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Stacey Osland with some of the supplies and tools available for scrapbokers and other crafters at her retreat.
Stacey Osland with some of the supplies and tools available for scrapbokers and other crafters at her retreat.

A retreat for scrapbookers-- Silo Tree Cottage a great getaway for crafters

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Stacey Osland runs a cozy and comfortable scrapbooking and crafting retreat in a house just off Highway 59 near North Tower Road. She and her husband, Jeff, opened Silo Tree Cottage on July 1.

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The house is set up to accommodate eight people. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a big, sunny kitchen, two dining room tables — and everything you need to enjoy a weekend of scrapbooking. That includes eight well-lit 5-foot tables and workspaces, each with a comfortable executive office chair.

“We sat in tons of chairs to find the most comfortable ones,” she said with a laugh.

Each work station is lit with an Ottlite craft lamp, and each has a power strip, for crafters to plug in equipment if they choose to bring it. The house comes equipped with all sorts of tools and accessories for scrapbooking and stamping, including a digital Cricut machine that can cut vinyl lettering, symbols and images.

There is also a wide array of colored dye and ink stamps, both the traditional wood block type and washable clear plastic stamps. So crafters can get even more creative with their scrapbooks.

Some crafters arrive with suitcases full of scrapbooking tools and materials, and some have their own Cricut machines, that they plug into the power strips, Osland said. Some just come along for the ride. One woman in a recent group didn’t scrapbook at all, just sat and crocheted and enjoyed herself visiting.

Osland, a registered nurse, has been an avid scrapbooker for 15 years, and previously had a successful home based business related to scrapbooking. For her, it’s a dream come true to open a scrapbooking and crafting retreat in the lakes area.

After going to a lot of scrapbooking retreats over the years, Osland has learned that “the main things are a space to work, lighting, a comfortable chair and comfortable beds — and wi-fi, everybody wants wi-fi now,” she said.

The cottage is also an option as a vacation home for visitors to Detroit Lakes, and is open year-round. It has a cozy propane stove for chilly days. When not working on Silo Tree Cottage, Osland is working on her master’s degree in nursing and raising the couple’s three boys: Matthew, 13, and twins Eli and Sawyer, 11 months. Jeff works at SJE-Rhombus and the family lives on Dead Lake, south of Perham.

The name Silo Tree Cottage was chosen to symbolize perseverance. “When I thought about having a scrapbooking retreat, I envisioned having one in an old farmhouse, that had an old silo with a tree growing out of it — to me that means never give up, keep reaching and stretching until you get there,” she said.

She hopes to attract clients from a 70-mile radius, which of course includes the Fargo-Moorhead area. The retreat rents for $720 from 10 a.m. Fridays to 2 p.m. Sundays. “That’s $90 per person if there are eight,” she said. A lot of people choose to add a Thursday for $120, she said, and the price goes down as more days are added. Reflexology and massage are also available.

Silo Tree Cottage is a new member of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce. “We love being part of the community,” she said. “And we want people to know we can’t wait to have them as guests.” The retreat is located at 18869 Frontage Road, Detroit Lakes, and its website address is: http://www.silotreecottage.com.

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