How tall are you? I am 5'7".
Where do you live? I live in Northeast Ohio. I'm about an hour east of Cleveland in a quiet little town.
When is your birthday? August 2nd.
Are you vegan? Nope, I'm not vegan. If a stranger were to ask me about my eating habits I'd probably respond "I don't eat meat" but it's not that simple, really. I'll do a blog post all about this soon. So stay tuned!
What hair dyes do you use? My favorite dyes, after trying many, are Manic Panic, Punky Colour and Special Effects. They all seem to produce long lasting beautiful color, plus they smell awesome. If you'd like to know what color I used in a specific photo than you're out of luck - 99% of the time I mix my dyes together so I have a unique color each time. By the time I've rinsed my hair I've normally forgotten my little recipe.
How is your hair so soft looking after bleaching it? My hair is so soft because I don't bleach it every time I change the color. I only bleach my hair when my roots need touched up and at that time I only bleach my roots not all of my hair. Since the dyes I use don't contain anything bad for my hair it's able to stay soft, shiny and healthy. Also - I go through way more conditioner than anyone else I know.
How do you get your hair color to last so long? Cold showers, avoiding lots of exposure to sun, and making sure to use shampoo as little as possible definitely help. If you'd like more tips you can find them in my three part series "Hair Tips and Tricks"
Can you help me out with my hair / give me some hair advice? I'm sorry, I don't feel comfortable giving hair advice. I am not a professional, all that I know is from personal experience and I know that it works for my hair. But everyone's hair is different and will react differently to bleach and dye.
How do you keep your cuticles so nice? I've found the key to making sure my cuticles look nice is making sure they're moisturized. I made a list of my nail essentials a little while back that includes a list of things I use.
What are your favorite nail polish brands? I would have to say my favorite brand of nail polish is Zoya but I also really like a lot of Sally Hansen and Revlon polishes. If you'd like to see a list of all my favorite polishes you can find it here.
How do you get your nails stickers to work so well? Patience and practice are two things definitely needed to get the most out of these nail stickers. You can also find some tips in this video, while it was made to be humorous it does contain my favorite tips to get the most out of nail stickers.
Where do you get tattooed? I get tattooed by the very, very talented Bryan Krause who owns Atom Bomb Tattoo in Willoughby, Ohio. If you're in the area and looking for a new artist he's the man you need to go visit!
Can I see a close up photo of your tattoos? I'm sorry but I no longer share any close up photos of my tattoos. I know most people are just curious and would love to see more but my tattoos are very personal to me and I feel uncomfortable with the idea that someone might rip them off (hey, it's happened before!)
How much did your tattoos cost? I don't really feel comfortable answering this but if you're asking because you're looking into getting a tattoo your best bet would be to ask the artist you'll be having do that tattoo. Tattoos vary in price greatly depending on the size, amount of detail and of course, your artist.
How many piercings do you have? I currently wear jewelry in 8 piercings.
Where do you buy your body jewelry? I buy all my plugs from Omerica Organic, who I cannot recommend highly enough. (PS. You can get 20% off your first purchase with rep code "daintysq"). Other than that I don't really buy too much.
May I link to you? Sure thing, if you'd like to snag a button to put in your side bar you can find a variety of sizes here.
May I post your tutorial on my blog? You may post ONE photo of the finished product from a tutorial, a link and no more. Please do not copy and paste the whole thing and please don't use the step by step photos.
Do you have any blogging tips for beginners? I think my two biggest tips are to blog about your interests, not what you think others want to read and to always remember that it's not about how many readers you have! (And also that blogging is not a get rich quick kind of thing!) Just have fun!
How do I build a readership? Building a readership takes lots of time and great content. Be patient, and work hard!
Where did the name The Dainty Squid come from? Squid is ones of my cats and she is very dainty. ;)
How long have you been blogging? I've been blogging since May 2009.
What do you use to edit your photos? I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 to edit my photos.
How do you take such nice macro shots? I swear by these filters!
Where do you get your land camera film? You can find land camera film on amazon, black and white here and color here.
Are you on instagram? I sure am. You can find me as "thedaintysquid" If you're not on instagram but would still like to view my photos you can do so here.
What's your favorite toy camera? The split-cam! If you'd like to see some examples of photos from it see here, here, and here.
Where do you get your film developed? I get my 35mm film developed at Discount Drug Mart, which is our local drug store if you're not familiar with the store. They're the closest place to me that has one hour photo that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
How do you have so many indoor plants with all those kitties? My cats honestly aren't interested in my plants. They'll sniff them from time to time but they've never tried to eat any of them. *knock on wood* Guess I just got lucky!
Where do you shop? Mostly thrift stores and estate sales. Some of my favorite places to shop for clothing other than those two are Target, and Modcloth.
Do you have any thrifting tips? I do, I actually made a post quite a while ago about it. It's not that pretty and could certainly be updated but does have lots of great tips. Read it here.
Do you have any tips for estate sales? I sure do! You can find all my tips regarding estate sales right here. I cover how to find them and what to expect.
Where did you learn about mycology? I've learned about mycology with help from the internet, and books! If you're interested in identifying mushrooms while you're out exploring I recommend the app "Fungi"
What do you with all the mushrooms you pick? Most I bring home to dry (see here), others I pick in order to identify better and learn more about them. I like to be able to see everything about mushrooms, their gills, the full stipe, etc. I'm a hands on learner.
Can I mail you something? Absolutely, I love getting mail! My address is:
PO Box 245
Perry, OH 44081
What are you favorite places in Cleveland? A little while back I did a little post for Modcloth's Travel Bug series where I talked about all my favorite places in Cleveland, you can find it right here. I also really love, and highly recommend the Natural History Museum.
Hope that answers your questions! I also have two FAQ videos I did with Love, Elycia that can be found here and here. We cover topics like how we met, our future plans for children, how we're always so happy, and what kind of music we like!