Greetings makers! We're back with another color match, this time for Etsy and their choice of Sky Blue for 2021. What's special about their choice for color of the year is it not only fits the year thematically, but it's based in sales and consumer behavior. Sky Blue has had a nearly 40% increase in searches. Data and life collided with their choice on this one. Etsy says they also chose this color because, "After such a tumultuous year, shoppers are looking forward to bluer skies ahead. While there are still many hurdles to overcome, hope is on the horizon and there is a renewed sense of gratitude and connection to our communities. Etsy’s color of the year perfectly represents this, while offering tranquility and further connecting us to nature." Let's take the dive and see what this color could have in store for you.
The tranquility Etsy speaks of is definitely a vibe for this year. Weekends aren't the only time to get some rest, you should feel at ease as often as possible. The 8 afghans in this book do just that. Not only will you feel proud wrapping yourself in your own project, you'll feel instantly relaxed and ready to take on the world... after this episode.
There's no tranquility when the kids are running around or whining about their boredom, so let them get their hands dirty! Slime continues to grow in popularity, and for good reason. This mess-free, brain stimulating activity is perfect for when you need some you time or if you want to jump in and have some bonding time. Sky blue is just one of the options, and oh how beautiful!
Phil says 6 more weeks of winter, but you're not going to let that stop you from warming up. The possibilities with fleece, much like the sky, are endless. Try using fleece to add shades of blue throughout your home decor and you'll warm right up at the sight of blue skies! Take inspiration from one of these gorgeous fleece pillows and blankets for your home update.
Etsy's Sky Blue is to die for, so much so that we think you should dye everything! Or at least a dozen home and fashion items. Gone are the days of blindly dying and hoping it works out, you've got expert guidance now. From a keychain to a T-shirt to an apron, this book has you covered for your trip to Sky Blue paradise.
This ever-trendy craft is just heating up. Whether you want to make a cheeseboard or a set of coasters, resin is a great way to add just a little bit of color to your home. This kit is perfect for beginning resin crafters. It has everything you need to mix trendiness and functionality. Pair it with your choice of cheese board, cheese tray, or coasters and tray set.
Whether you had a good 2020 or not, it's all blue skies from here, according to Etsy. Don't forget to let us know what you're crafting! We always love to see how creative you all are, so be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts!
Whether you’re stuck at home and need a relaxing way to spend your time, or you’re looking for activities to do with the kids, we’re here to help! We’ve got a wide variety of crafts to choose from even if you’re new to crafting.
Easy, Fun and Creative Crafts for Kids, and Adults Too
Create awesome memories with your kids while you’re all at home. This book by Rachel Nipper may be called After-School Kids’ Crafts, but we can bend the rules now can’t we? The 12 playful projects included in the book are quick, easy and a joy to craft. Each craft comes with a shopping list and easy-to-follow instructions. If you like butterflies, unicorns, flowers, turtles, jellyfish or owls, you will find the perfect project to spark your creativity.
Anyone Can Paint, Including You
Now's the time to let your inner artist shine. Everyone has an artist within them, and with Happy Abstracts, even beginners can make bold and vibrant paintings! Learn to create vibrant canvas art, stroke by stroke and step by step. This explorative painting guide, by artist EttaVee (Jessi Raulet), will have you painting bright and beautiful works of art in no time with bold hues and daring brushwork. Following along with the photo guides, you’ll journey through six projects. This is a great way to feed your creative soul and stretch your mind.
Craft Bombs Are Really the Bomb
Craft Bombs: A Super Stash of Awesome Art to Spread Kindness, Joy, and Happiness, is a great companion to social distancing. This super-cute colorful art has plenty of activities to use your time creatively. Just pull out any of the pre-made art from the book and get creative with your craft supplies. This book offers layers of craft-tastic kindness, with projects like vision boards, journal cards, banners, affirmation and kindness cards, room décor, origami fortune tellers (cootie catchers) and more!
Get Busy and Get Slimed
Who doesn’t love slime?! With Slimed DIY guide, you can make your own at home for hours of fun. The book includes a basic slime recipe plus 9 fun and gooey variations: Clear, Color Changing (temperature sensitive), Fluffy, Glitter Glue, Glitter, Gold (metallic), Magnetic, Starry Night (black with glitter and star sequins), and Winter (icy blue with snowy mini beads). You'll love being slimed so much, you won't want to put it down!
Why Not Use This Time to Make Simple Home Improvements
Transform everyday items into one-of-a-kind treasures with A Beginner’s Guide to Chalk Painting. The no-prep paint dries in minutes and can be layered and sanded for a perfect distressed look and feel. Wax adds durability and buffs to a soft sheen. The ultra-matte finish can be applied to new, unfinished, or up-cycled furniture, cabinets, walls, glass, metal and more. You’ll love what you can do!
Tutus are Terrific and Easy to Make
If you know a child who thinks tutus are terrific, you can craft one yourself with A Tutu for Every Occasion. Whether for special occasions or everyday play, each tutu is adjustable to fit sizes 2-8 and can be made in any length. Simple headwear and other accessories add the finishing touches to each ensemble! Bring out the ballerina in your child with these creations!
Time spent crafting is never a waste, so get your next project started today! Let us know how you're using your time productively and creatively—tag @leisureartsinc or hashtag #leisurearts, we love to see what your creativity at work.
Slippery, gelatinous slime has been all the rage lately; now you can make your own with easy to find supplies! Then add a few extra ingredients to each batch of slime to achieve a multitude of textures, colors and visual effects. Pliable and stretchy, slick slime is now a commodity!
When I think of slime, I envision a gelatinous, gooey mess found on a garden slug! I've never worked with slime before, but there's so much more to slime than being a slippery substance. If you want to get creative with your slime, check out our all-new release, Slimed DIY. I read all of the helpful hints, dos and donts as outlined in the leaflet before I got started. Everything I used was from my local grocery store. You can use more exotic ingredients, but I kept it simple. I started with the basic recipe called, Simple Slime.
Always measure, don't guess. Even then, you may have to measure twice and reread your instructions, as well as, the order in which the ingredients are added to the recipe. This is science; it's all about chemical reactions.
Simple Slime ingredients
Definitely use food coloring! It adds more mystery to your slime -- and if you make different batches, it helps to segregate them in your mind to help determine which slime version you liked the best!
Adding liquid food coloring to first batch of slime.
I liked the mixing and watching when the physical structure of my liquid ingredients started changing. I can see why so many enjoy this. Look how quickly glue, liquid starch and water transform into a pliable mound of slime!
See how the slime develops once liquid starch and water are added to the glue / food coloring mixture.
I scooped my Simple Slime from my mixing bowl and placed on my plastic lined table. My hands were definitely moist while kneading this slime. Other than the moisture, my hands were not sticky. The slime was very pliable and easy to squish.
All right; first batch of slime! Continue kneading until smooth. My slime remained moist and slick.
On to my second batch of slime, Glitter Glue slime.
Glitter Glue Slime.
I only wanted a small batch of Glitter Glue Slime, so I halved the recipe found in Leisure Arts' item #7191 - Slimed DIY. After re-reading this recipe's instructions, I read the Tip to use borax, instead of liquid starch, to make a more transparent slime.
Glitter Glue slime using borax instead of liquid starch.
The first thing I would change in my process: if I want to halve a recipe, get enough ingredients to easily portion out into a mixing bowl. I bought exactly half of the glitter glue needed, a 3 oz. bottle. I found it impossible to squeeze out a good portion of the glitter glue from its bottle. As a result, I cut the plastic bottle in half to scoop out the remainder - what a MESS!
One small container is half the recipe - but what a mess! I had to cut the container because a fourth of the glue would not dispense!
Following the steps using borax, the glitter glue slime came together very easily. Then I thought I should add more water because I had so much remaining, and - failure! My slime turned to liquid.
My slime looked great, but I didn't leave well enough alone and added a little more water. I ruined the proportions - it's all about measurements.
I tried adding a little more borax, but that didn't work. Maybe a little more - oh, well; my proportions were all off. I could not start over from the beginning because I only purchased just the right amount of glitter glue to halve the recipe one time.
Next up, Fluffy slime.
This slime version had twice the number of ingredients than the previous two slime versions I tried. I wanted to get as many ingredients measured - but I made a fatal error that I discovered later in the process. What is nice about this Fluffy version, the slime book noted that this recipe can be doubled if desired.
Fluffy - Attempt 1: I can't wait to feel a different texture of slime! Ingredients are ready!
The slime is developing by getting lumpy. But it just seems too gooey.
After re-reading the instructions, I realized after-the-fact that I added the foaming hand soap by pouring it from the bottle, not pumping it as a foam into a measuring cup. Well, I can't undo what I had done so instead of getting too frustrated, I just kept mixing...
My first attempt at Fluffy slime didn't seem quite right. It did peel off of my skin easily enough, but it remained sticky and gooey.
My pink Fluffy slime never did recover from my error. It was still an interesting substance, but not a desirous outcome.
I was bound and determined to try making Fluffy slime the next morning. I reviewed the images and instructions from item #7191 - Slimed DIY to ensure that I had enough of each of the ingredients to attempt making a second batch. I also needed to make sure that I had taken all of the steps in their correct order.
Second attempt at Fluffy slime: All the ingredients are measured and ready to be mixed!
I was happy to see an immediate difference in the yellow substance forming in my bowl compared to my first attempt done the day before.
The glue, shaving cream & foaming hand soap are combined, followed by cornstarch. Watch as a ball develops when a small amount of liquid starch is added. OOPS; I forgot the food coloring mixture!
I got a little nervous when I realized that I had mixed the liquid hand soap, hand lotion and food coloring together but had not [yet] added it to the first mixture of glue, shaving cream, foaming hand soap and cornstarch. I added a little of the yellow food coloring mixture and hoped all would remain intact!
Phew; adding the food coloring mixture out-of-order didn't ruin my slime. My fluffy is a little puffy.
Can you tell I'm pressing down into my Fluffy slime mixture? It felt cool, smooth and pliable. It was not wet or sticky, but very putty-like. It was great that my second batch of Fluffy slime allowed me to mash it, ball it, and stretch it without spreading any residue all over.
My hands are basically clean; I like this!
I liked the elasticity and texture of Fluffy slime as an all-around tactile toy. I didn't need to purchase any unusual ingredients; all materials could be purchased at a brick-and-mortar store, or its online equivalent.
Oh, how much fun is this! I'm so glad I made a second attempt at the Fluffy slime - it's stretchy, soft and cool to the touch!
1. Purchase enough ingredients to make several batches.
2. Definitely buy a discardable table cover of thin plastic. Most slime is SUPER EASY to clean up; except if your slime is too gooey. If your slime attempt turns into a slime failure, and you have a gooey mess, just cut your plastic table cover with the mess and throw away.
3. Remember DO NOT pour any batches of slime down the drain or flush down the toilet. But it does clean up from measuring cups, mixing bowls and utensils (plus floors, chairs, phone cases, and hands) very easily using warm soapy water.
4. Follow all instructions, guidelines, safety tips, usage instructions and tips outlined in Leisure Arts' item #7191 - Slimed DIY or your desired recipe and listed on all other ingredients used while making your own slime.
Crafting can be fun and instructive. Definitely use slime for interactive fun at home, added as part of school projects, or to demonstrate the scientific properties of chemical reactions when substances meet.