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  • 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

  • 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

  • Patterns and Projects in Prism: Lion Brand Yarn Color Inspiration

    Hello again, makers! We're coming at ya with a brand new color inspiration post. We've been finding inspiration left and right from all of the color combos on Lion Brand Yarn's Colors of the Year for 2019. Now that it's getting closer to fall (judging by number of days, not degrees), we can find some cute and easy to craft pattens and projects in our newest color Inspiration: Prism.

    Here's some background behind the beautiful color via Lion Brand:

    "This icy version of orchid,  is the perfect purple of our time.  Bridging the gap between delicate pastels and technicolor purple, Prism has a spiritual and calming quality. Prism is no shrinking violet: the color makes the perfect accent to any neutral."

    Sounds like a calming color to me! This nice balance between vibrant and soft makes for a perfect pop in any upcoming fall wardrobe. Let's first start off by giving you some trusty yarn recommendations from our website to get you started. We went for exactly what the color says: Calming, and a mix between vibrant and pastel. This Shawl in a Ball - Metallic Lotus Blossom (below) has multiple facets to it, with a beautiful reflective fiber woven throughout the wool. So if you wanted the perfect blend in one skein, then this yarn is the right one for you! On the flip side, if you like the subtle side of Prism, then Wool Ease - Rose Heather (Below) is the perfect pastel Prism look alike.

    Shawl in a ball - Metallic Lotus Blossom - Item 128023

    Wool Ease Rose Heather - Item 126504

    Check out some of the patterns and projects we think would look great with this multi-toned color!

    Crochet

    Cute Baby Stuff - Book 75721

    Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    We're starting off with a lighter version of the orchid hue, with wraps that are definite must-haves for fall. If you have a baby in your life that is in extra need of cuddles, try crocheting this soft and fluffy blanket from Cute Baby Stuff. The prism and green make for an unlikely combination, but they are a great pop of pastel against the bright white bulky yarn! The colors are more springtime, but the feel and weight of the blanket is definitely fall. You can always change the colors however you like!

    If you want your own personal wrap for binge-worthy Saturdays, then this easy throw from The Ultimate Crochet Collection is the perfect starter blanket, especially if you're just getting started in crochet. With the lacy look, this is a great lightweight wrap for both the rest of the summer and the upcoming seasons. The book itself is a great resource for all beginner crocheters, so this isn't the only easy patterns perfect for fall! This pattern is just perfect for our Prism inspiration.

    Knit

    Knit Cakery - Book 75718

    Sweet Knits - Book 75720

    If crochet isn't your cup of tea (pumpkin spice tea, am I right?), then try these adorable knit patterns. Knit Cakery has a lot of great patterns in it that let the yarn do most of the work for you. All of the patterns in the book come from cakes of yarn! This Striped Shawl has both variations of the dark and light Prism hues, and they blend really well together with the bright oranges and yellows in the pattern. It makes for a great light layer that will liven up any outfit, summer or fall.

    If you're looking for a cute baby project, then these adorable knit patterns from Sweet Knits are perfect. This Prism Colored Cardigan (above) makes for the perfect cover up for your little ones. The patterns are all easy, and work up quickly with our guided instructions, so these projects are great for first-time knitters.

    Craft

    Modern Punch Needle - Book 7513

    Miniature punch needle has been around for centuries, done long ago by ancient Egyptians, and eventually traveling through to countries like France and Russia. We've put punch needle on a much grander scale, with Modern Punch Needle. It's an easy to follow craft that can be used for small accessories and large home décor pieces, and we have a good variety of projects that are perfect for beginners. These Coasters (above) are the perfect starter project for someone wanting to see what punch needle is all about.

    If you want cute home décor with a little less effort, try to craft an easy textured pillow! This prism colored pillow from Textured Pillows would make a great addition to a window seat, and it only requires a little bit of hot glue and some paint strokes! The book relies on using already sewn pillows to start your project, so it takes a lot of the 'heavy lifting' out of the craft, so to speak.

    Quilt/Sew

    Modern Patchwork - Book 7493

    Modern Patchwork - Book 7493

    We're putting a modern twist on quilting with these geometric patterns from Modern Patchwork. This Iron Bag (above) shows a darker hue to Prism, and it makes the adorable diamond print pop, a cute and durable addition to a craft room. If you want to try a larger quilting project, however, try this Ombre Patchwork Quilt! Using a quilt as wall art beats buying generic wall art, and you can play with color as much as you want against this neutral gray background. You can use it on your bed, or on the wall! Doesn't the dark Prism color just pop out against this wall?

    Diamond Art

    Advanced Mermaid Diamond Art - Kit 51149

    Intermediate Modern Flower Diamond Art - Kit 50450

    You can make the upcoming fall season sparkle like autumn leaves with these prism colored Diamond Art kits! Our Advanced Mermaid Canvas is a new release, and our dazzling mermaid has some bright and shimmering Prism-esque hair. With her two dolphin companions at her side, this kit is great for the days you just wanna lounge at home and be creative. Diamond Art is as easy as picking up and placing 13 faceted gems, so there's no learning curve! You can have beautiful modern art pieces for your home like this Intermediate Modern Flower Canvas.

    Hopefully we've given you some inspiration! Be sure to tune in over the coming months to get even more color inspiration. If you've tried any of these crafts and patterns, be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc, or use #leisurearts so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Teach Knit and Crochet with the Craft Yarn Council’s New & Improved Certified Instructors Program

    Do you love to #ShareYourSkills and teach others? If you do, and have a strong grasp of basic knit and crochet skills, join the thousands of knitters and crocheters who’ve already gained the knowledge and confidence to teach others through the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program

    We've all thought about it at some point in our lives. We all have imagined leading a group and teaching the best of the best to some awesome people. Now, we makers have that resource! The Craft Yarn Council has this AMAZING program that lets you share your skills with aspiring crochet and knit enthusiasts. This opportunity keeps crafting alive for future generations, and gives you the opportunity to give back to your community though your trade.

    The program has been around since 1982. More than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and to share their knowledge with friends, coworkers and family. Students work with a nationally recognized Master Teacher and complete teaching hours to prove their proficiency.

    The Certified Instructors Program equips people with the tools to share their passion for knit and crochet with others and to “stitch it forward”. The program offers many benefits to students, including increased confidence in their crochet or knitting skills and the ability to convey these skills to others. Students also gain exclusive access to the closed CIP Student and Graduate Facebook page, where they can collaborate with other CIP students and graduates. 

    Check out CYC’s interviews with two of the program’s Master Teachers - individuals with wide-ranging knowledge of their craft and extensive experience teaching others. Master Teachers evaluate students’ work and help them along the way to certification. You can catch Karen Klemp’s interview here and Edie Eckman’s interview here. 

    Here are some fast facts about the program:

    • It’s offered via correspondence and occasionally as an on-site course
    • The correspondence course is divided into Level I and Level II
    • Students have six months to complete each level of the correspondence program and one year to complete 15 student teaching hours per level
    • For the on-site course, there are 15 hours of class time held over a series of days at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the curriculum covers both levels 

    Ready to start? Visit the Craft Yarn Council website for more information and to apply for the program. 

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    Sounds pretty amazing, right? Be sure to check out this program, and share it with others who would love to share their favorite past times onto the next generation of rocking crafters.

    Have you been participating in #ShareYourSkills? Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #ShareYourSkills so we can see what's going on in your studios!

    Happy Teaching!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Craft Skills To Share This August! #ShareYourSkills

    Sharing is caring, makers. This month, we're celebrating #ShareYourSkills in the spirit of going back to school. Whether you're just starting high school, making the trek to college, or wandering through life looking for the next thing to learn, this month is all about sharing what you know, and learning about what you want to know.

    We Share: Skills You can Learn

    We'll kick off the blog with crafts that we want to share with you. Use this month as an opportunity to not just pass on a skill to someone you care about, but to learn a new skill for yourself!

    The Ultimate Knit Collection - Book 7577

    Knit Journal Cover - The Complete Knit Collection- Book 7577

    If you've always wanted to knit, and don't know where to start, try The Complete Knit Collection. This is a recent release from Marly Bird, filled with a wide range of projects to work on. From Simple Fingerless Gloves, to Knit Journal Covers (above), you can learn the basics and knit luxury accessories all from the patterns inside this book! The book is designed to start with beginner projects, and slowly progress into harder patterns as you read. So when you reach pro-crafter status, you have patterns to try and challenge you as you get more comfortable with knitting.

    The Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    The Ultimate Crochet Collection - Book 7512

    If Knitting isn't your speed, and you'd prefer to learn a skill with just one hook and some patience, try crochet! The Ultimate Crochet Collection is another Marly Bird release that has a slew of projects that are cute and functional! Start with Small Scrubbies (above) as a starter project, or one of the many other beginner patterns, and work your way up as you get more comfortable with crochet! The book is structured the same way as The Complete Knit Collection, set up as the perfect intro into this addicting craft.

    You Share: Share Your Skills With Others

    One of the best ways to give back this month is to teach a skill to someone else! If you already know how to knit and crochet, why not pass those talents on? We found some patterns that are easy to teach, and would make perfect projects for the upcoming seasons.

    Cool Stuff Teach Me To Knit - Book 6648

    You can start teaching others how to knit like you with the simple and easy projects from Cool Stuff - Teach Me To Knit. This rippled and multicolored knit afghan is a perfect project to start on this month of beginners, because fall is just around the corner, and who doesn't need a little throw for the couch? You can even create a complimentary pillow like the one above!

    Cool Stuff Teach Me To Crochet - Book 6649

    The same rules apply for this crochet ripple afghan from Cool Stuff - Teach Me To Crochet. Mix and match colors to your liking, and even mess with the size of the afghan! You can help someone learn to customize and create cozy necessities with the help of cool pattern books like these.

    Speaking of #ShareYourSkills, the Craft Yarn Council is hosting their Certified Instructor's Program again, starting August 12th and running all the way through September. So if you are passionate about passing on your skills and teaching larger groups of people, check the program out! You'll be seeing a lot more posts from us on this subject, maybe even sooner than you think (wink, wink).

    We All Share: Share Your Skills With Gifts

    If you're not the teaching type, but still want to #ShareYourSkills, try gifting something homemade! Nothing says that you care about someone more than a homemade trinket or home décor item.

    Textured Pillows - Book 7450

    Textured Pillows is a good craft to learn if you want to work with yarn, but don't want to knit or crochet. Plus, how adorable would these pillows be as gifts? With hot glue and a little creative flair, you can create fun and fresh accents for that loveseat that needs a little extra TLC. There are even patterns with fabric that don't require stitching! You can start out minimalist, or go in with a splash of color, the choice is your! All patterns are super easy to learn and follow along to.

    Modern Woodburning - Book 7524

    If you're feeling something a little more rustic, try Modern Woodburning for a change! Woodburning is super versatile and has limitless customization options, so this is a great book to get you started. Start off with small projects like these Succulent Coasters, and then work your way up to the more advanced projects in the book. You'll find that it's just as simple as putting a drawing pen to paper. It's just 1,000 Degrees hotter and more inventive!

    Do you plan to #ShareYourSkills this month? We'd love to see! tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts to show us what's going on in your studios.

    Happy Sharing!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Tips and Tricks for Getting Published - Live the Leisure Life

    Jane Monzures picked the brains of our Leisure Arts team recently, about the world of publishing in her Creative Living Podcast. Listen along as you learn the ins and outs of publishing from Editorial Director, Tona Jolly, and Marketing Manager, Veronica Palmer.

    We summed up this craft talk in a few concepts below. So listen along to Tona, Veronica, and Jane talk about how important it is to take your creative concepts and turn them into published ideas.

    Research & Development: Staying True To You

    The podcast starts off with the inevitable question: Where do I start? The answer lies in research and development on the designer's part, so they have everything they need to pitch their ideal concepts to a prospective publisher. Veronica stresses that when looking at potential publishers to pitch to, look not only into how collaborative a publisher is, but also at their distribution in retail. Do some research into where you want your book be placed, and where you want to market your book. She recommends going into your favorite craft store (for craft books specifically), and see who is publishing the books you like on the shelves.

    Choosing The Right Publisher

    Be true to what you are good at, and find the publisher that fits your style, and will help you stand up for what you believe in. You don't have be the best writer, you just have to have the idea, know who your market is, and know who you will be going up against. Tona recommends that you go to Amazon, and see the patterns of modern publishing, and styles of craft books that are out today for reference and research. After that, you work collaboratively with your publisher to make your book come to life.

    The Book Deal & Production Process

    There is a lot of talk and pressure these days about instant gratification, but when it comes to publishing, good things take time. Tona goes in depth about the publishing process - from creating page maps of book concepts, to planning out schedules to present these books to retailers at all times of the year. With all that planning and production, it can take from 12 to 18 months to see your book published, depending on if and when your book gets picked up and placed by a retailer. There are special circumstances that place a book on the fast track, if it's a particularly trendy idea that has the opportunity to hit big. Tona says that if you do think you have a big hit on your hands, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself (they don't bite)!

    Veronica also urges that as a creator, you need to show your publishers who you are, and who your audience is. Influencer voice is key to showing how big of a market you serve, and how much of a reach you have with your community to take your ideas to a broader level.

    After the Launch - Marketing Yourself

    Jane takes the podcast from publishing to Marketing as she goes in depth with Veronica about promotion, and the journey a book takes while going to market. Veronica shares that typically, the designers and publishers have marketing plans of their own, and they work collaboratively together to get as much reach out of a campaign as possible. In terms of Leisure Arts' processes, we vary our tactics. Every book is different for when and how it gets published. From digital and hardcopy rollouts, blog book tours, in depth craft talks, social media takeovers and more, people want to have a dialogue with us, and want to be able to collaborate on a consumer level. It's a two way collaborative process that allows both the publisher and the designer to get endless exposure.

    Extras

    Self Publishing... yes or no? Self publishing is touched on here, as Jane asks if self publishing is a viable option for someone to pursue. Veronica lists the pros in cons of the process, arguing that while you retain the rights to your book, you have fewer resources to create and promote your material. It's really about what your publishing goals are, what's important to you, and how much time you have.

    Can you get rich off of one book? Veronica shares that publishing is a meaningful part of your promotional portfolio, but one book won't get you rich quick. It is however, a door opener into being an influencer or content creator, which opens up other avenues for revenue. Tona says publishing definitely isn't dead, and that if done the right way, it goes hand in hand with your social platforms, and helps create an experience for the consumer, online and offline.

    How long do designer publisher relationship lasts? Tona shares that 70% of the work Leisure Arts creates comes from the relationships previously developed. If they work well together, your publisher will reach out to you for more work. Leisure Arts has had relationships with some designers since 1975!

    Rejection - Tona shares that when you get a no, don't get discouraged. keep trying! Just watch for trends, think about being cohesive, create an experience, and tell a story. Prep + Experience + Timing = Success.

    Hopefully you've been inspired to take that concept to the next level after listening to that podcast! Let us know what you think, or give us a shoutout, @leisureartsinc for any extra questions you guys might have for Tona or Veronica.

    Happy creating!

    -Leisure Arts Team.

  • Christmas in July Crafts That are 100% Santa Approved

    Ho ho ho, makers! We're decking the halls with Christmas (in July) cheer, and we're using the lazy days of summer to start on our holiday projects and décor. During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we barely have time to make the elaborate gifts we want to give, let alone add special handmade touches to our holiday décor. Which is why Christmas in July is the perfect time to start crafting! If you start on projects now, you can have more time during the actual holiday season to relax. So go grab a nice snack, scroll to your favorite craft category, and start making your list to check twice!

    Crochet

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book 7453

    The Fair Isle Technique is a perfect color mixing style that works great for Christmas projects. Which is why you can start making the beautiful projects in Fair Isle Mittens now, so you have wonderful gifts to give during the holidays! These mustard colored fingerless mitts are perfect for texting in the cold, and can be used for multiple seasons. With the beautiful houndstooth patterns and chunky cables, these are the perfect versatile accessory for your wardrobe, and the wardrobes of your daughters, nieces, or granddaughters.

    Retro Christmas Ornaments - Book 7195

    Everyone loves retro, but we want retro with a modern twist. Which is exactly what you get with the projects from Retro Christmas Ornaments! These clothespin angels are so easy to make, you'd think Santa's elves had a hand in helping you! You can create beautiful projects like these ornaments and more with the help of the book's easy to follow instructions. Retro has never been so easy!

    Knit

    The Stocking Were Knit - Book 6533

    You can't forget about the animals! You can create this cat stocking with adorable little doodles at the trim from The Stockings Were Knit. Give your cat some Christmas tidings with a specialized stocking just for them. This is a perfect Christmas in July project for all cat lovers! This book has stockings for every member of the family, animal or human (so don't worry dog lovers, there's one for you, too).

    Beaded Ornaments - Book 6536

    This is definitely a transformation of knitting. You can make these great ornament covers with beautiful beaded accents from our book, Beaded Ornaments. With basic stitches and interwoven glittering beads, you have creative and definitely unique ornaments that will be treasured for many years to come.

    Craft

    Open House Merriment - Book 6872

    General crafts Christmas projects are perfect for the makers who don't know too much about crochet or knit, but still want to be creative with yarn and other mixed media. This wreath made of paper leaves from Open House Merriment is perfect for a door in need of sprucing, or a wall in need of decorating. With easy to follow instructions and tons of inspiration, this book is perfect for the crafter who loves to plan and prep ahead of time.

    Yarn Whimsies - Book 6889

    If you want some non-traditional décor for your tree, then try these little yarn snowcaps from Yarn Whimsies. You don't need to know crochet or knit to be a snowcap pro, it's as simple as common household items like toilet paper rolls and lark's head knots! This is a great way to be creative with yarn, without all the technicalities of fancy stitches. You end up with colorful and creative modern tree ornaments!

    Plastic Canvas

    The Magic of Christmas - Book 7584

    Plastic Canvas is one of those crafts that seems complicated, but it makes for beautiful projects. The Magic of Christmas gives you great step-by-step instructions to follow as you learn how to count threads, create your shapes, and stitch adorable little gift toppers and stocking stuffers like these candy cane climbers. It's small projects like these that can turn a lazy summer day into a productive day!

    Cross Stitch

    Retro Christmas Cross Stitch - Book 6877

    Cross Stitch brings a classic twist to modern projects of all festive proportions, like this wine bottle jacket from Retro Christmas Cross Stitch. With quippy quotes and adorable artwork, you can't go wrong with a beautiful hostess gift like this one! Who doesn't want to dress up their favorite red or white?

    50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas - Book 6883

    If you're thinking ahead of time on Christmas wrapping and accessories, then these little additions from 50 Cross Stitch Quickies - Christmas are perfect for your future presents. Vamp up the traditional name tag with a stitched on Christmas tree, or little Rudolph. These projects work up quickly with color-coded and easy to follow charts, and would make for great first projects for someone who is starting out in cross stitch.

    Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments - Book 7587

    If you come from a family that has a Christmas tree in every room, then our wealth of cross stitch books will give you more than enough inspiration. These adorable stockings from Mini Cross Stitch Ornaments are a great hybrid of classic and modern Christmas designs. Even though they're mini, look at the detail! It's hard to believe that you can fit so much Christmas spirit into something so little.

    Holiday Ornaments Galore - Book 7585

    Even MORE cross stitch inspiration (See what I mean? A wealth of ornaments books). These circular ornaments from Holiday Ornaments Galore are minimalist enough to work for any style of Christmas tree. With quirky designs like robins in beanies and skiing snowmen, you can have an adorable set of colorful designs.

    Coloring

    (from left to right) Color On The Go - Holiday - Books 7305, 7301, 7302, 7304.

    Coloring is a fun and funky distraction for when you just need some crafty and creative time to yourself. Especially during the holidays. You can color in these Color On The Go - Holiday books wherever you go, and use the perforated pages to transform your Christmas cards! Laminate them and make a collage, scan them in and make a digital card, create fun and fancy colorful leaflets that bring a personal touch to your Christmas gifts! With fun designs like ornaments and mittens, you can't go wrong choosing any of these four books. Or better yet, get all of them!

    Santa might be sun tanning and shopping right now, but we've sent a letter to his workshop, and he loves these projects! We received a package of candy canes and sugar plums as a seal of approval. These projects, varied from beginner to advanced, are perfect for you to start now, so you're not bombarded during the holidays with busywork and shopping. If you try your hand at these projects, be sure to share it and tag us @leisureartsinc so we can admire your work and give you a special shout out. So go trade that traditional cup of hot cocoa for a Frappuccino, and craft away!

    Happy making!

    -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

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