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  • 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

  • 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

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