Peaches was born and reared in Atlanta, Georgia in a neighborhood just off of Peachtree Dunwoody Road. After graduating from Highschool she modeled for Riches Department Store in downtown Atlanta. Peaches learned her appreciation for the sewing arts in her early life by observing her mother who was an accomplished seamstress. Her mother was also skilled in the art of embroidery.
Her father was the executive Vice-President of the Citizens and Southern National Bank in charge of operations. He founded the clearing house for the Citizens and Southern Bank and was instrumental in the establishment of the “Instant Banker.” He was a fighter pilot in the Second World War and was awarded the “Distinguished Flying Cross” for a mission which he executed just prior to the “D-Day” invasion of the allied troops.
Peaches is married to Rev. Roland S. Barnes, a Presbyterian minister with the Presbyterian Church in America. They now reside in Statesboro, Georgia with their four children.
Peaches graduated from North Springs Highschool in Sandy Springs, Georgia in 1969. While attending Highschool she studied courses in Home Economics. After graduating from Highschool she attended West Georgia College in Carrolton, Georgia before transferring to the University of Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.F.Ed degree in Art and Education.
Waukegan Christian School in Zion, Illinois: Head of the Art Department; (Kindergarten through Twelth grades). She taught Art and Art History
Attended the Smocking Guild of America and joined as a charter member. She studied under Sarah Howard Stone in Birmingham, Alabama. Peaches taught English Smocking in Macon, Georgia from 1979 to 1981. She also taught English Smocking and French Heirloom Sewing for the Belks Department Store. During this time she founded her own company called “Smocked Frocks.”
She moved to Statesboro, Georgia with her husband in order to begin a new Church planting work for the Presbyterian Church in America. During this time she joined her company with other artisans in the Statesboro area and operated a shop called the “Chatter Tree.” She continued to offer classes in English Smocking and French Heirloom Sewing, as well as sell the supplies necessary for both of these art forms.
She sold her smocking business and formed a new business concentrating on the French Heirloom Sewing division of her business. At this time she began to offer French Heirloom garments which she designed individually for each customer. These garments have included baptismal gowns, dresses, bonnets, boys wear, and ladies wear. Also she became a designer for “Mylace,” a company run by Miles Hartley. “Mylace” provided materials to Mrs. Barnes in order for her to design garments for their use in trunk shows in Atlanta, Macon, Athens, Statesboro, Claxton, Sea Island, and Savannah, Georgia. Peaches has won numerous awards for her designs at various Art Fairs.
In the Spring of 1992 she was contacted by Lisa Newsome of Veranda Magazine and asked if she would provide “Victorian Clothing” for an article on a “Victorian Tea.” This article was published in the Summer of 1993 issue of Veranda Magazine which features her work and displays her garments on eight pages.
Mrs. Barnes completed an article for the magazine, “Sew Beautiful,” published by the Martha Pullen Company. This article featured her “Generational Baptismal Gowns” which display personalized family information. She is also working on a recreation of the dress that “Idgy” wore in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.” This dress will be displayed in the authentic and operating “Whistle Stop Café” in Juliette, Georgia.
The next year she went to New York where she met with Gabriella Riggio, an editor of Victoria magazine. She worked on creating children‚s garments in their “favorite things” section.
In 1998 her Lilly of the Valley dress was featured in the May issue of Victoria.
In 2001 she had her clothes exhibited in the Altamaha Museum in Vidalia, Georgia for three months. She has also made custom portrait clothing for clients of famous oil painter, Robert Schoeller.
Peaches work is currently being featured
in the spring issue of Southern Lady Magazine, Secrets of the South and Statesboro Magazine.