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  • I Took a Field Trip to Leisure Arts! It was Awesome!

    Disclaimer: I call everything a field trip, even if it's not explicitly educational.  I was homeschooled, and so everything was a field trip.  Even the time we went to work with my dad and toured what I believe was a feed processing plant.  Which was, I have to say, awesome.  At the end, his colleague friend printed our names on feed labels in bar code.  Yeah, awesome.

    So when I went out to meet up with the Internetty people of Leisure Arts yesterday in their new building, I probably would have asked to see the warehouse on this big ol' building even if they hadn't offered to show me.

    The warehouse isn't quite finished yet, and so it's bare and enormous.  And yes, awesome.

    I don't even know why I took this picture, unless it was just so you could tell how big this space was in comparison to the large trucks.  Because that kind of gets the point across.

     These are shelves that will hold products.

    I think this is going to be a third-floor mezzanine.  People told me what stuff was going to turn into, and I could barely hear them over the thought "This place is so big" repeating in my head in a disbelieving loop.

    This is what the ground floor looks like from the third floor.  Whoa.  Just whoa.  To the left is those product shelves (and more will be installed because eleventy billion pattern books take up lots of space), to the right is the giant conveyer built, and farthest to the right--just out of frame--is a megachurch.

    I might have made that last part up.  But who knows?  I didn't inspect every nook and cranny of the place!

    I did see this happy little yarn room, waiting for yarn.

    And I did get to see the very famous cover chair from Go Crazy With Duct Tape.

    And then I checked out the women's bathroom (also huge! Of course!), but didn't think to take pictures. 

    Sorry. 

    Maybe next time?

    I had a blast touring the new place, and I bet everyone's going to be able to accomplish so much more awesomeness in this awesome (sorry.  The word fits and I'm going to keep using it) new space.

  • Last-Minute Gift Ideas from Everyday Life at Leisure Arts

    There's only 5 days left until Christmas!

    I know lots of you are trying to finish up Christmas gifts--or,  um, trying to start them.

    How do I know?  Aside from knowing because we all do this and I still have 3 projects that I need to cast on myself (whoa!), I can also tell because of Blogger's Stats counter.

    Some of the most-read posts this week include some pretty quick and just plain pretty projects that I thought I'd bring straight to you in case you weren't one of those Googlers (let's pretend that's a word) looking for some last-minute project ideas.

    First is the post about Bulky Crocheted Scarves.  Whenever I have time constraints, in addition to looking for projects tagged with terms like "quick" or "gift," I also look for words like "one skein" or "bulky."  Big yarn = big stitches.  See?

    From the Bulky Scarves post.

    This chunky scarf uses about 200 yards of super bulky yarn, and looks so cozy.  I love how bulky yarn projects feel right up against your face when it's windy, and that little touch of lace at the ends keeps the project from looking slapped together.  Anyone with crochet experience could definitely churn this out in a little while and make someone very happy.

    Next is the duct taped hat (?!?!).  I did not see that coming, I have to say.  I know Leisure Arts has books on duct tape projects, but this post on duct taping a hat really surprised me.

    See?  Duct-taped hat.

    This seems like a really fun and quick project, and you won't have to worry about your recipient getting the same thing from someone else. 

    Another way to go about doing this, especially if your intended giftee is also a maker, would be to buy a hat and several rolls of tape, and include them with a link to the post (if not one of the books!).  There's no telling what someone could do!  I would almost attempt this for one of my sisters, but her head is so large that hats are hard to find for her.  She'll probably get sad about it all over again once she reads this post.  Sorry.  Let's talk about something else!  Like how to present your.... presents.

    This post on handmade gift bags is looking pretty popular.  I can see why!

    Ugh, what if the bags were green and the flowers were still red and the buttons were brown?  It would be so Christmasy no one would be able to handle it!  Or red bags with white flowers!  Or blue and silver!  I'll stop now, but I'm still thinking it and I'm sure you are too.

    My go-to method of wrapping is to cut up brown paper grocery bags and then tie them up with twine.  It looks rustic and disguises the fact that I'm terrible at wrapping presents.  Fabric gift bags would be much more sustainable (I always have scraps) and infinitely more attractive.  I absolutely love this.

    I hope you enjoyed seeing these great ideas, I hope they helped, and I really hope you're making great progress on your holiday gift crafting!

  • Duct Tape Pin To Win Winner!

    Drum roll, please! We’re proud to announce the winner of our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway!

    Congratulations!
    Jen
    with her Duct Tape Creativity board at https://pinterest.com/jenwelch12/duct-tape-creativity/

    Jen will be receiving our Grand-Prize package containing her very own stuffed Trust E. Duck (the Duck Brand mascot that no true duct tape fan should be without), 35 rolls of assorted Duck Brand Duck Tape (what a treasure trove!), and a copy of The Official Duck Tape Craft Book (for inspiration)! Plus, she’ll also get copies of all three of our Leisure Arts duct tape craft pattern books (and you can order yours now, too!):
    Just Duct Tape It! (print version)
    Just Duct Tape It! (eBook)
    Just Duct Tape It! (for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes)
    Go Crazy with Duct Tape (print version)
    Go Crazy with Duct Tape (eBook)
    Go Crazy with Duct Tape (for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes)
    Stick or Treat (print version)
    Stick or Treat (eBook)
    Stick or Treat (for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes)



    Oh, and don't miss out on our Duct Tape Bogo Halloween Promotion! You can celebrate Halloween with duct tape! Buy our print or eBook Stick or Treat (filled with Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and more) and get the corresponding print or eBook Go Crazy with Duct Tape—free! Offer good now through October 31!
    Happy Taping Y’all!
  • Duct Tape Giveaway Ends Today!

    I just couldn’t resist…this basket of sticky goodness has been sitting in my office for a couple of weeks now…tempting me…tormenting me…I had to see just what was in our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway Grand-Prize basket!
    Just look at all the goodies that the good folks at Duck Brand offered up for the prize…
    There’s Trust E. Duck himself—the Duck Brand duct tape mascot! He’s so cute! You know you want him!
    Way cool Halloween duct tape…
    Ohhh, Glow in the Dark duct tape!
    There’s groovy retro duct tape…
    Fun character duct tape—Spiderman, Spongebob, Mario, & Hello Kitty!
    And Christmas…The holidays are sure to be even better with duct tape in the mix.
    And that was just the top layer in the basket!
    Check out the second layer! 
    That’s where I found my current favorite duct tape—the Mustache print!
    And all the way on the bottom…Multiple rolls of cool solids, flames, and checkerboard duct tape that the guys will love!
    Oh, and don’t forget the books! You gotta be inspired to get creative will this treasure trove. If you win our Giveaway, you’ll get The Official Duck Tape Craft Book and our three Leisure Arts duct tape pattern books—Just Duct Tape It!, Go Crazy with Duct Tape, and the just released Stick or Treat!
    Today, September 30, is the last day to enter our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway! Do you have your Duct Tape Creativity Pinterest board done? Have you commented and left a link to it on my blog post? Better hurry! Monday morning, I start visiting all your boards to pick our winner!
    Now, I have to figure out how to get all those prize goodies back in the basket! Wish me luck!
  • Free Duct Tape Halloween Spider Project

    {Happy Saturday Everybody! Patti Wallenfang, Leisure Arts designer and resident duct tape diva, is back again today as a guest blogger here on Everyday Life at Leisure! Check out her fun tutorial for making a Duct Tape Halloween Spider!}

    Hey all you "tapers"!

    It's here! Fall! Halloween! Get ready for stick or treat...

    I guess you have seen the really cool Halloween duct tape patterns. I was shopping at my favorite craft store and there they were in a giant bin of duct tape.

    Candy corn pattern...CUTE!

    Purple duct tape pattern with google-y eyed spiders on it...FUH-UNNNN!

    When I saw the purple tape I was inspired to make my own google-y spider.

    Super simple. 

    You should make one (or ten).  

    Duct Tape Halloween Spider

    Here's what you'll need:
    Wiggle eyes, colored duct tape and fuzzy sticks (aka pipe cleaners). Plus, some newspaper, foil, a plastic bag, or anything you can wad up to make the spider's body.

    OK. Start.
    Cover the 4 fuzzy sticks with duct tape. I used the zebra duct tape. Once they are covered, stack em up and twist them together in the middle. Voila! 8 spider legs.

    Next, to make the spider body, wad up newspaper or a plastic bag to resemble a sort of flattened tennis ball. Cover this with duct tape. I used purple, obviously. 

    Tape the legs on the underside of the body. Make the legs all bendy like in the pic.

    Add wiggle eyes. DONE!!!!


    Here's a pic of the one I made. Notice the excellent spooky hand in the photo. This is a fav thing I dig out of my Halloween stash every year. It shows up in some crazy places and is always good for a scream from some unsuspecting victim. You can do the same thing with duct tape spiders. Put em everywhere in the house, the car, the yard. Get creative and try different color combinations, too.



    Speaking of spiders, check out the GIANT yard spider in my book—Stick or Treat. His body is a large black trash bag and his legs are duct tape-covered swimming "noodles". He is even wearing shoes. Look at the photo closely, and you will see some Spider-Man shoes on his feet! How funny is that!!!!? The detailed instructions and the pattern for making the spider's fierce face are in the book. Check it out!!!! We’ve got an eBook version and a version for your iPad, too!

    Have fun making spiders and...

    Keep on taping!

    Duct Tape Diva,
    Patti Wallenfang

    {And, oh hey, have you got your Duct Tape Creativity Pinterest board ready to enter in our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway? Don’t miss your chance to win your very own Trust E. Duck, 35 rolls of assorted Duck Brand Duck Tape, a copy of The Official Duck Tape Craft Book, plus copies of all three of our duct tape craft pattern books—Just Duct Tape It!, Go Crazy with Duct Tape, and the just released Stick or Treat! Giveaway ends September 30! That’s tomorrow!!!}
  • What’s New at Leisure Arts?

    Thought I’d share a little update about what we’ve been up to at Leisure Arts…Check it out:
    The New Knook Beginner Set & More!
    So much has been happening here at Leisure Arts that it seems like the month of September has just flown by. Our newest Knook set has just hit the warehouse, and we’re thrilled! It’s perfect for kids or anyone who’d like to knit with a big crochet hook!
    Plus our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway is well underway! Don’t miss your chance to win our Duct Tape Prize Package featuring 35 rolls of Duck brand duct tape, all three of our duct tape pattern books, and your very own Trust E. Duck! Hurry, the Giveaway ends September 30! Read more…
    eBook Fans! Check out the most recent downloadable eBooks that we’ve added to our eBooks & ePatterns category.
    And Deals…Our Duct Tape BOGO promotion is still going on till October 31, and we’re also offering 10% off on everything Plastic Canvas on LeisureArts.com!
    For more bargains, browse all the different skill categories in our Current Promotions list. For more info about what’s happening at Leisure Arts, our Facebook page and Everyday Life at Leisure daily blog always have the latest news, so bookmark those sites and visit often.
    Editor's Corner:
    Just Released—The Knook Beginner Set For Kids!
    You’re gonna want our new Knook Beginner Set for Kids even if you don’t have any kids! It comes with 2 sizes of (plastic not wooden) Knooks, 2 cords, a clip, 2 yarn needles, and a pocket-size instruction book. If you’re a fan of bulky and super bulky yarns, you’re sure to love the Knook sizes we’ve included: L-8 mm in pink and M-9 mm in purple. Read more…


    Free Project: Knitting for a Cure Bookmark!
    Knit for someone in need with our free Knitting for a Cure Bookmark pattern. Pair this easy project with a book of devotions or a daily journal for a thoughtful gift, and if you love this project, specifically designed for providing comfort to loved ones who are fighting breast cancer, you’ll find it and more in our Knitting for a Cure pattern book by designer Kay Meadors—featuring 18 designs to knit and share! Knitting for a Cure is also available as an eBook for you download enthusiasts!
    New Cooking Guides In the Spotlight!
    The holidays are quickly approaching, and Leisure Arts has the recipes you need for delicious entertaining! Four newly published, laminated food guides: Candy, Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cooking Basics — each one folds out accordion-style into 12 pages. They’ll make perfect gifts for the experienced cook, the pretty confident cook, the beginning cook, and the wannabe-cook. And are they handy? Yes! Each guide is approximately 8-1/2 inches tall x 4-1/2 inches wide — the perfect size to take in your purse when you go grocery shopping.
    Cooking Basics
    This reference guide is full of useful kitchen tips and information that every cook will want to keep handy—offering up all those little details like information on measuring, equivalent measurements, cooking terms, substitutions, and food storage tips for the pantry and refrigerator plus basic guidelines on how to boil an egg and cook rice or pasta. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Candy
    Try your hand at homemade candy with the help of this little guide! It includes candy-making tips plus recipes for Peanut Butter Fudge, Strawberry Divinity, Almond Rocha, Gumdrops, Glass Candy, Microwave Peanut Brittle, Millionaire Fudge, Old-Fashioned Mints, Marshmallows, and Chocolate-Covered Cherries. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Cupcakes
    Discover how easy it is to create homemade cupcakes using prepared cake mix thanks to this reference guide! Recipes include Gingerbread Cupcakes, Double Chocolate Cupcakes, Sour Cream Cupcakes with Creamy White Chocolate Frosting, Snowball Cupcakes, Chocolate Angel Food Cupcakes, Ice-Cream Cone Cupcakes, Spicy Carrot Cupcakes, Toasted Coconut-Rum Cupcakes, and Santa Cupcakes. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    Cookies
    This guide features the best of both worlds—traditional family favorites and fun party treats. Recipes include Santa Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Pecan Crispies, Mom's Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps, Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mocha-Almond Cookies, Blarney Stones, and Chocolate Malted Cookies. There’s an eBook, too! Read more…
    See photos on our blog... (Everyday Life at Leisure might just be giving away copies of these cool little cookbooks!)
    Current Promotions
    Be sure to check on current promotions at LeisureArts.com as new promotions will be added on a regular basis. Below are a few we are currently running.

    Duct Tape BOGO—Celebrate Halloween with duct tape! Buy our print or eBook Stick or Treat (filled with Halloween costumes, pumpkins, and more) and get the corresponding print or eBook Go Crazy with Duct Tape—free! Offer good Now through October 31!

    • Stock your pattern library with our 10% off all Plastic Canvas products promotion from now through October 10!


    • All of our Mary Engelbreit products on sale at 50% off the original retail price.

    • We have select products marked at 40% off the original retail price in the following categories: Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Painting, Paper Crafting, Quilting and Sewing.

    • Select how-to DVD Products on sale at up to 50% off the original retail price!

    Clearance Products: These products have been placed on clearance and greatly discounted from the original retail price.

  • Stick or Treat — Duct Tape Halloween Accessories!

    The candy's already hit the stores! It will be Halloween before you know it! When we started planning our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway, I was reminded to take another look at our third publication in our duct tape craft series — Stick or Treat, where I discovered that along with costumes and pumpkins (25 Halloween designs for kids and adults in all) there are a lot of other way cool Halloween accessories you can make with Duck brand duct tape. Take a look with me! I need the Kitty Kat Trick or Treat Bag, and you might need that Giant Spider on your lawn this Halloween, too… 
    Candy Containers (Better known as loot bags at my house!):
    Skull & “Cross-Bow-nes” Trick or Treat Bag
    Striped Trick or Treat Bag
    Kitty Kat Trick or Treat Bag
    Frankie Treat Bucket
    Princess Treat Bucket
    Party Décor:
    Gruesome Guy
    Giant Spider
    Costume Finishing Touch:

    Scary Shoes
    Discover more about our Stick or Treat book on our website! It’s available in eBook and for your iPad, too!
    If you’re a duct tape fan, be sure to come play with us on Pinterest! I know you wanna participate in our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway. We’re offering up a prize package of Duck brand duct tape and all three of our pattern books to the winner! Visit our Duct Tape Pin To Win blog post to find out how to enter and see what you could win!
  • Stick or Treat — Duct Tape Halloween Pumpkins!

    Did you know that you could duct tape a pumpkin for Halloween? As we planned our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway, I checked out some really fun duct tape pumpkin designs in our new Stick or Treat pattern book by Leisure Arts designer, Patti Wallenfang, and got totally excited about the whole idea. It includes 6 really clever ways to decorate your pumpkin with Duck brand duct tape (without plunging scary sharp knives into real pumpkin flesh cause we used fake pumpkins). The kids are sure to love doing their own duct tape pumpkins, and you’ll love the lack of slime! Get inspired by our…

    Witch Pumpkin

    Everyone will love her—warts & all!

    Eyeball Pumpkin

    For keeping an eye out for ghosts & goblins!

    Rollin’ Pumpkin

    A camo pumpkin on spinners!

    Diva Pumpkin

    Every girl needs a little bling in her life!

    “De-bone-aire” Pumpkin

    Say how do you do to our best-dressed pumpkin ghoul!

    Mummy Pumpkin

    Even a pumpkin can get all wrapped up in the Halloween fun!
    For more Halloween duct tape fun, take a look at our Stick or Treat book on our website! It’s available in eBook, too!

    If you’re a real duct tape fan, come play with us on Pinterest! Participate in our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway. We’re offering up a prize package of Duck brand duct tape and all three of our pattern books to the winner! Visit our Duct Tape Pin To Win blog post to find out how to enter!

  • Stick or Treat — Duct Tape Halloween Costumes!

    With the kick off of our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway, I took a look at our third duct tape craft publication — Stick or Treat, and realized that it’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes (a yearly struggle for perfection at my house). This new release by Leisure Arts designer, Patti Wallenfang, may be my salvation this year, as it includes 11 creative costume projects (plus a lot of other really cool Halloween-themed designs) — all made with Duck brand duct tape. Take a look with me and see what you or your kids wanna be this Halloween…

    Be a Zombie Nurse!

    Be a Skeleton Bride!

    Be a Roll of Duct Tape!

    Be a Hippie!

    Be a Pirate!

    Be a Punker!

    Be a Duck!

    Be a Swamp Monster!

    Be a Ghoulish Greeter!

    Be a Princess!

    Be a Witch!

    Discover more about our Stick or Treat book on our website! It’s available in eBook, too!

    If you’re a duct tape fan, be sure to come play with us on Pinterest! I know you wanna participate in our Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway. We’re offering up a prize package of Duck brand duct tape and all three of our pattern books to the winner! Visit our Duct Tape Pin To Win blog post to find out how to enter!

  • Duct Tape Pin To Win Prize Package!

    Something cool just arrived in the mail, and we’re all excited!
    It’s the Pin To Win Leisure Arts Duct Tape Creativity Giveaway Prize Package from the folks at Duck Brand duct tape! Check it out: 
    Our winner will receive: their very own stuffed Trust E. Duck (the Duck Brand mascot that no true duct tape fan should be without), 35 rolls of assorted Duck Brand Duck Tape (what a treasure trove!), and a copy of The Official Duck Tape Craft Book (for inspiration)!

    Plus, Leisure Arts is contributing copies of all three of our duct tape craft pattern books, Just Duct Tape It!, Go Crazy with Duct Tape, and the just released Stick or Treat (just in time for Halloween)!
    How can you resist? If you wanna play on with duct tape on Pinterest with us, just click on over to my September 10 Duct Tape Pin to Pin Launch post for entry details! See you on the pin boards!

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