Mad Over Peonies


I’ve been losing my mind over peonies lately, like I do every year. I haunt Trader Joe’s faithfully until they show up in their tight little clenched balls of fury. This is usually in May sometime. They were super late this year. They didn’t show up until AFTER Mother’s Day which is a crying shame in my eyes. To me, peonies are the ultimate mother’s day present and believe me, everyone in my house knows this. I do not shut up about it.

Finally they came in and I bought a bunch, of course. They were so brilliant scarlet they wouldn’t even show up properly in my camera because the red was just plain out of gamut.


Every time I walked by the bouquet on the table I would try and try again to capture their intensity with my camera. I would stand on chairs straining for just the right angle. This way and that… nothing could really contain their beauty!

These flowers were like bombs going off on my dining room table. I don’t know how people can’t be in awe of them like I am. They must be color blind. Or they grew up in Chicago where they are as common as Oleander bushes along the highway. That is before Oleander bushes got that disease and died out. In Chicago I hear they are as common as freeway flowers. Can you imagine these flowers being as common as freeway flowers?


I cannot. This is art pure and simple. It was hard for me to even format the pictures into a square for optimal website viewing because I just didn’t want to crop them in anyway.

I’m an absolute nut about these flowers. I’m sure Payam will vouch for that. I never shut up about them. There are a few things that I feel this passionately about and they are: Norah Jones, coffee and peonies. Everything else is just not worth getting all worked up about.  I stand by these passions whether they go in or out of style.


I mean, come on. Even in death they take my breath away. As the scarlet color slowly faded out of these blooms and the petals fell ceremoniously on my table, I didn’t even want to clean them up. It was like a week long art installation that we would eat dinner around so as not to miss a single shade of loveliness.


I fully acknowledge that I’ve lost my mind over them.

Le sigh.

2017 SAJ Calendar is here!


FINALLY!! I always run a month or five behind getting this calendar thingy done but guess what?! I’m gonna give this one away for free! No more in my shop for a buck or two. I’m just putting it out there and letting you have it. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! Remember me when you need something illustrated or designed. :)

Let me know if I made any typos (I’m sure I did. I’m a chicken with her head cut off these days.) and I’ll fix them in a few days and then re-upload the fixed copy next time I blog which I hope is soon because I have so many THINGS to share! NO, not any big news don’t worry, just regular fun family events. Like Christmas! And a new camera lens that I can’t figure out because I’m not as much of a gear-head as I wish I was. I think I need to take photography 101 again.


So here it is! Click, Print and Calendar!