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  • DIY Gifts For Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, and Uncles!

    Hey there, Makers! We've got more gift inspiration coming your way, and this time, we're thinking about the other members of the family. We're talking brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and the good friends that fall in the scope of the family circle. These people want fun and meaningful gifts for the holidays, something small but significant. We've got a wide selection of inspiration for you guys to choose from, so find your favorite craft category, and pick your next gift to start working on.

    Sisters & Aunts

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book #7578

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories is full of patterns for hats, scarves, bags, socks, mitts, and even jewelry (pictured above) that would all make perfect holiday gifts. This is a collection of our favorite patterns that are super easy to follow. They work up so fast, you can probably even make something for yourself, too. We love how simple and sophisticated this earring looks with its geometric design and simple stitch pattern. It mixes crochet and craft to make the perfect holiday gift!

    Pretty Little Plant Hanger - Book #75598

    Go green this holiday season by making your sister or aunt a Pretty Little Plant Hanger! These small and easy crochet projects are perfect for first time crocheters, using bright colors and lacy textures to hold delicate plants like ferns and succulents. You can even hold fake plants in them, if you're gifting it to someone who couldn't garden if their life depended on it.

    Shrugs and Boleros - Book #7226

    If you want to crochet something a little bigger, go for the classic patterns from Shrugs and Boleros like this multicolored bolero! We just love the wintry colors in this design, and you can make it as cozy as you want just by changing the weight of yarn you use. Make any of these patterns as a special holiday surprise, and you're sure to bring smiles and holiday cheer.

    More Dishcloth Dresses - Book #75615

    Adding a little flair to someone's kitchen decor is a quirky gift for the holidays, and these patterns from More Dishcloth Dresses are just downright adorable! We've got all kinds of dress styles for you to pick from inside the book, and you can go as bright or bold as you want to with color. These little patterns make trivial chores like dishes fun, and they make great holiday gifts.

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book #7373

    Casual wear never goes out of style, so of course we have to add in some neutral patterns from Casual Weekend Knits, like this hat and glove set. These patterns work up super fast, so they're beginner friendly for even first time knitters! Make this pattern, or one of the several other patterns in this book, like shirts, scarves clutches, and more!

    Quick and Simple Sewing Bags - Book #7231

    Sometimes it's best to go subtle and simple for a holiday git. this dip dye tote from Quick & Simple Sewing Bags would be perfect for the aunt who's hard to shop for. The simple tote makes the accessory super versatile, so it goes with any outfit! And you can make the dip dye shade any color, or even multiple colors, the choice is yours! It makes for an easy and heartfelt customized gift.

    Textured Pillows - Book #7450

    When in doubt, go with home decor! These projects from Textured Pillows are perfect for the aunt or sister who has endless pillows on their bed (you know who you are). You can create the bold and modern designs with easy techniques like painting, hot glue, and simple stitching. the outcome is a beautiful one of a kind pillow that makes a colorful accent, and crafty holiday gift.

    Brother's & Uncles

    Simply Scarfie - Book #75586

    Go simple with scarves for your brother or uncle this holiday season. Simply Scarfie is self explanatory. You have great crochet patterns to create using simple stitches and a little patience. In the end, you have a cozy little accessory that will keep them warm during those chilly afternoon strolls.

    Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet - Book #6917

    Guys love throw pillows, too! Woodland Wildlife in Filet Crochet is perfect for the rustic home, and the patterns feature adorable animals like owls and foxes! These simple black and white patterns would be perfect little addition to a comfy recliner.

    Knit Socks For Those You Love - Book 7369

    You can never go wrong with socks as a gift. Knit Socks For Those You Love has some great men's knit sock patterns that feature geometric stitch patterns and fun cabled textures. You can go bold or subtle with the color, the choice is up to you! All you have to do is start with our easy to follow patterns and use your imagination.

    DIY Mason Jar Crafts - Book #6586

    A perfect go-to gift for your brother or uncle is food! These recipe in a jar ideas from DIY Mason Jar Crafts are simple ways to show how much you care. Put the ingredients of a favorite family recipe inside, or maybe their favorite kind of cookie. After they've made the recipe inside, they have a nice jar to keep! You can even refill the jar with another recipe if they get hungry again.

    Just Gift It! - Book #7583

    If you want some quirky gifts for the uncle or brother that has a lot of hobbies, then these plastic canvas hobby coasters from Just Gift it! are perfect. You can make a set of one individual pattern, or make a bunch of different kinds for a mismatched eclectic set! The yarn over the plastic canvas gives the coasters a unique texture, and they work up super fast, so you can have a fun set ready by Christmas!

    Antique Game Board Set - Book #6492

    Game board sets would be perfect for a brother or uncle that could spend all day playing chess. You can cross stitch this pattern for a unique and antique looking checker or chess board with some patriotic flair. Antique Game Board Set gives you the best of both worlds with a vintage board design that gives a modern take on the classic chess board. It even comes with four coasters for a complete and crafty set!

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

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Gifts That Are Perfect For Babies

    We're back at it with #givingandgifting inspiration, makers! We've got some great gifts that you can make for the precious next generation. Whether you're giving these books and patterns to a crafty mom, or making the projects in this blog for your own favorite little one, you'll find a fun and fresh design to get you inspired for the holiday season. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next gift to work on!

    Crochet

    Everything Baby Crochet - Book #7575

    Every new mom loves a good stroller accessory, and babies love them even more. This starry stroller set is perfect for a bright and bubbly baby, and will keep them warm and cozy on early morning strolls through the park! Everything Baby Crochet is a collection of 48 of our favorite baby patterns, so it's a one stop shop for crochet baby accessories. So if you don't like this pattern, there are 47 others to choose from, including but not limited to hats, booties, blankets, and more! As an added bonus, there are handy little pockets to keep baby's favorite toys in.

    Infant Boots and Hats - Book #75667

    Boots and hats are staples for holiday gifts, and these patterns from Infant Boots and Hats are too good to pass up! There are plenty of colorful and easy to crochet patterns for both boys and girls, so you have a wide range of hat and bootie sets to make for a baby that needs some extra cozy gear.

    Baby Stacks - Book #75668

    If you are looking to make an interactive gift for the holidays, try these fun Baby Stacks patterns! You can make adorable animals or delicious donuts, the options are vast and creative. These little stacks are fun and baby-friendly, which makes these stacks the perfect gift to keep baby's attention for hours on end.

    Play and Learn Activity Cubes - Book #7367

    Here's another interactive gift, Play and Learn Activity Cubes! These little crochet cubes are learning tools with a cuddly surprise. With different themes and contraptions to attach to the sides like mirrors, pulleys, fishing hooks, and more, the possibilities are endless! These little cubes provide endless entertainment for baby with surprise pockets and playful attachments. Every cube has a story, so pick your favorite and give it to your favorite leading lad or lady as a gift!

    Knit

    Sweet Knits - Book #75720

    For the knitters in our maker groups, we're going heavy on giving and gifting winter fashion. This sweater from Sweet Knits is so adorable, and it looks so cozy and warm too! This is only one of many patterns that are comfy and versatile. I think any one of these sweaters would look good on a boy or a girl.

    Modern Baby - Book #7484

    If you want to go really festive with the winter wear, then try out these onesie sets from Modern Baby! With beautiful cables and muted color palettes, these matching sets are sure to keep baby warm and stylish. Our patterns vary from short to long sleeves, so you have 6 outfits to style your favorite crawler in.

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - Book #7290

    If you're still wanting more cardigans, we've got you covered. What cardigan is cuter than a baby cardigan? These patterns from Adorable Baby Cardigans are perfect as a light layer for baby, and even though these colors seem spring-like, you can always change them to fall or winter palettes.

    Animal Lovies. - Book #6645

    What if you could give a stuffed animal and a baby blanket in one super cute gift? Animal Lovies has all the animal patterns you need to create an adorable snuggle friend for your favorite little one to run around in. These huggable little blankets with show your baby that they always have a shoulder to lean on when they need it, be it a soft and fluffy one at that.

    Craft

    The Quiet Book - Book #7188

    Keep toddlers quiet and entertained with a colorful felt picture book full of touchable textures and shapes! The Quiet Book has a bunch of nifty ideas for felt books that will entertain babies with fun themes and interactive textures. This is definitely something to put on your crafting to-do list if you want your bundle of joy to be a future bookworm.

    Quilt/Sew

    Boo's Nursery Quilt Pattern Pack - Item #37560

    If you want to brush up on your quilting skills, try out this individual Boo's Nursery Pattern from our Pattern Pack Collection on our website. This is a super simple and colorful quilt that would bring a smile to any baby's face. Let them be bundled up in something as sentimental as a hand made quilt, a gift that they will cherish even after they've grown up.

    Baby Quilts - Book #7363

    Baby Quilts are perfect and timeless gifts that will be cherished forever, so start baby's nursery off right with fun patterns and block styles. This Plaid trimmed quilt gives off a rustic vibe that would be so cute hanging over the side of a crib in a nursery.

    Sew Cute Baby Bibs - Book #6915

    Every new mom needs extra baby supplies, so why not craft a few bibs for the little ones? These fun and festive bibs from Sew Cute Baby Bibs make eating fun, with multiple patterns and ideas for transforming the traditional sewn baby bib. This book is gender neutral, so the patterns in this book are for all kinds of messy eaters.

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    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Holiday Gifts That Mom and Dad Will Love

    We're back again, Makers! Do you hear those sleigh bells faintly ringing? We've been mapping out some great gift ideas over in our neck of the woods, specifically for parents and grandparents. We've got a wide range of things to choose from, for your mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa! So scroll to find your craft category and get your next spark of gift inspiration!

    Crochet

    Fair Isle Crochet - Book #7236

    If you want a festive gift this year, we've got you covered. Fair Isle Crochet is full of colorful holiday-like patterns done in the Fair Isle Technique, where only two colors per row are used, and the previous color is usually worked over. the technique is fascinating, and easy to learn! The book walks you step-by-step through the process. scarf sets would be great for mom and dad, you can even make them matching sets!

    Sportacular Afghans - Book #6828

    For the one who plays poker every weekend, we've got the ace of spades of gift ideas! We love this fun and eclectic afghan from Sportacular Afghans. There are a myriad of other patterns to choose from, depicting multiple kinds of hobbies and sports! This is just scratching the surface of the kinds of patterns you can crochet. Grandpa would just love this poker blanket!

    Make In A Weekend Textured Lap Throws - Book #75673

    If you're looking to polish off your crochet skills, these lap throw patterns from Make In A Weekend Textured Lap Throws speak for themselves. Witch simple stitch patterns that create great textures, you can make someone a really cozy throw for a relaxing weekend morning.

    Wildlife Cable Afghans - Book #7230

    Take the traditional afghan to the next level with this holiday gift! Wildlife Cable Afghans is a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' afghan that allows you to mix and match different parts of all of the patterns included in the book. create your own custom wildlife crochet masterpiece, perfect to keep mom or grandma warm but the fireplace. This would even be a good gift for grandpa or dad too!

    Knit

    Quick & Easy Mittens - Book #75553

    Mittens are always a great go to gift for the holidays, especially since we always have a few cold months to endure after Christmas. These patterns from Quick & Easy Mittens work up quickly, and will keep some nice an cozy from frostbite in fun and vibrant colors!

    Make In A Weekend Comfy Knit Throws - Book #75679

    For the person who loves to unwind with a good Netflix binge, try making them a throw blanket this year! these varied patterns from Comfy Knit Throws are so versatile and easy to make, you'll be a knitting master in no time. Blankets tend to take a little bit longer to make, but these patterns are so simple they can be made in just one weekend! That way, you can practice your skills by making a test afghan, and then have the real one by Christmas!

    Cozy Scarves - Book #7370

    Scarves make great gifts no matter who you ask and these pattern from Cozy Scarves do not disappoint! With easy to follow instructions and versatile patterns meant for all kinds of yarn weights, this book is perfect for the beginner who wants to practice their knitting skills.

    Craft

    Gifts Galore in Plastic Canvas - Book #6620

    If you're not a Yarnist, and more of a crafter, then these projects are perfect for you! This plastic canvas Teabag Holder is perfect for the one who constantly has to have a hot drink by their side. Gifts Galore in Plastic Canvas give you a wide range of projects to create with easy to follow instructions! From tissue boxes, to magnets, to birdhouses, and more, the possibilities are endless!

    DIY Pallet Projects - Book #7239

    If you want a more sentimental gift for the holidays, try this photo collage from DIY Pallet Projects. Start with basic planks of wood of all different styles to give your project some dimension, and then add your family favorites for a personal touch. This would make a beautiful rustic gift that's neutral enough to last through all seasonal decor.

    Modern Woodburning - Book #7524

    Another great wood project is this cutting board from Modern Woodburning. Woodburning seems like a hard craft to get into, but it's just like drawing! Just with an extremely hot pencil. Modern Woodburning walks you through all the basics of pyrography, and even gives you great ideas and inspiration to follow, like this pineapple cutting board design. With a little practice and patience before the holidays, you can create fun and functional gifts for every member of the family!

    Quilt/Sew

    Fashion Quilted Accessories - Book #7019

    For the crafter that's handy with a sewing machine, show off your excellent skills in a cute piece of clothing! This vest from Fashion Quilted Accessories is perfect for an eclectic fashionista. With the beautiful cityscape quilted on the back, this gift becomes a one of a kind fashion statement with extra sentimental value. You can even change up your fabrics to put your own twist on the pattern.

    Pincushions To Sew - Book #7133

    Maybe the person you're making for is a sewing fiend themselves? Then these pincushion patterns from Pincushions To Sew are perfect! With various fun patterns to choose from, made from just a few simple stitches, these small little projects pack a crafty punch! Make one, or are multiple for your secret Santa, the choice is up to you.

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

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Best Gifts To Make for Kids and Teens

    Hey there, Makers! We're getting close to the holidays now, which means that we here at Leisure Arts are brainstorming for holiday makers. We've been compiling some epic lists of gift ideas, in all sorts of categories, and throughout our Giving and Gifting Campaign we'll be releasing blogs that are designed to help you get your head in the holiday game! We're covering the easiest to shop for, all the way to the most difficult. This week? Kids and Teens! These guys fall into both categories, so we made sure to give a wide range of gift ideas that you can make for your favorite little protégé. Scroll to find your next gift to work on!

    Kids

    Whether it's a son or daughter, niece or nephew, grandchildren, or your favorite young hope for the world, we've got you covered with these fun and easy gifts to make.

    Crochet

    Crochet the next Captain Marvel or Flash when you create these Amigurumi patterns from Huggable Superheroes! Kristi Simpson shows us a thing or two about gifting heroism in cute and cuddly ways. Make these little plush buddies for a special superhero lover, and they can take them anywhere they want to go! There's a hero for everyone, and you can get creative with different yarns and colors to your heart's content. Some of the masks are even removable, so kids can take part in the fun and be their own superhero!

    Craft

    Play Mats - Book #7218

    This is a great project that works for both boys and girls! Play Mats is great for creating large and fun scenes for a kid to play in, ranging from rustic farmhouses all the way to glamorous castles! Using simple stitching techniques, included templates, and a little bit of patience, you can create fun little environments for your favorite little one to play in. Isn't this farmhouse pattern super adorable? As an added bonus, some of them are even portable for on the go fun.

    Sewing

    Fidget To Focus - Book #7219

    Fidget spinners may be a fad of the past, but we've got some fidget gear that doesn't get old, especially for your hyper and energetic little ones. This fidget cube from Fidget to Focus is full of nooks and crannies to keep a kid's attention, with bright colors and soft fabrics to boot! This book is full of patterns meant for all ages, but this we thought would be an especially fun holiday gift.

    Teens

    Teens can be hard to shop for, but we've tried to give you guys a wide range of things to create, from fun home décor to cute accessories.

    Craft

    Cool String Art - Book #7164

    String art is one of those fun and easy crafts that creates timeless and geometric home decor that will last you a while. Cool String Art is all of that and a bag of chips, with diverse and colorful patterns that would bring a smile to any teen's face. You can play with colors and types of string to make it unique to the person you're gifting it to, and watch as you become a string art master.

    Boho Jewelry - Book #7235

    If you want to make a fun and versatile gift for your favorite teen, then try this super simple headband from Boho Jewelry. The headband doubles as a necklace, and you can use really smooth fabrics like this blue silk to give this accessory a more luxurious feel. Add your favorite beads or gems, and you have yourself a minimalist and beautiful accessory that can be worn with just about any outfit!

    Sewing

    This project from Home Decor Using Grommets is probably one of the most practical gifts you can make, and it would probably be the most appreciated from the teen that can't breathe without their phone charger around. This sewing pattern uses the classic grommet and takes it to the next level, creating a life hack that would work for any type of phone charger! Just adjust the size of the grommet you need to use to hang off of the outlet in the wall.

    Boys

    Make something unexpected for your favorite son or nephew this season! We've got a wide range of ideas that work for every personality.

    Knit

    Knits for Kids - Book #7118

    Everyone needs a light layer, and this classic pattern from Knits for Kids is working its winter magic. Knit and purl your way through the intricate patterns and ribbed sleeves, and create a cozy masterpiece that will keep your little guy warmer than a fresh cup of hot cocoa.

    Crochet

    Crochet Animal Backpacks - Book #7308

    If you want fashionable and functional gifts this season, then these crochet Animal Backpacks patterns are great! There's a range of adorable animals to choose from - Giraffes, pandas, crocodiles, and more!

    Huggable Monsters - Book #7449

    Give your favorite little one a great big monster hug with these Adorable Amigurumi Patterns from Huggable Monsters. Make them as small or as large as you want them to be (depending on the yarn you use), and create a buddy that's out of this world! The patterns are easy to follow, and you'll find that they work up quite fast using simple stitches.

    Girls

    Girls just wanna have fun! We've got a great bunch of gift ideas for your queen in training, full of bright colors and styles.

    Knit

    The Best of Knit Accessories - Book #7579

    It's getting cold out there, and people are flocking to mittens and cozy caps. This adorable mittens and cap set from The Best of Knit Accessories is perfect for girls of all ages, from itty bitty to full grown! We love the cables and stitch patterns, and this olive green is to die for. This makes for an easy and cozy gift to knit.

    Plastic Canvas

    Rule The Kingdom in Plastic Canvas - Book 6916

    People underestimate all of the creative things you can craft with plastic canvas. This adorable Fairy Princess getup from Rule The Kingdom in Plastic Canvas is perfect for the little dreamer with a big imagination! These designs are as simple as counting rows and cutting canvas to stitch beautiful designs onto. With our step-by-step instructions, you can have this accessory set and much more done in as little as 1-2-3! Don't worry, we didn't leave your little knight out of the plastic canvas fun. There are plenty of fun accessories for boys too in Rule the Kingdom in Plastic Canvas.

    Sewing

    Olympia Owl - Pattern #37557

    If you're wanting to flex your quilting and sewing skill, make a stylish and creative backpack for the woodland creature lover. This Olympia Owl Pattern Pack gives you all the instruction you need to create this beautiful backpack. mix and match your fabrics and finishes and customize it to your liking! The possibilities are endless, we just give you the best framework possible to start from.

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

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

    Happy Giving and Gifting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Christmas in July Crafts That are 100% Santa Approved

    Ho ho ho, makers! We're decking the halls with Christmas (in July) cheer, and we're using the lazy days of summer to start on our holiday projects and décor. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we barely have time to make the elaborate gifts we want to give, let alone add special handmade touches to our holiday décor. Which is why Christmas in July is the perfect time to start crafting! If you start on projects now, you can have more time during the actual holiday season to relax. So go grab a nice snack, scroll to your favorite craft category, and start making your list to check twice!

    Crochet

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book 7453

    The Fair Isle Technique is a perfect color mixing style that works great for Christmas projects. Which is why you can start making the beautiful projects in Fair Isle Mittens now, so you have wonderful gifts to give during the holidays! These mustard colored fingerless mitts are perfect for texting in the cold, and can be used for multiple seasons. With the beautiful houndstooth patterns and chunky cables, these are the perfect versatile accessory for your wardrobe, and the wardrobes of your daughters, nieces, or granddaughters.

    Retro Christmas Ornaments - Book 7195

    Everyone loves retro, but we want retro with a modern twist. Which is exactly what you get with the projects from Retro Christmas Ornaments! These clothespin angels are so easy to make, you'd think Santa's elves had a hand in helping you! You can create beautiful projects like these ornaments and more with the help of the book's easy to follow instructions. Retro has never been so easy!

    Knit

    The Stocking Were Knit - Book 6533

    You can't forget about the animals! You can create this cat stocking with adorable little doodles at the trim from The Stockings Were Knit. Give your cat some Christmas tidings with a specialized stocking just for them. This is a perfect Christmas in July project for all cat lovers! This book has stockings for every member of the family, animal or human (so don't worry dog lovers, there's one for you, too).

    Beaded Ornaments - Book 6536

    This is definitely a transformation of knitting. You can make these great ornament covers with beautiful beaded accents from our book, Beaded Ornaments. With basic stitches and interwoven glittering beads, you have creative and definitely unique ornaments that will be treasured for many years to come.

    Craft

    Open House Merriment - Book 6872

    General crafts Christmas projects are perfect for the makers who don't know too much about crochet or knit, but still want to be creative with yarn and other mixed media. This wreath made of paper leaves from Open House Merriment is perfect for a door in need of sprucing, or a wall in need of decorating. With easy to follow instructions and tons of inspiration, this book is perfect for the crafter who loves to plan and prep ahead of time.

    Yarn Whimsies - Book 6889

    If you want some non-traditional décor for your tree, then try these little yarn snowcaps from Yarn Whimsies. You don't need to know crochet or knit to be a snowcap pro, it's as simple as common household items like toilet paper rolls and lark's head knots! This is a great way to be creative with yarn, without all the technicalities of fancy stitches. You end up with colorful and creative modern tree ornaments!

    Plastic Canvas

    The Magic of Christmas - Book 7584

    Plastic Canvas is one of those crafts that seems complicated, but it makes for beautiful projects. The Magic of Christmas gives you great step-by-step instructions to follow as you learn how to count threads, create your shapes, and stitch adorable little gift toppers and stocking stuffers like these candy cane climbers. It's small projects like these that can turn a lazy summer day into a productive day!

    Cross Stitch

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch - Book 6877

    Cross Stitch brings a classic twist to modern projects of all festive proportions, like this wine bottle jacket from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. With quippy quotes and adorable artwork, you can't go wrong with a beautiful hostess gift like this one! Who doesn't want to dress up their favorite red or white?

    50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas - Book 6883

    If you're thinking ahead of time on Christmas wrapping and accessories, then these little additions from 50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas are perfect for your future presents. Vamp up the traditional name tag with a stitched on Christmas tree, or little Rudolph. These projects work up quickly with color-coded and easy to follow charts, and would make for great first projects for someone who is starting out in cross stitch.

    Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments - Book 7587

    If you come from a family that has a Christmas tree in every room, then our wealth of cross stitch books will give you more than enough inspiration. These adorable stockings from Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments are a great hybrid of classic and modern Christmas designs. Even though they're mini, look at the detail! It's hard to believe that you can fit so much Christmas spirit into something so little.

    Holiday Ornaments Galore - Book 7585

    Even MORE cross stitch inspiration (See what I mean? A wealth of ornaments books). These circular ornaments from Holiday Ornaments Galore are minimalist enough to work for any style of Christmas tree. With quirky designs like robins in beanies and skiing snowmen, you can have an adorable set of colorful designs.

    Coloring

    (from left to right) Color On The Go - Holiday - Books 7305, 7301, 7302, 7304.

    Coloring is a fun and funky distraction for when you just need some crafty and creative time to yourself. Especially during the holidays. You can color in these Color On The Go - Holiday books wherever you go, and use the perforated pages to transform your Christmas cards! Laminate them and make a collage, scan them in and make a digital card, create fun and fancy colorful leaflets that bring a personal touch to your Christmas gifts! With fun designs like ornaments and mittens, you can't go wrong choosing any of these four books. Or better yet, get all of them!

    Santa might be sun tanning and shopping right now, but we've sent a letter to his workshop, and he loves these projects! We received a package of candy canes and sugar plums as a seal of approval. These projects, varied from beginner to advanced, are perfect for you to start now, so you're not bombarded during the holidays with busywork and shopping. If you try your hand at these projects, be sure to share it and tag us @leisureartsinc so we can admire your work and give you a special shout out. So go trade that traditional cup of hot cocoa for a Frappuccino, and craft away!

    Happy making!

    -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)

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    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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  • DIY Valentines - Quick and Crafty ways to Celebrate Love

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

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

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    The Perfect Gift for Book Nerds

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

     

     

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    Beaded Bracelets and Yarn Fun!

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

     

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    YouTube Fun! DIY Valentines from the Studio

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

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    Cross Stitch Crafts - Valentines for the Soul

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

     

     

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

    Stay Creative!

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    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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  • Self-Care Gifts That Will Change Your Holiday Shopping Routine

    The holidays are always a marathon, Makers, especially if you're a creative person. You're working overtime trying to create gifts for friends and family, spending optimal time and money on thoughtful gifts that will be thrown into the depths of the winter closet for years to come. Instead of slaving away over a throw pillow this year, why not try the gift that keeps on giving? self-care! Self-love and self-care are extremely important to keep you focused and driven in your day to day life, which can be a major struggle with stresses like bills, work, and the sheer fact that Elf On A Shelf exists (It's honestly the face. Have you seen that thing?). Staying positive and making sure that you get what you need is a must when it comes to your mental and physical stability.

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    How does self-care relate to my holiday shopping list?

    Now I know it seems like I've gone on a tangent, but it's simple. If you've ever spent time thinking of ways to improve your mental and physical health, you can be sure that your loved ones have too. Mom could use an extra spa day (or three), and dad could probably use some some much needed time off from work. Your sister or brother could be looking for something soft for their skin. This is where you come in! Giving the gift of self-care is like saying to your special someone, "I care about you, and you deserve this treat". These gifts won't be shoved in a closet until next year, they'll be used immediately, because they're functional, luxurious, and relaxing. These gifts can range from bath scrubs and perfumes, soaps and lotions, color therapy kits and journals, and even something as simple as paints to play with. Check out some of Leisure Arts' DIY self-care gifts that will show your family that you care about their long term well being!

     

    Self-Care Crafting

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    Diamond Art is one of our new crafts, but the act of diamond painting has been around for quite some time. Paint with beautiful 13 faceted diamonds onto high quality color printed fabric, fashioning your own shimmering tapestry to decorate your wall, adhere to a canvas bag, pillow or more! It's relaxing like color by number, but more luxurious because you're painting with diamonds. The act of matching the colors and lining the gemstones up will cure anyone's OCD and will have you dazzling any canvas you can get your hands on. This craft is perfect if you want to just have some "girl time" with the besties, "bonding time" with your kids, or "me time" for when you just want to relax.

     

    self-care Adult Coloring Kit -leisurearts.com

    Adult coloring has proven to be one of the most relaxing and stimulating crafts of the past few years. the act of mindlessly coloring and controlling where you want washes of color to go puts you at ease, and allows you to meditate for a moment and collect your thoughts with every new page. This Adult Coloring Kit from our website includes everything you'll need for the ultimate coloring experience: 1 coloring book with 48 designs, 12 gel pens, 12 colored pencils, and a pencil sharpener.

     

    self-care Homemade Tub Tea - Home Apothecary

    There's no better self-care gift than spa essentials. Make and Give Home Apothecary is a great book from author Stephanie Rose that is all about making beautiful and functional self-care gifts with all natural ingredients. From perfumes, to coffee massage bars, to fun little trinkets like Tub Tea (above), this book gives you a plethora of options to gift to anyone who you think needs to escape for a bit.

     

    Self-Care Daily Inspiration Flip Book - Leisure Arts

    If you're looking for more relaxing coloring inspiration, check out our Daily Inspiration Flip Book!  this dynamic duo of a coloring book will give you inspirational daily quotes that you can admire from afar or fill with color! With 40 inspiring one-liners printed on double-sided card-stock, this item is the perfect self car gift to adorn in your office or bedroom.

     

    self-care Happy Abstracts - Leisure Arts

    For The abstract artist in your life, we have the perfect book. Happy Abstracts is a great how-to book on creating vibrant and quirky designs for yourself as well as others. With pullouts of eccentric paintings from author Etta Vee, this book is the perfect balance between giving and creating in the form of colorful abstract artworks.

    self-care Aromatherapy Jewelry - Leisure Arts

    Self-care can be done anywhere, and can be with you at any time. Like these amazing Aromatherapy Jewelry designs! Let these absorbent lava beads absorb essential oils that will let you take a moment from your busy day and smell the roses (or patchouli, you pick the scent). With the modern and fresh new takes on DIY jewelry from this book, you're sure to be a showstopper at your next holiday event.

     

    Self-Care for the Yarnist : Crochet and Knit

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    Tend to your own Zen Garden - of yarn. These adorable and long-lasting patterns from Make A Crochet Garden (above) will leave you with a garden that will never wilt, and a garden that you can endlessly expand. With varied cacti and adorable displays, you can't not be relaxed while creating these dainty yarn plants.

     

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    Self-Care can be as simple as a cozy blanket to wrap yourself up in. These Patterns from Make In A Weekend Comfy Knit Throws are the perfect mediation buddies that you can make in a simple weekend, with easy to follow instructions!

     

    Gifting any one of these self-care beauties would bring a smile to anyone's face, and it should bring a smile to your face knowing that you create a gift that will actually be put to use this holiday season. So go the extra mile this holiday season, and gift the gift of self-care!

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    Have you ever given a self-care gift? Share with us in the comments! Be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to check on any new self-care news we might have your you.

     

    Take care of yourselves, Makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • A Feast of Creativity! Fun Projects to Get You in the Thanksgiving Spirit.

     

    Halloween is over, Makers. The skulls and cauldrons are being put away until next year, and turkeys and cornucopias are taking their place! Thanksgiving is a holiday that's meant for endless conversation over great food, and even better company. But there tends to be one thing overlooked every year when you plan for your grand feast : the decor! Decorations make or break the ambiance of a dinner, and for a meal as important as Thanksgiving, you definitely don't wanna drop the ball. Which is why we've got your back! We've put together a few fun projects in all types of mediums that will make your Thanksgiving environment so mesmerizing, no one will even notice that you almost burnt the sweet potato pie.

    Look for your category, if you're craft specific, or dive in and try out a project in a new craft! The choice is totally yours.

    Give Thanks With Crochet Goodies

    Thanksgiving Crafts Nature's Gifts For Baby Pattern

    As any great craftsman knows, the best way to give thanks during the holidays is through home made gifts and trinkets! If you're a crochet lover at heart, then you've come to the right blog post. We've got some nifty patterns for you to try out, and give out to the people you love. Just look at the adorable fox hat and matching blanket pattern that you can make for the little ones in your life (above). This getup from Nature's Gifts For Baby  will be sure to get loads of attention for Fall, and your baby can be cute and comfortable as they're showered with cheek pinches and waves of "awww".

    Thanksgiving Crafts Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Beanie
    Thanksgiving Crafts Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Headband

    If you've got someone a little older that you're making for, check out these Turkey Transformation patterns from Little Animals Headgear (Left). These cute and functional headband and beanie patterns are sure to be a big hit with the family during Thanksgiving Dinner. Plus, if you're not dying of cuteness overload from these pictures, then your heart is made of stuffing, and you didn't eat enough cranberry sauce. The pattern can be adjustable based on how big or small the person you're crocheting for is, so this pattern can be made for a wide age range! It's holiday gift patterns like these that really show that you're thinking outside of the oven for Thanksgiving this year. Not that there's anything wrong with thinking inside the oven, of course. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day for eating! Which is why we have these next few patterns just for the kitchen.

     

    Thanksgiving Crafts Crocheted Lace Trimmings - Quick Thread Projects

    If you've always been known for your upscale Thanksgiving soirees, then this is the project for you. Quick Thread Projects (above) is known for its fun and trendy projects for any occasion, and this Lace Trimming project certainly takes the cake (or pumpkin pie). The lacework can elevate the decor of your event, or give a little extra oomph to that store-bought Jam that you're trying to pass off as homemade (you can't fool me with that unmarked mason jar).

     

    Thanksgiving Crafts White Lace Runner - Filet Table Runners

    This project is specifically for the table. Though your guests might not notice it immediately -because they're focused on the delicious buffet in front of them- it has been a traditional part of Thanksgiving decor for decades, and we can't not include tradition in a classic holiday like this one. We're talking table runners, makers! Specifically, this White Lace Filet Runner from Filet Table Runners (above). They've been the perfect pairing to that apple print tablecloth that everyone remembers they had for at least one Thanksgiving, I'm 89.9% sure of that.

     

    Knit Some Handy Kitchen Helpers for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Don't be fooled by all of our cool crochet crafts, we have some awesome knit stuff too. These Thanksgiving themed projects make the perfect handy helpers that are festive and functional!

    Thanksgiving Crafts Dishcloths for Special Days
    Thanksgiving Crafts Corn Cob Dishcloth - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths
    Thanksgiving Crafts Apple Potholder - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths

    These crafty potholders and dishcloths from Make in a Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths (right) will brighten up any kitchen space, and make it look like you have an eclectic taste in home decor. That corn cob dishcloth looks good enough to eat! Let these little baubles be your good luck charms when cooking Thanksgiving dinner. If the funky patterns aren't up to your speed, then try these simple and subtle designs from Dishcloths For Special Days! Modern or Classic, you choose which style is best for you and your family.

    Festive Coloring - Fun For Everyone

    Thanksgiving Crafts Bountiful Wonders Coloring Sheet

    Coloring! The craft that makes you feel like a kid again, but in the best and most relaxing way possible. Adult coloring has become one of those mindless and relaxing crafts that you can enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Which is why you need these festive coloring books for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. No one ever thinks about the down time during family get togethers - when you're waiting for the food to be finished. Even if you did think about it last year, it was probably already too late, and then you became stuck in between channels of boring small talk between your aunts and uncles that will just be repeated when Christmas comes (don't worry, we have Christmas coloring books too).

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    Adult coloring was made for down time, so this Thanksgiving, when you feel the need to be creative, check out the beautiful content in Bountiful Wonders (above header), Color on the Go - Fall, and Color On The Go - Gather Together (above).

    If you're looking for ways to repurpose those pages after they're colored, check out our DIY Coloring Decor post we did for National Coloring Day.

     

    Bonus : Thanksgiving Fun with Plastic Canvas

    Thanksgiving Crafts Holiday Fancies - Give Thanks Napkin Holder

    This is for the festive turkeys that want to go the extra mile this holiday. Plastic Canvas is a fun and addicting craft to start, and what better project to start with than this adorable napkin holder, from Holiday Fancies, perfect for any table. Pair this with your table runners and lace trim, and you've got yourself a swanky Thanksgiving.

     

    Share Your Projects With Us! 

    Which of these projects do you want to try, Makers? Give us a shout out in the comments or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We love to see what you're working on!

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    Happy Decorating!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 5 Crafty Creations To Concoct Before Halloween Is Over!

    It's a spooky time of year, Maker friends! The things that go bump in the night are ready to rumble. Halloween is just around the corner, and soon we'll see monsters and goblins and vampires roam the streets till the late hours of the night. If you're one of those die hard Halloween enthusiasts, then go out there and stir up some trouble! But if you're wanting to be less of a Frankenstein and more of a Casper The Friendly Ghost, then you've visited the right blog post. We've got some addicting and crafty creations that you can make before 'All Hallow's Eve' approaches.

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    Don't worry, these projects are warlock tested, mother approved.

    Create Your Own Frankenstein

    Get in the mindset of Dr. Jekyll when you create these Amigurumi Monsters! You can create endless possibilities with different colors and types of yarn, until you have created the perfect masterpiece.

    Halloween Projects Amigurumi Monsters - Mohawk and Flame
    Halloween Projects Amigurumi Monsters - Sunny and Pom-Pom

    Practice Your Black Magic

    Bubble bubble, toil and trouble! Sometimes you need a little magic in the air to make your night special. This potion for activated Charcoal soap is sure to work it's magic and make your skin soft as the silk off a witch's hat. Become your everyday Sanderson sister with these recipes for homemade soap from Home Soap Making.

    Halloween Projects Activated Charcoal Soap - Home Soap Making

    Conjure A Fairy Wonderland

    Make some fairy friends this Halloween, by creating a magical garden for them! These creative DIY Fairy Garden landscapes from Kristi Simpson are sure to brighten up your home for the mystical and magical holiday.

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    Garden Moss Garden Hut - DIY Fairy Gardens

    Get Enchanted by Seasonal Cross Stitch

    Cross Stitch is a fascinating craft that hooks you in once you start sewing. Trust me when I say that after looking at these Halloween patterns, you'll be under the Cross Stitch spell.

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    Become The Halloween Pumpkin King

    David Pumpkins who? Become the aficionado on all things pumpkin decor when you create our projects from Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! Make lasting Halloween decor that can be used for years to come with craft pumpkins.

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    Most of these crafts will last you for years to come too, so you'd be creating some long term decorations that will impress your friends and family. These are the perfect projects to work on while you watch your favorite Halloween classic and fill up on Snickers and Paydays! The best part is that you can start working on these projects right now! Just follow the links to our website and purchase our eBooks. If you've created some fun Halloween crafts, tell us below, or even better, share a picture to our Leisure Arts Facebook Page! We'd love to see how our fellow makers are decorating their homes for Halloween.

     

    Have a crafty Halloween, Makers!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

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