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National Craft Month

  • National Craft Month: Celebrate the Season With New DIY Projects

    Hello Makers! It's that time of year again, March is National Craft Month. Can you believe it's springtime already? With 2020 flying by at high speeds, we're taking a moment to focus on one of our favorite holidays. Crafting and DIY projects are not only a great way to be creative and expand your home décor and wardrobe, but also create opportunities to give to loved-ones or those in need, be more mindful and mentally healthy, and practice purposeful self-care. Take a look at some of our favorite books and projects to celebrate National Craft Month with!

    Crochet

    Amigurumi An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    Heroes and animals and monsters, oh my! With Amigurumi An Adorable Collection, you'll be led through this Japanese crochet style with ease. Whether you want to add some whimsy to your wardrobe or give the gift of courage to a child in your life, there's an animal scarf, superhero doll, and other fun projects that will fulfill all your crochet desires. And since it's National Craft month and you have so many projects to get through, this book is also available as a file download.

    Knit

    Stitch a Garden - Book 75677

    Plants have been shown to boost one's mood, but why have real ones that die when you can create your own garden full of everlasting beauty? In Stitch a Garden, you can grow your knitting skills and discover 11 easy, new home décor projects, no green thumb required. And if you really want to go green, this book is available as a download. Step-by-step instructions, vibrant photos, and evergreen ideas will fill your home and crafting month with crafted beauty.

    Macramé

    Mini Maker Plant Hanger Macramé Kit - #49795

    If you're looking to add a little boho flair to your home while also creating something functional, then this Mini Maker kit is for you. Get groovy with this retro craft project. The Mini Maker Arrow Plant Hanger Macramé Kit comes with a 10.5" decorative arrow, lots of cording, and easy-to-follow instructions to get you pointed in the right direction the whole way through. Your new plant hanger will make the perfect wall accent for your home or a heartfelt gift for a plant lover in your life.

    Stitchery

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    Take this month to manifest a free mind with Free Spirit Stitching. These eight boho designs will get you feeling creative and calm in no time. Novice stitchers will gain valuable knowledge and experience, while experienced stitchers can breathe easy as you breeze through these gorgeous designs. The foundational embroidery stitches are clearly explained and put into patterns that will have people begging to know where you got such a trendy, well made accessory. From wall hangings and pillows to tote bags and clutches, there's a design for everyone in this book. You can even download it for more ease.

    Mini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit - #49813

    Dip your toe into the soothing waters of embroidery. With the Mini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit, you'll get the perfect introduction to embroidery without having to commit yourself to buying all the materials separately. This kit comes with an 8" hoop, 21 gorgeous floss colors, stamped fabric, a needle, and easy-to-follow instructions. There's no easier way to explore a new craft while making a tranquil piece for hanging on the wall or giving to a friend.

    Paint

    Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

    Unleash your inner artist and discover how freeing and fun painting can be. Happy Abstracts is a how-to guide for true beginners and seasoned artists alike. You'll be guided through six different projects and encouraged to embrace fearlessness and keep an open mind. There's no need to feel like something has to be perfect if you're the one creating it, and this book helps take that pressure away. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with your art and show the world what you're made of. As an added reminder, there are 14 vibrant pull-out cards to lift you up when you need a boost. They also make great cards for friends and family who need to be reminded of the magic they bring to the world.

    Woodburning

    Modern Woodburning - Book 7524

    Wood just got even cooler. In Modern Woodburning, you can learn the basics of pyrography, the art of decorating wood and other natural materials by burning them. Nine skill-building projects will give you all the woodburning basics, as well as inspiring you to create your own designs. Since this book is downloadable, it's easy to learn all about this red-hot craft. Blaze a trail and get your friends and family involved!

    Diamond Painting

    5D DIY Diamond Art Advanced Wildflowers Kit - #52515

    If a little sparkle never hurt anybody, then a lot is probably good for you! Dazzle yourself and your loved ones with a diamond dotting creation like this one. 5D DIY Diamond Painting Advanced Wildflowers Kit will be a crafting experience unlike anything else. The individually placed gems come together to create a magnificent piece of wall art. You'll be the envy of all who see it, but they don't have to know how soothing and fun it was to make. The kit contains a printed fabric piece, a stylus, a tray, a wax caddy, a comfort grip, color-sorted gems, and easy-to-follow instructions. It may look like you have to be a master, but it'll actually be a walk in the park to complete.

    There's no better time than now to start a new hobby or craft, so pick up one of these projects and get making! We would love to know why you craft and what your big project is for this month! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, so we can see how you're celebrating National Craft Month.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • National Craft Month - Calendar Breakdown!

    This is our month, Makers. National Craft Month has started, and we have a lot in store for you here at Leisure Arts. We're kicking off the month with our second annual designer takeover! We invite some of our authors to come take over our Facebook and instagram pages for a few days at a time, until the whole month of March is filled with crafty DIY snippets of fun! Keep reading below to look at this year's lineup.

    National Craft Month - March 2019 - Lineup

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    Cori George: March 5-6

    Categories: Crafts

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    Paper Party - Book 7327 Paper Party - Book 7327

    Cori George is the go-to lady for planning and decorating the perfect party. She's the founder of the wildly popular blog Hey, Let's Make Stuff! , a blog devoted to DIY fun. Her book with us, Paper Party, shows us five different parties with beautiful and colorful themes. Her designs are versatile enough to use for men and women, and can be used for most occasions! We're so excited to see what kind of party she'll bring to our takeover! It will probably be llama themed, because she's obsessed with them (in a good way)!

     

     

     

     

    Andi Javori: March 8-10

    Categories: Knitting

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    Warm up with Scarves and Cowls Warm up with Scarves and Cowls - Book 75676

    As the founder of Javori Designs, Andi's goal is to teach yarn crafters to be fearless! Andi is the author of Warm up With Scarves and Cowls, and if you tune in, you'll see she has much more exciting knit concepts coming down the pipeline! Will we see some stylish sneak peeks in the future? You'll have to check back during her takeover to see!

     

     

     

     

     

    Jessi Raulet: March 11-12

    Categories: Crafts

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    As the mind behind EttaVee, Jessi has nothing but creativity to give! Her book, Happy Abstracts, emboldens even the most novice of painters to be fearless and imaginative. If you check out our video on Happy Abstracts, you can see just how many creative and cute ideas are in this book.

     

     

    We're excited to see the creative ideas she brings to our social! Especially Instagram, because if you haven't seen her instagram feed yet, you're missing out. She's based in Paris right now, so maybe we'll get to see some of the sights!

     

     

     

     

    Stephanie Rose: March 13

    Categories: Crafts

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    Home Apothecary - Book 7386 Home Apothecary - Book 7386

    If you're earthy, and love creating your own all natural creations, then you'll fall in love with Stephanie Rose. Stephanie strives to help people live better lives through plants, and you can definitely get a great jumpstart in health and wellness when you check out her book, Home Apothecary! She's also the founder of the Garden Therapy Blog, the go to site for wonderful garden projects that will stem your curiosity, and help your love for plants bloom even more.

     

     

     

    Kristi Simpson: March 15-17

    Categories: Crochet, Knit, Macrame

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    Huggable Amigurumi - Book 7163 Huggable Amigurumi - Book 7163

    Kristi Simpson has been an author with us for some time now, and actually participated in last year's designer takeover! She has produced books not just in crochet, but in knit and macrame too. She is responsible for the cute and cuddly amigurumi pattern you've made for your kids (or yourself - we don't judge), or that summer wrap you can't live without at the beach. If you haven't caught on yet, some of Kristi's most popular book with us have been Knits for Summer, and Huggable Amigurumi. But, she branches out in all types of yarn fun. We're excited to see what yarn tricks she has up her sleeve during her takeover!

     

    Kristi will also be featured in our Leisure Life Live! segment on March 14th on Facebook Live, so maybe there will be a giveaway in your future (hint, hint).

     

    Marly Bird: March 18-20

    Categories: Crochet, Knitting

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    Yarn Pooling Made Easy - Book 7083 Yarn Pooling Made Easy - Book 7083

    She may be Marly Bird, but she certainly is a busy bee! Not only has Marly produced many books with us (in both crochet and knit), but she also is a National Spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, and is the host of Yarn Things Podcast. If you're familiar with the beautiful patterns in Yarn Pooling Made Easy (patterns above), then you've seen her amazing yarn work! Marly is no stranger to our Designer Takeover program either, so we're excited to see how her setup this year will differ from last year!

     

     

     

     

    Tamara Kelly: March 22-24

    Categories: Crochet

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    Amara Shawl From Tamara Amara Shawl From Tamara

    Tamara Kelly is the Founder of Moogly Crochet blog, and is one of two bloggers we have included in our designer takeovers this year! Her blog is full of crafty and creative content and receives million of visitors each month. Tamara's designs have been featured in multiple craft magazines, and she provides tutorials as well as free patterns for all of her followers! As a Red Heart Joy Creator, we're curious to see what she brings to the leisure Arts Social Scene.

     

     

     

     

     

    Edie Eckman: March 25-26

    Categories: Crochet, Knitting, Sewing

    screen-shot-2019-03-01-at-4-12-32-pm Artisan Crochet Jewelry

    screen-shot-2019-03-01-at-4-11-34-pmEdie Eckman is an awesome knit and crochet teacher, designer, and editor. She's created several books of ours, like Artisan Crochet Jewelry, and Pincushions to Sew! She lives for that 'A-HA' moment from her students, when they finally understand something they were struggling to grasp. You can tell from all of her wonderful patterns that Edie really pays attention to the details, and makes every stitch count. We can't wait to see what she's bringing to our takeover this year! 

     

     

     

    Marie Segares: March 27

    Categories: Crochet

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    Slouchy Hat Pattern By Marie Slouchy Hat Pattern By Marie

    As proprietress of the Underground Crafter blog, Marie keeps herself busy with her crochet designs and projects. She learned to crochet from her grandmother, so she holds the particular yarn craft near and dear to her heart. But, she loves to dabble in other crafts as well, like vinyl and paper crafts.  Marie is the second blogger that we are featuring this year, and we're so excited to see how she's going to run our social for the day!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lori Wenger: March 28-29

    Categories: Crafts

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    Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353 Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353

    Lori Wenger isn't just a Jewelry and Craft Designer, but also a fantastic photo Stylist and Illustrator! You've probably heard us gushing about Lori's interior design work on our Makerspace in our New Video Studio, but that's not all that Lori has done for us! She's created several craft books for us, from Aromatherapy Jewelry, to Cool String Art! Lori will also be a part of our Leisure Life LIVE! segment on March 28th, ready to bring you all some sneak peeks and craft mysteries. We're super stoked to see what Lori has for all of us!

     

     

     

     

    Debra Valencia: March 30-31

    Categories: Crafts, Stitching

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    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228 Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    Debra Valencia is an experienced Art Educator at Otis College of Art and Design. Debra's book with us, Free Spirit Stitching, was just recently released last month, and boy do we love the designs in it! Debra shows us that you don't need to be trained in sewing to create beautiful stitched multimedia designs. We're excited to be closing out our Designer Takeover with her, and can't wait to see what she has in store for all of us!

     

     

     

     

    It's going to be an exciting month, makers! So be sure to tune in and see what it's like to be a Leisure Arts author. we'll also be doing a live Q/A on March 7th on Facebook, answering all of your burning questions about National Craft Month and becoming a designer. We hope to see you all engaging with us, and using our favorite hashtags #LeisureLife, and #LeisureArts!

     

    Stay Creative, and Enjoy National Craft Month!

     

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    -Leisure Arts Team

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