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  • 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 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!

  • 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. 

    Find 50478 at www.Lesiurearts.com

    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

  • Lion Brand Color Inspiration - Kombucha Orange!

    Hello Again, Makers! We're getting inspired this week by a certain burnt orange color. We're talking about Kombucha from our list of Lion Brand Yarn's colors of the year for 2019.

    Lion Brand Colors Of The Year 2019 - Kombucha

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

    "The name Kombucha is synonymous with the wellness trend that has permeated the zeitgeist over the last few years. The rich warm brown is more than a color, it is a philosophy that coincides with crafting. Talking the time out of the technology overload of your day to make something with your two hands is an integral part of self-care."

    Sounds right up our alley! Kombucha is a great warm transition color from fall into winter, and we have some really great Lion Brand Yarns on our website to showcase the different color variations of Kombucha you can play with. Heartland - Yosemite is a perfect color match to the main color of kombucha (below), and Hometown - Tampa Spice (below) is a darker tone that would give any of your projects dimension if you laced these two hues together.

    Heartland - Yosemite - Item 126175

    Hometown - Tampa Spice - Item 126108

    Crochet

    Mindful Mandala Afghans - Book #6890

    Work your kombucha color into some mandala magic! This pattern from Mindful Mandala Afghans features kombucha as a great accent with the teal and neutral blanket. This afghan can keep you warm on a chilly day, or dress up your couch with some geometric style. This is a project that takes a little effort and a chunk of time, but in the end you come out with a beautiful statement blanket that looks good year round in your home.

    Mirror Image Scarves - Book #6805

    Mirror Image Scarves are some of the most satisfying patterns you can crochet, because everything lines up perfectly and your lacework comes out symmetrical. This fall toned scarf features a darker side of kombucha, but it pairs so well with the bright mustard yarn next to it. You even pair up the kombucha color with a light blue, or even a multicolored yarn if you wanted to. The main point is that the scarf ends up symmetrical no matter what yarn you use, so it's easy to make, and fun to wear.

    Enchanted Forest Creatures - Book #6851

    Who wouldn't want this crochet amigurmi fox? Enchanted Forest Creatures is full of mystical and magical patterns of woodland garden friends and cuddly animals. You can make this adorable fox in kombucha orange, or make a fun garden gnome to give your herbs some good luck! These patterns work up super quick, so this is definitely a unique beginner project to get you started in crochet.

    Knit

    Knit Cowls - Book #5838

    Cowls are a fall fashion staple, and this cowl pattern from Knit Cowls has got some great color work going on. The kombucha is a great accent to the reds and browns, and the scalloped edges of the cowl make this garment look lacy and luxurious. This is an accessory that can be worn not just into winter, but maybe even into those cool spring mornings.

    Cozy Scarves - Book #7370

    Scarves make the best gifts, even if it's just a gift for yourself. This pattern from Cozy Scarves looks good in kombucha orange, and the texture and pattern looks super easy to make. You can even play with the coziness of the scarf by varying the weight and texture of the yarn you choose. This is a great starter project for someone who's learning how to knit!

    Decorator Throws - Book #7112

    Kombucha is a tone of orange that pairs well with other colors, like this color blocked throw pattern from Decorator Throws. These colors normally wouldn't be placed together, but somehow it works! The whole throw makes any couch stand out with the colorful yarn, making it a statement blanket.

    Craft

    Modern Punch Needle - Book #7513

    Modern Punch Needle gives you a window into an old craft that's making a comeback, and that's super easy to learn. This storage pouch with a kombucha accent is a great décor item to hold your yarn or fabrics in, and you can change up the size of the pouch to whatever size you need! This geometric and modern design is perfect for a minimalist home, and it takes little effort to create.

    Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangings - Book #7245

    You can make modern and crafty wall art without knowing all of the background in crochet or knit. Learn To Make Woven Wall Hangings is a great resource for weaving intricate and colorful works of fiber at with simple and easy to follow directions. You can make these projects in just a few hours, and have a boho chic piece of wall art for your living room!

    Quilt/Sew

    Big Block Quilts - Book #6478

    Quilts bring a unique and eclectic style to the home, each one different with it's patterns and textures. Big Block Quilts gives you all the opportunities to get crazy and creative, especially with this pattern shown above. The oranges and purples are surprisingly well tied together with accents of red in the florals and stripes of the design. This is definitely a project that would take a lot of work to compete, but you know it would be worth it.

    Crafty Critters - Book #6644

    This pincushion from Crafty Critters is not only adorable, but it's functional too (just ignore that you're stabbing an adorable fox with pins). You can create this adorable fox pincushion in kombucha orange with simple stitches and some creativity! You can even dress up the fox like you see above, giving it a bow tie for that special '007 look. This little stunner is a must have in your sewing room.

    Aren't these projects beautiful? If you've made these projects before, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Throw Some Ultimate Shade With Lion Brand Color Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Heartland - Mount Rainer - Item 126179

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

    Crochet

    Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    Poufs & Pillows - Book 6886

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

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

    Knit

    Best of Knit Accessories - Book 7579

    Complete Knit Collection - Book 7577

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

    Craft

    DIY Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    Crazy About Pom-Poms - Book 7277

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

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

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Fall Décor Inspiration- Halloween and More!

    Hey makers! Fall has struck, and we couldn't be happier - because now we can break out that fall décor! We have a bunch of ideas this year to share with you, both festive and just plain fall fun. Almost all of these projects are easy to make and can be finished before the season ends, so you have creative new artwork to show off to your guests. Scroll to find your favorite craft category, and start your next project!

    Crochet

    Kids Snuggies - Book 75678

    Half Moon Rugs - Book 75664

    Whether you're ready for Thanksgiving turkey or Halloween popcorn balls, we've got patterns to fit your seasonal décor style. This sugar skull Snuggie from Kids Snuggies is perfect for the Halloween homebody that loves to stay in and watch Hocus Pocus. You can change up the size of the pattern as needed, but we say that this isn't just a Snuggie for kids. This would be a great spooky surprise for adults too! It's so cozy, you can keep it up even after All Saints Day. If you're looking for hunting cabin décor, or just a simple rustic touch to your home, try this rug from Half Moon Rugs! The antlers really make this rug stand out, even though it's made with neutral yarn colors. This would be a great gift for both guys and gals, and would be a great neutral accent to any home during the fall. Who knows, you might wanna keep it through winter.

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    If you're looking for a bigger project to take on, try this falling leaves afghan from Crochet Afghan Revival. Not only is the picture above a whole mood, but the afghan itself is a really great accessory for your loveseat, during and after fall. This is a style of afghan that goes beyond the season, and the pattern itself is long lasting and comfy for those cold fall and winter mornings.

    Knit

    If you're in need of some extra kitchen accessories, then look no further for festive fall décor. These fruit and veggie potholder and dishcloths from Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths are perfect for you! The book title is self explanatory, you can literally make these in just one weekend, they're that easy. in days you can have adorable Corn Cob Dishcloths or Golden Apple Potholders to decorate your kitchen for fall.

    Craft

    Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins! - Book 6870

    Home Candle Making - Book 7311

    If you've been waiting to decorate for Halloween since November 1st of last year, then we have some spooky and spell-binding projects that will light up your space brighter than a full moon. Everyone loves a good pumpkin transformation but sometimes you don't want all that mess. Pumpkins Pumpkins Pumpkins has some great transformation ideas that don't require you to gut your pumpkin (see picture above). You can even use fake pumpkins for these ideas, so you can use them year round! Trick or treat with your embellishments with sweet white flowers or scary spiders, and create fun and fancy pumpkin displays to elevate your haunted house.

    If you wanna get witchy with your halloween decor, then this crystal candle form Home Candle Making looks like it came straight out of a witch's cauldron. You can choose what kind of crystals to put into your candle, and even add your favorite essential oils to make it an extra special potion. The choice is up to you! You can look through the book for other fall inspired candles too, there are tons of recipes!

    Stitchery

    Falling Leaves and Snow Garden Stitchery Kit - Item 49804 & Item 49802

    If you want to go less spooky and more subtle fall vibes, then these Stitchery Kits are great fall projects. These kits really make embroidery easy. You have everything you need to create whimsical and colorful scenes, from needles to multiple colors of floss. The best part about these kits are the pre-printed designs already on the cloth included. It's as simple as securing the design onto the embroidery hoop, and then stitching along the lines! Once you're done you can display them anywhere in your home or office that needs a little autumn magic. Our Falling Leaves Stitchery Kit is extra magical with a translucent fabric as the background, giving an illusion of actual falling leaves. With our Snow Garden Stitchery Kit, you don't have to wait for the snow to fall, you can bring winter mornings to your living room! This kit is a great minimalist addition to our collection and looks really nice next to the falling leaves (pictured above).

    Are you feeling festive yet? If you've tried any of these projects, or any have any other fall decor ideas, then tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios.

    Happy making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Take I Love Yarn Day To The Next Level With These Projects

    Hi makers! For us yarn crafters, our time has come. I Love Yarn Day is approaching (October 12th), and we can't be more excited. For thousands of years, people made their own clothes and relied on skills passed down from their ancestors for survival. Fast forward to today and yarn crafts are mostly practiced as a fun pastime, a way to make money or a stress management tool. In spite of this, skills like knit and crochet are still just as important, especially with the rise of the DIY movement and a desire for sustainability.

    I Love Yarn Day is every year on the second Saturday of October and is a day for yarn enthusiasts across the world to share what they love about fiber arts and why they practice these ancient skills. This year’s virtual event, which takes place on Oct. 12, will encourage yarn crafters to share with people in their lives why they love yarn.

    In fact, we're so excited that we are celebrating the holiday all month long! We love cozy knit and crochet designs, but we’re stepping up the yarn game with weaving, plastic canvas and home décor too. If you enter our monthly giveaway here, then you can win all of these great goodies that we're about to talk about. So let's jump into it!

    Crochet

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book 7572

    Everything Baby Crochet - Book 7575

    We figured a great way to start I Love Yarn Month would be to celebrate some of our favorite patterns. We just recently published large collections of our best selling and easy-to-follow crochet patterns, and we're going to show you some of our favorites from these books! Hopefully you'll be just as inspired as we are! We'll start with patterns that always hit big in the fall - Afghans. Crochet Afghan Revival has an afghan pattern for every season, and this plum pattern is perfect for fall (first picture above). It has a great geometric pattern that will keep you cozy during those chilly months.

    If you're making for baby this season, then Everything Baby Crochet has, well, everything you need. This Tunisian Cocoon and Cap is perfect for keeping your little one snuggled up and protected when they're dreaming of becoming an astronaut. The texture of the Tunisian technique will be soft on the baby's skin, and the blue color is super soothing.

    The Big Book of Crochet Accessories - Book 7578

    Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    If you're itching for some extra fall accessories, then we've got you covered. The Big Book of Crochet Accessories has this beautiful scalloped fall colored scarf (first picture above) that is a great light layer for any outfit. You can create lacy and textured patterns with easy-to-follow instructions! This is just one of the accessories you can make from this book, there are over 40 to choose from.

    Amigurumi is a hot trend right now with yarn, because you can make some adorable little and large creations. This turtle from Amigurumi: An Adorable Collection is one of our favorite patterns from the book, but you can make so much more! These little plush animals can be great gifts for kids and grown-ups! Who wouldn't want this little turtle as a desk buddy? He even has a matching strawberry!

    Knit

    Another collection of our favorites is The Best of Knit Accessories! We have tons of patterns for you to choose from in the book, but our favorite is this beaded knit bracelet! The accessory doesn't even look like it was knitted together, and the pearlescent beads take the neutral tone of the bracelet and punch it up with blue tones as the beads hit light. You can take this pattern and customize it as you like with different color beads, or with different clasps. This is just one of the ways that you can get creative with a different weight of yarn.

    If you're looking for some casual accessories to create this season, then look no further! Casual Weekend Knits has and adorable mustard colored clutch (above) pattern that is fall staple material. Using easy stitches and a little patience, you'll work up this small clutch quickly, and it will last you well past the fall season. You can even line your clutch with fun fabric for a fun surprise every time you reach for your car keys!



    If you're looking for a fun project with little prep work, then our Mini Maker Books Plus Kits are for you(video above)! For I Love Yarn Month, we recommend the Knit Hat Kit. This kit has everything you need to make an adorable and comfortable knit hat, needles and all! It even comes with project book, so you're not just stuck with one pattern.

    Extras

    Plastic canvas is always a fun go-to yarn project to occupy your time with during I Love Yarn Month. This castle from Portable Playhouse Sets gets you in the perfect Halloween mood! Let the feasting begin as you have your knights gather 'round as the queen looks from her throne. The castle pattern has great brick detail, and even includes banners from two different armies.

    Learn To Weave - Leaflet 56062

    You can learn to weave fast and easy with this laminated leaflet Learn To Weave! This design in particular has a great color palette, using this blush color as a form of neutral. You can play around with shape, texture, and flourishes as you follow along with these step-by-step instructions. You start with a simple surface like the twig shown on the wall hanging above, and work your way down until you have a beautiful and abstract wall hanging full of textures and tassels.

    Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    If you're looking for alternative fall color combos, then this is the pillow for you! Textured Pillows has a lot of great design ideas for dressing up a typical throw pillow, which is perfect for upcycled fall décor. This pillow design also allows you to play with three different textures of yarn. The bright olive green of the pillow pops so well on the pillow, and you can make a similar one with simple stitches and some hot glue!

    These are all really creative ways to get crafty this year with yarn. If you've tried some of these projects, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios! Be sure to throw in a couple extra skeins for October 12th, and good luck with your projects this month.

    Happy stitching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Deck the Halls With Holiday Diamond Art Festive DIY Decor!

    We hear those sleigh bells ringing, makers! The holidays are coming around faster than you think and we've got your holiday home décor covered. We recently released a collection of Holiday Diamond Art canvases, and boy are they festive!

    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 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 Christmas Tree Kit.

    These full drill beauties have 13 faceted gems covering every inch of pre-printed design, that's over 11,000 gems that completely cover every square inch of design! That's around 143,000 facets of beautiful and sparkling artwork that you can frame and customize. These kits make for perfect gifts, or would be a fun project to work on with friends and family as you watch Hallmark movies and drink hot cocoa! Here are our Holiday Diamond Art kits:

    Santa Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51138

    Christmas Tree Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51143

    If you want to truly deck the halls with festive and fancy artwork, then what better than a Santa Claus and a christmas tree? This dashing Santa Diamond Art canvas (above) does the ol' Saint Nick justice, with beautiful burgundy and plum beads that stand out against the stark blue-black background. The Christmas Tree Diamond Art canvas (above) is full of great colors too, including AB (Aurora Borealis) coated diamonds.

    Angel Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51148

    Nativity Scene Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51146

    If you want more religious Christmas decor, then our Angel Diamond Art canvas (above) and Nativity Scene Diamond Art canvas (above) are perfect for you. The Angel kit incorporates gold metallic gems that weave through the bright baby blue silhouette of the angel. The Nativity Scene has a unique stained glass effect like a church window, which shines with sparkly reds and yellows against the blue shimmery background.

    Lantern Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51140

    Star Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51147

    If you want to decorate a little early this year, these canvases are just festive and fun enough to decorate with before the actual holiday timeframe. The Lantern Diamond Art canvas (above) is whimsical enough to be a beautiful fall/winter themed decoration, and it's one that you can probably keep framed and put up even after the holidays. The Star Diamond Art canvas (above) is minimalist and geometric, and doesn't overtly show that it is festive, so it's perfect to put up during Thanksgiving, and keep up all through Christmas!

    Reindeer Diamond Art Canvas - Item 5141

    Santa's Sleigh Diamond Art Canvas - 51142

    You can join Dasher and Dancer in their little reindeer games when you dazzle these canvases! The Reindeer Diamond Art canvas (above) shows a beautiful white and gold silhouette of a reindeer with those signature gold metallic beads. It stands out and dazzles against the backdrop of that ombre Christmas red, making it a perfect Christmas accent for your wall. If you want a canvas that is more subtle in color, then try this Santa's Sleigh Diamond Art canvas (above). The giant full moon in the background full of AB coated diamonds is so magical in the background of the winter village. This canvas shows that you don't need a lot of color to make a bright and sparkling statement.

    Snowman Diamond Art Canvas - Item 51139

    Snowman Kit Item 51139

    This canvas has sparked interest from everyone on our Diamond Art Facebook Page and Diamond Art Facebook Group lately. Everyone loves Frosty! This little snowman that could is ready to dazzle any room you put it in, with adorable little mittens and a striped scarf and hat. The background is full of variations of white and baby blue, making this canvas 12X12 inches of pure holiday magic. This Snowman Diamond Art canvas (above) is perfect all winter long.

    These canvases make for perfect gifts, especially when you can frame and customize them however you want! But you can go beyond just a frame! Below, you can see some of the DIY variations we've tried out. We think that reindeer pillow is adorable.

    Have you already dazzle some Holiday Diamond Art? Share your progress with us! We'd love to see what's going on in your studios. Tag @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see what crafty things you're creating.

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • September Stunners : Perfect Projects For Fall

    Happy September, makers! We're kicking off the month strong with our #SeptemberStunners Campaign, full of projects that will rock your fall season. Now that temperatures are starting to drop, it's time to start planning your next WOW project. That one-of-a-kind project that makes people ask 'how DID you do that?' is just a Leisure Arts book (or kit) away! Keep reading to find your craft category, and start your next stunning project.

    Crochet

    Oversized Sweaters - Book 7476

    Oversized Sweaters - Book 7476

    Fall is so close that you can almost smell the pumpkin spice in the air. You know what pairs perfectly with pumpkin spice lattes? Knee-high boots and an oversized sweater. These two patterns from Oversized Sweaters (above) are just some examples of the kinds of tops you can make. You can go with a simple stripe, or give free-flowing ponchos a try. Either way, these patterns are super easy to follow, even if you're just starting out in crochet!

    Knit

    The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting - Book 7492

    Slow Fashion Fast - Book 7571

    If knitting is more your speed, then you can't go wrong with a cute cowl or comfy wrap! The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting is a great book that shows that you don't have to stick to fall colors to have a cute fall outfit. This Geometric Wrap is bright and bubbly with summer colors, but it's perfect to wrap up in on a cool fall day! If you are a big fan of fall neutrals, then Slow Fashion Fast is your best bet. This Latvian Braid Cowl is perfect for those days when you need light layers. This cowl is the perfect replacement for a light cardigan!

    Craft

    Punch Needle is such a stunning craft, that we couldn't pick favorite patterns for September. You can make any of the patterns from Modern Punch Needle and stun your friends and family with the textured and beautiful designs you create. Just look at that adorable throw pillow! Punch needle has been around for quite a while, but this book takes the craft to a whole new modern level.

    Quilt/Sew

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7494

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7494

    If you want some stunning quilted projects for the fall season, look no further! Quilted Wall Hangings is full of fun geometric designs that take quilting to the next level. This Compass of Beauty wall hanging (above) is perfect for a room that needs some pops of color. The pinks and blues perfectly compliment the gray backdrop, making this neutral enough for any style or color palette in a home. The Jelly Roll wall hanging is a great starter quilt project because there's not a lot of hand work involved, its just simple strips and blocks!

    Diamond Art

    Snowman Holiday Diamond Art - Item 51139

    Mermaid and Friends Advanced Diamond Art - Item 51149

    Diamond Art is a great project to work on during our September Stunners campaign, because of how dazzling the final product is! We just released a bunch of collections this month, like NFL Diamond Art and Holiday Diamond Art. This Snowman from the holiday line is especially adorable. But if you don't want festive Diamond Art to dazzle this fall, there are a lot of options. We just released this Mermaid and Friends Advanced kit, and it's almost full drill! That means almost every square inch of design is covered in our 13 faceted gems. Any diamond art would be stunning in your house for the fall season (or any season), but we just wanted to shine the spotlight on these two beauties.

    Perfect projects for fall, right? If you've tried some of these projects, tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts so we can see your progress! We love to see what's going on in your studios. All of these books and products are in our #SeptemberStunners Giveaway, so be sure to enter in that so you have a shot at winning all of these goodies!

    Happy Stunning!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Hand Lettering for the Absolute Beginner: Tips, Tricks, and More!

    Bienvenue, Makers! Today, we're going to revamp your writing style, and we don't mean verb tenses and dramatic voice. We mean Hand Lettering! With fancy scrolls and beautiful flourishes, we're trying to make the literary world a better place, one letter at time. Hand Lettering can be added to wedding decor, dress up a thank you card, or turn a grocery list into a work of art, begging to be framed. If you're a complete novice, and are looking for a gateway into the world of hand lettering and calligraphy, then this is the craft for you.

    Hand Lettering - Book 7326

    Hand lettering has been around for centuries, but it's never been this easy to learn until now! With Hand Lettering from Kathryn Erney (@quite.transfixed on insta), you learn the basics of hand lettering, from upstrokes and base lines, to adding your own flourishes to set a personal style. Calligraphy can seem like a daunting craft to get into, which is why this book is so perfect for the absolute beginner. This book doesn't teach the fancy line work of quill and ink calligraphy, but a style of "faux calligraphy" that passes for the real thing. It's less steps to cover, and more accessible for makers that don't have the fancy nibs of a cartridge pen to do the work for them.

    Hand Lettering - Book 7326

    Erney says that to start out in hand lettering, all you need is a good set of tools. We have a lot of great tools for our site, and you can read a little about each one below!

    11 pc Hand Lettering Set - Item 49629

    The ultimate kit for hand lettering shenanigans! This 11 pc Hand Lettering Set has everything you need to test out your hand lettering abilities. Start out with fine pencil lines that can be erased with our vinyl eraser, and use the different variants of felt tip pens to test out your upstrokes and line weights!

    Dual Tip Calligraphy Markers - Item 48752

    These Dual Tip Calligraphy Markers will help you get those edged lines that calligraphy is known for, but on a much simpler level! With dual tips, you can control the weight and pressure of the lines you make, with 18 different colors to choose from!

    Bullet Tip Double Ended Markers - Item 48065

    If you want a bulky look to your lettering, then these Bullet Tip Dual Markers are perfect. they don't have that hardened edge for calligraphy style, so these would be great for shading in your block areas of color. You have a choice between a 36 pack and a 60 pack.

    36 Pack Gel Pens - Item 50377

    For metallic accents and shimmery font, try using these Gel Pen Packs as a top layer after lettering! Tips and trick like these are what sets your font apart from just the typical beginner. You can choose between a 36 Pack, a 12 pack, and a 24 pack.

    Beginner's Calligraphy Set - 47682

    Once you've conquered hand lettering from this book, then you can jump into the world of calligraphy! This Beginner's Calligraphy Set gives you everything you need to get started (above). But you never know, you might end up enjoying your own style better, which is okay! It's all about becoming as creative as you can be on your own terms, fancy pens or not.

    If you've tried Hand Lettering, be sure to share your work with us! Tag us @leisureartsinc or use the hashtag #LeisureArts, we may give you a special shoutout in the future (wink, wink).

    Happy Flourishing!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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