Papercrafting Industry News: Two Peas In A Bucket is Closing After 15 Years
Two Peas In A Bucket is Closing…
Even as I typed the words above, it seemed impossible.
But there it was in black and white, staring back at me from my email inbox:
“IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT WE ANNOUNCE
THE CLOSING OF TWO PEAS IN A BUCKET”
I just sat there in silence for several minutes after reading the news.
While there were many signs this might be coming (little to no CHA Winter hype, lack of new product in the store, lack of responsiveness on the forum/message boards, etc.), I still hoped things would turn around, that somehow they’d pull through, just as they had done several times before.
But, it appears that’s not the case this time around, 15 years after the founding of Two Peas In a Bucket and 12 years after I found the site and made myself at home there, Two Peas In A Bucket is closing.
I became a community member at Two Peas In a Bucket in January of 2003.
During the 12 years I’ve been a member there, I’ve shared thousands and thousands of comments, kept in touch with the industry while living in South America by reading posts and chatting with fellow “Peas,”, enjoyed many moments of laughter, shared in the trading of “RAKs” with other papercrafters, and even shed a few tears over the tough times some of my fellow papercrafters endured in their personal lives.
Two Peas In a Bucket was for many years my creative “home.” The image above is my profile, from my last post there.
I remember taking a photo of my 10,000th post on the message boards and was looking forward to taking a photo of my 20,000th.
But, it’s not to be.
Kristina and Jeffrey White, the founders of Two Peas In a Bucket, provided all of us with a wonderful place to hang out, share ideas, debate the ins and outs of our industry, learn and teach, share our work and craft spaces, hone our skills…and shop!
And the many wonderful members (known as “Peas“) could always be counted on to provide answers when you posed questions, feedback when you asked for it and support when you really needed it.
Yes, there were definitely “trolls” in the mix too, but they were soon driven away by a very loyal member community, most of whom looked at Two Peas In a Bucket as “their” place.
Two Peas In a Bucket can also be credited by so many of us for helping us to get our start in this industry.
Many now-well-known designers got their initial industry exposure through Two Peas In a Bucket, and many of us made connections there that are at least partially responsible for where we are in our industry careers.
For me personally, Two Peas In a Bucket’s forum/message boards are also responsible for many of the wonderful friendships I have, both online and in “real life.”
In fact, two of my dearest “real-life” friends are ladies I met because of Two Peas In a Bucket.
What happened – why are they closing?
Well, it’s been a long and windy road for the site and the owners, and there is bound to be much speculation about the “cause,” including references to changes that took place over the last 5-10 years.
Please consider though that dredging up the past will not change the present and this could not have been an easy decision for the founders.
Two Peas in a Bucket is their “baby.”
I can’t imagine not having PaperCrafter’s Corner in my life, even after such a short time, comparatively speaking.
I love hanging out with all of you, sharing projects and stories, giving and finding support, doing my best to provide papercrafting information, inspiration and entertainment, leading a great team, and working in a career I’m so passionate about and find so rewarding.
It would be very hard to wake up one day and find all of that gone, something we’re working to ensure never happens here (well, until I’m toes-up at least!).
I do think it’s important to point out that Two Peas In A Bucket closing, while very sad for all involved, doesn’t mean that we won’t be able to find the papercrafting products we love or that there’s no longer an online papercrafting community for those looking for one.
There are still lots of wonderful, independently-owned papercrafting stores around the globe – and we encourage you to shop with them whenever possible.
Need to see if there’s a store in your area?
Check out the PaperCrafter’s Corner Store Directory – the listings are free for stores and for YOU!
Looking to connect with other papercrafters?
You’ve come to the right place – we’d love to have you join the PCC family!
We’re loads of fun and our member are very welcoming, right kids?
And of course, there are several other great online papercrafting communities for you to check out too.
We encourage you to check all of us out and make yourself at home at the one(s) that feels right for you.
To close, perhaps, one day, we’ll hear the “why” story from Kristina and Jeffrey.
In the meantime, we’ll wish them well and hope they find a wonderful new life chapter ahead.
And we’ll open our arms and hearts to the Peas who are looking for a new home.
Kristina and Jeffrey, I want to personally thank you for all you did for this industry and for all the times you stuck with it when it got really hard.
We – I, the Peas and the industry – will miss you.
Steph & The PCC Team
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