Here are some more photos from this year's Spring Fling in Dover, Ohio.
Kim, who organizes this retreat every year, decided to change the format from a day-long class to two half-day classes. I taught in the mornings. On Saturday afternoon, we went to a lovely tea at the Magnolia Manor in nearby New Philadelphia. The tea room was so charming! I'm sorry I forgot to take any photos. Most of the ladies wore hats, and we were treated to some amazing goodies. (The group has already decided to return there next year.) Besides having a tea room, the Magnolia Manor is also a B and B.
After tea, we went to the Warther Museum. Mr. Warther was an amazing carver! You can see examples of his incredible work here. The photos don't begin to do his work justice. You've never seen anything like it!
Mr. Warther's Swiss-born wife, Freida, was a button collector. Oh my!! She collected over 100,000 buttons. 73,282 buttons are on display of the walls and ceiling (yes, the ceiling!) of her Button House, which is on the grounds of the Warther Museum.
The buttons are very artistically displayed on boards. I'm sorry about the reflections on the glass protecting the displays. There was no way to avoid them.
Thanks, ladies, for letting me share these class photos. As you can see, they were hard at work. Look for the yellow ducks on the tables. Those yellow ducks were everywhere!
Heaven knows what I was saying here. It looks like I was chastising them--LOL!
I wish I had thought to take photos of the ladies assembling the mock-ups of their Jacob's ladder needlebooks. I think they all enjoyed that. Hopefully I'll soon have photos of finished projects to show you on my blog.
Loretta and Paul, who own the inn, are wonderful hosts. In the morning, they serve a delicious breakfast, tell about the Amish, and give lots of pointers about things to do in the area. Some of their suggestions are "off the beaten track" and are not publicized elsewhere. For example, we went to the home of an Amish family to look at baskets that the woman of the house and some of her children make. The baskets are signed and dated by the maker. Those made by the children also tell their ages. We would not have known about this place had Loretta and Paul not told us about it.