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  • 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

     

     

     

     

     

  • LED Candles for Every Season

    We've all seen color changing LED Candles by now.  But if you're like me, you might be wondering how to fit them into your home decor and if you'd want to use them outside of the holiday season.  I challenged myself to use the Leisure Arts LED Candle Set in my own home for every season of the year.

    LED 3-Pack Candle Set includes a remote that offers 12 different color settings, two timer settings and a flickering-light mode. LED 3-Pack Candle Set includes a remote that offers 12 different color settings, two timer settings and a flickering-light mode.

    Here are the results of my experiment incorporating the LED Candle Set into my home for a year.  I hope you'll find some inspiration!

    First up is Valentine's Day. I incorporated the LED Candle Set  into my tablescape with red tulips and a wooden sign.  Color-wise, I found red and white worked well for the candles.

    LED Candles at Valentine's Day LED Candles at Valentine's Day

    For Easter, I went in a more fun direction using hydrangeas and Peep Easter Eggs into a flower arrangement.  I used pink, green and yellow for the LED candles and brightly colored Easter eggs in jars to finish off the decor.

    blog2 Easter Decor with LED Candles

    For early summer I opted for a simple flower arrangement and green, blue and white candles.

    blog3 LED Candles in Summer Decor

    For the Fourth of July, I went with the classic red, white and blue candles and used a fun Patriotic planter to highlight the season.

    LED Candles for Independence Day LED Candles for Independence Day

    At the onset of fall, I incorporated a wooden carved owl and a real leaf themed candle into my decor and went with a classic white look for the candles.

    blog7 Fall Decor using LED Candles

    For Thanksgiving, I moved the candles into a cornucopia display and kept the classic white candles.

    blog8 Thanksgiving with LED Candles

    I used my candles a couple of different ways for the Christmas season.  One, on the dining room table in a classic white surrounded by oversized ornaments.

    blog9 Christmas and LED Candles

    I also used them in the living room surrounded by all the classic symbols of Christmas including  Angels, Santa, and more.

    blog10 Classic Christmas with LED Candles

    Finally, for New Year's Eve I went with a fun pink, blue and green color combination, and surrounded the candles with beads, hats, noisemakers and, of course, Chex Mix™!

    blog11 Ringing in the New Year with LED Candles!

    During the year, we also redecorated my 13 year old daughter's bedroom and got her a set of the candles.  The LED Candle Set is great for teenagers.  The candles present no fire hazard and teens can change the colors whenever they please!

    blog6 LED Candles Make a Great Accent for a Teenager's Bedroom

    I hope you've been inspired to play with decorating your own house with LED candles.  Show me what you've done in the comments, or tag Leisure Arts in your Instagram posts!

    Happy decorating!

    Veronica

     

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! 

    I'm pretty excited about 2014!  I get excited about every new year and all the possibility it holds, but I have some pretty specific crafting goals for this specific year and I can't wait to try out my resolutions.  They're pretty simple, but I'm pumped about them.

    1: Make More Blankets
    Sewing, crocheting, knitting--I don't really care.  I want to make more blankets as gifts!  I want a stash for baby showers, and I think I might even want some more for our home. 

    2: Make Some Real Mittens
    I have I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Mittens, some double pointed needles, and some really pretty yarn.  With holiday gift-crafting out of the way, I can start on these super soon!  I can't wait.

    3: Learn Fair Isle Knitting
    Have you seen the hat on the cover of I Can't Believe I'm Fair Isle Knitting?

    I'd really like to learn to knit something like that.  I think I'll need a few more months before I psych myself up to trying this out, but I think it would be really fun to make my daughter and my nephew some kind of matching Christmas vests.  Like, with snowflakes or reindeer!  So I'll have to get in some practice before then!  It's always nice to a deadline.

    4: Make More Scarves
    I haven't made a lot of scarves lately.  Hats and cowls, yes.  Scarves, no.  I don't know why!  I used to love making scarves, and it would be super lovely to have a few in my gift stash.

    5: Craft More with My Daughter
    She'll turn 3 this spring, and she's always into everything.  I see a lot of glue and stickers and general messiness in my future.  It's going to be awesome.

    6: Make a Sweater for Myself
    I think we all know this isn't going to happen, but it's important to have goals.  Even if they're hilariously unrealistic.

    7: ???
    Seven seems like a good number of items on a list, so that's what I'm going to have for my New Year's crafting resolutions even if I don't actually have a seventh resolution.  I'm going to keep this as a blank spot for myself.  If I find another crafting challenge, I'll add it to the list.  An unknown crafting goal?  I'm liking this year even more already!

    Got any crafting goals of your own?  I'm always nosy about what other people are doing, especially with crafts.  Let me know in the comments section!  I do need to make one more resolution for myself after all.....

  • Crafts in Review

    It's that time of year, y'all!  2013 is drawing to a close and it's time for me to get all self-congratulatory as I force you to look at projects I worked on throughout the year like this blog is called Jen's Greatest Crafting Hits.

    I can't even apologize. I had so much fun working on these projects!  I want to share them with your eyeballs again!  I don't really know how to order them or categorize them, so I'm just going to share some of my favorite projects from the year with you.

    The first one off the top of my head is the Patriotic Tutu.

    I had a blast (finally) learning how to make a tutu for my fancy little girl, and she LOVES wearing this.  It lives in a grocery sack in the closet except on special occasions because that glitter gets everywhere.  But it's a truly adorable little tutu and it was such a fun project to make.

    Another thing I'm excited about trying in 2013?  Knitting socks.

    I made my first ever pair of knitted socks!  They turned out....just okay!  I wear them nearly every night and love them dearly!  So exciting.  I feel like such a real knitter now, and a lot of what I hear sock knitters talk about makes a ton more sense now that I've actually tried knitting socks.

    I had a great time talking to Ravelers about their modifications on the Rainbow Set blanket once again.  Going through those pictures was inspiring.  I couldn't pick a picture to include in this post, so just click on over and check them all out because they're lovely.

    I made my very first cabled hat.

    I learned cables aren't that hard, modifications aren't that tricky, and wearing a nice hat you made all by yourself is very, very satisfying.  I love this hat and I love wearing it.  Making it wasn't even terrifying.


    Also not terrifying?  Loom knitting.  And ruffle yarn.  Yeah.  Loom knitting with ruffle yarn is not scary!  I think it might be better than 'regular' knitting with ruffle yarn, even! 

    I really enjoyed trying that out, and my mom got a very nice scarf for her birthday this year.

    I'm noticing the projects I was the most excited about were the ones where I learned something new.  I guess that means I should talk about crocheting, because I learned A LOT of new things about crocheting this year.  That's probably because I didn't know much before this year, but I feel pretty comfortable with my status as a crocheter now.

    My favorite way to try out new stitches and techniques was to make dishcloths, and I got about 75 dishcloths out of it as a result.  I've done the math, or at least the guesstimating, and that's seriously how many dishcloths I think I knitted and crocheted this year.  I've been giving them as hospitality gifts throughout the year, and that's what most of my friends and family had as presents this Christmas.  My favorite picture is this collection of Swirl Dishcloths I made this summer.

     I learned how to crochet the Baby Surprise Jacket and felt like some kind of world champion crocheter with that neat trick!

    I gave this to a friend of my sister's, and she loved it on her little boy.  That was a great feeling on top of learning how to crochet a sweet little baby sweater.

    I also tried out Tunisian crochet.  I sucked at it, but I tried.

     But now I know Tunisian crochet when I see it, and I understand a little bit more about how it works.  Knowledge is power, etc., and it turns out Tunisian crochet is even cooler than I thought.  And that is very incredibly cool.

    And I learned about dishcloth dresses.

    And crocheted animal hats.

     And how to work a glue gun around a toddler.

    And got to interview a lot of really amazing people.

    And it was all really interesting and fun and thrilling.  I loved it!  Thanks for sticking around for this year of crafting adventures.  I hope you feel good about the crafting you did in 2013, because you should.  You'll notice I'm totally not reviewing whatever resolutions I made for the year to see if I lived up to my expectations or not (because I'm sure I didn't).  Just think about your favorite projects for the year and you'll probably be pretty impressed with yourself!

    I hope you have a safe and happy New Year's, and that all your crafting dreams come true!
     

  • Fast-To-Finish Cross Stitch

    Maybe you have a long-term cross stitch project in the works—one of those designs destined to become a family heirloom. I’ve got a couple of those going with no end in sight. The busy world we live in with jobs, kids, significant others, etc…doesn’t always leave much time to indulge our creativity. How about some wonderfully wordy cross stitch designs that can be finished in an evening? Does that sound good? Try the Leisure Arts Stamp ’n Stitch technique.

    We’ve combined cross stitch with rubber stamping and a few embellishments (if you want) to create little works of art that you can finish in no time. Just stamp the background, cross stitch a word, add a purchased or custom frame, and you’re done. I love the projects in the supporting publications—Nature, Reflections, and Inspirational. They’re lovely, easily manageable designs that would make great gifts or add a special touch to any home décor.

    There is even a Stamp ’n Stitch book for holidays and one especially for kids. In Holidays, you’ll find 8 extra-quick projects, including designs for New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Kids will take youngsters step-by-step through the technique to prepare them for making any of the 6 awesome projects with themes like the beach, skateboarding, flowers, friends, sports, and camping.

    Quick & Easy—that’s sometimes what it’s all about!

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