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Sunday, September 30, 2012

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!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

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!!!}

Friday, September 28, 2012

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…
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…
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…
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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Celebrate National Sewing Month!

September's flying by, and National Sewing Month is almost over. Have you celebrated sewing yet this month? Indulge yourself by adding the ultimate sewing guide to your inspiration library — Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Sewing!
Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Sewing is a must for everyone who sews, no matter what your skill level. In the elegant style of Kooler Design Studio's previous encyclopedias, these 240 pages are wonderfully filled with the history of sewing, basic techniques, custom details, quilting, home decor, and embellishments. Also included are garment techniques with small-scale practice patterns, and 12 projects by top designers, with something for every skill level. Projects include a retro apron, mixed-media purse, simple skirt, embroidered quilt, and casual jacket, among others. Beautiful photography and easy-to-follow techniques make this a required addition to any sewing library.
Take a look at some of my favorites from the pretty projects you’ll find in this fabulous sewing guide:

Bohemian Bag (Fun! I'm such a bag lady...)
Singing Canary Pillow (Sew, so cute!)
Scrappy Cottage Quilt
Aprons! (I love aprons…)
Tropical Table Runner
Berry Pie Pincushion (I’m sort of obsessed with pincushions…)
Let It Rain Yellow Slicker (Loving the idea of sewing your own raincoat!)
Are you inspired yet? Get your copy of Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Sewing today! Rather have it in digital download form? Check out our Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Sewing eBook
Happy stitching!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Win It Wednesday: Cooking Pocket Guides

Drum Roll, Please!!! 
Our Winner is Carmen Nuland!
Happy Win It Wednesday! Our Leisure Arts Food Editor, Celia Harkey, is guest blogging today about our four new cooking pocket guides, and she’s got a copy of each to give away! Read on to find out how you could be a winner in our Win It Wednesday Giveaway!
Have you looked at your calendar? 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. Check it out:

I guess you could call these food guides the 4 Cs of recipes for all cooks: 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.
In fact, I am so excited about these easy-to-keep-clean laminated recipes because I know you will want them for yourself AND to give as gifts. Cooking Basics is a reference full of useful kitchen tips and information and, since each page is laminated, there’ll be no stains on your recipes! Keep it tucked close by in your kitchen drawer — I promise this will be your “go-to” resource for measuring, cooking terms, substitutions, food storage, and even basic everyday recipes. Cooking Basics makes a great gift, especially in addition to those “can’t cook without them” measuring cups and spoons for a new bride!
Now for those holidays that make me so eager to start gathering my ingredients! The Candy laminated guide includes a helpful feature on “Using a Candy Thermometer.” This will boost every cook’s confidence for making candy that requires a more precise test for the best results. For Halloween, I have already decided to make the Microwave Peanut Brittle and the Strawberry Divinity recipes. Everyone loves peanut brittle, so I’ll have a plate of brittle and some hot apple cider for goblins and ghouls who want to stop in and visit. Now about the Strawberry Divinity (I know you have been thinking — “what the heck?”). It is a tasty, creamy divinity using flavored gelatin as the secret ingredient. So pick your flavor and get cooking! I’m choosing orange gelatin for my Halloween divinity. Won’t that look deliciously spooky with the orange candy pieces in a spider-print cellophane bag for treats?
With Thanksgiving ahead and some menu planning required, you will certainly want to add cupcakes to your entertaining list. Cupcakes is a collection of recipes, all starting with a cake mix! But, these aren’t just a plain cake mix — they have special ingredients to enhance the flavor. In addition, you have a choice of three different icing recipes to pipe, spread, or drizzle on your cupcakes. My favorite Fall cupcakes are Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting topped with a piece of orange slice candy! Believe me, the Official Taster is very partial to the Spicy Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. These are moist and tasty with shredded carrots, sweetened coconut, and toasted walnuts with more walnuts and coconut on top of the yummy creamy maple frosting. You can’t go wrong with either of these!
As you may know, I am a cookie junkie and there is no way for me to pick a favorite from the new collection of recipes in Cookies! The decorated Santa Cookies would be a tasty way to sweeten up your Christmas party. These butter cookies are cut into star shapes, baked, and decorated with fluffy red and white icing for a very cute presentation. Other cookies include traditional family choices like Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mom’s Sugar Cookies, and crunchy Pecan Crispies.  
We just made it lots easier to look up easy cooking reminders and to keep your favorite sweet recipes at hand!
Just leave a comment at the end of this post before next Wednesday, October 3, and you might win all four of our cooking pocket guides! (Please remember to give me your EMAIL address in the comment or in your profile, so I can contact you if you are the winner.) If you can’t wait to win, order your own copies of Cooking Basics, Candy, Cupcakes, and Cookies now and let the creativity begin! (All four cooking pocket guides, Cooking Basics eBook, Candy eBook, Cupcakes eBook, and Cookies eBook, are also available for all of you download fans out there!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vintage Buttons & Crocheted Cowls

I’ve picked my next crochet project in my quest to get ready for the cold weather months—the Quick & Easy Button-Up from Lisa Gentry’s Crocheted Cowls!
Normally, my next step would be yarn selection, but instead, I’m using this cowl project as an excuse to dig into my vintage button collection to find the perfect accents for my new cowl…
First, I get to spread all my buttons out on the dining table (The Cat and The Love-Of-My-Life are amused)…
Then I start picking out the buttons I like (difficult decision!)…

Here are some of my favorite button pairs! Which ones do you like best?
Oops! Found some more. Loving the big white buttons on the card…
Decisions, decisions…And now I also need some inspiration on what to do with the cool blingy buttons I’ve found. Got suggestions?

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