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  • Dive Into June With a Splash of Creativity

    With the school year ending and schedules winding down, June brings us more time for fun, relaxation, and yes, a splash of creativity. Get out your supplies, imagination, and get ready to create with a splash.

    Bomb Diggity

    Add a splash of color to your bath with 15 unique, fancy and fragrant Sparkle And Fizz Bath Bombs. Bath bombs have a magical way of turning ordinary bath time into a sublime, spa-like experience. These bombs also make adorable pieces to brighten up your bathroom décor.

    Sparkle And Fizz Bath Bombs #7397

    Vibrant and Bold Are the Words of the Day

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners will unleash your inner artist and open your mind to what's possible. The stroke-by-stroke how-to photo guides take you through six projects that will allow you to express yourself in vibrant and bold ways. So, what are you waiting for? Express yourself!

    Happy Abstracts - Fearless Painting for True Beginners #7412

    You'll Have a Whale of a Time

    Next we'll head under the sea for some darling Water Babies Amigurumi. These crochet sea creatures are not only the cutest, they will be your budding marine biologist's best friends! The baby seal is, of course, totes adorbs, but I'm kind of partial to the puffer fish myself. You'll get to choose from a crab, seahorse, octopus, puffer fish, mermaid, seal, shark, starfish & whale. Or, crochet them all!

    Water Babies Amigurumi #7084

    A Pour Decision You'll Be Happy With

    Paint Pouring is mesmerizing and relaxing—a great way to spend a summer afternoon out of the heat. Get Started In Paint Pouring gives you the tips, techniques and inspiration to create amazing abstract works of art.

    Get Started In Paint Pouring #7372

    Got a Full Plate? Wipe it Clean With Vibrant Dishcloths!

    If you're the more practical type who enjoys form AND function, look no further! These crochet Dishcloths are easy to make so you'll get instant gratification, and they're so bright and cheerful everyone in the house will be clamoring to do the dishes!

    Dishcloths - Quick Colorful Designs to Brighten any Kitchen #7371

    Set Your Table for Fun

    A Splash of Color Livens Up Any Meal, and Playful Place Mats will do just that. Using one simple shape, and your choices of fabrics, you can sew up countless different looks. These mats will soon be screaming, "Dinner's on me!" and everyone will come running.

    Playful Place Mats # 6972

    It's time to brighten up your life with bright colors and bold creativity. Your house will love you for it, your family will love you for it, and you will love creating these vibrant works of art. Whichever project (or projects) you choose, you'll be impressed with the results.

    We love to see what you've created. Don't forget to post photo on social media and tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy your creations with you!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    If you're looking for a way to unplug the kids from the internet, TV, or video games, crocheting and/or knitting are sure to do the trick! Both are fun—and productive—hobbies for kids of all ages.

    Linking learning with fun is the most effective way to teach. Once your favorite child sees that this fun activity leads to creating something they can keep and cherish, or gift to someone special, their excitement will only grow. Not only that, both knitting and crocheting use real-life math and reading, and helps improve fine motor skills. There's knit a thing to lose and so much to gain!

    Getting Down To The Knitty Gritty

    Children will love the step-by-step photos and kid-friendly instructions in Cool Stuff—Teach Me to Knit. Soon they'll be hooked, proudly creating their own beautiful and useful projects. Our book includes helpful notes for you while you teach, along with tips & videos to help along the way.

    After learning the slip knot and cast on, the first easy-to-take-on project is a knit coaster (or as a simple decorative touch under vases, frames or knick knacks). A few projects later is a soft drink cozy, which can be made to match the coaster. Keep your hands warm and your table dry while drinking a cold can of your favorite 12-ounce beverage, all the while beaming with pride.

    Knit Coasters & Soft Drink Cozy, Cool Stuff Teach Me to Knit #6648

    Before you can say "To knit or not to knit, now that’s just a silly question," your special youngster will be on the way to being an awesome knitter, making this lap-sized wrap and pillow that will wow everyone!

    Ripple Lap Wrap & Pillow, Cool Stuff Teach Me to Knit #6648

    As if that weren't enough, children will learn to create their own scarf, leg warmers, mittens and hat, to stay nice and cozy through the winter. Just imagine the look of pride on their face when they are out and about wearing their own creations!

    Leg Warmers, Scarf, Hat, Mittens, Cool Stuff Teach Me to Knit #6648

    Olé, It's Time To Crochet!

    If crochet is more your style, Teach Me To Crochet gives similar tips and instructions to make any child a pro. Once they go through the basics of crochet, they'll create a chain loop daisy. Your child will be delighted to display these daisies on their backpack, notebook, hair clip, wherever they want!

    Daisy, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    Prepare for those nights of homework, reading, or watching TV, with this colorful Round Pillow and Ripple Lap Warmer.

    Round Pillow & Ripple Lap Warmer, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    These Ruffled Hair Scrunchy & Loopy Hair Scrunchy are off the hook! Not only will she have fun making these, she'll be pleased as punch to show them off at school or anywhere else.

    Loopy Hair Scrunchy & Ruffled Hair Scrunchie, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    Does the child in your life have a furry best friend? If so, either of these projects is sure to be a hit!

    Cat Toy & Dog Toy, Teach Me To Crochet #6649

    Have A Teen Who Wants In On The Stitching?

    If you know a teenager just stitching to learn crochet or knit, you'll want to take a look at the Complete Knit Collection for Beginners or the Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners. Yarn enthusiast and designer Marly Bird, and occasionally her teen daughter, will guide teens (and adults) through the basics with easy-to-follow instructions and tips made for the older crowd.

    Useful, beautiful, and easy to make!

    Dishcloth, Chunky Pillow & Throw, The Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    Your favorite teen will be styling on the go and ready for yoga relaxation.

    Market Bag, Yoga Mat Bag, & Capelet The Complete Knit Collection for Beginners #7577

    These coasters, washcloths and scrubbies will help any teen to clean up nicely.

    Coasters, Washcloths & Scrubbies, The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    Before you know it, they will soon be crocheting these beautiful and stylish wardrobe additions!

    Scarf & Cocoon Shrug, The Ultimate Crochet Collection for Beginners #7512

    With these projects under their belts, children and teens will be able to take on even more projects that will bring them (and you!) pride and joy. They won't even realize they are actually improving their math, reading and motor skills while making all the things they love. Instead of yawning and telling you how bored they are, they will spend the summer yarning and creating spectacular items. Let us help guide you and the child in your life from beginner to WOW!

    As they finish each project, be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their progress as well!  

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Men

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew Men

    Finding great quilting and sewing ideas for men can be hard, but we've got you covered. Whether the man you need a gift for is a lover of sports, fishing, hunting, or just spending cozy nights on the couch, he will love to get these gifts!

    1. A Quilt Fit For A Man Cave: This sports themed quilt is perfect for a hockey lover. Great as a wall hanging in the living room or laid over his favorite chair. Get started on great, masculine quilts with Man Cave Quilts.

    Sports Quilt For Men

     

    2. A Game To Play: Create this fun set - a quilt, pillows, and a wall hanging that acts as a game board too! He will love the idea of bringing the quilt out of the bedroom and into the den for game night, plus it will be a fun new holiday tradition to bond and play checkers together! Create this great gift for the guy on your list with Butterfly At The Crossroads ePattern.

    Quilt Checkerboard For Men

     

    3.  A Quilt For The Outdoorsman: Does he love hunting, or just love being outdoors? Then this blanket will be great for him. Choose realistic patterns to create a vibrant, special quilt he will love to show his friends! Get started on this great gift now with Best of Fons & Porter.

    Nature Quilt For Men

     

    4.  A Wall Hanging For The Fisherman: If he loves fishing, then he will love this thoughtful wall hanging. You'll love making them, too - these mini quilts are perfect quick projects to showcase your skills or just to celebrate the love of quilts. Create this gift he will love with Best of Fons & Porter: Quilt Lover's Gifts.

    Wall Hanging For Men

     

    5.  An Easygoing Flannel Quilt: Join the recycling revolution - Flannel shirts are so soft to wear, and they make an even cozier blanket! Get with the guy on your list to turn his old flannel shirts into something new, or stop by your local charity shops for materials. He will love the special, yet timeless design from Easy Timeless Quilts.Flannel Quilt For Men

    6.  Pillows Inspired By Nature: These pillows will be great for adding a nice touch to his favorite room in the house. Men who love nature and hunting will enjoy the fun designs with deer and trees, plus they'll be great pillows for naps! Create these easy-to-sew fleece pillows with Fleece at Home.

    Deer Pillow For Men

     

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  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Boys

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew For Boys

    Quilt and sew gifts boys will love!  Put your quilting and sewing skills to use this year to create the perfect gifts for all the young boys in your group of friends and family! There's something to make for any boy, regardless of age or interests. Whether he likes cars and racing, fishing and exploring, or imaginative play, you can create the perfect gift for him this season!

    1. A Fun Dinosaur Quilt: Let his imagination run wild with this fun quilt, featuring his favorite herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores! Great to throw over his bed or hang on the wall. Good news for you - this great quilt is easy and quick to make! Start on the perfect gift for a young boy with Best of Fons & Porter: Beginner Friendly Quilts.

    Dinosaur Quilt For Boys

     

    2. A Whimsical Turtle Backpack: You can't find backpacks like this in store - he will be so excited to take it school and show to all his friends! This fun animal backpack will also be great for sleepovers and weekend trips! Send him to school with the cutest backpack with Woodland Creatures Backpacks.

    Turtle Backpack For Boys

     

    3. A Set Of Fun Sock Puppets: Sew these fun sock puppets for him and watch with delight when he opens them and puts on a show for everyone in the room. Or enlist his help to make them super special! A great project to bond over, and a great gift. Don't wait - you can start on this gift now with the ePattern!

    Sock Puppets For Boys

     

    4. A Racing Themed Quilt: Perfect for the kid who loves cars and racing! Make him this unique quilt to throw on his bed or hang on his wall. Start on this great gift for young boys now with Man Cave Quilts.

    Racing Quilt For Boys

     

    5. Fun Fish Pillows: A future oceanographer (or anyone little boy who loves fishing) will be enchanted with these flashy fleece pillows. Choose his favorite colors to make them super special! Great to pile on the bed - and great for pillow fights! Create great gifts for the boy on your list now with this ePattern.

    Fish Pillows For Boys

     

    6. A Dog Themed Bed Set: Any boy who loves dogs will love this bed set!  Great for cuddling up on after a long day of playing together. Start on this great gift now with Room By Room Quilts. 

    Dog Quilt For Boys

     

    7. A Firetruck Pillow: What little boy wouldn't love this fun fire truck pillow? Featuring red ticking fabric and bright primary fleece accents, it's sure to be a hit with the future fireman in your family. Start on this great gift idea now with the ePattern.

    Fire Truck Pillow For Boys

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  • Tasteful Palette of Gel Pen Colors

    Happy National Coloring Book Day! I am so excited that all of the coloring enthusiasts can share their creativity on a special day dedicated to the art of coloring. I have the large 36 count box of gel pens from Leisure Arts. Many of you want the variety that is found in such a large set, but at the same time, may get overwhelmed by the variety of colors and styles.

    Don't feel stressed about your choices, try to learn the look of the different styles to help with your color decisions. In order to better understand the colors and styles, my suggestion is to break down the box of gel pens by style. See the front of the box; it outlines the number of gel pen colors in each style: 10 Solid, 8 Metallic, 8 Fluorescent, and 10 Glitter.

    In order to demonstrate the different styles of gel pen colors found in the 36 count box, I decided to look for a coloring book page with similar images. I chose a page from 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone.

    Yeah, gel pens in 36 colors and four styles: Solid, Metallic, Fluorescent and Glitter! Yeah, gel pens in 36 colors and four styles: Solid, Metallic, Fluorescent and Glitter!

    The task before the fun of coloring is to break down the gel pens by style. Some gel pen lids are easier to judge by their appearance that that specific pen belongs to a certain style group. For instance, the Glitter pens have little sparkly specs in their plastic caps. The caps in the Metallic style group have a more muted tone. The best thing for me to do was to make swatches of each color on a blank piece of card stock. Then I could switch out colors if I was unhappy with one or more colors in a style group until I was satisfied with the final group.

    Gel pens are sorted by style (my Neon label should be called, Fluorescent). I also color-coded each style. Gel pens are sorted by style (my Neon label should be called, Fluorescent). I also color-coded each style.

    After I was satisfied with the gel pens I chose for each color style, I went one step further and color-coded each group. I placed a paint swatch of color on the gel pens belonging to each group. For instance, my Metallic style group has a pink paint swatch on the front of the cap, the cap's top and the pen body. This way no matter if the pens were lying down or standing in a container, I could easily grab all of the pens belonging to one group; my coloring life just got easier!

    If you compare the beginning of my coloring below, the fish are colored in the same order as the above-photo showing the gel pens in their color palette styles.

    To demonstrate the different gel pen styles, I chose a drawing with similar images of fish (Leisure Arts' item 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone). To demonstrate the different gel pen styles, I chose a drawing with similar images of fish (Leisure Arts' item 6703 - Ocean Wonders Color Art for Everyone).

    The top fish showcases the colors from the Solid style. The second from the top fish is smaller and is colored with the Fluorescent gel pens (in the earlier photo, I incorrectly labeled my piece of card stock with the word, Neon).

    Next, you will see the Glitter style used on the fish on the left-hand side that is third from the top. The bottom fish shows the Metallic style and is very pretty is person but tends to be too shiny in my photos to highlight any good contrast. The one thing that I did find a little peculiar about the Metallic [especially the pink color], if I tried to go over a section because all was not properly filled with color, the pink became more grey. It was as if there was too much color build-up.

    I really like looking at the different styles in one project; I can more definitively choose in which color direction I wish to go. Also, it saves me frustration when I think I've chosen one color based on the gel pen's lid, when in fact the ink color is not what I intended at all! I'll finish the fish eyes after I stare at the bodies of the fish for a while. I may not do the background so I can keep the fish as clean examples for each color style.

    Showing their respective gel pen style, the fish are complete except for their eyeballs. Showing their respective gel pen style, the fish are complete except for their eyeballs.

    Consider your first colored page using your 36 count box of gel pens broken out by style as your color swatch. Just like knit and crochet, begin by making a swatch - a palette swatch of colors - for your reference before beginning your project. Spend a little time up front to make your creativity flow more easily. Enjoy!

    Martha

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