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  • Dip Dot and Dazzle Your Fashion! Craft A DIY Diamond Art Purse

    Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, is taking off as a new sensational craft, and has been adored by everyone from ages 8 to 98 (*Humble Brag*)! Now that you've gotten to see our first line of products, we have so many ideas for them. We think that Diamond Art goes beyond just a scroll on a wall, we think you can incorporate it into everyday items like phone cases, throw pillows, or in this post, a glittering Diamond Art Purse! Read on for a tutorial on how to make a one of a kind throw pillow with your dazzling canvases. This is a tutorial that works with almost every design we offer, but in this case, we decided to go simple and sophisticated using our Hummingbird Diamond Art Advanced Canvas

    Diamond Art Purse

    Supplies

    • A Diamond Art Canvas  
    • Strong Adhesive for backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Your Favorite Sewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • Basic Tote/Purse (varies by type and size, MUST have a solid surface to adhere to)
    • Scissors
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, beads, etc.)

    Get Started On Your Diamond Art Purse! 

    Diamond Art Purse

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    There isn't a big learning curve in terms of starting the craft, just dip, dot, and dazzle! Diamond Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for later if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, the choice is up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to sew!

    3. Create Your Trim 

    To keep the edges of the canvas from fraying -and for extra support- carefully line the edges of your cut out canvas with the embroidery floss or thread.

    4. Craft Your Purse

    Get to work on placing your design wherever you want on your purse. On ours, we placed it in the bottom corner. Using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand, lay the canvas piece flat, and smooth it out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our beads falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our beads intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns. (Pro Tip: If you want extra support for your design, stitch a few notches into the purse itself with extra thread you used for the trim.)

    Diamond Art Purse

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't) 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your Diamond Art Purse one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, or placing a bead here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your dazzling craft. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! You have a decorative and dazzling throw pillow.

    It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Diamond Art canvas to the fullest! Now that you're finished, you can sit back and accept all kinds of compliments from people as they ask what fancy department store you got your bag from. 

    If you've done a Diamond Art project,  share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! We'd love to see what's going on in your studio. Remember to tag us at #LeisureArts or #LeisureLife, and you can even use #DiamondArt. You might get a shoutout in the future (wink, wink).

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here: 

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    DIY Diamond Art Throw Pillow

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Mini Maker Magic! Bite-Sized Craft Experiences

    Everyone loves to craft, but hates shopping for supplies. But, what if you could drop the shopping spree, and get everything you need in one simple package? Learn a new skill with our Mini Maker kits! Mini Maker offers bite-sized craft experiences without a huge investment of time and money to get started.

    Mini Maker Embroidery Kits - leisurearts.com

    The DIY projects we offer are easy to learn, and fun to craft! You'll look like a master designer with minimal effort. You can try your hand at felting, and create beautiful faux succulents, or play with pom-poms to create adorable animals like foxes and bunnies! So, if you're looking for a fun and easy craft to be introduced to, then find your favorite kit below and read on.

    Stitchery

    Neon Mandala Stitchery Kit - Item 49808

    Wildflower Stitchery - Item 49806

    Embroidery! A whimsical craft that takes a lot of patience and focus. When it comes to stitching designs, you're usually stuck with the old-fashioned house with the white picket fence, or the generic stitched red heart. with our new line of Stitchery Kits, you won't be disappointed! We've come up with modern and unique designs that will stand out like a sore thimble (in good way).

    Mini Maker Stitchery Kits - leisurearts.com

    Sheer Butterfly Stitchery Kit - leisurearts.com

    Start getting festive this spring with our Wildflower Kit (above), or party with some neon accents with our Neon Mandala (above). For the people who love to think outside the hoop, try out this Sheer Butterfly Kit (above). Each packaged design comes with the embroidery hoop, canvas wrap, and all the thread you could possibly need to create these colorful artworks. The best part about these designs, is that they are pre-printed on the canvas provided, so you don't have to worry about being off on your line work! Just follow the lines, and watch as your embroidered piece jumps off the hoop.

    Pom-Poms

    Mini Maker Pom-Pom Bunny Kit - Item

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    Perfect for birthday parties, or just some fun craft time with the kiddos, these Mini Maker Pom-Pom kits are quick an easy activities anyone can learn! Everything you need is in the kit, which usually consists of felt pieces and pre-made pom-poms, which is a plus, because it takes the stress out of making your own. Included are instructions that will turn this little box of baubles into adorable creatures like a Blue Bird (above), Fox, or Bunny (above)!

    Felt Fun

    Mini Maker Felt Succulent Kits - leisurearts.com

    If you want something more flora than fauna, try these Mini Maker Felt Succulent Kits! These 20, 24, and 26 piece kits include everything you need to get started (do you see a theme yet?), and the end result leaves you with cute desk decor for your bedroom or office. It's as easy as rolling, stitching, and coloring felt strips into these bold and bright miniature plants.

    Books Plus

    Mini Maker Books Plus Kits - leisurearts.com

    We're straying away from miniature items here, and we're making it easier for you to create and try out some of the most trend-setting crafts this year! Our Books Plus Kits are the perfect gateway crafts for you to get started in crafts like knitting, embroidery, and paint pouring. Each kit comes with instructions and all the tools you need. In the end, you have beautiful projects like homemade knit hats, welcome signs, and abstract art that looks like it's been masterfully crafted.

    If you are looking to branch out and try new crafts, give a Mini Maker kit a go! You might end up falling for a craft that you stick with though thick and thin. If you've tried one of these kits, then be sure to share your results or reviews with us on social! We'd love to hear what the Mini Maker experience has been like for you.

    Happy Mini Making!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Easter Projects that are 100 Times Better Than Chocolate Bunnies.

    Easter is a holiday that drives faith and creativity. You spend hours making colored eggs and arranging beautiful baskets of goodies, all as a selfless and loving act for the ones you love. It's a perfect holiday for the family to come together and celebrate in what they have, and what they are thankful for (like thanksgiving, but with pastels and bunnies).

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    We all have that 'extra' family member that decks out everything on Easter (if you don't know who your decor crazy family member is, it's probably you). Oversized glittering eggs in the yard, pastel table runners on every surface, eats nothing but hard boiled eggs during the whole month leading up to Easter (because they're trying to perfect their deviled egg recipe, obviously). This post is for those big brawlers come Spring season. We've curated a list of fun and festive Easter projects that are definite crowd pleasers, and will update your already extensive Easter collection.

    Find your favorite craft medium, and jump right in!

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    Warm Hats for Wee Noggins - Book 5538

    Beautiful Bookmarks - Book 6687

    Just look at that baby face. Make your little one as cute as can be in this baby beanie with bunny ears! Warm Hats for Wee Noggins is full of cute knit patterns that will make you want to deck out your baby for every holiday.

    Sometimes its the little things that make the most impact when it comes to decoration. This thread crochet pattern from Beautiful Bookmarks shows a subtle but striking nod to the faith based component of Easter. Its intricate and detailed thread crochet work gives the bookmark a delicate nature to it, but don't be fooled the structure of the pattern is very strong, and works as a functional bookmark that will make sure you never lose your place.

    Overlay Crochet - Book 7503

    Fun Animal Pillows - Book 7341

    You can revamp your Easter décor by by punching up the typical pastel color scheme. Overlay Crochet is full of bold and cheerful designs, but this Doily Rug takes the cake. The colors bring an energetic feel to your space, and paired with some bright flowers like the sunflowers shown, this home décor accessory will make your home instantly Easter Sunday ready.

    Want to throw something extra in with the Easter basket this year? Try Crocheting this adorable bunny from Fun Animal Pillows! With its colorful stripes and adorable face, kids can't resist this adorable bunny, and honestly, adults can't either. The pillows in this book are so cute, and comfortable, everyone wants a crocheted cuddle buddy!

    Adorable Baby Cardigans - Book 7290

    Casual Weekend Knits - Book 7373

    Easter Sunday clothes are cute and all, but most outfits have a fatal flaw... they don't have a good cover up to match. Which is terribly unfortunate for your little ones who have to sit there shivering during your Sunday Service or egg hunt. This cardi from Adorable Baby Cardigans is the perfect neutral cover up that goes with almost anything. This Green Eyelet Lace Cardigan is a personal favorite, because it feels very nature inspired.

    The same rules for Easter outfits apply to adults too. Casual Weekend Knits is full of great cover ups like this aqua and gray buttoned trim shawl. This top is perfect for a nice spring day, and even better for early bird Easter services!

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    Dye-Namic Cross Stitch - Book 7588

    If you're looking to dye something other than Easter eggs this year, try these beautiful flower portraits from Dye-Namic Cross Stitch! This mixed media cross stitch is super easy to follow, and the result is beautiful. You use Rit Dye to pigment your canvas with whatever colors you see fit, and then create these beautiful flowers like this spring beauty with simple stitches, and then. The book is filled with other seasonal flowers too, so you have a flower to create for every season!

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    Colors of Nature - Book 7518

    Nature Hunt Page - Colors of Nature

    Here's another Easter alternative: Instead of hunting for Easter eggs, why not hunt for flowers? Colors of Nature is a great interactive nature journal, full of drawing tutorials and lessons about 15 beautiful plants and flowers. You can go on a nature hunt this Easter, and take your book and record your observations while learning to draw what you see! It takes a traditional Easter activity to the next level, and it gives a perfect balance of education and creation.

    DIY Fairy Gardens - Book 7364

    If you still want to switch up tradition, try DIY Fairy Gardens by Kristi Simpson! Spend some quality time antiquing with the family to find the vessels for these fun little homes, and say thanks to the sprites that keep your Easter eggs safe. After you've found the base, it's as easy as using elements from nature to make your Fairy Garden your own! Kristi just recently stopped by our video studio to talk about how fun and easy these portable spaces are to make, you can watch it here!

    Most of the things you see in this blog post are from our April Giveaway on our website. Enter to win all of these great projects and goodies! We also did a #LeisureLife Live! Segment on our Craft Away Stress Campaign, give it a watch.

    We hope some of our easter inspiration makes its way into your home décor this year! If you end up making any of these wonderful Easter projects, share it with us! Just use #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your craft universe.

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Color Concoctions with Leisure Life and Lion Brand : Pomegranate

    Now begins the month of romance, makers! Whether you love it or hate it, February is a month full of love and affection. That's why this month, Leisure Arts is hosting a Celebrate Love campaign, focusing on all forms of love. Self love, love for others, love for your pets, crafts, all that warm and fuzzy stuff!  Leisure Arts is celebrating love by ditching the traditional Valentine's Day red, and kicking it up a notch by continuing our campaign inspired by Lion Brand's Colors of the Year for 2019! Lion Brand Yarn chose 12 fresh and unique colors to live by for 2019. Every month, we're going to do a blog post, and recommend some awesome yarn based on our featured color, and fun projects that match the meaning of the hue! This month, we want you to fall in love with our February color, Pomegranate, the second color in Lion Brand's List. Here's more on the color!

    Pomegranate Pomegranate Spread - Lion Brand Colors of the Year

    "A mysterious fruit that is at once sweet and sour, Pomegranate is several colors at once. Its skin a deep crimson, it’s berries a rich dark currant, our Pomegranate embraces the spectrum of these hues.

    When worked up in lace and feminine silhouettes it takes on a romantic vibe, the deep burgundy also lends itself to gender neutral dressing and menswear inspired fashion."

     

    It sounds like pomegranate has a lot of versatility to it as a color, so we wanted to recommend some versatile patterns to match! Not to mention, we have the best Lion Brand Yarns to boot. Heartland - Isle Royale is the perfect balance between mauve and burgundy, and the yarn itself has a lot of great texture to it. Our second choice, Hometown USA- NAPA Valley Pinot, has a much richer hue to the yarn, and is great for when you need a strong accent.

    Pomegranate Heartland - Isle Royale - Item 126188
    Pomegranate Hometown USA - NAPA Valley Pinot - Item 126130

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We wanted to show a wide array of projects that you can incorporate this versatile color into. So, find your favorite craft medium, and see if you've added another project onto your February To-Do list!

     

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    Accents and Arrows - Geometric Fun

    Point your style in the right direction with these lovely patterns that would be perfectly accented in pomegranate. Fair Isle Crochet has projects all about mixing colors, and getting the most out of your patterns. So play with darks and lights as you work in the Fair Isle Technique. Only two colors are used per row, and the unused color is worked over, weaving it into the fabric.

    Pomegranate Fair Isle Crochet - Book 7236
    Pomegranate Homespun Comfort Afghans - Book 75686

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you want style and comfort, try your hand at this cozy cross-patterned pomegranate accented afghan. Any pattern from Homespun Comfort Afghans will bring you joy, but this wrap specifically speaks to our design aesthetic for the month. It has a perfect balance of dark and light tones, and is soft enough to put you into a warm and fuzzy sleep state.

     

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    Yarn Fun For Everyone! Gender Neutral Pomegranate Patterns

    Lion Brand talked about the versatility that pomegranate can play in men's and women's fashion. Which is extremely important when it comes to creating long lasting clothing and comfort items. This pattern from Make in a Weekend Comfy Knit Throws borders on a masculine and feminine style with a striped design that appeals to both genders.

    Pomegranate Make in a Weekend Comfy Knit Throws - Book 75679
    Pomegranate Knit Hats & Scarves for Kids - Book 6721

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hats and Scarves for Kids features a lot of patterns that can be worn by boys and girls, like this beautiful wine red design (top right). The deep red tones look perfect against any skin tone, and is stylish, simple, and best of all functional. You'll look the best and feel the warmest during those fun days in the snow!

     

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    Pretty in Pomegranate! Femme Fatale Fun

    You don't have to wash yourself in our monthly color to celebrate how great pomegranate is, you can subtly celebrate with little baubles like these from Quick and Simple Wirework. Punk out in pomegranate with this special spiked design, or take out the spikes to go low key in the office.

    Pomegranate Quick and Simple Wirework - Book 7214
    Pomegranate Quick and Simple Wirework - Book 7214

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No matter which way you wrap the wire, adding little snippets of color (especially a lush color like pomegranate) will always take your wardrobe to the next level.

     

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    Romance in Traditions - Lovely Quilts

    While we talk a lot about being creative and innovative, we tend to forget about occasionally keeping tradition. Quilting has always been a timeless craft that relies on designs that age like a fine bottle of (pomegranate) wine.

    Pomegranate Quilts That Honor Tradition - Book 6698
    Pomegranate Quilts That Honor Tradition - Book 6698

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Quilts That Honor Tradition is a great book that keeps all of the beautiful and popular trends in quilting in one place. You'll find beautiful modern infusions featuring vintage patchwork and appliqué patterns (above) that make these easy to follow quilting patterns instant keepsakes. these specific patterns incorporate Pomegranate into their design effortlessly.

     

    Remember, these are just our suggestions! We're here to bring you inspiration, you choose your own path afterwards. Tune in every month for our color inspiration posts, and see if you find your new favorite hue!

    If you make any projects in this deep Pomegranate shade, tag us @leisureartsinc with #LeisureLife. We love to see what's going on in your studios!

    Stay Creative!

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    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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  • Dip Dot and Dazzle Your Living Room! DIY Diamond Art Throw Pillows

    You may have already heard (because it's awesome and becoming wildly popular), but we just launched our Diamond Paint by Number product, Diamond Art by Leisure Arts, and it's taking off as a new sensational craft (*Humble Brag*)! Now that you've gotten to see our first line of products, we have so many ideas for them. We think that Diamond Art goes beyond just a scroll on a wall, and can be incorporated into everyday items like handbags, phone cases or in this post, a sparkling pillow! Read on for a tutorial on how to make a one of a kind throw pillow with your dazzling canvases. This is a tutorial that works with almost every design we offer, but in this case, we decided to go simple and sophisticated using our Cherry Blossom Diamond Art Intermediate Canvas. 

    Throw Pillow Cherry Blossom Pillow - DIY Diamond Art

    Supplies

    • A Diamond Art Canvas 
    • Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, hot glue, etc.)
    • Your Favorite Sewing Thread & Needle (embroidery floss, thick sewing thread, etc.)
    • Basic Throw Pillow (varies by type and size, MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
    • Scissors
    • OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (pom-poms, tassels, etc.)

     

    Get Started On Your Throw Pillow! 

    Throw Pillow Diamond Art Cherry Blossom Canvas

    1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas

    There isn't a big learning curve in terms of starting the craft, just dip, dot, and dazzle! Diamond Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for later if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, the choice is up to you!

    2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area

    After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to sew!

    3. Create Your Trim 

    To keep the edges of the canvas from fraying -and for extra support- carefully line the edges of your cut out canvas with the embroidery floss or thread.

    4. Craft Your Throw Pillow

    Get to work on placing your design onto the center of your throw pillow using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to layout flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our beads falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our beads intact with the force of a thousand dazzling suns. (Pro Tip: If you want extra support for your design, stitch a few notches into the pillow itself with extra thread you used for the trim!)

    Throw Pillow

    6. Accessorize (Or Don't)! 

    Now that your Diamond Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your pillow one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, or placing a bead here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! You have a decorative and dazzling throw pillow.

    It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Diamond Art canvas to the fullest! Now that you're finished, you can sit back and accept all kinds of compliments from people as they say, "your throw pillow is too pretty to lean against".

    If you try your hand at this, share it to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! We'd love to see what's going on in your studio.

    Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here:

    DIY Diamond Art Phone Case

    DIY Diamond Art Welcome Sign

    Happy Dazzling!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • A Feast of Creativity! Fun Projects to Get You in the Thanksgiving Spirit.

     

    Halloween is over, Makers. The skulls and cauldrons are being put away until next year, and turkeys and cornucopias are taking their place! Thanksgiving is a holiday that's meant for endless conversation over great food, and even better company. But there tends to be one thing overlooked every year when you plan for your grand feast : the decor! Decorations make or break the ambiance of a dinner, and for a meal as important as Thanksgiving, you definitely don't wanna drop the ball. Which is why we've got your back! We've put together a few fun projects in all types of mediums that will make your Thanksgiving environment so mesmerizing, no one will even notice that you almost burnt the sweet potato pie.

    Look for your category, if you're craft specific, or dive in and try out a project in a new craft! The choice is totally yours.

    Give Thanks With Crochet Goodies

    Thanksgiving Crafts Nature's Gifts For Baby Pattern

    As any great craftsman knows, the best way to give thanks during the holidays is through home made gifts and trinkets! If you're a crochet lover at heart, then you've come to the right blog post. We've got some nifty patterns for you to try out, and give out to the people you love. Just look at the adorable fox hat and matching blanket pattern that you can make for the little ones in your life (above). This getup from Nature's Gifts For Baby  will be sure to get loads of attention for Fall, and your baby can be cute and comfortable as they're showered with cheek pinches and waves of "awww".

    Thanksgiving Crafts Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Beanie
    Thanksgiving Crafts Little Animals Headgear - Turkey Headband

    If you've got someone a little older that you're making for, check out these Turkey Transformation patterns from Little Animals Headgear (Left). These cute and functional headband and beanie patterns are sure to be a big hit with the family during Thanksgiving Dinner. Plus, if you're not dying of cuteness overload from these pictures, then your heart is made of stuffing, and you didn't eat enough cranberry sauce. The pattern can be adjustable based on how big or small the person you're crocheting for is, so this pattern can be made for a wide age range! It's holiday gift patterns like these that really show that you're thinking outside of the oven for Thanksgiving this year. Not that there's anything wrong with thinking inside the oven, of course. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day for eating! Which is why we have these next few patterns just for the kitchen.

     

    Thanksgiving Crafts Crocheted Lace Trimmings - Quick Thread Projects

    If you've always been known for your upscale Thanksgiving soirees, then this is the project for you. Quick Thread Projects (above) is known for its fun and trendy projects for any occasion, and this Lace Trimming project certainly takes the cake (or pumpkin pie). The lacework can elevate the decor of your event, or give a little extra oomph to that store-bought Jam that you're trying to pass off as homemade (you can't fool me with that unmarked mason jar).

     

    Thanksgiving Crafts White Lace Runner - Filet Table Runners

    This project is specifically for the table. Though your guests might not notice it immediately -because they're focused on the delicious buffet in front of them- it has been a traditional part of Thanksgiving decor for decades, and we can't not include tradition in a classic holiday like this one. We're talking table runners, makers! Specifically, this White Lace Filet Runner from Filet Table Runners (above). They've been the perfect pairing to that apple print tablecloth that everyone remembers they had for at least one Thanksgiving, I'm 89.9% sure of that.

     

    Knit Some Handy Kitchen Helpers for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Don't be fooled by all of our cool crochet crafts, we have some awesome knit stuff too. These Thanksgiving themed projects make the perfect handy helpers that are festive and functional!

    Thanksgiving Crafts Dishcloths for Special Days
    Thanksgiving Crafts Corn Cob Dishcloth - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths
    Thanksgiving Crafts Apple Potholder - Make In A Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths

    These crafty potholders and dishcloths from Make in a Weekend Potholders and Dishcloths (right) will brighten up any kitchen space, and make it look like you have an eclectic taste in home decor. That corn cob dishcloth looks good enough to eat! Let these little baubles be your good luck charms when cooking Thanksgiving dinner. If the funky patterns aren't up to your speed, then try these simple and subtle designs from Dishcloths For Special Days! Modern or Classic, you choose which style is best for you and your family.

    Festive Coloring - Fun For Everyone

    Thanksgiving Crafts Bountiful Wonders Coloring Sheet

    Coloring! The craft that makes you feel like a kid again, but in the best and most relaxing way possible. Adult coloring has become one of those mindless and relaxing crafts that you can enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Which is why you need these festive coloring books for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. No one ever thinks about the down time during family get togethers - when you're waiting for the food to be finished. Even if you did think about it last year, it was probably already too late, and then you became stuck in between channels of boring small talk between your aunts and uncles that will just be repeated when Christmas comes (don't worry, we have Christmas coloring books too).

    Thanksgiving Crafts Color On The Go - Welcome Fall
    Thanksgiving Crafts Color On The Go - Gather Together

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Adult coloring was made for down time, so this Thanksgiving, when you feel the need to be creative, check out the beautiful content in Bountiful Wonders (above header), Color on the Go - Fall, and Color On The Go - Gather Together (above).

    If you're looking for ways to repurpose those pages after they're colored, check out our DIY Coloring Decor post we did for National Coloring Day.

     

    Bonus : Thanksgiving Fun with Plastic Canvas

    Thanksgiving Crafts Holiday Fancies - Give Thanks Napkin Holder

    This is for the festive turkeys that want to go the extra mile this holiday. Plastic Canvas is a fun and addicting craft to start, and what better project to start with than this adorable napkin holder, from Holiday Fancies, perfect for any table. Pair this with your table runners and lace trim, and you've got yourself a swanky Thanksgiving.

     

    Share Your Projects With Us! 

    Which of these projects do you want to try, Makers? Give us a shout out in the comments or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We love to see what you're working on!

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    Happy Decorating!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • DIY Beauty Queen Stephanie Rose: Make and Give Home Apothecary!

    We are honored to have Stephanie Rose, author of Make and Give Home Apothecary, give us some insight on why she made the massively popular book on making DIY beauty products. Read what drove her to create these unique and natural health and beauty staples!

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    DIY Beauty Products Minty Sugar Scrub

    Why "Make and Give"?

    I think it’s just as much fun to give a gift as to receive one, especially when it’s one of the handcrafted creations from my new book, Make & Give Home Apothecary – Easy Ideas for Making & Packaging Bath Bombs, Salts, Scrubs & More. I had so much fun creating the projects for this book, and I know that you will to. They are easy to master, look beautiful, and smell fantastic. And after you craft them up, you will have a pretty great stash of gorgeous gifts to give away.

    DIY Beauty Products Botanical Salt Gifts

    Homemade gifts are not only a joy to make, but they are also a meaningful way to share a sentiment that comes from the heart. When someone has a new baby, moves into a neighborhood, or becomes suddenly ill, we share a piece of ourselves to mark the occasion. A casserole for the new parents. Freshly baked muffins for the new neighbors. Or a get well soon card for somebody who's fallen ill. It's these little gestures that bring us together as a community and allow us to feel connected in the highs and lows of our lives. 

    DIY Beauty Products Handcrafted Lip Balm

    Why DIY Beauty Products?

    It was one of those occasions where I learned about the power of herbs. Unfortunately, I was the one who became suddenly ill, and as a consequence, I made huge changes to my life. One of the biggest changes was looking at what products I used on my skin. Many of us go to great lengths to be sure that what we eat is natural and healthy, but often the products that we put on our skin go overlooked. 

    DIY Beaut Products DIY Perfume Rollers

    Once I learned a few basic recipes, I was hooked. From just a few ingredients—many of which I found in my kitchen or grew in my garden—I was able to make a wide variety of real products that soothed and pampered my body. I was astonished that those small changes made such a huge difference in how I feel. The balms made my skin feel like silk, the herbal baths eased away the aches and pains, and the fragrances helped to lift my mood and settle me down. This lead me to create a home apothecary, filled with natural ingredients that could be whipped into a variety of lotions and potions to for myself, my family, and my friends. 

    DIY Beauty Products Coffee Bean Bath Melt

    Since using plant-based skincare products have made such a positive difference in my life, I’ve swapped out the casseroles for wonderful concoctions I create from my home apothecary. Herbs, flowers, cocoa butter, plant oils, beeswax, and essential oils can make an abundance  of homemade gifts that look like they should be on the pages of a magazine. From decadent cocoa butter lip balm to botanical salt scrubs, luxurious bath bombs, stimulating massage bars, healing foot soaks and more, the recipes contained in the following pages all draw on the healing power of plants in the most beautiful way possible.

    Make and Give Home Apothecary Botanical Salt Mixture

    Can Anyone Make These Products?

    The projects that I’ve shared in Make & Give Home Apothecary show a variety of techniques that you can easily replicate or personalize to suit your own tastes. Plus they give you the opportunity to customize the products so that they suit the person you're giving them to. Once you’ve completed them, I’ve included a creative way to package each product for gift-giving that makes them extra special. You can scale the projects up for wedding or event favors, or give a single gift for a special occasion. Package a few of the projects together for a gift basket or sell them at a fundraiser or craft show. No matter how you choose to give your gifts, be sure to make some extras for yourself because you deserve a gift too. 

    DIY Beauty Products DIY Floral Bath Bombs

    Be sure to check out Stephanie's new book, Make and Give Home Apothecary! Create these beautiful and natural gifts for the ones you love, or make some for a rainy day of relaxation. Click the picture for the link!

    DIY Beauty Products Home Apothecary Cover

     

    Happy Crafting!

     

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Make A DIY Magic Fairy Garden - With Kristi Simpson!

     

    Is there anything more magical for adults and children than an enchanting DIY fairy garden? No. No, there isn’t. If you find yourself mesmerized by tiny worlds filled with itty bitty tire swings, fire pits, hammocks, bridges, mushrooms, and more, then congratulations! We adore you, and we’re unequivocally sure that this DIY Fairy Gardens book will inspire miniature greatness in you. 

    Fairy gardener and all-around crafter Kristi Simpson has designed five unique gardens for you – including the Beach Garden, Rose Hut Garden, and Moss Hut Garden – each guaranteed to make you smile and provide hours of fun and inspiration. So, gather a container (or five), lots of nature, and many things already lying around your home, and voila! Instant magic. Join our guest blogger, Kristi Simpson as we take a walk through the fairy gardens. 

     

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    Hi! I’m Kristi Simpson, designer of DIY Fairy Gardens from Leisure Arts. As much as I love to crochet and knit---I also love getting crafty! I thought of my kids and niece when I was developing this fairy garden book and it just pushed me to make things not only crafty for adults, but kid friendly too. 

    Let me ask you, do your kids run out to craft with you as soon as you grab your craft supplies? Mine do, it never fails. So, with that in mind, I wanted to make this book something to be enjoyed by all ages.… gathering items, rolling clay, painting signs, building, sand layering, and of course, playing with the garden. It's all hands-on fun!

    I could just imagine them playing with these indoor themed gardens and helping me make more features along the way. I can’t wait to walk you through the different gardens and their miniature awesomeness.… let’s get started!

    Moss Hut Garden

    First up, the Moss Hut Garden, the one that's on the beautiful cover!

    Garden Moss Garden Hut - Finished

    It has so many cute and fun features, like a tire swing, trellis, wooden steps, fun decor and of course, a cute hut!

    DIY Magic Garden Detail - Moss Garden Hut
    DIY Magic Garden Detail - Steps
    DIY Magic Garden Detail - Roof

    I really tried to use things you could find naturally, be it around the house, walking through the park or at the craft store, I wanted you to craft without too much hassle. 

    In the book, I step you through what you'll need for each garden, and how to make each and every item--and they're all easy!

    DIY Magic Garden Detail - Moss Hut Garden
    DIY Magic Garden Detail - Wood Steps

    You can use any type of container, just like I did. My options were a vintage white bowl, a painted bowl, wooden round crate, glass lantern and a cute rectangle box. I loved looking in thrift stores, yard sales, and going through my own crafty stock--and I even drafted family to help me find unique things that didn't look 'brand new’. I wanted a natural look, something I would normally have in my home. Since I chose to use artificial flowers, I used floral foam as the base and topped it with potting soil.… so, needless to say, the container doesn't have to be waterproof. 

    Garden Base - Roof
    Garden Greenery - Roof

    OH! Quick note for all of the non-green-thumb people out there. Don’t tell, but all of the beautiful succulents you see are not real.... shhhh! There are so many real-looking plants at your local craft store that you can use and not worry about watering. Your fairies will thank you for the year-round green garden!

    Beach Garden

    Next up, the Beach Garden.

    Fairy Beach Garden Fairy Beach Garden

    I used a glass candle lantern for this project. I wanted to be able to see the layering of the sand and all of the accessories through it instead of them being ‘on top’ of the bowl or container. I thought about using different color sand to make the garden even more inviting for fairies--but I’ll leave those extra special touches to you when you try it out! 

    Garden Beach Garden - Before
    Garden Beach Garden - Aerial View

    This project was special to me because my family loves the beach. We had most of the supplies on hand: shells, extra sand, drift wood and sticks. Plus, you can always look for things from your home to decorate your garden with, too. Make it personal, and fun!

    Rose Hut Garden

    One of my favorite gardens is the Rose Hut Garden.

    DIY Magic Gardens Beautiful Rose Hut Garden

    It has a sweet swing made with sticks and cotton rope, a painted sign and a clay hut. In the book I teach you how to make the hut--it’s super easy! You just roll and twist the clay, lay it out in the shape you want, bake it, and paint. I have photo guides included, so have fun!

    DIY Magic Garden Detail of Rose Hut Garden

    The rose is SO EASY when you follow the steps--it’s made in layers so don’t overthink it.… just get creative!

    Pinecone Hut Garden

    The next hut, the Pinecone Hut Garden, was so neat to make! It’s made with hot glue, pine cones, sticks and popsicle sticks. Seriously creative! The base is a toilet paper roll and birch bark! Fairy gardens are cute and homey, and these designs really bring the outdoors in. 

    Garden Pinecone Hut
    Garden Pinecone Hut Close Up
    Garden Pinecone Hut- Fence Detail

    Do you see the fence? Flower accents? I love adding color with florals! The house looked tall for the container, so I matched it with a tall fence and made it look great with extra tall flowers. You can’t go wrong when you’re making fairy gardens.

    Cord House Garden

    Last, but not least is the Cord House Garden.

    Garden Cord House Garden

    The fairies love this garden with the Cord House, bridge, mushrooms pebble creek and banner!

    Garden Detail - Cord House
    Garden Floor of Cord House Garden
    Garden Detail- Mushrooms in Garden

    So much can be added in small spaces when you think like a fairy. Use your imagination and add tiny details along the way to make it special.

    Thank you for joining me as we walked through the different gardens. I hope you and your kids, or your friends and family are inspired to grab your supplies, and buy this book to make your own fairy garden (or two, or three!). 

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    Isn't she awesome? Which garden is your favorite? We certainly can't wait to make our own favorite fairy gardens! Go out and buy DIY Fairy Gardens now, and bring your own little wonderland home for the family.

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

  • Homemade Accessories That Are Cooler Than A Diamond Bracelet.

    As Marilyn Monroe once sang, diamonds are a girls best friend! Except for today, because this post is about homemade accessories that are way cooler than wearing a boring and cold diamond bracelet on your wrist.

    Making your own accessories sets you apart from the crowd, and brings out the creative monster inside of you. Some people make a living out of selling their homemade jewelry, and others just don't want to look like everyone else. No matter how you look at it, there are multiple reasons to start making your own stylish accessories. Let us help you make the coolest ones! Here are some of the best accessories that you can make yourself, that'll go with any outfit.

     

    Quick and Simple Stringing - SKU # 7212

    A beaded jewelry technique made from stringing a variety of beads together, this technique can turn a simple thread into modern magic. Just look at some of the designs you can create from our patterns!

     

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    Just look at that pearl necklace! It looks like you could get that at any fashionable jewelry store. But if your style is more subtle, you can make something simple that makes a statement, like the stacked necklaces.

     

    Quick and Simple Linking - SKU # 7213

    Similar to any chain link technique, this method lets you link jewels with metals or beads, or really any shiny thing you think would look good. This method can give you the chance to make grand statements, and let's you keep adding to your piece if you wanted. here are some striking examples!

     

    Homemade Accessories Stacked and Linked Amber Necklace
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    Homemade Accessories Subtle and Simple Stacking Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These designs are perfect for the one who doesn't want to wear diamonds, but still wants to feel luxurious. Plus, it's a definite bonus that these beautiful baubles won't break your bank.

     

    Quick and Simple Wirework - SKU #7214

    Wire wrapping! An extremely intricate looking jewelry style, that is a lot easier than you think. This is a style that can really make any kind of jewelry, because you are actually forming most of the metal products yourself. This is by far the most creative and eccentric method of the three, and for good reason! Check out some of our examples from the book.

    Homemade Accessories Wire Wrapped Crystal Gemstone Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Beaded Silver Wirework Bracelet
    Homemade Accessories Wire Wrapped Bracelet and Broach Set

     

    You can tell how much work is put into each of these designs - and how unique it make them. This Jewelry type is for the stand outs, the ones who know they are making a statement when they wear it, and love it.

     

    Bonus Accessories!

    The bonus this week is a book that's gotten a lot of attention lately, so how could I not include it (again). You may or may not remember this book from last week's post on homemade spa materials.

     

    Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads - SKU # 7353

    The designs in this book merit a mention in this week's post, because of how simple but striking the designs are. Not only that, but they are unique because of what you can do with them. The lava beads are porous enough to absorb your favorite scented oils and fragrances so you get a two for one deal! They deserve to be put into this sophisticated self-made jewelry category. Check out our examples!

    Homemade Accessories Simple Strung Lava Bead Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Lava Bead and Gold Necklace
    Homemade Accessories Stacked Beaded Necklace

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These may not be diamonds, but they look luxurious without them.

    So, the next time you think about going to an expensive big brand retailer for high end jewelry, think about the options you have for making your own. You don't need to spend a fortune!

     

    Have you made any of these before? If so, post them to our social pages! We love to see what's going on in your studios.

     

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

     

     

  • Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble! DIY Health and Beauty Products

     

    Hey craft family!

    It's Friday the 13th! So instead of walking under ladders, lets talk about bath time. I haven't met a person who doesn't like to come home and draw a nice, warm bubble bath to relax in. Taking time out of our day for some self-care is essential to our minds and bodies, and do you know what the most popular product for self care is?

    BATH BOMBS!

    (Well.. and other health and beauty products like perfumes and soaps and salt scrubs, but those aren't as fun to say.)

    Bath and Beauty products swept the nation in 2017, and still seem to be the lush new luxury of today. People love to have clean skin that's been exfoliated with natural herbs and minerals, and love to smell like a freshly picked bouquet of flowers.

    We've just recently had two new releases on making your own set of fresh and natural beauty products. Imagine making your own perfect bath bomb or face wash or even your own beauty products like perfume and lip balm! It would sure save you a trip to the store, where you would buy processed products full of chemicals and unnecessary dyes. Check out some of the amazing health and beauty items you can make from home!

    Sparkle Fizz Bath Bombs - Glittering and Gorgeous

    Sparkle Fizz Bath Bombs - SKU # 7397

    Beauty Products Glittering Green Geode From Sparkle Fizz Bath Bombs

    Bath bombs are made up of minerals and oils to help soothe and exfoliate your skin when taking a bath. Plus, watching it dissolve in water is half the fun! This book gives you some great recipes for bath bombs, and gorgeous bath bombs at that! You can create some of the coolest looking bath bombs around, with all natural ingredients like coconut oil and sweet almond oil, citrus, and vanilla. Some even look good enough to eat (but please don't, no one wants a repeat of the tide pod challenge). Here is a window into some of the bath bombs recipes that are in the book.

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    Any of these interest you? I know that Latte one in particular seems extra soothing. With these easy to execute recipes, you'll never have to trouble yourself with store-bought bath bombs again!

     

    Home Apothecary - Natural Beauty From Home

    Make Home Apothecary - SKU # 7397

    This is for the nature buffs who love to make their own products. This book is jam-packed with loads of homemade natural scrubs and salts. From homemade bath bombs, to "Tub Tea", this is the go-to book for self sufficient and natural beauty. Here's a little window into what you can learn to craft from this book.

    Beauty Products Natural Beauty Collage From Give & Make Home Apothecary

    As you can see, there is a wide range of what you can create. From Bath Melts to perfume, you'll never get bored with what you see in this recipe compilation. The book is also a useful resource of health benefits to these projects, as well as proper procedures while creating these products.  You'll feel safe creating the materials it tells you to, knowing that there are safety regulations and tips to guide you along the way. With easy to follow Instructions (with pictures), there is no reason to not buy this book and try out a few projects.

    Plus, just look at some of these beautiful products you can make.

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    My personal Favorites, though, are these two!

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    The idea of having an all natural perfume and smelling like your favorite flower seems so neat! Also, Tub Tea? How creative! It's also better than dropping all of the salts  in the bath and moving the petals out of your face when you're trying to soak. It's off to the side and convienient!

    Extras... Accessories!

    Aromatherapy Necklace From Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads Aromatherapy Necklace From Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads

    Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads - SKU # 7353

    You didn't think I would just leave the blog post at this, would you? We always have something special at the end!

    You can make home made aromatherapy accessories with one of our favorite craft books, Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads! Relax anywhere you go as yo can smell your favorite scent on your new favorite accessory. Here's what you can make with our designs:

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    The diffusers and porous beads will make sure that your oils will last a very long time, and these simple and classic designs will go with anything you wear!

     

    Now you have some solid ideas to start your own personal day spa! try out these projects and give them to someone who would love it (or keep it for yourself, we won't judge you if you're selfish with your spa products).

    If you do try out one of these projects, share it to our social pages! We love to see what's going on in your studio.

     

    Happy Crafting!

    -Leisure Arts Team

     

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