Monthly Mixtapes: April Trances

April Trances is a electro style mixtape of some of my fondest electonic indie rock bands during my early 20’s. Including this month’s music inspiration We Are Wolves, from Montreal and others like The Knife, Thom Yorke, Fischerspooner, Crystal Castles, iamamiwhoami, and others.
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If Spotify isn’t your thing, I made a playlist on Youtube as well although only a few of them have actual videos. Oh yah the polaroid is of me as a kid in my Sunday dress, clearing feeling myself and my smooth tunes. 

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Things That Make Me Smile

This is a special ‘Things That Make Me Smile’ post for this wonderful Easter Sunday. Even though I’m an atheist it’s my favourite holiday to go all out on (beside Halloween but that’s a given). I mentioned it every year how I grew up with quiet an extravagant amount of Easter festivities and tradition. My grandmother on my father’s side of the family grew up in a farming community that mostly consisted of Polish/Ukrainian families so her Germany family adopted their traditions. Easter to them is big holiday. So even though I don’t celebrate the religious side of it like Lent I do enjoy decorating my house with bunnies, having an Easter tree made of pussywillows, dying eggs, and displaying my array of handmade designed Easter eggs, plus chocolate (who could forget the chocolate). It’s all rather strange, but then again I’m rather strange.

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My favourite tattoo Easter eggs. The second one is a swimming horse, it’s hard to see but it has bubbles on it’s body and all around. (DIY here, and most of them here)

my little pony easter egg  (1)The top of my shelf, which happens to be filled wtih My Little Pony’s and Pysanky eggs.

things that make me smile (2)Making bracelets! One for my friend’s little girl and one for me. Kit Kat is a nickname that one of my co-worker calls me and I think it’s adorable.

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My Easter themed nail designs.

things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (6)Butter cleaning herself on her cat palace. She doesn’t sit there very much right now but I have a feeling when it starts getting sunnier she will not be able to resist sunbathing there.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smile (2)This year’s Easter display. I didn’t end up getting an Easter tree this year because of health issues related to my concussion which meant I was home bound for the last week. Instead I have my coffee table which has been decorated all month with our Easter goodies, and various decor. I love these giant Easter eggs I found at Dollarama.

things that make me smile (6)My rainbow collection of jump rings which are for April’s DIY project.

temporary tattoo batman unicorn easter eggs  (2)A bowl of crazy, some glow in the dark plastic Easter eggs I decorated.

naturally dyed floral easter eggs  (37)Trying out something new and being blown away by the results. These are stunning, I honestly had to stop myself from doing more (I already decorated 2 dozen). They are really fun and the natural dye is surprisingly fun to experiment with.
DIY of them here.

things that make me smile (3)things that make me smile (1)Holiday snail mail! Made these postcards myself with Easter transfers and plenty of stickers.

things that make me smile (5)Easter weekend suffered the same fate as the last month which doesn’t make me smile but I always find it pretty to find a fresh white blanket of snow in the morning.

things that make me smile (1)Oh also these cute St. Patrick Day postards. Wrong holiday but aren’t these stickers adorable?

things that make me smile (9)Happy Easter!

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April in Review

april in reviewApril in Review seems a bit surreal, honestly it’s over? Already? What happened, did I slip into a coma for a few weeks? The start of the month was really promising and I was hoping for adventures and photo-shoots along with weekends spent outside enjoying the spring air….what I ended up with was a little different. I have to admit it’s probably 50% my fault and 50% the weather. In my personal life it’s been sickness, taxes and very little sleep. The taxes I’ve finally done (just in time as Canada tax cut off is the end of April) and the sleep and sickness issues I’m working on. Personally goals are a big thing I’ve been thinking about this month. I have spent the last year focusing a lot on this blog and making posts that I’m proud about and exploring photography and provided opinions and ideas about cameras and photography but I haven’t been doing that for my personal life. Victor made a comment to me at the start of the month that really hit home about personal growth and trying to improve myself and I realized I’ve haven’t been working on ‘me’. I kind of forgot about working on myself and instead spent my energy working on my blog. So what did I do this month? Let my 4 to midnight work schedule consume me and totally became even more a night owl which is not ideal for me or for my photography. So I need goals, personal goals that I can accomplish and that make me feel good about myself and my life. Big goals I’ve been working on are learning Spanish, save up enough money with Victor to visit Chile and Peru, pay off all my debts, and get healthier. Those are my big life goals right now but I need smaller, day to day goals. I need reasons to go to bed before 4am and motivation. So if you have any ideas of good goals, or ones you are trying to accomplish yourself let know in the comments.

As for the photography part of the blog I’ve started my 52 Week of Self-Portrait project and because of said mentioned issues the start hasn’t been as strong as I’ve wanted. The great thing about 52 weeks though is that I can improve every week and really encourage myself to push my photography to the next level. So I’m excited every week, and I think I will continue to be. I just want my photography to match my excitement. I’ve also have completely ignored my 100 Strangers project – the last photo I took for it was in February which is understandable to me because I cannot remember the last time I was outside with my camera. I haven’t given up hope…it just might end up being 100 Strangers taken all in the summer project, lol. I also really want to start doing more reviews of cameras. It’s been awhile hasn’t it? That’s my focus for May, reviews, 52 week project and getting outside with my cameras more. I actually have a lomography camera review already planned for the Holga adapter for Nikon – so look out for that. Hope you have an amazing April and below are some highlight posts from the last month!

 

Double Exposure: Mont-Royaldouble-exposure-mont-royal-34

Oktomat: Zara in Wonderland
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Through the Helter Skelter Monringcitizen-erased-photography-31

This Week in Photos: Week 2citizen-erased-photography2-e1396853011204

Extra Easter Diy: Tattoo Easter Egg Ornamentstemporary-tattoo-easter-eggs-21

Cherry Blossoms Seasonflowers-13

 This month I’ve posted a lot of photos from my Saturday watching graffiti artist Starchild Stela work on her Jem and the Holograms piece, couldn’t decide which one to share so I have them all below: helping-hands-5polaroid-graffiti-21abandonded-building-6jem-and-the-holograms-graffiti-51

52 Weeks of Self-Portraits: All That Glitters
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 What I’ve Been Listening To: 

What I’ve Been Reading:

  • Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin
    *finally caved and started to read the A Song of Ice abd Fire series
  • Fables
    *finished up to comic book 80!
  • Junko Mizuno’s “Princess Mermaid”

 Let me know in the comments if you had a favourite post for April!

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April in Review

citizen erased (11) copy Oh my gosh, I did not even realize it was the end of April. It must have just flown by me, I know I’ve been busy unpacking and moving but my house has been completely unpacked for weeks!  I hope your April was good. Mine has been a mixed bag but the last two weeks have just been really wonderful. Montreal is full on summer mode and seems to have skipped spring completely. I’ve been walking every weekend with Victor around our new neighborhood and that’s really been a great change. I’ve also started doing Yoga, I think I may need to do some more working out before I can handle doing a Yoga class since I’m a little ( a lot) out of shape but it is great to start something new. You may have noticed that this month there was no reviews for Vintage Tuesday or Lomography Wednesday, don’t worry those were just put on hold due to being so busy with the move and will be back in May. So far I do not have many plans for May, just painting the house and taking lots of photos :)

a few of my favourite posts from April:
Lomography Wednesday
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citizen erased (7)Pick of the Week: KarolinFelix
citizen erased (4)Saturday Review: Camilla Rose Garcia
citizen erased (2)Picture of the Week: Artist for Animals
citizenerased (2)Vintage Tuesday
citizen erased (5)DIY: Paper Cranes
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I am making a few changes to the blog for May.

  1.  I love fashion and love dressing a little crazy so I wanted to add a What I Wore post to my blog, and why not alternate with Self-Portrait Sunday? I don’t know if this will become a staple so I’m declaring May and June as a trial period, let me know if you like these types of posts, I’d love the feedback. I’m a bit nervous as my self-portraits are all from photo shoots I’ve done or just trying to document my hair color so to me this is completely different. If I look nervous in the first few, you’ll know why. :)
  2. It turns out my favourite post to make Vingtage Tuesday, is much harder to take enough photos for a weekly post with developing film and finding time in the day to convert some of these beauties to work with modern film and clean them. I’ll see how May goes but I am thinking of switching it to be bi-weekly, so if you notice the frequency go down that’s why.
  3. There will no longer be a Picture of the Week. When I first created it was to encourage myself to do more photography on a weekly basis. But in March I started my 365 project on Tumblr and it seems a little repetitive. I will still be doing my monthly updates of the 365 project on my blog once a month on Fridays however check out my Tumblr in between for daily pictures.

I know so many changes but I’ve had a long month of comtemplating and that’s what spring is all about… reorganizing. :) For right now I think Friday is going to be a day of rest for me so instead I’m going to post photos of Butter when I can so I can spend my time on Friday working on my website. Have you ever clicked on my website link? It leads to the most ugly, not even remotely started website that I’ve spent maybe a week doing in September. So….it needs my love and there needs to be more Butter photos (that’s sarcasm as I have like 60GB of Butter photos on my hard drive – no joke)

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