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  • How to Master a New Craft or Skill

    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

    Have you always to start something new and weren't sure where to start? Whether you want to learn how to crochet, how to knit, how to paint, how to tackle a new stitch, the list below gives you the basics on how to become a pro at your new creative endeavor:

    1. Grab a how-to book with expert instruction to guide you step by step
    2. Gather all the materials you will need. Ex: yarn, needle, paint, pen, etc.
    3. Start small with swatches, samples, small projects, etc. before tackling the harder stuff
    4. Practice your new skill regularly—that will help to make it almost automatic
    5. Sit back and revel in your new creations!

    In the next few paragraphs, we'll explore several of our books that come with easy-to-follow instructions and progressive projects for you to learn how to conquer new stitches, new skills, and entirely new crafts.

    Great Balls of Yarn: Learn Crochet or Expand Your Skills

    If you’re new to crochet or if you want to learn a new crochet skill or two, we've got you hook, yarn and fun with these easy-to-follow books! Learn how to crochet with ease and enjoyment.

    The progressive projects of The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners take you from easy to more difficult with easy-to-follow instructions and patterns. You'll love learning how to crochet with Marly Bird, and the resulting creations are cute AND functional!

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    You'll be hooked on crochet with Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks! We'll supply you with a hook designed especially for beginners, so it will be extra easy to learn how to crochet any of the adorable accessories for kids or adults.

    Learn to Crochet with Custom Hooks #6381

    This eye-catching stitch will croc your world! The Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch is the perfect "how-to" to add an eye-catching layer of "scales" to your crochet projects. You'll be surprised how easy it is to learn with our step-by-step instructions, photographs, and videos. On a scale (see what we did there?) of 1-10, this book is definitely a 10!

    Beginner's Guide to Crocodile Stitch #6377

    If you adore crocheting and love the look of knits, you won't want to miss out on this hybrid! Award-winning teacher Kim Guzman walks you through the basics with clear photos and friendly instructions in the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet.

    Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet #5599

    We wouldn't toy with you—your children, grandchildren, friends' children (we could go on and on), will love these toys! And with Learn to Crochet Toys, you'll be a crocheting wizard before you can say "Bodacious ballerina begs you to begin"!

    Learn to Crochet Toys #6188

    Life's a Stitch: Learning Knitting is Fun and Relaxing, with Beautiful Results

    Don't be at your knit's end learning a new skill. Let our pros guide you through a basketful of knitting projects with ease and joy.

    Designer Marly Bird walks you every step of the way through how to knit multiple projects in the Complete Knit Collection. You'll not only create awesome gifts—or keepers—you'll gain the skills to be a knitting pro. From trendy dishcloths to a beautiful shawl or afghan, this collection has got you covered. 

    Chunky Pillow, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Market Bag, Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Learn beautiful mosaic knitting with The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting. Create complex-looking fabrics with only one color per row, with yarn guru Melissa Leapman guiding you through.

    The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting #7492

    Come in first lace learning how to create gorgeous purses, doilies, scarfs, and more, with the Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting.

    Beginner's Guide to Lace Knitting #6351

    Not only will this book teach you everything you need to know to make several styles of hats, it includes a kit with everything you need to knit one complete hat. Get started right away without worrying about the materials. If you've been wanting to learn how to knit hats, Knit Hat Book Plus Kit is for you.

    Craftastic New Hobbies That Are Easy to Learn

    Fun for all levels, Modern Punch Needle takes a modern twist on the traditional needle craft. The step-by-step instructions and 14 progressively harder projects take you from beginner to pro. Once you learn the ins and outs, you'll want to check out this post featuring our newest punch needle kits.

    Modern Punch Needle #7513

    Channel your inner pyromaniac and learn how to leave your mark (on wood, of course) with Modern Woodburning - 9 Skill-Building Projects for Learning Pyography You'll really enjoy blazing this trail!

    Modern Woodburning #7524

    We wouldn't macra-stray you wrong—Get Started In Macramé has 11 gorgeous wall hangings and other projects for beginners to learn how to master this craft from yesteryear. We can also help you out with the supplies you'll need.

    Get Started In Macrame #7217

    Paint happy thoughts with Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners. Stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six colorful and abstract projects, sure to be a centerpiece of your home décor.

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners #7412

    The World IS your oyster with Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions. Your creations can be just as spectacular as you see in stores, or on Pinterest and Instagram. Artist Kathryn Erney will teach you several styles—each building on the last—and before you know it, you’ll have mastered those pen strokes and will be making beautiful pieces!

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    So whether you want to learn how to knit, how to crochet, or learn a new craft all together, our experts take you step-by-step through the process. Whether you're a beginner or want to enhance your repertoire, at least one of these books is perfect for you. When you're finished, post your photo/s on social media and be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your journey as well!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Make Something New for May-ker Month

    It’s May-ker Month at Leisure Arts, and we have some great kits and books to inspire the maker in you. Creating things by hand not only allows you to express your creativity, it sets free even more creativity that’s hiding just beneath the surface. Read on to find just the right project — or eight — below. 

    These Roses Have No Thorns

    An English rose brings to mind delicate charm and natural beauty — this pattern is no exception. Our Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit has everything you need to create these beautiful flowers, including a hoop, pre-printed fabric, needle, floss, & instructions. Calming and modern, this piece will be a beautiful addition to your world. So stop, smell the flowers, & stitch the roses!

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Printed Fabric, Needle, Floss, and Instructions #52622

    Mini Maker English Roses Stitch Kit - 10 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Printed Fabric, Needle, Floss, and Instructions #52622  

    Don’t Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill, Make It Out of Yarn

    Punch needle embroidery can be traced way back to Ancient Greece, from decorating religious vestments to passing the time on long sea voyages making rugs. It remains popular today and fits in beautifully with our modern-day decors. Punch needle embroidery is fun for all levels, and results in a highly textured design, often described as an oil painting with yarn. Mountain Waves will be your next masterpiece, to gift or to hang on your favorite wall. 

    Mini Maker Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    Mini Maker Mountain Waves Punch Needle Kit - 9 Piece Decorative Punch Needle Project #51095

    Iloominate Your Life

    Our Bracelet Loom makes easy work of creating fashionable and fun bracelets. The Mini Maker Bracelet Loom comes with a loom, needle, comb & instructions. Your creations will make cherished gifts for family or friends, or will also look great on your own wrist! Whatever you choose to do with your creations, you’ll be over the loom with this kit! 

    Bracelet Loom - #50974

    Everything you need to make your own face masks

    Who knew a mask could be so simple to make? Our Mask Kit has enough supplies to sew 2 washable handmade masks, with a pocket to hold removable filters. A formable wire nose piece & elastic ear loops helps the mask conform to the contours of your face. The ear tie can be knotted to fit faces of all sizes, and it's 100% cotton. Reminder: This is not an N-95 respirator and the capability for protection is unknown. Filters not included.

    Mask Kit - #52873

    Mask Kit - #52873

    Weave Your Worries Behind With Macramé

    This craft from the 70s seems to have quite comfortably weaved its way into 2020. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, macramé will appeal to you. If you’re new to crafting, learning curve macramé is small. Plus, it blends nicely in any decor. The Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging has everything you need to complete this project, one weave at a time. 

    Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging #50869

    Mini Maker Macramé Feather Wall Hanging #50869

    Knit Your Ordinary Knitting Projects

    Have you ever thought of knitting a journal cover? Or a handy yoga mat bag? Even if you have never knitted before and aren't sure where to start, or if you’re a seasoned knitter looking for quick yet innovative projects, the Complete Knit Collection is for you! Designer Marly Bird walks you step-by-step through each project, with progressive projects to take you from easy all the way to pro-crafter status!

    Journal Cover; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Journal Cover; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Yoga Mat Bag; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Yoga Mat Bag; Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Cozy up to the Ultimate Crochet Collection

    If knitting isn’t your speed, but you like the idea of progressive projects and easy-to-follow instructions, Marly Bird does it again with the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners. And talk about cute and functional! Face scrubbies are all the rage for their gentle texture, durability, and great looks. And, we can’t get enough of this cowl — perfect for staying cozy at home or for the office where you’re never quite sure what the temperature will be. Both projects, along with the entire book, are a great intro into this addicting craft, or choose from the large variety to test your skills from easy to more difficult. 

    Face Scrubbies; Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Face Scrubbies; Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Oversized Cowl: Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Oversized Cowl: Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    We're Resin the Bar With This DIY 

    Express your creativity and make something beautifully unique. Our DIY Resin Pour Kit will allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind work of art. From trays to customized coasters, these projects will elevate your home decor and/or gift-giving! With the step-by step instructions, you’ll easily learn to mix and pour purple, gold, and white to create washes of rich glossy finishes. We'll share details on how to resin pour on a cheese board, tray, pedestal table, and coasters, and we'll give you resin-pouring basics, tips, and a resin estimator. We’re confident this kit will resin-ate with you! 

    Resin Kit #51202

    Resin Kit #51202

    These projects are sure to inspire the maker in you. The more you make, the more you (and those around you) are inspired to make more, and the circle of creativity just gets wider and wider. We'd love to see what your making, so don't forget to post on your social media channels and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    It’s May-ker Month at Leisure Arts, and we have several kits and books to inspire the maker in you.

  • COLOR MATCH: BACK TO NATURE! EXPLORING BEHR'S 2020 COLOR OF THE YEAR

    Greetings makers! We are back at it again exploring another exciting new color of the year - BEHR's Back to Nature (S340-4)! This is a calming and centering soft green that evokes revitalization and balance. It pairs well with our last colors of the year: Naval chosen by Sherwin Williams, Chartreuse from Etsy, and Classic Blue by Pantone. BEHR picked Back to Nature to bring a sense of the outdoors into your everyday life. It is an elemental color that engages the senses. We are here to inspire you to incorporate Back to Nature into your creative and crafty lives, so let's get to it!

    Behr - Color Trends 2020

    BEHR'S 2020 Color of the Year - Back to Nature (S340-4)

    Let's kick things off with why BEHR chose Back to Nature as their color of the year for 2020. BEHR knows that our everyday routines can become monotonous and disconnected from the natural world. They aim to bring the inspiration and rejuvenation of the outdoors back to us by infusing it into our daily lives through color. We love this idea and can't think of a better way to do this than with our current selection of crafting books for our Makers! Breathe new life into your week by incorporating Back to Nature into your environment. How about a calming handmade afghan on your couch or a centering knitted scarf around your neck? Bring the gift of nature to your friends and family by creating a quilt or crocheted earrings infused with this soothing color. The possibilities are endless and we have highlighted some of our favorites below!

    CROCHET

    Green Willow Afghan - Easy Afghans #6725

    Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a tranquil and cozy afghan, especially one that you made yourself? With Easy Afghans #6725 you can do just that and envelope yourself with the BEHR 2020 color of the year Back to Nature. Easy Afghans presents you with seven simple crochet projects featuring Chetwynd Miters, Arundel Castle, Hearthside Coziness, Seaview, Icefall, Autumn Ridge, and Green Willow patterns. Each composition provides a step-by-step guide to creating exciting stitches and techniques. Choose from any one of Sharon Silverman's gorgeous designs from mitered squares and popular motifs to ripples, shells, woven plaid, or filet crochet. Play around with your creativity by choosing a heavier yarn to bring your homemade afghan a weighted feel inspiring calm and balance. How about a lighter fiber for a loftier touch? After a long day at work, treat yourself with the essence of the outdoors by wrapping your shoulders with this relaxing color. Or spoil your friends and family with the gift of comfort and serenity with these projects rated at the easy and easy plus skill level!

    Star Flower Earrings - Jewelry - 15 Beautiful Crochet Projects using Cotton Thread #7250

    Encourage revitalization into your wardrobe with these 15 easy and easy plus rated crochet designs to freshen up your jewelry boudoir. With 15 Beautiful Crochet Projects using Cotton Thread #7250 you can permeate even your accessories with the soothing green of Back to Nature! Each design calls for lace-weight crochet cotton (aka bedspread weight, size 10) and a size 7 steel crochet hook with many adding a fun twist using beads. Bring an elemental and grounding feel to your bijoux with these fun designs by Kristen Stoltzfus Clay including Hibiscus Necklace, Olive Earrings, Flower Brooch, Cameo Bracelet, Star Flower Earrings and much more! You don't have to be a jewelry making pro to crank out these fun and inspiring treasures for you or your loved ones. All projects featured provide approachable jewelry finishing instructions.

    KNIT

    Easy Slouch Hat - All Your Favorite Hats - 10 Crochet and Knit Hat Projects #75722

    The balancing green of Back to Nature can easily be incorporated into your new favorite knit and crochet hats! With All Your Favorite Hats - 10 Crochet and Knit Hat Projects #75722 you can captivate your senses by evoking the outdoors with BEHR's 2020 color of the year all while warming your noggin. We love these simple designs because they can inspire any maker at any skill level (including one intermediate style). Each project has the potential for sharing the centering color of soft green, in either knit or crochet, with everyone! How about the Boys Ribbed Hat for your son, Easy Slouch Hat for your teenager, Cables Bun Hat for you, Wildwood Hat for mom, and Gisburn Forest Hat for your best friend? Not only do the color of these hats bring the outdoors to us but we can go out and embrace nature with them! A win-win and a must have for your crafty repertoire.

    Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects #7373

    Designer Andi Javori brings you 25 exceptional knitting projects to inspire your artful side in Casual Weekend Knits - 25 Go Anywhere Knit Projects #7373. These fun and versatile patterns are rated basic and easy so you can be rocking your new Asymmetrical Shawl or Boot Cuffs within hours! Try making the Lace Fingerless Gloves and Shoulder Shrug in Back to Nature green to help center yourself throughout your busy day. How about a new purse, poncho, or headband to revitalize your style? We love these simple and adaptable projects because the sky is the limit on the possibilities they bring.

    WEAVING

    Learn to Weave - Create Stylish Woven Wall Art #56062

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave but don't know where to start? We have your solution right here with Learn to Weave - Create Stylish Woven Wall Art #56062! This laminated step-by-step trifold comes with approachable instructions, techniques, and full color illustrations to ease your way into the world of weaving. Bring the tranquil and grounding green of Back to Nature to your bathroom or bedroom walls with ease. Fill that empty wall space in your basement or office with colors that remind you to take a deep breath and center. Better yet, give the gift of this go-to weaving trifold to inspire your friends to try their hand at the simple pleasures weaving can bring.

    QUILT AND SEW

    Animal Farm Cat - Home Accessories Best of Sew News #6346

    Style up every room in your house with hand-crafted accessories that compliment your style! Home Accessories Best of Sew News #6346 can get you there. Start off with this adorable farm cat that can be used as a paper/picnic weight, pin cushion, or fun accent. Give the guest bedroom an inviting feel with the tufted satin throw. Brighten up the living room with personalized window treatments, Roman shades, and covered lampshades. The soothing green of Back to Nature pairs well with any of the 20+ easy and inspiring creations featured. Shouldn't your home be a place of sanctuary and escape? Create your calming and restorative space with your own unique approach.

    Sassy Stripes Quilt - Best of Fons and Porter Easy Quilts #5560

    Our final craft inspiration comes from the wonderful world of quilts! With Best of Fons and Porter Easy Quilts #5560 any quilter can get their creative fix on. We love the easy-to-follow instructions for these 31 make-in-a-weekend quilts. Infuse BEHR's 2020 color of the year into your new favorite go-to blanket to escape the noise and distraction of your everyday life. Check out how beautiful the Sassy Stripes Quilt came out with the natural elements evoked through Back to Nature! Each pattern features time-saving tips with simplified patchwork, larger blocks, strip-sets, and other shortcuts making this a great find for both beginners and advanced quilters looking for quick and satisfying projects. Each design features a lifestyle photograph, assembly diagram, step-by-step instructions, and complete materials list. Within just a few weekends you could deck out all of your favorite people who will relish under your cozy and peaceful works of art.

    There you go makers! A full set of inspirational designs and projects to fill your free time with fun and accessible creations. Now go out and incorporate the calming, grounding, and restorative BEHR 2020 color of the year Back to Nature into your life through the crafts we highlighted in this color exploration. We know you will wow us with your creativity and artful eyes so be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts!

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Get Instant Craftification And Get Crafting With ePatterns

    Since all of us are stuck at home, the time is now to use up our extra stashes of yarn. We’ve assembled a collection of ePatterns you can download NOW, and are readable on any device. Plus, they all use a skein or less of yarn — perfect for quick projects for yourself or to get a huge head-start on holiday or birthday gifts. 

    Hang Around With Your House Plants In Style

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern #808204

    For plant-loving crocheters, this Ivy Stitch Plant Hanger ePattern was designed by Sarah J. Green and rated Easy, so whether you’re a beginner or looking for a quick afternoon activity, this project has you covered. Display your favorite little plants in 6” (15 cm) pots that fit perfectly in this cute little  hanger. If you want to take a stab at more than just one plan hanger, you can find this one and more in Pretty Little Plant Hangers e-book.

    Get Your Favorite Baby Ready for the Big Leagues

    High-Top Sneakers #808145C

    High-Top Sneakers ePattern #808145C

    For your future basketball star, or just because of their incredible adorableness, you MUST crochet these tiny high-tops. High-Top Sneakers ePattern is rated Easy and includes instruction for small (2” wide x 3” long, or 5 cm x 7.5 cm) and medium (2” wide x 3.5” long, or 5 cm x 9 cm). If you know more than one baby, or you just want to enhance your own child’s shoe collection, this sneaker (along with other equally adorable baby booties) can also be found in Modern Baby Booties e-book. We know your baby is fashion-forward, so grab your yarn and get to crocheting!

    Dress Up Your Kitchen with Darling Dish Soap Dresses

    Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern #804312

    Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern #804312 

    Who says dish soap can’t be pretty? We say hogwash! Outfitted with an apron, your prettied-up soap is ready and willing to get the job done! The Dishcloth Dress with Apron ePattern, the apron is easily created by changing use between solid and variegated colors. Basic stitches are used with a thirsty, medium-weight cotton yarn. If just one dress isn’t enough, you’ll want to take a look at the Dishcloth Dresses e-book for several different styles. Pick your favorite colors darling up your kitchen.

    We Can All Use the Positive Energy a Cardinal Brings

    Cardinal ePattern #807249

    Cardinal ePattern #807249 

    This Cardinal is a gorgeous crocheted songbird with uncanny lifelike characteristics. This amigurumi spirit guide a team player and bold defender of your family and surroundings. It is also a popular state bird and a popular sports team mascot. So whether you’re a Cardinals fan, bird lover or appreciate the symbolism, this little bird is a keeper — you will surely want to make a few to give away as well. This Cardinal ePattern is rated easy and has an approximate finished size of 3.5” tall, or 9 cm. This ePattern is included in Spirit Animals e-book, which is also downloadable and has a wild selection of animals. Go Cardinals, go you!

    Let the Good Times Roll with a Roll-Brim Hat

    Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat ePattern #808332 

    Winter is coming (well, eventually anyway). Knit this Quick & Easy Roll-Brim Hat in no time with Easy Plus skill level instructions. The completed hat circumference measures 20.5" or 52 cm. This design by Patsy J. Leatherburry can also be found in Hats for the Family e-book, which includes designs from cozy to chic. Top off your day with a stylish hat or 10.

    You Don’t Have to Bend Over Backwards to Knit These Yoga Socks

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern #808207 

    Add style and comfort to your workout with knit Diamond Yoga Socks ePattern. Three sizes are included in the instructions (rated easy): small (6 1/2” or 16.5 cm) circumference, medium (8” or 20.5 cm), and large (9 3/4” or 25 cm). The socks in the photo was created using Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium. If you want more than one accessory (doesn’t everybody?), this design by Cathy Hardy and more can be found in Wild About Texture e-book.

    Life in the Craft Lane is Much Better than Life in the Fast Lane

    All of these projects are a great way to spend the afternoon, or heck, why not six afternoons? The projects we’ve discussed are just a small sampling of our available ePatterns. You can find them all on our website by searching for “ePatterns” or clicking here.

  • COLOR MATCH: NAVAL! DIVING INTO SHERWIN WILLIAMS' 2020 COLOR OF THE YEAR

    Hello makers! We're back with another color of the year, this time with Sherwin-Williams' 2020 Color of the Year Naval Blue. Our last color study, Etsy's 2020 Color of The Year, Chartreuse, was quite a contrast to Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue, and now we're bouncing right back. This choice was inspired by three main factors: embracing the next decade, Art Deco vibes, and biophilia.

    Sherwin-Williams Naval inspiration

    The changing of the decade creates space for changes within yourself, too. "The next 10 years pave the way for wellness of the mind, body and soul – a clean palette for self-nurturance." Literally, new decade, new me. Despite this decade being a way to clean your palette and start fresh, it's also a time to think back and draw on the trends of long ago, the last 20's to be exact. Naval brings together the power of nature that we see today with the manufactured opulence of the 1920s and Art Deco era. "This deep shade evokes a prominent sense of confidence that fuses timeless color with a fresh mix of natural materials and textures that bring navy blue into a new era." The focus on nature this year can be explained in one word: biophilia. Biophilia is basically the natural human instinct and need to connect with nature. As seen in the photo above, the addition of natural materials, like greenery and marble, infuse nature into everyday life, helping create a sanctuary of groundedness and self-assurance. All of these reasons tie together to make Naval a natural choice for 2020 Color of the Year. Keep reading to see how you can seamlessly integrate this hue into your life!

    Crochet

    Northern Lights Crochet - 10 Projects Inspired by Iceland's Beauty Book #75707

    Northern Lights Crochet- 10 Projects Inspired by Iceland's Beauty is a perfect way to integrate Naval Blue into your wardrobe. The moss-covered hillsides and rocky beaches bring the best of nature together, while the combination of stylish patterns and cozy LION BRAND® yarns bring classic and trendy together in your closet. Each project draws upon the beauty and style of Iceland, further amplifying the calming influence of nature in your life. The 10 designs range from Alida cowl and Vasti shawl to Viveca top and Carina cardigan. There's something inside for beginners and veterans alike, so it's never been easier to go Naval!

    Cotton Throws & Beach Blankets - Book #7119

    One of the easiest ways to spruce up your home and inject new colors and styles is with blankets and throws. Cotton Throws & Beach Blankets is a fantastic collection of six styles that are easy to crochet using cotton yarn. Perfect for indoors and out, these styles keep you cozy all year round while staying breezy and beautiful. Designs include Sailing, Slanted Stripes, Striped, and more that can be customized with any color of your choosing, making this an easy way to add a little Naval to your home. This great title is also available as a digital download.

    Knit

    Northern Lights Knits - 8 Icelandic Inspired Projects
    Book #75707

    We're back at it again with the Icelandic influences in our knit patterns! The patterns in Northern Lights Knits- 8 Icelandic Inspired Projects allow you to literally wrap yourself in natural beauty. Take inspiration from the depths of the Blue Lagoon to the soaring colors of the Northern Lights with seven easy and one intermediate project. LION BRAND® yarn and your choice of colors allow you to flawlessly add trendiness and nature to your wardrobe or the closet of a loved one. Projects like the Gerda pullover, Huldra hat, Joost pants, and Petrine cardigan all appeal to different styles and aesthetics, and add a Northern chic look to any outfit.

    Knit Cakery - 10 Fun Projects Using Yarn Cakes
    Book #75718

    You can have your cake and wear it too. With Knit Cakery- 10 Fun Projects Using Yarn Cakes, you'll find 10 easy-to-knit projects that are as fun as they are stylish. Many of the designs already incorporate a Naval-hued blue, but the best part about yarn crafts is the customization. Make it ombre, create your own color palette, or go with the instructions for guaranteed beauty. The shawls, hats, scarves, throws, and cardigans combine fabulousness and functionality to blend your existing style with this Color of the Year.

    Craft

    Quick & Simple Jewelry Beading for Beginners
    Book #7215

    If you were a cake, jewelry would be your frosting. Frost yourself in Naval Blue necklaces, bracelets, and earrings! Quick & Simple Jewelry Beading for Beginners is an easy way to lay the foundation of knowledge you need for making your own jewelry, while offering a simple way to fuse your style with the latest trends. This book is available in paperback or as a digital download, so you can take all 14 projects with you wherever you go! Create the All in Blue necklace for your mom, Western Sparkle bracelet for your best friend, the Bollywood earrings for yourself, or one of the other designs for someone in your life who deserve a little frosting. Some projects even include tips and tricks for making additional pieces.

    Modern Woodburning - 9 Skill-Building Projects for Learning Pyrography
    Book #7524

    What better way to get in touch with nature than with using wood? Pyrography is an exciting and easy way to create beautiful pieces that bring the outdoors into your home. Modern Woodburning- 9 Skill-Building Projects for Learning Pyrography is an essential guide for anyone who wants to learn a new skill or add a rustic touch to their home decor. Nine projects give you ample opportunity to put the principles of the craft to work. Projects like pineapple cutting board, family name sign, succulent coasters, and mountains on a wood cut will seamlessly blend with your existing decor, while adding a grounding feeling to your home. The book also includes 2 alphabets for optimal personalization. Choose between paperback and digital format for the most convenient lesson in woodburning you'll ever get.

    Quilt

    All Aboard - Baby Quilt Pattern Pack
    Book #7363

    Bundle your bundle of joy in this sweet quilt. All Aboard - Baby Quilt Pattern Pack is all the guidance you need to wrap your tot in warm textures and trendy colors. Take Naval Blue back to the sea as you jump aboard this easy, fat-quarter friendly quilt project. Step-by-step instructions, complete materials list, and gorgeous photographs take all the guesswork out of quilting. You'll be comfortable and confident knowing they feel the warmth of your love surrounding them.

    Easy Timeless Quilts
    Book #6653

    Remember the past with a project to last through future generations. Easy Timeless Quilts uses beautiful fabrics and patterns to add warmth to your home in a timeless way. You need only select the color palette, and might we suggest something in Naval Blue? Designs like Triple Irish Chain quilt, Wild Goose Chase quilt, and Sawtooth quilt blend with your current home aesthetic without dating it. Even beginners will find the instructions and assembly diagrams easy to follow, so everyone can add a nostalgic touch to their home, or gift a loved one with a treasured heirloom that was made with love.

    Sew

    9 Beat the Chill Scarves
    Book #7570

    Bring back the Roaring Twenties to your style when you sew these 9 Beat the Chill Scarves! Create them infusing the Color of the Year Naval to inspire empowerment and grounding confidence. Break the winter cold with their warmth and coziness all while evoking the elegance and class of an iconic decade. Choose from the variety of easy to follow patterns including scarves, cowls, and neck warmers. From the Buttonhole Scarf to the Zippered Cowl to the Fringed Infinity Scarf - your creativity will know no bounds! You can never add enough scarves to your wardrobe and the style choices of these winter warmers are endless.

    13 Simple to Sew Aprons
    Book #7609

    Express your unique style while keeping your clothes clean with these 13 Simple to Sew Aprons by designer Billie Steward! Whether you garden, cook, bake, craft, or harvest there is always room for both stylish and functional aprons in your closet. Choose from patterns like Retro Bib Apron to give your look a nod from the past, Summer Picnic Apron to inspire warmth and light in your favorite activities, or Bandanna Apron to add a country flare to your crafting experience. There is an apron for every style which can turn these variety of patterns into thoughtful gifts as well!

    Naval was chosen by Sherwin-Williams as the 2020 Color of the Year because of its calming, quieting, and grounding qualities. Now go out there and create your own spin on these fun and playful projects that we have highlighted here! We always love to see how creative you all are, so be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts!

    Happy Crafting!

    -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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    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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  • The Perfect Knit Pumpkin Centerpiece!

    You might have seen the pictures of our Leisure Arts Halloween festivities yesterday! (If you haven't seen them, click here!) If you have a watchful crafter's eye, one thing might have stuck out to you. This Knit Pumpkin!

    Crochet Pumpkin Leisure Arts! Halloween Knit Pumpkin - Leisure Arts

     

    Isn't this adorable? The soft yarn and muted orange makes this plushy pumpkin perfect for a warm Fall dinner setting. As a special treat from us, we're giving you this Knit Pumpkin pattern FOR FREE! Here's how it's done:

     

    THE KNIT PUMPKIN

    Stem and Top

    With Brown, tie beginning yarn between the third and fourth st to form a ring.

    Rnds 1-3: Knit around.

    Rnd 4: Increase in each st around: 6 sts.

    Rnd 5: Beginning with the next loop bind of 6 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 6: Beginning with the next loop, (increase in next bind off st, pick up one in next st) around: 9 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 7: Beginning with marked st, bind off 9 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 8: Beginning with next loop, increase in each bind of st around: 18 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 9: Beginning with marked st, bind off 18 sts, cut yarn after second working loop and pull through remaining st.

    Body

    Rnd 1: Join Orange and pick up one loop in each bind off st: 18 sts.

    Rnd 2: Beginning with next loop, bind off 18 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 3: Beginning with next loop, (pick up in next bind off st, increase in next bind off st) around: 27 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 4: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 5: Beginning with marked st, bind off 27 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 6: Beginning with next loop, (pick up in next 2 bind off sts, increase in next bind off st) around: 36 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 7: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 8: Beginning with marked st, bind off 36 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 9: Beginning with next loop, (increase in next bind off st, pick up in next 3 bind off sts) around: 45 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 10: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 11: Beginning with marked st, bind off 45 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 12: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 45 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 13: Leaving marked st unworked, knit each st around.

    Rnd 14: Beginning with marked st, bind off 45 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnds 15-26: Repeat Rnds 12-14, 4 times.

    Rnd 27: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 45 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 28: Leaving marked st unworked, (K2 tog, K7) around: 40 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 29: Beginning with marked st, bind off 40 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 30: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 40 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 31: Leaving marked st unworked, (K6, K2 tog) around: 35 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 32: Beginning with marked st, bind off 35 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 33: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 35 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 34: Leaving marked st unworked, (K2 tog, K5) around: 30 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 35: Beginning with marked st, bind off 30 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 36: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 30 sts and one maked st.

    Rnd 37: Leaving marked st unworked, (K3, K2 tog) around: 24 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 38: Beginning with marked st, bind off 24 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 39: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 24 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 40: Leaving marked st unworked, K2 tog around: 12 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 41: Beginning with marked st, bind off 12 sts, place marker in remaining st.

    Rnd 42: Beginning with next loop, pick up one st in each bind off st around: 12 sts and one marked st.

    Rnd 43: Leaving marked st unworked, K2 tog around: 6 sts.

    Rnd 44: Beginning with marked st, bind off 6 sts; cut yarn 6 loops past the last worked st. Cut loops open to form a long end.

    Thread yarn needle with long end and weave through bound off sts; gather tightly and secure end.

    OPTIONAL JACK O' LANTERN FACE

    Eye (Make 2)

    With Black, cast on 4 sts.

    Row 1: K2 tog twice: 2 sts.

    Row 2: K2 tog; cut yarn 6 loops past the last worked st. Cut loops open to form a long end.

    Mouth

    With Black and beginning with 13th loop, pull 12th loop through 13th loop, pull 11th loop through 12th loop, work in same manner using all loops from cast on; cut yarn 8 loops past the last worked st. 

    Cut loops open to form a long end.

    Using photo as a guide, attach facial featured.

     

    Halloween Crochet Pumpkin - Leisure Arts! Halloween Knit Pumpkin - Leisure Arts!
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    Ta-Da! You have yourself a perfect centerpiece that can last you through the entire season of Fall. The best part about this pattern is that you can make just the Pumpkin base, or you can add the Jack O' Lantern face for Halloween! The versatility in this design is what makes it a perfect project to take on, no matter the skill level.

  • Homemade Accessories That Are Cooler Than A Diamond Bracelet.

    As Marilyn Monroe once sang, diamonds are a girls best friend! Except for today, because this post is about homemade accessories that are way cooler than wearing a boring and cold diamond bracelet on your wrist.

    Making your own accessories sets you apart from the crowd, and brings out the creative monster inside of you. Some people make a living out of selling their homemade jewelry, and others just don't want to look like everyone else. No matter how you look at it, there are multiple reasons to start making your own stylish accessories. Let us help you make the coolest ones! Here are some of the best accessories that you can make yourself, that'll go with any outfit.

     

    Quick and Simple Stringing - SKU # 7212

    A beaded jewelry technique made from stringing a variety of beads together, this technique can turn a simple thread into modern magic. Just look at some of the designs you can create from our patterns!

     

    Homemade Accessories Classic Pearl Strung Necklace
    Multi-Colored Stacked Necklaces Multi-Colored Stacked Necklaces
    Homemade Accessories Retro Sunburst Turquoise Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just look at that pearl necklace! It looks like you could get that at any fashionable jewelry store. But if your style is more subtle, you can make something simple that makes a statement, like the stacked necklaces.

     

    Quick and Simple Linking - SKU # 7213

    Similar to any chain link technique, this method lets you link jewels with metals or beads, or really any shiny thing you think would look good. This method can give you the chance to make grand statements, and let's you keep adding to your piece if you wanted. here are some striking examples!

     

    Homemade Accessories Stacked and Linked Amber Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Simple Citrine Linked Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Subtle and Simple Stacking Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These designs are perfect for the one who doesn't want to wear diamonds, but still wants to feel luxurious. Plus, it's a definite bonus that these beautiful baubles won't break your bank.

     

    Quick and Simple Wirework - SKU #7214

    Wire wrapping! An extremely intricate looking jewelry style, that is a lot easier than you think. This is a style that can really make any kind of jewelry, because you are actually forming most of the metal products yourself. This is by far the most creative and eccentric method of the three, and for good reason! Check out some of our examples from the book.

    Homemade Accessories Wire Wrapped Crystal Gemstone Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Beaded Silver Wirework Bracelet
    Homemade Accessories Wire Wrapped Bracelet and Broach Set

     

    You can tell how much work is put into each of these designs - and how unique it make them. This Jewelry type is for the stand outs, the ones who know they are making a statement when they wear it, and love it.

     

    Bonus Accessories!

    The bonus this week is a book that's gotten a lot of attention lately, so how could I not include it (again). You may or may not remember this book from last week's post on homemade spa materials.

     

    Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads - SKU # 7353

    The designs in this book merit a mention in this week's post, because of how simple but striking the designs are. Not only that, but they are unique because of what you can do with them. The lava beads are porous enough to absorb your favorite scented oils and fragrances so you get a two for one deal! They deserve to be put into this sophisticated self-made jewelry category. Check out our examples!

    Homemade Accessories Simple Strung Lava Bead Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Lava Bead and Gold Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Stacked Beaded Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These may not be diamonds, but they look luxurious without them.

    So, the next time you think about going to an expensive big brand retailer for high end jewelry, think about the options you have for making your own. You don't need to spend a fortune!

     

    Have you made any of these before? If so, post them to our social pages! We love to see what's going on in your studios.

     

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

     

  • The Best Cozies and Coasters for Your Morning Cup

     

    Hey craft family!

    Everyone loves their morning Cup O' Jo, and that term applies to tea drinkers too, or really any hot drink. The one thing we can all agree on, no matter what we are drinking, is that we hate it when our fingertips get stung by the scalding hot temperature of our cup after a few minutes. Or when you set your cup down on that glossy end table, and put a permanent cloudy ring through the first few layers. Which is why this week, we're talking about cozies and coasters, your drink's best friend! Here is our list of some of our favorites.

     

    Cozy Cozies

     

    Cup Cozies - SKU # 75568

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    You can get creative with the ways you keep your coffee warm, like these nature cozies up above, or animal friendly cozies down below! What matters is how much fun you have making it. Most patterns show a basic background, with attachments added to them after the cuff is made. So, these patterns are an easy weekend project that you can just keep adding to whenever you feel like it.

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    These patterns are sure to make you unique when you're out and about on the town, and you get to brag about your crochet skills when people stop you and ask where you bought it from!

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    My Pet Crafts - SKU # 6862

    My Pet Crafts

    This is my personal favorite, from our book My Pet Crafts. How can you not want to make this adorable raccoon felt cozy! If you're not the crochet type, this is a perfect and sleeker alternative.

     

    Crafty Coasters

    You've probably something seen or used one at some point in your life, and if you haven't, I worry about your manners. Coasters are a great way to keep your furnished tables...nicely furnished. These are some great coaster patterns to try out.

     

    All About Cotton - SKU # 7055

    All About Cotton

     

    Knits For Summer - SKU # 7198

    Knits For Summer

     

    Coasters - SKU # 6078

    Coasters Coasters

    Plastic Canvas is a great craft to make coasters from. It's durable, flexible, and overall fun to merge! These coasters are fun and creative, and can show your house guests what you really care about in a fun and practical way.

    Coasters Coasters

     

    Coasters and Lollipop Covers - SKU # 6482

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    Big Book of Coasters - SKU # 5855 

    This book has the best range of designs to choose from. It has coasters for every occasion and season!

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    Alternatives... Be Unique!

    For the eclectic soul who doesn't want to have cookie cutter coasters. Switch up your crafting routine with these projects!

     

    DIY Pallet Projects - SKU # 7239

    DIY Pallet Projects

    Pallet wood projects are big right now, and this personalized plate doubles as a crafty coaster. Not only can you fit your gigantic coffee cup (not judging) on your tray, but you can fit breakfast, or a nice book on it too.

     

    99 Granny Squares To Crochet - SKU # 6393 

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    Granny squares in their simplest forms are just small blocks of crochet that can be combined to make a larger project. So, why not keep this craft in its simplest form for a soft and practical coaster? As you can see from above, there are limitless variations that you can create, and you can even make a nice cozy if you combine the two together!

     

    Doilies Updated - SKU # 7035

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    Doilies work on the same level! Essentially they're just extra fancy coasters. Which is why they can be so versatile now! This book has a lot of great uses and patterns for the modern doily, and I think you'll find some great ideas or coasters here too.

     

    From one avid coffee and tea drinker to another, having that extra something special with your morning drink can set the precedent for the rest of the day. These fun cozy and coaster projects make for great entertainment, that ends up being functional overall.

    Which coaster is your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below. Even better, share your recent projects with us! We love too see what you guys are working on.

     

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

  • Tidy Tips with Leisure Arts: Organizing Your Craft

     

     

    Hey craft family! 

    We all wish that we had a super-sonic vacuum that just magically cleaned our homes and arranged everything perfectly (if you haven’t dreamed of this, you’re lying). But the reality is that we make messes every day, and have trouble cleaning up after ourselves. The phrase, “Eh, I’ll do it later” has probably ruined more lives than a natural disaster has. So, let’s be honest, if you’re reading this article, your craft space is probably a natural disaster in and of itself. 

    That’s why this week, we are here to help!

    We’ve compiled a list of tips that help you get in the habit of keeping a tidy and organized workspace, and because we're so nice, we'll give you some neat projects to help you with your newfound mission. Here we go! 

    Compartmentalize… But In A Good Way.

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    Stashing everything left and right isn’t going to do you any good in the long run. You can lose important items, or even worse, forget you had some items and go out and buy them again (trust me, we’ve all been there). The best thing to do is to categorize your things into sections! By doing this, you know where everything is at all times, and won’t end up with two extra bottles of that fabric glue you needed last week. 

    Boxes, Baskets, and Shelves, Oh My!

    Baskets

    You can’t compartmentalize without having actual compartments. Boxes are the best way to keep things in the right place, but other great storage ideas include shelves, baskets, and hanging storage devices. Here are some great ideas for storage From Leisure Arts that you can make yourself! 

    Baskets - #75496

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    T shirt Yarn Home Décor - #7222

    T-Shirt Yarn Home Decor

     

    Love and Let Go - Get Rid of the Clutter! 

    If your inner hoarder is cringing on the inside at this post so far, don't worry! If you cannot bear to part with the scraps you tend to keep from other projects, then put them good use, and start a scrap project! This way, you get to be creative and tidy at the same time.

    Here is a similar scrap project idea book that will help you with this project:

    More Projects From Your Scrap Bag - #5169

    More Projects From Your Scrap Bag

     

    Clean Up at the End of the Day - You’ll Thank Me Later

    This tip is the most important, because it will help keep your space constantly clean! If you spend just a little bit of time cleaning up at the end of each work day in your craft area, you have less to worry about and more time to work on your projects for the next day! A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to cleaning!

     

    Hopefully, these projects inspire you to keep a clean workspace, because after all, we work at our best when we have a clear mind, and a clean office.

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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