‘Tis the season to be crafty! We hope you love this issue full of merry designs including ornaments, holiday decorations, cards, tags and crafty gifts.
This year’s ornament section has beginner to advanced projects, covering many different types of craft mediums — paint, crochet, embroidery, beading, mosaics, paper and even food! Learn how to turn paper prairie points into a fun snowman to hang from the tree (p. 16).
I love opening the mail in December and displaying the cards prominently in the home. Our holiday décor section includes two cool (and easy!) card display projects: One is made from tree branches found in your own yard, and the second involves creating a foam tree to use as a card vessel. There’s much more décor packed in there, too, including centerpieces, garland, wall art, an air-brushed tree skirt and a clay plate for Santa’s cookies. Find out how simple it is to create a quick three-tier dessert or snack stand with jingle bells and glasses and plates from the dollar store (p. 29).
We have plenty of gift ideas for everyone on your list! Present the coffee or tea drinker with adorable cross-stitched tea cups (p. 74) tied around their favorite brew. We also have ideas for celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah (p. 76). Not too thrilled about giving gift cards or wine for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list? No problem. Craft up amazing gift card holders, wine bottle tags or a leather wine bag to make it stand out. One of my favorites is the bottle design made with glass chalkboard paint (p. 70) — what a fun way to gift egg nog or your craft brew. (Also, I interviewed the designer of that bottle idea, PLA Schneider, in this issue’s Contributor Spotlight. It was a delight to get to know her better and to hear her story! See p. 94 — I think you’ll enjoy it, too.)
Since this is also a time to give back, we were happy to learn more about Knitted Knockers, an organization committed to distributing soft breast prosthetics for women who have undergone mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation or are undergoing reconstruction. Learn how you can help on p. 96.
What will you be crafting up this holiday season? I hope the ideas we’ve collected here will bring inspiration as you begin to think about your holiday gifts and celebrations. Please email us at any time to share your thoughts on the magazine or project ideas!
Molly Goad, Chief Editor