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Evan Cox and Flat Stanley  From: Francine Dufour Jones Evan’s MeMa  Date: 2/18/2011 6:11:10 PM  Subject: Flat Stanley arrived in Alaska    Flat Stanley arrived here the other day. He needed to rest from the long 2 week journey.  He is up and ready to go now. Evan Cox flattened himself and designed this Flat Stanley.  

  As you can see it is a little colder than Stanley is used to  (coming from sunny California). Brrrrrrr     So I made him an Alaskan parka and boots.       Tomorrow we are going on a road trip to Wasilla Alaska  and will stop on the way for photo ops.  He told me he would like some mittens though.     I will make some tonight. He is very excited but misses  you. 


Yaahooo let's go play in the snow. He does not like to wait.  I will keep you up to date.  Love Mema  


Stanley at the Shopping Mall in Alaska     Last week Evan’s Flat Stanley went to lunch with me and my friend Stephanie. Then we decided to take  Flat Stanley with us shopping. It is a bright sunny day. It is warming up today you can see the snow is  starting to melt a little. You can see he has his mittens on now. That is the shopping center behind us. 

      We are getting ready for another  road trip to Wasilla, Alaska.  Stanley is very excited and waits  patiently to go.    It is so nice he always has a smile  on his face. Evan created such a  friendly guy. He is very nice to  be around.   


Road Trip to Wasilla, Alaska    Here we are on the road  again. Stanley is looking  out the window. We are  on the way to an art  class.  Eeeeeeehaaa!                    There are a lot of great mountains to look at on the way. It is another  bright sunny but cold day here in Alaska. 

   


Stanley says: We are at the art class now and the artists let me sit on the easel to have me picture taken.  The sun was so bright my face looks totally white but it was fun playing in all the yummy colors they  mixed. My creator Evan is very artistic also.  He would love all the colors I am sure. 

Stanley in Art Class in Wasilla, Alaska.     Our art teacher is very colorful she has pink hair. She does great colorful paintings.  http://talyajohnson.com 

   


Well we just finished art class and  now we are headed back to  Anchorage but first we are going to  visit a very special place.           It is an old Russian Orthodox Church called St. Nicholas Skete in Eklutna,  Alaska.  You see if you look on a map, Alaska and Russia are very close  together.                      There are many historic buildings left in Alaska from the time Russians own Alaska. Almost all of today’s Russian Orthodox Church buildings in Alaska were constructed after the Russians left their American territory. However, the Russian Orthodox Church is still very active today especially among the native people of Alaska. The churches are built in the tradition of the missionary churches erected by the Russian monks and can thus rightfully be considered true remnants of a bygone era.


Shortly after the Russian Orthodox Church was established in Alaska in 1741 it began to start Christianizing the native inhabitants of the areas the Russian fur traders invaded. In 1794 the first mission was founded on Kodiak Island in southeastern Alaska. The Russians sold Alaska to the Americans in 1867.

Here are some photos of Stanley at St. Nicholas Skete.   There are tiny wooden whitewashed church stands beside an old log chapel and is surrounded by a native Russian cemetery with small spirit houses. Each local family has its own traditional family colors and still buries their dead in the cemetery.

Many of these little houses were just the right size for Stanley.  

                                         Stanley says:   Can you see all the little houses in the background with  the many colors of the families?   I am sitting on a hand carved moose here.  Well time to  go back to Anchorage now. 


Moose in the Yard  Speaking of moose; there are a lot of moose in Alaska. They are about  the size of horses.  Here are photos of some moose right in Grand Pa  Ken and Mema’s back yard. I was looking out the window and there  they  were!                Sometimes they look in the window or they might hang around and talk. 


Here is what I like to do in the backyard. Make some snow angels. I do not get to do that in California.  

Stanley Meets the Silk Painters      Stanley playing in MeMa’s hand painted silk  scarves.  Today he went online with MeMa  and met some of her silk painting friends  from all over the world at The Silk Painters  Network. Some live in England, Canary  Islands, Egypt, Indian and Bulgaria and more.   Stanley says:  Wow. Some of the silk painters have invited  me to visit with them and see their country  also.    


Well MeMa and Grand Pa Ken thank you for letting me  visit with you in Alaska. I am off to visit some of my new  silk painting friends. New journeys await me. Oh I am  being invited to California first by two silk painters. I can  leave my parka in Alaska.     Bye for now. Big hugs.  Evan’s Flat Stanley    To see more of Francine Dufour Jones art (Evan’s  grandmother) visit: http://artbyfrancine.com   

Stanley Arrives in California again with new silk painter friends.  Here he is in Modesto California with his silk painter friend Angel Ray. She is a wonderful artist.  You can see some of her art on the Silk Painters Network. http://MuseSilkPaintings.etsy.com  Angel says:  This particular photo is from Modesto, CA where the almond trees are blossoming :) Best, Angel Muse Silk Paintings 


Evan’s Flat Stanley says:    It is lovely here. The blossoms smell really nice.  Thank you for letting me visit  you Angel. I really like your silk paintings.    Standley says:  I am in Paradise California with my new silk painter friend Wendi today.   She let me play with your pets and she even had some more snow for me.  Wendy thank you for letting me play and visit. I love all your art also.  Evan’s Flat Stanley 


Flat Stanley in Budapest Flat Stanley has arrived to Budapest from the other side of the world. It was a short visit, he didn’t have time to go and see it but here he is holding a picture of the Hungarian parliament in Budapest.

Instead he romped around in our garden:


He looked at all the flowers:

Even climbed up on the fur tree:


Then he visited Forest Silk Studio where he had great fun playing with the salt on a silk painting:

Sadly it was time for him to leave because there are so many people waiting for his visit all around the world. Have a safe trip Flat Stanley! Fondly, Judy

Judy is a wonderful silk painter her silk mandalas are so beautiful. To see more of Judy’s lovely art visit here Silk Painting Network page. CLICK HERE


March 27 

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY WAS HERE!    From  Wendy Tayler in Costa Rica   

Evan’s Flat Stanley is visiting Silk Painter Wendy Tayler in Costa Rica. To see Wendy’s lovely silk paintings visit Costa Rica Silk, Ltd. http://www.crsilks.com/ Her page on Silk Painting Network

Flat Stanley getting ready to take a full moon night ride in Costa


March 27 

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY WAS HERE!    From  Wendy Tayler in Costa Rica   

Flat Stanley hanging out by the pool in Liberia, Costa Rica.jpg


March 27 

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY WAS HERE!    From  Wendy Tayler in Costa Rica   

Flat Stanley hanging out in a Costa Rican jungle.jpg


March 27 

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY WAS HERE!    From  Wendy Tayler in Costa Rica   

Flat Stanley painting on silk at Costa Rica Silks, Ltd..jpg


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

Evan’s Flat Stanley is visiting Silk Painter and photographer Christine Amstutz in Montreal, Canada. To see Christine’s lovely silk paintings visit… http://www.uniquesilkart.com ... the place to find your unique gifts!

Her page on Silk Painting Network

When Flat Stanley came into our house, oh well he was so much attracted to one of our wall pictures: The Matterhorn ...


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

Flat Stanley was immediately invited to play with Miro, our cat ... what fun was that!


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

Flat Stanley and Miro got along so well together ...


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

Bailey, one of our 2 dogs wanted to have Flat Stanley all to herself ... at least for a little while ...


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

And then came Paco, our second dog, along and asked Flat Stanley a lot of questions.


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

No, no, Flat Stanley was not playing Hide and Seek ... he absolutely wanted to put on his Canadian clothes behind my Silk creations and now he is just about to appear and to show me what he wants to wear for the rest of his stay ...


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

After all the excitement with Bailey and Paco and Miro ... and just being in Montreal, Canada, made him a little bit tired. He asked me to put up a hammock for him and chose his very favorite silk scarf. So, here he is having a nappy up in a tree in our sunroom ... and you bet, he didn't even want to take off his Canadian outfit.


March 28   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Montreal, Canada!    From  Christine Amstutz   

  Well, our beloved Flat Stanley, it's time to go. Have a wonderful journey and visits with other silk painters, be well and stay the cute, wonderful little guy that we are so happy to have spent a few hours with. We shall keep you always in our hearts. Love, Christine


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

Evan’s Flat Stanley is visiting Silk Painter Olga Belova in Egypt. To see Olga’s lovely silk paintings visit… http://ovbelova.blogspot.com ... the place to find your unique gifts!

Her page on Silk Painting Network

Olga and I took a walk in town today. This is called Pyramid’s Street. This is a lot warmer than Alaska and Montreal. I do not need my coats.


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

Olga showed me how they plant grass in Egypt. It is not from seed as we do in the USA.


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

She showed me how they are preparing grass for sale to make lawns nice and green. It was fun I got to run through the sprinklers!


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

Oh boy a real pyramid! This one is called Pyramid of Cheops.


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

Here is another view of the pyramids. They are Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops.


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

That is Olga’s village in the background. The grass looks nice and green.


March 29     

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY Visits Egypt!  From  Olga Belova   

Olga plays the piano and it sounds beautiful. She gave a lesson. I sure enjoyed my visit in Egypt  with her. Thank you so much. 


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Evan’s Flat Stanley is visiting Silk Painter Sandy Hopper on a fun road trip through Arizona and New Mexico. To see Sandy’s lovely silk paintings visit Grass Hopper Silk http://grasshoppersilk.com/ Her page on Silk Painting Network

Flat Stanley at the Veterans Memorial Park in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley taking in the view of Kettle Top Mountain..the flat topped on in the distance..Elephant Butte Lake New Mexico…


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley understands the high fire danger here in the desert..we have had no real rain since August 2010..8 months..


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley met Linda Sharping and is now on a road trip from New Mexico to Arizona with her and BenThereBear


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley at the rest area in Texas Canyon, Arizona


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley loved the rock formations of Texas Canyon....


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley checking out a map of the area..it is always good to know where one is in relation to where one is going!


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley knows you need to be rested on long trips..so nap time for him.


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Flat Stanley with silk painter Sandy Hopper at the Artesian Hot Mineral Baths in Truth or Consequences New Mexico..check out how TorC got it's name back in the 50's.


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Geronimo actually used this hot mineral spring near the Hot Springs Reservation at the mouth of Monticello Box Canyon.


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

  Flat Stanley is having fun with Abun-Dance a silk sculpture at Grasshopper Silk Studio 


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper     

Elephant Butte Lake, the large Butte in the background is an eroded core of an ancient volcano...shaped like an elephant.this lake is the largest in New Mexico. This area is known as the Dam Site.


March 29   

EVAN’S FLAT STANLEY in New Mexico!    From  Sandy Hopper   

Picacho Peak Arizona...our Road Trip Out West is almost over...


Dear Evan and your classmates, First sorry for my written English, I can read and some time I understand when I speak English. This is difficult if you do not speak English all the time. My village is called Alhaurin de la Torre in Mรกlaga. Malaga is a province (I think are like your county) of Andalucia Community (like your States) in southern Spain

Flat Stanley at the roundabout into the town.

Torre or the tower, this is a copy of the original village tower that was used for protection.


We are located in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas to about 10 km .from the beach, is crossed by several streams, the most important is the Arroyo Blanquillo (Whitey Stream)

Arroyo Blanquillo is the name of this stream. It has water now but loses the water in summer. In the village we have a megalithic sites, we also have an abandoned silver mine from the time of the Romans then called Vetusta Lauro, but its current name comes from the Arab occupation of the seventh century to the fifteenth century. Legends say the translation is two fold on the one hand ALHAU phonetic transcription would garden in Arabic, but the other would be the name of the ruling family at the Arabic time. Who knows ..... Now has about 35.0000 inhabitants, most are developments in the vicinity of the capital, only 16 km.


Malaga is filled with gardens, playgrounds and courts for basketball and soccer for 7, around by north side we have a pine forest were we walk on weekend. .... The weather is very cloudy (average temperature is about 22 degrees), on cold winter days does not usually drop of 5-9 째 and 37 째in summer, ideal to go to the beach.

Stanley likes to smell the roses from my garden.


Oh I almost forgot to tell you Antonio Banderas is from. Remember played Zorro and is married to actress Melanie Griffith.


This is one of my silk paintings I did two years ago for Christmas cards. It is called “Sleeping With Angels” I do hope you and Flat Stanley enjoyed this short vacation. Angela

To see more of Angela’s lovely silk paintings visit:

www.arteyseda.com: Blog de Arteyseda

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