Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 In Review

Wow, another year has come and gone. It seems like they just keep passing faster and faster.  I thought that it would be fun to share some of the highlights of the year gone by.

One of my all-time favorite moments in 2011 was the fact that Mike and I celebrated our first anniversary. We spent a beautiful long weekend out in British Columbia; I loved every moment of it. I love Mike so much, he makes me laugh, smile, and just all around happy. I know I’m a better person when I’m with him. He thinks so highly of me, I feel I need to make sure he is not wrong. He is my best friend, I feel like he knows me better then I know myself and he can always tell when something is brother me and knows how to make it right. He knows me so well and knows how to brighten my day. I love coming home from work and talking to him about things both big and small. He really is one of the best things in my life. And the fact that he is so handsome doesn’t hurt as well! I’m so excited to spend many more anniversaries with him.

Another very special occasion of this past year was the new addition to our family. Mike took me by surprise one evening when asking what I wanted to do that night, I responded with the usually way “Whatever” and that is when he dropped the bomb “Would you be okay going and getting a puppy tonight?” And that is when we got our Little Yorkie. She is just so sweet, always wanting loves and cuddles. Always wanting to be involved in whatever we are doing. She brings a whole lot of excitement and laughter into our little family. I just love that she is a part of our life.

Another fabulous day of this past year was the day that Mike surprised me with my wonderful Nikon D7000! I have always had this secret love for the art of photography and for some silly I kept that fact to myself for a very long time. I think it was a defense mechanism because again for some silly reason I thought it would never happen and if I never told anyone it wouldn’t really be real and then I would save myself from disappointment. Anyway that is going way too deep into the crazy way my mind works. Back to my camera! So this year I have spent many hours reading books on photography both the art and the technical side of things. I have dived into you-tube watching countless tutorials about all things photography and I have “wasted” many hours just looking at pictures trying to pick apart how they did it, the lighting they used, how much did they edited it and on and on and on. The most important thing is I have loved every minute of it. And I have to thank Mike for making this dream come true for me.

Another thing that I have really loved about this past year is this blog! I’m a fairly good journal keeper not every day, but often. The thing with my journals is more often than not; I vent all my negative feelings and thoughts it’s a way I work through my problems. It really does help me figure things out and what I should do next or sadly if I’m just being ridiculous which may or may not happen from time to time. The thing is when I go back to read my journals I often feel sad cause it was kind of negative. I try and remember to add positive things in my journal but I guess I use them more for therapy then a record, but that is where my blog comes in! All the things I post on my blog are fun happy things, things I want to share with my friends and family. So I have a lot of fun looking back at my posts and reliving fun and enjoyable moments. Another thing I really like about blogging is the wonderful and sweet comments people leave for me. It’s always fun getting an email saying “You have a new comment”! 

So a Big Thanks goes out to all of you and I wish you all 
health, wealth and happiness in the New Year. 

``Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, 
with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.``  
~Hal Borland
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Toothaches and Boxers: A Fisher Christmas Story

Once again Christmas has come and gone, it always seems to go by way too fast. But it was wonderful. This year Mike and I had Christmas morning with just the two of us. It was very nice I really enjoyed spending that time with Mike and starting our own Christmas traditions. And yet at the same time it was a little weird because I have never had a Christmas morning that was so quiet. But after breakfast we were off to Mike's parent's house to spend the rest of Christmas day with his family. We had a lot of fun and ate way too much delicious food.

This was Mike's first year filling a stocking I don't know if he fully got it. Whatever it was an awesome stocking "stuffer"

Christmas Pirate Before all the tooth business

Sadly, during the games Mike got a really bad toothache. I felt so bad for him because he pretty much shut down due to the pain. Luckily we were able to get him into a dentist on Boxing Day. Where we found out he needed to have his tooth pulled and that he has a few more that are on their way to being pulled as well. But thanks to the delightful world of dentistry and the fact that we have great health insurance, his teeth will be saved!  I’m so glad because I don’t think having dentures at the age of 26 would be a good look for Mike.
My poor husband just got his tooth pulled
 To end on a more positive note, Mike got me a sewing machine for Christmas something that I have been wanting for a while so I was really happy / excited he got it for me.  Funny story, many months ago when I first talked to Mike about getting a sewing machine he was like “No, you have your camera” “You have too many hobbies” blah blah. I actually agreed with him! Thinking… “yea, I do have my camera and I wanted that way more than a sewing machine and I really want to be knitting more so yea, I don’t need a sewing machine” Silly Me!! Mike was being sneaky! The whole  thinking “That’s what I’ll get Elva for Christmas” That Sneaky Devil! That’s one of the reasons why I love him.

So now that I have this wonderful machine I just had to make something. I decided on boxers for Mike. Since I did make a pair way back in grade 9 I thought it won’t be too hard. I used a free pattern I found on line (See Here) I had a few hiccups along the way but overall they pretty easy to make. I must say I was pretty proud of myself, till Mike tried them on…they were too small! Sad Day. Oh well I’ll just have to try again good thing they don’t take long to make. I’m hoping that just by adding an inch or so around the whole pattern it will fix the problem. We’ll see, so if any sewers out there wanted to give me a few pointers feel free.

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas!

"I find that most men would rather have their bellies opened
for five hundred dollars than have a tooth pulled for five."
Martin H. Fischer

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Tree Setup

So we finally setup the our Christmas Tree, Yea!!! If it was purely up to me, I would have had it up sometime in November .Mike for some silly reason would not go for that. Anyway to mark this joyful occasion we made a short video. I would like to state now that I had nothing to do with the remarks at the end. That was all Mike. Good thing I love him.

"The perfect Christmas tree?  All Christmas trees are perfect!"
~Charles N. Barnard
Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Craft

About a month or so ago I "pinned" a wonderful Christmas craft from pinterest and I finally got around to doing it myself.So I thought I'd share my fun with all of  you.

You will need the following:
3 glass bottles (or more or less whatever you would like)
White Primer
Spray adhesive
Epsom salt

Then I used the following to give it a little more "oomph":
Craft paint ( I used DecoArt White Pearl)
Glitter ( I used DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal)

Step One: Clean the Bottles

Now the blog that I got this craft from didn't talk about this step but I thought it might be important to make sure that everything stuck well and that they looked the same. So I took about 5 or so minutes with exacto knife and some fantastik cleaner to get everything off. I think in the end it was worth it to take the extra time.

Step Two: Spray the Premier

Now this step it might be wise to do outside......... but I didn't it was cold and snowing so we just opened some windows and turned on the fans and most important we turned up the heat! ;) Anyway back to the craft, when spraying I did about 4 to 5 layer I really think that was a be of an over kill. One thing I must say is make sure each layer is dry before you spray it again or it get really drippy. But even if it does don't worry about it too much cause the Epsom salt will cover it.

Step Three: The Epsom salt

This was the fun part! First spray the bottles with Spray adhesive then roll it over the epsom salt. It really is that simple!

Step Four: Paint and Glitter

Now you really could stop at step three, they look quite nice. But I felt they need a little more. So I added some sparkle! This is where I used my craft paint and glitter.

First I pained the tops of the bottles just a little so they didn't look so flat. I should note here if I was  to do this again I would have painted the tops BEFORE I put the Epsom salt on. It would have looked a lot better but you an only really tell if you are super close like in the picture.

Then next I spray the bottles again with the spray adhesive and then sprinkled the glitter over the bottles. Just a enough for the light to catch.

Step Five: Decorate!

So I got a some fun stuff at Michael's to put in my bottles and even some fake snow to make it all winter like. Here is how it turned out.

I think it turned out rather well if I do say so myself. Even Mike said "Wow, it looks like the picture" Thanks Mike but was there any doubt it would turn out like the picture! (well maybe a little ;)

"'The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: 
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
Burton Hillis