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  • 'Twas Christmas in July: Diamond Art

    July is the perfect time of year to get some of your holiday projects finished early. It's a great excuse to escape the heat wave and sit in your air-conditioning. And it's the best time of year to use the downtime to make memories with your family. All the projects below utilize the Diamond Dotz Freestyle program and Diamond Arts Freestyle books.

    Everyone Was Diamond Dotting

    'Twas six months before Christmas and all through the house,
    everyone was dotting, except for the mouse;
    The Diamond Art projects were all laid out with care,
    in hopes that beautiful decorations soon would be theirs;
    The children were nestled all snug in their chairs
    While projects from Sparkle Holiday and Holiday books danced in their heads;

    And Ma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just arranged dots and canvases with patterns like a map,
    Then each of us chose a project with such excited clatter,
    We sprang from our chairs to pick the one that mattered.

    Ma chose a Merry Christmas cross as quick as a flash,
    The gold and the glitter were sure to make a splash.

    Merry Christmas Cross—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    Junior always loved the new-fallen snow,
    So it was natural he grabbed the snowman box to give it a go;

    Snowman Box—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    When what to Jill's wondering eyes did appear,
    As she shuffled through diamond dotting choices with cheer.
    With a little red hat, white beard and a smile, she knew pretty quick,
    What she wanted to do was to create a sparkly St. Nick.

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

    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    Jill did such a great job, as good as grape jelly.
    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed with joy when I saw him for myself;

    More rapid than eagles our Little Johnny came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
    "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
    On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
    He loved Rudolph the most, because he was small.
    Now dot away! Dot away! Dot away all!"

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

    I watched my family with great pride and cheer,
    They had created a snowman, a cross, a Santa and a deer.

    These Diamond Art holiday projects are not only fun,
    They will bring great memories for years and years to come.
    The Diamond Dotz are sparkly, the designs are so merry!
    They'll look great on the wall, the table, or a tote that you carry.

    It was so nice to see the excitement and glow,
    I decided to dot an ornament that I could bestow;
    I searched and I searched and found it with glee,
    What I would create is a tree, to hang on a tree!

    Christmas Tree Ornament—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    Ma, Junior, Jill, and Little Johnny couldn't get enough, and neither will you,
    We're so glad we stocked up, and had more dotting to do.
    Ma chose an ornament, dainty and sparkly and blue.
    She liked it soooo much, she created twenty-two.

    Winter Blues Ornament—Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Sparkle Holiday Book #7692

    A wink of my eye and a twist of my head
    Let the children know they didn't have to go to bed;
    They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
    And painted their stockings; then turned with a jerk,

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

    "Look Daddy, look," they said with a shout,
    And giving a nod, they knew I was proud.

    I sprang to my feet, to my kids gave a whistle,
    And hung stockings on the wall, like a painting of a thistle.
    And I heard them exclaim, as they headed off to sleep—
    "Happy Christmas in July to all, and to all a good night!"

    Sparkly Decorations And Memories

    So when Santa's off resting at the beach, you can make memories for your family. You'll be creating holiday decorations that can be used for years to come, or given as gifts anyone would love. The projects pictured above are just a few of our holiday offerings. Check out the Sparkle Holiday and Holiday books for more.

    We'd love to see what you and your family are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels.

    -Leisure Arts

  • Kids' Summertime Creativity Boosters

    Summertime for children is a time of sun, fun and relaxation. It's also a great time for them to be creative! Crafting not only allows children to express themselves in new ways, it helps with self-discovery, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and builds self-esteem. And, they will have a fun time doing it. Just think, you may never ever again hear those two dreaded words: "I'm bored."

    Just Plane Craftastic

    Children will fly into DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts with 13 easy-to-make projects with little or no help needed. From flowers made out of muffin cups to airplanes made out of clothespins, their creativity will have no bounds!

    Clothespin Wooden Airplanes; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Muffin Cup Flowers; DIY - Simple Kids' Crafts #7193

    Knot Your Ordinary Friendship Bracelets

    Bracelet yourself! You'll be in awe of what the younger crown can create with Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics. Taking friendship bracelets to a new level, this book's 19 designs make each bracelet as unique as each friend. Last but knot least, this is an excellent activity for siblings or friends to do together.

    Friendship Bracelets Beyond the Basics #6284

    Foam Is Where the Art Is

    Easy Foam Crafts is perfect for younger kids. The super easy craft projects are a joy to create and will inspire them to do even more. Some of the projects in the book are storytime play sets, so the creating is only the start of the fun. The children in your life will hit a foam run with any of these activities, and will be clamoring for more.

    Easy Foam Crafts #6107

    Crafting Never Felt So Cute

    From royal crowns to fishing games to gardens, the fun designs in Kids' Felt Cuties will keep children engaged and entertained. Patterns and step-by-step instructions make them all easy, with just a little bit of cutting, gluing and simple embroidery stitches. Let their gardens grow!

    Kids' Felt Cuties #7166

    Celebrating Friendship

    "A friend is someone who reached for your hand and touched your heart."
    -Author Unknown

    Friendship Crafts are a great way for kids to celebrate their best relationships, and be creative together. The designs in this book are fun for best friends to make together and share with each other. Projects include a secret notes necklace, best friends bracelets, BFF monogram; heart charms bracelet and a friends pillow with a photo sleeve. One or all of these projects are sure to be a hit.

    Friendship Crafts #6092

    Patch Me If You Can

    Children of all ages can spread joy and sparkly cuteness with Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book. Easy enough for young children and entertaining enough for teens, the 20 quick and colorful patches can add a personal touch to tumblers, phone cases, notebooks, and more. We'll discuss fabrics, adhesives, tracing techniques that will make a procraftinator out of any child.

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

    Looking for A Boulder Craft?

    This book will rock their world! The whimsical designs in Rock Painting will bring a smile to any child's face, and to your face as you see the pride in their creations. Step-by-step photos and instructions make each design easy to create. When they're finished, the rocks can sit on a shelf and look pretty, but they can also be used to create fantastic story adventures over and over again. Add a little sunshine to someone else's day by leaving them out and about for others to find.

    Rock Painting #7240

    For The Sheer Fun Of It

    Teach a special kids in your life how to knit or crochet—they wool love you for it! Check out our recent blog, Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet, for some awesome books that will guide you and and the special child in your life step by step. Ewe won't be sorry!

    Blog Post: Pass On Your Love Of Knit Or Crochet

    Now that your children have something to keep them happily occupied, you can enjoy a bit of summertime relaxation yourself! Their faces will be beaming with pride at what they can create, and it will inspire them to do more. You could say they will be riding into the sunset, happily ever crafter.

    Be sure post photo/s on social media and tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, so we can all enjoy their summertime fun as well!  

    -Leisure Arts

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