Sunday, February 6, 2011

"The Yule Ball is first and foremost....a dance!"

Welcome February!  So glad you have come, but please don't stay too long because I am longing for cool spring days followed by warm summer ones.  
Winter is beautiful and I (Erika) appreciate its beauty more than ever before, but for some reason I'm not content with these sparkling winter days. I am impatient I suppose, and to be honest I have been savoring every day left before summer comes, I don't want time to pass too fast. I still have things I want to do, but still I long for summer and I can't help wanting it to come quicker!
We recently had a blizzard where we live, and it was a beautiful sight to behold.  We got nearly two feet and even more snow where the drifts are.  The morning after the blizzard was as bright and sunny as could be, and the world looked beautiful covered in a blanket of sparkling dust!  Therefore, I know that February wants us to enjoy winter, and is trying to make it more lovely for us.  I recently have been very inspired, as Rachel said in the previous post, but for me its not just fashion, although that's a bit of it, it's oh so many things!  I have many ideas as does Rachel, of creative things to do and ways to spend our time!
Several weeks ago we got together and decided it was high time to build a tent out of blankets like we used to do when we were little kids.  This tent however, was big enough to fit three people, without fear of it falling over.  It started out quite small, but as we were building, it grew! To make this night even better we watched our favourite Harry Potter film The Goblet of Fire!  
"Hogwarts, Hogwarts Hoggy warty Hogwarts, teach us something please.  Whether we be old and bald or young with scabby knees. Our heads could do with filling with some interesting stuff, for now they're bare and full of air, dead flies, and bits of fluff!"
It really is the best film, even with all the other ones being so great, it is the best! The script is fantastic, the acting is brilliant, the humor is also brilliant, we love the boarding school feel brought into it, and somehow we could watch it over and over again without ever getting tired of it! It is just such a great film, and the book is fantastic as well. 
-"What's this rubbish?"-
-"What's this rubbish, he says."
-"This here is the secret to our success!"-
-"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!"-
-"Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs are proud to present the Marauder's Map."-
-"We owe them so much."-
Our tent was a little magical safe haven, all aglow with warm light and pillows and blankets tossed cosily about.  We had dreamed about things such as this late at night, but now all was coming true.   
We dreamt of roaming the corridors of Hogwarts late at night, our wand tip ignited in light, and the Marauder's Map in hand.  Going through secret passage ways unknown to Filch and his cat Mrs. Norris and traveling to Hogsmeade. 
-"The house of Godric Gryffindor has commanded the respect of the wizarding world for nearly ten centuries. I will not have you, in one night, besmirching that name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling, band of baboons!"
-"Try saying that five times fast. Babbling, bumbling, band of baboons."-
-"Babbling, bumbling band of baboons."
"In light of the recent events, the bonds of friendship made this year will be more important than ever. Remember that, and Cedric Diggory will not have died in vain. You remember that, and we'll celebrate a boy who was kind, and honest, and brave, and true. Right to the very end." 
I  hope this post finds you all well and now for some wonderful links!

Aren't these shoes absoluetly wonderful!? 1 and 2  Just imagine wearing these on a rainy day along with a jacket that has many pockets all over it and inside of those pockets are all sorts of magical objects such as, brass telescopes and compasses.
This picture is so beautiful!!  I love the little bottles with memories contained in them!
These pencils are so beautiful and I love the idea of this sketchbook.  Also, arent these bandaids adorable!?
Here are some lovely reads!  Visit the lovely Carrie's blog if you haven't been yet.  It is so beautiful and always inspiring!  Please read Anne of Green Gables!  I just finished reading it and it is the most lovely story. I purchased the other seven books in the Anne series because I loved it so much!
I have been loving the wonderful Honey Trees and hope to purchase their ep.  Here is a fantasic video of theirs.   Be sure to not only listen to it, but watch as well because it is very beautiful!

Best Wishes,


  1. I cannot think of anything lovelier than watching Harry Potter in such a magical-looking tent!! You guys are so sweet!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. love these photos :)

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  3. I so thoroughly enjoy your blog ! Yes, those shoes are absolutely adorable. I could picture myself in them. Along with that jacket, I could see myself with a Mary Poppins-like umbrella standing in the middle of the road ready to take off into the air- and embark upon an unknown adventure!
    I adore the setup you made with the twinkling lights and Harry Potter movies!
    Tammy :)

  4. I would LOVE to build a beautiful tent like this one! It looks so magical!!! It makes me wish I was a kid again but you make me feel like it doesn't matter what age I am...I should be doing fun things like building a tent!

  5. such a dreamy post!


  6. Great pictures! Tents are the BEST! Some of my strongest childhood memories are the joys of tent making!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your tent made my so happy. I'll have to try it sometime in my dorm room and read stories to my friends!
    Please tell me you have watched the Anne of Green Gables movies. I only own the first one, but love them all.
    It's nice to know that I have found you two to be kindred spirits!
    You must always remain bosom friends.

  8. Oh dear, I read this with a smile. I am yet to watch the new Harry Potter movie :( I need to watch it ASAP!
    You and Rachel are so beautiful. I love the tent. It makes me wish I had a bigger room so I could build one. I get such sweet happiness just by looking at yours.
    I hope your weeks stays beautiful.



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