Julie introduced us to her puppets with a funny little story that was to be continued throughout the workshop. We got started on our papier mache puppet heads and put them out to dry in the sun.
While they were drying we got to work on our fabric buntings, small and large...
and our flower brooches.
A group of our finished brooches.
All different and so wonderful. Some even got to make more than one.
Denise Litchfield of Grrl + Dog blog, and one of my favorite artists, made this lovely one and pinned it next to her "Julie" purchase.
Here is my attempt. I can't wait to make more of these and try out different colors and fabrics.
Here are some of the finished buntings.
One our second day we all took a trip to the village for the Farmer's Market. Lots of booths set up in the middle of the town selling every thing from fruits and vegetables to clothing and all manner of supplies.
We wandered around and found a fabric store and place selling vintage embroidered linens. We had time for lunch in one of the local cafes and them off we headed to the most amazing Brocante in the area. Brocante means something like Bric a Brac, not quite a thrift store but close.
This is Ali Baba's! So much to explore. Everyone headed straight up to the vintage clothing section.
Beautiful embroidered linens of all types were plucked up by our companions-some to be used in our buntings or for outfits for our puppets.
Rooms full of things to explore! So fun to see the goodies from another country.
And only so much room in our suitcases...so we had to be very selective.
The grounds around the brocante were full of flowers and fun little out buildings. Loved all the hollyhocks!
When we returned to the Barn we set up little displays of our purchases so everyone could see what we had collected. Above is Julie's table of buttons, yarns and tea cups.
Anna found many wonderful things, some for her shop in England.
We passed many beautiful fields of sunflowers on our trips to the village, they stretched as far as the eye could see.
After our shopping spree we got back to work on our projects.
One of the most amazing things for me was to be reunited with two of my childhood friends from
So. California! Our mothers were best friends and we spent lots of time playing at each others homes. When my mother passed away and my father remarried a bit too quickly many of the family friends drifted away and we lost contact. So I hadn't seen Mary Alice (above) or her sister, Barbara (below) since I was about 17 years old. All of a sudden, here we are in France, at the same workshop!
Almost too much to believe.
We had fun filling in on all the things we'd done over the years. It turned out that Barbara is even working in Santa Barbara right now designing a house for clients so I hope to get to see her when she comes down from her home in Napa Valley.
You just never know what wonderful things can happen when you travel and step out of your comfort zone. I am still marveling at the whole experience of being in this incredible place with all the wonderful women we shared time and creativity with and the hosts who fed and cared for us with such attention to our every need.