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  • Color Me (& You!) Relaxed

    We've been saying it forever: coloring helps ease anxiety and brings on much-needed relaxation. Coloring is like meditation, putting everything in your mind aside to focus on one fun and simple task.

    Many studies have backed us up, including this one from Forbes—Feeling Anxious? Scientists Recommend Coloring. This study sought to find out how coloring affects the way people think. Conclusion...coloring reduced anxiety and improved mindfulness.

    So, we recommend coloring early and often. It's an easy way to escape from stress, and you can do it while at home, on the bus, at the office, just about anywhere. Coloring is a welcome and familiar relief to the ups and downs we encounter on the daily. And bonus! Coloring can result in actual products that you can use yourself or as gifts for others.

    Kaleidoscope Wonders COLOR ART for everyone #6707

    The Cleveland Clinic explains 3 Reasons Adult Coloring Can Actually Relax Your Brain:

    1. "Attention flows away from ourselves." A simple act like coloring takes your attention away from your worries.
    2. "It relaxes the brain." As your thoughts focus on just one thing, your brain tends to relax.
    3. "Low stakes makes it pleasurable." You have the freedom to be ass messy or neat as you want, and even if you mess up, there are no real consequences. A wonderful escape from the usual demands!

    Now that you know how beneficial coloring can be, let's take a look at some more beautifully colored pages:

    The Colors Of Nature a Coloring Book and Natural Journal #7518

    Happy Times Coloring Book - 32 Flora and Fauna Designs to Color #7591

    Floral Wonders COLOR ART For Everyone #6706

    AAAAaaaahhhh. We feel relaxed already.

    The free spirit in you will love the flexibility that comes with coloring. You get to choose all the colors, and your own types of instruments. Grab your favorite coloring book and instruments, get comfortable and get coloring. If you're in the market for new instruments to color with, we have a few options for you:

    48 Pack Colored Pencils #48064, 24 Pack Gel Pens #48066, 36 Pack Double Ended Markers #48065

    Show us what you're coloring! Be sure to post your pics on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all see what you're creating!

    -Leisure Arts  

  • Kids' Summertime Creativity Boosters

    Summertime for children is a time of sun, fun and relaxation. It's also a great time for them to be creative! Crafting not only allows children to express themselves in new ways, it helps with self-discovery, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and builds self-esteem. And, they will have a fun time doing it. Just think, you may never ever again hear those two dreaded words: "I'm bored."

    Just Plane Craftastic

    Children will fly into DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts with 13 easy-to-make projects with little or no help needed. From flowers made out of muffin cups to airplanes made out of clothespins, their creativity will have no bounds!

    Clothespin Wooden Airplanes; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Muffin Cup Flowers; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Knot Your Ordinary Friendship Bracelets

    Bracelet yourself! You'll be in awe of what the younger crown can create with Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics. Taking friendship bracelets to a new level, this book's 19 designs make each bracelet as unique as each friend. Last but knot least, this is an excellent activity for siblings or friends to do together.

    Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics #6284

    Foam Is Where the Art Is

    Easy Foam Crafts is perfect for younger kids. The super easy craft projects are a joy to create and will inspire them to do even more. Some of the projects in the book are storytime play sets, so the creating is only the start of the fun. The children in your life will hit a foam run with any of these activities, and will be clamoring for more.

    Easy Foam Crafts #6107

    Crafting Never Felt So Cute

    From royal crowns to fishing games to gardens, the fun designs in Kids' Felt Cuties will keep children engaged and entertained. Patterns and step-by-step instructions make them all easy, with just a little bit of cutting, gluing and simple embroidery stitches. Let their gardens grow!

    Kids' Felt Cuties #7166

    Celebrating Friendship

    "A friend is someone who reached for your hand and touched your heart."
    -Author Unknown

    Friendship Crafts are a great way for kids to celebrate their best relationships, and be creative together. The designs in this book are fun for best friends to make together and share with each other. Projects include a secret notes necklace, best friends bracelets, BFF monogram; heart charms bracelet and a friends pillow with a photo sleeve. One or all of these projects are sure to be a hit.

    Friendship Crafts #6092

    Patch Me If You Can

    Children of all ages can spread joy and sparkly cuteness with Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book. Easy enough for young children and entertaining enough for teens, the 20 quick and colorful patches can add a personal touch to tumblers, phone cases, notebooks, and more. We'll discuss fabrics, adhesives, tracing techniques that will make a procraftinator out of any child.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Looking for A Boulder Craft?

    This book will rock their world! The whimsical designs in Rock Painting will bring a smile to any child's face, and to your face as you see the pride in their creations. Step-by-step photos and instructions make each design easy to create. When they're finished, the rocks can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but they can also be used to create fantastic story adventures over and over again. Add a little sunshine to someone else's day by leaving them out and about for others to find.

    Rock Painting #7240

    For The Sheer Fun Of It

    Teach a special kids in your life how to knit or crochet—they wool love you for it! Check out our recent blog, Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet, for some awesome books that will guide you and and the special child in your life step by step. Ewe won't be sorry!

    Blog Post: Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    Now that your children have something to keep them happily occupied, you can enjoy a bit of summertime relaxation yourself! Their faces will be beaming with pride at what they can create, and it will inspire them to do more. You could say they will be riding into the sunset, happily ever crafter.

    Be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their summertime fun as well!  

    -Leisure Arts

  • Dive Into June With a Splash of Creativity

    With the school year ending and schedules winding down, June brings us more time for fun, relaxation, and yes, a splash of creativity. Get out your supplies, imagination, and get ready to create with a splash.

    Bomb Diggity

    Add a splash of color to your bath with 15 unique, fancy and fragrant Sparkle And Fizz Bath Bombs. Bath bombs have a magical way of turning ordinary bath time into a sublime, spa-like experience. These bombs also make adorable pieces to brighten up your bathroom décor.

    Sparkle And Fizz Bath Bombs #7397

    Vibrant and Bold Are the Words of the Day

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners will unleash your inner artist and open your mind to what's possible. The stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six projects that will allow you to express yourself in vibrant and bold ways. So, what are you waiting for? Express yourself!

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners #7412

    You'll Have a Whale of a Time

    Next we'll head under the sea for some darling Water Babies Amigurumi. These crochet sea creatures are not only the cutest, they will be your budding marine biologist's best friends! The baby seal is, of course, totes adorbs, but I'm kind of partial to the puffer fish myself. You'll get to choose from a crab, seahorse, octopus, puffer fish, mermaid, seal, shark, starfish & whale. Or, crochet them all!

    Water Babies Amigurumi #7084

    A Pour Decision You'll Be Happy With

    Paint Pouring is mesmerizing and relaxing—a great way to spend a summer afternoon out of the heat. Get Started In Paint Pouring gives you the tips, techniques and inspiration to create amazing abstract works of art.

    Get Started In Paint Pouring #7372

    Got a Full Plate? Wipe it Clean With Vibrant Dishcloths!

    If you're the more practical type who enjoys form AND function, look no further! These crochet Dishcloths are easy to make so you'll get instant gratification, and they're so bright and cheerful everyone in the house will be clamoring to do the dishes!

    Dishcloths - Quick Colorful Designs to Brighten any Kitchen #7371

    Set Your Table for Fun

    A Splash of Color Livens Up Any Meal, and Playful Place Mats will do just that. Using one simple shape, and your choices of fabrics, you can sew up countless different looks. These mats will soon be screaming, "Dinner's on me!" and everyone will come running.

    Playful Place Mats # 6972

    It's time to brighten up your life with bright colors and bold creativity. Your house will love you for it, your family will love you for it, and you will love creating these vibrant works of art. Whichever project (or projects) you choose, you'll be impressed with the results.

    We love to see what you've created. Don't forget to post photo on social media and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your creations with you!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 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

  • 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

  • Stuck at Home? Stay Creative

    Whether you’re stuck at home and need a relaxing way to spend your time, or you’re looking for activities to do with the kids, we’re here to help! We’ve got a wide variety of crafts to choose from even if you’re new to crafting. 

    Easy, Fun and Creative Crafts for Kids, and Adults Too

    After-School Kids Crafts Book #7238C

    After-School Kids Crafts Book #7238C

    Create awesome memories with your kids while you’re all at home. This book by Rachel Nipper may be called After-School Kids’ Crafts, but we can bend the rules now can’t we? The 12 playful projects included in the book are quick, easy and a joy to craft. Each craft comes with a shopping list and easy-to-follow instructions. If you like butterflies, unicorns, flowers, turtles, jellyfish or owls, you will find the perfect project to spark your creativity.

    Anyone Can Paint, Including You



    Now's the time to let your inner artist shine. Everyone has an artist within them, and with Happy Abstracts, even beginners can make bold and vibrant paintings! Learn to create vibrant canvas art, stroke by stroke and step by step. This explorative painting guide, by artist EttaVee (Jessi Raulet), will have you painting bright and beautiful works of art in no time with bold hues and daring brushwork. Following along with the photo guides, you’ll journey through six projects. This is a great way to feed your creative soul and stretch your mind.

    Craft Bombs Are Really the Bomb

    Craft Bombs - A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy and Happiness Book #7507C

    Craft Bombs - A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy and Happiness Book #7507C

    Craft Bombs: A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy, and Happiness, is a great companion to social distancing. This super-cute colorful art has plenty of activities to use your time creatively. Just pull out any of the pre-made art from the book and get creative with your craft supplies. This book offers layers of craft-tastic kindness, with projects like vision boards, journal cards, banners, affirmation and kindness cards, room décor, origami fortune tellers (cootie catchers) and more! 

    Get Busy and Get Slimed

    Who doesn’t love slime?! With Slimed DIY guide, you can make your own at home for hours of fun. The book includes a basic slime recipe plus 9 fun and gooey variations: Clear, Color Changing (temperature sensitive), Fluffy, Glitter Glue, Glitter, Gold (metallic), Magnetic, Starry Night (black with glitter and star sequins), and Winter (icy blue with snowy mini beads). You'll love being slimed so much, you won't want to put it down!

    Why Not Use This Time to Make Simple Home Improvements

    A Beginner's Guide to Chalk Painting Book #6437C

    A Beginner's Guide to Chalk Painting Book #6437C

    Transform everyday items into one-of-a-kind treasures with A Beginner’s Guide to Chalk Painting. The no-prep paint dries in minutes and can be layered and sanded for a perfect distressed look and feel. Wax adds durability and buffs to a soft sheen. The ultra-matte finish can be applied to new, unfinished, or up-cycled furniture,  cabinets, walls, glass, metal and more. You’ll love what you can do! 

    Tutus are Terrific and Easy to Make

    A Tutu for Every Occasion Book #6225C

    A Tutu for Every Occasion Book #6225C

    If you know a child who thinks tutus are terrific, you can craft one yourself with A Tutu for Every Occasion. Whether for special occasions or everyday play, each tutu is adjustable to fit sizes 2-8 and can be made in any length. Simple headwear and other accessories add the finishing touches to each ensemble! Bring out the ballerina in your child with these creations! 

    Time spent crafting is never a waste, so get your next project started today! Let us know how you're using your time productively and creatively—tag @leisureartsinc or hashtag #leisurearts, we love to see what your creativity at work.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    Stuck at Home? Stay Creative!

  • Cozy Comforts: The Winter Essentials and More!

    Hey Makers! We have been loving this winter weather, mostly because of all the cozy fashion we get to make and wear. You can break out that signature oversized sweater and mittens and go have snowball fights, or use that fluffy and soft afghan to cozy up by the fire and watch movies. Scroll to find your favorite cozy project!

    Weighted Blanket Relaxation

    Cozy Weighted Blankets - Book #7568

    Sleep through the night with the stress-free snuggle of a weighted blanket! Cozy Weighted Blankets is a craft sewing book that will transform your sleep with 15 family friendly projects destined to help you get a better night’s rest. Even the most restless sleepers deserve stress-free and sleep filled evenings, so craft your own weighted blanket, and avoid paying the high cost of readymade weighted blankets! From family sized wraps to throws just for you, you’ll find your perfect replacement to that childhood stuffed animal and fill your night with calming cuddles instead of restless tosses and turns. This is a project that takes a little bit of time and commitment, but trust us, it's worth it when you are relaxing by the fire.

    Knit Cozy Pillows

    Cozy Pillows - Book #75625

    Revamp your living room or office into a cozy den with just a few simple pillows! In Cozy Pillows you can knit 10 home décor pillows with eye-catching stitch patterns. Get creative with patterns like Eyelet Diamond and Cables, Six-Stitch Cable, Hourglass Eyelets, and more. Featuring yarn weights from light to super bulky, most pillows are for easy or easy-plus skill level; the bolster is for intermediate. You can have a range of pillows for all décor styles, and you can customize them to your liking with colors and accents! You can never have too many pillows.

    Comfy Afghan Mornings

    Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book # 75686

    Share the coziness and beauty of Lion Brand Homespun yarn using any of the seven cuddly throws in Homespun Comfort Afghans. From ripples and braids to hexagons and strips, each crochet design works up quickly using our easy-to-follow instructions. This attractive collection of afghans will make great gifts for those you love! You can use bulky yarn for a fluffy wrap, or medium weight yarn for texture. This mustard yellow afghan is a great wrap for chilly mornings!

    Camping With Crochet

    Fair Isle Crochet - Book #7234

    If you're in the market for unique winter patterns, then Fair Isle Crochet is your book. Fair Isle is a technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. Only two colors are used per row, and the unused color is worked over, weaving it into the fabric. Designer and instructor extraordinaire, Melissa Leapman will guide you through this new crochet technique, so don't worry! All designs are rated easy, so you’ll be finishing up your first project in no time. You can make projects like this Laurel Leaves Hat & Scarf, and look ready for any winer outdoor adventure. So pick up some colorful worsted weight yarn, and crochet away!

    Warm Hugs For Your Hands

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book #7453

    Crochet the cutest, coziest mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer, Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These heart patterned mittens that you see above are the perfect gesture to show someone how much you care about them. If you want a more in depth look into these Fair Isle patterns, Lori has a great video talking about her book!

    Cozy Kitchen Afternoons

    Modern Patchwork - Book #7493

    Take your quilting to the next, totally trendy level with this Modern Patchwork book! Inside you’ll find 12 contemporary projects by some of today’s most skilled and accomplished quilt designers. Patterns feature bold colors with a mix of solids and prints and plenty of negative space. The result? Twelve truly stunning projects, including this culinary brights apron that you see above. You can be stylish as you make Sunday brunch! Aprons are always cozy because you get to make your comfort foods in style. It reminds you of your childhood when you were baking cookies with mom, or waiting on pies from grandma! So grab some fun fabric and jump on the modern quilt bandwagon with these fresh patterns that inspire your creativity.

    Snowy Mornings and Soft Afghans

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book #7572

    You'll be on a crochet marathon when you see all of the patterns in Crochet Afghan Revival. This book has over 40 stunning afghans to spread warmth and joy and keep your fingers ridiculously happy! Inside you’ll see that traditional patterns meet modern color combinations, and there’s an afghan for every room, every style, every season, every mood, and every occasion. You’ll even discover a few coordinating pillow patterns! This snowball afghan is the perfect wintry blanket to decorate your couch with. The neutral colors will balance any colors in a room, and the variations of gray give the afghan depth and dimension. Most projects are rated easy with a few intermediate ones mixed in to keep you on your toes. So grab a hook and yarn, and crochet your way to comfort!

    Oversized Comfort

    Oversized Sweaters - Book #7476

    Weekends are for comfort, and so are these crochet patterns from Oversized Sweaters! Lounge in a long hoodie or go downtown in a stylish sweater. Throw on a poncho or swing jacket for extra warmth or slip into a soft pullover and sleep in an extra hour or three. This book is all about looking cute and comfy, like this striped sweater that you see above. All projects are rated easy and work up quickly using simple stitches and medium to bulky weight yarn. The possibilities for maximum comfort are endless! Pick the sweater pattern that is right for you, and stitch yourself a new winter staple.

    Go Anywhere Outfits

    Cozy up with your yarn and this Casual Weekend Knits book – full of 25 go anywhere projects. And thanks to designer Andi Javori, you’ll have 25 phenomenal knitting projects to nourish your spirit and keep your fingers happy, like this pom-pom hat and mittens set! All of these projects are perfect for any occasion, and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories! They can also work up quickly with our easy-to-follow instructions. So grab your needles and knit away!

    All of these books are the perfect guides to comfort, with projects that will last you well past winter! Have you made these projects? Share them with us! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, we love to see what's going on in your studios. Be sure to check out all of these great items that we have up for grabs during our February giveaway! Remember to enter for a chance to win all of these goodies.

    If you want to enter our February Cozy Comforts giveaway, click here.

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Match: Chartreuse! Exploring Etsy's 2020 Color of the Year

    Hey, makers! It's been a colorful new year so far, and we're just getting started. You may have seen our last color study on classic blue, comparing some of our favorite patterns and projects to Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year. We know you guys love color trends, so we're happy to continue the series! We're going to be looking at the colors of the year from different brands, and match some of our favorite projects with the hue! This time, we're taking a look at Etsy's 2020 color of the year, Chartreuse. Here's what Etsy thinks of this unique hue:

    Etsy's collage of chartreuse - Etsy.com

    "A stark contrast from last year’s pick of burnt orange, chartreuse is a bold color known for increasing energy, encouraging unconventional thinking, and evoking feelings of growth and harmony (and a nod to all of ‘80s the neons making a comeback right now)."

    This color certainly is bold and beautiful. We have some bright and poppy projects for you guys to work on if you want to join the swell of makers and modern fashion icons alike in incorporating this color into their 2020 fashion and home décor. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your favorite Chartreuse project!

    Crochet

    Make Your 1st Cowls: 10 Easy-to-Stitch Projects for True Beginners speaks for itself. You can make beautiful and textured cowls on your first try with the easy-to-follow instructions from Marly Bird! Why tackle a traditional scarf for your first-ever crochet project when you can chain and slip stitch your way to a fashionable cowl in no time? This book has 10 trendy patterns like a Triangle Mesh cowl, or Blue Lace beauties, but this green tea and velvet cowl pattern features chartreuse in a great way. It accents the charcoal gray and gives her outfit a colorful pop, as you can see above. This is a great first project for beginners in crochet, and you can join the chartreuse obsessed community with a fun fashion accessory!

    Crochet the cutest, coziest chartreuse mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by Knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These Fish Skeleton Mittens that you see above are quirky and adorable, and would make a great gift to keep a friend warm! You’ll have so much fun applying this new technique and lacing in this bright and bold chartreuse accent.

    Knit

    Make fun knit socks for the whole family! More Fun Socks by Leisure Arts presents 6 unique projects with personality. The socks range from easy to intermediate skill level and use a variety of yarn and double-pointed needle sizes. Designs include Annelise Knee Socks, Braided Cable Socks, Leaf Socks and more, but the Slippers Socks that you see above have great chartreuse stripes throughout the pattern. These socks come out super soft and comfy, and would be a great first project for beginners. Plus, who doesn't need socks? These patterns are the perfect essentials for the winter months to keep your feet warm.

    Jen Lucas, popular knit and crochet designer, brings you 14 funky and fun knit accessories, all knit in the round from her book Knit Accessories. Featuring yarn weights from super light to bulky, most accessories are easy-to-follow and create in the round – you’re always looking at the right side of your work, so it will be less confusing when you set it down and pick it back up again. Choose fun techniques like cables, lace, or slipped stitches, and grab those double-pointed needles! Designs include Dreamy Cabled Boot Cuffs & Mittens, Classic Lace Cowl and more, but this chartreuse hat and mitten set above is perfect for snowball fights and hot chocolate mornings. Whether you’re a beginner knitter looking for new projects, or an advanced crafter looking for quick projects, you’re sure to find something you love in Knit Accessories.

    Craft

    Home Soap Making - Book #7310

    Create beautiful handmade soaps that are perfect for gift giving, like these chartreuse botanical soap sticks from Home Soap Making! You’ll find easy instructions for 13 types of soap that can all be made in minutes. These Botanical sticks make a great wedding favor, a nice gift for your co-workers, or a nice treat for yourself. Soap is the perfect handmade gift for any occasion, because it's simple and always appreciated. You can even customize it to your liking with your favorite scents and additives like fresh herbs and flowers.

    Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangings - Book #7245

    Treat your walls to a splash of color and creativity when you Learn to Make Woven Wall Hangings! Designer Amelia McDonell-Parry will pave the way to your future love affair with the woven arts with these six beginner tapestry patterns, and we especially love this tasseled wall hanging that you see above. The chartreuse in here makes a great contrast to the piece and breaks up the pastel pinks and purples in the color palette. Amelia will introduce you to basic terminology, teach you the tools of the craft, and guide you through basic weaving techniques, providing helpful tips and tricks along the way. So grab a frame loom, weaving needle, and loads of lovely yarn, and you’ll be a seasoned weaving enthusiast in no time!

    Quilt/Sew

    Projects With Pre-Cuts - #7187

    Take advantage of pre-cut fabrics and let the fun begin! The seven creations in Projects With Pre-cuts from Leisure Arts are all small designs that you can finish in a flash. Color combinations are simple when you use designer assortments of fat quarters, jelly roll strips, and other cuts. This geometric table runner compliments the blue perfectly, and gives any dining table a nice wash of color. This book takes a lot of the quest work out of quilting and sewing, because you already are working with pre-cut elements! so you can whip this project up in no time for a fancy dinner party, or a relaxing brunch with friends.

    Home Décor Using Grommets - Book #7324

    Who would have thought that simple little rings made of metal or plastic would have revolutionized the home décor world? The 16 innovative designs in Home Décor Using Grommets from Leisure Arts go beyond just a fun and functional way to hang curtains. These chartreuse potholders will modernize your kitchen with the new hue, and they're super easy to make with the instructions! Uses for grommets range from adding pizzazz to pillows and other accessories to providing quick and easy gift ideas. This book also has a bunch of great life hacks for organizing your craft closets with grommets, storing your phone chargers, and more! Discover a grommeted project that's perfect for you.

    What do you think of Chartreuse? If you've made a project in this trendy 2020 color, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios. Stay tuned for our upcoming color trend blogs throughout the year.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Creativation 2020 : New Arrivals and More!

    Hey there, Makers! We kicked off the new year with Creativation 2020, which, is a trade show hosted by the AFCI (Association for Creative Industries) where you can check out the latest trends in crafts and craft products. The Leisure Arts booth was located in the newly created TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) pavillion. We had a blast this year with our sister company PA Distribution, and turned out two booths with all of our new products and product lines! But we know that not everyone can fly to Phoenix Arizona to see how great some of our new products and books are, so we're showing you here on our blog! We have some great videos from the Leisure Arts and PA Distribution booths, where you'll get to see what's coming soon! So scroll to see what's coming for the rest of 2020.

    Leisure Arts: Coming Soon



    Resin Art

    We just recently launched our DIY Resin Pour kits, and you guys have probably watched the videos we just put out! These kits have everything you need and more to get into resin pouring, just choose your surface and you're ready to pour! Play with powerful pigments like blues, purples, pinks, and reds! You can elevate the simple cheeseboard with fun colors and marbling, or make a breakfast tray extra special with a wash of blue! Resin is just like paint pouring, but the result gives you more of a glossy and smooth texture. We're ringing in 2020 in luxury!

    Soft Crafts

    You've heard of our Stitchery Kits before, but now we have new ones! And they are perfect for that 2020 aesthetic. We're featuring posies, poppies, and priceless saying like "Coffee Please" and "Hold on, let me overthink this". What's great about these kits is that they are a great entry into embroidery, because not only do they include everything you need to get started, but you have a pre-printed cloth canvas to follow along the lines on and make the design perfectly on the first try. It takes the guess work out of the craft, and makes it super easy to try and get hooked on! We're so excited to bring these new designs to you.

    Speaking of new arrivals, we have our Punch Needle kits that will be launching this spring! These were also featured in our booth, and they are basically the same concept as the stitchery kit, but with a different type of needle craft. Punch Needle is a craft that has been around for a long time, but its making a comeback in a modern and fashionable way! These kits will have everything you need to get started in the craft, and with modern and cute designs like the flowers you see above, you'll have a hard time choosing which one to start first! Look out for more information on these in the spring.

    Our last soft craft you might have heard of is Amigurumi! We've made adorable Amigurumi kits with some of your favorites like lions, monkeys, and cute monsters! Elevate the typical stuffed teddy bear and gift someone with these as an extra special personal memento. These kits make it super easy to create your own customized plush doll with fun colors and quirky faces. These will be making an appearance sooner than you think, so watch out on our social pages for these guys!

    New Diamond Art...And More!

    We don't just have new Diamond Art canvases, but a new freestyle program from Diamond Dotz! This new program was the talk of the town at Creativation, because it has so many variations and possibilities. Diamond Dotz Freestyle is all about your design your way, because we give you the materials, and you design your canvas! You have two options of a liquid adhesive or sandwich adhesive, and you can use these glues to mix and match your favorite gem colors to jackets, purses, shoes, jewelry, serving trays, and more!

    You can buy individual gem colors, or buy our coordinated gem color packs to style your own design to your surface. We've seen some great designs on surfaces like glass, wood, metal, and more! The adhesives are easy to apply, and makes customization effortless. If you need some inspiration on what to design, we've got it in the works! We're going to be releasing some new books specifically designed for the freestyle program! These 8 books will be released March 15th, and we can't wait for your guys to see the beautiful inspiration that's inside of them.

    We've got a wide range of ideas, from animals and landscapes, to cutesy patches and expressions. We even have dog and cat specific books for the person who's dying to dazzle their own breed of dog or favorite cat. These books are as simple to follow as our kits, in that they provide you with the directions to build your design, and dazzle it to your liking with photos, charts, and diagrams! You'll be dazzling everything and anything in no time with the help of our new Diamond Dotz freestyle program. So get excited!

    As you can see, we've got a lot coming down the pipeline for the rest of 2020! Be sure to watch the video of our booth to get the full list of all of our new product lines and improvements. Now we'll give you guys a sneak peek of the 2020 products from our sister company, PA Distribution!

    PA Distribution: Coming Soon



    New Brands: An Artist's Dream Products

    You may have heard from our recent press release that PA Distribution picked up a few new art brands. This year in the PA Distribution booth you got to see some beloved art products on their shelves, like Cheep paints, ProArt canvases, and Art Advantage utensils! These art supplies have been well known and loved by crafters and artists alike for years, and it was really exciting to see that PA now houses their products. If you are a wholesaler, you can go to their website here and buy it in bulk, but if you just want to buy the products for yourself, stay tuned! We'll have these baubles on our website in the future.

    Paper Accents

    If you want to level up your scrapbooking and paper crafting game, then these Paper Accents supplies are perfect for you. PA has recently expanded their lines of vellum and cardstock, and they are perfect for your next colorful project! Start small with their unicorn cards and envelopes, or get some bang for your buck with their Vellum Rainbow Pack. There's a lot of fun possibilities to work with!

    PA Essentials

    PA essentials is exactly as it sounds. It's starting with the basics of crafting, but with a modern and fun twist! PA essentials line is full of fun starter packs in stencils, cloth, chip shapes, and more! This is a really great line to look into for beginners and seasoned crafters, because everyone relies on the basics of crafting before they branch out. They had such a wide selection at the show, and you can check out all of it on their site, or stay tuned to purchase individually from our site.

    Washi Tapes

    You may have heard of washi tapes if you're a bullet journal enthusiast like a lot of our crafters, but you haven't heard of these washi tapes, cause they're brand new! These tapes are bold, bright, and beautiful with metallic options and neon options. Perfect for a first time bullet journal maker, or for a serious scrapbooker! This is a great addition to PA's 2020 product line.

    What did you think of our Creativation Lineup? Leave us a comment below, or shout us out @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We hope you guys are as excited as we are for these new developments for 2020!

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Storage Box Using Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit

    Spark your imagination by crafting a fun a storage box with the Diamond Painting Deer and Rainbow Kit. You can create so much with this adorable Diamond Art design. Spend your leisure time creating a fun and functional storage box. Sparkle Art can be fun for anyone ages 8 to infinity! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they flash with sparkle power! 

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? 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 and your imagination! 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. Here is a diamond painting close up, featuring our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow. Bling out Bambi’s best friend when you diamond paint this fun and friendly Rainbow Deer! With the help of sparkling AB coated diamonds, this kit will give you positive vibes and happy thoughts. 

    Find 50478 at www.Lesiurearts.com

    We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, an adorable box, perfect for storing jewelry, ribbon, treasures, pens, and more! The instructions are easy-to-follow and calls for a cute ribbon and adhesive glue to make this beautiful box.

    Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling and fancy box. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go colorful using our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit.

    Supplies

    •  Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit
    • Paint, white or your favorite color!
    • Paint brushes
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (glue, double-sided adhesives, etc.)
    • Wood Box (8X8 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface)
    • Scissors
    • Ribbon
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.) 

    Get Started on Your Wooden Box!

    1. Make the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit 

    Bring out your creativity with a dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for the moment or come back to it later in time if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or within hours, the choice is up to you, just let your imagination run wild!

    2. Craft Your Wooden Box

    Paint your wooden box white or your favorite color to give your project a hint of your personality. You can be as creative as you want with your brush and strokes. Paint and then let sit for an hour to let the paint dry! Then after the box is dry, adorn the box with your favorite ribbon. We used a ribbon around the box bottom and the lid. But feel feel to use one or both ribbons because the world and the box is your oyster. Our favorite is a cute iridescent ribbon that helps the Diamond Art sparkle!

    3. Cut Out Your Diamond Art Fabric

    After you've glittered your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your wooden box (but you certainly can if you want to). Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your wooden box, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. Place the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow on the fabric and apply the adhesive. 

    4. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Sparkle Art design is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your wooden box is one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations with additional ribbons, or even adding extra stickers here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art and show off your imagination with the finishing touches. Let your creativity run wild to your heart’s content, and then muah! It's as simple as that and it’s beautiful. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest and have a special location for your jewelry or more! 

    If you try your hand at this, share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page or Tag us @LeisureArtsInc for a special shoutout. We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here.

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    DIY Diamond Art Cherry Blossom Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Handbag

    DIY Diamond Art Butterfly Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Elephant Folder

    DIY Diamond Art Dragon Eye

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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