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  • Creepin' It Real With Halloween Inspiration

    It’s gonna be a great Halloween—we can feel it in our bones! This year is destined to be different, but it can still be fang-tastic. Check out the projects below to ensure a great October 31.

    Be Witcha' In A Minute

    Everybody loves a tutu, and we've got several to dress up your Halloween costumes in A Tutu for Every Occasion. Your options include a rocker girl, forest fairy, princess, jungle girl, and a witch!

    A Tutu for Every Occasion #6225

    A Tutu for Every Occasion #6225

    Help Their Imaginations Soar

    Halloween inspires dress-up play everyday, and with Kids Dress Up, you'll have five crocheted sets for imaginative adventures! Your princess can travel to the forest and play with the forest creatures; your ballerina can premiere on the Broadway stage, or your superhero can save the world!

    Kids Dress Up #7120

    Bat-ter Up

    Let your neighbors know how much you love Halloween with this happy, colorful wreath. Deco Mesh Wreaths are easy and quick to make, and can be hung indoors or out. We'll show you how to fashion beautiful wreaths with readily available crafting supplies. 

    Deco Mesh Wreaths #5834

    The Dish Ran Away With These Dishcloths

    Why not let Halloween creep into every area of your household, including the kitchen sink? Be on-theme with these purple and orange beauties from Holiday Knit Dishcloths.

    Holiday Knit Dishcloths #5287

    Create An Eerie-sistible Candy Bowl

    It wouldn't be Halloween without a candy dish, and the black cat is just icing on the pumpkin. This plastic canvas creation will hold your favorite sweets perfectly. You can find it in Holiday Fancies—you'll also want to check out the ultra-cute pumpkin basket.

    Holiday Fancies #6073

    Tape Into Some Scary Crafting

    Use the powerful magic of duct tape to the eeriest house in the neighborhood or mutate into a horrifying swamp creature. The projects in Stick or Treat eBook use duct tape and are so easy, it's scary!

    Stick or Treat eBook #36005929

    Choose From a Boo-nanza Of Cross-Stitch Projects

    Cross-stitch your way to Halloween bliss with a Roly-Poly Witch, a Hair-Raising Halloween, and Boo to You cross-stitch ePatterns you can download today. Get out your needles and pick your poison!

    Roly-Poly Witch Cross Stitch ePattern #800289; Hair-Raising Halloween Cross Stitch ePattern #800622; Boo to You! Cross Stitch ePattern #800427

    Fangs For The Memories

    Now that you've got several ideas to get you started on Halloween, it's time to have some skele-fun. The best part, you'll be making memories for years to come. Which projects will you choose?

    Please share your spook-tacular creations by tagging your photos with #leisurearts or @leisureartsinc on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Bugs and hisses,

    Leisure Arts Team

  • Back to School Inspiration

    Back to school is going to be lot different this year for most of us, but the excitement of a new year and new possibilities can't be stopped. Whether it's starting back at school, doing school online, homeschooling, or a mixture, we've got what you need.

    What's Your Story?

    The interactive felt scenes from Play Mats will inspire children to create fun and creative stories. Mix with other toys, and the stories they'll come up with are as endless as their imagination! And everyone knows that creative play like this opens the mind to learning.

    Play Mats #7218

    Head To Class Totes Classy

    If you or your older children are headed off to class, carry school supplies in Italian style with Terrific Totes. Not only are these crochet bags beautiful, they're oh so functional! Tote a computer or tablet, books or whatever else needed for those busy school days.

    Terrific Totes #6573

    Bee-utiful Backpacks

    It's easy to get zoo the school day with crocheted Animal Backpacks for the younger crowd. It fits all the (panda) bear necessities your child will need so they will be free to exercise ze-brain. So quit monkeying around, grab your yarn and needles, and start crocheting!

    Animal Backpacks - 8 Pals to Crochet #7308

    Do The Math—Crocheting Is The Answer

    Crochet doesn't just produce afghans and sweaters, it teaches math and problem solving, and inspires creativity. So while the kids are at home, spend their math and art time with Learn to Crochet for Kids. Not only will they learn important skills, they will create several items perfect for when they do head out to school.

    Learn to Crochet for Kids #6352

    Busy Fingers, Focused Mind

    Schooltime means focusing, which can be hard for some of us. Fidget To Focus offers cubes, mats and squares to focus the mind for people of all ages. Plus, the designs are easy to sew, which makes creating them a great activity for your older students!

    Fidget To Focus #7219

    Gear Up

    Your kids can show up at school showing off their school pride with crochet hats, scarves and more from Home Team Gear. Patterns range from large to small, so kids of all grades—including college—can deck out in their school colors.

    Home Team Gear #6695

    Penmanship Can Be An Art

    Have you ever marveled at exquisite calligraphy-style handwriting? Polish your child's penmanship with Hand Lettering. With just a few simple tools and techniques—and a bit of practice—their writing will be just as spectacular as anything you see in stores or on Pinterest. 

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    Storybook Ending

    Bring your favorite fairytales to life with Storybook Dolls to Knit. The walkabout puppets are based on beloved stories and rhymes, also included in an audio CD. You children can play along with the CD or come up with their own versions!

    Storybook Dolls to Knit (CD Included) #5286

    Now that you've been inspired by our Back to School ideas, choose a project (or 2 or 3) and get started! Your children will love you for it, and they will be inspired to learn.

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

    -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

  • 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

  • Breathe Easier with these DIY Masks

    In addition to social distancing, wearing cloth face masks out in public has been recommended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These quick and cute projects will bring you pride while they keep the people around you safe.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Wear your DIY masks with pride.

    According to the CDC, masks should 

    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

    Our designers have been working on easy-to-make patterns for masks that fit the CDC recommendations. They are intended for your personal use, and won't take away from the supply of medical masks for healthcare workers. We are offering a free Tie-On Pleated Mask ePattern so you can outfit your family and/or friends.

    Tie-On Pleated Mask - ePattern

    Tie-On Pleated Mask - ePattern

    Masks above: Free Tie-On Pleated Mask #808706

    This pattern is also in Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook, available to download for $5.99. This book includes eight mask and cap designs, with embellishments, special features and extra tips. Cute cat, dog, emoji masks are quick and easy. We threw in some surgical caps as well to inspire some fun options for our healthcare folks.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    You can personalize the masks with as far as your imagination takes you! Paint or stencil a simple design, use decorative stitches, mix and match fabrics, or sparkle it up with Diamond Dotz.

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    Breathe Easy - 8 Simple Sew and Appliqué Particle Mask and Cap Projects - eBook #36007737

    So grab your favorite materials and your creativity and get to masking!

    NOTE: The masks are intended to protect other people from you, so they do not take the place of diligent social distancing and hand washing, etc. Wear a mask, save a life!

  • Craft Away Stress

    April is Stress Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time! If you are looking for ways to relax and bring those stress levels down, crafting could be your answer. Stepping back and taking these little moments in life to crochet, knit, paint, or do anything creative, does more good for your body than you may realize. When you are crafting, you are taking charge and focusing on your mental and physical health, which is critical in times like these. So craft away your stress with any creative project—here are just a few ideas to help inspire you!

    Jump on the Diamond Art Bandwagon

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Rainy Day Design

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Rainy Day Design #49385

    If you enjoy crafting AND puzzles, it’s time to jump on the Diamond Art bandwagon. Our Rainy Day Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, powered by Diamond Dotz kit has what you need for a stress-free creative activity. The color-coded chart makes it easy for you to complete this abstract modern surrealist beauty, along with the pre-printed adhesive. With high-quality color printed fabric, 13-faceted diamonds, and handy tools like the comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you’ll be dipping, dotting, and dazzling your way to a colorful masterpiece!

    An Apron a Day Keeps the Stress Away

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash # 7609

    Sooooooo, you want to relax and be productive at the same time? (See what we did there?) Sew your way to calm with functional and adorable Simple to Sew Aprons. Whether you’re into gardening, chicken-raising, crafting, harvesting, or cooking and baking, we’ve got an apron pattern for you. You can never have too many aprons, right? Designer Billie Steward takes you step by step with instructions that will have you sewing these 13 quick projects and calming your nerves before you know it. With styles from bandanna to eggs to summer picnic or retro, these aprons also make amazing gifts.

    Wrap Yourself in Hand-Knitted Warmth

    Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites

    Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites #6999

    Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with these Knit Cardigans by designer Andi Javori! Choose from 12 gorgeous cardigans, or heck, why not all of them? The hard part will be choosing which to knit first. Most of these aprons are rated Easy, with a couple of Intermediate ones sprinkled in just to keep you on your toes. Grab your knitting needles and make yourself a new sweater today! Each is destined to become a favorite. 

    Double the Creativity, Double the Fun

    Play Mats

    Play Mats #7218C

    You and your kids can double your creativity with Play Mats from Leisure Arts—make your own interactive felt scenes, and then enjoy using them to make up your own fun stories. Seven different sets are all easy to cut and assemble with glue and simple stitching. Designs by Kimberly Layton include a castle complete with princess and unicorn, life under the sea, a sweet cupcake shop, a campsite, a farm, a cottage in the woods, and a neighborhood. Arrange the colorful pieces in endless ways and mix with other toys to expand the settings and characters.

    Let Marvin Mega Boy Come to Your Rescue

    Mini Maker Yarn Crafts - Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943

    Mini Maker Yarn Crafts - Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943

    Let Marvin Mega Boy save you from your worries! This Mini Maker Yarn Crafts kit is a bite-sized craft experience that will leave you with a cherished and cuddly super hero. The kit has everything you’ll need to create your own adorable 8.5” Marvin Mega Boy amigurumi, including easy-to-follow instructions, yarn, crochet hook and yarn needle. This little guy packs a big punch when it comes to bringing you joy. PS. He also makes a great companion for napping and watching TV.

    Color Your Life with Paper Flowers

    Paper Flowers #7241C

    Paper Flowers #7241

    Not only are Paper Flowers easier to create than you’d expect, they bring out your creativity and wash away stress. With each turning page of this book, designer Jennifer Maker inspires you to create fabulous florals full of texture and color. And you’ll craft it all using tissue paper, cardstock, floral tape, and other readily available craft materials. You’ll uncover 10 projects in all that include a daisy, dandelion, orchid, and rose — one is sure to be your favorite. The best part — you’ll soon be diving into your very own blossoming projects. We’re sure of it.

    Be Homebound in Comfort With This Cozy Quilt

    Homebound - Featuring Two Fabric Colorways for a Modern or Traditional Quilt Pattern Pack #37556

    Homebound - Featuring Two Fabric Colorways for a Modern or Traditional Quilt Pattern Pack #37556

    Picture this: Lounging on your couch binge-watching your latest show, covered in a cozy blanket you quilted yourself! Our Homebound: Quilt with Leisure Arts pattern pack has a classic look, but never goes out of style. By adding a twist here or a fabric substitution there, you can go modern or traditional, or both! The finished lap quilt measures 49' x 65' with optional crib, twin, full, and king/queen sizes. The possibilities are endless-ish! And that makes us (and you!) very content.

    A Bike Ride That Will Soothe Your Soul

    Mini Maker Bicycle Embroidery Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #49814

    Mini Maker Bicycle Embroidery Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #49814

    Any Cycologist will tell you that this Bicycle Ride is good for your soul. You’ll have the sudden urge to jump on your own bike, gather flowers, and frolic your heart out, but not until you finish this charming embroidery project. If you find this Bicycle Ride embroidery project as charming as we do, then might we mention that your kit will contain everything you’ll need to embroider it into existence? Plus, the pattern itself is pre-printed on the enclosed fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike. Yields one hoop of bicycle bliss. So go ahead – frolic away!

    Yes, We Do Believe in Unicorns

    Mini Maker Unicorn Dreamcatcher Book Plus Kit - Includes 32 page book and everything you need to create 1 dreamcatcher and 1 embroidered hanging #50389

    Mini Maker Unicorn Dreamcatcher Book Plus Kit - Includes 32 page book and everything you need to create 1 dreamcatcher and 1 embroidered hanging #50389

    Do you believes in unicorns? We do! Let this Unicorn Dreamcatcher protect you from your worries. The kit has everything you need to craft yourself to relaxation and create this unique dreamcatcher. But wait, there’s more! A bonus 32-page project book comes with your kit so you can create more great projects. You’ll be creating an organizer, doily dreamcatcher, ribbon chandelier, wreaths and more! Using the easy to follow instructions that come with our Mini Maker kits, you can easily bring creativity into your everyday life.

    Pamper Yourself With Cotton

    All About Cotton #7055C

    All About Cotton #7055

    Pamper yourself and your family with the soft cotton creations featured in All About Cotton. This book guides you easily through 10 projects like making baskets, bottle carrier, tote, plant hanger, bath set, coasters, dishcloth and hanging dishtowel, potholder, napkin ring, and a rug. You’ll use soft and cool, yet sturdy and durable, cotton medium-weight yarn, perfect for quick crochet projects. Not only will you relieve stress by crocheting, you will be beautifying your home as well!

    Choose one, two, three of these projects to bring some calm into your days, and come out of it with memories and cherished items. All of these projects are easy to accomplish and are perfect for you to do by yourself or include your children or other family members. Once you finish one or many of these stress relieving projects, be sure to share it with us @leisureartsinc or using the hashtag #LeisureArts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in the craft universe. In addition, most of the items we’ve written about in this blog post are included in our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and craft your way to calm.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    Craft Away Stress. April is Stress Awareness Month. Start Crafting your stress away!

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

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

    Sherwin-Williams Naval inspiration

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

    Crochet

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

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

    Cotton Throws & Beach Blankets - Book #7119

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

    Knit

    Northern Lights Knits - 8 Icelandic Inspired Projects
    Book #75707

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

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

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

    Craft

    Quick & Simple Jewelry Beading for Beginners
    Book #7215

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

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

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

    Quilt

    All Aboard - Baby Quilt Pattern Pack
    Book #7363

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

    Easy Timeless Quilts
    Book #6653

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

    Sew

    9 Beat the Chill Scarves
    Book #7570

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

    13 Simple to Sew Aprons
    Book #7609

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

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

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 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

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Needle Crafting

    Our January campaign is Taking Care of You, and we are focusing on the benefits of crafting, and how reserving a little bit of time out of the day to craft will change your attitude for the better. Needle crafting holds a wide range of crafts, from simple sewing, to textured embroidery, all the way to punch needle!

    The meditative action of stitching gives you a mindless feeling that just relaxes you. The extra bonus is that you have a beautiful project that you can show off to your friends and family. Check out all of the fun ways you can incorporate needle crafting into your craft resumé, and feel better doing it!

    Simple Stitches for the Free Spirit

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    If you're a novice with needlepoint but still want to discover the therapeutic benefits of the craft, then try these simple sewing projects from Free Spirit Stitching! These projects are great for the beginner that is just wanting to learn the basics with with a fun twist. You can create great patterns and colorful decor using just simple stitches and even easy materials like hot glue. Jump into needle craft with a simple project from this book, and fall in love with how relaxing and fun it is!

    Stitchery

    Blue Voyage Stitchery Kit - Item #49810

    Stitchery Kits - www.leisurearts.com

    Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. With our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop. That's what makes this craft so relaxing, you don't have to worry about completing a whole section in one day for fear of losing your place. You can pick it up and craft any time you want, and pick up right where you started. It's kind of a similar feeling to finishing a Diamond Art Canvas, but you can read all about that in our last therapeutic benefits blog (The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art).

    Punch Needle

    Modern Punch Needle - Book 7513

    Punch Needle is a great traditional needle craft that has taken a modern twist recently, as you can see above! Modern Punch Needle by Bérénice Robert shows us how to take the Punch Needle craft and reinvent it to make it look fresh and new with bold colors and fun textures. This craft is as easy as buying the items and stitching away to your design! The cloth is super pliable and easily lets the punch needle thread work its magic to create an effortless design that works up in no time! You can add a new abstract throw pillow to your couch, or embellish your favorite purse or jacket the choices are endless for incorporating this craft into your daily life. Not only will the benefits of trying this craft become a meditative practice for you, but you'll have a comfy and cute accessory for your wardrobe or home décor.

    Craft

    Living Coral

    Hoops Hooray 7251

    This project from Hoops Hooray is a great example of reinvention of needle craft materials. This project uses traditional sewing materials like an embroidery hoop, and transforms it into a great way to de-clutter your crafting area! Needle Crafting doesn't have to be these grandiose projects that take forever to make. You can start with fun, small projects like these that not only help you practice your simple stitching skills, but help you organize and, in turn, relax.

    Quilting/Sewing

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7493

    When you get comfortable with those beginner needle craft projects, you can move onto more intricate projects like this project from Quilted Wall Hangings! This dreamcatcher will catch all of those nightmares and take your stresses away with the bright colors and fun geometric patterns it has to offer. This is a fun and unique way to reinvent Quilting and Sewing and get a relaxing result at the same time.

    If you've tried any of these crafts, let us know how they make you feel! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, because we love to see what's going on in your studios!

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