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Winter

  • Throw Some Ultimate Shade With Lion Brand Color Inspiration

    Hello Again, Makers! We've got more color inspiration coming at ya, and this time we're throwing some serious shade, I Love Yarn Month style. We've got the beautiful Shade color to work with from our list of Lion Brand Yarn's colors of the year for 2019, see below!

    Lion Brand's Colors of The Year for 2019 - Shade

    Lion Brand has compiled a list of great colors for 2019, and every month we pick a hue and match some of our favorite Leisure Arts Patterns to the color palette. Here's a little more information on Shade:

    "Grey has been replacing basic black as the go to color for head to toe dressing. Grey has been the most popular color in everything from house paint to Nursery décor. Like its namesake, Shade has an ephemeral quality. It can be a silvery white or a mysterious charcoal."

    These mixtures of icy silver and charcoal are perfect for fall and winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different colors variations of Shade you can play with! Shawl In A Ball - Metallic - Um Opal is a perfect mix of light and dark that gives dimension to the patterns you'll create. Heartland - Mount Rainer is a charcoal toned member of the Shade family, with more gray and white hues laced throughout the skein. Either yarn would be perfect for crafting something Shade-centric, but feel free to shop for other hues if you want a different gray! As you've probably guessed, Shade has a lot of variations.

    Shawl In A Ball - Metallic - Um Opal - Item 128019

    Heartland - Mount Rainer - Item 126179

    Scroll to find your craft category, and find your next Shade project!

    Crochet

    Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    Poufs & Pillows - Book 6886

    You can't resist an oversized scarf, and this scarf from Marly Bird's The Ultimate Crochet Collection is a great way to style with Shade. With the not so subtle pop of blue, this scarf is a statement piece that can go with any outfit. Throw in a matching beanie and you'll have a classy and cozy outfit to go out galavanting in.

    If you're looking for more of a home décor project, then try out this adorable pouf and pillow pattern set from Poufs & Pillows! This kind of yarn gives some added texture to the pattern, and it gives the space a cozy wintry feel. It makes you wanna grab a warm mug of hot cocoa and just relax by a fireplace.

    Knit

    Best of Knit Accessories - Book 7579

    Complete Knit Collection - Book 7577

    If knitting is more your speed, then try out these patterns! Whether it's cowls, mittens or cozy caps, you can't go wrong with a fun fall accessory. The Best of Knit Accessories has a really nice wrap (above) in Shade that even incorporates a lighter accent color, so you can branch out and try different contrast combinations! If you are wanting something modern and cozy, The Complete Knit Collection For Beginners and has a great chunky afghan pattern for warm nights watching Hallmark movies. The texture of this blanket is great, and the pattern itself works up fairly quickly if you use thick yarn. The choice is up to you on how thick or thin you want your afghan to be.

    Craft

    DIY Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    Crazy About Pom-Poms - Book 7277

    It's I Love Yarn Month, so we're in the mood to craft with Yarn! Crazy About Pom Poms shows us that you don' have to learn knit or crochet to be crafty with yarn. This shimmery white chandelier is a great idea for fun and fresh winter decor! So does this minimalist heather gray textured pillow from Textured Pillows. It's as simple as some basic stitches and a pre made throw pillow, and you have a rustic and quaint pillow to add to what I'm sure is already a massive collection. I can already see a winter wonderland forming in your home with these adorable and innovative yarn craft projects.

    Remember, these are just suggestions! You can throw your shade wherever you want. Be as creative as you can be! If you've tried any of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Home Decor: Buttons & Candles for All Seasons

    August is a transition-time of year. Growing up in the northeast, it was the final month of summer vacation. The days were still hot, but the evening air would sometimes be cool. August ended with my birthday and an introduction to a new school year after the final three-day holiday weekend celebrating Labor Day. It was a cue for me to say, "Okay; now I'm ready!" I was anxious for new challenges, seeing familiar faces and getting ready for seasonal changes. This inspired me to create with Buttons and the LED Candle Set.

    I want a change to my summer decor, but I don't want to jump into fall leaves, berries and gourds. I scoured the few magazines readily available at hair salons and doctors' offices, but then turned to Pinterest for some ideas, too. I was inspired by this Vintage Button Garland and the ambience it created in quite a simple way. Plus, it was a perfect embellishment for a "fake" candle. LED candles won't burn so my garland is safe; easy-peasy, nice and easy!

    I gathered the buttons I had previously sorted and started planning. I decided to thread my buttons onto waxed linen in a color similar to the candles in my set. I love my LED Candle Set (item 47363 from Leisure Arts);  they look and feel like real waxed candles, plus they have a remote control to change colors, add flickering flames or set a timer!

    Gather different sizes, shapes and colors of buttons. Use buttons without shanks for this project. Used waxed linen to assist holding your buttons in place. Gather different sizes, shapes and colors of buttons. Use buttons without shanks for this project. Using waxed linen  assists by holding your buttons in place.

    Using the waxed linen allowed me to easily thread my buttons.  Also, I didn't have to place knots on either side of a strung button to prevent its repositioning. The waxed linen has a natural 'tackiness' which assisted in placing the garland on each candle. But, just in case your button garland gets heavy and wants to slide down your candle just a bit, use a little piece of mounting putty behind several buttons to hold the garland in place.

    Close-up of waxed linen removed from its packaging. You may like to use a mounting putty behind a few buttons on your LED candles to help hold your button garland in place. Close-up of waxed linen removed from its packaging. You may like to use a mounting putty behind a few buttons on your LED candles to help hold your button garland in place.

    Since the LED candles don't get hot,  you can safely walk away from your lit candles. I really do love the LED Candle Set (item 47363 from Leisure Arts).

    Here's the LED Candle Set I used. Leisure Arts' item 47363 has three candles of varying height, plus a remote control to set a timer, and options for candles' colors and flickering flames. Here's the LED Candle Set I used. Leisure Arts' item 47363 has three candles of varying heights, plus a remote control to set a timer, and options for candles' colors and flickering flames.

    This transition-time of year includes the colors of deepening yellows, fading greens, and dulling browns to its flashes of remaining bright colors. I decided to replicate those colors on each garland I made. I didn't measure at first. I wanted at least three rows of buttons to wrap around each LED candle. I wrapped the waxed linen six times around a candle to give me the rough estimate of the length I needed. Later, I did measure a piece of waxed linen and it was 6 feet plus; so to be safe, measure a piece that is 7 feet long.

    Experimenting with button placement on the waxed linen garland, and positioning on a candle. Seasonally themed garlands can be made ahead of time and swapped when the time is right! Experimenting with button placement on the waxed linen garland, and positioning on a candle. Seasonally themed garlands can be made ahead of time and swapped when the time is right!

    After making three button garlands, I discovered two unopened plastic containers that had plaid-patterned buttons and leaf-shaped buttons in them. Time to create a seasonally-themed button garland for my candle!

    A fall-themed garland for the short LED candle. A fall-themed garland for the short LED candle.

    I was not going to undo the previous garlands strung, so I decided to further embellish the candles with ribbons and/or their display area. Here are some developing ideas to inspire you for your home decor planning in the upcoming months. If you need some more inspiration, for more ideas using buttons and ribbons, look at Leisure Arts' item 6023 - Crafting with Buttons & Ribbons.

    Buttons galore with a golden yellow ribbon give your LED Candle SET a sense of transition away from summer. Buttons galore with a golden yellow ribbon give your LED Candle SET a sense of transition away from summer.
    Using waxed linen cording prevented the buttons from sliding together. Each end of the waxed linen was then wrapped around several buttons to hold it snuggly in place. Using waxed linen prevented the buttons from sliding together. Each end of the waxed linen cord was then wrapped around several buttons to hold it snuggly in place.

    For a preview of Christmas and winter, I thought of pom-poms. HMM...I tied a seasonal ribbon on one LED candle and the ideas started developing. For a winter theme, the LED candles could be placed on a stand then pom-poms could be stacked at their base -- this idea is just developing! Again there are no worries as these are flameless - I really do like Leisure Arts' LED Candle Set!

    Planning for a Christmas -themed holiday setting. You could place your LED Candle(s) on small pillars, add a ribbon to the candle base and have room on your tabletop for other seasonal decorations. Planning for a Christmas-themed holiday setting. You could place your LED Candle(s) on small pillars, add a ribbon to the candle base and have room on your tabletop for other seasonal decorations.

    What's great is that the button garlands can easily be swapped out with another. So let the themes Begin! Although the button garlands can be stored easily, I would recommend a cool storage area since it is waxed linen.

    A colorful glow to show the three heights of candles contained in the LED Candle Set. A colorful glow to show the three heights of candles contained in the LED Candle Set.

    Plan for your transitional decor with changes in color and themes. Do you need to get your creative juices flowing? Start small; try simple changes and see how a few special touches can give a new ambience to your existing home decor!

    Enjoy!

    Martha

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