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  • Cozy Comforts: The Winter Essentials and More!

    Hey Makers! We have been loving this winter weather, mostly because of all the cozy fashion we get to make and wear. You can break out that signature oversized sweater and mittens and go have snowball fights, or use that fluffy and soft afghan to cozy up by the fire and watch movies. Scroll to find your favorite cozy project!

    Weighted Blanket Relaxation

    Cozy Weighted Blankets - Book #7568

    Sleep through the night with the stress-free snuggle of a weighted blanket! Cozy Weighted Blankets is a craft sewing book that will transform your sleep with 15 family friendly projects destined to help you get a better night’s rest. Even the most restless sleepers deserve stress-free and sleep filled evenings, so craft your own weighted blanket, and avoid paying the high cost of readymade weighted blankets! From family sized wraps to throws just for you, you’ll find your perfect replacement to that childhood stuffed animal and fill your night with calming cuddles instead of restless tosses and turns. This is a project that takes a little bit of time and commitment, but trust us, it's worth it when you are relaxing by the fire.

    Knit Cozy Pillows

    Cozy Pillows - Book #75625

    Revamp your living room or office into a cozy den with just a few simple pillows! In Cozy Pillows you can knit 10 home décor pillows with eye-catching stitch patterns. Get creative with patterns like Eyelet Diamond and Cables, Six-Stitch Cable, Hourglass Eyelets, and more. Featuring yarn weights from light to super bulky, most pillows are for easy or easy-plus skill level; the bolster is for intermediate. You can have a range of pillows for all décor styles, and you can customize them to your liking with colors and accents! You can never have too many pillows.

    Comfy Afghan Mornings

    Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book # 75686

    Share the coziness and beauty of Lion Brand Homespun yarn using any of the seven cuddly throws in Homespun Comfort Afghans. From ripples and braids to hexagons and strips, each crochet design works up quickly using our easy-to-follow instructions. This attractive collection of afghans will make great gifts for those you love! You can use bulky yarn for a fluffy wrap, or medium weight yarn for texture. This mustard yellow afghan is a great wrap for chilly mornings!

    Camping With Crochet

    Fair Isle Crochet - Book #7234

    If you're in the market for unique winter patterns, then Fair Isle Crochet is your book. Fair Isle is a technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. Only two colors are used per row, and the unused color is worked over, weaving it into the fabric. Designer and instructor extraordinaire, Melissa Leapman will guide you through this new crochet technique, so don't worry! All designs are rated easy, so you’ll be finishing up your first project in no time. You can make projects like this Laurel Leaves Hat & Scarf, and look ready for any winer outdoor adventure. So pick up some colorful worsted weight yarn, and crochet away!

    Warm Hugs For Your Hands

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book #7453

    Crochet the cutest, coziest mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer, Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These heart patterned mittens that you see above are the perfect gesture to show someone how much you care about them. If you want a more in depth look into these Fair Isle patterns, Lori has a great video talking about her book!

    Cozy Kitchen Afternoons

    Modern Patchwork - Book #7493

    Take your quilting to the next, totally trendy level with this Modern Patchwork book! Inside you’ll find 12 contemporary projects by some of today’s most skilled and accomplished quilt designers. Patterns feature bold colors with a mix of solids and prints and plenty of negative space. The result? Twelve truly stunning projects, including this culinary brights apron that you see above. You can be stylish as you make Sunday brunch! Aprons are always cozy because you get to make your comfort foods in style. It reminds you of your childhood when you were baking cookies with mom, or waiting on pies from grandma! So grab some fun fabric and jump on the modern quilt bandwagon with these fresh patterns that inspire your creativity.

    Snowy Mornings and Soft Afghans

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book #7572

    You'll be on a crochet marathon when you see all of the patterns in Crochet Afghan Revival. This book has over 40 stunning afghans to spread warmth and joy and keep your fingers ridiculously happy! Inside you’ll see that traditional patterns meet modern color combinations, and there’s an afghan for every room, every style, every season, every mood, and every occasion. You’ll even discover a few coordinating pillow patterns! This snowball afghan is the perfect wintry blanket to decorate your couch with. The neutral colors will balance any colors in a room, and the variations of gray give the afghan depth and dimension. Most projects are rated easy with a few intermediate ones mixed in to keep you on your toes. So grab a hook and yarn, and crochet your way to comfort!

    Oversized Comfort

    Oversized Sweaters - Book #7476

    Weekends are for comfort, and so are these crochet patterns from Oversized Sweaters! Lounge in a long hoodie or go downtown in a stylish sweater. Throw on a poncho or swing jacket for extra warmth or slip into a soft pullover and sleep in an extra hour or three. This book is all about looking cute and comfy, like this striped sweater that you see above. All projects are rated easy and work up quickly using simple stitches and medium to bulky weight yarn. The possibilities for maximum comfort are endless! Pick the sweater pattern that is right for you, and stitch yourself a new winter staple.

    Go Anywhere Outfits

    Cozy up with your yarn and this Casual Weekend Knits book – full of 25 go anywhere projects. And thanks to designer Andi Javori, you’ll have 25 phenomenal knitting projects to nourish your spirit and keep your fingers happy, like this pom-pom hat and mittens set! All of these projects are perfect for any occasion, and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories! They can also work up quickly with our easy-to-follow instructions. So grab your needles and knit away!

    All of these books are the perfect guides to comfort, with projects that will last you well past winter! Have you made these projects? Share them with us! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts, we love to see what's going on in your studios. Be sure to check out all of these great items that we have up for grabs during our February giveaway! Remember to enter for a chance to win all of these goodies.

    If you want to enter our February Cozy Comforts giveaway, click here.

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Match: Chartreuse! Exploring Etsy's 2020 Color of the Year

    Hey, makers! It's been a colorful new year so far, and we're just getting started. You may have seen our last color study on classic blue, comparing some of our favorite patterns and projects to Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year. We know you guys love color trends, so we're happy to continue the series! We're going to be looking at the colors of the year from different brands, and match some of our favorite projects with the hue! This time, we're taking a look at Etsy's 2020 color of the year, Chartreuse. Here's what Etsy thinks of this unique hue:

    Etsy's collage of chartreuse - Etsy.com

    "A stark contrast from last year’s pick of burnt orange, chartreuse is a bold color known for increasing energy, encouraging unconventional thinking, and evoking feelings of growth and harmony (and a nod to all of ‘80s the neons making a comeback right now)."

    This color certainly is bold and beautiful. We have some bright and poppy projects for you guys to work on if you want to join the swell of makers and modern fashion icons alike in incorporating this color into their 2020 fashion and home décor. So, scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your favorite Chartreuse project!

    Crochet

    Make Your 1st Cowls: 10 Easy-to-Stitch Projects for True Beginners speaks for itself. You can make beautiful and textured cowls on your first try with the easy-to-follow instructions from Marly Bird! Why tackle a traditional scarf for your first-ever crochet project when you can chain and slip stitch your way to a fashionable cowl in no time? This book has 10 trendy patterns like a Triangle Mesh cowl, or Blue Lace beauties, but this green tea and velvet cowl pattern features chartreuse in a great way. It accents the charcoal gray and gives her outfit a colorful pop, as you can see above. This is a great first project for beginners in crochet, and you can join the chartreuse obsessed community with a fun fashion accessory!

    Crochet the cutest, coziest chartreuse mittens for yourself and all your cold-handed friends with this Fair Isle Mittens book! Every mitten in this book achieves its unique and colorful style thanks to designer Lori Adams and her use of the Fair Isle Technique. Lori was inspired by Knitted mittens that she had seen in a store, and knew that there had to be a crochet equivalent out there. So she created these great crochet patterns that look knit with simple stitches and a little patience! These Fish Skeleton Mittens that you see above are quirky and adorable, and would make a great gift to keep a friend warm! You’ll have so much fun applying this new technique and lacing in this bright and bold chartreuse accent.

    Knit

    Make fun knit socks for the whole family! More Fun Socks by Leisure Arts presents 6 unique projects with personality. The socks range from easy to intermediate skill level and use a variety of yarn and double-pointed needle sizes. Designs include Annelise Knee Socks, Braided Cable Socks, Leaf Socks and more, but the Slippers Socks that you see above have great chartreuse stripes throughout the pattern. These socks come out super soft and comfy, and would be a great first project for beginners. Plus, who doesn't need socks? These patterns are the perfect essentials for the winter months to keep your feet warm.

    Jen Lucas, popular knit and crochet designer, brings you 14 funky and fun knit accessories, all knit in the round from her book Knit Accessories. Featuring yarn weights from super light to bulky, most accessories are easy-to-follow and create in the round – you’re always looking at the right side of your work, so it will be less confusing when you set it down and pick it back up again. Choose fun techniques like cables, lace, or slipped stitches, and grab those double-pointed needles! Designs include Dreamy Cabled Boot Cuffs & Mittens, Classic Lace Cowl and more, but this chartreuse hat and mitten set above is perfect for snowball fights and hot chocolate mornings. Whether you’re a beginner knitter looking for new projects, or an advanced crafter looking for quick projects, you’re sure to find something you love in Knit Accessories.

    Craft

    Home Soap Making - Book #7310

    Create beautiful handmade soaps that are perfect for gift giving, like these chartreuse botanical soap sticks from Home Soap Making! You’ll find easy instructions for 13 types of soap that can all be made in minutes. These Botanical sticks make a great wedding favor, a nice gift for your co-workers, or a nice treat for yourself. Soap is the perfect handmade gift for any occasion, because it's simple and always appreciated. You can even customize it to your liking with your favorite scents and additives like fresh herbs and flowers.

    Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangings - Book #7245

    Treat your walls to a splash of color and creativity when you Learn to Make Woven Wall Hangings! Designer Amelia McDonell-Parry will pave the way to your future love affair with the woven arts with these six beginner tapestry patterns, and we especially love this tasseled wall hanging that you see above. The chartreuse in here makes a great contrast to the piece and breaks up the pastel pinks and purples in the color palette. Amelia will introduce you to basic terminology, teach you the tools of the craft, and guide you through basic weaving techniques, providing helpful tips and tricks along the way. So grab a frame loom, weaving needle, and loads of lovely yarn, and you’ll be a seasoned weaving enthusiast in no time!

    Quilt/Sew

    Projects With Pre-Cuts - #7187

    Take advantage of pre-cut fabrics and let the fun begin! The seven creations in Projects With Pre-cuts from Leisure Arts are all small designs that you can finish in a flash. Color combinations are simple when you use designer assortments of fat quarters, jelly roll strips, and other cuts. This geometric table runner compliments the blue perfectly, and gives any dining table a nice wash of color. This book takes a lot of the quest work out of quilting and sewing, because you already are working with pre-cut elements! so you can whip this project up in no time for a fancy dinner party, or a relaxing brunch with friends.

    Home Décor Using Grommets - Book #7324

    Who would have thought that simple little rings made of metal or plastic would have revolutionized the home décor world? The 16 innovative designs in Home Décor Using Grommets from Leisure Arts go beyond just a fun and functional way to hang curtains. These chartreuse potholders will modernize your kitchen with the new hue, and they're super easy to make with the instructions! Uses for grommets range from adding pizzazz to pillows and other accessories to providing quick and easy gift ideas. This book also has a bunch of great life hacks for organizing your craft closets with grommets, storing your phone chargers, and more! Discover a grommeted project that's perfect for you.

    What do you think of Chartreuse? If you've made a project in this trendy 2020 color, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios. Stay tuned for our upcoming color trend blogs throughout the year.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Creativation 2020 : New Arrivals and More!

    Hey there, Makers! We kicked off the new year with Creativation 2020, which, is a trade show hosted by the AFCI (Association for Creative Industries) where you can check out the latest trends in crafts and craft products. The Leisure Arts booth was located in the newly created TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) pavillion. We had a blast this year with our sister company PA Distribution, and turned out two booths with all of our new products and product lines! But we know that not everyone can fly to Phoenix Arizona to see how great some of our new products and books are, so we're showing you here on our blog! We have some great videos from the Leisure Arts and PA Distribution booths, where you'll get to see what's coming soon! So scroll to see what's coming for the rest of 2020.

    Leisure Arts: Coming Soon



    Resin Art

    We just recently launched our DIY Resin Pour kits, and you guys have probably watched the videos we just put out! These kits have everything you need and more to get into resin pouring, just choose your surface and you're ready to pour! Play with powerful pigments like blues, purples, pinks, and reds! You can elevate the simple cheeseboard with fun colors and marbling, or make a breakfast tray extra special with a wash of blue! Resin is just like paint pouring, but the result gives you more of a glossy and smooth texture. We're ringing in 2020 in luxury!

    Soft Crafts

    You've heard of our Stitchery Kits before, but now we have new ones! And they are perfect for that 2020 aesthetic. We're featuring posies, poppies, and priceless saying like "Coffee Please" and "Hold on, let me overthink this". What's great about these kits is that they are a great entry into embroidery, because not only do they include everything you need to get started, but you have a pre-printed cloth canvas to follow along the lines on and make the design perfectly on the first try. It takes the guess work out of the craft, and makes it super easy to try and get hooked on! We're so excited to bring these new designs to you.

    Speaking of new arrivals, we have our Punch Needle kits that will be launching this spring! These were also featured in our booth, and they are basically the same concept as the stitchery kit, but with a different type of needle craft. Punch Needle is a craft that has been around for a long time, but its making a comeback in a modern and fashionable way! These kits will have everything you need to get started in the craft, and with modern and cute designs like the flowers you see above, you'll have a hard time choosing which one to start first! Look out for more information on these in the spring.

    Our last soft craft you might have heard of is Amigurumi! We've made adorable Amigurumi kits with some of your favorites like lions, monkeys, and cute monsters! Elevate the typical stuffed teddy bear and gift someone with these as an extra special personal memento. These kits make it super easy to create your own customized plush doll with fun colors and quirky faces. These will be making an appearance sooner than you think, so watch out on our social pages for these guys!

    New Diamond Art...And More!

    We don't just have new Diamond Art canvases, but a new freestyle program from Diamond Dotz! This new program was the talk of the town at Creativation, because it has so many variations and possibilities. Diamond Dotz Freestyle is all about your design your way, because we give you the materials, and you design your canvas! You have two options of a liquid adhesive or sandwich adhesive, and you can use these glues to mix and match your favorite gem colors to jackets, purses, shoes, jewelry, serving trays, and more!

    You can buy individual gem colors, or buy our coordinated gem color packs to style your own design to your surface. We've seen some great designs on surfaces like glass, wood, metal, and more! The adhesives are easy to apply, and makes customization effortless. If you need some inspiration on what to design, we've got it in the works! We're going to be releasing some new books specifically designed for the freestyle program! These 8 books will be released March 15th, and we can't wait for your guys to see the beautiful inspiration that's inside of them.

    We've got a wide range of ideas, from animals and landscapes, to cutesy patches and expressions. We even have dog and cat specific books for the person who's dying to dazzle their own breed of dog or favorite cat. These books are as simple to follow as our kits, in that they provide you with the directions to build your design, and dazzle it to your liking with photos, charts, and diagrams! You'll be dazzling everything and anything in no time with the help of our new Diamond Dotz freestyle program. So get excited!

    As you can see, we've got a lot coming down the pipeline for the rest of 2020! Be sure to watch the video of our booth to get the full list of all of our new product lines and improvements. Now we'll give you guys a sneak peek of the 2020 products from our sister company, PA Distribution!

    PA Distribution: Coming Soon



    New Brands: An Artist's Dream Products

    You may have heard from our recent press release that PA Distribution picked up a few new art brands. This year in the PA Distribution booth you got to see some beloved art products on their shelves, like Cheep paints, ProArt canvases, and Art Advantage utensils! These art supplies have been well known and loved by crafters and artists alike for years, and it was really exciting to see that PA now houses their products. If you are a wholesaler, you can go to their website here and buy it in bulk, but if you just want to buy the products for yourself, stay tuned! We'll have these baubles on our website in the future.

    Paper Accents

    If you want to level up your scrapbooking and paper crafting game, then these Paper Accents supplies are perfect for you. PA has recently expanded their lines of vellum and cardstock, and they are perfect for your next colorful project! Start small with their unicorn cards and envelopes, or get some bang for your buck with their Vellum Rainbow Pack. There's a lot of fun possibilities to work with!

    PA Essentials

    PA essentials is exactly as it sounds. It's starting with the basics of crafting, but with a modern and fun twist! PA essentials line is full of fun starter packs in stencils, cloth, chip shapes, and more! This is a really great line to look into for beginners and seasoned crafters, because everyone relies on the basics of crafting before they branch out. They had such a wide selection at the show, and you can check out all of it on their site, or stay tuned to purchase individually from our site.

    Washi Tapes

    You may have heard of washi tapes if you're a bullet journal enthusiast like a lot of our crafters, but you haven't heard of these washi tapes, cause they're brand new! These tapes are bold, bright, and beautiful with metallic options and neon options. Perfect for a first time bullet journal maker, or for a serious scrapbooker! This is a great addition to PA's 2020 product line.

    What did you think of our Creativation Lineup? Leave us a comment below, or shout us out @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We hope you guys are as excited as we are for these new developments for 2020!

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Crafting

    Hey again, makers! We've been enjoying this self-care series for our Taking Care of You Campaign. We've given out some great ways to fit relaxation into your life with crafting in all categories. This time, we're giving you guys craft relaxation projects specifically! Try these six books if you're in a mental rut and just need a little bit of a break in life to stop and smell the roses.

    Bold and Beautiful Relaxation With Happy Abstracts

    Living Coral

    Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

    Happy Abstracts helps you be bold and beautiful with color, even if you are just getting started in painting! Go beyond the classic still life and play with abstract shapes and sizes as you follow the projects in this step-by-step abstract painting book. The best thing about abstract painting is that you can make it your own, and you definitely learn how to get creative with brush strokes with these six painting projects. The book also gives you a few sheets of pullouts with inspirational quotes and sayings that you can give to others, because who doesn't love giving out inspiration? So liven up your space with bright and brilliant paintings like the ones you see above, and paint your own positivity and inspiration.

    Feng Shui With Paper Flowers

    Paper Flowers - Book #7241

    Sometimes just the repetitive action of crafting is known to reduce stress. Paper Flowers is a perfect starter book to get you into paper crafting. You can start with simple arrangements, or just jump into big projects like the shadowboxed set you see above. The art of paper crafting has been around for quite sometime, but this is a fresh and modern take on it. You can make beautiful bouquets for your home to arrange around the room, and feng shui with florals until your heart is content. Marie Kondo has nothing on you!

    A Simple Candle Goes A Long Way With Home Candle Making

    Home Candle Making - Book #7311

    A scented candle can go a long way when it comes to relaxation. Home Candle Making gives you a lot of really creative ideas to revamp the traditional candle. This recipe above features crystals inside of the wax, giving this large candle some colorful surprises! The book gives you other creative host ideas for your candle like seashells, coffee cups, mason jars, and more! You can even make candles out of pumpkins! You can add scents, accents and more to make this candle your own, and put it somewhere where you can relax and unwind.

    Aromatherapy Jewelry? Yes, Please!

    Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353

    Jewelry isn't usually something you think about when concerning yourself with self-care (unless you do a lot of retail therapy), but these designs are perfect for taking care of you! These designs from Aromatherapy Jewelry use absorbent lava beads that can soak up your favorite essential oil so you can have a relaxing scent be with you all day long. The book even gives you an introduction into essential oils, so if you don't know where to start, the book will guide you! Pick your favorite scent and make magic with different bead combinations and accents. There are designs like earrings and bracelets and necklaces and more, all ready for you to rock and relax with.

    Make Relaxation Potions With Home Apothecary

    Beauty Products

    Home Apothecary - Book #7386

    You can make your own relaxation potions right in your own home with these recipes from Home Apothecary! Stephanie Rose shows us how to really relax and take care of yourself with homemade bath bombs, mint scrubs, herbal perfumes, and more! You can make as many batches of bath melts for your nighttime soaks, or you can make these recipes for others! You can spread the relaxation by wrapping these in a pretty bow or box and spreading joy. This is a great book for beginners just getting into this type of craft, because there are great step-by-step instructions inside with photos included that make sure you will never miss a step in the crafting process. So make your own formula of herbal 'Tub Tea', or make some double mint chocolate lip balms to give away!

    Look Good And Feel Good With Home Soap Making

    Halloween Projects

    Home Soap Making- Book #7310

    Sometimes the best thing to do with stress is wash it away. You can craft some unique and beautiful soaps from Home Soap Making that will make that soak just a little extra special. This charcoal soap in particular will exfoliate your skin and leave you feeling like a brand new person. You know what they say; when you look good, you feel good! You'll have a bright and sunny glow and a positive attitude the rest of the day. This book is full of other great soap ideas too, like an energizing coffee soap for a little pick me up in the morning, or just a nice decorative leaf shaped soap for a pretty bathroom! The options are endless, and the relaxation is limitless.

    If you've tried these projects, or any of the other projects from our Taking Care of You series, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Coloring

    While art therapists have been trying to tell us the health benefits to adult coloring for years, the actual trend didn’t become big until several years ago, and it's still going strong. According to this CNN article, the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.”

    Seems like a long list of promises, don’t you think? That’s because adult coloring works on the same level as a therapy session, essentially. While it may not be the same as a therapy session, the benefits are very similar. Coloring takes your mind off the stresses you are normally under serves as a form of practical meditation. Coloring produces actual products that can come into play in your daily life. Many creatives have found unique DIY uses for their coloring pages. Just follow the blog My Creative Life, they have dozens of great ideas that put your coloring pages to use. Adult coloring allows us to tap into the right side of our brain, and lets us unwind and think of nothing but what color to put in the next area of the drawing. OR NOT! You can scribble to your heart’s content.

    Happy Times - Book 7591

    Love More, Worry Less - Book 7592

    The best way to get better at this relaxing craft is to practice, and we have some great projects and books that will turn you into a coloring pro! From tools to terrific books, we've got the know how on coloring your way to tranquility.

    Step Up Your Coloring Skills

    Double Ended Markers - 50495

    New Year's Resolutions

    Double Ended Markers - 50495

    The best way to practice and improve your coloring skills is to get the best tools. Our Double Ended Markers are perfect for practicing! With our wide range of colors and the dual tips, you can practice fine lines and thick washes of color across a page. Go around the color wheel to play with our light and dark palettes to practice blending and layering. These pens have a great firm tip for steady lifework, and layer great over one another, so you can effortlessly color that coloring book that you've been dying to work on.

    Use a color wheel to help you visualize your color palette!

    The Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    The Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    Another way to improve your coloring skills is to expand your horizons on subjects to color and draw. The Colors of Nature not only is a great coloring book, but it's a great scavenger hunt for finding and learning about new plants and flowers! This is the perfect coloring journal for all things wild and free. This book gives you a great excuse to relax, go outside and just be a kid again. Follow the flower map and look for your favorites, then learn how to draw them! Each flower and plant in the book has a description about the history behind the plant, and some fun facts about the plant like natural colors and flower accents. So you get to learn about and love the outdoors!

    Daily inspiration Flip Book - Book 7350

    If you are looking for more inspiration to start coloring, look no further! The Daily Inspiration Flip Book is perfect for that pick me up that you can enjoy with your cup of coffee. With its easel backing for easy display, you can choose to show a fully finished colorful design, or to color in your own! You can give everyone around you inspiration as they walk by your desk, or keep it in your home office as a daily pep talk! It's a great way to start your morning.

    If you've been itching to color, give it a try, it might make it into your morning meditation routine! And if you've tried these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy coloring!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Needle Crafting

    Our January campaign is Taking Care of You, and we are focusing on the benefits of crafting, and how reserving a little bit of time out of the day to craft will change your attitude for the better. Needle crafting holds a wide range of crafts, from simple sewing, to textured embroidery, all the way to punch needle!

    The meditative action of stitching gives you a mindless feeling that just relaxes you. The extra bonus is that you have a beautiful project that you can show off to your friends and family. Check out all of the fun ways you can incorporate needle crafting into your craft resumé, and feel better doing it!

    Simple Stitches for the Free Spirit

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    If you're a novice with needlepoint but still want to discover the therapeutic benefits of the craft, then try these simple sewing projects from Free Spirit Stitching! These projects are great for the beginner that is just wanting to learn the basics with with a fun twist. You can create great patterns and colorful decor using just simple stitches and even easy materials like hot glue. Jump into needle craft with a simple project from this book, and fall in love with how relaxing and fun it is!

    Stitchery

    Blue Voyage Stitchery Kit - Item #49810

    Stitchery Kits - www.leisurearts.com

    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). 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. That's what makes this craft so relaxing, you don't have to worry about completing a whole section in one day for fear of losing your place. You can pick it up and craft any time you want, and pick up right where you started. It's kind of a similar feeling to finishing a Diamond Art Canvas, but you can read all about that in our last therapeutic benefits blog (The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art).

    Punch Needle

    Modern Punch Needle - Book 7513

    Punch Needle is a great traditional needle craft that has taken a modern twist recently, as you can see above! Modern Punch Needle by Bérénice Robert shows us how to take the Punch Needle craft and reinvent it to make it look fresh and new with bold colors and fun textures. This craft is as easy as buying the items and stitching away to your design! The cloth is super pliable and easily lets the punch needle thread work its magic to create an effortless design that works up in no time! You can add a new abstract throw pillow to your couch, or embellish your favorite purse or jacket the choices are endless for incorporating this craft into your daily life. Not only will the benefits of trying this craft become a meditative practice for you, but you'll have a comfy and cute accessory for your wardrobe or home décor.

    Craft

    Living Coral

    Hoops Hooray 7251

    This project from Hoops Hooray is a great example of reinvention of needle craft materials. This project uses traditional sewing materials like an embroidery hoop, and transforms it into a great way to de-clutter your crafting area! Needle Crafting doesn't have to be these grandiose projects that take forever to make. You can start with fun, small projects like these that not only help you practice your simple stitching skills, but help you organize and, in turn, relax.

    Quilting/Sewing

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7493

    When you get comfortable with those beginner needle craft projects, you can move onto more intricate projects like this project from Quilted Wall Hangings! This dreamcatcher will catch all of those nightmares and take your stresses away with the bright colors and fun geometric patterns it has to offer. This is a fun and unique way to reinvent Quilting and Sewing and get a relaxing result at the same time.

    If you've tried any of these crafts, let us know how they make you feel! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, because we love to see what's going on in your studios!

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art

    Studies show that only 10 percent of crafters do one craft, so branch out with diamond dotting! By now, you all have seen our wonderful Diamond Art canvases floating around online and in craft stores near you. We've got a wide range of designs that go from simple cherry blossom branches, to full scale succulent gardens, and we love the feedback you guys have been giving us on every single kit. Hopefully you haven't just seen it in stores, but you've gone out and bought one to try for yourself! Since the new year just came about, you need to think about you and what makes you happy. This craft is perfect for mediation and self reflection, and has designs for every kind of maker.

    Diamond Art is an extremely relaxing craft, one that you can work on at your own pace, and on your own time. It's often compared to another relaxing craft that's been around a lot longer: jigsaw puzzles! Diamond dotting is much better. Diamond Art is a more creative and dazzling alternative to the 'same old, same old' of jigsaw puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles have always proven to be a problem in the long run. If you lose a piece, your project is ruined, the hunt to find the pieces takes forever and a half, and the finished product doesn't preserve well. Diamond painting is a stress relieving craft, and yields a beautiful diamond encrusted canvas at the end of your craft experience.

    Advanced Hot Air Balloon - #50451

    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 diamond dot - create anything from beautiful landscapes like these Hot Air Balloons (above), to cute animal portraits! We promise that once you start diamond painting, you won't be able to stop.

    Diamond Art

    Color Coding System Diamond Art

    We use a charting system that is color coded and easy to follow, as you can see above. This allows you to follow along and easily pick up where you left off, making this a craft with no time restrictions. You can finish it on your  time, no stressful deadlines guaranteed! Every space on your chart is color coded and charted out with a specific number code. The effort of finding your area to dazzle is so small, you won't even realize that you've finished half of your canvas already!

    The colors from the uncharted canvas are so close to the colors of the gems, that you don't really have to think about what you're diamond dotting. just pick a gem pack and dot away! It can be easily stored for later too, so you can pick it up again on a rainy day. Our gems may be tiny, but if kept well, they are super easy to keep track of. The best part is that we provide you with extra gems in your kits, just in case an accident happens!

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    Once you're done with your canvas, there are tons of options to show it off. Why stick with just a boring old picture frame, when you can have it on a pillow? Or, turn it into a wall hanging with extra craft accents like yarn! You can even use the extra beads, and put them on your shoes. There are endless possibilities for displaying your new artwork, unlike a puzzle, which I promise you, would not look good glued to a pair of Air Force Ones.

    Start the new year off right with this relaxing craft that makes beautiful gifts for yourself and others. If you've done Diamond Art before, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc, or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studio!

    Happy Diamond Dotting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • A True Blue for 2020: Pantone's Color of the Year

    Pantone has done it again. They've churned out a rockin' choice for 2020's color of the year: Classic Blue! Living Coral is a thing of the past, and here we are, admiring another bright, beautiful, and bold color. Pantone drew from the feeling of resilience in their color choice this year, hoping that the warmth from Classic Blue will "bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge." This stable and strong hue resembles the night at dusk, aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity.

    Check out what the executive director of Pantone's Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, had to say about Classic Blue.

    "Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era"

    The color has already become a popular shade that's being incorporated into living rooms, clothing, art, and home decor. We love it so much, we've already started using it in some of our more recent projects (*laughs in suspenseful foreshadowing tone*). We all know that the best way to a fresh start is a fresh space, and it couldn't be more true for us makers. Here are some great Leisure Arts tips and tricks on how you can incorporate Classic Blue into your 2020 life.

    Classic Blue + Diamond Art = The Perfect Match

    DIY Diamond Art

    Blue Dahlia Welcome home Sign

    We love how effortless and easy Diamond Art is. Classic Blue is all about finding the strength and stability we need to build the foundation for the next era. Why not build that foundation with dazzling 13 faceted diamonds? Our Beginner Blue Dahlia  (above) has the perfect shade range to satisfy your new hunger for Classic Blue. The gems make the flower stand out in any room, and give your space that relaxing feel that will put you in the perfect creative state. You can get creative with Diamond Art and take it to the next level, as you see above. The blue dahlia elevates this basic welcome home sign and transforms a foyer into a creative and unique space. We have some brand new designs coming in 2020 that feature this classic blue too, so stay tuned for those! Maybe you'll see some sneak peeks from us in the future (wink, wink).

    Ring In The New Year with Resin

    Add a whimsical accent in Classic Blue to your home with our DIY Resin Pour Kits! Resin is really similar to paint pouring, but with a shinier and glossier finish. our color kits give you everything you need to elevate the classic home decor piece into an abstract artwork that looks like it came straight out of Pier 21. Use any of our four colorant kits to decorate the surface of fun things like coasters, cheeseboards, serving trays, and more! This Blue Colorant Kit has a great hue to it that matches the classic blue of 2020, and you can make it as dark or as light as you want it to be!

    Live It Up With Classic Blue Staples in Crochet

    Everyone needs a fashion staple in their closet, make yours Classic Blue! This hooded poncho from Homespun Comfort Shawls brings a modern take to a classic fashion accessory. Add an oversized button to make this look functional and fashion forward, and you've got a great light layer that can be worn during more than one season. Use lightweight yarn for a lacy finish, or use a bulky weight yarn to get a thicker coat for those windy mornings. The choice is up to you! All we know is that this classic blue makes any accessory look good, in all weights and styles of yarn.

    Knit Yourself A New 2020 Aesthetic

    For the knit obsessed crafters, we have some great versatile patterns for you try. If you've been searching for simple and sophisticated patterns that can go with any getup, look no further. Modern Knits is a book full of these great neutral patterns with pops of color. This poncho features a great swash of Classic Blue as an accent. This color blocked pattern can work with just about any color, but we're just a little biased with this blue hue.

    Quilt/Sew Fun With Embroidery Hoops

    Play with traditional quilt patterns and reinvent them with these projects from Quilted Wall Hangings. Classic blue makes a great contrasting accent against this sunny yellow, and the tassels are a great modern addition to the traditional dream catcher. This project is the perfect mix of traditional and modern, and there's plenty more projects just like it in this book.

    Classic Blue was chosen by Pantone to bring you stability, comfort, and strength. Hopefully, we've given you some inspiration for you to create some powerful and creative projects. Start the new year with bold, bright, and brave choices! If you've made any of these projects, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts. We'd love to see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy Decorating!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Celebrate the 12 Days of Craftsmas with Savings!

    Hey there, Makers! We've been celebrating our #12daysofcraftsmas campaign and dropping some major discount on everyone's favorite books and craft products. While Santa is still making his list and checking it twice, we're doing a recap of all of our 12 days of craftsmas here for you to enjoy, and we're making ALL of the codes available for a limited time so you can get discounts on all the DIY craft goodies your money can buy. Click any of these images to take you to that specific category, and don't forget to use these specific codes at checkout for maximum savings.

    To start our magical 12 days, we have a great pre-christmas experience to gift someone. This Christmas Carol Songbook Set is perfect for the first time host/hostess that is looking for inspiration and caroling fun. The box set is comprised of five caroling songbooks filled with beautiful art and all of the classic lyrics you need to take your party door-to-door. Alongside the other books is a companion hostess guide that has everything you want and more for party tips and tricks. The guide gives you a large bank of party themes to get you inspired. After that, you can check out the party tips to get your Christmas bash going. Pair this awesome advice with the kickin' recipes inside, and you can have an epic holiday with some of your closest friends and family. This set is 25% off with code FALALA25 , so pick this up at a discount for Christmas while you have the chance!

    Day two is dazzling bright with a big discount on our Diamond Art kits! This sale is extra special because this is the first time we've included ALL Diamond Art kits in a sale, so you can even get our newest lines of Diamond Art (AKA our NFL and Holiday kits) at 25% off with code DART25. Our holiday kits are already flying off the shelves, so get to dazzling before Santa buys up all the rest!

    Day three is all about gifting knowledge! Our Books Plus crafting kits have everything you need to make awesome fashion and home décor projects, like a Knit Hat, Felt Wreath, Unicorn Dreamcatcer, and Paint Pour wall art. All of these kits come with a 32 page booklet that gives you all of the instructions to make the craft on the box, along with even more project inspiration if you end up falling in love with the craft! You can get these kits for 25% off with our code BPLUS25.

    Day four is even more savings galore (try saying that 5 times fast)! We're giving you guys a discount on ALL of our Macramé books and supplies, because this is a great traditional craft that is making a comeback. Learn to tie great knots and make intricate patterns with cord and a little inspiration. You can get these goodies for 25% off with our code MACRAME25.

    On the fifth day of craftsmas, we're helping santa spread kindness and creativity! All of our Kids Craft books and supplies are 25% off with our code KIDS25. You can get some great books like Craft Bombs that teach your kids to spread love and positivity with fun crafts and small tokens of kindness.

    We're all about smiles and stitchery for our sixth day of craftsmas! You can get the jumpstart on learning embroidery with our pre-printed embroidery hoop designs. Our kits have everything you need to create your beautiful piece of embroidered wall art, and you can get these beauties for 25% off with our code STITCHERY25.

    Day seven is colorful and creative with ALL of our coloring books and supplies on sale. Adult coloring is one of those crafts that just helps you unwind and relax with fun designs and endless creativity. You can get started with a good pack of markers or colored pencils and your favorite bundle of books to jump into this relaxing craft. Use our code COLORING25 for 25% off.

    Day eight takes your marker and penmanship to the next level with discounts on our hand lettering books and supplies. You can learn the basics easy with our kits and books that teach a "faux calligraphy" that rivals the delicate and intricate swirls of the actual craft. Use our code LETTER25 for 25% off.

    Day nine is looking fine for everyone with a green thumb! We've even got some goodies for the aspiring gardeners to be. All of our garden and floral goodies are 25% off with our code GARDEN25. Get some adorable garden gnome accessories, or learn how to make your very own fairy garden! The possibilities are endless.

    The tenth day of Craftsmas is all about gifting bite-sized craft experiences, and our Mini-Maker kits are perfect last minute gifts! Our Books Plus kits fall under this umbrella, as all of these great kits have everything you need to get started in a specific craft. You can make adorable trinkets like felt succulents or pom-pom animals, and have a fun a functional gift for someone special this holiday. You can use our code MINI25 for 25% off of these kits.

    Day eleven is a super special blowout sale for ALL of our books! If you've been holding out or saving up for a special title you've been eyeing, then use our code BOOKSALE for 40% off of your favorite titles. This also includes eBooks too, so shop till you drop.

    On our last day of Craftsmas, we're giving you a discount on a BRAND NEW craft that's just now hitting our website! Our DIY Resin Kits are perfect for someone who wants to learn resin pouring, but doesn't know where to start. This kit has everything you need to start making beautiful and colorful creations for your home or kitchen. You can get these color kits for 15% off using our code RESIN15.

    These are some pretty sweet deals right? All of these crafts make great last minute gifts (you can't fool us, we know you're still shopping). So why not give the gift of crafting? Spread some maker magic and holiday cheer.

    Happy 12 Days of Craftsmas!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Storage Box Using Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit

    Spark your imagination by crafting a fun a storage box with the Diamond Painting Deer and Rainbow Kit. You can create so much with this adorable Diamond Art design. Spend your leisure time creating a fun and functional storage box. Sparkle Art can be fun for anyone ages 8 to infinity! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they flash with sparkle power! 

    So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds and your imagination! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting close up, featuring our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow. Bling out Bambi’s best friend when you diamond paint this fun and friendly Rainbow Deer! With the help of sparkling AB coated diamonds, this kit will give you positive vibes and happy thoughts. 

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    We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, an adorable box, perfect for storing jewelry, ribbon, treasures, pens, and more! The instructions are easy-to-follow and calls for a cute ribbon and adhesive glue to make this beautiful box.

    Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling and fancy box. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go colorful using our Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit.

    Supplies

    •  Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit
    • Paint, white or your favorite color!
    • Paint brushes
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (glue, double-sided adhesives, etc.)
    • Wood Box (8X8 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface)
    • Scissors
    • Ribbon
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.) 

    Get Started on Your Wooden Box!

    1. Make the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow Kit 

    Bring out your creativity with a dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for the moment or come back to it later in time if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or within hours, the choice is up to you, just let your imagination run wild!

    2. Craft Your Wooden Box

    Paint your wooden box white or your favorite color to give your project a hint of your personality. You can be as creative as you want with your brush and strokes. Paint and then let sit for an hour to let the paint dry! Then after the box is dry, adorn the box with your favorite ribbon. We used a ribbon around the box bottom and the lid. But feel feel to use one or both ribbons because the world and the box is your oyster. Our favorite is a cute iridescent ribbon that helps the Diamond Art sparkle!

    3. Cut Out Your Diamond Art Fabric

    After you've glittered your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your wooden box (but you certainly can if you want to). Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your wooden box, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. Place the Diamond Art Deer and Rainbow on the fabric and apply the adhesive. 

    4. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Sparkle Art design is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your wooden box is one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations with additional ribbons, or even adding extra stickers here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art and show off your imagination with the finishing touches. Let your creativity run wild to your heart’s content, and then muah! It's as simple as that and it’s beautiful. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest and have a special location for your jewelry or more! 

    If you try your hand at this, share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page or Tag us @LeisureArtsInc for a special shoutout. We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    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 Cherry Blossom Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Handbag

    DIY Diamond Art Butterfly Pillow

    DIY Diamond Art Elephant Folder

    DIY Diamond Art Dragon Eye

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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