3cmommy and brayg, I am no longer in MN, but lived there with my husband for about a year and a half back in Aug. '97 to Mar. '99. We lived in Owatonna, MN, which is south of the Twin Cities. It sure IS cold in MN, although from what I heard, the 2 winters we were there were "mild" or at least had less snow than usual. We live in NY now where both my DH and I are originally from. Nice to "meet" you both!
Anyway, I guess this board is supposed to be about tole painting. I had one mini class about an hour long at the church I went to in MN (pastor's wife tole painted). I was relieved to see that you got to trace a basic pattern onto the wood instead of come up with all of it yourself! (At least that is how I learned there--don't know that it is always that way) I would like to take some more classes myself someday to learn more technique about brushes, strokes, shading, etc. All I have ever painted is a little pumpkin! LOL I have 3 children, 3 1/2 yo and under though, so it might be a while before I take the plunge!:p