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  • Dazzlemania: A Diamond Art Contest!

    It's a dazzling day, makers! We're in the mood to dabble with some Diamond Art. FaveCrafts just recently held a contest with multiple mixed media crafts, and Diamond Art was a heavy presence in the ranks. 7 of the 11 winners were in our dazzling craft! All of these creative people making new and innovative projects inspires us, so we are holding our own Dazzlemania: DIY Diamond Art Contest! We have a great group of diamond painting projects, and we've divided them into two categorized brackets for you to vote on! This is how our Contest will work:

    We will be pitting home decor against mixed media journaling. We have two starting rounds to kick off the tournament (see bracket below). After that, we begin an epic tournament of sparkling proportions as you guys get to vote on your favorite projects. Our two categorized brackets are under home decor, and mixed media journaling.

    We open with two upscale and unique interpretations of our Diamond Art and Sparkle Arts kits in the home decor bracket (below).

    Then we delve into the scrapbooking world for the next qualifier, where our coloring pages from Cultivate Kindness are transformed with our Dazzling Diamonds (below)

    After the winners of those rounds are chosen, we begin an all out battle of the bling as we vote on our favorite Diamond Art projects. In the end, there will be one winning project that will reign supreme over all the dazzling crafts. We know you have the bracket to look at above, but we want to show you some close ups of these beauties, along with instructions on how to make each project (from the Prime website)! Here are the contenders:

    Aren't they beautiful? It's amazing to see what people can create with the craft. Each week you get to vote on which project is more dazzling than the other. Voting will start May 22nd, and run through June 8th on our Diamond Art by Leisure Arts Facebook page.

    If you want to join in on the Diamond Art fun, join our community, and pick up your own diamond painting canvas! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc, or use the Hashtag #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife to get a special shout out.

    Happy Voting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • April Showers Bring May Flowers! Fun and Fast Spring Crafts

    Makers, it's been raining way too much this month, but don't let that distract you from the flowers that will soon be blooming all over the place! We're celebrating our May Flowers Campaign, and the name speaks for itself. We want to spend the whole month appreciating the blooming baubles that make our noses itch but our eyes sparkle with delight. We've compiled a list of projects that you can make to get on mother nature's level, and bring a spring reminder with you anytime, anywhere. Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

    Crochet

    Rose Wall Hanging - Wall Hangings - Book 7253

    Daisy Bag - Quick Crochet With Flowers - Book 75684

    Daisy and Roses, staples in the May Flower Garden. Transfer some of those fantastic florals into your crochet! This rose wall art from Wall Hangings is a great addition to a living room that needs to liven up. Mix in your favorites hues and make a beautiful oversized bouquet that will make your wall a spring sensation. If you want to take a little piece of spring with you everywhere you go, try your hand at this beautiful daisy satchel from Quick Crochet with Flowers. This accessory is the perfect neutral compliment to any outfit you have in your closet, and it's got some great personality designed into it with those flowers and fringe.

    Knit

    Rose Table Runner - Stitch A Garden

    Cable Floral Blanket - Dreamy Baby Wraps - Book 6788

    If you want to knit yourself a little peony pick me up or rosey reminder, you can always dabble in gardening. Knit yourself any of these beautiful patterns from Stitch A Garden to cultivate and collect garden flowers and succulents that will never wilt! This table runner (above) is both adorable and practical for Sunday morning brunch decor. If you want a unique reminder of May flowers, then this simple yet stunning afghan from Dreamy Baby Wraps is perfect. Show off your nature-loving side in a unique way with subtle floral textures.

    Craft

    Burlap Wedding Spread - Handmade Wedding - Book 7323

    Paper Flower Wedding Spread - Paper Flowers - Book 7241

    This year seems to be the year of engagements and weddings, which is great! This is the time of year where plants are supposed to be blooming like crazy, which is perfect for an outdoor spring wedding. Our Handmade Wedding book helps you create the perfect wedding, regardless of the season, but for this month, we want to focus on these beautiful custom monogrammed table numbers and centerpieces (above). The burlap brings a rustic and elegant feel to the decor, and matched with that minimalist table number, you've got a match made in spring heaven. If you want to have alternative flowers at your wedding, then try out these projects from Paper Flowers for an ethereal look to your wedding spread, like the pale pink center blooms above.

    Whether it's a big event or small memento, find a way to celebrate the May flowers that these April showers have brought. If you've worked on some of these projects before, share your maker magic with us by tagging us at #leisurearts or #leisurelife, and maybe you'll get a special May Flowers shoutout.

    Happy Gardening!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Dip Dot and Dazzle Your Fashion! Craft A DIY Diamond Art Purse

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, is taking off as a new sensational craft, and has been adored by everyone from ages 8 to 98 (*Humble Brag*)! Now that you've gotten to see our first line of products, we have so many ideas for them. We think that Diamond Art goes beyond just a scroll on a wall, we think you can incorporate it into everyday items like phone cases, throw pillows, or in this post, a glittering Diamond Art Purse! Read on for a tutorial on how to make a one of a kind throw pillow with your dazzling canvases. This is a tutorial that works with almost every design we offer, but in this case, we decided to go simple and sophisticated using our Hummingbird Diamond Art Advanced Canvas

    Diamond Art Purse

    Supplies

    • A Diamond Art Canvas  
    • Strong Adhesive for backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Your Favorite Sewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • Basic Tote/Purse (varies by type and size, MUST have a solid surface to adhere to)
    • Scissors
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, etc.)

    Get Started On Your Diamond Art Purse! 

    Diamond Art Purse

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    There isn't a big learning curve in terms of starting the craft, just dip, dot, and dazzle! Diamond Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for later if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, the choice is up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to sew!

    3. Create Your Trim 

    To keep the edges of the canvas from fraying -and for extra support- carefully line the edges of your cut out canvas with the embroidery floss or thread.

    4. Craft Your Purse

    Get to work on placing your design wherever you want on your purse. On ours, we placed it in the bottom corner. Using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand, lay the canvas piece flat, and smooth it out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our beads falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our beads intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns. (Pro Tip: If you want extra support for your design, stitch a few notches into the purse itself with extra thread you used for the trim.)

    Diamond Art Purse

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't) 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your Diamond Art Purse one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, or placing a bead here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your dazzling craft. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! You have a decorative and dazzling throw pillow.

    It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Diamond Art canvas to the fullest! Now that you're finished, you can sit back and accept all kinds of compliments from people as they ask what fancy department store you got your bag from. 

    If you've done a Diamond Art project,  share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! We'd love to see what's going on in your studio. Remember to tag us at #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife, and you can even use #DiamondArt. You might get a shoutout in the future (wink, wink).

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here: 

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    DIY Diamond Art Throw Pillow

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make You The Favorite Kid

    Hi Leisure Lifers! Mother's Day is coming up, and we really need to get on the ball. Your mother deserves the best, whether that's eggs benedict in bed, or a relaxing day with no people and a season of Outlander. If you have a mom that loves crafty and creative gifts, then you've come to the right place. We have some extra special mom gifts that will ensure that you get the bigger Christmas present pile this year. Find your craft category, and find this year's Mother's Day project!

    Yarn Fun

    Doilies Updated - Crochet - Book 7035

    Stitch A Garden - Knit - Book 75677

    These sachets are perfect for the mom that perfumes everything. You can get creative and punch up the colors like this teal and green crochet mandala sachet from Doilies Updated, and put her favorite scent in a wash of beautiful blue yarn. Sachets are meant to freshen up your clothing drawers with a fresh scent, and can be in various shapes and sizes! Contrasted to the crochet mandala, this knitted lavender stitched sachet from Stitch A Garden is much more neutral and minimalist, with a small accent of lavender flowers stitched into the front. Sometimes it's the little things that matter, and this is a tiny token that will last mom a while!

    Crochet Jewelry - Book 7250

    If you want to give mom some jewelry this year, go the unique route! This blue ensemble from Crochet Jewelry is a great way to dress up an outfit with artistic accessories. These drop earrings will be light and convenient on mom's ears (which is what you want out of a nice earring set), and the matching earring set is to die for. You can change the colors up on this patterns if blue isn't her favorite color, and even incorporate different kinds of beads to put your own spin on the piece, making this mother's day gift versatile and fashion-forward.

    Craft

    Home Candle Making - Book 7311

    Home Soap Making - Book 7310

    If you're going in the self-care direction this Mother's Day, nothing is better than a spa essentials package. You can make these two projects and plenty more from their books, and put together a basket for mom to soak in relaxation. These citrus celebration wax melts from Home Candle Making will have her office or room smelling like a fresh squeezed glass of lemonade or orange juice. Throw these in with a little tea light holder and you have a fun and easy gift! You can even include a little recipe card, so she can keep her favorite scent around for as long as she wants.

    If you want to give her some bath essentials, these adorable little loofah soaps from Home Soap Making are perfect for gently exfoliating the skin, and making you feel shiny and new. With easy to follow instructions, you can make mom a set of these and pair it with some lotions for a cute a crafty bath basket!

    Quilt/Sew

    Fashion Quilted Accessories - Book 7019

    If you want to thank your mother for helping you flourish into the beautiful butterfly you've become, then make her this beautiful scarf and headband pattern from Fashion Quilted Accessories. She'll appreciate all of the appliqué work and stitched details you took the time to create for her, and you can even customize this pattern to your liking with your own color combinations of thread.

    No matter what you decide to create for your mother on her special day, put love and happiness into it, and show your mom that you appreciate her. Because you know if you don't, she'll remind you about it every year after, and even after that. If you're making your Mother's Day gifts this year, remember to share it to our social pages, so we can see what's going on in your studios, just be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife.

    Happy Mother's Day Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Crochet Heroes vs Villains! Which Side Do You Craft For?

    With Avengers: Endgame coming out VERY soon, we decided to have a little battle with comic themed crochet in preparation for the premiere. Kristi Simpson has created some adorable crochet superheroes that will make the perfect Rhodey to your Tony Stark. But, be on the lookout! There are some (huggable) monsters lurking in the background when you least expect it. Every superhero has a sworn enemy, and in this post you'll get to see soft superheroes vs cuddly villains, and you can decide for yourself which side you crochet for. Every superhero you see is from Kristi's book Huggable Superheroes, and every monster you see is from Kristi's other book, Huggable Monsters. So after this yarn battle, you get to decide which side you'll join: the heroes or the villains? Let's start the battles!

    Alan Alien Monster vs Anton The Atomic Flyer

    Atomic Flyers vs Aliens?! You can't get more sci-fi than that. Anton the Atomic Flyer has those aerodynamic glasses to keep him safe as he flies from earth to galaxy, seeking none other than... Alan, the Alien Monster. With those wide set eyes and gray spots on his belly, you can tell he's tried to take over Asgard more than a few times (maybe Loki sent him?). The battle between these two spans across nebulas and dimensions, as one fights to take over earth while the other one protects it.

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Anton, The Atomic Flyer. We want to keep our hopes up that he can keep all of us safe here on earth from the Alans of the galaxy. But you never know (dun dun dunnn).

    Marvin Mega Boy vs Rusty Robot

    This one is a tough call! But we all know that Captain America has been through some epic battles in his (extremely) extended life. Marvin Mega Boy definitely channels his inner Cap when he's out there fighting bad guys like Rusty Robot! He's got that mischievous look in his eye (just the one), and just what is he looking at in the picture above? But to be fair, The Winter Solider was misunderstood, so what's to say that Rusty Robot might not be so rusty? May he's our anti-hero that turns good at the end. Either way, both of these patterns are the bomb.com and would be great little companions for a movie marathon.

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Rusty Robot. I know, you're probably shocked! But we just think that he has a lot of potential to join the heroes. I mean, look at those adorable feet. Look at them.

    Violet Valiant Heart vs Gigi Girly Monster

    We're packing in the girl power with a superstar female heroine by the name of Violet Valiant Heart. She has the strength of Captain Marvel, with the fiery personality of Black Widow. She's breaking gender stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings, and proves that anyone can be anything if they have the drive and determination. I'm not sure how Gigi Girly Monster will stack up against these odds, but maybe there is something in the twirl of her monster hair, or the ruffles in her skirt that will surprise all of us.

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Violet Valiant Heart. Because hello, have you seen her mask? Although Gigi Girly Monster is a close second.

    Patty Powerful Princess vs Theo the Tri-Horned Monster

    Who says princesses can't be warriors? Patty Powerful Princess sure shows that you can defeat evil-doers and still keep your tiara on straight. And the Tri-Horned Monster, Theo has a little Tiara of his own! Could it hold a secret power? You'd have to find that out for yourself when you're making him (wink, wink). These guys have gone head to head since the beginning of time, and the battle has ended the same way: they're both extremely adorable. So ultimately, the choice is yours!

    LEISURE ARTS WINNER: Patty Powerful Princess. While Theo is adorable and has the cutest little sleeves, we're obsessed with Patty's outfit, Tiara included.

    These monsters aren't as scary as Thanos, but they're better than some rusty old infinity gauntlet! I think if these super heroes all assembled and really put their minds to it, we could change the outcome of what happened in Infinity War (please).

    Just because we've chosen our own winners, doesn't mean we're right! These are just our personal opinions, and you're allowed to disagree. Which is fine! You are entitled to your (wrong) opinion. That's the fun in all of the variety of Kristi's patterns from both of her wonderful and creative books. Catch up with us on social media @leisureartsinc and show us your favorites! Bonus points if you've crocheted your own hero or super villain! Don't forget to tag us at #LeisureLife for a chance to be featured on our page.

    Be sure to check out the trailers for the last installment of the Avengers series, Avengers: Endgame. this is a battle we don't wanna miss! The best part about all of these patterns is that they are easy to follow and they work up quickly, so you could make yourself a hero or villain to take to the premiere! The choice is yours.

    Makers, Assemble! (cue theme song)

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Mini Maker Magic! Bite-Sized Craft Experiences

    Everyone loves to craft, but hates shopping for supplies. But, what if you could drop the shopping spree, and get everything you need in one simple package? Learn a new skill with our Mini Maker kits! Mini Maker offers bite-sized craft experiences without a huge investment of time and money to get started.

    Mini Maker Embroidery Kits - leisurearts.com

    The DIY projects we offer are easy to learn, and fun to craft! You'll look like a master designer with minimal effort. You can try your hand at felting, and create beautiful faux succulents, or play with pom-poms to create adorable animals like foxes and bunnies! So, if you're looking for a fun and easy craft to be introduced to, then find your favorite kit below and read on.

    Stitchery

    Neon Mandala Stitchery Kit - Item 49808

    Wildflower Stitchery - Item 49806

    Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. with our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way).

    Mini Maker Stitchery Kits - leisurearts.com

    Sheer Butterfly Stitchery Kit - leisurearts.com

    Start getting festive this spring with our Wildflower Kit (above), or party with some neon accents with our Neon Mandala (above). For the people who love to think outside the hoop, try out this Sheer Butterfly Kit (above). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop.

    Pom-Poms

    Mini Maker Pom-Pom Bunny Kit - Item

    Mini Maker Pom-Pom Kit -

    Perfect for birthday parties, or just some fun craft time with the kiddos, these Mini Maker Pom-Pom kits are quick an easy activities anyone can learn! Everything you need is in the kit, which usually consists of felt pieces and pre-made pom-poms, which is a plus, because it takes the stress out of making your own. Included are instructions that will turn this little box of baubles into adorable creatures like a Blue Bird (above), Fox, or Bunny (above)!

    Felt Fun

    Mini Maker Felt Succulent Kits - leisurearts.com

    If you want something more flora than fauna, try these Mini Maker Felt Succulent Kits! These 20, 24, and 26 piece kits include everything you need to get started (do you see a theme yet?), and the end result leaves you with cute desk decor for your bedroom or office. It's as easy as rolling, stitching, and coloring felt strips into these bold and bright miniature plants.

    Books Plus

    Mini Maker Books Plus Kits - leisurearts.com

    We're straying away from miniature items here, and we're making it easier for you to create and try out some of the most trend-setting crafts this year! Our Books Plus Kits are the perfect gateway crafts for you to get started in crafts like knitting, embroidery, and paint pouring. Each kit comes with instructions and all the tools you need. In the end, you have beautiful projects like homemade knit hats, welcome signs, and abstract art that looks like it's been masterfully crafted.

    If you are looking to branch out and try new crafts, give a Mini Maker kit a go! You might end up falling for a craft that you stick with though thick and thin. If you've tried one of these kits, then be sure to share your results or reviews with us on social! We'd love to hear what the Mini Maker experience has been like for you.

    Happy Mini Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Easter Projects that are 100 Times Better Than Chocolate Bunnies.

    Easter is a holiday that drives faith and creativity. You spend hours making colored eggs and arranging beautiful baskets of goodies, all as a selfless and loving act for the ones you love. It's a perfect holiday for the family to come together and celebrate in what they have, and what they are thankful for (like thanksgiving, but with pastels and bunnies).

    Photo courtesy of shutterstock.com

    We all have that 'extra' family member that decks out everything on Easter (if you don't know who your decor crazy family member is, it's probably you). Oversized glittering eggs in the yard, pastel table runners on every surface, eats nothing but hard boiled eggs during the whole month leading up to Easter (because they're trying to perfect their deviled egg recipe, obviously). This post is for those big brawlers come Spring season. We've curated a list of fun and festive Easter projects that are definite crowd pleasers, and will update your already extensive Easter collection.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

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    Warm Hats for Wee Noggins - Book 5538

    Beautiful Bookmarks - Book 6687

    Just look at that baby face. Make your little one as cute as can be in this baby beanie with bunny ears! Warm Hats for Wee Noggins is full of cute knit patterns that will make you want to deck out your baby for every holiday.

    Sometimes its the little things that make the most impact when it comes to decoration. This thread crochet pattern from Beautiful Bookmarks shows a subtle but striking nod to the faith based component of Easter. Its intricate and detailed thread crochet work gives the bookmark a delicate nature to it, but don't be fooled the structure of the pattern is very strong, and works as a functional bookmark that will make sure you never lose your place.

    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Fun Animal Pillows - Book 7341

    You can revamp your Easter décor by by punching up the typical pastel color scheme. Overlay Crochet is full of bold and cheerful designs, but this Doily Rug takes the cake. The colors bring an energetic feel to your space, and paired with some bright flowers like the sunflowers shown, this home décor accessory will make your home instantly Easter Sunday ready.

    Want to throw something extra in with the Easter basket this year? Try Crocheting this adorable bunny from Fun Animal Pillows! With its colorful stripes and adorable face, kids can't resist this adorable bunny, and honestly, adults can't either. The pillows in this book are so cute, and comfortable, everyone wants a crocheted cuddle buddy!

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - Book 7290

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Easter Sunday clothes are cute and all, but most outfits have a fatal flaw... they don't have a good cover up to match. Which is terribly unfortunate for your little ones who have to sit there shivering during your Sunday Service or egg hunt. This cardi from Adorable Baby Cardigans is the perfect neutral cover up that goes with almost anything. This Green Eyelet Lace Cardigan is a personal favorite, because it feels very nature inspired.

    The same rules for Easter outfits apply to adults too. Casual Weekend Knits is full of great cover ups like this aqua and gray buttoned trim shawl. This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and even better for early bird Easter services!

    ----------------------------CROSS-STITCH----------------------------

    Dye-Namic Cross Stitch - Book 7588

    If you're looking to dye something other than Easter eggs this year, try these beautiful flower portraits from Dye-Namic Cross Stitch! This mixed media cross stitch is super easy to follow, and the result is beautiful. You use Rit Dye to pigment your canvas with whatever colors you see fit, and then create these beautiful flowers like this spring beauty with simple stitches, and then. The book is filled with other seasonal flowers too, so you have a flower to create for every season!

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    Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    Nature Hunt Page - Colors of Nature

    Here's another Easter alternative: Instead of hunting for Easter eggs, why not hunt for flowers? Colors of Nature is a great interactive nature journal, full of drawing tutorials and lessons about 15 beautiful plants and flowers. You can go on a nature hunt this Easter, and take your book and record your observations while learning to draw what you see! It takes a traditional Easter activity to the next level, and it gives a perfect balance of education and creation.

    DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364

    If you still want to switch up tradition, try DIY Fairy Gardens by Kristi Simpson! Spend some quality time antiquing with the family to find the vessels for these fun little homes, and say thanks to the sprites that keep your Easter eggs safe. After you've found the base, it's as easy as using elements from nature to make your Fairy Garden your own! Kristi just recently stopped by our video studio to talk about how fun and easy these portable spaces are to make, you can watch it here!

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch.

    We hope some of our easter inspiration makes its way into your home décor this year! If you end up making any of these wonderful Easter projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • A Craft A Day Keeps The Doctor Away! Craft Away Stress with Leisure Arts

    Everyone needs a little break every now and then. We get swamped at work, overwhelmed with chores, and dog-piled with to-do lists that keep on growing. So naturally, as makers we like to find escape in our hobbies. Crocheting a scarf, knitting socks, painting a landscape, you name it! We use these special skills to "Craft Away Stress" when we need an extra pep in our step. When we take these little moments in life, we do more for our bodies than we realize. By taking charge and creating when times get tough, we are actually focusing on our mental and physical health, which is something that gets put on the back burner more than it should.

    Photo courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

    The Craft Yarn Council has started their Stitch Away Stress campaign, and it focuses all on the health benefits of yarn crafting. But, we think you can do more than just stitch! We know that there are all forms of crafts out there that can keep you occupied and busy, so why not throw it all under the same umbrella? We're celebrating Craft Away Stress all month, because we think it's important to take some time for yourself and heal with your favorite craft, yarn or otherwise. Here are some projects that we've curated that will help you relax and unwind, and give yourself a little "me" time.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

    ----------------------------CROCHET----------------------------

    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Happy Crochet - Book 7411

    Bright colors and bold designs will brighten up anyone's mood, and nothing says bright and bold like these daring patterns! This Mandala from Overlay Crochet is eye catching and intricate. Even though this project might take a little longer to finish, it's worth it when you get to proudly display this little ray of sunshine in your space.

    If you're looking for a quick project to take your mind off of things, try a mug cozy. This simple and super easy to follow pattern from Happy Crochet will keep you occupied, and have your Cup O' Jo looking stylish in the morning. By the end of your project, you have a functional and fabulous accessory, and you've got your Monday Meditation in!

    ----------------------------KNIT----------------------------

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Modern Knits - Book 7330

    We love a good casual top, and when you have instructions as easy as these, making cute and comfy clothes has never been so relaxing! Casual Weekend Knits is one of our newer books from designer Andi Javori, and it features a lot of really versatile and easy projects that you can complete while binge watching your favorite series, like this color blocked Blue Poncho top! This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and can work as a poncho, or cinched blouse with tie down options at the waist!

    Another good small project to Craft Away Stress with is this slipper pattern from Modern Knits by Kristi Simpson. You can always stray from this color palette, but the subtle yellow designs laced within the gray make these slippers perfect for spring mornings.

    ----------------------------QUILT / SEW----------------------------

    Pincushions to Sew - Book 7133

    Pincushions to Sew - Book 7133

    For the friends that always need an extra pincushion (you know who you are), Pincushions To Sew is the perfect book for you. These are super simple and easy projects to make that will help you when you need it the most in your sewing studio! Get creative with colors and patterns, and make fun shapes like this Spring Flower pincushion. This is yet another fun and functional trinket you can make while listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.

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    Daily Inspiration Flip Book - Book 7350

    Paint Pouring Books Plus Kit - Item 50392

    If you want a project that is 10% effort, but looks 150% awesome, then this Daily Inspiration Flip Book is the right project for you. This easel-propped book gives you 40 inspirational one-liners on double-sided card stock, and gives you the option to display an already finished colorful quote, or to color your own! So you can be creative with a minimal amount of effort.

    Paint Pouring is known to be a relaxing a mesmerizing craft to watch and create! Our Paint Pouring Books Plus Kit gives you everything you need to create you own little mini masterpiece, so you don't have to worry about grabbing all of the supplies. You can just sit back, relax, and wash your stresses away with each unique mix of colors.

    Home Apothecary - Book 7386

    If you really want to focus in on your mental and physical health, and be creative at the same time, any of these all natural recipes and projects from Home Apothecary will leave you feeling accomplished and relaxed, like these bath melts. All that you need to do is find these herbs and plants, and follow her easy instructions to self-care bliss.

    ----------------------------DIAMOND ART----------------------------

    Diamond Art Advanced Balloons Kit - Item 50451

    Diamond Art is a big one in the relaxation department. This is a craft that doesn't have a learning curve, and yields a beautiful diamond encrusted canvas at the end of your craft experience. You get to paint with 13-faceted diamonds on luxury fabric, and follow along an easy color-coded chart. The sky is the limit for the artwork you can dazzle - create anything from beautiful landscapes like these Hot Air Balloons, to cute animal portraits! We just recently launched New Designs, and a kids line, Sparkle Art! We promise that once you start diamond painting, you won't be able to stop.

    Photo Courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch. Remember to take some time to yourself in your craft studios, and focus on being the healthiest version of you. If you end up making any of these wonderful stress relieving projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Lion Brand Color Inspiration: Millennial Pink

    Millennial Pink, Blush, Coral...however it's referred to, I guarantee that you've seen this shade everywhere. Leisure Arts is giving you some color inspiration with a hue that was seen round the world last year. The pink color might have been a trendy tone in 2018, but Lion Brand Yarns is bringing it back in their collection,  Lion Brand's Colors of the Year for 2019! Every month, we do a blog post and recommend some awesome yarn, and fun patterns! Our current color inspiration is Millennial Pink, if you haven't guessed yet. Here's more on the color:

    Millennial Pink

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    "2019 Marks the first year that all children born in the new millennia are officially adults. This utterly modern orange tinged pink is no longer the saccharine pastel of baby layettes, it has taken on a more grown up attitude. 

    Pastels in general have evolved beyond the nursery while sophisticated brights and neutrals are trending in babywear."

    Millennial Pink

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    A grown up color for our new grown ups! However, Millennial Pink is the type of shade that is versatile for all ages, despite its name (and trust us, it goes by many names).We have the perfect yarns from our website that match this ideal of timeless color. Wool Ease - Blush Heather is that perfect muted shade, and pairs with a lot of colors as a great accent. Our second choice, Wool Ease - Thick and Quick Blossom, has a punched up vibrancy to it, perfect for a bright spot in a dull room.

    We curated a variety of projects that would look perfect in Millennial Pink, even if the designs aren't for millennials specifically.  So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've added another project on your crafty to-do list!

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    Light Accents and Little Rugs

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    The great thing about Millennial Pink is the versatility of the shade. Because there are so many variations of the pink, you can saturate your space with the vibrant tone, or you can play it low key with a muted down version. This distressed wrap from Lacy Wraps is the perfect understated style icon that can go with any outfit. Made with delicate yet long lasting yarn, this wrap will keep you warm and stylish. If you’re looking to liven up a dull room, or add some personality to your front entryway, a Half Moon Rug is the perfect project for you. This millennial pink rug perfectly balances the heather gray in the couch, and paired with the perfect matching throw pillow, your living room look is unstoppable. 

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    Chunky Scarves and Purl Weave

    Millennial pink is one of those tones that looks great over multiple mediums and textures. These two projects in knit show the range that this lovable color has to offer.

    Make Your 1st Baby Afghan - Book 7354

    Millennial Pink

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Casual Weekend Knits is one of our recent releases with designer Andi Javori, who just recently took part in our Designer Takeovers for National Craft Month. The book shows a delightful group of projects that are perfect for a stroll around town, or a laid-back day with friends and family, like this minimalist blush scarf. On the flip side, you have this heavily textured, and carefully arranged afghan from Make your 1st Baby Afghan by Marly Bird, who also took part in our National Craft Month Takeovers! This project plays with different yarn weights and linework to masterfully mesh this dusty rose color with a lush lavender. No matter what side of the stitch you’re on, you have to admit that blush is looking pretty versatile right now! 

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    Florals and Fringe - Millennial Pink Accessories

    When you hear Millennial Pink, or Blush, the words sound very soft and delicate. But, you can use this color for projects with an edge too. These two projects that we’ve curated for craft are the perfect counterparts. 

    Millennial Pink

    Paper Flowers - Book 7241

    Millennial Pink

    Boho Jewelry - Book 7235

    Since National Proposal Day just passed, you know we had to include a wedding project. These delicate and easy to make Paper Flowers are perfect for an ethereal centerpiece at a wedding party, but they can also double as a flirty and fun table display at birthday party! This project shows off the feminine and delicate side to millennial pink. 

    Bring a little edge to your wardrobe with these boho chic earrings from Boho Jewelry. Add some earthy browns or shimmering golds to your bead selection, and then it’s as easy as stringing them up1 for bonus fashion points, add a little bit of fringe (because who doesn’t love a good tassel?). 

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    Blush Patterns and Beautiful Blankets

    Our Saltwater Taffy Collection is one of our more popular quilt and sew books, because of the classic stripes and adorable color palettes! Even though this is an older book of ours, the patterns still feature this beautiful shade of millennial pink, 

    Millennial Pink

    Salt Water Taffy - Book 6973

    Millennial Pink

    Salt Water Taffy - Book 6973

    Using vintage fabrics in this modern pink allows you to mix and match styles, like this bed spread. The blush is perfectly accented with a nice dotted magenta fabric, and the multi-colored flowers bring a rainbow of fun into the design. IF you have leftovers, what better use for scraps than these adorable little trinket bags! Bring on the vintage look wherever you go. 

    Remember, these are just our suggestions! We're here to bring you inspiration, you choose your own path afterwards. Tune in every month for our color inspiration posts, and see if you find your new favorite hue!

    If you make any projects in this brilliant blush shade, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Stay Creative!

    -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

    screen-shot-2019-01-30-at-2-16-38-pm Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

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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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