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  • Cozy Comforts: The Winter Essentials and More!

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

    Weighted Blanket Relaxation

    Cozy Weighted Blankets - Book #7568

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

    Knit Cozy Pillows

    Cozy Pillows - Book #75625

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

    Comfy Afghan Mornings

    Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book # 75686

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

    Camping With Crochet

    Fair Isle Crochet - Book #7234

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

    Warm Hugs For Your Hands

    Fair Isle Mittens - Book #7453

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

    Cozy Kitchen Afternoons

    Modern Patchwork - Book #7493

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

    Snowy Mornings and Soft Afghans

    Crochet Afghan Revival - Book #7572

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

    Oversized Comfort

    Oversized Sweaters - Book #7476

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

    Go Anywhere Outfits

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

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

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

    Happy Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Crafting

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

    Bold and Beautiful Relaxation With Happy Abstracts

    Living Coral

    Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

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

    Feng Shui With Paper Flowers

    Paper Flowers - Book #7241

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

    A Simple Candle Goes A Long Way With Home Candle Making

    Home Candle Making - Book #7311

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

    Aromatherapy Jewelry? Yes, Please!

    Aromatherapy Jewelry - Book 7353

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

    Make Relaxation Potions With Home Apothecary

    Beauty Products

    Home Apothecary - Book #7386

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

    Look Good And Feel Good With Home Soap Making

    Halloween Projects

    Home Soap Making- Book #7310

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

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

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Coloring

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

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

    Happy Times - Book 7591

    Love More, Worry Less - Book 7592

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

    Step Up Your Coloring Skills

    Double Ended Markers - 50495

    New Year's Resolutions

    Double Ended Markers - 50495

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

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

    The Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    The Colors of Nature - Book 7518

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

    Daily inspiration Flip Book - Book 7350

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

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

    Happy coloring!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Needle Crafting

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

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

    Simple Stitches for the Free Spirit

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

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

    Stitchery

    Blue Voyage Stitchery Kit - Item #49810

    Stitchery Kits - www.leisurearts.com

    Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. With our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop. That's what makes this craft so relaxing, you don't have to worry about completing a whole section in one day for fear of losing your place. You can pick it up and craft any time you want, and pick up right where you started. It's kind of a similar feeling to finishing a Diamond Art Canvas, but you can read all about that in our last therapeutic benefits blog (The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art).

    Punch Needle

    Modern Punch Needle - Book 7513

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

    Craft

    Living Coral

    Hoops Hooray 7251

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

    Quilting/Sewing

    Quilted Wall Hangings - Book 7493

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

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

  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Diamond Art

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

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

    Advanced Hot Air Balloon - #50451

    You get to paint with 13-faceted diamonds on luxury fabric, and follow along an easy color-coded chart. The sky is the limit for the artwork you can diamond dot - create anything from beautiful landscapes like these Hot Air Balloons (above), to cute animal portraits! We promise that once you start diamond painting, you won't be able to stop.

    Diamond Art

    Color Coding System Diamond Art

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

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

    2019 Dazzlemania Contest Entries

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

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

    Happy Diamond Dotting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Celebrate #NationalColoringBook Day The Right Way

    Hello Again, Makers, and Happy National Coloring Book Day! Today, show off your best and brightest colors and whip out those coloring pages! We're here to give you some inspiration in many different hues. All weekend Long, we're going to have a special National Coloring Day Sale and give you guys 35% off books, and 20% off instruments. In the meantime, let's show some coloring love with loads of inspiration!

    My Creative Life Colored Page Gift Bag

    My Creative Life Colored Page Gift Bag

    Adult Coloring has been linked to multiple health benefits, because when you get into the craft, you become so relaxed, and fall into a beautiful meditative state. Anytime you need a break from the everyday struggles of life, pick up a coloring book and doodle away. We have a great blog post on The Wellness Benefits of Coloring, if you want more details. In fact, these projects above, like the Customized Gift Bag and Pencil holder are featured in that blog. Designer Cindy DeRosier, owner of My Creative Life, created these from simple coloring sheets. So creative!

    Jungle Wonders - Book 6766

    Art of Coloring - Patterns - Book 6808

    You can even take the beautiful colored pages you created and turn them into something beautiful, like this seasonal paper pumpkin made from the pages of Jungle Wonders (left)! You can get romantic with a woven paper heart basket made from the pages of Art of Coloring - Patterns (left). It's amazing what you can create with just a simple sheet of paper.

    Bountiful Wonders - Book 6993

    You can get creative with coloring using all sorts of blending and layering techniques. You can create anything with the right instrument! We have a wide array of Coloring Instruments that you can play with, from Dual Tip Markers to Gel Pens. We have a great blog post on the combined effects of using both the Premium Colored Pencils and the Watercolor Pencils on our Bountiful Wonders Coloring Book, if you wanna see more colorful hues like the picture above.

    Full Coloring Pages - #NationalColoringBookDay Inspiration

    This part of the blog is really just to give a spotlight to some awesome coloring. Check these beauties out!

    Thanksgiving Crafts

    Bountiful Wonders Coloring Sheet - Book 6993

    Kaleidoscope Wonders - Book 6707

    Art of Coloring Ocean Wonders - Book 6703

    Affectionate Wonders - Book 6873

    Happy Times - Book 7591

    Love More Worry Less - Book 7592

    Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    Have you dabbled in some coloring lately? Tag us @leisureartsinc, or use #LeisureArts so we can see what's going on in your studios! We'd love to see what color your artistic personality is.

    Happy Coloring!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Mother's Day Gifts That Will Make You The Favorite Kid

    Hi Leisure Lifers! Mother's Day is coming up, and we really need to get on the ball. Your mother deserves the best, whether that's eggs benedict in bed, or a relaxing day with no people and a season of Outlander. If you have a mom that loves crafty and creative gifts, then you've come to the right place. We have some extra special mom gifts that will ensure that you get the bigger Christmas present pile this year. Find your craft category, and find this year's Mother's Day project!

    Yarn Fun

    Doilies Updated - Crochet - Book 7035

    Stitch A Garden - Knit - Book 75677

    These sachets are perfect for the mom that perfumes everything. You can get creative and punch up the colors like this teal and green crochet mandala sachet from Doilies Updated, and put her favorite scent in a wash of beautiful blue yarn. Sachets are meant to freshen up your clothing drawers with a fresh scent, and can be in various shapes and sizes! Contrasted to the crochet mandala, this knitted lavender stitched sachet from Stitch A Garden is much more neutral and minimalist, with a small accent of lavender flowers stitched into the front. Sometimes it's the little things that matter, and this is a tiny token that will last mom a while!

    Crochet Jewelry - Book 7250

    If you want to give mom some jewelry this year, go the unique route! This blue ensemble from Crochet Jewelry is a great way to dress up an outfit with artistic accessories. These drop earrings will be light and convenient on mom's ears (which is what you want out of a nice earring set), and the matching earring set is to die for. You can change the colors up on this patterns if blue isn't her favorite color, and even incorporate different kinds of beads to put your own spin on the piece, making this mother's day gift versatile and fashion-forward.

    Craft

    Home Candle Making - Book 7311

    Home Soap Making - Book 7310

    If you're going in the self-care direction this Mother's Day, nothing is better than a spa essentials package. You can make these two projects and plenty more from their books, and put together a basket for mom to soak in relaxation. These citrus celebration wax melts from Home Candle Making will have her office or room smelling like a fresh squeezed glass of lemonade or orange juice. Throw these in with a little tea light holder and you have a fun and easy gift! You can even include a little recipe card, so she can keep her favorite scent around for as long as she wants.

    If you want to give her some bath essentials, these adorable little loofah soaps from Home Soap Making are perfect for gently exfoliating the skin, and making you feel shiny and new. With easy to follow instructions, you can make mom a set of these and pair it with some lotions for a cute a crafty bath basket!

    Quilt/Sew

    Fashion Quilted Accessories - Book 7019

    If you want to thank your mother for helping you flourish into the beautiful butterfly you've become, then make her this beautiful scarf and headband pattern from Fashion Quilted Accessories. She'll appreciate all of the appliqué work and stitched details you took the time to create for her, and you can even customize this pattern to your liking with your own color combinations of thread.

    No matter what you decide to create for your mother on her special day, put love and happiness into it, and show your mom that you appreciate her. Because you know if you don't, she'll remind you about it every year after, and even after that. If you're making your Mother's Day gifts this year, remember to share it to our social pages, so we can see what's going on in your studios, just be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife.

    Happy Mother's Day Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • A Craft A Day Keeps The Doctor Away! Craft Away Stress with Leisure Arts

    Everyone needs a little break every now and then. We get swamped at work, overwhelmed with chores, and dog-piled with to-do lists that keep on growing. So naturally, as makers we like to find escape in our hobbies. Crocheting a scarf, knitting socks, painting a landscape, you name it! We use these special skills to "Craft Away Stress" when we need an extra pep in our step. When we take these little moments in life, we do more for our bodies than we realize. By taking charge and creating when times get tough, we are actually focusing on our mental and physical health, which is something that gets put on the back burner more than it should.

    Photo courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

    The Craft Yarn Council has started their Stitch Away Stress campaign, and it focuses all on the health benefits of yarn crafting. But, we think you can do more than just stitch! We know that there are all forms of crafts out there that can keep you occupied and busy, so why not throw it all under the same umbrella? We're celebrating Craft Away Stress all month, because we think it's important to take some time for yourself and heal with your favorite craft, yarn or otherwise. Here are some projects that we've curated that will help you relax and unwind, and give yourself a little "me" time.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

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    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Happy Crochet - Book 7411

    Bright colors and bold designs will brighten up anyone's mood, and nothing says bright and bold like these daring patterns! This Mandala from Overlay Crochet is eye catching and intricate. Even though this project might take a little longer to finish, it's worth it when you get to proudly display this little ray of sunshine in your space.

    If you're looking for a quick project to take your mind off of things, try a mug cozy. This simple and super easy to follow pattern from Happy Crochet will keep you occupied, and have your Cup O' Jo looking stylish in the morning. By the end of your project, you have a functional and fabulous accessory, and you've got your Monday Meditation in!

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    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Modern Knits - Book 7330

    We love a good casual top, and when you have instructions as easy as these, making cute and comfy clothes has never been so relaxing! Casual Weekend Knits is one of our newer books from designer Andi Javori, and it features a lot of really versatile and easy projects that you can complete while binge watching your favorite series, like this color blocked Blue Poncho top! This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and can work as a poncho, or cinched blouse with tie down options at the waist!

    Another good small project to Craft Away Stress with is this slipper pattern from Modern Knits by Kristi Simpson. You can always stray from this color palette, but the subtle yellow designs laced within the gray make these slippers perfect for spring mornings.

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    Pincushions to Sew - Book 7133

    Pincushions to Sew - Book 7133

    For the friends that always need an extra pincushion (you know who you are), Pincushions To Sew is the perfect book for you. These are super simple and easy projects to make that will help you when you need it the most in your sewing studio! Get creative with colors and patterns, and make fun shapes like this Spring Flower pincushion. This is yet another fun and functional trinket you can make while listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.

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    Daily Inspiration Flip Book - Book 7350

    Paint Pouring Books Plus Kit - Item 50392

    If you want a project that is 10% effort, but looks 150% awesome, then this Daily Inspiration Flip Book is the right project for you. This easel-propped book gives you 40 inspirational one-liners on double-sided card stock, and gives you the option to display an already finished colorful quote, or to color your own! So you can be creative with a minimal amount of effort.

    Paint Pouring is known to be a relaxing a mesmerizing craft to watch and create! Our Paint Pouring Books Plus Kit gives you everything you need to create you own little mini masterpiece, so you don't have to worry about grabbing all of the supplies. You can just sit back, relax, and wash your stresses away with each unique mix of colors.

    Home Apothecary - Book 7386

    If you really want to focus in on your mental and physical health, and be creative at the same time, any of these all natural recipes and projects from Home Apothecary will leave you feeling accomplished and relaxed, like these bath melts. All that you need to do is find these herbs and plants, and follow her easy instructions to self-care bliss.

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    Diamond Art Advanced Balloons Kit - Item 50451

    Diamond Art is a big one in the relaxation department. This is a craft that doesn't have a learning curve, and yields a beautiful diamond encrusted canvas at the end of your craft experience. You get to paint with 13-faceted diamonds on luxury fabric, and follow along an easy color-coded chart. The sky is the limit for the artwork you can dazzle - create anything from beautiful landscapes like these Hot Air Balloons, to cute animal portraits! We just recently launched New Designs, and a kids line, Sparkle Art! We promise that once you start diamond painting, you won't be able to stop.

    Photo Courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch. Remember to take some time to yourself in your craft studios, and focus on being the healthiest version of you. If you end up making any of these wonderful stress relieving projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • New Year, New You! Find Your New Year's Resolution In Crafts

    Crafters! It's 2019. Can you believe it?! We can't either, because we just finished the first week of January, and have no New Year's Resolutions.

    Are you in the same boat? Have no fear! Lucky for you, Leisure Arts is starting off 2019 right with a "New Year, New You" craft campaign. We want to help you be the best version of yourself this year, and in order to do that, you need goals. We've compiled a list of our favorite long craft projects that are destined to become your New Year's resolutions for 2019. Read on and pick your favorite!

     

    Crochet - New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book 75686
    Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book 75686

    Yarn is the most popular medium here at Leisure arts, so why not give you the best projects to choose from this year? We've adored these books and patterns from the moment we saw them, and we think they would be great long term projects! Take this yellow afghan from Homespun Comfort Afghans . The color of yarn is vibrant, the pattern is whimsical, and it looks like it could be the perfect companion to a Netflix bingefest. What makes this book shine (besides the majorly awesome patterns) are the variety of patterns and colors that you have to work with. So if this afghan isn't your thing, check out the others! There's a pattern that fits every style in there.

     

     

     

     

    New Year's Resolutions Fair Isle Crochet - Book 7236
    New Year's Resolutions Fair Isle Crochet -Book 7236

    If you're looking for more traditional resolutions, then you'll fall in love with these sets from Fair Isle Crochet. With traditional color changing line work matched with deep ceruleans and forest greens, there's no other style of crochet as mesmerizing. This book has a variety of rustic comfort patterns that works for even the coldest of environments, so you're set for looking cute and comfy to boot!

     

     

     

     

     

    Knit - New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Mitered Square Knitting - Book 7101
    New Year's Resolutions Mitered Square Knitting - Book 7101

    Knit! It can be an easy or a hard craft depending on the pattern. For 2019, we went extra hard on the details and line work when looking for the perfect resolution project. Mitered Square Knitting has the perfect balance of patterns that range from home decor to kitchen aid. Take on the challenge of the bright blue color blocked living room set (left), or the warm and geometric ribbed pillow and blanket (right). If you want a resolution that will help you out while you cook, check out the other spectrum of this book! You're sure to find something that will match your style.

     

     

     

     

    Arts and Crafts - Creative Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Hand Lettering - Book 7326
    New Year's Resolutions Double Ended Markers - Item 50495

    Maybe your Resolution is to be more elegant this year, and what better way to be more elegant than to teach yourself fancy lettering? Hand Lettering is our go to book for styled lettering and faux calligraphy. The workbook gives you step by step instructions, and has 3 different styles, numbers, and flourishes to learn. Hand Lettering is a great way to elevate your invitation, or take that wall art just that extra step further. Author Kathryn Erney says that hand lettering is as simple as a fine tip felt marker, and lucky for you, we have our finest Double Ended Markers to offer you! You can never stop practicing and improving with hand lettering, so this is a great resolution to pick up, because it has the opportunity to become a lifetime hobby.

     

     

     

    New Year's Resolutions DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364
    New Year's Resolutions DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364

    If Lettering isn't your thing, the why not try to architecture? At it's smallest level, of course. DIY Fairy Gardens is the book that sparks your imagination as you create adorable little homes for fairy garden friends! These designs vary by environment, style, materials, and textures, so you'll never complain about a lack of inspiration. Afterwards, you can create and concoct your own little fairy universes! This is a fun way to start the new year, and you can continue to create new places as the seasons change. If you want extra accessories for your gardens, try our exclusive Fairy Supplies!

     

     

     

     

    Quilt & Sew - Unique Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions Upcycle Quilts - Book 6724
    New Year's Resolutions Upcycle Quilts - Book 6724

    Quilting is a well loved craft that yields long lasting, lifetime memories. So naturally, making a Quilt is a great New Year's Resolution! Try making these quirky and cute patterns from Upcycle Quilts. Not only do these patterns utilize memories you don't want to let go of, like the Sweater Throw Quilt (left), but they can be multifunctional like the Beach Blanket Quilt (right). There are tons of tips and tricks for working with all the different mediums incorporated in the patterns too. The book is essentially a quilting encyclopedia!

     

     

     

     

    Diamond Art! A Dazzling Resolution

    New Year's Resolutions Peacock Diamond Art Kit - Item 49940
    New Year's Resolutions Peacock Diamond Art Kit - Item 49940

    Diamond Art became one of our most popular products of 2019. Everyone took to Diamond Painting like a fish to water! Unplug and unwind as you paint your year away in luxurious 13 faceted diamonds on quality fabric canvases. You'll feel so relaxed that you'll hardly even realize you're working. Our Advanced Peacock Diamond Art Kit is the ultimate challenge to take on for 2019, with the canvas at almost a full drill (fully crystallized) capacity. At the end of your diamond painting quest, you'll have a Royal Monarch to hang in your living room, to show off your hard work and dazzling dedication.

     

    Regardless of what you choose as your Resolution for 2019, you need to make sure to stick with it so you can show off your hard work at the end of the year! There's always time to fit in your new favorite hobbies.

    Stay tuned this January for the next blog post in our "New Year, New You" campaign. We'd love to follow you guys in your new crafts and creative journeys for 2019! Keep posting to our visitor page so we can see all the awesome stuff you make in your studios.

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    Happy New Year!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

     

     

     

  • Self-Care Gifts That Will Change Your Holiday Shopping Routine

    The holidays are always a marathon, Makers, especially if you're a creative person. You're working overtime trying to create gifts for friends and family, spending optimal time and money on thoughtful gifts that will be thrown into the depths of the winter closet for years to come. Instead of slaving away over a throw pillow this year, why not try the gift that keeps on giving? self-care! Self-love and self-care are extremely important to keep you focused and driven in your day to day life, which can be a major struggle with stresses like bills, work, and the sheer fact that Elf On A Shelf exists (It's honestly the face. Have you seen that thing?). Staying positive and making sure that you get what you need is a must when it comes to your mental and physical stability.

    self-care Scrub - Give and Make Home Apothecary

    How does self-care relate to my holiday shopping list?

    Now I know it seems like I've gone on a tangent, but it's simple. If you've ever spent time thinking of ways to improve your mental and physical health, you can be sure that your loved ones have too. Mom could use an extra spa day (or three), and dad could probably use some some much needed time off from work. Your sister or brother could be looking for something soft for their skin. This is where you come in! Giving the gift of self-care is like saying to your special someone, "I care about you, and you deserve this treat". These gifts won't be shoved in a closet until next year, they'll be used immediately, because they're functional, luxurious, and relaxing. These gifts can range from bath scrubs and perfumes, soaps and lotions, color therapy kits and journals, and even something as simple as paints to play with. Check out some of Leisure Arts' DIY self-care gifts that will show your family that you care about their long term well being!

     

    Self-Care Crafting

    self-care Lotus Diamond Art Kit - leisurearts.com

    Diamond Art is one of our new crafts, but the act of diamond painting has been around for quite some time. Paint with beautiful 13 faceted diamonds onto high quality color printed fabric, fashioning your own shimmering tapestry to decorate your wall, adhere to a canvas bag, pillow or more! It's relaxing like color by number, but more luxurious because you're painting with diamonds. The act of matching the colors and lining the gemstones up will cure anyone's OCD and will have you dazzling any canvas you can get your hands on. This craft is perfect if you want to just have some "girl time" with the besties, "bonding time" with your kids, or "me time" for when you just want to relax.

     

    self-care Adult Coloring Kit -leisurearts.com

    Adult coloring has proven to be one of the most relaxing and stimulating crafts of the past few years. the act of mindlessly coloring and controlling where you want washes of color to go puts you at ease, and allows you to meditate for a moment and collect your thoughts with every new page. This Adult Coloring Kit from our website includes everything you'll need for the ultimate coloring experience: 1 coloring book with 48 designs, 12 gel pens, 12 colored pencils, and a pencil sharpener.

     

    self-care Homemade Tub Tea - Home Apothecary

    There's no better self-care gift than spa essentials. Make and Give Home Apothecary is a great book from author Stephanie Rose that is all about making beautiful and functional self-care gifts with all natural ingredients. From perfumes, to coffee massage bars, to fun little trinkets like Tub Tea (above), this book gives you a plethora of options to gift to anyone who you think needs to escape for a bit.

     

    Self-Care Daily Inspiration Flip Book - Leisure Arts

    If you're looking for more relaxing coloring inspiration, check out our Daily Inspiration Flip Book!  this dynamic duo of a coloring book will give you inspirational daily quotes that you can admire from afar or fill with color! With 40 inspiring one-liners printed on double-sided card-stock, this item is the perfect self car gift to adorn in your office or bedroom.

     

    self-care Happy Abstracts - Leisure Arts

    For The abstract artist in your life, we have the perfect book. Happy Abstracts is a great how-to book on creating vibrant and quirky designs for yourself as well as others. With pullouts of eccentric paintings from author Etta Vee, this book is the perfect balance between giving and creating in the form of colorful abstract artworks.

    self-care Aromatherapy Jewelry - Leisure Arts

    Self-care can be done anywhere, and can be with you at any time. Like these amazing Aromatherapy Jewelry designs! Let these absorbent lava beads absorb essential oils that will let you take a moment from your busy day and smell the roses (or patchouli, you pick the scent). With the modern and fresh new takes on DIY jewelry from this book, you're sure to be a showstopper at your next holiday event.

     

    Self-Care for the Yarnist : Crochet and Knit

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    Tend to your own Zen Garden - of yarn. These adorable and long-lasting patterns from Make A Crochet Garden (above) will leave you with a garden that will never wilt, and a garden that you can endlessly expand. With varied cacti and adorable displays, you can't not be relaxed while creating these dainty yarn plants.

     

    self-care Make In A Weekend Comfy Knit Throws - leisurearts.com

    Self-Care can be as simple as a cozy blanket to wrap yourself up in. These Patterns from Make In A Weekend Comfy Knit Throws are the perfect mediation buddies that you can make in a simple weekend, with easy to follow instructions!

     

    Gifting any one of these self-care beauties would bring a smile to anyone's face, and it should bring a smile to your face knowing that you create a gift that will actually be put to use this holiday season. So go the extra mile this holiday season, and gift the gift of self-care!

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    Have you ever given a self-care gift? Share with us in the comments! Be sure to follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to check on any new self-care news we might have your you.

     

    Take care of yourselves, Makers!

    -Leisure Arts Team

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