We set out on our adventure on a brilliant Sunday afternoon, Nick, Nat, (my sister's kids) Louise and yours truly. Our mission to learn something new from the sweet ladies at Esther's Place.
Nick and I used to have dates all the time when he was a little bean, but now that I lead the glamorous life of a small business owner, time is at a premium and poor little Nat has been suffering the consequences of my busy schedule.
So this summer I decided to try to change that a bit and what a great place this was to start our adventures!
Esther's Place began with a small flock of sheep and a wheel and has since grown into a fiber arts studio and rereat center . Named after one of their first sheep, Esther's Place was founded by Natasha Lehrer at the age of nineteen. With assistance from her parents and others, she wrote grants, learned everything she could about different fiber arts, helped furnish Esther's Place restored 19th century Victorian building, and began this vibrant community resource in the sweet rural town of Big Rock, Illinois.
Twice a year Esther's Place holds an open house weekend, where you can come explore the possibilities
and have a meet and greet with the flock and yes Esther was there too!
We explored the studio, enjoyed a felting class and sampled delicious baked goods and refreshments the ladies made. It was delish!
Then Natasha escorted us to the pastures to meet Esther and her friends. Natasha was delightful, passion poured out of her with every explanation and with the animals. She loves what she does and we got to reap the rewards. The kids loved it! Nat said she wants to be a farmer when she grows up :)
We got to feed the flock and pet the baby lambs, they were sooooooooo sweet.
class there this fall and would love it if you would come along with me and support this heartFELT small business with large passion !