Mother's Day is coming up, and that means a chance to spoil mom and be her best child. Your mother deserves the best, whether that's eggs benedict in bed or a relaxing day with no people and a season of her favorite show. If you have a mom who loves crafty and creative gifts, then you've come to the right place. We have some extra special mom gifts that will ensure that you get the bigger Christmas present pile this year. Find your craft category, and find this year's Mother's Day project!
If your mom loves to constantly update her home decor, this is the projectfor her. Not only will she love the sentiment of a homemade gift, she'll also love the gift itself. Every time she looks at it she'll think of you. It's just what every mom wants. You might even get some surprise calls from her just because she's thinking of you. It's the gift that keeps on giving!
Crochet Round 2
If you want to get mom some jewelry this year, go for something unique! Crochet jewelry is a nice way to add a soft touch of elegance to any outfit she might wear. It's also nice because she won't have to worry about wearing heavy beaded jewelry that aches by the end of the day. This book is full of gorgeous collections to go with any outfit or style. You can fully customize the colors and beads, making this Mother's Day gift fashion-forward, versatile gift.
If you want to get mom some flowers, get her ones that last as long as your love for her! Knitting flowers, cacti, and botanicals is the perfect way to give mom a touch of everlasting nature in her home, wardrobe, and life. Even the smallest accents can make the biggest difference. This book will not only teach you how to stitch flowers, it'll also help beginners learn the basics and improve their skills.
If your mom deserves a break, get her something to help with her self-care time! Nothing is better than receiving spa essentials. It means so much when someone says, "you deserve some you-time." And what better way to convey that than with a homemade candle? This book is full of great DIYs for candles and wax melts that will have her relaxing in seconds.
To thank your mother for toting you around all those years, there's nothing better than a new bag! Whether you want to show her she deserves nice, new things or you just think she would love a certain project, she will be eternally grateful for you and the time you put into her gift. This book of quilted and sewn projects is perfect for every mom out there, no matter their style or aesthetic. It's fully customizable and fully lovable!
No matter what you decide to get mom for her special day, put a lot of love and happiness into it! She's sure to be appreciative and you're sure to get some brownie points. If you decide to do something homemade this year, be sure to tag us on social media @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your crafty corner!
Are you in a mental rut? Are the winter blues getting to you? Do you want to celebrate National Craft Month in a relaxing way? Maybe you’ve been working hard and deserve a break. No matter the reason, it’s always a good time to explore the therapeutic benefits of crafting. Even if your everyday life is filled with mental activity, crafting and the act of creating uses a different part of the brain, relieving your mind and preventing burn out. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just looking for a way to unwind, these activities are sure to do the trick.
You don’t have to be Van Gogh to make great paintings. Happy Abstracts shows you how to be fearless with color, texture, and technique. Go beyond the classic still life painting and play with whatever shapes and colors you want. While this book will guide you through each painting, it also teaches you how to take risks with creativity and create your own works of art. Give yourself the gift of a free imagination.
Heavy Petal Artist
The repetitive action of crafting is scientifically proven to reduce stress. Working with paper is a great way to use that repetition to make something beautiful. You can start with a simple flower arrangement or jump right into projects like this shadowboxed set seen above. The art of paper crafting has been around for a long time, but this is a fresh and modern take on it.
I Can Smell the Relaxation From Here
This one is a twofer: a craft that’s relaxing to make and to use. Making your own candles is a fun and relaxing way to create your own ambience. Use found and collected items to make your candles, like jars, shells, coffee cups, and more. Whatever you use, this book is there to guide you to delicious scents, beautiful presentations, and inspiration to keep you making!
Jewelry isn’t usually thought of as a self-care necessity, unless you do a lot of retail therapy, but these projects were designed to take care of you! Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a method of healing, and today it’s no different. With lava beads and essential oils, you can have relaxation on the go in a stylish little accessory.
Is your growing yarn stash overwhelming you? Try something new with all that yarn. Punch needling is super easy to master and beautiful to look at. Full of color and texture, the options are endless when you pick up a punch needle. Even if you've never done it before, this book will help you learn the basics and progressively build your skills until you can freestyle your next punch needle project!
However you like to relax, there’s always a way to bring crafting into it. It’s just about finding the right activity for you. Next time you craft yourself some self-care, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts, we love seeing what’s happening in your crafty corner!
Always wanted a special day set aside to just color? September 14 is YOUR day! Get creative with crayons, colored pencils, markers or even paint! On National Coloring Day (and every other day of course), you can set your imagination free and add amazing color to your life!
A Bounty Of Fall Colors
Fall brings falling leaves, hooting owls, gobbling turkeys, lower temps, and more time inside to relax and color! Bountiful Wonders has many of the fall scenes you love, so pick up your pencils or markers and start coloring. You'll be thankful you did.
Color You Happy
Go playful and bold, with Happy Abstracts. Artist EttaVee guides you step by step and before you can say "bright, beautiful, daring brushwork, you'll be creating your own unique masterpiece. Set the painter inside you free!
A Kaleidescope of Kaleidoscopes
The flowers, mosaics, swirls, geometric patterns and more in Kaleidoscope Wonders will excite you and relax you at the same time. Try your hand at shading and blending for an extra challenge, or simply color your way to calm.
For All Your Coloring Needs
We've got a variety of pencils, markers and pens that will work with whatever you are coloring. Try out our pre-sharpened colored pencils—48 colors including pastel, bright, and neutral palettes—heavily pigmented for even color, and smooth coverage every time. If your prefer markers, you'll want to use our brush-tip markers to smoothly cover large areas. With brightly colored, opaque ink, our gel pens will easily color on both light and dark paper and surfaces.
Saved You A Spot
You'll quickly fall in love with Dot Painting. It's creative, therapeutic, and results in beautiful home décor! Dot your way through 12 skill-building projects and become a master the tools and techniques to make gorgeous works of art and home décor!
You Autumn Grab Your Markers
Fall and Halloween go together, and we've captured the spirit of both in these books. Welcome Fall with colorful feathers, a fall wreath, a harvest bundle, harvest basket, and a variety of owls. Check out the spook-tacular pages of Happy Halloween, which include scary jack-o-lanterns, an owl, a skull, flying bats, a scarecrow, and some witch's brew!
You Art To Grab Your Pencils
You can't get enough of these artistically themed designs, but 96 pages are a good start! Our Design Coloring Bundle has the best of all worlds all bundled up for you. Start simply with Paisley and Design Wonders, then go abstract with Extreme and Cityscape Wonders.
Creativity At Your Fingertips
You loved it as a kid and you'll love it now! Finger Painting for Grown-Ups transports you to the realm of this uniquely personal sensory art. Projects include textured florals to bold bursts of color to serene ocean scapes. Leave perfection behind and embrace the mess. You be amazed at the results! No brushes required!
Celebrate With Color
National Coloring Day comes once a year, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate every day! Now that we've inspired you with great options, pick up your coloring tools of choice and your canvas, and add more color to your world!
We'd love to see what you've been coloring or painting! Please share your photos on social media by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. You can find more of our coloring options on our Color Art for Everyone Facebook page, or on Pinterest!
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.
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.
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
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
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
Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with theseKnit 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Hey Makers! We have been loving this winter weather, mostly because of all the cozy fashion we get to make and wear. You can break out that signature oversized sweater and mittens and go have snowball fights, or use that fluffy and soft afghan to cozy up by the fire and watch movies. Scroll to find your favorite cozy project!
Weighted Blanket Relaxation
Sleep through the night with the stress-free snuggle of a weighted blanket! Cozy Weighted Blankets is a craft sewing book that will transform your sleep with 15 family friendly projects destined to help you get a better night’s rest. Even the most restless sleepers deserve stress-free and sleep filled evenings, so craft your own weighted blanket, and avoid paying the high cost of readymade weighted blankets! From family sized wraps to throws just for you, you’ll find your perfect replacement to that childhood stuffed animal and fill your night with calming cuddles instead of restless tosses and turns. This is a project that takes a little bit of time and commitment, but trust us, it's worth it when you are relaxing by the fire.
Knit Cozy Pillows
Revamp your living room or office into a cozy den with just a few simple pillows! In Cozy Pillows you can knit 10 home décor pillows with eye-catching stitch patterns. Get creative with patterns like Eyelet Diamond and Cables, Six-Stitch Cable, Hourglass Eyelets, and more. Featuring yarn weights from light to super bulky, most pillows are for easy or easy-plus skill level; the bolster is for intermediate. You can have a range of pillows for all décor styles, and you can customize them to your liking with colors and accents! You can never have too many pillows.
Comfy Afghan Mornings
Share the coziness and beauty of Lion Brand Homespun yarn using any of the seven cuddly throws in Homespun Comfort Afghans. From ripples and braids to hexagons and strips, each crochet design works up quickly using our easy-to-follow instructions. This attractive collection of afghans will make great gifts for those you love! You can use bulky yarn for a fluffy wrap, or medium weight yarn for texture. This mustard yellow afghan is a great wrap for chilly mornings!
Camping With Crochet
If you're in the market for unique winter patterns, then Fair Isle Crochet is your book. Fair Isle is a technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. Only two colors are used per row, and the unused color is worked over, weaving it into the fabric. Designer and instructor extraordinaire, Melissa Leapman will guide you through this new crochet technique, so don't worry! All designs are rated easy, so you’ll be finishing up your first project in no time. You can make projects like this Laurel Leaves Hat & Scarf, and look ready for any winer outdoor adventure. So pick up some colorful worsted weight yarn, and crochet away!
Warm Hugs For Your Hands
Crochet the cutest, coziest mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer, Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These heart patterned mittens that you see above are the perfect gesture to show someone how much you care about them. If you want a more in depth look into these Fair Isle patterns, Lori has a great video talking about her book!
Cozy Kitchen Afternoons
Take your quilting to the next, totally trendy level with this Modern Patchwork book! Inside you’ll find 12 contemporary projects by some of today’s most skilled and accomplished quilt designers. Patterns feature bold colors with a mix of solids and prints and plenty of negative space. The result? Twelve truly stunning projects, including this culinary brights apron that you see above. You can be stylish as you make Sunday brunch! Aprons are always cozy because you get to make your comfort foods in style. It reminds you of your childhood when you were baking cookies with mom, or waiting on pies from grandma! So grab some fun fabric and jump on the modern quilt bandwagon with these fresh patterns that inspire your creativity.
Snowy Mornings and Soft Afghans
You'll be on a crochet marathon when you see all of the patterns in Crochet Afghan Revival. This book has over 40 stunning afghans to spread warmth and joy and keep your fingers ridiculously happy! Inside you’ll see that traditional patterns meet modern color combinations, and there’s an afghan for every room, every style, every season, every mood, and every occasion. You’ll even discover a few coordinating pillow patterns! This snowball afghan is the perfect wintry blanket to decorate your couch with. The neutral colors will balance any colors in a room, and the variations of gray give the afghan depth and dimension. Most projects are rated easy with a few intermediate ones mixed in to keep you on your toes. So grab a hook and yarn, and crochet your way to comfort!
Weekends are for comfort, and so are these crochet patterns from Oversized Sweaters! Lounge in a long hoodie or go downtown in a stylish sweater. Throw on a poncho or swing jacket for extra warmth or slip into a soft pullover and sleep in an extra hour or three. This book is all about looking cute and comfy, like this striped sweater that you see above. All projects are rated easy and work up quickly using simple stitches and medium to bulky weight yarn. The possibilities for maximum comfort are endless! Pick the sweater pattern that is right for you, and stitch yourself a new winter staple.
Go Anywhere Outfits
Cozy up with your yarn and this Casual Weekend Knits book – full of 25 go anywhere projects. And thanks to designer Andi Javori, you’ll have 25 phenomenal knitting projects to nourish your spirit and keep your fingers happy, like this pom-pom hat and mittens set! All of these projects are perfect for any occasion, and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories! They can also work up quickly with our easy-to-follow instructions. So grab your needles and knit away!
All of these books are the perfect guides to comfort, with projects that will last you well past winter! Have you made these projects? Share them with us! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, we love to see what's going on in your studios. Be sure to check out all of these great items that we have up for grabs during our February giveaway! Remember to enter for a chance to win all of these goodies.
Hey again, makers! We've been enjoying this self-care series for our Taking Care of You Campaign. We've given out some great ways to fit relaxation into your life with crafting in all categories. This time, we're giving you guys craft relaxation projects specifically! Try these six books if you're in a mental rut and just need a little bit of a break in life to stop and smell the roses.
Bold and Beautiful Relaxation With Happy Abstracts
Happy Abstracts helps you be bold and beautiful with color, even if you are just getting started in painting! Go beyond the classic still life and play with abstract shapes and sizes as you follow the projects in this step-by-step abstract painting book. The best thing about abstract painting is that you can make it your own, and you definitely learn how to get creative with brush strokes with these six painting projects. The book also gives you a few sheets of pullouts with inspirational quotes and sayings that you can give to others, because who doesn't love giving out inspiration? So liven up your space with bright and brilliant paintings like the ones you see above, and paint your own positivity and inspiration.
Feng Shui With Paper Flowers
Sometimes just the repetitive action of crafting is known to reduce stress. Paper Flowers is a perfect starter book to get you into paper crafting. You can start with simple arrangements, or just jump into big projects like the shadowboxed set you see above. The art of paper crafting has been around for quite sometime, but this is a fresh and modern take on it. You can make beautiful bouquets for your home to arrange around the room, and feng shui with florals until your heart is content. Marie Kondo has nothing on you!
A Simple Candle Goes A Long Way With Home Candle Making
A scented candle can go a long way when it comes to relaxation. Home Candle Making gives you a lot of really creative ideas to revamp the traditional candle. This recipe above features crystals inside of the wax, giving this large candle some colorful surprises! The book gives you other creative host ideas for your candle like seashells, coffee cups, mason jars, and more! You can even make candles out of pumpkins! You can add scents, accents and more to make this candle your own, and put it somewhere where you can relax and unwind.
Aromatherapy Jewelry? Yes, Please!
Jewelry isn't usually something you think about when concerning yourself with self-care (unless you do a lot of retail therapy), but these designs are perfect for taking care of you! These designs from Aromatherapy Jewelry use absorbent lava beads that can soak up your favorite essential oil so you can have a relaxing scent be with you all day long. The book even gives you an introduction into essential oils, so if you don't know where to start, the book will guide you! Pick your favorite scent and make magic with different bead combinations and accents. There are designs like earrings and bracelets and necklaces and more, all ready for you to rock and relax with.
Make Relaxation Potions With Home Apothecary
You can make your own relaxation potions right in your own home with these recipes from Home Apothecary! Stephanie Rose shows us how to really relax and take care of yourself with homemade bath bombs, mint scrubs, herbal perfumes, and more! You can make as many batches of bath melts for your nighttime soaks, or you can make these recipes for others! You can spread the relaxation by wrapping these in a pretty bow or box and spreading joy. This is a great book for beginners just getting into this type of craft, because there are great step-by-step instructions inside with photos included that make sure you will never miss a step in the crafting process. So make your own formula of herbal 'Tub Tea', or make some double mint chocolate lip balms to give away!
Look Good And Feel Good With Home Soap Making
Sometimes the best thing to do with stress is wash it away. You can craft some unique and beautiful soaps from Home Soap Making that will make that soak just a little extra special. This charcoal soap in particular will exfoliate your skin and leave you feeling like a brand new person. You know what they say; when you look good, you feel good! You'll have a bright and sunny glow and a positive attitude the rest of the day. This book is full of other great soap ideas too, like an energizing coffee soap for a little pick me up in the morning, or just a nice decorative leaf shaped soap for a pretty bathroom! The options are endless, and the relaxation is limitless.
If you've tried these projects, or any of the other projects from our Taking Care of You series, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!
While art therapists have been trying to tell us the health benefits to adult coloring for years, the actual trend didn’t become big until several years ago, and it's still going strong. According to this CNN article, the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.”
Seems like a long list of promises, don’t you think? That’s because adult coloring works on the same level as a therapy session, essentially. While it may not be the same as a therapy session, the benefits are very similar. Coloring takes your mind off the stresses you are normally under serves as a form of practical meditation. Coloring produces actual products that can come into play in your daily life. Many creatives have found unique DIY uses for their coloring pages. Just follow the blog My Creative Life, they have dozens of great ideas that put your coloring pages to use. Adult coloring allows us to tap into the right side of our brain, and lets us unwind and think of nothing but what color to put in the next area of the drawing. OR NOT! You can scribble to your heart’s content.
The best way to get better at this relaxing craft is to practice, and we have some great projects and books that will turn you into a coloring pro! From tools to terrific books, we've got the know how on coloring your way to tranquility.
Step Up Your Coloring Skills
The best way to practice and improve your coloring skills is to get the best tools. Our Double Ended Markersare perfect for practicing! With our wide range of colors and the dual tips, you can practice fine lines and thick washes of color across a page. Go around the color wheel to play with our light and dark palettes to practice blending and layering. These pens have a great firm tip for steady lifework, and layer great over one another, so you can effortlessly color that coloring book that you've been dying to work on.
Another way to improve your coloring skills is to expand your horizons on subjects to color and draw. The Colors of Nature not only is a great coloring book, but it's a great scavenger hunt for finding and learning about new plants and flowers! This is the perfect coloring journal for all things wild and free. This book gives you a great excuse to relax, go outside and just be a kid again. Follow the flower map and look for your favorites, then learn how to draw them! Each flower and plant in the book has a description about the history behind the plant, and some fun facts about the plant like natural colors and flower accents. So you get to learn about and love the outdoors!
If you are looking for more inspiration to start coloring, look no further! The Daily Inspiration Flip Book is perfect for that pick me up that you can enjoy with your cup of coffee. With its easel backing for easy display, you can choose to show a fully finished colorful design, or to color in your own! You can give everyone around you inspiration as they walk by your desk, or keep it in your home office as a daily pep talk! It's a great way to start your morning.
If you've been itching to color, give it a try, it might make it into your morning meditation routine! And if you've tried these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!
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
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!
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 is a great traditional needle craft that has taken a modern twist recently, as you can see above! Modern Punch Needleby 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.
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.
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!