Since the beginning of my blogging days, I’ve been fortunate to meet and make friends with some very talented and generous people. I was lucky to start blogging at a time when readers could sign up to follow their preferred blogs and before the days of the big newsletter blasts. There was more of an intimacy to the process, and the blogs were read differently, as our audience popped around to visit each of their favorite blogs each day. This is one of the big things about blogging, the way that it draws people together.

Jeanne McKay

Between women bloggers there has always been a special camaraderie. We are generally very generous in our support of each other’s projects, and we love to encourage each other to go further.

One of those precious links that grew from blogging is with my friend Jeanne McKay Hartmann. Jeanne is from Seattle but travels to France very regularly in search of inspiration for her paintings. Whenever she comes across we meet up for lunch or tea in Paris, and follow each other’s paths closely.

Jeanne McKay

Over the years, Jeanne has become a celebrated artist and illustrator recognized for her lively colorful watercolor creations that bring charm to everyday life. Her artwork has been showcased in prestigious publications like Better Homes & Gardens, and in association with renowned brands like J. McLaughlin, Draper James, and Laurent Perrier Champagne.

Drawing on her own experience, she has written a guide to the best places to paint in Paris. You can find that HERE


With our mutual admiration for the beauty of France, Jeanne and I are excited to announce a fantastic giveaway that will transport you to the picturesque charm of this beloved country. The grand prize is a beautiful original watercolor artwork by Jeanne, valued at over $400. The second prize is a coveted May Box from MFCH Box, valued at over $400, filled with luxurious French-inspired delights. And for the third prize, we are happy to offer a copy of the May/June issue of MFCH Magazine, a wonderful read that captures the essence of French culture and lifestyle.

To enter is simple – be sure you are following @jeannemckayhartmann, @mfchbox, & @mfchmagazine, next, you will need to be signed up to Jeanne Mckay’s newsletter which you can do so HERE, and for extra entries, comment below and send this article to a friend!

By Gundah

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