Monday, July 13, 2015

Coming Home, A Summer Story and Collaboration wth My French Country Home


The dream of a house in France... the rhythms of a small village. The flavors, sights, scents and sounds that heighten the senses: the freshest tomatoes on market day, a field of lavender, a cicada symphony as night falls. The perfect escape - one that could be life changing. This summer I hope you'll join Sharon Santoni from My French Country Home and I as we imagine what happens when one unexpectedly inherits a house in Provence....

Sharon's My French Country Home is a favorite escape for so many of us - a glimpse into a beautiful life in France. Flowers, brocante shopping, a celebration family life, of small moments and inspiring style.  Sharon takes gorgeous photos and has a way with words - her first book, My Stylish French Girlfriends makes it's much anticipated debut in August.



But it's Sharon's short fiction that really takes me away.  Always charming, always thought-provoking, but at the same time comforting. Her characters seem like real people who you might actually sit down with for a chat. So what a thrill when Sharon asked me to help her bring her latest story to life with a few illustrations...

Sharon has imagined a story about a woman who may not be much different from people you know... who you might easily have as a friend. I hope you'll join us each week to find out what happens to her as she lives this dream of coming home to France...

A huge thanks to the lovely Sharon for asking me come along on this adventure. I understand thanks to Heather from Lost in Arles are also in order, for edits along the way.

Happy summer reading, all! XO

26 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for joining with me on this one Jeanne, I just love your illustrations and the way you capture the mood

    xox

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  2. Jeanne I am so thrilled that you are providing the beautiful artwork for Sharon's story!!
    I love this account at My French Country Home and your illustrations !!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Stems Soiree

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  3. I just stopped over from Sharon's to tell you your artwork is wonderful. Can't wait until next Monday.

    Madonna

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  4. Isn't this JUST WONDERFUL !!!!
    I just read her story and loved it, of course.
    To know that some of my favorite bloggers came together to create something so special is really a joy for me. BTW, Amazon now has her book. I got an email last night about it. I'm writing a post devoted to it very soon. xx's

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  5. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment...my other one vanished into cyberspace! This is SO exciting! I will eagerly await each week's installment. Your artwork always makes me happy! I am off to read the first chapter. :)

    Have a wonderful week, Jeanne!! xoxo

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  6. I must duplicate the comment I made to Sharon.....How fun is this?! Love, love, love it!!!!!

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  7. Just read chapter 1; how exciting. France is on my bucket list for traveling. My daughter just honeymooned up the Rhone river staying in Paris at the end of their trip. Until next Monday...

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  8. So wonderful Jeanne, and what dynamic duo the two of you are. Such fun....love it, cannot wait until her book and always enjoy your charming paintings, like a breath of fresh summer air:)

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  9. Thank you for sharing her now I have a new blog to add to my must read list. xo Karolyn

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  10. I was beyond thrilled when I heard about this collaboration - you two are such a perfect fit! I hope that the beautiful illustrations that you are doing for this story find many happy homes...Thank you for the mention aussi. Gros, gros bisous!

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  11. TO THINK I KNOW TWO OF the THREE LADIES HERE!!!!!!!Well, I have met SHARON and I have communicated with HEATHER on numerous occasions but I have never met YOU MADAME PAINTER!!Who lives much closer to me than the other two!I will definitely PAR_TAKE in the story telling.......TODAY is a BIG day for me so I might be late to the adventure......BUT JUST KNOW I WILL CATCH UP!XX

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  12. Jeanne,
    These are fabulous!! I am so excited for Sharon's book and to come along on this journey with the two of you!!!! Happy Bastille Day!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  13. Loved the story and the illustrations - can't wait for next Monday!

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  14. these are so charming, jeanne. congrats on this collaboration which is sure to be a winning one. peace.

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