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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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