Thursday, May 30, 2013

Peonies -- easy to grow perennial -- How to Grow and Maintenance Tips

Peonies are so easy to grown and require little maintenance.  Simply plant in full sun and watch them take off.  There are two types of peonies found  in the home landscape, Paeonia spp. hybrids (garden peony) and Paeonia suffruticosa (tree peony).

The best time to plant them are in the early fall, with transplanting and dividing the bulbs done during that time also. Young bulbs take a few years to become a full bush.  Don't be disappointed the first few years after planting your bulbs, it will take a few years for them to become large bushes.  After they have developed, you can split the bulbs in the fall and plant in new locations.  The more splitting, the more blooms.  I bought these bulbs at Walmart 2 years ago for less than $5.00.  You don't have to spend a lot of money to have beautiful plants.  If they don't come up in one location, transplant them in fall to a new sunny location.  They do require full sun to partial sun.  After a few years, if you notice low blooms, divide and transplant your plants to a new location.  Make sure you support your Peonies prior to blooming. 

They are a heavy flower and if you have a lot of rain in the spring, you will find them resting on the ground.  I tied tulle around the stems prior to the blooming. String may cut into the stem. 

Deadhead the blooms after they begin to fade.  Cut the foliage to the ground in the fall to avoid winter damage.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Release of Belle by Amy Butler

Just had to come up with a little something for the new Release!

Amy Butler -- Belle

in love with Moda Fabrics toooo!

New Becca Bag Pattern Available this week!

I have had many requests for more sewing patterns!  Your requests have been granted.  This week I will be releasing the Becca Bag Sewing pattern and the Shellie Bag Sewing pattern.  I have the Becca Bag pattern ready to list, just making sure of some final measurements and accuracy.  If any Sewers out there would like a free copy of this new release to give constructive feedback, I would be happy to send them out.  Post a comment in the "comment section below", please indicate your  time frame for sewing the project and I will select 5 sewers to send the pattern to. Thank you again for all your support and good luck!  In honor of the new re-release of Amy Butler's  Belle, I took a look back on my previous creations with this this fabric so much!  Thank you Amy Butler.  The pattern will be available at AggieRay!  Enjoy everyone.

Belle Gothic Rose Turquoise available soon here FabricPlace

Joel Dewberry Home Dec Fabric--discontinued--one of my favorites!

Amy Butler Belle Pink Corriander--discontinue fabric--another favorite! 

Amy Butler Belle Gothic Rose Burgundy available soon

Amy Butler Morning Glory --discontinued fabric

 Also being released this week is the Shellie Bag pattern. This pattern is still in the works and I hope to have it ready by the end of the week.  Check back often to see new patterns coming to my shop.  I am in a very creative mood this week! 

Comments welcome. Any pattern that you do not see and would like, please let me know and can see what I can whip up for you.  Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

Shellie Bag pattern available soon!
Amy Butler Soul Blossoms Fabric Sari Blooms Rayon in Raspberry

Thursday, May 16, 2013

So exciting to receive an email from the Art Director at blend fabrics llc--------------------

You never know who is following you and looking at your work!  I was excited to be contacted by the Art Director at Blend Fabrics llc stating that she loved my Aggie Wristlet Clutch Pattern which can be found here and pillow collections here.  She indicated that Anna Griffin was attending the Spring 2013 Quilt Market show and needed items to put in her booth.

Of course, I said yes and was anticipating the arrival of this beautiful fabric Sardinia.  The package arrived with a beautiful array of fabrics.  I love working with beautiful fabrics which aspire you to create new beautiful pieces.

Each one of these patterns can be made in about an hour.  They make great gifts for all of your friends.  They will love them!

INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the PDF Sewing Pattern is available here at AggieRay

 The wristlets make great wedding party gifts, bridesmaids clutches, teacher gifts and more!
The pillow is made with 4 triangles of fabric (a fat quarter of each fabric) plus 1/2 yard of fabric for the piping and backing is all that is needed!

It was a thrill and honor to participate in the Spring 2013 Quilt Market.  Thank you Anna Griffin, Inc and  Blend Fabrics, LLC 


Friday, May 10, 2013

Beautiful Girls!

All the planning came together for the most beautiful day!  The weather was perfect, the dresses were beautiful and the girls just complemented all the accessories!  They were the icing on the cake.

The bridal bouquets were beautiful and stayed together through all the pictures and tossing high in the air!  The girls had so much fun.  They were extra special because I was able to create them myself.  I made these during the Blizzard in February!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ruffle Wedding Cake

As promised, here are some pictures of the final result of all the work for the last 3 months.  Yes you can plan a wedding in 3 months, not 1 year, not 2 years... more time means more money you spend!  This wedding was absolutely beautiful and well planned.  It was described as a fairytale wedding when the guest walked into the hall!