COTE DE TEXAS: We Have A Winner!!

We Have A Winner!!


image Patricia Van Essche at her easel.


In one of my most popular giveaways yet, a custom portrait by PVE Design HERE, we now have a winner.  Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway.   And remember, if you really wanted a custom drawing by Patricia, her prices are very, very reasonable, so please consider commissioning her for birthday and  Christmas gifts. 


image The Winner’s Blog:  Loving Every Minute of It (I LOVE this picture – it’s so Texas Hill Country with its fossil laden paths!!)


Our winner is Ariel, who writes a Mommy blog called Loving Every Minute of It HERE.  I am so thrilled she won and couldn’t have picked a more deserving person – she even lives in the Texas Hill Country.   Ariel wants Patricia to draw the 100 year old cottage she lives in with her husband and three sons.    Hopefully, Patricia and Ariel will be willing to share the finished drawing with us!

Congratulations Ariel – and thank you so much Patricia for your generous giveaway.


COMING UP NEXT:   One of the BIGGEST giveaways ever!  I am soooo excited about this.  You will be too – I promise!!!  Details will be coming, very very soon.


  1. Congrats Ariel! I look forward to creating an artful keepsake for you and your family!

  2. This is really a prize. Congratulations.

  3. If you might...describe that beautiful coat you are wearing in your header photo. Balenciaga?

  4. I know, I love that image of Patricia at her easel. Congratulations to Ariel, and I do want to commisssion a painting soon!

    Art by Karena

  5. What a lucky family! It's a gift which stays forever!
    Congratulations Ariel!


  6. Congratulations Ariel. So happy for you.

  7. Joni,
    Thank you so much for chosing me!!! I am so excited to have my house drawn by Patricia. What a gift!!!! I will gladly share the finished drawing.

    Thank you,

  8. Joni, this doesn't have anything to do with the giveaway, but it's late and I can't seem to find contact info for you anywhere, so, I have a question about slipcovers for you. I would appreciate if you would direct me to the best way to contact you.

    Thanks so much,

  9. Congrats! Those boys look like they are equally as excited!

    Can't wait for your giveaway Joni.


  10. Congrats Ariel! What a treasure you just won!

  11. Ariel, You are so lucky! I couldn't be more jealous!

    Patricia, I just love the painting you did of the Guerards house and plan to contact you about doing something for Jewel Box Home.

    Thanks so much Joni for featuring this great giveaway! Hopefully next time I'll be more organized and get in on the fun.


  12. Regina-
    The coat, I purchased a few years ago at (Indigo)a local shop in Hastings-on-Hudson. I shall look to see if there is a label... I love it, it is reversible.

  13. So lovely. Congrats Ariel ;)))


  14. Joni - Please warn Ariel of the dangers of posting her precious children on her website. Without being aware of it - she has given a kidnapper or stalker all the information they need to find her.My niece did the same thing - posted her young girls and they had a stalker. Ariel has exposed her exact address in Boerne (without realizing she did so)- each family member's name - and photos which include entry to their home. PLEASE proud moms - RESIST the urge to share with cyber strangers.

  15. Congratulations to the winner.

    On Saturday I did a French inspired post with my dog.

    It just might make you smile.