found on the beach – 49 lighters

I think this just may be my favorite found on the beach arrangement! When I first started doing these arrangements five or six years ago I always made them in the sand. It was super important to me that I found a clear little section of sand with no other debris. I was really nitpicky

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11 years

The end of this month marks Squid’s 11th birthday! Up until about a week ago I thought she was turning ten this year buuut that’s neither here nor there. I apparently don’t understand simple math. Squid doesn’t get much air time on The Dainty Squid. I mean, this whole thing is named after her so

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four years together

As of today, Jeff and I have been dating for four years! I feel like we’ve been together forever though. It felt like my life really started when I moved to Cleveland then somehow I lucked out and met this dude a month later. He’s been a massive part of my life ever since. I

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10 things making me smile…

▴ Klaus playing in the water! ▴ Lazy weekend mornings with coffee, french toast + my main squeeze. ▴ This light chasing little dweeb. ▴ Being surrounded by plants (+my long hair! Do you know how many years I ‘tried’ to grow it but always cut it!? So pumped to finally have followed through!) ▴

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abandoned around Cleveland

Just some recent photos from abandoned buildings around the Cleveland area… Sometimes we visit really rad places but I just don’t feel like taking the time to set up my tripod, or maybe I’m just too busy being nervous about the neighborhood to take the time to find that perfect shot and don’t end up

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nail sticker how to + FAQ

For about six years now I’ve been using nail stickers of some sort to get crisp lines in my nail art. They’ve played a huge part in developing my nail style. (That’s a thing right? I definitely feel like I have a style.) I couldn’t imagine not having them in my nail kit. Since I’ve

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found on the beach

Just some colorful beach finds for you today. What can I say? I’m a sucker for trash organized by color. Everything in these photos was found on the same day, on the same trip, within the same hour.  I usually decide on what kind of arragement I’ll make after being at the beach a few

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nail round up II

Sally Hansen Barely Blue Bell, Sally Hansen Tidal Wave + Wet N Wild Power Outage Sally Hansen Gray by Gray + ILNP Mega I already owned a holographic nail polish so immediately after purchasing ILNP’s Mega I was like “Oh, you turd. Why’d you waste your money!?” Then I painted my nails with it and

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