Friday, November 26, 2010

HP Mania or Dumbledore Level Magic

Everyday of the year I am a pretty big Harry Potter fan. I mean I don’t go around broadcasting it to the world but I have all of the books (except for the Goblet of Fire – which I lent to someone who never returned it) and all of the movies (except for the Prisoner of Azkaban – which I lent to someone who never returned it) (sidenote: I think there’s a lesson about lending my things to people somewhere in here…). But I have all the books and movies and frequently watch the movies throughout the year. I am a fan. But, at the time when a new Harry Potter movie is about to come out, I become a crazy fan. This year in particular, since I was lied to so many times about the release date of the movie. I couldn’t go and see the movie at midnight on opening night (as much as I would have loved to) due to a scheduling conflict (thanks school!) and then I just didn’t get to go and see it until this past Wednesday.

Anyways I remembered on Monday I had the Deathly Hallows at my apartment and decided to realign my priorities (I have two papers due the beginning of next week) for the evening and read as much of it as I could before the movie on Wednesday. This is how I spent much of my night on Monday… IMG_1011Reading by the light of the Christmas tree? Magic. Reading Harry Potter by the light of the Christmas tree? Dumbledore level magic! (that’s a LOT of magic for those of you who aren’t in the know. So I got pretty far in the book on Monday night but Tuesday after school I decided I wanted to get farther. So I did a bit of homework then went back to reading. While I was reading I remembered I had a few sheets of iron on paper somewhere in my crafty stash and decided to make myself a Harry Potter tee (I didn’t have one yet and a HP tee is just what every crazy fan needs). I was trying to think of the perfect tee to make, there are lots of funny/creative ones on etsy/the internets, but I decided to just go with Harry, Herione and Ron circa The Chamber of Secrets. 230038[1]Making a tee shirt takes longer than I remembered (printing and waiting and ironing and waiting some more) so in between reading and tee shirt making I drew myself a fun little Harry Potter tattoo, that may or may not still be on my body 4 days later…photo(2) Please excuse the ridiculous crazy fan face I am making and appreciate the awesomeness of my drawing fake tattoo skills. ha!

Anyways, so with all of my prep done I went to the movie on Wednesday and was veeery impressed. I don’t pick favourites but I’m still leaning towards the Half Blood Prince as my favourite (it was my favourite book too) or maybe the Chamber of Secrets, but this one was really good. Of all of the movies, it was the most similar to the book, which I really appreciate. I just wish they would’ve put the whole book into one movie instead of this part one part two business. I definitely could have sat in the theatre for a couple more hours.

So there it is, my super Harry Potter nerd-ness on display for all of you to see. And now I have to get back to these papers I have been neglecting for Harry, Hermione and Ron.

What are you up to this weekend?


(I’m still laughing at my Dumbledore level magic comment up there – Gosh I’m witty)

(and modest…obviously)

PS. I love youimage This Harry Potter Snuggie!!! (on the lovely Ashley) How amazing is it?

I must have one. To, this is a matter of the most serious nature, of life and death almost. If you have one, if you know where you can get one, if you know where I can get one, if you have any information at all about these amazing things please, please please let me know.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Just for Fun

Its interesting to see how people change over the course of only a couple of years. In keeping with the family pics I posted yesterday I thought it would be fun to post our last family photo with the new one. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         October 13, 2008.colourpop 50 - lighten up 75 - red contrast minus 15 - yellow contrast plus 20 October 11, 2010.

Almost two years to the day. Everyone seems so different. Its so strange/humorous for me to look at these two pictures together. It is especially strange for me to look at myself – personally I’ve come so far in the past two years, this year especially. Just becoming who I want to be, you know being true to myself and really going for my dreams/goals in life. I dunno, its just weird.

So here’s a fun little activity – take a loot at a picture of yourself taken pretty recently and then look at it beside one from a couple of years ago. Its quite the experience both humorous and surreal at the same time. Better yet, blog about it then link me up.

Happy Monday!


ps. i love youimage image This photostream (via Elsie) is suuuper pretty. Seriously, check it out.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kroes Family Portrait Session

When I went home for thanksgiving last month my family asked me to take some pictures of us to update the portrait on our wall (the one I took at thanksgiving two years ago) and to have one for Christmas cards this year. So before we headed off to my Aunt’s for dinner we had a quick (like 15 minutes quick)  tripod, self-timer portrait session. Ok you say, its now the end of November and we haven’t seen any of these pictures yet? Well my family came to visit me yesterday and said the same thing. So needless to say I finally got around to editing the pictures today – which was actually a much needed break from the day to day homework routine that I have found myself in the past few weeks.

So, here are a few shots from the session.PA117177

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Anyways given our short length of the shoot I was a little worried about not having anything usable even though in those 15 minutes I probably took close to a hundred pictures – but I think its safe to say there are a least a few usable shots from the day.

Now, to choose one and develop a Christmas card from it.

xo Jer

PS. I love youimageimage These photos by Natalie Franke of the super sweet Haddox Fam are so perfect. I’ve looked at them like 13 times today. Katie and Steven are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and these pictures capture them so well.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Christmas Mantle

IMG_096222bAs was mentioned in the previous post I spent a portion of this weekend starting to decorate for Christmas and an even bigger portion of this weekend cutting paper snowflakes to assist in my decorating. This is the completed mantle.IMG_093555 IMG_095000Trimmed with garland, big silver Christmas balls and the prettiest white lights. Completed with  the prettiest mobiles made of paper snowflakes.

Ok so technically, technically, it’s not actually a mantle that the title of this post refers to, however, I have decided it shall henceforth be known as the mantle. Whatever.


PS i love you.image image This wedding (in a forest I might add) looks like the prettiest little ceremony. And that dress?  Thought it was vintage but it’s actually by Zac Posen. Amazing right? For real.

Photos by Josie Miner

Monday, November 15, 2010


Christmas is the most magical time. Its funny how quickly you can get into the Christmas spirit before Saturday I hadn’t really thought too much about Christmas but then I  got out my decorations, dusted of my Christmas music playlist, got a  Christmas coffee from Starbucks and bam! Christmas spirit is in full swing over here.

I spent a lot of time cutting paper snowflakes this weekend as a result my floor looked like A bit of a mess (understatement alert) – but the finished product is super pretty. I’ll share peeks later this week.

I need to start blogging more. I think the busiest part of the year (midterm season) is pretty  much over so hopefully I’ll have some more time to be blogging because I miss all of youuuu!

I want to blog about decorating our little apartment, I want to share some holiday projects with you, I want to make another holiday playlist for you, and (drumroll) I think I’m finally ready to blog about India (this may be a couple of weeks before you see it because I want to do all of my posts and then schedule them for one or two a week – but it will be soon!).

I’m excited for this new season and fall has been busy but I want to enjoy the last few weeks of fall before its gone.

I miss you!

lovelove mr. 123

ps. i love you

Allister’s photos are always, always super pretty…imageimage image

…but this post was just what I needed in the inspiration department this weekend.