It is peony season here at the farm. And as usually happens, rain is always a threat to the life of the blooms.
After working in my gardens some yesterday, I harvested as many peonies as I could for the house.
There really is no other flower that rivals the peony - the incredibly short bloom period makes them extra special.
And that smell. Just incredible.
I wish you could smell them through your screen. Here are my bouquets that I will be spreading around the house to perfume our rooms.
With all this talk of flowers, it is a perfect time to introduce you all to a fantastic new book called The The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms published by STC/MelanieFalick Books. You can see a small slideshow with more photos here.
Paper flowers are having their time in the sun right now and it is because of incredible artists such as Livia Cetti, the author. You can see a Studio Tour of her place here on Design*Sponge. She has taken what could be a hokey kind of craft and turned it into a real art. And the best thing is she wrote a book for all of us to learn her tricks from.
The above photo is the chapter opener where Livia lets you in on what kinds of paper to buy and all the other little things you will need - many of which you already own. She goes very indepth - giving brand names - which is quite helpful if you want to have the success with making the flowers.
The instructions look excellent - with all kinds of tips. I have not had the chance to actually make any paper flowers but I am hoping to get to it this summer. Get out the crepe paper, the tissue paper, the glue gun and the bleach! You'll have to read the book to find out about how to use the bleach.
Aren't these flowers amazing? They look so real. Here is the step by step how to to make the cherry blossoms above.
I think this book would be a great start to a summer of crafting with children or with friends. I can only imagine how many brides will be using The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers to make decorations for their tables.
The book is laid out very nicely. It begins with the basics and then moves onto individual flowers which are photographed in pretty vases as shown below. There are 26 different flowers featured.
At the end of the book there is 18 different projects that use paper flowers including the flower garland below that is just incredible. They call it 3-D wallpaper. Cute. Directions are included for all of these projects. At the very end are templates of the individual leaf and petal shapes that you would use as patterns.
Check out Livia's stunning website here. It is really hard to believe the flowers are not real and are actually made of paper. Livia Cetti also teaches on Creativebug. Check out her on-line classes here.
One of you lucky readers is going to win a copy of Livia Cett's The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers. Here's how you enter.....
Contest is over. The winner is Carol who wrote: