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May 24, 2011


sarah kristiansen

It is truly heartbreaking for so many people, especially those of us who have always felt at home with all of you. Can't even begin to fathom what you girls are all going through. We are losing something wonderful when {cc} closes its doors…and we are all the worse for it.

Katherine B

I really LOVED reading your post. I lost my store (Cherished Moments, LLC) a couple of years ago . . . for the reasons you mentioned . . . kinda find it bittersweet that someone finally "gets it." And now . . . with NO WHERE to shop but the box chains (we lost a DOZEN stores over a period of just two years in our region) . . . Micheal's, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, etc. . . . even Archiver's . . . I typically don't. ESPECIALLY Archiver's.

Sending you and the owners of Colorful Creations my sincerest sympathies. Wishing you all the best of luck in whatever you would endeavor in next.

deb munn

Perfectly said and I couldn't agree more.


I love this post Melissa. The first time I met you was at {cc} and we were wearing the same silpada earrings! When I learned of the news, I literally felt like I had been punched in the gut, and I know that pales in comparison to what you girls are feeling... I have always believed in supporting my local community by shopping local, but this post has really inspired me to step-it-up. For someone who doesn't live anywhere NEAR {cc} it still felt like a home-away-from-home to me as well, and I am definitely heartbroken to see it go. Especially heartbroken for those of you who frequent the store regularly and have built friendships with other customers there... :( Just so sad...

Glenda J

This is terrific post... thanks for sharing your thoughts. All very true. I'm a friend Jenn's from the West Coast and I could always tell from her comments what a special place {CC} was. Wish I could have come to visit. Big hugs to you all...

Kim Howard

very well said, I am not close to there, but I did shop there (and took a class from you) while I was vacation there and it was a wonderful store and I know that you will be missed amongst all those customers that frequented it.


Sorry to hear about the closing of your home away from home. I too own a store and every day is a struggle for all the reasons you mention. Here's hoping people wake up soon and realize big box stores and online stores are not helping their local economies! You might want to check out the 3/50 Project.


This is just heartbreaking, and it's one of my biggest fears that I know is probably unavoidable at some point in the future, however distant or near. Our community in St. John's (Newfoundland) is even smaller and we've had to expand our business to Wedding Invitations and other avenues just to stay afloat.

It's sad that shoppers don't realize that 40% off at Michael's often EQUALS the regular sticker price they are paying at a LSS, not accounting for frequent buyer programs, class discounts, and all the other little perks that go along with shopping locally.

The whole thing is just sad. I am so, so sorry to hear this news.


whenever I'm in the mid-Cape area, I try to make a stop at Colorful Creations. They are so friendly and nice! I am lucky to have a thriving LSS in my area. Honestly, I don't shop there often because they *aren't* friendly and approachable. However, I'm also not buying as many supplies as I was 10 years ago. I'm not buying at the LSS or the big box.

Ann English

I live in a small town in MD where I do try to support local business. Yup, online is cheaper but you are NOT connected. I lived on the Cape for years and discovered Colorful Creations when I was working on my Masters through Lesley...followed y'all to Hyannis and spent oh, so much $$$ there even though AC Moore had those coupons. It was more then just the quality merchandise that attracted me to Colorful Creations. It was the PEOPLE, people that truly understood my passion, people that inspired...Oh, how I hoped you would ride out this economic storm. Do you think folks will ever realize what they are losing with a totally online or big box world?! I am mourning your loss, too.


This is so sad it has come to this. I love this store. I've only been there once when I was visiting Joanie and Lesa. I loved it there and I love Jenn. I met her once and she was so nice and friendly. I know Joanie and Lesa will truly miss this one of a kind store!! Hugs to all!!!

mary k

Oh sweet Melissa, I am so sad. I feel like I have lost my best friend. Your post is dead on. I admit, I have bought things at the "big stores," but I tried not to buy items that CC carried. I am going to miss all of you sooooo much!

Colleen Leahey

I wholeheartedly agree, and I love your post.. I only wish I was still scrappin' and could have supported CC more, but the babes are taking up all of my time. My mom lost her small local fabric store in NY when Joanne's became a common household name...It really sucks and I'm just so sorry to see you all go...my heart is heavy


this made me cry. <3 to you all. so glad i was lucky enough to visit cc and all the lovely people who worked there <3

Joanie Mowers

I too, am devastated by this news.
I cannot stop thinking abut it!
I feel so badly that I couldn't continue to spend, spend, spend as I had in previous years. I haven't even been in the "other" stores in months...except for some mini candle lightbulbs at ACM's.
It's true...I do have piles of things I haven't used yet, but most of it did come from CC....{I worry about my paper hoarding tendencies....now that I won't be able to get the 'good stuff' at CC after this summer.}
I know that if it weren't for CC I wouldn't be the happy, stampy girl I am. Great friends, wonderful inspiration, and such phenomenal products available.
We will miss you all.


beautifully written Melissa!

Diane S.

Well said...it is the small independent shop where customers are more like family and real relationships develop. I, too, feel sad and at a loss...especially now I'm living on the Cape again and so looked forward to {cc} classes. I can't imagine how you all are feeling, but know that so many of us are with you at this time.


bummer, man. one of the best stores i have ever visited.ugh

Kim V.

True, true, true facts. I hope we can all keep in touch. I know it's not likely, but our love for paper-crafting may help us meet again. Thank you for putting it all so well Melissa. Everything I learned that was outside of my basic knowledge was learned from the most talented women at CC and the friendships will never compete.

Mary Sara P.

Melissa, what a wonderful post and tribute. I am truly going to miss the place that everyone knew my name and made me feel so welcome every time I came in the door as you said so above. I truly hope that we stay in touch as you are a special person as is everyone who works at CC as well as all the friends and people I have met there. Love you!

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