On January 2, 2014, the crafting industry received sad news. Archiver’s the local scrapbook store were closing all their remaining stores by mid February of 2014. Archivers has served as a home to find new innovative products, exclusive product lines, workshops throughout the year for card makers and scrapbookers, crops, and more. The staff was knowledgeable of various products lines, helpful when needing ideas on layouts or projects, and a great staff that will be truly missed. This establishment has carried our world to another level that many of the bigger box stores has failed to gap the bridges to. This also, with great sadness meant an end to Scrapfest that has been held at the Mall of America for the past few years. Through Archiver’s crops and Scrapfest, friendships has been bonded with strangers who now are dear crafting friends. As they are beginning to liquidate their stores it’s with sadness that many friends are joining and coming together one last time before the doors closed for good to crop together. With mixed emotions this is also an exciting time for this industry as new product lines are being launched this week. The Craft and Hobby Association is launching the Winter CHA Trade Show beginning Saturday, January 11th through Tuesday, January 14th. Many of my favorite designers and product lines have been giving sneak peeks of their products on the social media streams. I’ll be sharing you some of my favorite picks for the season on my Facebook page.