|The main house.|
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to take a workshop with Julie Arkell at Les Soeurs Anglaises. I was supposed to go a couple of years ago with my friend Margo Tantau but just couldn't get it together to do it. Last year I promised myself that 2011 would be the year to go and somehow two friends and I managed to land spots in the always sold out class.
It was amazing...........
I spent a week in Paris (that will be the next post) then met Janet and Lori and we boarded a train and headed to the South of France for 6 days in the beautiful Dordogne countryside. It was a week filled with gourmet food and wine and amazing, talented women from all over the world sitting around stitching, laughing, singing and sharing stories all day long.
|Lori Siebert, Janet Zack, Julie Arkell and me.|
|The view from my work table.|
|Some of Julie's magical work.|
|Work tables from the loft.|
It was hard to tear us away from the classroom but we managed an antiquing trip.
This place was a jumbled mess and very hard to find. Clothing was piled everywhere and once in a while you had to move a cat to get to something.
|New friends, Rachel, Nathalie and Linda outside the thrift shop.|
|Some beautiful vintage costumes and piles of gloves.|
|The outside of La Caverne D'Ali Baba antique shop.|
|The inside of Ali Baba's. I managed to find a few things to bring home to Tom.|
|We managed to put together a picnic in between antique shop visits.|
|That evening we displayed our treasures.|
|Dinner was served on the patio every night. Can't say enough about the wonderful women that I met.|
|Julie in her new hat.|
|Show and tell on the last afternoon together.|