Hooked on House Portraits (& Giveaways!)

by hookedonhouses on May 7, 2009

Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at the end of each week to celebrate the things that make us happy. This week I’m hooked on house portraits. You may have seen this photo of the old stucco-and-stone house I grew up in that I have on my “About” page. It was the first house I fell in love with. (Look closely and you’ll see me opening the front door and my little brother toddling up the driveway.)

The house probably doesn’t look like much to you, and I have to laugh at the state of the yard, but it was a wonderful place to grow up. I keep this photo on the wall in my kitchen just because it makes me happy. So you can imagine how over-the-moon thrilled I was when the talented artist Fifi Flowers sent me this painting. I love it!

Now the Good News for YOU:

Fifi Flowers has agreed to paint a portrait like this for one of my lucky readers. That’s right–if you win, she will paint a house for you on 6″ x 7″ archival paper–a $150 value (you can upgrade to a larger size for a slight fee). You may want her to paint your current home, your childhood home, or someone else’s to give as a gift. We had my in-laws’ home painted as a Christmas gift one year and they loved it.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post before midnight Monday (May 11). Want an extra entry? Visit Fifi’s Etsy shop, look around, and then leave a second comment telling me what your favorite painting of hers is. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, so stay tuned!

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on. If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

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Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Mary Beth {Cupcakes-They’re Not Just for Eating!}
2. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home (More Ottomans!)
3. DesignTies (It’s a pool party!)
4. Amy @ Finer Things (cupcakes)
5. Christy – Mother’s Day
6. Linda@Lime in the Coconut( simple easy meal)
7. Misti of Studio M Designs
8. Living With Lindsay (Transforming with Paint!)
9. Mrs. Petrie (care packages)
10. The Shabby Chic Cottage (croquet)
11. Trish @ TheOldPostRoad
12. TK – My Foyer
13. songbirdtiff-Aldi Face products
14. Puna @ Life Signatures
15. Wayfaring Wanderer {Hk’d on Rodanthe}
16. Jenelle at This lady Blogs (photo cards and a GIVEAWAY!)
17. The Tea Room (Pink Roses, Pink Hats)
18. Lindsay @ Peacock Blue (Peacocks)
19. Tricia {Chalkboards}
20. Sarah (Starbucks knockoffs!)
21. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(Mother’s Day traditions)
22. m @ tales from an oc cottage (Chiclets!)
23. Katie @ Clean and Classic Interiors (SkyMall)
24. Beach Cottage Love (Tybee Island beach house)
25. Italian Dessert | Gennaro
26. SuzyHomemaker (Butler’s Pantry)
27. Daly Essentials (Wallpaper)
28. Vintgesquirrel (MOGGIT)
29. maya | springtree road (hooked on rescue kitties!)
30. Cooking During Stolen Moments (sausage smothered white beans)
31. A Simple Walk
32. Jennifer @ Blogging God And Me (What is our calling in life)
33. Katie @ Making This Home
34. Everybody Loves Greece
35. Fifi Flowers
36. Michelle@Sweet Something (Hooked on Seashells)
37. It’s Frugal Being Green (Molasses Crinkles)
38. A Beach House Dream (ignore first link)
39. Animators Wife (blogging)
40. Angela @ Peonypatch (Flower Garden)
41. Liz@Violet Posy Garden Entertaining
42. mannequin(who lives there?)
43. Frippery (color)
44. Kate@kandgbookclub(Smelling Flowers)
45. Star’sFault (Hooked on Garden Tags)
46. Alpaca Farmgirl (Crab Cakes)
47. RehabOrDie.com — Hooked on Meat
48. Something to do (Our new kitchen)
49. Stephanie (A Welcoming Home Party)
50. Christine {Patterns}
51. Flower Patch Farmgirl (Blooms)
52. Bonnie M
53. Laura @ Decor to Adore
54. Newlyweds (Summer Garden)
55. From the Right Bank to the Left Coast (An Inspiring Workspace)
56. ImagineCozy (Table Decor)
57. Janis@An Inspired Life (outdoor decor)
58. Likely Design (Funky Half Bath Ideas!)
59. Barbara @ Blogbitten
60. Jane @ Beach House
61. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity (postcards/giveaway)
62. Ramona @ A Day In The Life Of Ramona ~ Crocheting with Chunky Yarn
63. Melissa
64. Deb/Dumbwittellher
65. Sarah @ Designing Woman (Hooked on Damask!)
66. Jan’s Art (paintings)
67. Wendy Langston
68. Shelia @Notesongs
69. A Beach Cottage (giveaway)
70. Lara
71. Kylee at Our Little Acre

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Mary Beth May 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Fifi is an amazing artist! I would love to win the portrait and I would probably choose my parent’s house. My dad built it and my mom decorated it-so many happy memories. I hope I have a picture somewhere just in case. : )

Amy @ Finer Things May 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm

What a fun giveaway. I think I’d have her paint my grandparent’s house. :)

Amy @ Finer Things’s last blog post..Finer Things Friday: I Blame My Mother

DesignTies May 7, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I think the house you grew up in is quite charming :-) And Fifi did a great job painting a picture of it for you!! Definitely a piece to cherish forever :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

DesignTies’s last blog post..Grab your swimsuit, it’s a pool party!!

Maureen May 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm

What a great gift that would make.

Maureen’s last blog post..Tuesday, May 05, 2009

DesignTies May 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

And now to double my chances of winning a fabulous Fifi painting…. my favourite painting in her Etsy ship is “Pont Neuf Apartment” :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

DesignTies’s last blog post..Grab your swimsuit, it’s a pool party!!

leigh ann May 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Wow that is really pretty! What a great house to grow up in. I’ve lived in a lot of houses, but maybe my husband would love his childhood home painted. Looking forward to her Etsy store!

Misti England May 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

That Fifi….she’s amazingly talented! Your house is very charming, I love the stacked chimney! I would so love to have an original painting from her…count me in PLEASE!

Have a wonderful weekend Julia,
~Misti

Misti England’s last blog post..“Here’s your Sign”: A Link Party

Christy May 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

What a wonderful thing to be hooked on this week Julia! Fifi’s house paintings are so joyful. She created a wonderful rendition of your sweet childhood cottage. If I were lucky enough to win I would be thrilled with a painting of my childhood home – event hough it was not a cottage like yours – mine was a 1975 wannabe spanish/ranch tract home – but I loved it as if it were the finest mansion! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway…I am off to browse through Fifi’s lovely work.

Christy’s last blog post..A Picture of Motherhood…

Mrs. Petrie May 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Fifi is so fabulous! Her paintings would be fun in any home.

Mrs. Petrie’s last blog post..Show Some Love- Send a Care Package

TheOldPostRoad May 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Fifi has a FUN style to her paintings.

TheOldPostRoad’s last blog post..New Birthday Week Tradition

leigh ann May 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Just went to her Etsy store….I really like the “Garden Chair” painting. Thanks for the giveaway!

Stacy May 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm

What a lovely giveaway…Fifi is amazing!

Puna May 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I would love to win the painting. It’s so quaint!

Puna’s last blog post..Do You Have 2.5 Million Dollars?

Terry Kearns May 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm

This is the best giveaway – art about our own home, a place we love. Now off to Etsy.

Wayfaring Wanderer May 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

FiFi has some GREAT stuff!!

I love her “Cafe de France” painting :)

Stacy May 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Checked out Fifi’s store…love “French Wine and Bread”…as my 3 year old would say: “Mmmm, my favorite!”

Mrs. Petrie May 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Hmm…I might just have to skip paying for groceries and buy Stolen Kisses!

Mrs. Petrie’s last blog post..Show Some Love- Send a Care Package

Christy May 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Julia – I couldn’t pick just one painting everything was so fun! I adore both the Bicycle and French Cafe note cards. Do you know if Fifi paints anything with a seaside theme or is her work strictly French inspired? Thanks again and Happy Mother’s Day!!

Christy’s last blog post..A Picture of Motherhood…

Terry Kearns May 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm

OK, I’m a guy and the Hip Chick Collection is irresistible, as are all chicks – Fifi’s word, not mine. Have a look:

http://tinyurl.com/ofu55h

Terry Kearns’s last blog post..Foyers – wasted space, psychologcal boost, or what?

Brei Cornell May 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Very sweet giveaway. I’d love to win one for my parents!

Brei Cornell’s last blog post..A hairy situation

Lindsay May 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Oh, what a neat giveaway! My parents had a painting of their old Florida Keys house made and I just love it. I’d love to have one of my own!

Karen May 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I love Fifi’s houses almost as much as I love my house. What could be better than to combine both – you could see my smile for miles!!

Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home May 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Hi Julia. Love Fifi’s painting! She is so talented, creative, and fun! How nice of you to feature her on Hooked on Fridays! ~Arleen

Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home’s last blog post..Inspiration ~ Ottomans of All Shapes & Sizes

Brei Cornell May 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm

For my second entry:
I couldn’t pic just one fav, so my THREE favs are Pink Trees in Paris, Parisian Can Can Dancer, and Lingerie Picnic

Brei Cornell’s last blog post..A hairy situation

hookedonhouses May 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Christy–

Fifi paints just about everything! I featured a beach house that she painted over on my other blog if you want to see it: http://beachcottagelove.blogspot.com/2009/04/fifis-pink-cottage-on-beach.html

I just love her work! -Julia :-)

Peacock Blue May 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm

That portrait is so sweet! What a great idea for a giveaway! And by the way, I think your home growing up is very pretty – didn’t even notice the yard…;)

Peacock Blue’s last blog post..I Really Heart Peacocks….

Peacock Blue May 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Ok, Fifi’s paintings are soooo cute! I love the one called “On the Beach at Cote d’Azur”. It reminds me of Old Hollywood with the swimming cap and vintage swim suit! Her little dog painting (on her blog) is super cute too! Talent, talent, talent!

Peacock Blue’s last blog post..I Really Heart Peacocks….

A Beach House Dreamer May 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Yeah, I see you and your brother…

A Beach House Dreamer’s last blog post..Bathroom with a View

A Beach House Dreamer May 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Oh, and the painting, very nice! And what a great memory.

A Beach House Dreamer’s last blog post..Bathroom with a View

Kasey May 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I love the painting she did for you and would love to have my own. : )

Kasey’s last blog post..Burlap is the New Black

Kasey May 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

My favorite painting on her Etsy site is On the Street with Eiffel.

Kasey’s last blog post..Burlap is the New Black

Suzy May 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Her paintings are full of color and delightful. They would make wonderful Open House cards….

Suzy’s last blog post..Hooked on a Butler’s Pantry….

Marie May 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm

How exciting it would be to win one of her prints!

Marie’s last blog post..beautiful french inspiration

Spencer May 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

FAB-U-LOUS!!!!!!!! I LOVE this…..and sooooo hope I’m the lucky number!

Blessings,
Spencer

Spencer’s last blog post..A Little Old Town Tour For You! :-)

Marie May 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I am a romantic at heart and absolutely LOVE Fifi’s “Stolen Kiss” painting!

Marie’s last blog post..beautiful french inspiration

Billy May 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Entry one, nowofftofifi’safter iget the cookie crumb from under thespace bar.

Marsha May 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I think it is so special that you have a photo of the house you grew up in. So many people are not fortunate enough to have that. Fifi did a great job painting it too!

Daly Essentials May 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Fifi is amazing!

Daly Essentials’s last blog post..This isn’t your Grandma’s Wallpaper

Spencer May 7, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Yes……..comment #2! I REALLY want to win! :-)

I LOVE the Chairs in Paris painting…toooo much fun! What a talented girl Fifi is.

Blessings,
Spencer

Spencer’s last blog post..A Little Old Town Tour For You! :-)

Marsha May 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Of all of Fifi’s paintings, Donna and Fifi jumped out at me. LOVE IT! What a cute bike in front of that little shop! Precious!

Billy May 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Paris Apartment Rendezvous but “the stolen pink car” was a close second. (yaeh the crumb is gone.) now if i can remember my paypal info i’m going back for some note cards.

Still Learning May 7, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Julia for the great party. This is always so much fun. Have a great weekend!!

Jennifer

Still Learning’s last blog post..Mr. Linky Sign Party

Katie @ makingthishome.com May 7, 2009 at 10:52 pm

If I won, I’d surprise my mom with the house she grew up in. Heck… maybe I should do that even if I don’t..
Katie

Katie @ makingthishome.com’s last blog post..Organize Stationery

Katie @ makingthishome.com May 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Love the French paintings the best. The hip chick ones seem fun, too.
Thanks Julia.

Katie @ makingthishome.com’s last blog post..Organize Stationery

Maya@Completely-Coastal May 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Love the rendering of your home. As kids I don’t think we care too much about the state of the yard.

Maya@Completely-Coastal’s last blog post..Everybody Loves Greece

Holly May 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Fifi did a great job on your house. That painting will be a keepsake for sure!

Holly’s last blog post..Thrift Store Thursday

Holly May 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm

And my favorite from her shop is On the Street with Eiffel.

Holly’s last blog post..Thrift Store Thursday

Fifi Flowers May 7, 2009 at 11:43 pm

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!

Fifi Flowers’s last blog post..Yearly Fashionable Home Tour…

Victoria @ DesignTies May 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I’m always taken in by Fifi’s paintings – love them – they feed my desire to travel to Paris!! And I can’t tell you how excited I’d be to have a little portrait of my equally little house (once it’s freshly painted of course… a summer project!)!! Please enter me twice for this draw, Julia… it was hard to choose, but I’m loving the colours and whimsy of “Brasserie des Arts”.
Thanks for this opportunity!!
Victoria

Victoria @ DesignTies’s last blog post..Grab your swimsuit, it’s a pool party!!

Angel S. May 8, 2009 at 2:33 am

Love it! What a treasure it would be to pass on a picture of the house my kids grew up in. Thanks for the chance. Very talented artist!

Marie Isabelle May 8, 2009 at 3:21 am

Swoooon! I am just bonkers for Fifi’s work! I featured her on my blog just the other day too! I am a bicycle nut. All of her ‘velo’ are pure eye candy in my book!

Marie Isabelle’s last blog post..Gone Fishin’ – Postcard Friendship Friday

Angela May 8, 2009 at 3:28 am

Oh, how I love FiFi’s artwork!! She is so talented! I already have a couple of her pieces, but would love to have portrait of my home as well!
Happy Mother’s Day!
~angela

Angela’s last blog post..Hooked On: My Flower Garden

Angela May 8, 2009 at 3:31 am

Right now, I’d have to say my favorite is FiFi’s “Vin et Fromage Shop”. However, I LOVE “Pink Trees in Paris” – it’s in my office right now! :-) So talented FiFi is!!!

~angela

Angela’s last blog post..Hooked On: My Flower Garden

Pam May 8, 2009 at 4:04 am

I woul love to win!

Pam’s last blog post..Huge Mother’s Day Giveaway

Pam May 8, 2009 at 4:04 am

My favorite is On the Beach at Cote d’Azur.

Pam’s last blog post..Huge Mother’s Day Giveaway

mannequin May 8, 2009 at 5:13 am

Having a portrait of ones childhood home would be most comforting thing, don’t you think?

mannequin May 8, 2009 at 5:14 am

At the moment, I like Pink Chairs in Paris the best. If I can’t get to Paris, having a Fifi Flowers painting will do just fine :)

mannequin’s last blog post..Kitty Bo

Caroline May 8, 2009 at 6:19 am

What a great idea..a portrait of your home. Everytime you look at that painting you will be reminded of your childhood. Something we yearn for as we grow older.

Caroline May 8, 2009 at 6:20 am

Pink Chairs in Paris is my favorite!

Caroline’s last blog post..Still workin on some projects..

Pam May 8, 2009 at 6:38 am

Just what I love today, color. That is Fifi’s specialty

Pam’s last blog post..I am Hooked on Color

Eileen@Star'sFault May 8, 2009 at 6:50 am

What a wonderful give-a-way! The painting of your house looks fun and happy!

Eileen@Star’sFault’s last blog post..Hooked on Garden Tags ~

Amanda @ Serenity Now May 8, 2009 at 6:54 am

Neat giveaway!!! I’m not sure I’d want a picture of my current home, but I can think of one or two I’d like preserved in a painting. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now’s last blog post..What’s the Deal with…

Alpaca Farmgirl May 8, 2009 at 7:03 am

This is a great giveaway! I would love to have a picture of my childhood home. Or maybe our farm here that we are about to sell. Hard to say. But I’d love to win!

BTW, I love your blog so much. It’s a perfect escape for me, a place to come for fun and beauty. Thanks for all you do.

Alpaca Farmgirl’s last blog post..Finally A Daughter!

Alpaca Farmgirl May 8, 2009 at 7:06 am

My favorite of Fifi’s paintings is Berry Cushions with a view, though I also really like Pink Chairs in Paris! Her work is lovely.

Alpaca Farmgirl’s last blog post..Fiber Arts Friday

Jenelle May 8, 2009 at 7:08 am

Wow, that is so cool! I can just imagine opening the mail and finding a portrait of my favorite house. What a great day that must have been! Hopefully I get to experience that, too. Pick me, pick me! :)

Jenelle’s last blog post..Greetings!

Kathy May 8, 2009 at 7:08 am

Fifi’s paintings are fabulous – I would love to be entered!

Kathy’s last blog post..Review: Bless Your Heart, Tramp

Jamie May 8, 2009 at 7:18 am

I love house portraits! It would be a wonderful gift for someone!

Jamie’s last blog post..Our new kitchen!

Jen May 8, 2009 at 7:19 am

That would be a terrific prize! I’m in.

Jen May 8, 2009 at 7:21 am

My favorite from her Etsy shop is “Garden Chair.” Thanks!

Jen’s last blog post..Alex and Lulu

Christine May 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

What a cool giveaway! And what a awesome artist!!

Christine’s last blog post..Hooked On {Patterns}

Melissa May 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

Oh! My! Gosh! What an amaaazing giveaway!! Fingers crossed!! Good luck everyone!

Michelle May 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

What a great house!

I’d love to be entered. She’s so talented!
~Michelle

Michelle’s last blog post..Two Years…

KellyB May 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

I love the painting of your childhood home. How special! Hope I win!

Marilyn May 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

What a great giveaway. Her painting of your childhood home is beautiful.

Marilyn May 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

My favorite is the French Wine and Bread.

Tracy May 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

Comment #1 – I’d love this!

Tracy May 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

Comment #2 – I love the Garden Chair painting the best.

TraceyB May 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

How cool is this! I would love to win this. I have been wanting a painting of my current home for the past three years I’ve lived here. This is the first house I’ve owned that I actually love the exterior. I even have a wall that I’ve set aside for my house painting to go, no kidding!

TraceyB May 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

okay…My favorite was “Aux Provences Brasserie”

Struggler May 8, 2009 at 8:35 am

This is enormously kind of Fifi – what a great gift idea too. Since the little nook I owned in the UK was such a strange shape, I guess I would ask her to paint our “oops-bought-at-the-top-of-the-market” California home. ;)

Struggler’s last blog post..Friday challenge: dare you count your clothes?

Lazy Mom Leslie May 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

Here’s Comment #1. Pick me! I have long coveted FiFi’s house paintings. I love our home and this would be an amazing thing to have.

Lazy Mom Leslie’s last blog post..Time to Vote

Carol M May 8, 2009 at 8:38 am

This is great. I’d love to win. My parents will soon be moving from my childhood home; they have been there for over 50 years. They are getting up there in years, and it is tough for them to deal with the upkeep, and the stairs are becoming difficult for my mother. This would be great for them to have as a reminder of all those wonderful years spent there.

Lazy Mom Leslie May 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

Here’s Comment #2. I like the French Wine and Bread and the Wine and Roses in Paris. What can I say? I’m a wine girl!

Lazy Mom Leslie’s last blog post..Time to Vote

TraceyB May 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

If two comments raises my chances to win, three must cerainly be a good thing.

carson May 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

Thanks for the opportunity, Fifi and Julia! I know just the place to hang this when I win.

carson’s last blog post..Skywatch, in the dust at dusk

Carol M May 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

Here’s my second comment. I was drawn to “Painter’s Cafe” and “On the Street with Eiffel”. Lovely.

Deb Milne May 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

I love Fifi’s work. How wonderful it would be to win a truly wonderful keepsake!!

Deb Milne’s last blog post..Fabulosity Revisited

Kelli May 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

We’re almost done building a sort of Craftsman style home, which would look great as a painting! Great gift idea, too.

Kelli May 8, 2009 at 9:07 am

And my favorite painting of hers is Cafe de France because of the bright colors, and it reminds me of our trip to Paris. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

Sharron D May 8, 2009 at 9:10 am

What a wonderful giveaway! I enjoy following your blog.

Tracey May 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

I love Fifi’s paintings!! It would be so nice to get a painting of our house.

Tracey May 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

My favorite of Fifi’s painting are the 3 hanging in our bathroom of Paris! (Fifi Appearing at the Moulin Rouge, Le Consulat Rendezvous, and Notre Dame Embrace that I framed with a cream mat with a little red mat in a black frame) But of her newest ones I love the Aux Provences Brasserie and Pont Neuf Apartment.

Carly May 8, 2009 at 9:26 am

ooooh, I love this idea. My husband and I just bought a house and it would be so cool to have this lasting memory of the first home we bought together.

Carly’s last blog post..the hustons

Laura Ingalls Gunn May 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

Fifi’s paintings are so fun that it would be so hard to choose which house to have her paint.

Laura Ingalls Gunn’s last blog post..Apron Strings

Robin May 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

Fifi is an amazing artist, everything she does is so colorful. She painted a photo I had taken of some peonies from my mom’s garden, and now the painting is hanging in a bedroom somewhere in Paris! I would love for her to paint the victorian apartment building I live in in Hartford, and one of my favorite paintings of hers is no longer available – Marie Antoinette lounging on a chaise. But of her current collection I love On The Street With Eiffel.

Robin’s last blog post..They’re "sensible" if they make sense to me…

Peggy May 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

I love the painting of your house…she did a great job!
Peggy

Peggy’s last blog post..Papercuttings

Peggy May 8, 2009 at 9:48 am

I like her “eating sweets” painting.

Peggy’s last blog post..Papercuttings

Sarah May 8, 2009 at 10:02 am

That *would* make a wonderful gift! How cool!

Sarah’s last blog post..Ohmygosh! New neighbors!!

Sarah May 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

I really like the Pont Neuf Apartment painting. :) I love Paris.

Sarah’s last blog post..Ohmygosh! New neighbors!!

Blakely May 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

What a great giveaway I would definately have one of my grandparents houses painted, good memories at both. I love the house you grew up in.

Blakely’s last blog post..Kandi’s Dress Almost

Susan Drysdale May 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

I’d love a painting of my grandmother’s house which no longer exists. I’d have to search some old photos for it. It has the best memories for me and most of my family.

jill May 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

Super fun giveaway! And wow, the competition is fierce! I just love fifi’s work… her favorite piece from her etsy shop, hands down is the Eiffel Tower peaking through the gardens! Love it!

jill’s last blog post..ETSY shop giveaway!!!

from the right bank May 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

That house is so cute and the portrait is just perfect. I love house portraits!

from the right bank’s last blog post..Talk About An Inspiring Workspace

robin w May 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

Would make a great Mom’s Day present!

Cynthia May 8, 2009 at 11:00 am

This is such a fun idea. I would love to have a portrait of my house! Now I need to go check out her website.

JoEllen May 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

What a fantastic portait! I would have my current house done, then hang it in my family room.

JoEllen May 8, 2009 at 11:08 am

Its hard to choose a favorite from the Etsy shop. So many great ones. I love Stolen Kiss or the Hip Chick collection. But my favorite would be the Pont Neuf Apartment.

Angela @ Imaginecozy May 8, 2009 at 11:18 am

She truly has a gift of recreating real life and making it look so whimsical. I love the house it is so great!

Angela @ Imaginecozy’s last blog post..What to put on the table?

Robyn May 8, 2009 at 11:24 am

I need to win that painting!

Robyn May 8, 2009 at 11:25 am

My favorite fifi painting is Garden Chair

Angela @ Imaginecozy May 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

I would have to say my favorite is Brasserie des Arts. I love the red!

Angela @ Imaginecozy’s last blog post..What to put on the table?

Lindsay C. May 8, 2009 at 11:34 am

So cute!! I would love a painting of my husband’s family’s ranch!

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Lindsay C. May 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

PS – I love her “Garden Chair” painting!! So cozy!!

Lindsay C.’s last blog post..Blah Half Bath…I Need Your Help!!

Kirsten May 8, 2009 at 11:54 am

Oh I’ve been a lurker for so long but this giveaway is so fabulous, I just couldn’t skip it! I love Fifi’s stuff, have I seen it here on your site before?

Kirsten’s last blog post..An Obituary

Kirsten May 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

oh, and my favorite on her Etsy site is the Goldfish Luncheon. So fresh, but echoes Matisse at the same time. I’m booking my flight into Marseilles this minute.

Kirsten’s last blog post..An Obituary

Cris May 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

She is an AWESOME Artist. I would have her paint our house now. My favorite of all.

Terry May 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Fun! How cool that she did that!

Cris May 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I checked her Etsy shop and I love Fifis PINK CHAIRS IN PARIS.

Cris’s last blog post..ATC’s Came from Lisa today

Terry May 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

From Fifi? Hmmmm . . . if I’s selfish, Wine and Roses . . . if I’m generous and get something for my daughter, Stolen Pink Car!

Debbie May 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

my favorite of Fifis etsy shop is Sud de la France Hotel Room

Love it!

Debbie May 8, 2009 at 12:17 pm

OMG I would LOVE to win this drawing! It will be cherished!

Ann Johnson May 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I would have to say my own house that we are living in right now. It is a 1910 white farmhouse and I take its picture all of the time. Would love to have one done by Fifi.

Jane @ Beach House May 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I love Fifi’s work and the stone chimney in her painting above is so awesome – it has movement and character. It’s a happy painting for a much loved childhood home. Perfect!

Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..Beach Walk

Jane @ Beach House May 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

My favorite Fifi print? Stolen Pink Car. It appeals to my bad side.

Jane @ Beach House’s last blog post..Beach Walk

Ann Johnson May 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm

For my second entry, I would like to say that my favorite piece of art of Fifi’s is her “Garden Chair”.

Melissa May 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

This artwork is beautiful!

Jen May 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I would love to have a painting of our first house-I’m crossing my finger (and toes!)

Jen’s last blog post..{Hooked on: House Tours}

Connie May 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Fifi is just so talented.

To do homes, it just makes me so happy !

Connie’s last blog post..Tropical Decorating

Rachel May 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm

What a completely awesome idea. I would love to have a picture done of my childhood home for myself or my sisters. I love your blog.

Rachel May 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Fifi has such a whimsical style. Her paintings are eye candy! My favorite one was Aux Provences Brasserie.

Nancy May 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm

What a wonderful job she did in capturing the feel of the house! That would make an excellent gift.

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Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land May 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I LOVE Fifi’s artwork! What a wonderful treat it would be to have her paint a portrait of our house.

Kimba

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Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land May 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm

It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I’ve been eyeing her bicycle series for a while now. I have this daydream of riding a beautiful bicycle with a basket on the front filled with flowers.

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Melinda May 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I would adore a “Fifi”- I love the sense of whimsey!

Melinda May 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm

My favorite painting (and picking just one was difficult) is “Goldfish Luncheon…”

Chelsea May 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

A great day for me to discover your blog! I’d love to win a painting of my house! I’m a newlywed and new homeowner so that would be really special!

Jessica May 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm

wow! what an amazing prize!! I would love to win this!!
My favorite painting is “Pink trees in Paris”

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Jackie Whitley May 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Count me in !

Jackie Whitley May 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

….pink trees in Paris.

Nicole j. May 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

what a great way to preserve a memory! i would love my childhood house done..

Kim @ Everything Etsy May 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I know I’ve told her this before, but the chairs in Paris are beautiful! Love that one!

Your childhood home looks beautiful Julia! What a wonderful painting to have as a reminder.

~Kim

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Bobbi May 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I love Fifi’s paintings.

Bonnie May 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm

I would love my house painted by Fifi. What a wonderful drawing. Thank you!

Puna May 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Hi Julia, I wanted to let you know that I love this linky party every Friday. Although I’ll have to tell you that you are making me fat. I get out a glass of wine and a yummy snack and look through the links…bad…

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April May 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Fifi’s art is so cute! I’d have to get her to pain my childhood home. The hell hole I’m living in now will hopefully become someone else’s “dream home” very soon!

April’s last blog post..Speeding through life? Not so much…

April May 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Stolen Pink Car is my fave on Fifi’s etsy shop. Such dainty gloves stealing a pink car. How unusual!

April’s last blog post..Speeding through life? Not so much…

Denise May 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Wow, what a great giveaway. I would love a painting of our old mountain farmhouse!

Denise’s last blog post..The Geek Squad hits Seattle

Denise May 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Fifi’s Brasserie des Arts is my favorite painting. Thanks so much for the 2nd chance!

Denise’s last blog post..The Geek Squad hits Seattle

Jan's Art May 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I love your house, what character! and that is soooooooo nice to have a special house portrait by Fifi. My favourite painting of Fifi’s is “Pink Chairs in Paris”. That is right where I would like to be, reading about your hooked on Fridays….

Jan’s Art’s last blog post..hooked on houses

wendy langston May 8, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Just Love how it jumps off the page. The colors seem to ooze happy thoughts. Thanks for puting this offer and the blog party together- Love it all !!

Shelia May 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm

OH, how I would love for you to enter my name on the giveaway of Fifi’s house painting!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia’s last blog post..Foodie Friday with Stella

karen May 8, 2009 at 11:55 pm

This is the first time I have visited! Fun! I will be back! I would love to be entered in the drawing and I also visited Fifi’s etsy and love pink trees in Paris and love both chair paintings! karen….

karen’s last blog post..A Little surprise in the garden and some flea finds!

Jan's Art May 9, 2009 at 12:12 am

great house and lovely painting!!!! my favourite painting of Fifi’s is “pink chairs in Paris” which is where I would like to be reading about hooked on houses

Jan’s Art’s last blog post..hooked on houses

Debbie May 9, 2009 at 8:12 am

Love these paintings. What a great gift idea thanks for introducing us!

Debbie May 9, 2009 at 8:13 am

OK I revisited and my favorite is “stolen pink car”.

TheUpstart May 9, 2009 at 8:24 am

I’d love to give this as a gift to my brother and sister-in-law. They bought a charming, little house in a great neighborhood when they first got married and have done little, DIY fixes here and there while they wait for the market to turn around. Some day, they hope to add onto it amd I think it’d be sweet to capture it’s current look for them to have too look back at.

Vintagesquirrel May 9, 2009 at 10:54 am

I think I forgot to comment before. So glad, I came bck to check out the newer entries. Plus, I certainly love a chance at winning a fabulous painting by Fifi.
-Michelle

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Lara May 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

This site has already taken up so much of my day today b/c it ‘s fabulous, of course. Now I’m on the bunny trail of checking out everyone’s passions—I’ll be up until 1:00 a.m.! Thanks for the eye-candy.

Lara’s last blog post..Funny signs.

Jennifer May 9, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I love those! We just bought a new home last year and would have her do that! Thanks!

Jennifer’s last blog post..Lindie’s First Craft Project

Jennifer May 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love the Tiffany Blue chair painting! She is really talented!

Jennifer’s last blog post..Lindie’s First Craft Project

Karen G May 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Fifi’s work is simply beautiful!

Karen G May 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Fifi’s GARDEN CHAIR is my favorite from her Etsy site.

E May 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm

What a great house portrait! I’d love to have one of our home.

E May 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

For her Etsy work, either Pink Trees in Paris or The Stolen Pink Car!

Joanne May 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Oh, I would definitely want a portrait of the house I have lived in for the past 19 years. It’s where I have had the happiest moments with my husband and 3 sons. Thanks, Joanne ~~ glamourgirljoanne@yahoo.colm

Kate May 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Love Fifi’s work! I’d love a painting of my home. It is our first home, and my husband and I are busy renovating and redecorating to make it special.

Laurie May 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm

What a fun picture. A great way to capture your favorite house.

Jen R May 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Hi Julia, just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy mother’s day! jen

Jen R’s last blog post..I won Mother of the Year! ;)

Kylee from Our Little Acre May 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I’ve been a big fan of Fifi’s art for some time now. It’s just such happy stuff!

Kylee from Our Little Acre May 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I really like her “Wine and Roses in Paris”. Those roses are charming!

Carrie O. May 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I would LOVE a painting like this of my home!!

Carrie O. May 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I’ll vote for Stolen Pink Car as the favorite!!

Petunia May 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I have a love affair with the house I grew up in as well. Homes become a member of the family and I think even more so when we are young. And Fifi? Oh my, she is le FAB artist and one of my most favorite bloggy people!

Petunia’s last blog post..Fashionable and Pink Tea Time!

Jacqueline May 10, 2009 at 4:26 am

Beautiful!

Robin Rane' ~ All Things Heart and Home May 10, 2009 at 6:08 am

Love this! Absolutely love it!!!
Fifi is a talent isn’t she? Headed right over to her little blog spot!
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

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Robin Rane' ~ All Things Heart and Home May 10, 2009 at 6:13 am

Okay just dropped by Fifi’s little blog shop and my favorite is the Bright and Bold Flowers! I’m really into sunflowers lately and there’s a great one included in this montage’!
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Robin Rane’ ~ All Things Heart and Home’s last blog post..Chocolate Chip Banana Cake!

Pat May 10, 2009 at 7:43 am

Fifi is an amazing artist. I love her work. I’d be thrilled to win this wonderful giveaway!

Pat’s last blog post..~A Tiny Break and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie~

Pat May 10, 2009 at 7:49 am

I just took another look at Fifi’s shop. It’s difficult to pick a favorite!! I love the Bright and Bold Flowers!

Pat’s last blog post..~A Tiny Break and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie~

Kat May 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

I would totally pick the house I grew up in as well – it was my first house love, a late 70s contemporary, complete with asymmetrical roofline. :-)

rue May 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Hi Julia :)

Fifi did a beautiful job as usual. I just love that woman :)

Happy Mother’s Day!!
rue

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Cassidy May 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Wow-her artwork is gorgeous! Love it.

Cassidy May 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Ohh… my favorite painting from Etsy is definitely “On the Street with Eiffel.” :-)

jennie cambarare May 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm

What great work she does. Thanks for doing this.
Happy Mothers Day
jennie

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jennie cambarare May 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm

thanks for the chance at a second entry i love the pink trees in paris.
thanks again
jennie

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Glenda May 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm

a painting of the house I Love, be still my heart.
Fifi you did a wonderful job

Diana G May 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Love Fifi’s work – colorful, whimsical and pretty!

Diana G May 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I’m enamored with Fifi’s Garden Chair painting. I’m obsessed with chairs and this painting is so lovely!

Serena May 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm

What a lovely idea!

Serena May 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I like Garden Chair!

bj May 11, 2009 at 12:02 am

No wonder you were so thrilled with your house painting…it is fabulous.
My favorite painting of FiFi’s is probably the latest one she has blogged about..looking out the window above the desk to a bright blue sky.
Thank you for the chance to win a piece of her art….
bj

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sue May 11, 2009 at 5:46 am

I love Fifi’s artworks! She is a very talented lady.

sue’s last blog post..HOOKED ON FLOWERS

Sarah May 11, 2009 at 9:42 am

LOVE the simplicity of the designs!

Sarah’s last blog post..Catching Up This Morning on Clover Lane

Rhondi May 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

Oh how I would love to win one of Fifi’s paintings. I went to her Etsy shop so i would have a second chance and I like the painting of the rooster against the black and white check background. Your childhood home is charming.

Rhondi’s last blog post..It’s Time To Party!

Sandhill Sis May 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

What a simply perfect idea.

Amy S. May 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm

What an adorable picture! I was just introduced to your site last week by a firend and have to say I love it! Thanks for sharing all of the great house pictures.

Kelsey May 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm

My mom painted our first home for us and gave it to us as an anniversary gift–it’s a treasure we’ll have forever! However, we’ve made so many improvements that I would LOVE to have a new version. ;)

Kelsey May 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm

My second entry:
My favorite painting is Pink Trees in Paris–perfect for a little girl’s room! (Would go great with my pink toile miniature wingback chair.)

Beverly May 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Aahhh!!! I sure would love to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beverly’s last blog post..The Story Of A Rose

Pam Kersting May 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm

What a house with great character! I can now see why you are Hooked on Houses! Sorry to have missed the Friday Blog party, but I do have an interesting house for you to check out on my blog today!

Pam Kersting’s last blog post..The Future is Now

Susan Smith May 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Oh my, over 200 comments really dilutes my chance for winning! lol

LOVE Fifi’s work! Thx for sharing it w/us!

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