I've been busy the past few days working diligently in my garden. I usually wait until the weekend after Mother's Day to buy my annual vegetables and flowers and herbs, as I then feel confident that my Mid-Atlantic gardening zone will not experience any episodes of frost. Now my tomatoes, peppers, annual herbs and flowers are finally all planted, and I can relax and rest my sore knees and visit every one's blogs to see what I've missed!
I received this wonderful surprise today -- I won a give away on the Fifi Flowers Blog -- a full set of eight of her beautiful French Cafe Note Cards!
They are romantic outdoor scenes, so I thought I'd display them outside under my pink azalea shrub that also finally bloomed a few days ago.
Here they are again in front of one of the flower boxes I just planted.
Thank you so much Fifi! I love them! I felt as if I could step inside the paintings and be a part of the Paris scenery.... perhaps to sit on the balcony of Cafe De France to sip my latte and look down at the beautiful flowers that line the boulevard? Ou la la!
These beautiful Paris Cafe scenes were hand painted by Fifi in her signature style, using fun, vibrant colors and charming attention to detail. They are also available for sale in her ETSY Store! Fifi also takes painting commissions, and is presently busy painting beautiful scenes for some lucky customers. I hope you'll visit Fifi's blog and see more of her wonderful artwork and allow her take you on one of her virtual trips to Paris -- her favorite place to escape from everyday life!
And speaking of Paris, I am going to a very French event with my daughter in a few days. It's a little reward for all her hard work in going to graduate school part time, after her full time, demanding job! She'll be graduating soon and I was so excited to see this activity advertised in the New York Times as a way to celebrate with her a little bit before hand.
Be sure to check back to see what fun event we went to! Can you guess what it will be?