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  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (in July)

    Do you hear those sleigh bells jingling? We do, and we’re dreaming of all the holiday home décor projects we've got for you! While Santa is making his list and checking it twice, you can be doing your own holiday preparations during the hot days of July.

    Ring ting tingling too. 🎶

    Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

    While it's sunny and sultry outside, the thought of a white Christmas is extra refreshing! Your tree can be classically beautiful once you adorn them with the ornaments you create from White Christmas in Thread Crochet.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    The Stockings Were Hung

    There's something about a stocking that embodies holiday cheer and spirit of giving. An empty stocking offers the hope of what's to come, and an overflowing one has so much to discover! Stock up on designs from The Stockings Were Knit, and create memories to last a lifetime.

    The Stockings Were Knit #6533

    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?

    A Vase of Ornaments Glistening In The Light

    "Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago."   
    -Tom Baker 

    Ornaments can have special meaning that will last generations. The knit ornaments you create with Beaded Ornaments are no exception. You and your loved ones will cherish them for years to come! You can pile them in a vase or a bowl, hang them on ornament stands, give them as gifts, or hang them on your tree.

    Beaded Ornaments #6536

    Here Comes Santa Clause

    All is merry and bright with 37 plastic canvas projects from The Magic Of Christmas. Craft your own Santa tissue box cover, candy cane climbers, and table decorations. What a beautiful sight!

    The Magic of Christmas #7584

    Angels We Have Heard On High

    Step back in time with crocheted Retro Christmas Ornaments. From angel ornaments to angel garland, pins and bookmarks, you'll be sweetly singing o'er the plains when it's time to decorate your house for the holidays.

    Retro Christmas Ornaments - 15 Beautiful Thread Angels and Many More #7195

    Joy To Your World

    There's nothing like a bit of whimsy to bring joy to a room. The fun and colorful projects found Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays promise a festive backdrop for holiday fun. We especially think this tiny tree decorated with tiny hats will be a big hit on your table!

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays #6889

    'Tis The Season

    While you're beating the heat outside, you'll be beating the rush of the holiday season. Whether it's creating your own holiday decorations or gifts for loved ones, now's the time to start your holiday projects. The projects above are some of our favorite, but we've got much more to see online on our Holiday Décor Guide. There's no time like the present!

    We'd love to see what you're creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

    -Leisure Arts  

  • Black Friday Savings Galore!

    Hey makers! We hope you're having a wonderful time enjoying your Thanksgiving. Now that you've filled up on stuffing and pumpkin pie, you can sit back and relax, and casually shop for Black Friday bombshells. We have some great discounts on all of your favorite items this holiday season, and we want to give back to some of our loyal blog followers and give you guys the deals early! So scroll to check out what we've got in store for you this Black Friday.

    Books

    50% off digital downloads, 35% off paperbacks

    If you've been pinning a few of our titles, or keeping a special title in your cart on our website, then this sale is made for you. All of our digital downloads will be 50 percent off, and our paperbacks will be 35 percent off. So you can take your patterns and project inspiration everywhere you go, or keep a physical copy for your library! Our discounts are so great, you can get multiple copies of your favorites just for the heck of it.

    If you're wondering how to get your digital download after purchasing, you can access it through the pink tab on the right of our website that's says "My eBooks and ePatterns". You have to first create an account in order to download the title, and afterwards, you have a database that keeps all of your downloads in one spot, so if you need to re-download it, you have it readily available.

    25% off Diamond Art

    We have our Diamond Art canvases on sale as well! What is Diamond Painting, you ask? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. We have a wide range of canvases in all different sizes, that either partially or fully cover every inch of canvas in these beautiful and colorful gems. Right now our canvases are 25 percent off, so get your favorites and start dazzling!

    As an exciting Black Friday extra, we're offering the NFL and Holiday Diamond Art at a discount too, just for you! These guys have recently been released this year, and for the first time they will be on sale right alongside your favorite beginner, intermediate, and advanced kits. The holiday kits are full drill too, so it's double the dazzle for half the price.

    20% off crafting & coloring supplies, and stitchery kits

    As you can see we've got a ton of nice deals going on, so get them while you can! We also have some great deals on our other products and crafts as well. We're giving you guys 20% off of our crafting supplies, coloring instruments, and stitchery kits! So you've got a little extra time to grab your favorites and start crafting. Get your clicking hands ready to jump on these amazing deals on some of your favorite DIY goodies.

    Happy Shopping!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts For Adult Sons and Daughters

    Hello again, Makers! We're getting closer and closer to the holidays, and we have been churning out blogs full of inspiration for the best DIY gifts for that special someone. This might be the last blog in our holiday gift guide series, but don't worry, we have many more festivities planned before Santa comes bumbling down the chimney. We're finishing out this blog series with gifts for adult sons and daughters. These gifts are perfect for the kids that are all grown up and are starting families of their own, or are just living life to the fullest! These gifts would also be great for close friends, or family that isn't related by blood. We've got a bunch of inspiration for you to choose from, so scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to make (even if it's just for yourself).

    Sons and Daughters

    Daughters

    Beginner's Guide to Mosaic Knitting - Book #7492

    Go bright and beautiful with these colorful patterns from Beginner's Guide to Mosaic Knitting. These patterns are fun and fresh and they are perfect for an extra light and stylish layer. Paired with detailed patterns made with simple stitches, these complimentary colors really make the garment pop.

    Crochet Jewelry - Book #7250

    Jewelry is always a good go to for Christmas gifts, so why not go the extra mile for your daughter and crochet her some jewelry? You can mix the two worlds of craft and crochet with these patterns from Crochet Jewelry. This floral hair pin sown above doubles as a brooch, so your daughter could switch it up with this neutral and versatile accessory. Using simple stitch patterns and a little patience, you can create cute and quaint accessories for your daughter to look stylish in.

    Best of Quilted Bags - Book #7061

    Every daughter needs a bag, whether it's an overnight bag, a camping bag, or just a good ol' fashioned reliable purse. You can quilt the perfect bag for your daughter with these patterns from Best of Quilted Bags! This blue floral bag above is a perfect outdoor backpack that someone can go hiking with, or take to class. It will be one of a kind with your choice of fabric too, so that someone special can feel good showing off something special!

    Get Started In Macramé - Book #7217

    Hanging planters are super trendy right now, whether you're Gen Z or a Boomer (millennials were already ahead of the trend). You can craft your daughter a fun and functional planter with this pattern from Get Started In Macrame! Macrame is super easy to learn, and you can make this tiered planter in as easy as a few knots!

    Sons

    Super Scarves to Knit - Book #7103

    Super Scarves To Knit is full of giant patterned beauties to keep anyone warm and cozy. This is a perfect gift for the son who always forgets his jacket, and is constantly cold. this specific scarf above has a great mosaic texture to it, giving this casual sweater a sophisticated appeal.

    Retro Rugs - Book #6887

    Everyone loves a simple rug, and I'm sure that grown up son of yours would appreciate one of these colorful patterns from Retro Rugs! This criss cross pattern features some beautiful rich colors, but you can change it up with your own favorite hues! This rug can be customized to maximum comfort with the weight and build of the yarn.

    Stenciling Basics - Book #6614

    Simple and sophisticated looking, this stenciled state wall art from Stenciling Basics is perfect for the son who loves to travel, or just needs a little piece of home with him. You can customized it to the fullest by picking your favorite wood, changing up the colors, or even adding little markers of favorite spots like the project shown above. The possibilities are endless!

    Gifts for Families

    More Fun Socks - Book #75675

    Socks are great gifts for families. There's a pair of socks for every member of the family! Go simple and soft for socks for dad, suave and athletic for mom, and add some fun flourishes for baby! More Fun Socks offers you a lot to choose from, so explore the contents to find your favorite sets. Santa's elves definitely approve of these beauties.

    Afghans For The Family - Book #7137

    Afghans are another family staple needed for the holidays. What else will everyone use to feel warm and cozy while they watch Hallmark movies? These afghans from Afghans For The Family are perfect for every member of the family, from smallest too tallest. Play with stripes and colors, and easily learn the geometric patterns inside this lovely book of crochet wonders.

    Knit Hats For The Family - Book #7121

    Since we're sticking with he cozy theme here, we have some great knit hat ideas from Knit Hats For The Family. All of the patterns in this book play with texture and weights of yarn, and are adorned with cute little flourishes like flowers and pom-poms. Even the most simple patterns (like the third hat shown in the image above) have some unique flair to them with modern stripes and color palettes.

    Slippers For The Family - Book #6628

    Slippers! People can't resist slippers. They keep your feet warm and cozy, and you look stylish to boot. Slippers For The Family has a bunch of different styles you can crochet for the family, from the littlest to the biggest feet in the family! They even have a festive Christmas set so you can be a part of the Santa Squad. The patterns are super easy to make, so you should have enough time to gift these puppies for the holidays if you start now!

    Like our gift Ideas? Click here to check out the rest of our Gift Giving Guides here.

    If you've made the projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • #LeisureArts : Projects From Your Studios!

    Hey again, makers! We have been seeing all of your wonderful tags and hashtags featuring our patterns and products, and we can't stop gushing about them. So, we wanted to show them off here in our first ever #leisurearts feature blog! We want your hard work to be shown off to the masses, so scroll below to see some epic projects from some of your social pages!

    Crochet


    We love the color choices made here in this Rainbow Mandala Afghan!



    Zen Crochet Lab got really creative with our Ice Box Crochet Patterns!



    Kathy Sue Jordan took Doilies to the next level with this pattern from A Year of Doilies !


    Yarn_in_the_hook Got to work on making this adorable Baby Stacks pattern!


    Dawn Tenneson Made a whole zoo with these patterns from Fun Animal Pillows!


    We love this "Colorful posts" stitch repeat pattern from our Crochet Stitch Guide. Great job, Psychedelicdoilies!


    Crochetaladia Made the most adorable little Succulent from Make A Crochet Garden!


    Karen Barnes hit a strike with this Sportacular Afghans Pattern!

    Knit



    Both of these projects are from one of our newest books, Knit Cakery, and boy did offdaycrochet and copper-guild do these patterns justice!



    Look at how bright and fun these socks from Sock Loom Basics are! Great work, Good Knit Kisses.

    Craft


    Loving the vibrancy of these colors. Great job, Juditatoth!


    We love us some decorative planning. Great lettering with our Double Ended Markers, jess.zeoli!


    We see that someone has been swatching out some colors from our Premium Watercolor Pencils. We hope you love them, whi.cre8ed!



    Coloring, Coloring, and more coloring! We just love how creative these guys are at blending and shading. Keep it up!


    Another fun use of our markers! Stampinbugkerry went festive and colorful this season.


    We love our little gnome gardens, and we're glad you guys love them too! Suescreativeworkshop is displaying them so well in this picture.

    Easy Stitchery Fun



    These Mini Maker Succulent Kits are so easy to make, you can have a forever garden in no time! Megmakesandbakes and jessie_athome have some beautiful gardens that they're showing off above.


    Moderngirl is giving us some modern flair with her finished Stitchery Kit! We love it, great work!


    phat_and_sassy shows off her cross stitch skills with this fun and colorful cross stitch bread cloth pattern!

    Diamond Art


    We love to see everyone working on their Diamond Art Canvases. Smplcylst is making great progress on this Dragon Eye Sparkle Art kit, item 50485 on our website.


    This is a super creative way to use the Rainbow Tree Diamond Art Kit, great job jessie_athome!


    Thediamondpaintingspoonie is showing us her impressive organization skills as she works on her Beginner Sunflower Diamond Art Kit. That's a great way to keep all of your gems together!


    Moogly Crochet did such a great job with this DIY Diamond Art bag using the Beginner Golden Heart Kit!

    Aren't these projects amazing? We love what's going on in your studios, Makers! Keep it coming. Keep on tagging us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts so we can get the inside scoop of your maker space, and see if you end up in our next feature blog (*insert foreshadowing here*).

    Until next time, Makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make You The Favorite Kid

    Hi Leisure Lifers! Mother's Day is coming up, and we really need to get on the ball. Your mother deserves the best, whether that's eggs benedict in bed, or a relaxing day with no people and a season of Outlander. If you have a mom that loves crafty and creative gifts, then you've come to the right place. We have some extra special mom gifts that will ensure that you get the bigger Christmas present pile this year. Find your craft category, and find this year's Mother's Day project!

    Yarn Fun

    Doilies Updated - Crochet - Book 7035

    Stitch A Garden - Knit - Book 75677

    These sachets are perfect for the mom that perfumes everything. You can get creative and punch up the colors like this teal and green crochet mandala sachet from Doilies Updated, and put her favorite scent in a wash of beautiful blue yarn. Sachets are meant to freshen up your clothing drawers with a fresh scent, and can be in various shapes and sizes! Contrasted to the crochet mandala, this knitted lavender stitched sachet from Stitch A Garden is much more neutral and minimalist, with a small accent of lavender flowers stitched into the front. Sometimes it's the little things that matter, and this is a tiny token that will last mom a while!

    Crochet Jewelry - Book 7250

    If you want to give mom some jewelry this year, go the unique route! This blue ensemble from Crochet Jewelry is a great way to dress up an outfit with artistic accessories. These drop earrings will be light and convenient on mom's ears (which is what you want out of a nice earring set), and the matching earring set is to die for. You can change the colors up on this patterns if blue isn't her favorite color, and even incorporate different kinds of beads to put your own spin on the piece, making this mother's day gift versatile and fashion-forward.

    Craft

    Home Candle Making - Book 7311

    Home Soap Making - Book 7310

    If you're going in the self-care direction this Mother's Day, nothing is better than a spa essentials package. You can make these two projects and plenty more from their books, and put together a basket for mom to soak in relaxation. These citrus celebration wax melts from Home Candle Making will have her office or room smelling like a fresh squeezed glass of lemonade or orange juice. Throw these in with a little tea light holder and you have a fun and easy gift! You can even include a little recipe card, so she can keep her favorite scent around for as long as she wants.

    If you want to give her some bath essentials, these adorable little loofah soaps from Home Soap Making are perfect for gently exfoliating the skin, and making you feel shiny and new. With easy to follow instructions, you can make mom a set of these and pair it with some lotions for a cute a crafty bath basket!

    Quilt/Sew

    Fashion Quilted Accessories - Book 7019

    If you want to thank your mother for helping you flourish into the beautiful butterfly you've become, then make her this beautiful scarf and headband pattern from Fashion Quilted Accessories. She'll appreciate all of the appliqué work and stitched details you took the time to create for her, and you can even customize this pattern to your liking with your own color combinations of thread.

    No matter what you decide to create for your mother on her special day, put love and happiness into it, and show your mom that you appreciate her. Because you know if you don't, she'll remind you about it every year after, and even after that. If you're making your Mother's Day gifts this year, remember to share it to our social pages, so we can see what's going on in your studios, just be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife.

    Happy Mother's Day Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Crochet Heroes vs Villains! Which Side Do You Craft For?

    With Avengers: Endgame coming out VERY soon, we decided to have a little battle with comic themed crochet in preparation for the premiere. Kristi Simpson has created some adorable crochet superheroes that will make the perfect Rhodey to your Tony Stark. But, be on the lookout! There are some (huggable) monsters lurking in the background when you least expect it. Every superhero has a sworn enemy, and in this post you'll get to see soft superheroes vs cuddly villains, and you can decide for yourself which side you crochet for. Every superhero you see is from Kristi's book Huggable Superheroes, and every monster you see is from Kristi's other book, Huggable Monsters. So after this yarn battle, you get to decide which side you'll join: the heroes or the villains? Let's start the battles!

    Alan Alien Monster vs Anton The Atomic Flyer

    Atomic Flyers vs Aliens?! You can't get more sci-fi than that. Anton the Atomic Flyer has those aerodynamic glasses to keep him safe as he flies from earth to galaxy, seeking none other than... Alan, the Alien Monster. With those wide set eyes and gray spots on his belly, you can tell he's tried to take over Asgard more than a few times (maybe Loki sent him?). The battle between these two spans across nebulas and dimensions, as one fights to take over earth while the other one protects it.

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Anton, The Atomic Flyer. We want to keep our hopes up that he can keep all of us safe here on earth from the Alans of the galaxy. But you never know (dun dun dunnn).

    Marvin Mega Boy vs Rusty Robot

    This one is a tough call! But we all know that Captain America has been through some epic battles in his (extremely) extended life. Marvin Mega Boy definitely channels his inner Cap when he's out there fighting bad guys like Rusty Robot! He's got that mischievous look in his eye (just the one), and just what is he looking at in the picture above? But to be fair, The Winter Solider was misunderstood, so what's to say that Rusty Robot might not be so rusty? May he's our anti-hero that turns good at the end. Either way, both of these patterns are the bomb.com and would be great little companions for a movie marathon.

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Rusty Robot. I know, you're probably shocked! But we just think that he has a lot of potential to join the heroes. I mean, look at those adorable feet. Look at them.

    Violet Valiant Heart vs Gigi Girly Monster

    We're packing in the girl power with a superstar female heroine by the name of Violet Valiant Heart. She has the strength of Captain Marvel, with the fiery personality of Black Widow. She's breaking gender stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings, and proves that anyone can be anything if they have the drive and determination. I'm not sure how Gigi Girly Monster will stack up against these odds, but maybe there is something in the twirl of her monster hair, or the ruffles in her skirt that will surprise all of us.

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Violet Valiant Heart. Because hello, have you seen her mask? Although Gigi Girly Monster is a close second.

    Patty Powerful Princess vs Theo the Tri-Horned Monster

    Who says princesses can't be warriors? Patty Powerful Princess sure shows that you can defeat evil-doers and still keep your tiara on straight. And the Tri-Horned Monster, Theo has a little Tiara of his own! Could it hold a secret power? You'd have to find that out for yourself when you're making him (wink, wink). These guys have gone head to head since the beginning of time, and the battle has ended the same way: they're both extremely adorable. So ultimately, the choice is yours!

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Patty Powerful Princess. While Theo is adorable and has the cutest little sleeves, we're obsessed with Patty's outfit, Tiara included.

    These monsters aren't as scary as Thanos, but they're better than some rusty old infinity gauntlet! I think if these super heroes all assembled and really put their minds to it, we could change the outcome of what happened in Infinity War (please).

    Just because we've chosen our own winners, doesn't mean we're right! These are just our personal opinions, and you're allowed to disagree. Which is fine! You are entitled to your (wrong) opinion. That's the fun in all of the variety of Kristi's patterns from both of her wonderful and creative books. Catch up with us on social media @leisureartsinc and show us your favorites! Bonus points if you've crocheted your own hero or super villain! Don't forget to tag us at #LeisureLife for a chance to be featured on our page.

    Be sure to check out the trailers for the last installment of the Avengers series, Avengers: Endgame. this is a battle we don't wanna miss! The best part about all of these patterns is that they are easy to follow and they work up quickly, so you could make yourself a hero or villain to take to the premiere! The choice is yours.

    Makers, Assemble! (cue theme song)

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Easter Projects that are 100 Times Better Than Chocolate Bunnies.

    Easter is a holiday that drives faith and creativity. You spend hours making colored eggs and arranging beautiful baskets of goodies, all as a selfless and loving act for the ones you love. It's a perfect holiday for the family to come together and celebrate in what they have, and what they are thankful for (like thanksgiving, but with pastels and bunnies).

    Photo courtesy of shutterstock.com

    We all have that 'extra' family member that decks out everything on Easter (if you don't know who your decor crazy family member is, it's probably you). Oversized glittering eggs in the yard, pastel table runners on every surface, eats nothing but hard boiled eggs during the whole month leading up to Easter (because they're trying to perfect their deviled egg recipe, obviously). This post is for those big brawlers come Spring season. We've curated a list of fun and festive Easter projects that are definite crowd pleasers, and will update your already extensive Easter collection.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

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    Warm Hats for Wee Noggins - Book 5538

    Beautiful Bookmarks - Book 6687

    Just look at that baby face. Make your little one as cute as can be in this baby beanie with bunny ears! Warm Hats for Wee Noggins is full of cute knit patterns that will make you want to deck out your baby for every holiday.

    Sometimes its the little things that make the most impact when it comes to decoration. This thread crochet pattern from Beautiful Bookmarks shows a subtle but striking nod to the faith based component of Easter. Its intricate and detailed thread crochet work gives the bookmark a delicate nature to it, but don't be fooled the structure of the pattern is very strong, and works as a functional bookmark that will make sure you never lose your place.

    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Fun Animal Pillows - Book 7341

    You can revamp your Easter décor by by punching up the typical pastel color scheme. Overlay Crochet is full of bold and cheerful designs, but this Doily Rug takes the cake. The colors bring an energetic feel to your space, and paired with some bright flowers like the sunflowers shown, this home décor accessory will make your home instantly Easter Sunday ready.

    Want to throw something extra in with the Easter basket this year? Try Crocheting this adorable bunny from Fun Animal Pillows! With its colorful stripes and adorable face, kids can't resist this adorable bunny, and honestly, adults can't either. The pillows in this book are so cute, and comfortable, everyone wants a crocheted cuddle buddy!

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - Book 7290

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Easter Sunday clothes are cute and all, but most outfits have a fatal flaw... they don't have a good cover up to match. Which is terribly unfortunate for your little ones who have to sit there shivering during your Sunday Service or egg hunt. This cardi from Adorable Baby Cardigans is the perfect neutral cover up that goes with almost anything. This Green Eyelet Lace Cardigan is a personal favorite, because it feels very nature inspired.

    The same rules for Easter outfits apply to adults too. Casual Weekend Knits is full of great cover ups like this aqua and gray buttoned trim shawl. This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and even better for early bird Easter services!

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    Dye-Namic Cross Stitch - Book 7588

    If you're looking to dye something other than Easter eggs this year, try these beautiful flower portraits from Dye-Namic Cross Stitch! This mixed media cross stitch is super easy to follow, and the result is beautiful. You use Rit Dye to pigment your canvas with whatever colors you see fit, and then create these beautiful flowers like this spring beauty with simple stitches, and then. The book is filled with other seasonal flowers too, so you have a flower to create for every season!

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    Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    Nature Hunt Page - Colors of Nature

    Here's another Easter alternative: Instead of hunting for Easter eggs, why not hunt for flowers? Colors of Nature is a great interactive nature journal, full of drawing tutorials and lessons about 15 beautiful plants and flowers. You can go on a nature hunt this Easter, and take your book and record your observations while learning to draw what you see! It takes a traditional Easter activity to the next level, and it gives a perfect balance of education and creation.

    DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364

    If you still want to switch up tradition, try DIY Fairy Gardens by Kristi Simpson! Spend some quality time antiquing with the family to find the vessels for these fun little homes, and say thanks to the sprites that keep your Easter eggs safe. After you've found the base, it's as easy as using elements from nature to make your Fairy Garden your own! Kristi just recently stopped by our video studio to talk about how fun and easy these portable spaces are to make, you can watch it here!

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch.

    We hope some of our easter inspiration makes its way into your home décor this year! If you end up making any of these wonderful Easter projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Surprise Your Sweetie! Epic Projects That Make Great Gifts.

    February may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you should stop celebrating love! Love is a driving factor in crafting, Maker friends. We create and share our wonderful work with the people we care about, and we crochet, knit, color, and more because we love practicing these hobbies. Which is why we have some amazing projects that you can surprise a special someone with, and bring a huge smile to anyone's face. Be it a significant other, a friend, or your next door niehgbor that plays music a little too loud (see: Aromatherapy Jewelry), everyone can benefit from a little present now and then.

    So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've found the special surprise you've been searching for!

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    Cup Cozies for the Coffee Addict

    surprise Cup Cozies - Book 75568
    surprise Cup Cozies - Book 75568

    Oh, Coffee. 64 percent of Americans drink one cup every morning. So why not make their morning moments more comfortable? Not to mention, cute! We have these crafty and quirky patterns from Cup Cozies that are perfect for your favorite caffeine junkie. We did a previous Blog Post on this book a few moons ago, if you want a more in depth look at these crafty cozies. Crochet the cunning kitten for your favorite Cat Lady (top right), or the bumble bee cozy for the exceptionally busy bee (top left)!

     

     

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    Warm & Fuzzy Feet = Warm & Fuzzy Hearts

    surprise Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369
    surprise Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369

    Socks have always been classified as a boring gift, but you always end up needing them, and essentially can't live without them (nobody wants stinky feet). So don't underestimate the power of a cute and cozy sock as a present, especially knit ones! We have a variety of socks to knit from Knit Socks For Those You Love that can be used for multiple scenarios. Do your morning Yoga routine in these coral ankle wraps (top left), or crash on the couch with this bubblegum pink pattern (top right).

     

     

     

     

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    Aromatherapy Surprise - Create & Meditate

    surprise Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353
    surprise Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353

    Who doesn't love a good scented candle or lotion? The right smell can transport you to a new attitude, and keep you meditating for days. Now imagine being in that relaxed state, all the time! That's what you get when you wear one of our designs from Aromatherapy Jewelry. With easy to follow instructions on how to infuse essential oils with absorbent Volcanic Lava Beads, you can surprise your special someone with a beautiful and modern piece of jewelry. But that doesn't have to just extend to your significant other! Our Aromatherapy Jewelry designs make the perfect gifts for friends, colleagues, you can even incorporate these beads into a dog collar! Dogs deserve to be relaxed too.

     

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    Bright and Beautiful Baby Baubles (Say that 3X fast)

    surprise Baby Quilts - Book 7363
    surprise Baby Quilts - Book 7363

    The perfect surprise for a new mother is a breathtaking baby blanket. Our geometric and colorful Baby Quilts are perfect to brighten up and revamp a nursery, and keep the next generation cozy and crafty. Play with shapes, colors, appliqués, and overlays as you customize any of these seven quilt patterns. This project might take a bit longer to create and surprise someone with, but the end result is definitely worth it.

     

     

     

     

     

    Which project would you surprise someone with? Tell us below! If you make any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

     

     

     

    Stay Creative!

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  • DIY Valentines - Quick and Crafty ways to Celebrate Love

    Valentine's Day is coming up, Makers! We all know that one person who waits till the last minute to buy a gift, or has a hard time coming up with ideas. This post is for them! We've come up with some cute and quick DIY Valentines that you can make within a week of Valentine's Day, so you can look responsible and romantic.

    So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've found the perfect homemade gift for your boo!

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    The Perfect Gift for Book Nerds

    DIY Valentines Beautiful Bookmarks - Book 6687
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    If your special rose is obsessed with reading, then this is the best gift you can give. A subtle way to show that you care about their hobbies goes a long way, especially when you have such Beautiful Bookmarks like these (above). Easy to make and fun to gift, these bookmarks will bring a smile to anyone's face, especially your little bookworm's.

     

     

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    Beaded Bracelets and Yarn Fun!

    DIY Valentines Beaded Bracelets to Knit - Book 4786
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    When you think of jewelry, you might be imagining a bright and beautiful emerald bracelet, or a subtle silver chain. But this year, we want you to think outside the box, and take some inspiration from the spool! these Beaded Bracelets to Knit (above) are beautiful, simple, and breathtaking, making these little bauble perfect homemade gifts for knit enthusiasts to make.

     

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    YouTube Fun! DIY Valentines from the Studio

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    We had some fun in our video studio this week creating these fun, quick, and cute surprises for that special someone On Valentine's Day. Later on this week, we'll show a quick tutorial on our YouTube channel about how fast you can make these little giftables!

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    Cross Stitch Crafts - Valentines for the Soul

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    Cross Stitch is a popular craft that is super easy to learn - which is why we included this craft category this week. Try your hand at small little votives like these Loving Hearts Cross Stitch frames. These little buddies look so great on a mantle that they can sit there all year round!

     

     

    If you make any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Stay Creative!

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  • Incorporate Pantone's Color of the Year - Living Coral- Into Your 2019 Life

    Pantone has done it again. They've churned out a rockin' choice for 2019's color of the year: Living Coral! We didn't know how we'd ever get over 2018's Ultra Violet, but lo and behold, here we are, admiring another bright, beautiful, and bold color. Pantone drew from nature and intimacy in their color choice this year, hoping that the warmth from Living Coral will "provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment." Too much of our reality today has become digital, and Pantone hopes that the fresh and inviting hue of this color choice  will inspire you to unplug and unwind this year. When the time comes for your own designing, here is the color code and shade range of Living Coral (16-1546).

    Living Coral

    Check out what the executive director of Pantone's Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, had to say about Living Coral.

    "Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is particularly true for Living Coral. With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord."

    The color has already become a popular shade that's being incorporated into living rooms, clothing, art, and home decor. We love it so much, we've already started using it around the office. We all know that the best way to a fresh start is a fresh space, and it couldn't be more true for us makers. Here are some great Leisure Arts tips and tricks on how you can incorporate Living Coral into your 2019 life.

     

    Living Coral + Diamond Art = The Perfect Kit for 2019

    Living Coral Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Lotus Advanced Kit

    We love how effortless and easy Diamond Art is, and it totally goes along with Pantone's theme of unplugging from media and unwinding with color. Our Advanced Lotus Diamond Art Kit (above) has the perfect shade range to satisfy your new hunger for Living Coral. The 13 faceted gems make the flower stand out in any room, and give your space that relaxing feel that will put you in the perfect creative state.

     

    Paint The Year Away With Happy Abstracts

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    Most Pantone shades start with painting a room, or adding an accent here or there. So why not kick it up a notch and go beyond that color on the wall? Happy Abstracts helps you be bold and beautiful with color, and what better color to start with than the new 2019 hue? Go beyond the classic still life and play with abstract shapes and sizes as you follow the projects in this how to abstract painting book. The best thing about abstract painting is that you can make it your own! So this year, liven up your space with bright and brilliant paintings (above left). Just look at how nice the paintings look against that lighter shade of coral (above right)!

     

    Live It Up With Coral Accents in Crochet

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    If you're looking to use coral as an accent only, these home decor pieces from Quick Crochet With Flowers is definitely the way to go. Tune into nature when you create these wild and wonderful floral designs with mixed media materials and fine weaving techniques. Go rustic with a lighter shade of coral like the branched out wreath shows (above right), or even vary the shades of coral in your designs, as the dream catcher (above left) does.

    Living Coral Lacy Afghans - Book 7199

    If you want to accent your home with a nice afghan instead, try out this beautiful Lacy Afghan (above)! Perfect crochet patterns for any season, and comfy for every occasion! You can even change out the darker coral shade for a brighter yarn if you wanted to, the choice is yours!

    Living Coral Honolulu Pink Yarn - Lion Brand

    If you're having trouble finding yarn colors similar to Living Coral, we have a yarn from Lion Brand's Hometown USA collection, labeled "Honolulu Pink" (above) that you can try! It's vibrant and bold, and almost exactly like Living Coral.

    Knit Yourself A New 2019 Aesthetic

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    For the knit obsessed crafters, we have some great versatile patterns for you try. Knit Color Block Blankets may be a book about simple baby blankets, but you can always tweak the pattern to make the blanket bigger! This contrasted and color blocked pattern (above right) is a great example. Contrast this navy blue an bright turquoise with a complimentary coral block or two.

    If you're looking for something quirky for your kitchen decor, we have inventive little helpers for your dish soap bottles (above left)! If you want to show your guests that you're trendy and pay attention to details, then knit yourself little kitchen dishcloth dresses!

     

    Quilt/Sew Fun With Embroidery Hoops

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    2019 will have one thing in common with 2018 : The desperate desire for easy breezy life hacks. Last year, our go-to book was Home Decor Using Grommetswith it's neat and functional craft space hacks (above right). This year, we have Hoops Hooray, a book that takes embroidery hoops to the next level. Play with swatches of fabric and felt as you reinvent home decor with these simple sewing accessories. Take the effortless and stylish storage pouch made from this adorable patterned coral fabric (above left). This project is the perfect mix of fashion and function, and there's plenty more projects just like it in this book.

     

    Living coral was chosen by Pantone to rejuvenate your year and bring you comfort and warmth. Hopefully, we've given you some inspiration for your new 2019 setup. Start the new year with bold, bright, and creative choices!

    Leisure Arts will be posing more inspirational posts about color throughout the year based on Lion Brand's Colors Of The Year! Our first post might even be appearing soon (hint, hint). Stay tuned!

     

    Happy Decorating!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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