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  • March is National Craft Month!

    It's one of our favorite times of the year: National Craft Month! We'll use any excuse to craft but this month we consider it mandatory. Whether you have just a few minutes or days at your disposal, 'tis the season to get creating! All month we'll be showing you some of our favorite projects and products, you're sure to fall in love with one. Let's take a look at some of our classic favorites.

    Diamond Art Freestyle

    Book #7685

    Diamond Art is one of our favorite modern crafts. There's so many things to dot and so little time! Although it's not for everyone, Freestyle is a great way to explore the craft, test your skills, and use up extra Dotz from your finished canvases. If you need a little direction, a book like Diamond Dotting Paper Crafting is the guide for you. With patterns for everything from desk accessories to cards, you'll find your way to Freestyle heaven!

    Crochet

    Book #7720

    Not only is it National Craft Month, it's also the start of spring! Welcome the sunshine and flowers with some crocheted afghans. You'll keep warm during those crisp mornings but feel warm with pride while holding your handmade blanket. Spring Afghans is full of afghans that are perfect for springtime preparation.

    Loom Knitting

    Product #56991

    Whether you want to get into a new craft or you just love looms, this is the bundle for you! Designed specifically for beginners, you don't have to worry about picking anything out or making sure you have everything, it's all here. You'll be covered from top to toe in loom knitted goodies and you'll have enough projects to keep you busy until next National Craft Month!

    Cross Stitch

    Kit #51104

    It's not always about the big, time consuming projects. Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most. This mini maker is perfect for new stitchers, time crunched stitchers, and everyone in between. With step-by-step instructions and diagrams included, you'll have everything you need for your new kitchen wall accent or to give to an avo-obsessed friend.

    Quilting

    Book #7645

    The magic of National Craft Month is undeniable. It's a whole month that's just for crafting! And what better way to celebrate than with a quilting project. Learn something new while spending time with the old in this book, It's Quilt Magic. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to working with triangles while refining and expanding your existing skills.


    This National Craft Month, our team reflected back to last March and all the making we've done since then. While there may be more indoor days in our future, that doesn't mean we can't fill them with exciting crafts and new creations. These projects and more are how we maintain balance and purpose in our lives during hard times. Finding the light in the dark is an essential part of survival, and what a light this month can be! As always, don't forget to tag us in your social media creations with @leisureartsinc and #leisurearts so we can see what's happening in your craft corner.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Couples Crafting

    Love is in the air! And what better way to celebrate it than with some crafting. Whether you're partnered or just have a couple of friends coming over, there's always a reason to bond over crafting.

    Just Chillin' With My Gnomies

    There's gnome craft like gnome crafting! It doesn't matter what time of year it is, there's always something to celebrate. Your own customizable gnome is the perfect way to observe it. And if holiday gnomes aren't your style, we've got you covered with everyday basic kits, too.

    Dot Your Way Into Their Heart

    Diamond Dotting is a divide and conquer activity. Whether you decide to make gifts for each other this year or just want to work on something together, Sparkle Gifts has you covered. With patterns and inspiration for all sorts of giftable projects, you'll be dotting your way into their heart in no time.

    Para(cord) Lovebirds

    Friendship bracelets is the oldest sign of love in the book. It's a sure way to show you're partners in life, love, and fun. But if you're a little past bracelets, try making each other knick-knacks like lanyards, flip flops, and headbands. All these ideas and more are in Paracord Crafts, your one-stop-read for all things paracord weaving.

    Set The Mood

    Candles are a natural addition to any romantic evening. What makes it even more romantic is making them yourself! An easy pair activity, candle making is an easy way to create and gift a reminder of you. Every time you light it, you'll remember making them together and how much fun it was coming up with scents, colors, and containers. To make it even easier, try picking up or downloading a book to help inspire your senses.

    Res-In Love

    You've sealed each other in your hearts, now it's time to seal that love in resin! Resin Creation is the perfect date night crafting book. With projects from magnets to tables to clocks, you and your person will find something perfect to make together, perfectly sealing your love forever.

    For Your Sweet Heart

    What's a date night without dessert? You and your sweetheart need some sweet treats to complete your party for two! Cooking and baking is one of the quickest ways to bond together and strengthen your relationship. You might find it's not for you, but at least you'll get a delicious mini feast out of it. Celebrating Party Foods will have you cooking and baking up a storm together with leftovers to spare! What's better than that?


    The season of love is all year long. Here at Leisure Arts, we love love. And we love seeing what you create! Tag us on social media with @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts so we can see all those sweetheart crafts you create.

    Happy crafting, couples!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Practical Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! The practical gifts we're featuring today will not only add style, but will be useful to whoever receives them! With your added personal touch, every time they are used they will think of you!

    Clean & Organize

    Not only is the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners THE most fabulous and functional place to begin your crochet adventure, it will take care of at least a few people on your list! Before you know it, you’ll be using or gifting one (or all 20!).

    Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Sew Simple

    Simple to Sew Aprons Sew your way to sooo much functional cuteness with these Simple to Sew Aprons. Thirteen quick and adorable projects await you several cooks on your list!

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

    Beautiful functionality

    The 11 home décor projects Quick & Simple Sewing Home are as useful as they are beautiful.

    Quick & Simple Sewing Home #7232

    Best of Quilted Bags has a great assortment of shapes and sizes, with pattern options to reflect many fashion preferences. Large or small, you're sure to find at least a few bags perfect for your friends or loved ones!

    Best of Quilted Bags #7061

    Add some sparkle to your organization! With Diamond Art freestyle, you can add a personal touch to everyday items that are great for organization and home décor.

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Storage Book #7691

    Handmade Soaps, Sanitizers, and Cleaners #LEA7806

    Handmade Soaps, Sanitizers, and Cleaners #LEA7806

    The wild at heart will love these chic desk sets in three exotic patterns: leopard, zebra, and giraffe. Each set Wild for Style includes a tissue box cover, a holder for sticky notes, a desk top caddy, and desktop calendar corners. Also, a coaster set and journal cover show a collage of all three prints! How striking!

    Wild for Style - Plastic Canvas Desk Sets and Accessories for Your Home #7750

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, organized and clean! They are sure to cherish them for years!

    What are you working on for the Holidays? Share pics with us on your social channels by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts. We love to see what's going on in your studio!

    Practically yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Spread Your Wings With Diamond Art

    "Creativity is intelligence having fun."
    — Albert Einstein

    Get creative with acetate and diamond dotting. Whether it's a butterfly, cactus, corgi, or a popsicle, a shadowbox is the great way to add a sparkle of personality to any home or office! Today's tutorial takes you step-by-step through creating a butterfly shadowbox worth treasuring for years to come.

    Diamond Dotting Butterfly on Acetate Shadowbox—Handmade By Leisure Arts

    Now This Is A Fly Project

    Add designer touches and show off your joyful personality with Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ and Diamond Dotz® Freestyle. Diamond dotting is not only fun and calming, it results in beautiful sparkly art. Just look at what you can do with acetate, a Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ project, and Diamond Dotz® gems.

    The Options Are Endless

    Butterflies aren't your thing? The options are endless. Check out the other patterns in our Patches book, any of our other freestyle books, or create your own!

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

    Supplies And Tools:

    Many of these supplies can be found on leisurearts.com in the freestyle section.

    Get Started On Your Work Of Art

    1. Download and print the butterfly design at 77% of original size from this pattern. Place the acetate over the butterfly design. Outline and fill within the design area on the acetate with the liquid adhesive.
    2. Carefully outline and fill in with the adhesive on the areas you want to apply gems to; you should see a milky white layer of adhesive on the surface. You can apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire design. 
    3. Allow the adhesive to dry until it is clear. When adhesive clears completely it is ready for long term adhesion. On non-porous surfaces such as acetate, this may take up to 3 hours. Cover the design and adhesive with a piece of protective film if you will not be applying gems right away.
    4. Remove the clear covering on the adhesive. Apply the gems to the adhesive as desired. When you are not working on your project, place a sheet of protective film over the adhesive to protect it from dust.
    5. When you have completed your project, place the protective film over the gems and firmly roll over the whole design with a brayer or rolling pin. This ensures that the gems are firmly adhered.

    Craft Hacks & Tips

    • The liquid adhesive allows you to add gems art to any surface.
    • A bottle of liquid adhesive is enough to complete 4 full-coverage 9” x 12” artist canvases.

    Skill Level

    Beginner

    Estimated Crafting Time

    3-5 hours plus drying time

    Easy Like Butter...fly

    Diamond Dotting offers both relaxation and stress relief. Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ is powered by Diamond Dotz® and is crafted of premium materials to allow you to create a sparkling masterpiece.

    Once you start creating, please share your progress to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! Or share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!



    Butterflyingly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Thanksgiving Inspiration

    "Thanksgiving is the quickest path to joy."
    -Jefferson Bethke

    Bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your home with projects that celebrate the season. From crochet table-tops to turkey dishcloths and a seasonal quilt, we've got you covered.

    Top Your Table

    Cover your table top with the colors of Thanksgiving with the Treasury of Holiday Crochet. This irresistible 160-page book is a celebration of celebrations, with a big collection of crochet projects to remember the seasons and holidays holidays throughout the year.

    Treasury of Holiday Crochet #5632C

    Give Thanks

    Give thanks with a little extra twinkle! Holiday Book. Diamond dot your way though the holidays with 10 projects begging to come to life with those fabulous 13-faceted Diamond Dotz® gems!

    Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Holiday Book #7469

    Clean Up Prettier

    Thanksgiving clean-up just got easier or, at least prettier, with these knit dishcloths. Dishcloths for Special Days gets you started on making your kitchen decor all the brighter with these festive dishcloths!

    Dishcloths for Special Days #5660

    Bring Thanksgiving To Life

    Dress up your Thanksgiving table with Thanksgiving Favorites in Plastic Canvas. You'll find a majestic turkey, pilgrim boy and girl, and a turkey magnet for your refrigerator.

    Thanksgiving Favorites in Plastic Canvas ePattern #800328

    Thanksgiving Heirloom

    This Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch ePattern was adapted from an antique postcard, and will quickly become a treasured holiday heirloom!

    Blessed Thanksgiving Cross Stitch ePattern #800617

    Just Like Magic

    Within the pages of It's Quilt Magic, you’ll uncover the mysterious secret to three-sided success. You’ll be cutting and sewing and blocking those triangular babies in no time!

    It's Quilt Magic - 16 Projects that Take the Mystery Out of Triangles #7645C

    Like many special occasions this year, Thanksgiving may be a little different this year. All the more reason, we believe, that crafting and creating is more important. Bring the peace and thankfulness of the holiday to your home. You'll be grateful you did.

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

    Thankfully yours,

    Leisure Arts Team

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