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  • National Craft Month: Celebrate the Season With New DIY Projects

    Hello Makers! It's that time of year again, March is National Craft Month. Can you believe it's springtime already? With 2020 flying by at high speeds, we're taking a moment to focus on one of our favorite holidays. Crafting and DIY projects are not only a great way to be creative and expand your home décor and wardrobe, but also create opportunities to give to loved-ones or those in need, be more mindful and mentally healthy, and practice purposeful self-care. Take a look at some of our favorite books and projects to celebrate National Craft Month with!

    Crochet

    Amigurumi An Adorable Collection - Book 7573

    Heroes and animals and monsters, oh my! With Amigurumi An Adorable Collection, you'll be led through this Japanese crochet style with ease. Whether you want to add some whimsy to your wardrobe or give the gift of courage to a child in your life, there's an animal scarf, superhero doll, and other fun projects that will fulfill all your crochet desires. And since it's National Craft month and you have so many projects to get through, this book is also available as a file download.

    Knit

    Stitch a Garden - Book 75677

    Plants have been shown to boost one's mood, but why have real ones that die when you can create your own garden full of everlasting beauty? In Stitch a Garden, you can grow your knitting skills and discover 11 easy, new home décor projects, no green thumb required. And if you really want to go green, this book is available as a download. Step-by-step instructions, vibrant photos, and evergreen ideas will fill your home and crafting month with crafted beauty.

    Macramé

    Mini Maker Plant Hanger Macramé Kit - #49795

    If you're looking to add a little boho flair to your home while also creating something functional, then this Mini Maker kit is for you. Get groovy with this retro craft project. The Mini Maker Arrow Plant Hanger Macramé Kit comes with a 10.5" decorative arrow, lots of cording, and easy-to-follow instructions to get you pointed in the right direction the whole way through. Your new plant hanger will make the perfect wall accent for your home or a heartfelt gift for a plant lover in your life.

    Stitchery

    Free Spirit Stitching - Book 7228

    Take this month to manifest a free mind with Free Spirit Stitching. These eight boho designs will get you feeling creative and calm in no time. Novice stitchers will gain valuable knowledge and experience, while experienced stitchers can breathe easy as you breeze through these gorgeous designs. The foundational embroidery stitches are clearly explained and put into patterns that will have people begging to know where you got such a trendy, well made accessory. From wall hangings and pillows to tote bags and clutches, there's a design for everyone in this book. You can even download it for more ease.

    Mini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit - #49813

    Dip your toe into the soothing waters of embroidery. With the Mini Maker Green Fields Embroidery Stitch Kit, you'll get the perfect introduction to embroidery without having to commit yourself to buying all the materials separately. This kit comes with an 8" hoop, 21 gorgeous floss colors, stamped fabric, a needle, and easy-to-follow instructions. There's no easier way to explore a new craft while making a tranquil piece for hanging on the wall or giving to a friend.

    Paint

    Happy Abstracts - Book 7412

    Unleash your inner artist and discover how freeing and fun painting can be. Happy Abstracts is a how-to guide for true beginners and seasoned artists alike. You'll be guided through six different projects and encouraged to embrace fearlessness and keep an open mind. There's no need to feel like something has to be perfect if you're the one creating it, and this book helps take that pressure away. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with your art and show the world what you're made of. As an added reminder, there are 14 vibrant pull-out cards to lift you up when you need a boost. They also make great cards for friends and family who need to be reminded of the magic they bring to the world.

    Woodburning

    Modern Woodburning - Book 7524

    Wood just got even cooler. In Modern Woodburning, you can learn the basics of pyrography, the art of decorating wood and other natural materials by burning them. Nine skill-building projects will give you all the woodburning basics, as well as inspiring you to create your own designs. Since this book is downloadable, it's easy to learn all about this red-hot craft. Blaze a trail and get your friends and family involved!

    Diamond Painting

    5D DIY Diamond Art Advanced Wildflowers Kit - #52515

    If a little sparkle never hurt anybody, then a lot is probably good for you! Dazzle yourself and your loved ones with a diamond dotting creation like this one. 5D DIY Diamond Painting Advanced Wildflowers Kit will be a crafting experience unlike anything else. The individually placed gems come together to create a magnificent piece of wall art. You'll be the envy of all who see it, but they don't have to know how soothing and fun it was to make. The kit contains a printed fabric piece, a stylus, a tray, a wax caddy, a comfort grip, color-sorted gems, and easy-to-follow instructions. It may look like you have to be a master, but it'll actually be a walk in the park to complete.

    There's no better time than now to start a new hobby or craft, so pick up one of these projects and get making! We would love to know why you craft and what your big project is for this month! Be sure to tag us @leisureartsinc or use #leisurearts too, so we can see how you're celebrating National Craft Month.

    -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!

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