Meet Kaylah. This vibrant-haired Ohio native is the talented lady behind one of my favourite blogs, The Dainty Squid. Whether you’re a cat lady, mushroom obsessive, or a sucker for all things colourful – this is the blog you need to visit! Kaylah is the most impressive collector (of anything!) that I’ve ever seen. Whether it’s her beach glass, vintage clothing, or even her prize collection – the teeth! – everything is immaculately presented, just for us to peek at. And if that’s not enough to fall in love with – how about Kaylah’s four kitty cats; Squid, Professor Stingray, Doctor Octopus, and Leafy Sea Dragon. Not to mention that she’s proven her feline dedication by tattooing ‘cat lady’ across her knuckles. Um, coolest girl ever? Yep, I think so too! So what’s not to adore? Read on to learn even more about the always wonderful Kaylah!
Let’s start by talking about your infamous tooth collection! Where did your love for all things denture related begin?
I’ve always thought teeth were neat, because I mean c’mon, the whole human body is amazing. But I started my collection sometime around April of 2011. It was my first estate sale, a few blocks away from my house. I finished shopping in the house and checked out. Afterwards I went out into the garage and found them – a pair of dentures. The “these are awesome” factor overruled my “wow, that’s gross” reaction and I had to have them. 50 cents later they were mine and my obsession only grew from there.
You have a seriously impressive collection of.. err, well, actually you have SO many impressive collections that I don’t quite know where to start! As a dedicated collector, can yuo give us an insight into any brilliant display or storage tips?
Oh goodness, my ability to display and store things neatly and in an attractive manner is something I don’t even know how to explain. It just happens. It’s a magic ability I’m super stoked to have but really have no idea where it came from.
You’re very open about how you can quite literally become terrified over leaving the house. Are there any specific techniques or coping mechanisms that help to get you through those difficult days?
I’ve just recently realized that pushing myself on those days is really the best thing for me. Days I’m feeling really shy or anxious about going outside I force myself to take a quick bike ride around the block. It’s difficult at first but the way I feel afterwards is so worth it. I’ve come to a point where I’m tired or wasting my life worrying about really silly things.
I love blogger friendships – and you are Elycia have one of the best of all! How did the two of you meeting and become friends?
Elycia and I met through our blogs. We both were just commenting on each other’s blog and eventually started emailing each other. One day she was like “Hey, I only live like three and a half hours away, wanna hang out?” and the rest is history. We really hit it off our first time hanging out (we went to an indoor water park, it was great!) and each time we’ve gotten together since we’ve grown closer and closer. I’m so very thankful to have found her, it was definitely one of the best things to come from my blog.
You have some of the most amazing hair I’ve seen (and you always do too!) As a self-confessed shy person, is it ever difficult to deal with the level of attention that it brings?
Thank you! I absolutely have a hard time dealing with the attention my hair brings. I’ve often said “I wish my hair was only blue to me and everyone else saw it as brown!” It can be really embarrassing when you’re just minding your own business shopping and someone across the store yells something about your hair. I guess it doesn’t bother me too much though. I’ve been dying my hair fun colors for five years straight now and I don’t think I’ll be heading back to any “normal” colors soon!
It’s no secret that you love cats – even using your spare time to look after a bunch of stray feline visitors that frequent your back yard. Do you have any favourites that you get especially excited about seeing?
I maybe feel a little guilty admitting favorites, even when it comes to the strays but there is one that I just love to pieces. Lloyd, he’s a black and white cat who has been coming around for a little over a year. He’s literally the sweetest cat I’ve ever met. He loves to be pet and when it’s sunny out he’ll often spend the whole day napping on my back deck. I love that kitty.