Greetings readers, and Happy New Year! We’re happy to provide an issue packed with ideas to keep you busy this time of year!
If getting your family organized was on your "to-do" list, we have suggestions in our “Craft Colorful Quarters for Kids” section on p. 56. Add pizzazz to a plain laundry hamper (p. 60) and let the kids decide which creature to feature. (Involving them in the process can only help in the tidy-room efforts, right?) You don’t have to spend a fortune on organizational tubs and shelves, either: Discover how easy it is to turn shoe boxes into storage bins (p. 63). I’m planning on tackling this ASAP because I have an abundance of empty shoe boxes laying around and I’m tired of piercing my feet with tiny cars and Barbie shoes! It’s a win-win situation.
This issue also features gift ideas and other crafts for Valentine’s Day (p. 24), snowy-inspired designs in our “Keep Warm and Craft On” section (p. 12) and cards for the season (p. 70). But in addition to the usual suspects, we thought it would be fun to pose a challenge to our talented designers and artists: What can you create with an embroidery hoop? They embraced the challenge and as a result we have a section full of 10 innovative projects, from a hoop basket, to super simple décor featuring maps, to organizers, photo displays, jewelry hooks and more.
We hope these ideas spark your creative juices, and we’d love to keep the challenge going: Send a photo of your hoop craft to email@example.com (with “Hoop Challenge” in the subject line) by Feb. 20, 2017. The only requirement to enter: The piece must use an embroidery hoop in some shape or form — it could be a traditional embroidered wall hanging or it could be a new use for the hoop. The winning photo will be published in our Garden 2017 issue (on newsstands April 25) and the creator will win a prize pack of crafting supplies, including stencils, clay, paint, stickers, stencil film, decorative tape, embossing folders, coloring books and more! (See p. 41.)
What material or tool would you like to see featured in future challenges? Please Please email us your suggestions!
Molly Goad, Chief Editor