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  • Top Notch DIY Kids Crafts That Will Spark Your Creativity

    Summer is a grand thing, makers! The cool breeze, the shining sun, and loads and loads of free time. Especially for that special little kiddo in your life! Summer is a great opportunity to spend time with family and create beautiful and colorful things. We've compiled a list of things that are perfect for summer fun and are family-friendly. Scroll to find your favorite craft category, and find your next summer fling!

    Crochet

    Rugs For Kids - Book #75626

    Crochet doesn't seem like much of a summer activity, but trust me, these projects prove that notion wrong. This racetrack (above) from Rugs For Kids is the perfect fun and functional mixture of adorable room décor! You get a fun racetrack to drive your Hot Wheels on, and a unique rug that sets your kid's room apart from the rest of the neighborhood. For the kid that likes to snuggle up on the couch and watch they're favorite shows all day, we have the perfect thing! Kids' Snuggies is the perfect book for lounging in style, with cute and quirky designs like this mermaid tail cover (below). Show your kids that lounging can be luxurious.

    Kids' Snuggies - Book #75678

    You can make these projects for your kids, but what's the fun in that? We have some great introductory crochet books like Teach Me To Crochet that will help your little mini-me learn the basics of crochet, so they can help you make these awesome projects! Because what better way to bond with someone, than by learning a craft together?

    Knit

    Baby Loops and Twists - Book 75706

    If you wanna play with yarn but don't want to crochet, try knitting! We have an excellent guide, Teach Me To Knit, that teaches all of the basics of the double needle yarn craft. There's even fun ways to learn to knit with just your hands! Loop Knitting takes the guesswork of interlocking the twin needles and leaves the beautiful wrap work to your own skilled hands. It's a perfect gateway knitting technique that would be great for children! This Penguin Pillow (above) was made from our book Baby Loops and Twists, and it is just darling. Babies can use it as a fun pillow, and toddlers can carry an arctic friend with them wherever they go! the best part about this craft is that you and your kid can learn together, especially when it's as simple as knitting without needles!

    Craft

    Craft Bombs - Book #7507

    The best crafts are the double trouble crafts, the ones that offer more than just one activity and lesson to learn. They are a great way to teach your child to be creative, and they're certainly a helping hand to mom and dad's wallet. Our new book Craft Bombs is a comprehensive guide to spreading kindness, joy, and happiness. A super stash of awesome art and activities like DIY fortune tellers (below) (or cootie catchers, depending on the person), giftable kindness cards, and more hide inside this book, waiting to be discovered.

    Craft Bombs - Book #7507

    The book is interactive and gives you everything you need to make fun and friendly art that you can keep for yourself, or give to someone who needs a little pick me up! This is the kind of craft activity that you can create with your kid, and teach them how to be a good human at the same time. Life lessons, AND loads of fun? sign us up!

    Bonus - Felt and Paracord Summer Kids Crafts

    Paracord Crafts - Book #6431

    This is a section that we don't usually do, but we just had to include it. We love paracord, and all the fun things you can create with it. It's known to be a functional friend while going camping and hiking, but no one ever really thinks about the fun crafts you can make with it. Our book Paracord Crafts shows you a ton of variety with this cord, like bracelets, and fun water bottle holders like this green one (above). A fun summer project that you can use all season long!

    Play Mats - Book #7218

    Another fun craft to play with is felt, and just like all of these other projects, these crafts from Play Mats are super easy to create, and super fun to play with afterward! Pick one of the seven interactive felt designs to create and place in the living room for maximum DIY fun, like this Sweet Cupcake Shop mat for the aspiring little baker (above). All mats in this book are put together with easy felt sheets and a stitch here or there, easy peasy!

    All of these crafts will spark your creativity and enthusiasm to go out with your kids and create fun and fascinating things while they are out of school and want to have some fun in the sun. If you make any of these awesome projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc for a special shoutout! We just did a live video all about this too, so be sure to check it out on our Facebook Page.

    Get some sun, makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Diamond Painting Fun! Spark Your Creativity with Sparkle Art

    Summer is just getting started, makers, and we're ready to get those creative ideas brewing your mind. With our Spark Your Creativity campaign this month, we knew we really wanted to dazzle you guys with bright bold and beautiful projects, and what better craft than diamond painting? We have some beautiful canvases to show you guys from our Sparkle Art Collection, from our Diamond Art by Leisure Arts brand that will get you in the summer spirit of creating.

    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! you adhere our 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 up close, featuring our Lotus Diamond Art kit.

    Sparkle Art is our most recent line of diamond painting designs. It's a dazzling collection of various designs that a perfect for ages 8-98! While this is a kids' craft that's perfect for summer crafting with kids, we think that 'kids' of all ages will love our whimsical designs. Using easy-to-follow instructions and handy tools like a comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you can pixel paint majestic galactic unicorns, ninja pandas, muddy monster trucks, and more! To introduce you to Sparkle Art, we've broken the diamond painting for kids line up into genres of creativity for you to choose your favorites and create your next bling-tastic artwork to decorate your home, office, and more! Be sure to read on after those genres too, for extra special ways to display and craft your very own DIY Diamond Art projects. Read on to find your next sparkling adventure!

    Mythical and Mystical : Fantasy Diamond Painting

    Dragon Eye Sparkle Art - Kit 50486

    Alien Sparkle Art - Kit 50485

    Time to get transported to another realm and create of fantastic fantasy artworks! whether you're a sci-fi-fanatic (see our Alien Kit above) or a medieval maniac (see our Dragon Eye kit above), we have the perfect kit just for you. Here are some more Mystical and Mythical kits below to get you inspired!

    Ninja Panda-Corn - Kit 50481

    Uni-Kitty - Kit 50483

    Flying Unicorn - Kit 50480

    Galaxy Unicorn - Kit

    Swinging Mermaid - Kit 50479

    You gotta love the mystical creatures we created, like our Uni-Kitty, or Ninja Panda-Corn. I think it's pretty obvious that we have a special place in our heart for unicorns of all kinds, be it galaxy unicorns, or flying unicorns! We even have our underwater mysteries like our Mermaid. The possibilities are endless with these kits, and the best part is that they don't have to live inside a frame! You can create your own customizable Sparkle Art by attaching finished pieces to fun items like clothes, handbags, phone cases, and more (which you'll see a few paragraphs from now).

    Spartans and Sports: Daring Dazzlers

    Spartan Helmet - Kit 50487

    Monster Truck - Kit 50488

    If you want more realistic canvases to dazzle, we've got you covered. We have some sporty and sparkly designs that are so spectacular that everyone will want to dazzle them! You can go far back in history if you're feeling like conquering the world with our Spartan Helmet, or jump back into the present with our Monster Truck racing canvas. See some more of our sporty canvases below.

    Baseball - Kit 50489

    Football - Kit 50490

    Soccer Ball - Kit 50491

    Aren't they beautiful? Who would've thought that something so simple like a Baseball, Football, or Soccer Ball could end up being so dazzling? And with the extra space each of these canvases give, we have a lot of room to work with and customize.

    Animal Friends and Fun : Fur and Flippers

    We have some cute and cuddly projects to finish out our collections, and they showcase all kinds of cute from different natural settings! We have our domestic Doggie Love kit, which is overloaded with cute when you look at its adorable flower crown. Then you have underwater cuteness with our Dolphin kit! You can't help but stay positive with that undeniable smile on his face. Last but certainly not least, we have the adorable Rainbow Deer that is full of sparkles and sunshine!

    Dolphin - Kit 50492

    Rainbow Deer - Kit 50478

    Doggie Love - Kit 50482

    Customizable Sparkle Art : Get Creative!

    So you've finished your sparkle art, and are ready to display it, but you're not sure where to go or what to get for the display. This where you can get really creative. Our Diamond Art is super versatile, and has been put on multiple products and surfaces. We just recently have seen some wonderful projects using Sparkle Art! We have our Dazzlemania Contest going on right now on the Diamond Art By Leisure Arts Facebook Page, and we have one project on there that uses our Dragon Eye kit. Here it is below!

    Diamond Art Project - Dazzlemania

    How creative is that? If that doesn't spark your creativity, then I don't know what will. Here are a few projects of our own to get those creative juices flowing that will have tutorials coming soon (wink, wink).

    If you try out Sparkle Art this summer, be sure to tag us in your posts online with #leisurearts or #leisurelife, and be sure to get creative with your summer creations!

    Stay sparkly, Makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Spark Your Creativity with Fun DIY Summer Crafts!

    Hey there makers, we know its pretty doom and gloom with all of this rain, but sooner or later this weather will let up, and we'll be able to have some fun in the sun! Summer is just on the horizon, and we have some rockin' projects to get those creative ideas brewing. As part of our Spark Your Creativity Campaign for June, we're recommending some awesome projects that will help you look on the bright side and up your craft game. Find your craft category, and find your next summer fling!

    Crochet

    Mermaid from Water Babies Amigurumi - Book 7084

    Crochet and yarn crafts might not seem like a fun Summer activity, but Summer isn't always about staying on the shoreside. You can create fun and fresh summer creations and give them to friends and family for a sweet surprise (or keep them all to yourself)! One project that is always a crowd pleaser is Amigurumi. The art of creating stuffed creatures with a crochet base, and then stuffing it with plush material until you have an amazing unique buddy! These projects make great gifts for people of all ages. You can create small creatures for baby like the picture above from Water Babies Amigurumi, or make extra large monsters to see a smile bloom on your friend's face. For more Amigurumi fun, check out our website for a plethora of different plush projects.

    Knit

    Wraps From Knits For Summer - book 7198

    Knitting falls in the same boat when you think of Summer projects, but trust us when we say there is a lot of summer loving' that knitting has to offer. This book, Knits for Summer, will really get those creative juices flowing with these adorable and practical DIY Summer Crafts. This beach wrap shown above is perfect for a soak in the sun, and is super easy to make. When following our detailed tutorials with pictures and diagrams, you can't go wrong with summer styles like these.

    Craft

    Colors of Nature Coloring Journal - Book 7518

    Now that the kiddos have more time on their hands for summer break, you'll have all the time in the world to try out new and creative DIY summer crafts! An all time favorite craft of ours is adult coloring. With our book, Colors of Nature, we give you a perfect balance of crafty fun and adventure. You can learn to draw and color beautiful flowers and plants that you find in your average stretch of land, and get a little education on the plants that you're drawing! Not only that, but you can go out in the wild and find these plants yourself, and keep a log of where and when you found them. This all inclusive journal makes a perfect group activity, or even a fun summer date for nature lovers and crafters alike. Get inspired by the nature in these pages to go out and mix indoor crafts with outdoor fun.

    Embroidery

    Bicycle Embroidery - Kit 49814

    This is a new category that we've introduced to you guys in the past few weeks. Embroidery is a fun and fascinating craft, that seems very daunting at first when you see all the steps you have to go through and the materials you have to get. But, with our new Mini Maker Stitchery Kits, you have everything you need to get started on your first embroidery project, with a pre-printed design, embroidery hoop, and lots of wonderful thread colors. Jam packed with stitch tutorials and diagram instructions, one kit is all you need to jump into this craft universe and see if you like it. Our Mini Maker line gives bite-sized craft experiences for people who are wanting to try something new, without breaking the bank. This beautiful summer themed Bicycle Stitchery Kit above is perfect for a summer starter project.

    Well hopefully we've inspired you with these fun and fresh DIY Summer Crafts to Spark Your Creativity this Summer. If you've tried these projects before and have some awesome results to show iff, snap a picture and tag us on social @leisureartsinc, or use the hashtag #leisurearts or #leisurelife. We'd love to see what's going on in your sunny studios!

    Stay Sunny!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • 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).

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    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!

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    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

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