DIY Harry Potter Christmas- Ravenclaw Style, Make It Monday

My office really embraces decorating for the holiday season, and clearly I am just about as gung-ho as it gets. Last year I went with a Whoville/Grinch Who Stole Christmas theme, which was a ton of fun! This year I decided to go with a Harry Potter Christmas theme, specifically Ravenclaw (because I’m Ravenclawesome) and although it took a fair bit of creativity, I’m pretty proud of the whole set up. I will post an “after” picture in the next few weeks after it is all up at work, but I’m going to share the individual elements today for you. The goal was the keep the set up under $50 CAD and be as easy as possible, and I met that goal! Anyone can duplicate this set-up (and make it to your House) with a little effort.

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An Historian… Round Up, Oct 2017!

I know that round up posts take on a variety of forms and functions for bloggers; some use it as a round up of their own posts, of other bloggers’ posts, of unrelated things, really whatever you want it to be. Well, I’ve decided that I’m going to try it out and share my favourite articles, videos, podcasts, shows, and whatever else I’m interested in- hopefully you

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Travel Thursday, Harry Potter Gingerbread Village

Whenever M and I visit each other, we really try to get out into the city and do something! For this trip into Seattle, we decided to stay in the city overnight- it can make for a very long night to catch the shuttle back to Whidbey Island, and you have to make sure you are leaving the city by a specific time. We chose to stay at the Sheraton in Downtown Seattle, which is in a great location that is close to everything downtown! (Five minute walk to Pike Place, ten tops if you are walking slowly.) We were very lucky that while we were staying there, there was a gingerbread village, a gingerbread village with each “house” decorated for one of the Harry Potter books!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them IS Fantastic

As any Potterhead will tell you, this weekend’s mandatory viewing was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, JK Rowling’s newest creation set in 1920s New York City. The movie follows Newt Scamander, esteemed author of the book of the same name, as he attempts to track down the creatures that have escaped from his care upon his arrival. We are introduced to the American magical community and whole new group of witches and wizards, which I think is the best way to approach a new movie in the Potter universe.  Continue reading

An Historian About… Potted Potter!

October seems to be a crazy busy month for me- four theatre/ballet outings, Junior Circle events, a wedding, and Thanksgiving! While it’s not allowing for quite the amount of time at home that I would like, I’m really enjoying spending time with friends and family and experiencing more culture here in Winnipeg. As a city we aren’t always known for the arts; although we have the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company, among many other organisations, the highlights always tend to be that we get horrendously cold in the winter and the Winnipeg Jets. For me personally, other than the RWB, I usually look to touring performances (like The Book of Mormon). My parents absollutely loved Potted Potter and after hearing their reviews, I knew I had to see it when I had the chance. Lo and behold, it stopped in Winnipeg for 4 days! Continue reading

A Wait for a Book Can Go One of Two Ways

These past few weeks have been a weird mix of memoirs, chick-lit, fiction, and Harry Potter. Normally I’m not so focused on classic literature, but Austen and Brontë feature more heavily than normal this month! I find that sometimes I end up finding similar books in a row, without meaning to at all. I do have to admit, I was just waiting for the Cursed Child to be released! So, what have I been reading as of lately?  Continue reading

A Summer About Town!

I am trying my hardest to enjoy Winnipeg and get out about my own town! It’s not a huge city, and living here this long when there is not much that interests me. (Believe it or not, there is not a whole lot of medieval history and European culture in the middle of the prairies…) However, I’m going to find the interesting and good in Winnipeg, and enjoy myself this summer! Continue reading

Favourite Spot: Harry Potter Studio Tour

I’ve decided to do Throwback Thursday to my favourite spots throughout my travels! First up is the Harry Potter Studio Tour, in Leavesden. I visited in March of 2013; I was living in Dublin, and I met up in London with one of my best friends living in Berlin to go to the tour. For two Harry Potter dorks, it was pretty much a dream come true! There were so many nostalgia moments that it took us several hours to wander through.

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I’m a big kid, er… an adult kid: Colouring Books!

I posted in June 2015 about getting an adult colouring book, and I am happy to say, my collection has grown by leaps and bounds via Christmas! I always loved colouring, and I still do now. I had set my Enchanted Forest colouring book aside, as I wan’t really feeling the forest deal after a while. So, which reignited my colouring love??  Continue reading