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  • What's Everyone Creating? #LeisureArts

    We've gathered up more posts that you have shared on the Internet tagged #leisurearts for one of our favorite blog posts! We love to see what everyone's working on, and now we're going to share that inspiration with you.

    Don't Throw In The Towel

    Crochet-A-La-Dia created this Daisy Set and shared it with us on Pinterest! The colors couldn't be better to brighten up a kitchen! Want to make this set yourself? Find it in Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders.

    Crochet Towel Toppers and Potholders #5733

    Baby Activities Cubed

    We love it when people get inspiration from us and make the projects their own! Agnesa Istokova posted an adorable in-progress activity cube on Pinterest! Love that elephant! Another activity cube, this one from Christina Avgoustidou, comes complete with the sun and rain clouds. We can just picture baby spending lots of hours playing and learning with these! Inspired by Play & Learn Activity Cubes, you're sure to find a cube that fits the baby in your life!

    Seeing Double

    Alicia James' daughter kept herself busy creating this Heart Unicorn (pictured right) after finishing up her reading and math for the day, while her mother was on Zoom doing professional development hours. While at Elizabeth-Herring's house, Elizabeth was finishing her latest diamond painting—Fun Unicorn (pictured left). Don't you think they're both magical?

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Fun Unicorn Design #49291 & Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz 5D DIY Diamond Painting Beginner Heart Unicorn Kit #50464

    Dreams of a White Christmas

    Cindi Louis has been using the White Christmas in Thread Crochet book for years. She shared this charming photo with us on Facebook showing the tree skirt and garland she created. She says she's halfway done with the garland, which is 60-feet long, and plans to finish it this year along with more of the snowflakes.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    All You Knit Is Love

    Infinite Yarns posted a gorgeous heirloom baby gift set including a hand-knitted pattern from our Adorable Baby Cardigans book. We know at least one baby will be classy and comfortable very soon!

    Stay Calm And Color

    Jaya Prakash Mateti posted this beautiful mandala page on Facebook from one of our Color Art For Everyone coloring books. We don't have this mandala book anymore, but we have many fantastic coloring books to choose from.

    Preparing For The Holidays

    It looks like Norma Davis celebrated #ChristmasInJuly along with us this year. She posted this enchanting Christmas afghan on Facebook, and we're loving the hint of glitter! We've got plenty of Christmas afghans and other holiday decor to choose from!

    Pretty As A Peacock

    The peacock's colors and "thousand eyes" on its tail promote fame and good luck in feng shui, and enhance protection and awareness. Ramya Sabari created and posted this mesmerizing Diamond Art Peacock, available as a kit with everything you need.

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Peacock Design #49940

    Let's Chime In

    Schmelzgranulat shared this beauty, created by Sonja, with us on Pinterest. We are impressed by the color and light! You can get started in crafts just like this with Melted Pony Bead Art.

    A Blanket Statement

    Stefani Lynn created this intricate afghan and shared it with us on Facebook. Classic comfort at its best. Check out Aran Afghans, and create your own!

    Thin Green Line

    Theresa Hanson posted this Thin Green Line afghan on Facebook, and we adore it—such a loving way to show support for the men and women of our military and/or federal law enforcement agents. Theresa used our American flag pattern in Honoring Our Veterans, with the green, white and black color scheme.

    We love to see what you are creating! Please share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. Maybe we'll pick yours to feature in our next #LeisureArts Hashtag blog post.

    -Leisure Arts

  • '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

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (in July)

    Do you hear those sleigh bells jingling? We do, and we’re dreaming of all the holiday home décor projects we've got for you! While Santa is making his list and checking it twice, you can be doing your own holiday preparations during the hot days of July.

    Ring ting tingling too. 🎶

    Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas?

    While it's sunny and sultry outside, the thought of a white Christmas is extra refreshing! Your tree can be classically beautiful once you adorn them with the ornaments you create from White Christmas in Thread Crochet.

    White Christmas in Thread Crochet #3232

    The Stockings Were Hung

    There's something about a stocking that embodies holiday cheer and spirit of giving. An empty stocking offers the hope of what's to come, and an overflowing one has so much to discover! Stock up on designs from The Stockings Were Knit, and create memories to last a lifetime.

    The Stockings Were Knit #6533

    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?

    A Vase of Ornaments Glistening In The Light

    "Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago."   
    -Tom Baker 

    Ornaments can have special meaning that will last generations. The knit ornaments you create with Beaded Ornaments are no exception. You and your loved ones will cherish them for years to come! You can pile them in a vase or a bowl, hang them on ornament stands, give them as gifts, or hang them on your tree.

    Beaded Ornaments #6536

    Here Comes Santa Clause

    All is merry and bright with 37 plastic canvas projects from The Magic Of Christmas. Craft your own Santa tissue box cover, candy cane climbers, and table decorations. What a beautiful sight!

    The Magic of Christmas #7584

    Angels We Have Heard On High

    Step back in time with crocheted Retro Christmas Ornaments. From angel ornaments to angel garland, pins and bookmarks, you'll be sweetly singing o'er the plains when it's time to decorate your house for the holidays.

    Retro Christmas Ornaments - 15 Beautiful Thread Angels and Many More #7195

    Joy To Your World

    There's nothing like a bit of whimsy to bring joy to a room. The fun and colorful projects found Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays promise a festive backdrop for holiday fun. We especially think this tiny tree decorated with tiny hats will be a big hit on your table!

    Yarn Whimsies for the Holidays #6889

    'Tis The Season

    While you're beating the heat outside, you'll be beating the rush of the holiday season. Whether it's creating your own holiday decorations or gifts for loved ones, now's the time to start your holiday projects. The projects above are some of our favorite, but we've got much more to see online on our Holiday Décor Guide. There's no time like the present!

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

    Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

    -Leisure Arts  

  • DIY Holiday Lights: Easy Gifting and Decorating Creatively

    Expand the use of tea lights and LED candles to craft easy holiday ornaments and table decor. This can be a most enjoyable time of year with all of the holiday crafting and baking, along with its celebrations, gatherings, and functions. But it can be a stressful time, too; especially when it comes to gifting and decorating creativity. Relax and review some of these craft ideas I've gathered for you!

    I saw the first project below last Christmas season but never got around to making any. So this year it was the first craft project on my list to do and share. A benefit to having been delayed a year, there are multiple variations now! This project's main component are a set of tea lights like the ones Leisure Arts sells (#47150). 

    Use tea lights to make ornaments and luminaries for holiday decor! Use tea lights to make ornaments and luminaries for holiday decor!

    The goal is to make Christmas tree ornaments that look like snowmen using the tea lights. Last year when I started gathering supplies I never could find a stove pipe hat so I moved on and chose a felt stocking cap. Luckily I found one misplaced pack of six and bought them. Fast-forward to this year, I followed a Pinterest pin to this post on Tea Light Snowman Ornaments and followed its directions very closely.

    I tried to purchase another set of the felt stocking caps [in the same size] as I found last year, but they couldn't be found in a local brick-and-mortar store. After not feeling positive about my manipulating ribbon and glue to replicate a scarf, I just experimented with pipe cleaners and really liked the result. Here is a picture of most of my supplies; some supplies were added as modifications to the original tea light snowman were made.

    Most supplies needed for Snowman Santa and Snow Lady tea light ornaments. Most supplies needed for Snowman Santa and Snow Lady tea light ornaments.

    Oh, I'm beginning to have a holiday smile on my face!

    Positioning the felt hat on tea light with eyes and mouth already marked! Positioning the felt hat on tea light with eyes and mouth already marked!

    I added a little more personality to each of the light's characters. The Snow Lady has long eyelashes with a warm chenille pipe cleaner scarf. She's wearing ear muffs crafted out of a smaller piece of pipe cleaner and mini poms-poms. Snowman Santa has a gift with him!

    Snow Lady tea light wears ear muffs with her chenille scarf. The battery compartment is still accessible from the back. Snow Lady tea light wears ear muffs with her chenille scarf. The battery compartment is still accessible from the back.

    My next project was also inspired by a Pin I saw last year using toilet paper cardboard tubes to fashion owl ornaments.

    Molding the cardboard tubes to have owl ears. Molding the cardboard tubes to have owl ears.

    I painted my owl a fairly true-to-life color and added details using my black Sharpie marker. As I was looking at the owl's detailed face and feathers, and thinking about its placement on a tree or wreath, it dawned on me to make it a luminary IF a tea light would fit inside the cardboard tube. I had not planned on the owl decoration to be a luminary, so I had to carefully cut slits through the layers of painted cardboard. Next, I used Loctite® Fun-Tak® to hold the tea light in place.

    Angled feather-slits made with a craft knife through painted cardboard tube. Angled feather-slits made with a craft knife through painted cardboard tube.

    Guess what; a tea light from Leisure Arts was the PERFECT FIT!

    A tea light fits perfectly inside the cardboard tube; it is held in place with some Loctite® Fun-Tak®. A tea light fits perfectly inside the cardboard tube; it is held in place with some Loctite® Fun-Tak®.

    I hot glued a wooden clothespin (Leisure Arts #48158) to the back of the owl so I could perch it anywhere on a tree or wreath. I think the angle of my feather slits need to changed, and the feathers need to be opened more to enhance more illumination.

    A little illumination is visible. Perhaps a different angle or wider slits are needed for more light to be seen. A little illumination is visible. Perhaps a different angle or wider slits are needed for more light to be seen.

    I think I'll experiment with another owl and circular holes.

    A two-tone red owl with pin-pricked holes for better tea light visibility. A two-tone red owl with pin-pricked holes for better tea light visibility.
    The owl's features are done and the tea light is in place! The owl's features are done and the tea light is in place!

    I checked the "better" illumination by sitting my owl in the office's semi-darkened mail room. I think the red owl will look great on a tree with the tea light snow people!

    Sitting in the office mailroom. Sitting in the office mail room.

    Now to show you all three tea light ornaments clustered together: Snowman Santa, Snow Lady and Owl. I like the brighter color used to paint the owl red. I think I'll lean towards making more owls in a variety of folk art colors and add whimsical details around the eyes, feathers and wings.

    On the office tree! Snowman Santa and the Snow Lady both have their lights on. The owl's light is on, too, but the angle doesn't show it very well. On the office tree! Snowman Santa and the Snow Lady both have their lights on. The owl's light is on, too, but the angle doesn't show it very well.
    See the difference in the tea light noses with the light turned on or off. Remember: color the flame orange with a permanent marker. See the difference in the tea light noses with the light turned on or off. Remember: color the flame orange with a permanent marker.

    Next up, more holiday lights on my dining room table at home. I have my LED 3-Pack Candle Set  in a row  atop a table runner.

    The very popular LED 3-pack candle set can be part of a holiday tablescape, too! The very popular LED 3-pack candle set can be part of a holiday tablescape, too!

    I wanted to add to my tabletop candles and decided on making a paper village using my coloring book paper from Art of Coloring  Festive (Leisure Arts #6945) and Art of Coloring Holiday (Leisure Arts #7094). I've just gotten started but am very pleased with the simple, clean paper house design found here.

    The tea lights make paper house luminaries as part of the table decor. The tea lights make paper house luminaries as part of the table decor.

    I looked at many paper house, paper box and paper folded ornament designs but this design by Hello Bee was the best for this project: a house structure to be a luminary and to show off a coloring book design. The paper house on the right has red and green tissue paper taped to the inside of the structure as a line. With the tea light turned on, the tissue paper-lined house was supposed  to give a warm holiday glow. However, it was the heaviest tissue paper I've ever felt and was displeased with the effect; that house will get a renovation! I like the intent of the added tissue paper, but I will need to buy some new (traditionally lighter-weight) yellow tissue paper. When the tea light is turned off, the tissue paper liner masks the appearance of the tea light if you don't like it being seen inside the house.

    In the early Fall, I showed different ways to use and decorate the LED 3-Pack Candle Set for National LED Day. Along with button garlands wrapped around the pillar candles, other embellishments were incorporated to the tablescape that included leaves, more buttons, baskets, etc. Not shown in my earlier post, was the below image of a wintry decorated candle; it is perfect for Christmas and beyond. I made snowball pom-poms (watch how here) and used them along with another button garland to decorate around the largest LED candle in the set.

    These snowball pom-poms look great in holiday colors complementing the ribbon and button garland. These snowball pom-poms look great in holiday colors complementing the ribbon and button garland.

    Candy canes are quite popular to use as part of your holiday decorations this time of year. This home decor candy cane candle project is so festive you could use it in any room for some extra holiday glitz. I wanted to try making a ring of candy canes surrounding a large candle, that I first saw here. It was a great decorative tip or trick, but I wanted to use the largest pillar candle from my LED 3-Pack Candle Set so I would not have to worry about the candle burning down.

    Simple idea - festive look! I'll use my LED pillar candles and won't worry about any flame! Simple idea - festive look! I'll use my LED pillar candles and won't worry about any flame!

    Since I was going to use a hot glue gun to secure the candy canes to each other and I didn't want any hot glue seepage onto my LED candle, I first made a poster board sleeve, or ring, to fit around my candle. Then I glued each candy cane to the poster board and made the candy cane ring. By using the largest pillar candle from my LED 3-Pack Candle Set I don't have to worry about wax getting a bit too warm for plastic wrapped peppermint candy!

    Peppermint candy canes are hot glued to a poster board sleeve [a 3"-4" ring] wrapped around the tallest LED pillar candle. Peppermint candy canes are hot glued to a poster board sleeve [a 3"-4" ring] wrapped around the tallest LED pillar candle.
    I bought inexpensive candy canes, white poster board and wide ribbon. Since I wanted a long section of each candy cane to be glued down, I cut a 3"-4" wide strip of poster board to act as a protective sleeve around the LED candle. I tied on a ribbon for extra security to assist holding the candy canes in place. Now I have an extra pop of color that can be added to any room -- and this is before the LED candle is lit!

    Fluff out that ribbon -- when you're using an LED pillar candle as part of your table decor! Fluff out that ribbon -- when you're using an LED pillar candle as part of your table decor!

    What a fun and busy couple of weeks I've had preparing and gathering these project ideas for you. I hope they will come in handy and lead you in using your tea lights and LED candles as home decor in different ways than you might have expected - craft on!

    Martha

     

     

     

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