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You know what we don’t talk about enough? 

Summer. Hogwarts.

Most of the teachers live there, so whilst some of them would be visiting family and friends or whatnot, a lot of them would just be partying it up at the ol’ HW for most of the summer -

  • The school grounds filled with all kinds of wildflowers, aside from Professor Sprouts overflowing yet well manicured garden that she always seems to be in (occasionally with help from Hagrid)
  • Hagrid playing fetch with the giant squid 
  • PROFESSOR. QUIDDITCH. (Madame Hooch sits on her broom, high above the arena, searching for the snitch, “Scared, McGonagall?” McGonagall narrows her eyes, “You wish.”)
  • Flitwick playing pranks on the other teachers but no one knows who’s doing them besides Dumbledore and he’s to amused to tell anyone
  • Professor Burbage finally finds out who charmed her teen vampire novels pink, and then proceeds to help Flitwick 
  • Snape wakes up to find the dungeon a nice, light shade of yellow. No one (save two) have any idea how to get it off because, Burbage says, “It seems to be a type of muggle paint. Speaking of which, Martha Stewart just released a rather fabulous line of summer colours, you know.” To which Dumbledore replies, “Ah, yes, that Sea Glass is simply divine.” And they walk off debating the merits of various paint colours while Snape is sat sputtering behind them
  • Filch going for joy-rides on the Hogwarts Express, and Mrs. Norris playing with the string that when pulled sounds the whistle
  • Hooch racing them on her broom
  • Great Hall sleepovers. Need I say more?
  • McGonagall and Dumbledore playing magical croquet on the front lawn in with bonnets and parasols 
  • Dumbledore deciding that he’s too tired to continue playing, so instead sits down and weaves the flowers through his beard
  • Snape being as sulky as he usually is, constantly frustrated by the others’ good moods and as such spends most of the time in the (still Light Daffodil yellow) dungeons, where people think he’s making lesson plans but he’s actually just mimicking his least favourite students in unnecessarily high and squeaky voices
  • Dumbledore putting a bonnet on Snape’s head when he passes him in the hall and telling him to “lighten” up
  • The pun earned him a fist bump from McGonagall
  • the students coming back in the fall, and having no idea (Dumbledore charmed the paint off the night before the first day of term)
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My Croquet and Ink series was chosen to be in the Society of Illustrators annual show.  This was a personal project of mine which led to work (which is great when it happens but not my goal).  It’s nice when a jury likes something you’ve spent your heart, soul, and time on.  I’ve got more of these on deck and more personal projects I’m dying to work on!

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Insert your best classy yet trashy insult here. 1950s stylings, Japanese Ukiyo-e tattoos. Prim and proper meets rebellion and self expression. Prints available here: https://society6.com/product/croquet-and-ink-nine_print?sku=s6-8831966p4a1v1

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The Magical Musical Automaton Toy Cabinet - Jean & Pierre Bellin, circa 1990.

Made of gold embellished with mother-of-pearl, enamel, and carved chalcedony and rose quartz flowers and foliage, the Bellins’ automaton opens to reveal an animated Alice and White Rabbit atop a revolving drum. The toy train circles the drum, pulling cars filled with sapphires, emeralds, and rubies; the hot air balloon also spins. The many toys in the cabinet are of enameled gold set with diamonds or carved from semiprecious stones.