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  • March is National Craft Month!

    It's one of our favorite times of the year: National Craft Month! We'll use any excuse to craft but this month we consider it mandatory. Whether you have just a few minutes or days at your disposal, 'tis the season to get creating! All month we'll be showing you some of our favorite projects and products, you're sure to fall in love with one. Let's take a look at some of our classic favorites.

    Diamond Art Freestyle

    Book #7685

    Diamond Art is one of our favorite modern crafts. There's so many things to dot and so little time! Although it's not for everyone, Freestyle is a great way to explore the craft, test your skills, and use up extra Dotz from your finished canvases. If you need a little direction, a book like Diamond Dotting Paper Crafting is the guide for you. With patterns for everything from desk accessories to cards, you'll find your way to Freestyle heaven!

    Crochet

    Book #7720

    Not only is it National Craft Month, it's also the start of spring! Welcome the sunshine and flowers with some crocheted afghans. You'll keep warm during those crisp mornings but feel warm with pride while holding your handmade blanket. Spring Afghans is full of afghans that are perfect for springtime preparation.

    Loom Knitting

    Product #56991

    Whether you want to get into a new craft or you just love looms, this is the bundle for you! Designed specifically for beginners, you don't have to worry about picking anything out or making sure you have everything, it's all here. You'll be covered from top to toe in loom knitted goodies and you'll have enough projects to keep you busy until next National Craft Month!

    Cross Stitch

    Kit #51104

    It's not always about the big, time consuming projects. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. This mini maker is perfect for new stitchers, time crunched stitchers, and everyone in between. With step-by-step instructions and diagrams included, you'll have everything you need for your new kitchen wall accent or to give to an avo-obsessed friend.

    Quilting

    Book #7645

    The magic of National Craft Month is undeniable. It's a whole month that's just for crafting! And what better way to celebrate than with a quilting project. Learn something new while spending time with the old in this book, It's Quilt Magic. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to working with triangles while refining and expanding your existing skills.


    This National Craft Month, our team reflected back to last March and all the making we've done since then. While there may be more indoor days in our future, that doesn't mean we can't fill them with exciting crafts and new creations. These projects and more are how we maintain balance and purpose in our lives during hard times. Finding the light in the dark is an essential part of survival, and what a light this month can be! As always, don't forget to tag us in your social media creations with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Match: Eyes To The Skies With Etsy's 2021 Color Of The Year

    Greetings makers! We're back with another color match, this time for Etsy and their choice of Sky Blue for 2021. What's special about their choice for color of the year is it not only fits the year thematically, but it's based in sales and consumer behavior. Sky Blue has had a nearly 40% increase in searches. Data and life collided with their choice on this one. Etsy says they also chose this color because, "After such a tumultuous year, shoppers are looking forward to bluer skies ahead. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, hope is on the horizon and there is a renewed sense of gratitude and connection to our communities. Etsy’s color of the year perfectly represents this, while offering tranquility and further connecting us to nature." Let's take the dive and see what this color could have in store for you.

    Crochet

    The tranquility Etsy speaks of is definitely a vibe for this year. Weekends aren't the only time to get some rest, you should feel at ease as often as possible. The 8 afghans in this book do just that. Not only will you feel proud wrapping yourself in your own project, you'll feel instantly relaxed and ready to take on the world... after this episode.

    Kid's Craft

    There's no tranquility when the kids are running around or whining about their boredom, so let them get their hands dirty! Slime continues to grow in popularity, and for good reason. This mess-free, brain stimulating activity is perfect for when you need some you time or if you want to jump in and have some bonding time. Sky blue is just one of the options, and oh how beautiful!

    Sewing

    Phil says 6 more weeks of winter, but you're not going to let that stop you from warming up. The possibilities with fleece, much like the sky, are endless. Try using fleece to add shades of blue throughout your home decor and you'll warm right up at the sight of blue skies! Take inspiration from one of these gorgeous fleece pillows and blankets for your home update.

    Fabric Dying

    Etsy's Sky Blue is to die for, so much so that we think you should dye everything! Or at least a dozen home and fashion items. Gone are the days of blindly dying and hoping it works out, you've got expert guidance now. From a keychain to a T-shirt to an apron, this book has you covered for your trip to Sky Blue paradise.

    Resin Pouring

    This ever-trendy craft is just heating up. Whether you want to make a cheeseboard or a set of coasters, resin is a great way to add just a little bit of color to your home. This kit is perfect for beginning resin crafters. It has everything you need to mix trendiness and functionality. Pair it with your choice of cheese board, cheese tray, or coasters and tray set.


    Whether you had a good 2020 or not, it's all blue skies from here, according to Etsy. Don't forget to let us know what you're crafting! We always love to see how creative you all are, so be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts!

    Happy making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Couples Crafting

    Love is in the air! And what better way to celebrate it than with some crafting. Whether you're partnered or just have a couple of friends coming over, there's always a reason to bond over crafting.

    Just Chillin' With My Gnomies

    There's gnome craft like gnome crafting! It doesn't matter what time of year it is, there's always something to celebrate. Your own customizable gnome is the perfect way to observe it. And if holiday gnomes aren't your style, we've got you covered with everyday basic kits, too.

    Dot Your Way Into Their Heart

    Diamond Dotting is a divide and conquer activity. Whether you decide to make gifts for each other this year or just want to work on something together, Sparkle Gifts has you covered. With patterns and inspiration for all sorts of giftable projects, you'll be dotting your way into their heart in no time.

    Para(cord) Lovebirds

    Friendship bracelets is the oldest sign of love in the book. It's a sure way to show you're partners in life, love, and fun. But if you're a little past bracelets, try making each other knick-knacks like lanyards, flip flops, and headbands. All these ideas and more are in Paracord Crafts, your one-stop-read for all things paracord weaving.

    Set The Mood

    Candles are a natural addition to any romantic evening. What makes it even more romantic is making them yourself! An easy pair activity, candle making is an easy way to create and gift a reminder of you. Every time you light it, you'll remember making them together and how much fun it was coming up with scents, colors, and containers. To make it even easier, try picking up or downloading a book to help inspire your senses.

    Res-In Love

    You've sealed each other in your hearts, now it's time to seal that love in resin! Resin Creation is the perfect date night crafting book. With projects from magnets to tables to clocks, you and your person will find something perfect to make together, perfectly sealing your love forever.

    For Your Sweet Heart

    What's a date night without dessert? You and your sweetheart need some sweet treats to complete your party for two! Cooking and baking is one of the quickest ways to bond together and strengthen your relationship. You might find it's not for you, but at least you'll get a delicious mini feast out of it. Celebrating Party Foods will have you cooking and baking up a storm together with leftovers to spare! What's better than that?


    The season of love is all year long. Here at Leisure Arts, we love love. And we love seeing what you create! Tag us on social media with @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts so we can see all those sweetheart crafts you create.

    Happy crafting, couples!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • National Embroidery Month

    February is National Embroidery Month! We love any excuse to stitch something cute together, and this is the perfect time. Whether you like Redwork, improvisational embroidery, or are a beginning needle pointer, you'll love these kits, books, and digital downloads.

    For the Beginners

    Everybody has to start somewhere. Whether you buy a book or a kit, something with good instructions and detailed charts is essential in your journey to becoming an expert embroiderer. This book is perfect for that. With expert instructions, tips, tricks, and photos, you'll be stitching up your own masterpieces before you know it!

    For the Traditional With A Twist

    Typically, a basic embroidery project would have an opaque fabric and have a border around the hoop. This kit is anything but typical. Capture the ephemeral beauty of butterflies in their natural habitat with this gorgeous mini maker. It has everything you need to take the next step with your skills and create a show-off-worthy piece of crafted art.

    For the Home Decorator

    There are so many ways to use embroidery techniques and materials. You can go simple, eclectic, modern, or any style you can think of. This book teaches you how to rethink embroidery right down to the hoop. You'll have all the instruction you need to transform embroidery projects into home accents and gifts that no one will know you made yourself!

    For the Quilter

    Even if embroidery isn't your main craft, this month is the perfect excuse to take it up. Try incorporating it into your other favorite craft. The Big Book of Crazy Quilt Stitches is perfect for quilters who are looking to further embellish their pieces. Embroidery will add extra texture and dimension to any quilted project, making it even more impressive.

    For the Purist

    Spring is coming, and what better way to celebrate than with a traditional embroidery project like this one! Whether you're a purist or just looking to practice your basic stitches, this project will help you become a better stitcher. It's like bringing a little piece of the garden into your home all year round! And the best part is it was designed to be made in just a weekend.


    No matter your skill level, personal style, or interest, embroidery is a perfect craft to customize to your uniqueness. Don't forget to tag us in your embroidery and other craft projects with @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts. We love seeing your creativity!

    Happy stitching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Stash Busting Projects

    Do you have a stash of fabrics, yarns, Diamond Dotz, or thread? Bust that stash! Make room for more as you make something new with these gorgeous projects. There's something for every style and every stash.

    Diamond Dotz

    We're always looking for new surfaces to dot. One of the best ways is when the light can shine right through! Dotting surfaces like vases is a great way to take an ordinary object and make it extraordinary. And there's more where that came from in Glass Sparkle. Nine downloadable projects to make with glass objects around the house will be the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to your decor with extra dotz from canvases.

    Crochet

    We all know what happens at the end of a yarn project; you use part of a skein and then you don't have enough for a new project but too much to just throw away. Maybe you just couldn't resist that new color. Too much yarn is the best problem to have! Especially with books like Use Up That Yarn From Your Stash. From coasters to coffee cozies, you'll find something small for all that extra yarn in your basket.

    Sewing

    Whether you need to get rid of some extra fabric or you have old t-shirts to repurpose, masks are a great stash buster! Since they use so little fabric but are a new necessity, it's the best of both fun and function. Breathe Easy is full of different ways to make masks and caps for both COVID era and everyday use. Check out Breathe Easy II for even more design ideas and inspiration on how to use those scraps and stashed fabrics.

    Knitting

    Using up your yarn stash can be as easy as 1-2-3. Simply pick your project, make your project, and you're done! Cowls, tunics, blankets, and more await you with books like Easy As 1-2-3 Skeins. Each project is designed to help you make the most of your stash, no matter how big or small it may be.

    Quilting

    Quilting doesn't always have to be blankets, afghans, and throws. The same stability in a regular quilt can also be applied to smaller projects that work with the size of your stash. Quilted Purses & Totes has everything from wallets to totes to lunch bags, all in a physical or downloadable book. Try one today, it'll tote-ally fit into your closet!


    Having a stash of supplies can always be a good thing for just-in-case scenarios. But when that stash gets too big, a simple project like one of the above is just what you need to bust that stash... and make room for more!

    Don't forget to tag @leisureartsinc and use #leisurearts so we can see what you create! We love to see what's going on in your craft corner.

    Happy stash busting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Digital Bridal Shower

    Your wedding planning is one of the most stressful yet fun times of your life. With budgets, guest lists, venues, flowers, and everything else, who has the time to plan a bridal shower? Usually it would be one of the mothers, but this year it probably has to be different. Whether it's because of a virus or because of distance, going digital is a good way to work around whatever tries to stop your bridal experience.

    How does any bride begin their planning process? A good place to start is with books and magazines. They're good for both inspiration and guidance. Try picking up a book with premade lists and have everything perfectly laid out for you!

    Book #125813

    A book like Ultimate Wedding Planner has been curated and collected just for you. It's meant to make everything easy to keep track of and organized in one place.

    For the planning of both your bridal shower and your bachelorette you and your co-planners may want some pre-planned inspiration and DIY projects to add some unique touches to your look. A book like Celebrate the Bachelorette is full of decor, food, drinks, favors, and more, most of which can be translated to a digital party. You'll be able to narrow down food, drinks, games, and a theme, be it Breakfast at Tiffany's or Rustic Ritz (pictured). And bonus: it's downloadable!

    Now to the actual party planning. The main component of any virtual party these days is your background. You could go with the premade, pixelated ones online, but why not just make your own? Here's what you'll need for a shabby chic background:

    Supplies:

    Burlap flowers, light brown and dark brown shown here
    Burlap letters
    Jute, twine, rope, or yarn for hanging
    Glue
    Scissors
    A poster board

    Start by gluing the flowers and letters onto whatever you use to hang. In the final picture, you can see we alternated colors, but you could even dye your flowers to fit your color scheme. Some cute phrases to use include: Happily Ever After, Miss to Mrs, He Put A Ring On It, or Bride To-Be.

    Attach those to your poster board and you've got your background! you could paint or color your background, change up the flowers, or whatever strikes your fancy! This day is all about celebrating you as a bride and the union you are about to enter into.

    From there, you'll need a video calling app. Zoom has free one-hour calls, if you're hoping to limit your time or don't have a lot of people you want to include. Skype, Google Meet, and Facetime are good alternatives as well. Just pick your date, time, and if you want a theme and you're all set.

    Another fun way to make everyone feel more together is by suggesting food or drinks for everyone to make. Whether it's your favorite coffee drink or a brunch item that you love, the options are endless and entirely up to you.


    Not being able to see your loved ones at such a special time in your life is unimaginably difficult. Even if it's just because of distance, the day will come when everyone can gather again. In the mean time this is a simple and fun way to bring people together.

    Happy planning!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Match: Illuminating & Ultimate Gray! Light Meets Dark With Pantone's Colors Of The Year For 2021

    With so many things being taken away last year, Pantone has double dealt the trends this year! They announced their 2021 color of the year was actually two colors: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. They call the combination, "A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting... practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic." These colors replace Classic Blue from 2020, but are still just as easily incorporated into your life.

    Illuminate Your Life With The Ultimate Craft

    Diamond Dotz® prove time and time again to be the perfect craft for all situations. This intermediate White Horse kit will be the hero of your home. The printed background showcases the hopeful yellow white the shadows and mane of the dotted horse give way to that Ultimate Gray we're going to see popping up all over. Whether you want to add a touch of the ranch style to your home or you have a horse-obsessed child, this trend-matched craft will be fun as a gift or a finished piece.

    Lucky You! Clover Stitches Make The Perfect Weekend Project

    We've still got a few months of chill left before the sun illuminates our lives and wardrobes. Lean into the chill with an easy knitting project. It doesn't matter if you've never knitted before or if you only have a few hours per day to devote, this Clover Cowl kit is perfect for every one on every schedule. The gray is a perfect Ultimate Gray match. With a cowl this cool, you'll be wishing summer were a little chillier.

    Gnome Sweet Gnome: A Tale of Two Trends

    Whether you're an avid gardener or a loyal trend-follower, you're sure to love gnomes. Now there's a perfect kit for everyone! These gnome kits are begging for your personal touch with paint, Diamond Dotz®, inks, and anything else you can dream of. Above is the girl holiday kit, with five holiday sets to cover your year with cheer. From St. Patrick's Day to Christmas, you can have the ultimate combination of trendy colors and crafts. Illuminate is a perfect accent color for Easter, Halloween, or Christmas, and Ultimate Gray is a great base color for the whole year. Post your progress on our Facebook Page and see how your "gnomies" do theirs!

    This Color Boom Will Make Your Crafts Bloom

    What better way to combine tradition with trends! Cross Stitching is one of the most traditional crafts in the industry. Try taking something like cross stitching and using trend-based colors to update it. Above is #6281 Seasonal Wordplay, a series of patterns for all four seasons using words and phrases in seasonal colors and fun fonts to create an image. The spring pattern is perfect for use with Illuminating. You could even change up the colors to match Pantone's choices every year!

    Illuminate Your Embellishments On The Ultimate 2021 Accessory

    Masks are a big part of our lives for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. #7741 Breath Easy 2 is full of ways to jazz up your masks with vinyl, stitchery, appliques, and more. The best part about it is that it's completely customizable. You can take Ultimate Gray and Illuminating and make them into the perfect mask for you! Everyone around you will be jealous of how trendy and cute you look in your custom mask.

    Ultimate Gray and Illuminating were chosen as a way to bring balance to an uncertain time. Light and dark, pragmatism and optimism. These colors balance each other in every application. We hope these projects inspire you to get making with these colors. If you've made any of these projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We'd love to see what's going on in your craft corner!

    Happy Crafting

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Dot Your Life

    Diamond dotting with kits is fun, but have you tried Freestyle yet? It's an easy way to add dimension and sparkle to every day items, some you may never have thought of... Join us in using the Diamond Dotz® Freestyle system to dot your life!

    Pet Tag

    Your pet is already the light of your life, now you can make them look like it! With just a few materials, you can get your pet looking like the shining star that they are.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8085 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    Any Pet Tag, this one is a simple circle
    Marker or pen
    Scissors or punch

    Getting started

    To begin, you'll want to cut a piece of adhesive to the size of your tag. If you're using a common shaped tag, you'll probably be able to find a punch in the same size and shape to make a perfect template. You can also carefully hold the tag on top of the adhesive and mark around the tag, then cut around it.

    Remove both sides of the adhesive covering and place on your tag. If you want to do an initial, begin with that. This tag is going to have an M for Maisie.

    After you have your letter down, simply fill in the spaces, leaving the spot above the ring hole open so you don't remove any dots when putting the tag back on the collar.

    Once you're done dotting, put the tag onto the collar and marvel at how beautiful your pet looks! Make sure to let the resin cure before leaving it with your pet in order to eliminate possible consumption of Dotz®.

    Nails

    Whether you're quarantined and can't get to the nail salon or you just love nail art, dot accents are an easy way to get a dimensional manicured look.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8236 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    Your choice of nail polish, this is a dark green
    Any nail glue, a precision tip is very helpful

    Getting started

    Start by applying 2 coats of nail polish.

    Once your nails are dry, place a dot of nail glue in whichever spot or area you want to design. Some ideas are: lines, flowers, single dots, crosses, and diagonal lines.

    That's it! It is so simple to elevate your nails right at home just by using Diamond Dotz®.

    Planter

    Plant parenthood is real, and so is the desire to decorate and DIY plant pots. Diamond Dotz® are an easy way to create a fun design for any potted plant.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8218 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    A plant pot, this one has a faux succulent in it already but if you're not a perpetual plant killer start with an empty pot
    Scissors or a punch

    Start off by picking your design. This pot is getting triangles for a Tribal-meets-Art Deco look. Your could do dots, swirls, peace signs, candy stripes, or anything you can find or think of. To cut the triangles, simply cut a rectangle and make alternating diagonal cuts to achieve several similar triangles. You could also use a triangle punch.

    Just like with the pet tags, remove both sides of film from the sandwich adhesive and place it on your pot. Start at the top point and work your way down to achieve even placement. Continue placing triangles and dotting them until the pot is finished.

    Once again, it's as simple as that! Now your plants will glisten in the sunlight and stand out in the room.

    Bold Eyes

    Why stop at eyeliner? Line your eyes with Dotz® for a fun, embellished look!

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Color 8001
    Any lash or glitter glue
    Tweezers or Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack
    Mascara
    Optional: Eyeliner

    Optional: Start by mapping out your shape with eyeliner. This will be easier to follow and will get covered by the Dotz®.

    Follow this look for a Mod 60s look or create your own. To achieve the 60s eye, you'll dot an arc above your crease, following your eye shape until you get to the outside. The outer part of the line should extend slightly, elongating your eyes.

    For the iconic lower lash line, place 3 dots on the outermost corner of your eye, then groups of 2 along your lash line. The inner most line should be 1 dot. Add mascara to your top lashes and you're done. Groovy!

    Phone Grip

    Get a grip on your own sparkle! Set your phone grip apart with a custom dotted design.

    Supplies and Tools:

    Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays
    Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8085 and 7003
    Diamond Dotz® Freestyle Sandwich Adhesive Roll 12"x 36"
    A phone grip, like PopSockets
    Marker or pen
    Scissors or punch

    This may be the easiest Freestyle project you'll ever do. Just like the pet tag, start by cutting or punching your shape. Most phone grips are 1.5" in diameter. Then place your adhesive, dot your design, and you're done! A custom phone grip in under 5 steps.

    Pattern available in #7686 Simple Sparkle Jewelry

    Dotting your life is as easy as idea, execution, done. With these examples and many more to come, pretty soon you'll be living the multi-faceted life of your dreams! Happy dotting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Is there a gift you didn’t get? Is there someone you forgot to give a gift to?

    Just because presents have been opened, that doesn’t mean the gift giving needs to stop.

    To celebrate making it through 2020, we’ve curated four exciting bundles with the right tools and the best media you need to make some of our favorite projects of the year. This is the lowest sales price you will find on these items this holiday season!

    With each bundle themed to an included publication, you will receive instant digital downloads of your books, so you don’t have to wait to begin your creative adventure.


    • Enter into a world of color and paint with the Abstract Art Bundle

    • Take your journaling to the next level with the Lettering Bundle!

    Strengthen your soft-crafts skill with the Looming Bundle!

    • Create your own handmade cards with the Paper Party Bundle!


    When you’ve had a chance to work on these projects, we would love to see your photos. Tag us on social media, post to our Facebook page or email us directly. And if you know a fellow crafter who would be interested in these bundles, forward the email.

    Like these bundles? Watch your email and our website, as we will be debuting new products on leisurearts.com.

    *Sale runs from December 26 to December 31, 2020.

  • From our family to yours, a Christmas gift

    From all of us here at Leisure Arts, we wish you and your family glad tidings, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year this holiday season.

    Thank you for allowing us to be part of your arts and crafts adventures during a year that has been tumultuous for many. From the pictures you’ve shared on social media and the pieces we’ve seen in person, 2020 did not dampen your spirit to knit, crochet and craft, and for that, we are truly grateful.

    To celebrate the closing of the year, we have picked four of our favorite, classic patterns to satisfy the knitter, crocheter, cross-stitcher and craftsperson in all of us.

    Rose Garden Trellis Afghan Crochet

    Silhouette Expressions Cross Stitch

    Botanical Soaps Craft

    Twilight Knit Afghan

    When you’ve had a chance to work on these projects, we would love to see your photos. Tag us on social media, post to our Facebook page or email us directly. And if you know a fellow crafter who would want these patterns, forward the email. We would love to make someone’s holiday brighter.

    *Patterns will be available from December 25, 12:01 AM PST, to December 31, 2020, 11:59 PM PST.

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