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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lesley Holmes

After reading a post recently by Kerry of Design du Monde's blog (which you can view here on one of her favorite children's watercolor book, she inspired me (thank you Kerry) to share with you a book by Lesley Holmes who is an artist who specializes in watercolor and pencil sketches of the countryside and animals of the Cotswolds.  I purchased two of her books, A Cotswold Sketchbook, one for myself (which she so graciously signed for me) and one for a friend of mine who is British in 2001. In addition to A Cotswolds Sketchbook she also has books of her sketches on Venice, (my next purchase from her hopefully) and a Lesley Holmes Sketchbook.  She also sells etchings, originals, cards and prints.  Here is a sampling of her sketches from A Cotswold Sketchbook.

Wouldn't these make a lovely framed collage?  Read more about her work(HERE)
Also, you can still enter my giveaway for an Laudree cookbook (HERE).

Sunday, February 19, 2012


I always found February a very dreary month despite Valentine's Day coming in the  middle of the month.  Although, the bright pinks and reds associated with Valentine's Day do help to chase away the blues for a bit, it still leaves me a little blah feeling.

It is usually in February that I get the itch for spring and all those gorgeous colors associated with it.  The beautiful color of the purple hyacinth, yellow daffodils, and the assorted colors of the tulips.  LOL  Spring is my most favorite season and has always put the "bounce" back into my step.  I love smelling the sweet aroma of the flowers and watching the brown sodden earth turn into that beautiful shade of green.

Because it is such a quiet month, I thought I would have a Giveaway.  Since I love to do this, I can't think of a better time than now.  Now, for the good part...I am giving away a gorgeous book with French recipes from Laudree's.  Not only do the recipes sound faBulous but the book comes in a pretty pink box with Laudree's displayed on the front, with luscious pink tissue paper covering the book that when opened shows a gorgeous purple suede book with silver printing on the front. Well, see for yourself....

Isn't it pretty?  Have you ever received a book like this?  Wrapped so lovely!  I first found out about it while visiting Chocolates and Croissants blog(HERE) reading one of her book reviews.  (She does wonderful book reviews!)  It is filled with the most mouth watering dishes.

Now, to enter the giveaway:

1.  Leave a comment under this blog post.

2.  If you aren't already a follower, follow me and leave another comment.

3.  Like me on La Petite boutique de perles Facebook page and leave an
     additional comment.

The contest ends Wednesday, February 29 at midnight CST.

Spread the word and may the best person win!
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