Things That Make Me Smile

The last Things That Make Me Smile post until 2016! As I always say this is one of my favourite posts to put together and this one was no different.  November has been very quiet for me so there is not a lot of photos this month but December will be the usual bit of chaos making sure I get everything mailed to Vancouver on time for my friends to enjoy their presents, and celebrating not only my best friend’s birthday but also Victor’s. Right now I am currently working hard to get my holiday cards ready to mail out and just recently setup my Christmas tree.  Not to mention it’ll soon be me and Victor’s 6th anniversary and we are currently planning on getting tattooed together. We are just finalizing everything for it now and I am pretty excited about doing it although a bit nervous as I haven’t gotten tattooed in years. Lots of planning it seems, anyways this month’s selection of things that make me smile…

things that make me smile (6) things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (4)This year’s Christmas cards are really cute. I usually don’t go for juvenile style cards but I get to color them and they pop up? What is not to love about them?

lindsay campbel (2)lindsay campbel (1)Lindsay Campbell has a set of the cutest stickers I’ve seen in awhile, I can’t help but be cheered up when looking at them. Link to her store!

things that make me smile (8) things that make me smile (3)My coffee table has turned into coloring central. This is actually the first time I am using my Copic markers, which is proably a waste of really expensive markers but since my friend Zara gave them I haven’t had a reason to use them (as I can’t draw).

things that make me smile (2)I convinced Victor to buy crazy socks, after 6 years of being together I’ve finally rubbed off on him. I don’t know if it was the posh Top Shop that convinced him but he bought pepper and pineapple socks while I bought ice cream ones.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smile (2)Who could resist a Twin Peaks zine?

things that make me smile (28)A Santa troll, from my troll collection (really need to do a post on being reunited with my childhood trolls). I had a bunch of My Little Ponies and troll dolls that were themed for every holiday.

things that make me smile james jeanMy signed limited edition James Jean Xenograph art book , I almost didn’t buy it.

things that make me smile hmFinding awesome Halloween goodies even after it’s over from H&M. Glow in the dark too just makes me day. I’ve been amassing quite a bit of their sweaters over the last year, I didn’t even really own many before last winter.

things that make me smile (29) things that make me smile (30)Getting together all the little bits and pieces I need for my chandelier.

things that make me smile (11) things that make me smile (10)When it’s your best friend’s birthday, you go all out.

things that make me smile (31)things that make me smile (32) things that make me smile (21)Some last moments of autumn, the vines on my balcony are all twigs now. Not to mention my little vintage container of Gin Pills that we found thrifting in October.

inkkas (10)I love this photo of Victor and his Inkka shoes, I just did a review on them on Monday.

And that is the last Things that Make Me Smile of the year, hope you enjoyed!

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A special Halloween themed Things That Make Me Smile.

things that make me smile (12)I’d dress Butter up but she loathes having to wear anything, I’ve tried.

things that make me smile (3) things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (5) things that make me smile (6) things that make me smile (1)My favourite spooky artist, Ally Burke. I bought one of everything she had, almost.

things that make me smile (24) things that make me smile (23) things that make me smile (22)Halloween stamps and cards. Every year I send a bunch of cards to friends, it just what you do when you’ve moved across the country from the people you love.

things that make me smile (27)My package from Defective Pudding. *swoon*

things that make me smile (18) things that make me smile (16)A pile of Halloween stickers, one can never have enough stickers.

things that make me smile (26)My Halloween decoration have been very limited this year but I do have a few random pieces of decor on my coffee table.

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The cards I found this to give to friends this year. The sparkly pumpkin ones with glitter eyes, nose and mouth are my favourites.

things that make me smile (8)My zine collection grows! I didn’t realize until putting this post together how many zines I’ve bought lately. These goodies are form Lillian Cuda.

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My theme phone cases, I am in love. I can’t wait to make more.

things that make me smile (2)Presents A care package I sent my friends Derek and Erin, their cats turn 1 on Halloween.

things that make me smile (19)Halloween letter writing sets from Diaso.

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October to me is pretty much Halloween all day every day, so this month I’m going to be doing two Things That Make Me Smile posts filled with all the festive things around me. Despite not feeling super up for anything this month, I’ve been having some great moments and enjoying myself because I just can’t be depressed when it’s Fall. So I hope you enjoy my silly collection of photos and I’ll be posting the 2nd one closer to Halloween with more of my decorations and celebrations.

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My porch. It’s majestic as all hell right now with the over grown vines just encasing it, not to mention them changing colors and Butter’s adorable expression in the second photo, squeal. I sadly might be trimming the vines soon because while they look amazing, my kitchen is so much darker now that it was in summer and I need all the daylight I can get while the sun setting at 6pm.

things that make me smile (4)Halloween #mtlcranes are here and I love the 90s ‘spooky’ lyrics.

things that make me smile (3)This adorable card I bought for my best friend Ana.

things that make me smile (8)All things from Ally Burke, her style of drawing is just wonderful.
(check her out here)

things that make me smile (6)For Halloween and autumn I wanted to try some new instax film so I picked out these two because I thought they’d be a good fit.

things that make me smile (12)Always having lots of choices when it comes to colors. In fact I used each one of these on my current hair color (no picture of it just yet as I am still in shock how dark it is after being in the pastel game for over a year now – I need to figure out how to present it)

things that make me smileUnicorn socks.

things that make me smile (8) things that make me smile (9)My second ever homemade kawaii/pastelgoth/? phone case. Halloween themed of course, also my DIY for these is posted tmr, or on the weekend so look out for that if your interested.

things that make me smile (7)My front window plants are just exploding everywhere. My air plants also aren’t dead, surprise, surprise!

things that make me smile (10)Stocking up on glitter, the not so fun part was vacuuming the mess I made all over the house while putting these in the bottles.

things that make me smileJust another day captured. It’s been super gloomy outside so my place has turned into a cave or there would be more photos for today’s post. Thought I’d end on this one because it’s silly.

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One thing I’ve noticed while putting together this month’s Things That Make Me Smile post was how little I’ve apparently left my house. At least that’s what my folder for September photography is telling me. Another reason the most likely one is I’ve upgraded my phone to a Samsung 5, and my previous phone (was ANCIENT according to everyone but me) had a photo quality that left much to be desired so I’ve been taking a lot more photos on my phone instead of lugging around my actually camera.  So what I’ve done is decided to share some of my phone photos which I normally never do because when you own a camera like mine it just seems shame but thought I’d test it out. So on with the random photos from September that made me smile…

things that make me smile things that make me smile (8)Happy Birthday Butter! She turned 8 years old this month.

things that make me smile (7)My best friend Ana gave me the best assortment of random things for my birthday. She spent a month in South Korea and Japan just a month before I came to Vancouver to visit so most of the things here are from her travels. I am in love with everything of course, she always gets me things I’d love but don’t expect to receive.

things that make me smile bow town (5) things that make me smile bow town (4) things that make me smile bow town (3) things that make me smile bow town (2)This past week I had a chance to go to Bow Town which was amazing, if you are in the Montreal area and wanted to go check out it’s Facebook Event here.

things that make me smile (6)The found objects from my summer travels around Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Seashells from every beach I visited, sea glass from Newcastle Island, stones with quartz, a gemstone from my friend Nicole’s alleyway, just mementos of my travels.

things that make me smile (8)Flower patterns for the win, hehe.

things that make me smile (9)Suprises from Ana, while in Korea she went to an abandoned hotel with a few friends and brought back for me a few pieces of a fancy chandelier in the main room of hotel and film (sadly not exposed but still cool).

things that make me smileTroll doll! When I was a kid I use to collect trolls,  oh the 90’s. This pink hair guy is actually one of my old ones. My father contacted me and asked if I wanted him to send some and of course I said yes so he sent me a bunch in the mail along with some other childhood toys. I might do a post about them since I have no idea what else to do with them at the moment, it’s very nostalgic to have them again.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (3)Finding a great placement for a crane.

things that make me smile (10)We went to Poutinefest this weekend in Vieux-Port and the poutine was incredible. Don’t worry all the poutines I am about to show you weren’t consumed on one day or even by me. I had the chance to go with Victor and sample as many as we could afford. We tried the following poutine flavors: Butter Chicken, General Tao,  Lobster, Duck, Canadian (maple syrup gravy, bacon, ground beef, onions and mushrooms) and my personal favourite – dessert.

things that make me smile (6)things that make me smile (9)things that make me smile (2)things that make me smile (11)(this is the dessert one, it’s maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon, and bacon) 

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It has been forever since I last did a Things That Make Me Smile post, so it feels really good to do one this week and going through the last few weeks of my photos. I decided not to share anything from the beginning of July while I was on vacation in Vancouver because I will probably put that all together into one post in the future (fyi I get a lot of anxiety about trips so I usually don’t like to go through the photos until some time has past but I promise I will share more as the weeks go on).

things that make me smile (18)things that make me smile (9)The vines on my balcony grow so much during summer but this year it feels extra magical for some reason. Maybe because it reminds me of the Secret Garden, which was one of my favourite childhood books.

things that make me smile (5)A gift of a vanilla candle in a tea cup given to me by my lovely friend Pang.

things that make me smile (19)This watermelon instax film of Hamicat, actually all the Hamicat instax film is priceless.

things that make me smile (1)The artwork of the metro station near my house is always amazing but this year’s flora creature theme is strange and wonder and any time it catches my eye I grin.

things that make me smile (4)things that make me smile (3)A day at the beach playing Exploding Kittens!

things that make me smile (12)The Sailor Moon figurine I bought while in Vancouver from a comic book store. I am way too much of a cheapass to appreciate the mystery of a blind box figurine but luckily I got the one I wanted the most with just one box.

things that make me smile (2) things that make me smile (3)Since me and Victor arrived back in Vancouver we’ve been obsessed with the idea of Japanese candy since we ate so much while there. We finally got around to checking out to see if our local stores had the same candy and we found a bunch of new stuff and a few of the same.

things that make me smileAn original piece from Starchild Stela, and her newest zine.

things that make me smile (14)My beyond cute birthday present that I got from my friend Nicole while visiting Vancouver. You know those presents that you get that you love but it’s something you would never have thought of yourself – this book is totally that. She also got me a million and one rolls of tape in different patterns.

things that make me smile (16) things that make me smile (17)My collection of summer sandals. I honestly hadn’t bought a pair of shoes in a year and then went crazy in July and bought 5 pairs on sale. My favourite pair is the sandals with the black and white stripes mixed with the flower pattern, so cute. Also check out my first ever platforms, they are amazing but I think I over estimated my ability to walk in them.

things that make me smile (4)My tower of chocolate Lucky Charms, from the past weekend when Pride was happening and there were lots of freebies being handed out in the Village.

things that make me smile (1)Trying a new ice cream for the first time, the name alone made me buy it.

things that make me smile (5)Changed up how my front window looked (maybe after a few of the new plants started to die).

things that make me smile (7)Butter’s nose.

things that make me smile (2)Lastly, I smile every time I see the K+V outside of my apartment on the pavement especially when taking photos of me and Victor’s new shoes. I know it’s very juvenile to scrap your name into wet cement but after 6 months of continuous building outside of my window every day while the city ripped up the road I didn’t really care.

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things that make me smile (7)What better way to start a Things That Make Me Smile post than our new bikes. Seriously in love with my early birthday present.

things that make me smile (1)My air plant is flowering, so pretty.

things that make me smile (10) things that make me smile (11)Going plant shopping, and these goth fucking flowers.
(more flowers photos from Atwater Marche here)

things that make me smile (13) things that make me smile (14)The succulents that we picked out. I don’t have a good track record with succulents so I hope these don’t end up making me sad. lol.

things that make me smile (15)Butter randomly makes the best unimpressed face.

things that make me smilethings that make me smile (2)Me and Victor wanted to go on farther bike rides so randomly one day we headed to Lachine which is on the south side of Montreal island and biked around the edge. It took us about 3 hours as we stopped a lot and got lost. The weather was poor that day so I didn’t take many photos but I loved these two.

things that make me smile (10)First day at the lake! The water was really cold but that didn’t stop us from spending all our time there swimming.

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Random things I bought in June.

things that make me smile (4)Including these Sailor Moon file folders.

things that make me smile (3) things that make me smile (2)After waiting 3 months my gemstone beads finally arrived and I couldn’t be more delighted. Made so many bracelets already and I haven’t even used half of them.

things that make me smile (9)Mural Festival happened earlier in the month and I was mostly disappointed by it this year. However I did find these amazing stickers from Sandra Chevrier.

things that make me smile (5) things that make me smile (6)Sunsets and Sunrises, made even better when Victor or Butter joins me in watching them.

things that make me smile (17)things that make me smile (19)Finishing a package of origami paper always makes me smile but this rainbow pack of 200 only took 1 week so I was extra delighted. Also my front window setup right now is on point.

things that make me smile (12) Found a baby bird hiding behind flowers while out on a walk.

things that make me smile (10)During the months of June to August every first Friday of the month they have a food cart night at the Olympic Stadium. Some our favourites for going in June was the Polish sausage on a stick (sooo good) and Polish fruit drink.

things that make me smile (11)Homemade epsom bath salts that smell like french vanilla, perfect for tired feet from too much walking.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smile (8)things that make me smile (9) things that make me smile (4)A bunch of random photos from various walks around the Plateau and other areas of Montreal. That elephant statue by the way is $200 – and I really want it even though who would spend that kind of money on a disco ball elephant? Also the ice cream in the last photo is Korean and suppose to be a shark, it’s really really good so if you can find I highly recommend it.

things that make me smile (8)Lets end this very long Things That Make Me Smile with a self-portrait of myself after dying the tips of my hair purple (the camera tells lies, this is way more purple in person). Being bright and colorful always makes me smile.

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Although it isn’t May any longer I had so many photos that I didn’t have a chance to share so today is going to be May’s Things That Make Me Smile. So sorry about all the uncertainty with posts the last month, there was a security issue that happened mid-month and to ensure there was no issues I had to take the site down. Still working to get it fully back up so you may notice things changing for the next week but I’m trying to finish it as soon as possible. There will be another smile post next week too, so if you like my silly personal photos you are in luck. Hope you enjoy!

things that make me smile things that make me smilethings that make me smile (3)Biking down to the Clock tower and watching the sunset, especially if there is a picnic involved.
This gif I made of one of my mtlcranes in Vieux-Montreal.

things that make me smile mutek (2)things that make me smile mutekMutek weekend here in Montreal. Even better when you can dance with your shoes off in the grass while Dewalta and Mike Shannon play a great set.

things that make me smile things that make me smile (3)Brand new bikes!!! For an early birthday present Victor bought me a new hybrid bike and I am in love. He also picked one up for himself so we could ride in style together. So much better than the ancient 2nd hand bikes we’ve had for the past 2 years.

things that make me smile (2)Also these light up alien heads that I bought Victor to go with his bike.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smileHandsome men and this frog which looks cute and mysterious at the same time.

things that make me smile (2)My homemade vanilla extract (I did a post about making it here). Still letting it ruminate for a bit longer before using but it’s getting so dark now.

things that make me smile (4)Speaking of alcohol, I love sparkling cider and randomly picked this brand up one day from a local depanneur and fell in love. It’s so good, and tastes exactly like the other Quebec sparkling cider I love by Lafrance. This one comes in mini bottles instead of a big bottle though so it’s perfect picnics. I like to call it poor person champagne.

things that make me smile (1)Puffy stickers :)  I promised myself that I wouldn’t buy any more stickers until I whittled away some of my vast collection….but I couldn’t resist.

things that make me smile (2)My best thrift store haul of the year. The Hello Kitty phone was only $4! I really need to spend more time thrifting this summer.

things that make me smile (3)How could I resist these Sailor Moon stickers? (bought from Etsy)

things that make me smile (5)Dino stamps? Such a nerd. Honestly though these are the best.

things that make me smile (1)I am a sucker for pastel origami paper. I’ve been hard at work on my 3,000 crane project. Just reaching over 2,000 this past month after starting in February. I wanted to have it finished by end of June but now I am aiming more for end of July, early August. Let you know more about it closer to the date.

things that make me smile (5)I’ll end today’s post with a sunset, appropriate I thought to say the least. What better to make me smile than a bike ride and picnic ending with a beautiful view and the sound of running water? All I need for heaven on early.

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Another Things that Make Me Smile post this month because the last one was a special one just for Easter. It’s been a really random month so these photos are all over the place. I can’t believe we are almost finished, April went by way too quickly for me. I guess being bedridden didn’t help, anyways here are the some of things that had me grinning ear to ear…

things that make me smile butter (3)Butter has been hanging out more and more on her cat palace.

things that make me smile (1)Origami paper, this set is so vibrant and has that Spring feeling – I love it.

things that make me smile (4)My friend Billy (Starchild Stela) gave me one of her adorable shrink pieces.  If you like you can check out her store where she has plenty.

things that make me smile (3)My new milk carton purse for those days I’m just walking around. It fits seriously nothing.

double exposure vieux montreal (18) double exposure vieux montreal (19)These two double exposures. Probably my favourite I took this weekend. Also being outside made me smile – I can’t wait for more walks when the weather is nicer.

things that make me smile butter (1) things that make me smile butter (2)We moved Butter’s old cat tree into the bedroom in front of the window and now she can spend time chillin’ there when I’m being lazy and still in bed.

things that make me smile (2)Star Trek engraved wood pieces I’m going to DIY into brooches and the newest zine from an artist I love Funnyskullgrin (Ally Burke).

things that make me smile (5)My small Hoya plant flowered! I love that I now own flowering plants.

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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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March’s collection of Things That Make Me Smile is bittersweet in a way since a lot of these happen to be about my friend Zara who left me (whaaa) and moved back to the West Coast. She was crazy generous to me when leaving and gifted to me I think a third of her house, lol. I haven’t even had to chance to photograph many of the cool things she’s passed on to me because I’ve been too busy trying to find room. I might now own an amazing antique couch she picked up from an auction on top of everything (it’s also broken so I can’t sit on it but it sure is pretty). I’ve also been working a month straight on my project featuring 3,000 cranes so there is more than one photo of cranes today, hope you don’t mind but that’s my life currently. I’m really excited for March to get into full effect.  My house is slowly getting decorated in bunnies and eggs for Easter and I am buying new bookshelves this month which has me all excited as well. Life feels really good right now, a little stressful but good. Let me know below what made you smile in the last month!

origami paper cranesMy newest pack of origami. I might have already bought another pack of 360 squares because I enjoyed the black and white patterns so much.

things that make me smile (19)Spending a part of my afternoon taking close up photos of my hanging crystal.

things that make me smile (11) things that make me smile (12)Zara gifting me her collection of Copic sketch markers.
If you’ve never heard of this brand before these markers are high end and 1 marker is sold individually for $8 – she gave me close to a 100 of them…that’s intense. She moved to Vancouver Island very last minute (so sad) and wanted to find a good home for a few of her things.

things that make me smile (16) things that make me smile (15)She also gave me stickers from her trip to Japan. I can’t handle how amazing these stickers are.

things that make me smile (2)My Valentine’s Day present from Victor. It’s a ramen bowl and spoon I picked out on our last day in Toronto.

things that make me smile (6)Butter enjoying her new cat tower that I bought her last month.

things that make me smile (4)Beyond cute packaging and card from DarkTownSally.

things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (3)Completing my first 1,000 cranes last week.

things that make me smile (6)Finding the cutest St Patrick’s Day stickers to pair with my postcards to friends this month.

things that make me smile (5)Making hearts on the walls with Victor’s laser pointers.

things that make me smile (2) things that make me smile (1) things that make me smile (3)Receiving a flower outta the blue, my work gave me this for International Women’s Day. Which is a nice thought, but am the only one who thinks a flower was poor choice?

things that make me smile (17)Finding a Holga Tim photo you forgot about while organizing the house.

things that make me smile (1)Getting to work and realizing that I spent the night before testing a bunch of nail polish colors (another gift from Zara) and never took them off.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (6)That perfect light that happens at the end of the day.

naniamo bars (1)Homemade Nanaimo bars, they’ve really cheered me up and I hope Zara is enjoying her first week being an Islander (recipe here)

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