The 2020 Pinkorama Round-Up

Calling all 2020 Pinkorama participants to take a bow!  (Or curtsy.)

After six days of superlative sugary creations, it’s time for the 2020 Pinkorama Round Up!  This year, we’ve got nativity plays gone wrong, a pirate as parson, flying attack stoats, an unusually tongue-tied poet, a Victorian parlor in Barbados, and a botched elopement in the courtyard of the Peepford Arms.

I won’t lie.  Putting these together for this post made me a bit teary– not just the reminder of so many books past, but because of the wonderfulness of YOU, creating beauty in the midst of so much fear.  It means so much to know that even as the world outside is scary, over here, we can still escape to Regency parlors and Barbados plantations, that together we can run away into story, where we know that our hero and heroine will triumph, good will prevail, and there will always be an England (and a Peep).  Thank you for creating this oasis of brightly colored joy in the midst of all the grim grey newsprint.

Every year, I wonder how you can possibly raise the bar even higher– but you always do.  It’s impossible to choose just one favorite out of so much gorgeousness– which is why I’m opening it up to voting!

Pick your favorite Pinkorama from the round-up below and post it in the Comments– and I’ll choose one judge at random to receive a vintage Pink Carnation mug.

Voting closes next Friday (5/22). Winners will be announced on Memorial Day (5/25).

In the order in which I received them, I give you… the 2020 Pinkoramae!

1) “Turnpeep and Aramellow in the Mischief of the Mistlepeep” by Carla and Rowan (from The Mischief of the Mistletoe“)

It’s hard enough putting on a nativity play at an all girls’ school– but even worse when your school is infested with spies, and, to top it off, a certain carnation-waistcoated but strangely adorable root vegetable just won’t stop trying to explain about last night and that kiss you’ve been trying not to think about….

Click here for a full description and more pictures of the scene.

2) “Wedding Peeps” by Sharon (from The Secret History of the Pink Carnation)

When you’re fleeing the French secret police, the only thing to do is get married by ship’s captain– even if your ship’s captain might just be a butler turned pirate complete with parrot.

Click here for a full description.

3) “The Mark of the Midnight Manzapeep” or “Stoat Iacta Est” by Freya (from The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla)

In which the villain plans his final and deadliest move at a costume party.  And he might just have got away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for that meddling Sally Fitzhugh and her stoat!

Click here for a full description and more pictures of the scene.

4) “The Garden Peeptrigue” by Carrie and Laura (from The Garden Intrigue)

In which the poet Augustus Whittlesby finds himself strangely tongue-tied in the presence of Miss Emma Delagardie– while Napoleon continues his dastardly plans to invade England.

Click here for a full description and more pictures of the scene.

5) “The Summer Peeptry” by Kayse (from The Summer Country)

Fresh off the boat from England, Miss Emily Dawson and her relations are received by her grandfather’s business partner, London Turner, who turns out not to be quite what they expected.  Awkwardness ensues.

Click here for a full description and more pictures of the scene.

6) “Carriage Troubles at the Peepford Inn” by Candace and Cassandra (from The Deception of the Emerald Ring)

When one elopes, one should always first make sure one is eloping with the correct sister.  Just saying.

Click here for a full description and more pictures of the scene.

So many kudos to everyone!  Carla, Rowan, Sharon, Freya, Carrie, Laura, Kayse, Candace, and Cassandra, your ingenuity, creativity, and artistry leave me entirely without words– thank you for bringing so much joy!  In Peep form.

Now I’m handing it over to you, folks.  You know the drill.  Just vote for your favorite 2020 Pinkorama in the Comments section below!  Voting is open until next Friday, 5/25.  I’ll tally up the votes and announce the winner(s) here on Memorial Day!

And now… over to the judges!


  1. Laurel B. on May 15, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    These are all so clever! Voting for #4 “The Garden Peeptrigue” because of Augustus’s hair. 🙂

    • Rebecca on May 15, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      They were all superlative, but I’m casting my vote for Mark of the Midnight Manzapeep.

  2. Tammie cash on May 15, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I love #5

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  4. Karlene B. on May 15, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I like #6 “Carriage Troubles at the Peepford Inn”!

  5. Amanda V on May 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    #5 The Summer Peeptry. This made me want to read the book again!

    • Debbi Olson on May 15, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Hard choice between #5 and #6 but I’m going to vote for #5 – the detail is amazing!

  6. Rachel Adrianna on May 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Ugh, everyone did am amazing job! #6 since everything is edible… so GBBO 🙂

    • Barbara Jones on May 15, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Carriage Troubles!
      Lots of creative work here!

  7. Dani on May 15, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    So hard to choose….let’s go with #1 because everyone needs a little Turnip right now.

  8. Cathy M Calomino on May 15, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    It is hard to choose, they are all so creative! But I like #5 the best!

  9. Pat Dupuy on May 15, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    These are all so good! I am in awe! I’m leaning toward #3 with all the picnic details and the attack stoat!

  10. Mary Dieterich on May 15, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    I vote for #3. It’s really hard to beat a flying stoat. Fabulous job on all of the peeporamae!

  11. Carolyn on May 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    They were all very “peep-worthy”! I vote for #6, “Carriage Troubles”. That was one (of many) of my favorite scenes!!! SO hard to choose!

  12. Sharlene on May 15, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Wow, this was hard but I think I am going with #6.

  13. Antonia Mauro on May 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    #3!!! Love the setting which frames the plot and gives the peeps a colorful ambiance to enact this great story. The details add definition and engage your imagination. Each photograph is staged to articulate essential moments as the scenes unfold. It’s a true 3D illustration of this part of the story and is very cleverly done! The craftsmanship is just wonderful! Well done! Bravo! 👏🌸👏📚👏🎭👏🌸👏

  14. Celeste on May 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    #4 The garden peeptrige. Love Augustus in all his glory!!

  15. LynnS on May 15, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Who can resist an attack stoat? Certainly not me! I was sure this would be my choice, but as much as I love the others (Augustus’ hair! Geoffrey’s eyebrows! That parrot!…) I have to vote for The Summer Peeptry. The details on all the clothes are amazing..

  16. Freya on May 15, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    They’re all brilliant! If I have to pick a favorite, I’ll vote for “Carriage Troubles at the Peepford Arms”.

  17. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 16, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    #6 but it was so hard to choose!

  18. Betty Strohecker on May 16, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Voting for #5. All are wonderful!

  19. Christine on May 17, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    These seriously get better every year! My vote is for 6.

  20. Carrie on May 17, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    I have to vote for #3. “Kill, Lady Florence!” The pictures and description made me loterally laugh out loud! Love the in-action shots of a Stoat in Flight!

    • Carrie on May 17, 2020 at 9:08 pm

      ugh. Auto correct fail

  21. Laura on May 17, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    I am in tears over Lady Florence! Well done Freya and tech team with the invisible fishing line!! My vote is for the stoat!

  22. Kelly on May 18, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Voting for #5! They were all so good

    • Judy on May 20, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      I think the detail in #5 is amazing. That is the sure winner for me! Good job to all who entered!

    • Katherine on May 22, 2020 at 3:08 pm


  23. Joyce on May 18, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    #5 for sure, the detail is amazing

  24. Mike B on May 18, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    #5 has my vote

  25. Claire on May 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    #4 is incredible!!!

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  27. Adam on May 22, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    #5 FTW! That staircase looks great!

  28. Molly on May 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Number 5 is the best!

  29. Jane on May 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    #5 is 👏🏻

  30. Michelle Springer on May 22, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    They are all so cool, but I have to go with the crocheted peeps of #4! ❤

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