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FRAMINGHAM – Whimsy Arts and Crafts has closed after 18 years in Framingham, announced its owner Lori Karlsson yesterday, June 16.

“A nurturing soul, creative haven and youthful spirit – passed away quietly on June 16th after a fifteen month battle with Covid-19. Whimsy lived 18 beautiful years  in Framingham in the same place where she was born but traveled often to share her joy of crafting with surrounding communities,” wrote the owners on social media.

The arts & crafts business has hosted countless birthday parties, Scout Troops, school fundraisers, and Girls Nights Out over the years.

The social media post read like an obituary for the business.

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“Growing up, she ran story art classes, workshops, summer camps, ladies nights out, baby showers, gem mining extravaganzas and so much more. Her 4,000 plus square foot home was open to all –  creating a space where everyone was welcome and imaginations ran wild. She was popular with grandparents and grandchildren, dads and daughters, extended families and school groups. What she was most known for, however, was her ability to make everyone feel special and hosting the best craft birthday parties in the MetroWest area. Her happiest times were spent easing the little stresses of everyday life for others and taking in the love, smiles and laughter around her,”

“Whimsy leaves behind her devoted mothers – Lori Karlsson, Carol Daniels and Maya Elisayeff and her grandmother – May, Aunt Donna, siblings Rachel, Mikaela, Nick, Holly, Ava, Natalie and thousands of other children and their loving families. Condolences too to her dear friend Sandra who also lost her pride and joy, The Yoga Leaf to COVID just a few months earlier. Lives will be forever changed because of these amazing spirits and they will remain in hearts everywhere.”

“Goodbye viewings and final crafting sessions and events can be booked through mid July (google sign up page here). Visitors to the studio at any one time will be limited. If you have specific questions, please email lori and carol at”

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The small arts & crafts and creative outlet business will hold a silent auction on the beloved playhouse.

“Central to childsplay since inception, this sturdy structure was actually intended for outdoor use. For the really adventurous, the mining sluice and the paint bar will also be looking for new homes. Proceeds will go to cover end-of-life care – including outstanding rent, utilities and other liabilities,” wrote the owners.

“In lieu of flowers, Whimsy Kits-To-Go for birthdays, scouts and other events will continue to be offered at  Delivery area to be expanded and shipping soon to be added. An upgraded website will follow in the coming months. We know that Whimsy’s final wish was to continue to bring joy to all those in need until such a time when physical reincarnation becomes possible,” noted the owners.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.