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  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Crafting

    Are you in a mental rut? Are the winter blues getting to you? Do you want to celebrate National Craft Month in a relaxing way? Maybe you’ve been working hard and deserve a break. No matter the reason, it’s always a good time to explore the therapeutic benefits of crafting.  Even if your everyday life is filled with mental activity, crafting and the act of creating uses a different part of the brain, relieving your mind and preventing burn out. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just looking for a way to unwind, these activities are sure to do the trick. 

    Think Abstract

    Book #7412

    You don’t have to be Van Gogh to make great paintings. Happy Abstracts shows you how to be fearless with color, texture, and technique. Go beyond the classic still life painting and play with whatever shapes and colors you want. While this book will guide you through each painting, it also teaches you how to take risks with creativity and create your own works of art. Give yourself the gift of a free imagination. 

    Heavy Petal Artist

    Book #7241

     The repetitive action of crafting is scientifically proven to reduce stress. Working with paper is a great way to use that repetition to make something beautiful. You can start with a simple flower arrangement or jump right into projects like this shadowboxed set seen above. The art of paper crafting has been around for a long time, but this is a fresh and modern take on it. 

    I Can Smell the Relaxation From Here

    Book #7311

    This one is a twofer: a craft that’s relaxing to make and to use. Making your own candles is a fun and relaxing way to create your own ambience. Use found and collected items to make your candles, like jars, shells, coffee cups, and more. Whatever you use, this book is there to guide you to delicious scents, beautiful presentations, and inspiration to keep you making! 

    Lava Yourself

    Book #7353

    Jewelry isn’t usually thought of as a self-care necessity, unless you do a lot of retail therapy, but these projects were designed to take care of you! Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a method of healing, and today it’s no different. With lava beads and essential oils, you can have relaxation on the go in a stylish little accessory. 

    Punch It

    Book #7513

    Is your growing yarn stash overwhelming you? Try something new with all that yarn. Punch needling is super easy to master and beautiful to look at. Full of color and texture, the options are endless when you pick up a punch needle. Even if you've never done it before, this book will help you learn the basics and progressively build your skills until you can freestyle your next punch needle project!


    However you like to relax, there’s always a way to bring crafting into it. It’s just about finding the right activity for you. Next time you craft yourself some self-care, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or #leisurearts, we love seeing what’s happening in your crafty corner! 

    Happy Relaxing! 

    -Leisure Arts Team 

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Fashion Forward Gifts

    Family and friends on your holiday list will love and cherish gifts created with your personal touch! Fashion forward clothing and jewelry, with your added personal touch, will be worn and loved for years to come.

    Cool Crochet

    ALL the coolest babies & toddlers will be sporting crocheted cuteness from Lil' Hipsters! Thanks to designer Kristi Simpson and her love for yarn, style and all things baby, your little person can be totally hip too. 

    Lil' Hipsters - 16 Fashion Favorites to Keep Your Baby Looking Stylish #7643

    Cozy

    Inspired By Iceland’s Beauty, Northern Lights Crochet has 10 great gift ideas for the fashion-forward people in your life! Wrap your loved ones in Icelandic-inspired warmth and cozy greatness. 

    Northern Lights Crochet - 10 Projects Inspired by Iceland's Beauty #75707

    Warm

    More Icelandic beauty just for knitters! Northern Lights Knits, also inspired by the beauty of Iceland, would make anyone on your your holiday gifts lists happy. Wrap them from head to toe in stylish coziness.

    Northern Lights Knits - 8 Icelandic Inspired Projects #75708

    Style

    The collection in Back in Style includes great sweaters, stylish vest, ponchos, purses, and more. With more than 30 projects, you'll find several perfect for the women on your holiday gift list.

    Back in Style - 30 Made Modern Sweaters, Vests, Bags, Ponchos & More #7581

    Handsome

    Give the men in your life the gift of hand-knitted warmth with Everyday Men's Knits! Seventeen perfectly manly projects are guaranteed not to disappoint!

    Everydays Men's Knits - 17 Textured Pieces Add Warmth to His Closet #7491

    Accessorize

    If you're intrigued by resin projects and have jewelry lovers on your list, look no further than Resin Creation. Resin is a versatile, wondrous material that can be used in a variety of creative endeavors, including beautiful jewelry!

    Resin Creation - 12 Step-by-Step Projects Plus Tips and Techniques for Resin Pouring #7648

    Amazing

    Fall in love with woodburning, and create amazing gifts at the same time! With Modern Woodburning Book 2, you’ll soon be putting your own personal touch on every wooden block or cutting board or piece of leather you can get your hands on!

    Modern Woodburning Book 2 - 10 Mixed Media Pyrography Projects #7655

    All of these projects are sure to make whoever receives them happy, and 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!

    Stylishly yours,

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Homemade Accessories That Are Cooler Than A Diamond Bracelet.

    As Marilyn Monroe once sang, diamonds are a girls best friend! Except for today, because this post is about homemade accessories that are way cooler than wearing a boring and cold diamond bracelet on your wrist.

    Making your own accessories sets you apart from the crowd, and brings out the creative monster inside of you. Some people make a living out of selling their homemade jewelry, and others just don't want to look like everyone else. No matter how you look at it, there are multiple reasons to start making your own stylish accessories. Let us help you make the coolest ones! Here are some of the best accessories that you can make yourself, that'll go with any outfit.

     

    Quick and Simple Stringing - SKU # 7212

    A beaded jewelry technique made from stringing a variety of beads together, this technique can turn a simple thread into modern magic. Just look at some of the designs you can create from our patterns!

     

    Homemade Accessories Classic Pearl Strung Necklace
    Multi-Colored Stacked Necklaces Multi-Colored Stacked Necklaces
    Homemade Accessories Retro Sunburst Turquoise Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just look at that pearl necklace! It looks like you could get that at any fashionable jewelry store. But if your style is more subtle, you can make something simple that makes a statement, like the stacked necklaces.

     

    Quick and Simple Linking - SKU # 7213

    Similar to any chain link technique, this method lets you link jewels with metals or beads, or really any shiny thing you think would look good. This method can give you the chance to make grand statements, and let's you keep adding to your piece if you wanted. here are some striking examples!

     

    Homemade Accessories Stacked and Linked Amber Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Simple Citrine Linked Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Subtle and Simple Stacking Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These designs are perfect for the one who doesn't want to wear diamonds, but still wants to feel luxurious. Plus, it's a definite bonus that these beautiful baubles won't break your bank.

     

    Quick and Simple Wirework - SKU #7214

    Wire wrapping! An extremely intricate looking jewelry style, that is a lot easier than you think. This is a style that can really make any kind of jewelry, because you are actually forming most of the metal products yourself. This is by far the most creative and eccentric method of the three, and for good reason! Check out some of our examples from the book.

    Homemade Accessories Wire Wrapped Crystal Gemstone Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Beaded Silver Wirework Bracelet
    Homemade Accessories Wire Wrapped Bracelet and Broach Set

     

    You can tell how much work is put into each of these designs - and how unique it make them. This Jewelry type is for the stand outs, the ones who know they are making a statement when they wear it, and love it.

     

    Bonus Accessories!

    The bonus this week is a book that's gotten a lot of attention lately, so how could I not include it (again). You may or may not remember this book from last week's post on homemade spa materials.

     

    Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads - SKU # 7353

    The designs in this book merit a mention in this week's post, because of how simple but striking the designs are. Not only that, but they are unique because of what you can do with them. The lava beads are porous enough to absorb your favorite scented oils and fragrances so you get a two for one deal! They deserve to be put into this sophisticated self-made jewelry category. Check out our examples!

    Homemade Accessories Simple Strung Lava Bead Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Lava Bead and Gold Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Stacked Beaded Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These may not be diamonds, but they look luxurious without them.

    So, the next time you think about going to an expensive big brand retailer for high end jewelry, think about the options you have for making your own. You don't need to spend a fortune!

     

    Have you made any of these before? If so, post them to our social pages! We love to see what's going on in your studios.

     

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

     

  • Emerald Necklace

    Easy DIY Jewelry

     

    One of my good family friends is having their 35th anniversary this weekend. I had to google what the anniversary gift is for one 35th anniversary and it is emerald or coral. So I decided since I couldn’t afford emeralds I would go into my bead and button boxes to see what I could find that was emerald or as close to emerald as I could get and to make her something special. I also looked through my favorite jewelry book for an idea. The book is called Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2. I found that Green Dangles Necklace was something that I was inspired by.

    I used a small silver decorative ring and on this ring I used one eye pin for the green button. For the other three I used two different kinds of decorative silver headpins with glass beads on two, and a peace sign with a silver bead. I used a small leather cord for the necklace to tie it all together. I also got a silver chain to go with it so that she can wear it on a dressy occasion. Make sure that when you are doing your finishing touches of wrapping your wires that you feel around the ends to make sure that you have no sharp ends. The only tools that I needed to use were my needle nose pliers. Have fun making your jewelry.

    Green Dangles Necklace

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