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The Big Dramatic Peony Print


The BIG engineer print came from Parabo Press (thank you Deborah for the tip!) and I finally figured out how to hang it! It actually came several weeks ago but I was not so smart and didn’t order the 36″ wooden rails that they offered to go with it. I thought I’d be cheap and order some off amazon instead and then I did and I ordered the wrong size TWICE. I’m not the brightest fork in the drawer sometimes. Creativity I have in loads but double-checking-measurement skills not so much. I was so steamed at myself. And then when I finally caved and decided to order the right rails from Parabo they were out of stock. Doh!


But that’s okay because I happen to have a boyfriend who is handy with wood!  The real question is: why didn’t I ask him first?!!

I studied the design and figured out it was just four 36″-long pieces of wood held together with those super strong tiny refrigerator magnets. I gave Payam the measurements, ordered some magnets and he came back with perfect rails ready for hanging! And three weeks later I finally hung my amazing dramatic peony print.


I love it. I love it so much better than that mass-produced Bed Bath and Beyond print that Payam had hung up in the dining room for so long.

I loved the sentiment of Payam’s old art though that’s why I left it there so long. But it offended me badly with it’s 90’s choice of fonts. You know how that can drive a graphic designer crazy.  It said “Teach music to the child and you give the soul a voice after you go.” which is really cool, right? I thought I would recreate it and keep the words somehow but nothing brilliant ever hit me. Then I fell in love with the giant peony print idea and now the 90’s music quote art lives in the office/kid’s tv room until I can somehow find a new way to keep that sentiment. I’m still perking on that.

Isn’t it cool that Payam loves me so much that he puts up with my redecorating? He puts up with a lot. Funny story: I have these really really eccentric palazzo pants in a crazy black and white boho print. I LOVE them. They are super flow-y and comfortable (except for the too tight waist band which is what I get for shopping at Forever 21 when I probably should be shopping at Ann Taylor Loft). From time to time I wear them and they are the kind of pants that stop you in your tracks. You can’t not acknowledge them when I walk in because they are screaming I’M CRAZY PANTS. So you can imagine Payam’s reaction the first time I wore them. And you know what he said?

“I love you and so I love your crazy pants.” He actually hates my crazy pants but he’ll never say that. He’s my guy.


But back to the print. When it arrived the mailman brought it to me in big long tube that was mangled on one side. Of course that worried me so the mailman asked me to open it in front of him to make sure that it wasn’t damaged. Unfortunately it was a really hot day and I stupidly chose to open the tube and unroll the print on the hood of Payam’s black car that was really hot. The damaged tube didn’t hurt the print but me unrolling it on a hot surface did. Right away the print crinkled right down the middle. I realized my mistake and rolled it back up as soon as I could but the damage was done.


The paper is so thin it is very easy to damage it. Thankfully, the center crinkle in it doesn’t really show BUT it does curl on the sides which kind of bugs me. I’m not sure why it curls other than the fact that the paper is very thin and it works like a barometer measuring the humidity in our house or something. So while the rail hanging idea is very affordable ($20 vs $400 to frame it)  it’s not perfect. I’m still not sure what we’re going to do. But it is a good temporary fix.


In fact it’s so affordable I’m already plotting my next seasonal switch. :P


  • Lynne

    Both the wood rails and the print look marvelous. You didn’t ask Payam straight off to make you some rails as you are used to doing everything off your own bat, don’t worry everybody gets caught out with measurements ordering stuff off the internet.

    I have a pair of well… best described as swishy, baloony pants they are elasticated at the ankles and a wide shirring elastic at the waist I had made by a local tailor when I was teaching in Sri Lanka. They are vivid turquoise colored, and make my bum look as big as a house (but who cares ?). I love, love wearing them and will bring them with me on my next Canadian/America trip and we can swish around our respective pants and my big old hat and be comfy, crazy, creative ladies together. xxxx

    P.s. I was surprised to see Rapunzel got married! Wishing them congratulations all the very best.

    • SAJ

      Yes. I wish I had a blog full of wedding photos of Rapunzel and her new husband but it was a rushed marriage (I have deeply mixed emotions about that as you know…) and I wasn’t able to make it. They plan to have a ceremony next year and I will definitely be at that.

  • Lynne

    I’m so glad to hear Rapunzel is having a wedding party next year so more of her family and friends can share their joy. Any Wedding party you are involved in will be extra, special sparkly and memorable. xxx

  • Susan H.

    I love your peony photos! I have ordered photos on canvas from…they frequently have sales and the prices are great. You wouldn’t need to frame it because the artwork wraps around the edges (or you can have plain colored edges). Would you consider selling prints of that image that you had enlarged? It’s so beautiful.

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