, just look at my photos from the day...

fog, headstone, graveyard
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headstone, spooky cemetery, foggrahamville cemetery, pennsylvania

For more foggy cemetery photos check out this post from back in November.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #404

Friday, February 24, 2017

I let out an audible "oooooh!" when I clicked on this dress. It's perrrrrfect!
 (via: Eliza J)
This lamp is AMAZING!
All about this pin!
 (via: Moorea Seal)
(via: Yu Square)
I know cats truly don't care what the box they're in looks like but this book sounds way rad!
 (via: Amazon)
 I'm kind of obsessed with this bag. It can be worn as either a shoulder bag or a backpack!
(via: Target)
 (via: Modcloth)
 Have you seen this jacket!?!?
 (via: Moorea Seal)
Crosley is always coming out with UO exclusive record players that make me drool. This one is sooo pretty!
(via: Urban Outfitters
Oh, what's that? Just another perfect striped dress!
(via: Amazon)

Link love...
This chair doesn't really fit my apartment's style but I really really like it!
Claw ring! Creepy yet dainty and feminine at the same time.
▴ I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the customer review photos on this cat carrier backpack. (You know, that weird space space bubble one that makes it rounds on the internet every so often!) I would probably squeal out of pure joy if I ever saw someone wearing one in person. Sadly I don't think either of my kitties would enjoy it.
▴ Love love love this black and white sweater.
▴ I've got serious heart eyes for these fancy gold flats.
▴ A sleeveless top covered in cute little birdies. Yeah, it's the cutest!
These overall shorts are super cute.

Happy Friday!


living room sneak peek

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Decorating the new apartment started with a bang. We got so much done in that first week and a half. I felt like we were way ahead of schedule. Friends and family commented on how quickly it came together. Elycia even said "It's like you've been here forever." which I took as it's dirty and outdated. Haha! All the furniture was where I wanted it, and knick knacks were out. Then things slowed to a halt. For the past month we haven't done much in terms of decorating, and it's kinda sorta driving me nuts. I'm ready to be settled.

Really, all that is left to do is to hang things on the wall but it's not a task I take lightly. Hanging things is always super intimidating. I'm not one to overly plan the whole process out so its basically just me crossing my fingers and hoping it turns out okay. It makes no sense, I essentially care about it too much and not enough at the same time. I was really really happy with how my last living room looked so needless to say I had high expectations for this one. The original plan was to keep the theme of black and white but I quickly realized I didn't have enough stuff to fill the walls. If I were living alone I'd probably have just purchased more things that fit the theme but since Jeff had an abundance of wall hangings that needed to go up we tweaked the plan a bit.

I still wanted to do a "gallery" wall since I like that look. I think the key to a successful one is keeping a color theme so we ended up with black, white, and yellowy brown. Yellowy brown is never ever everrrr a first choice to me but I realized that Jeff and I actually own a lot of it. It shows up in my taxidermy, in my insect collection, Jeff's arrowheads, our vintage photos, and our star piece, The Doctor*. Like I said, wasn't totally sold on that color at first but I ended up really digging it. Our main wall, the one behind the couch, is kind of the coolest. The colors look really nice together, and I like how they look with all the plants in the room. Basically, once again, I kind of just threw things together and magically they turned out okay. Thank goodness.

I started taking the photos for this post intending for it to be the official full living room tour but with one wall not completed (the one behind the tv doesn't have anything hung on it yet) and a few other tasks on my to-do list I'm opting to just call this a peek. I also just feel like it's missing something. Maybe it'll feel complete after painting our tv stand. I don't know, I can't seem to put my finger on it yet. I just know that when I finally bought the black and white Ikea rug for my last apartment the room suddenly felt complete. The rug really tied the room together. I'm looking for the one thing for this room that just seals the deal, that makes it complete. We'll see if I ever find it. Either way, you can definitely expect more photos of this room in the next few months. I promise to share photos that show off the whole room, and give you a better idea of the layout, eventually.


*The Doctor is not only a really rad piece but one with a bit of sentimental value. Jeff and I originally spotted it at an estate sale - actually THE best estate sale. He really liked it but couldn't justify buying it since he'd already gotten so many other awesome things there that day. I went back the next day mostly for myself because I figured there would be more goodies for me but also half hoping The Doctor hadn't sold yet. As luck would have it, it was still sitting there. I made an offer, they accepted, and while Jeff was at work I went over to his apartment and hung it on his living room wall.


abandoned in New York

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For Valentine's Day Jeff and I took a spur of the moment trip to Rochester, New York. On Friday morning he sent me a text asking me to ask my mom, who was at our apartment, if she'd be willing to take Klaus home with her when she left. I knew that meant we were taking a weekend trip so I asked "Where are we running away to?" He responded with a screenshot of a hotel reservation in Rochester. That's my kind of Valentine's Day present!

Since we met we've been taking annual trips up to Rochester. (2014 + 2015) Each time previous had been with friends, and only for the day. Last year we weren't able to find a time when everyone was able to go and subsequently missed the opportunity. We're both fairly smitten with Rochester. Jeff, especially, had been itching to get back as soon as possible. It's very reminiscent of Cleveland so it's kind of like being at home but with lots of new things to explore. We left without a plan but armed with cameras - the way any good trip starts.

Saturday was spent aimlessly wandering around the city on foot. We woke up fairly early Sunday with hopes of getting the abandoned subway again, and finding some abandoned buildings to shoot. I felt a little uncomfortable with the subway since for the first time it was actually fenced off, and seemed to be under construction. We opted to hit one building we had found during our last visit and then hit the road since the weather was icky. On our way home we stopped in Buffalo, a city filled with abandoned buildings that for some reason we never have any luck getting into. Well, the Buffalo curse was finally broken.

Despite getting two spots that weekend, one of which was a maaajor highlight for both of us, I didn't end up with very many photos that I absolutely loved. The ones I am happy with I couldn't bare to just tuck away in a folder so what you get is a mix of photos from the two buildings.

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abandoned, church, buffalo, new york
abandoned rochester
graffiti, roa rochester, ROA mural

Check out the 'abandoned' tag for more grimy goodness!

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