Things That Make Me Smile

All I wanted to do this month was be bundled up and stay inside to avoid the winter as much as possible. So all the things that made me smile are well, mostly inside. The best thing was I had a bunch of things I wanted to make so I spent most of my time crafting and making bracelets. It was a a really chill month and my friend Ashly is coming to town this weekend so I’m excited to spend time with her. Hope you enjoy my silly monthly post.

things that make me smile (9)My rainbow of pastel beads. I wanted to make a few bracelets on those days I’m stuck inside.

things that make me smileI love this painting from James, his work always makes me smile.

things that make me smileMy Little Pony sweater, and blond roots. Usually I hate my roots but there is something about blond into pink that I love (maybe a throw back to Lady Lovely Locks).

things that make me smile (7)Three new mini prints from Sarah Bourget! I seriously love her work.

things that make me smileA keychain I made Victor and the necklace I made from a shrink charm my friend gave me. (check out her work here)

things that make me smile (12)The cutest key chains ever, I love finding batshit cat things from Japan.

things that make me smile (4)Speaking of cat, Butter keeps wanting to go out in the snow. It’s adorable seeing her trying to navigate the balcony. Sadly she’s not allowed out anymore because she got sick this month and is currently on medication. :(

things that make me smile (9) things that make me smile (10)So icicles aren’t normally something most people would be happy about but we never get them in Montreal and I find them so pretty. These happened after a massive ice storm that hit in the start of the month.

things that make me smile (5)things that make me smile (7)Behind the scenes from the Self-Portrait post I did at the start of the month.

things that make me smile (2)things that make me smile (3)Okay so I am a giant nerd and love watching a group of Youtubers call the Yogscast. They do game play videos and it’s fun to watch them after work to relax. They sent me a card for Christmas and it’s simply the best.

things that make me smile (3)We found this statue of a General just chillin’ out in front of someone’s house while out on a walk. WTF.

things that make me smile (11)My first attempts at making Shrink Dink brooches of My Little Pony, these are my February DIY and I’m so excited about them.

things that make me smile (3)things that make me smile (1)New Year’s Eve fireworks. Nothing chessier for our 5 year anniversary than sipping champagne and watching fireworks.

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L’International des Feux, Montreal

A tragic thing happened to me last month, I was going to sort through my L’International des Feux photos to get this post ready and I realized that I had never taken the photos off my camera and put them on my computer and of course as they were taken at the beginning of July my SD card in my camera had long been reformatted and those photos lost forever. I was heartbroken. Mostly because as much I love taking photos of fireworks I’m definitely not amazing at it and that night I had all the right settings and they shots were really exciting and so much better than previous photos. I was really excited to experiment more and improve but sadly that night was one of the only nights I went to L’International des Feux.  Thankfully the night I took them I had put 5 of them on my computer to share so I do have those (5 outta 146 – sad face). There was also 1 last show that happened after I realized my goof so I did take a few there as well to share, they aren’t super exciting as the last show is always a musical tribute and since it’s not a part of the competition it’s pretty tame but I’m pretty happy with them. Next year! I’m ready for next year. Anyways enjoy my shots of ….L International des Feux, Montreal (20)L International des Feux, Montreal (5)L International des Feux, Montreal (7)L International des Feux, Montreal (3)L International des Feux, Montreal (7)L International des Feux, Montreal (17)L International des Feux, Montreal (14)L International des Feux, Montreal (12)L International des Feux, Montreal (11)L International des Feux, Montreal (4)L International des Feux, Montreal (4)L International des Feux, Montreal (6)

The 2nd night we went there was too much glare from the fireworks to take photos so I ended up taking a bunch of videos and stuck them all together… [media url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHPESNiPPpo”]

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Starting the New Year…

new year (94)Even though I worked over the holidays I’ve been a bit slow to getting back into the full swing of things so this week I wanted to not worry about today’s post and show you casual photos of how I brought in the new year! It was actually a really amazing moment because it shouldn’t have happened at all. I was scheduled at my call center job until midnight on New Year’s and Victor had planned on coming downtown to meet me at my work. I was going to try and sneak off a few minutes early so I could get a kiss at midnight and bring in the new year with him but thankfully it was quiet enough towards the end that they let people do home early. So instead of that plan I got home just after 11am and we bundled up and walked a few blocks away to the edge of Vieux-Montreal to watch the fireworks with a bottle of poor people champagne. (I love alcoholic sparkling cider and it’s our tradition to have it on any special day)

new year (102)We got there just minutes before midnight and there was a crowd of people around too who had the same idea. Further down by the port there was live bands playing music and it was the official watching spot but our spot was so much better. The countdown started and we got to ring in the New Year together, and wish each other happy anniversary too. It was amazing, although freezing cold. The fireworks didn’t start until a few minutes after midnight and seemed to go on forever so I happy took photos in one hand while drinking in the other.

new year (54)new year (28)Victor was drinking straight from the bottom but I had a wine glass that froze and got ice chunks almost right away all over. We were both freezing by the time the fireworks ended and rushed home to spend the rest of the night being lame. I hadn’t really planned on sharing any photos of that night but some of them turned out really cool. My toast to you for having a great rest of your year!

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L’International des Feux Loto-Québec (Montreal Fireworks)

montreal fireworks (10), L'International des Feux Loto-Québec I am still going through my photo shoots that I did when I was in Vancouver last week, so this week I wanted to show photos taken of the Montreal fireworks. I am a huge sucker for fireworks and try and watch them whenever I can. I am a bit spoiled because I’ve lived in Vancouver and Montreal for the last 10 years, both of which have festivals for fireworks in the summer months so I can just go watch them weekly. They finished here in Montreal on the weekend and I watched with delight in the rain, I only went 3 times this year due to work schedule and general forgetfulness as well they had 3 shows while I was in Vancouver.  These were shot in July when me and Victor camped out on the bridge and had a piknic before they started. It was just wonderful and really the best view in Montreal for sure. I’ve recently been interested in bokeh type photography so you’ll notice I use this technique on the fireworks.

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I cannot help myself when it comes to fireworks so there is a few more below as well.

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