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  • Back to School Inspiration

    Back to school is going to be lot different this year for most of us, but the excitement of a new year and new possibilities can't be stopped. Whether it's starting back at school, doing school online, homeschooling, or a mixture, we've got what you need.

    What's Your Story?

    The interactive felt scenes from Play Mats will inspire children to create fun and creative stories. Mix with other toys, and the stories they'll come up with are as endless as their imagination! And everyone knows that creative play like this opens the mind to learning.

    Play Mats #7218

    Head To Class Totes Classy

    If you or your older children are headed off to class, carry school supplies in Italian style with Terrific Totes. Not only are these crochet bags beautiful, they're oh so functional! Tote a computer or tablet, books or whatever else needed for those busy school days.

    Terrific Totes #6573

    Bee-utiful Backpacks

    It's easy to get zoo the school day with crocheted Animal Backpacks for the younger crowd. It fits all the (panda) bear necessities your child will need so they will be free to exercise ze-brain. So quit monkeying around, grab your yarn and needles, and start crocheting!

    Animal Backpacks - 8 Pals to Crochet #7308

    Do The Math—Crocheting Is The Answer

    Crochet doesn't just produce afghans and sweaters, it teaches math and problem solving, and inspires creativity. So while the kids are at home, spend their math and art time with Learn to Crochet for Kids. Not only will they learn important skills, they will create several items perfect for when they do head out to school.

    Learn to Crochet for Kids #6352

    Busy Fingers, Focused Mind

    Schooltime means focusing, which can be hard for some of us. Fidget To Focus offers cubes, mats and squares to focus the mind for people of all ages. Plus, the designs are easy to sew, which makes creating them a great activity for your older students!

    Fidget To Focus #7219

    Gear Up

    Your kids can show up at school showing off their school pride with crochet hats, scarves and more from Home Team Gear. Patterns range from large to small, so kids of all grades—including college—can deck out in their school colors.

    Home Team Gear #6695

    Penmanship Can Be An Art

    Have you ever marveled at exquisite calligraphy-style handwriting? Polish your child's penmanship with Hand Lettering. With just a few simple tools and techniques—and a bit of practice—their writing will be just as spectacular as anything you see in stores or on Pinterest. 

    Hand Lettering - Great for Weddings & Other Occasions #7326

    Storybook Ending

    Bring your favorite fairytales to life with Storybook Dolls to Knit. The walkabout puppets are based on beloved stories and rhymes, also included in an audio CD. You children can play along with the CD or come up with their own versions!

    Storybook Dolls to Knit (CD Included) #5286

    Now that you've been inspired by our Back to School ideas, choose a project (or 2 or 3) and get started! Your children will love you for it, and they will be inspired to learn.

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

    -Leisure Arts

  • Craft Away Stress

    April is Stress Awareness Month, and it couldn’t have come at a more fitting time! If you are looking for ways to relax and bring those stress levels down, crafting could be your answer. Stepping back and taking these little moments in life to crochet, knit, paint, or do anything creative, does more good for your body than you may realize. When you are crafting, you are taking charge and focusing on your mental and physical health, which is critical in times like these. So craft away your stress with any creative project—here are just a few ideas to help inspire you!

    Jump on the Diamond Art Bandwagon

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Rainy Day Design

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts - Powered by Diamond Dotz - 5D DIY Diamond Painting Kit - Rainy Day Design #49385

    If you enjoy crafting AND puzzles, it’s time to jump on the Diamond Art bandwagon. Our Rainy Day Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, powered by Diamond Dotz kit has what you need for a stress-free creative activity. The color-coded chart makes it easy for you to complete this abstract modern surrealist beauty, along with the pre-printed adhesive. With high-quality color printed fabric, 13-faceted diamonds, and handy tools like the comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you’ll be dipping, dotting, and dazzling your way to a colorful masterpiece!

    An Apron a Day Keeps the Stress Away

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash

    Simple to Sew Aprons - 13 Sassy, Sweet & Functional Aprons in a Flash # 7609

    Sooooooo, you want to relax and be productive at the same time? (See what we did there?) Sew your way to calm with functional and adorable Simple to Sew Aprons. Whether you’re into gardening, chicken-raising, crafting, harvesting, or cooking and baking, we’ve got an apron pattern for you. You can never have too many aprons, right? Designer Billie Steward takes you step by step with instructions that will have you sewing these 13 quick projects and calming your nerves before you know it. With styles from bandanna to eggs to summer picnic or retro, these aprons also make amazing gifts.

    Wrap Yourself in Hand-Knitted Warmth

    Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites

    Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites #6999

    Wrap yourself in hand-knitted warmth and comfort with these Knit Cardigans by designer Andi Javori! Choose from 12 gorgeous cardigans, or heck, why not all of them? The hard part will be choosing which to knit first. Most of these aprons are rated Easy, with a couple of Intermediate ones sprinkled in just to keep you on your toes. Grab your knitting needles and make yourself a new sweater today! Each is destined to become a favorite. 

    Double the Creativity, Double the Fun

    Play Mats

    Play Mats #7218C

    You and your kids can double your creativity with Play Mats from Leisure Arts—make your own interactive felt scenes, and then enjoy using them to make up your own fun stories. Seven different sets are all easy to cut and assemble with glue and simple stitching. Designs by Kimberly Layton include a castle complete with princess and unicorn, life under the sea, a sweet cupcake shop, a campsite, a farm, a cottage in the woods, and a neighborhood. Arrange the colorful pieces in endless ways and mix with other toys to expand the settings and characters.

    Let Marvin Mega Boy Come to Your Rescue

    Mini Maker Yarn Crafts - Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943

    Mini Maker Yarn Crafts - Marvin Mega Boy Crochet Amigurumi Kit #50943

    Let Marvin Mega Boy save you from your worries! This Mini Maker Yarn Crafts kit is a bite-sized craft experience that will leave you with a cherished and cuddly super hero. The kit has everything you’ll need to create your own adorable 8.5” Marvin Mega Boy amigurumi, including easy-to-follow instructions, yarn, crochet hook and yarn needle. This little guy packs a big punch when it comes to bringing you joy. PS. He also makes a great companion for napping and watching TV.

    Color Your Life with Paper Flowers

    Paper Flowers #7241C

    Paper Flowers #7241

    Not only are Paper Flowers easier to create than you’d expect, they bring out your creativity and wash away stress. With each turning page of this book, designer Jennifer Maker inspires you to create fabulous florals full of texture and color. And you’ll craft it all using tissue paper, cardstock, floral tape, and other readily available craft materials. You’ll uncover 10 projects in all that include a daisy, dandelion, orchid, and rose — one is sure to be your favorite. The best part — you’ll soon be diving into your very own blossoming projects. We’re sure of it.

    Be Homebound in Comfort With This Cozy Quilt

    Homebound - Featuring Two Fabric Colorways for a Modern or Traditional Quilt Pattern Pack #37556

    Homebound - Featuring Two Fabric Colorways for a Modern or Traditional Quilt Pattern Pack #37556

    Picture this: Lounging on your couch binge-watching your latest show, covered in a cozy blanket you quilted yourself! Our Homebound: Quilt with Leisure Arts pattern pack has a classic look, but never goes out of style. By adding a twist here or a fabric substitution there, you can go modern or traditional, or both! The finished lap quilt measures 49' x 65' with optional crib, twin, full, and king/queen sizes. The possibilities are endless-ish! And that makes us (and you!) very content.

    A Bike Ride That Will Soothe Your Soul

    Mini Maker Bicycle Embroidery Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #49814

    Mini Maker Bicycle Embroidery Stitch Kit - 9 Pieces - Includes Hoop, Pre-Stamped Felt, Needle, Floss and Instructions #49814

    Any Cycologist will tell you that this Bicycle Ride is good for your soul. You’ll have the sudden urge to jump on your own bike, gather flowers, and frolic your heart out, but not until you finish this charming embroidery project. If you find this Bicycle Ride embroidery project as charming as we do, then might we mention that your kit will contain everything you’ll need to embroider it into existence? Plus, the pattern itself is pre-printed on the enclosed fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and experts alike. Yields one hoop of bicycle bliss. So go ahead – frolic away!

    Yes, We Do Believe in Unicorns

    Mini Maker Unicorn Dreamcatcher Book Plus Kit - Includes 32 page book and everything you need to create 1 dreamcatcher and 1 embroidered hanging #50389

    Mini Maker Unicorn Dreamcatcher Book Plus Kit - Includes 32 page book and everything you need to create 1 dreamcatcher and 1 embroidered hanging #50389

    Do you believes in unicorns? We do! Let this Unicorn Dreamcatcher protect you from your worries. The kit has everything you need to craft yourself to relaxation and create this unique dreamcatcher. But wait, there’s more! A bonus 32-page project book comes with your kit so you can create more great projects. You’ll be creating an organizer, doily dreamcatcher, ribbon chandelier, wreaths and more! Using the easy to follow instructions that come with our Mini Maker kits, you can easily bring creativity into your everyday life.

    Pamper Yourself With Cotton

    All About Cotton #7055C

    All About Cotton #7055

    Pamper yourself and your family with the soft cotton creations featured in All About Cotton. This book guides you easily through 10 projects like making baskets, bottle carrier, tote, plant hanger, bath set, coasters, dishcloth and hanging dishtowel, potholder, napkin ring, and a rug. You’ll use soft and cool, yet sturdy and durable, cotton medium-weight yarn, perfect for quick crochet projects. Not only will you relieve stress by crocheting, you will be beautifying your home as well!

    Choose one, two, three of these projects to bring some calm into your days, and come out of it with memories and cherished items. All of these projects are easy to accomplish and are perfect for you to do by yourself or include your children or other family members. Once you finish one or many of these stress relieving projects, be sure to share it with us @leisureartsinc or using the hashtag #LeisureArts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in the craft universe. In addition, most of the items we’ve written about in this blog post are included in our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and craft your way to calm.

    -Leisure Arts Team

    Craft Away Stress. April is Stress Awareness Month. Start Crafting your stress away!

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