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  • Tidy Tips with Leisure Arts: Organizing Your Craft



    Hey craft family! 

    We all wish that we had a super-sonic vacuum that just magically cleaned our homes and arranged everything perfectly (if you haven’t dreamed of this, you’re lying). But the reality is that we make messes every day, and have trouble cleaning up after ourselves. The phrase, “Eh, I’ll do it later” has probably ruined more lives than a natural disaster has. So, let’s be honest, if you’re reading this article, your craft space is probably a natural disaster in and of itself. 

    That’s why this week, we are here to help!

    We’ve compiled a list of tips that help you get in the habit of keeping a tidy and organized workspace, and because we're so nice, we'll give you some neat projects to help you with your newfound mission. Here we go! 

    Compartmentalize… But In A Good Way.

    Salt Water Taffy Collection

    Stashing everything left and right isn’t going to do you any good in the long run. You can lose important items, or even worse, forget you had some items and go out and buy them again (trust me, we’ve all been there). The best thing to do is to categorize your things into sections! By doing this, you know where everything is at all times, and won’t end up with two extra bottles of that fabric glue you needed last week. 

    Boxes, Baskets, and Shelves, Oh My!


    You can’t compartmentalize without having actual compartments. Boxes are the best way to keep things in the right place, but other great storage ideas include shelves, baskets, and hanging storage devices. Here are some great ideas for storage From Leisure Arts that you can make yourself! 

    Baskets - #75496



    Baskets - yellow

    T shirt Yarn Home Décor - #7222

    T-Shirt Yarn Home Decor


    Love and Let Go - Get Rid of the Clutter! 

    If your inner hoarder is cringing on the inside at this post so far, don't worry! If you cannot bear to part with the scraps you tend to keep from other projects, then put them good use, and start a scrap project! This way, you get to be creative and tidy at the same time.

    Here is a similar scrap project idea book that will help you with this project:

    More Projects From Your Scrap Bag - #5169

    More Projects From Your Scrap Bag


    Clean Up at the End of the Day - You’ll Thank Me Later

    This tip is the most important, because it will help keep your space constantly clean! If you spend just a little bit of time cleaning up at the end of each work day in your craft area, you have less to worry about and more time to work on your projects for the next day! A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to cleaning!


    Hopefully, these projects inspire you to keep a clean workspace, because after all, we work at our best when we have a clear mind, and a clean office.

    Happy Crafting!


    -Leisure Arts Team


  • Spring Cleaning Tips

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    I spent about an hour tonight going through my yarn bag looking for a single ball of yarn and what I found was a yarn mess. My yarns were mingling with one another and had become a tangled mess. So I went into the kitchen and got my box of Ziploc sandwich bags and as I sorted them I put each ball of yarn into their own bags. Since I did this this will keep them tangle free and clean. Also when I am ready to use a particular color of yarn it is already in a baggy all I have to do is take a pair of scissors and snip a small triangle in the corner bottom of the bag.  Then work the yarn through the hole. In doing this this keeps your yarn clean. I don’t know who came up with this idea but they were a genius. I don’t know about you but I hate when my yarn falls into the floor. Especially when you are knitting in public and it rolls off and lands on the ground that you’re not too sure when it was last swept.

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    Have a ball, skein, or hank of yarn that needs winding or rewinding into a ball? Grab a crochet hook. I use my Boye J or K. in my left hand I hold a good size tail about 3 inches should do it and then start wrapping it around the end of your crochet hook. Take turns wrapping it straight onto the crochet hook with a little angle to it and when you wrap at an angle I turn it slowly with my left hand. The reason that I hold it with my left hand is that I am left handed. Give it a try. If you are winding a skein or a hank you can have someone hold it or put it on a chair. So far when winding a skein into a ball I have held it myself. Remember to always pull your yarn from the center of the ball. Good luck and happy spring cleaning.

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