Thursday, August 23, 2012

SAT....4 August, 2012

 A smiling, sunny Becky with a table full of great inspiration!

 On Friday, we went to visit Billie and Dean Spille..
and on Saturday, I drove myself (only got a little lost)
back over to visit with them.
THIS is what I drove through to get there
 Truly, the sunflowers are even taller than they are at home
Maybe it is just the fact that the fields are enormous.
Driving along and seeing patches of yellow...
...and realizing that it is the 12' tall sunflowers ..

 I love the big "snail" rolls of hay, too.
We watched the farmer next to Briancon drive his machines
around the fields, picking up the hay and rolling it up...
..then spitting it out the back end!
Noisy, but sooooo cool to watch.

 Here is Dean in front of their charming home
in Lusignac, not far from Briancon.
 I really enjoyed spending some time with Billie and Dean.
They are wonderful and talented and I feel quite close.
American ex-patriots in France who have made such a lovely life.
Click here for a show of Billie's work

Katie and Mike came for drinks in the evening.
We sat out and chatted and then Mike had to get back
to the Olympics down at the Maison Maitre.
 I wove a nest for Katie from lavender....
 ..and we all four did some stitching on a linen piece
that Oolie had found somewhere - perfect!
 We tucked it in a book of Katie's and she found it accidentally.
It was quite exciting!

 above:  Becky's plate of delicious delights
next to Di'd donkey and Skating Monkey

below:  Di's window and charms and treasures.

 Oolie saw the Dutch Bunny (below) that Becky bought
from an artist and shared with us.
She was inspired to create her very own Bunny Doll (above)
The arms and legs are paper clay with papier-mache and
the rest is stitched, stuffed fabric
 I feel like I didn't get much done, but had a magnificent time thinking about things to make and the whole process of getting together with others who also enjoy the process.
A few of my creations are below... and I must say that I am pleased with what I made.
On the plane home, I stitched up a few more things that I'll share next time.
I have tried for the past two days to post this and have had a rough time with the computer - grrrrr. I want to hit the button quickly so as not to lost this one again. Best to everyone....
... and exciting news in the next post.  xoxo


  1. me fascinó todo! el conejo, el burro, todo me parece sumergirme en un cuento infantil....te felicito! con cariño desde Uruguay inés

  2. Lovely post, thank's for not giving up:)
    How are you, thinking of you!!???

  3. Lovely Jone, I love catching up on in this trip via all the posts about it. You guys were so productive!
    Jo x

  4. Jone dear- WELL DONE on the lovely photos & travel log! It is so fun to see us "doing our things" at Briancon and in So. France.....I am missing ALL of it! Your sunflower photos are so very beautiful and really capture that particular explosion of color by Mother Nature! Good luck with your
    "news"!!!!!! LOVE- your Oolie

  5. What a lovely little creation! How large is the little doll with the red hair. She would be darling sitting in so many little corners of a home.
    Lorrie Deann