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  • 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  

  • Retro Christmas Cross Stitch

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch Christmas is a super fun look at retro Christmas designs that will inspire thoughts of Norman Rockwell paintings and episodes of Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy!  We love the throwback cross stitch designs so much that we invited today's guest blogger, Lee Fisher, to talk about the inspiration for her fabulous designs in Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. Welcome Lee!

    Who doesn’t love Christmas?! The colorful lights, the sound of old familiar carols being sung, the stockings hung on the mantle above a crackling fire, the fragrant aroma of turkey or ham filling the house as one by one friends & family arrive. Gathered in the living room with the Christmas tree all a twinkle & trimmed with decorations that span the years, inevitably the conversation will turn to Christmases past and the memories of childhood.

    These were the thoughts running through my mind as I created the designs for Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. I wanted to capture those images which seem so familiar to our own childhood and the Christmases of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    When I was growing up we had a big, fat, floor to ceiling artificial Christmas tree with tons of decorations but among my favorites were the frosted gingerbread houses. I remember staring at them & being amazed at how real they looked…I wanted to reach out & taste the frosting! With that in mind I designed “Home Sweet Home”, the sweetest little gingerbread house on the block with its peppermint flowers & frosted gumdrop bushes all topped with a bright red cherry. What a wonderful treat for you to enjoy…and guilt free with zero calories!

    screen-shot-2017-07-19-at-3-42-46-pm Home Sweet Home Gingerbread House Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    A personal favorite of mine is “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” because this design is also taken directly from my life. I am pleased to present…my children~ Brandon, Shannon & Natasha. When they were little we often went caroling for the neighbors with the three little ones bundled up in their little onesie snow suits, caps & mittens absolutely butchering all the traditional Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. But our neighbors were gracious…they always clapped when we were done.

    Let Heaven & Nature Sing Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Let Heaven & Nature Sing Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    In the past, as it is now, traveling was always another important event during the holiday season. Going to Grandma & Grandpa's house, visiting friends or even heading out for Christmas Eve services, being all squashed together in the back seat with siblings and packages was just another part of the excitement of Christmas. On these trips I spent my time looking out the window, wide eyed, taking in all the sights & signs we’d pass. I particularly loved the very colorful & graphic advertising designs of the atomic era. These memories were the inspiration for “Happy New Year” and “Eat Drink & be Merry”.

    Happy New Year Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Happy New Year Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher
    Eat, Drink & Be Merry Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Eat, Drink & Be Merry Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    Christmas is always a time when we remember loved ones both near and far. Another tradition many of us like to observe is the sending of Christmas cards. In my home as a child, every card that came in the mail was treasured and put on display. Some setting on shelves, mantels and hanging on the wall strung on colorful ribbon. I remember some as having the cutest pictures of baby animals in the snow, like my design “Hello Old Friend” seeing his reflection in the Christmas ball. Others were decorated with glittering ornaments and candy cane like our “Merry Christmas” design. And some came with a single, simple sentiment like “Warm Christmas Wishes.”

    Hello Old Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Hello Old Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher
    Merry Christmas Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Merry Christmas Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher
    Warm Christmas Wishes Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher Warm Christmas Wishes Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    Of course one of the most enjoyable things about Christmas as a kid was…the gifts! Oh the colorful packages piled high and overflowing with spiraling ribbons & bows. And the excitement of checking all the tags to find your very own name. I remember some of these tags being just as ornate as the ornaments on the tree and always wanting to keep them. With that in mind I wanted to create a design that would be perfect for gift giving and “For my Deer Friend” was born. Finishing this one out as a gift bag or wine bottle bag is perfect and adds a delightful touch of whimsy to the occasion.

    For My Deer Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher For My Deer Friend Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    One of the most magical memories of my childhood was a snowy Christmas eve when I was drowsily tucked up in bed dreaming of Christmas morning, when all of a sudden I heard bells…Jingle Bells!! I ran to the window and swiped away the frosty fog and down below in a swirly mist of snow were two big brown horses in jingle bell harness trotting down the middle of the street pulling a real sleigh and inside was Santa himself bellowing out “Merry Christmas, and to all a good night~ ho-ho-ho!” Over the years there has been a long running debate as to who it was. But to those of us who believe….there is no question about it and so I honor that memory with “And to All a Good Night”.

    And to All a Good Night Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher And to All a Good Night Design from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch by Lee Fisher

    I do hope you enjoy all of these designs as much as I do and that you too will cherish the memories of your childhood. I wish you and yours a wonderfully Retro Christmas!

    Lee Fisher ~ StitchyFish Designs

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