I’m Elizabeth Jones
I didn’t always appreciate country life. I had plans of moving to New York City. But, the older I got, the more I loved the slower pace of life and my country roots. I’m inspired every time I walk outside tending to the garden or walking through the pasture seeing the beautiful flowers, birds, and trees. I still love to visit the city, but I love coming home to quiet my mind and create, whether it’s blogging or crafting.
I’m the youngest of five children, and we grew up on a small farm in rural Texas. I was fortunate to have very creative parents. My dad has an incredible green thumb and he’s a wonderful woodworker. My mother does it all! It was inspiring to see my parents try different endeavors with such passion regardless of the outcome. They simply enjoyed the process!
At an early age my siblings and I were encouraged to be creative and think outside the box to keep ourselves busy. I spent hours watching Martha Stewart Living and Carol Duvall Show with my mother. My dream at the time was to have a craft show to inspire others to create.
I was five years old when I made my first craft. My mother had her quilt guild over, and I was so intrigued by the quilting process that I made my own quilting frame from a cardboard box. Then I made a miniature quilt, which I won a second place ribbon at the local county fair for. I was hooked, but I haven’t been able to master the art of quilting. Honestly, I don’t have the patience for it, but one day I plan to do so.
Before the blog, I had a business by the same name. At the time, I created silk flowers for wedding bouquets. “Country” explained my roots and “Peony” is my favorite flower. Plus, I loved the way the two sounded together. Even though the flower-making business didn’t survive, the name still resonates with my vintage, floral, and whimsical-loving crafts.
I’m drawn to pieces that are colorful, fun, have a vintage twist (especially the quality and details), and tell a story that’s unique to the creator. I try to create projects that bring a smile to your face, and showcase that crafting doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be beautiful. Two years ago, I opened an Etsy shop called Country Peony Vintage where I sell my thrifty, vintage finds and handcrafted goods. I create hand torn and hand dyed silk ribbons as accessories for floral bouquets. The shop also sells vintage quilt jackets, which are made from cutter quilts with beautiful stories. The quilts are sourced, and my friend Kristina (Ollie & Mags) turns them into stunning wearable jackets.
Fellow Craft Collaborations:
Brittany Jepson of The House that Lars Built would be my dream collaboration. I’m just inspired by everything that her and her team does. On the brand side, I would like to partner with Michaels. I still remember winning a Michaels gift card in grade school. That good feeling i had walking into the store for the first time and seeing endless possibilities to create. Decades later, I still have the same feeling whenever I walk into Michaels.
My five favorite crafting must-haves are: clover’s pom-pom maker, blush poppin scissors, beacon’s fabri-tac, chandler’s hot glue gun, and mod podge.
In addition to crafting, Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations, and worked as a communications specialist and event coordinator for many years. She also has a twin brother.