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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Snow Storm Hat | Super Cute Super Quick

Hey Crafters! This post is a follow-up to the Instagram post I made Thursday. 

This one!


It seems like every project I do has some sort of modification. I never end-up following the directions exactly. 

Ok, don't laugh. The pattern calls for size 13 circular needles. I had size 9 circular needles and size 4 double pointed needles. So I just used them together. 


It wasn't a perfect match, just close enough for me to avoid having to buy new needles. 

This is what the hat is supposed to look like. I also left off the earflaps. 

Snow Storm Hat
 I used this video to learn how to make the pom pom!





Thanks for reading!

Stay Crafty!

-Marie

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Aran Scarf | 50 Fabulous Knit Aran Stitches


Hey Crafters! 
I finally finished my aran scarf. I used one of the patterns in "50 Fabulous Knit Aran Stitches." 








This is my first cabled project so there are a few mistakes. Parts of the scarf are knit tightly, and other parts are knit very loosely. I also had lots of issues dropping stitches. But I love it! 













Thanks for reading!

Stay Crafty!

-Marie


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to spend with friends and family. Here are a few cute DIYs to make this Thanksgiving the best ever! 

1. Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holders 
These are so easy to make. And they look amazing! 
Spark and Chemistry 
2. Paint Some Acorns
All you do is put them in the oven at 170 degrees for a few hours, and then paint them with acrylic paint.
Home Stories A to Z
3. Cinnamon-Scented Pinecones
Cinnamon is one of the many wonderful smells of Thanksgiving, and this seems like a really easy DIY! All you need is Pinecones, Cinnamon essential oils, a cookie sheet, a resealable plastic bag, and a spray bottle.
eHow
4. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Dessert
I know I'm not the only crafter who needs to avoid gluten. Avoiding gluten is tough around this time of year. So, if you have a gluten-free friend here is an easy recipe you can surprise them with! 
One Good Thing By Jillee
5. Rosemary Sprig Place Cards
I love this idea! What an easy, simple way to make your Thanksgiving table look amazing. 
Spoon Fork Bacon
Thanks for Reading!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Stay Crafty!

-Marie

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How To Finish Projects Before Christmas!

It's only mid-November, but us crafters are already doing the math to see how many projects we can actually get done. It happens every year! Suddenly the temperature drops and we are running out of options on what to make our loved ones for Christmas. 

Here are some helpful tips to get you thru this crafting season. 

1. Pick Smaller Crafts. 
We all want to give our loved ones the best project we can find. But, afghans take at least a few months to complete. Unless you have wrists of steel. 

Here are some suggestions: 

Texting Mitts. I get a lot of questions about why we call them "texting" mitts. They can be used to do so much more! Well, I think we call them that because it's a cute nick-name, and in this world of smart phones mittens tend to get in the way. 

Kids will love how functional they are to play in! 

This photo shows one of the more lacy patterns. If I were going to make these I would consider lining them with fleece. Not real sure how to do that but since fleece doesn't unravel like regular fabric, it should be easy. 










Mittens.  I know I just said how "texting" mitts are  so great, but I really have lots of love for mittens. They are so cute!  They are a quick and easy knitting project to make (especially with this book). 











Others. You get the idea. Something small, but still handmade! Here are a few other books you might want to look into: 
Socks: Crochet
Socks: Knit
Quick Itty Bitties
2. Schedule Time. 

Such a bummer right? You actually need to spend time crafting today. It's great to know how long it will take you to finish, but don't schedule your projects too tightly. You never know when you'll make a small mistake and lose hours! It happens to all of us. 






Totes and Bags
Pinterest
3. Take Projects To-Go!
I know lots of crafters use different tote bags to separate projects. This works perfectly for taking them with you! Make sure you have the right materials, and then pack each project in their own bag. Then you have one with you if you find yourself in a waiting room.

Pinterest
4. Choose Crochet.
Crochet stitches are bigger, so projects get done faster. If you know how to do both and are trying to decide between a knit and a crochet project, it's best to go with crochet. 








Thanks for Reading! 

Stay Crafty!

-Marie

Saturday, November 8, 2014

4 Reasons Crafters Should be On Instagram

I know I have written about Instagram before, but I thought I would give y’all some tips and tricks on your own Instagram!

1. Promote your shop!
If you sell anything craft related, Instagram is a great way to promote! Post photos of your products and use the link to get people to your online store!  (Instagram doesn't allow links in posts, but it does allow you to use one link in your profile.)












2. Get more followers! 
One of my favorite things about Instagram is the follower challenge. This is one of the most difficult social media platforms to get followers. Hashtags are so important! When you post, use #DIY, #crafts, #Knitstagram, #Instaknit, #Crochet, #yarn so that other crafters have a way to find you. (Use #LeisureLife if you want us to see your post!)

Getting more followers is kind of a trick on Instagram. In order to get more followers, search the hashtag and see who else is using it in their posts. When you find a crafty Instagram account like the photos by clicking the heart button and leave comments. That way they know that you have seen their work. 


3. Join the community!

I love the community that crafters have created on Instagram! It's so much fun to see what everyone is working on. 


4. Pretty pictures
Okay, so my other favorite thing about Instagram is the type of photos that are posted! There are many free apps that will help you edit the perfect photo. My favorites are Snapspeed and VSCOcam. But there are several others!











Thanks for reading! Follow LeisureArts on Instagram

Stay crafty! 

-Marie

Saturday, November 1, 2014

5 Reasons to Make an Afghan

Whether you knit, crochet, or Knook, everyone should have an afghan to show off. They are soft, snuggly, and always in style!


1. There are many different patterns to choose from. 
You can find the one that is perfect for you!  We have several to choose from. You most likely have accumulated your share of afghan patterns, all collected with the intention to be made. Now is a great time to start!


Filet Afghans

2. The feeling of accomplishment. 
This is a big project. Not everyone has attempted and conquered the afghan. It might take you a long time to finish, but it's worth it! 





Braided Mile-a-Minute Crochet Afghan
Tribal Spirit Cover-Up Afghan




















3. Decorate your home. 
 Afghans are a gorgeous way to dress up a living room! 
Learn to Crochet African Flower Motifs

Beginner's Guide to Crochet Cables

4. Avoid the stress of deciding what to work on next. 
We have all been there. Sometimes trying to decide what to make can take time. After you choose an afghan, you are set for a long time.


Afghan Parade: Lacy Chevron

5. You can make an adorable Baby Blanket!
If the task of finishing a full-sized afghan seems too daunting, why not start with a baby afghan? They are so cute! 


The Best of Mary Maxim Baby Afghans
Our Best Baby Afghans
Our Best Knit Baby Afghans, Book 2
Thanks for reading! 

Stay crafty! 

-Marie

Sunday, October 26, 2014

9 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s almost Halloween!

I have to admit, on Halloween I prefer seeing cute costumes rather than scary ones. The more creativity the better! 


Here are some adorable costumes if you need any last minute DIY Halloween attire!

For Baby: 

Ravelry: Melody Rogers
Etsy: PlayinHookyDesigns
Ravelry: Cellochic
Ravelry: Crochet by Jennifer
For Girls: 


Etsy: PoufCouture 
I could not find a pattern for this dress but it was too pretty not to share. I did find some crochet and tulle dresses on Ravelry! Find some cute patterns from Lagatha Been

Ravelry: Michele Wilcox
Leisure Arts also has a book for making that perfect tulle skirt for any costume. Click the photo to find it on our website! 


Leisure Arts: A Tutu for Every Occasion


For Boys: 
Ravelry: Kara Shallenberg 
Ravelry: Wanita Levacy-Sabin
Thanks for reading! Have a fun and safe Halloween next week!

Stay Crafty
-Marie 



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