Thought I'd let you gals know that we have a group of women from all over the midwest (as far north as Minneapolis and as far south as Oklahoma) that get together in the spring and the fall in Clear Lake, Iowa (very close to Mason City!) for a weekend retreat. The group got large enough to break into two now, so this March there will be two weekends.
There are 3 scrapbook stores in the Charles City,IA area. The Stitchery Nook in Osage has a Scrapbooking section, Backroads Plum Crazy In Ionia, and RC on Main in Charles City. I think there's one in Mason City and Twin Oaks in Cedar Falls.
If anyone at all, loves to scrapbook, and live in the IL/WI/IA area, you have got to try my favorite place in the world to do that. Contact MaryKim at the Paper Dollhouse and spend a weekend of true pampering, gourmet food and just the coziest place in IL to scrapbook. You will be treated like royalty...you will NEVER want to leave and believe me you will keep coming back...over and over and over. I have been there 4 times now and plan on going every 5-6 months...It's a great place to escape for a weekend and hang out with our friends. Even if you don't scrapbook, it's a nice relaxing bed and breakfast that serves fantastic food.
I'm not an owner, just a loyal customer that wants to make sure that THE PAPER DOLL HOUSE stays open for years to come. We are losing too many of the great places to scrap. I want to continue to go there every 5-6 months for a very, very long time. IT'S MY HAPPY PLACE!
I am near Mason City, and would like to get a group together to scrap.
I'd also like to let you know that there is a small store in Mason City, called Life Is A Scrapbook. http://www.lifeisascrapbook.com/shop/
If anybody knows of any crops that will be happening in the area, I'd like to know, too! I usually go to Backroads Plum Crazy, but it is a ways to drive for me.