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Gifts for the Holidays: Crafts & Creativity Edition

Crafts - who doesn't love them? Or love receiving products to help fulfill those creative genes? I know I love both! Crafts are a fun thing to do to pass time with family and friends during the holidays and to give/receive as gifts. SO sit back and enjoy some fun crafts and creativity inspiring ideas!

Red Heart Heat Wave: ($5.99) Powered by UV rays, Red Heart® Heatwave™ is heat generating thanks to patented fibers that have the ability to become up to 12-degrees warmer, even on a cloudy day, without having to charge up or plug in thanks to its solar-activated fibers. This new wearable technology, made in the USA, features a classic and versatile color wheel, perfect for updating outdoor gear including hats, gloves, scarves and blankets to help stay warm during daily commutes, sporting events, outdoor activities and even walking the dog.  Red Heart® Heatwave™ provides knitters and crocheters new opportunities to be inspired to stitch. 

Bernat Alize EZ Wool: ($11.99) First-time knitters, including men and kids, can explore their creativity with Bernat® Alize® EZ Wool™ that makes handmade yarn projects fast and easy with pre-looped yarn, no needles or hooks required. EZ to use yarn will have consumers knitting in minutes, not days and is so simple anyone can master it. Projects can be completed in half the time of traditional knitting without the years of prior experience necessary, giving anyone the satisfaction and pride of creating a quality, handmade project. EZ Wool™ is perfect for creating those chunky and on-trend sweaters, scarves, blankets, pillows and more. Both products are available in-store and online at JOANN and will be available online at!

Stilyo has an excellent DIY section on their website that's perfect for the crafter on your holiday shopping list. From scissors to fabric, paints to paper, and everything in between, you're sure to find something unique that you're crafty pal will love.

Featured above:
High Quality Green Design Cutting Mat 22x30cm
Crane Tailor Scissor
28mm Rotary Cutter Blade
2019 Portable Electric Mini Iron
African Lace Fabric
23CM Length Invisible zipper coil - 2 Pieces

Craft maven, designer and on-air personality, Lynn Lilly teamed up with Surebonder®, the leading glue gun manufacturer to create a one of a kind must-have cordless, detail point glue gun. The partnership aims to introduce their new CL-195F cordless, mini detail point, high temperature glue gun in a fun and bright color palette making it a dependable must-have crafting tool for beginner and expert crafters alike! The Lynn Lilly by Surebonder® glue gun stands out among Surebonder®’s traditional line of black and green glue guns with a vibrant turquoise body and bright pink accents. In addition to the standout design, the LYNN-195F model glue gun is cordless with up to 2+ minutes of work time off the charger, high temperature, mini size with a detail tip, insulated nozzle cover, heating stand with attached glue pad, side fins, safety fuse, and on-off switch. The Lynn Lilly by Surebonder® glue gun works with all of Surebonder®’s mini size glue sticks; like color, glitter, fabric and more making the creative possibilities limitless.

Host your own Paint Party at HOME!

Art Studio Live has structured their step-by-step videos for all skill levels, from absolute beginner to intermediate artist. You select your art from their online library of instructional videos and begin creating your own painting. All from the comfort of your own home!

Step 1: Select a Paint Kit Set
Choose from a single paint kit or our paint party experience. With the paint party experience, we  provide you with setup tips for hosting your own paint and sip event.

Step 2: Get your all-in-one paint kit
You'll receive all you need to create your masterpiece.  Your paint kit includes; 6 paints, 3 brushes, 2 canvases, 1 palette. If you have chosen the paint party experience, you'll get 4 sets.  Best part, all paint kits include FREE shipping!

Step 3: View step-by step online videos
We provide a growing selection of painting tutorials created by professional artists for you to choose from. Best of all, all our videos are formatted for any browser or device.

Learn more and purchase Art Studio Live online.

Compact, durable, and sporting an attractive screen printed design, the UniKeep Craft Storage - 3 Ring Binder (available in standard and mini sizes) is perfect for the crafter or scrapbooker in your life. This binder includes 10 page protectors that allow for great storage for crafting supplies or documents. From paper to pens, stencils to stamps, the UniKeep Craft Storage 3 Ring Binder is your crafting solution for home storage or creativity on the go.

UniKeep binders and pages, made from 100% recyclable polypropylene, are fully enclosed, stackable, and transportable. Featuring three snap-locking polypropylene rings that won't pinch, rust, or misalign, they're easy on your craft supplies and your fingers.

For that person on your Christmas list that loves to sew Quarto Knows has an excellent variety of books on sewing. From learning how to sew by hand or for the first time on a machine to mastering "Sewing Machine Magic" they have something your sewing enthusiast is sure to love. And possibly never seen before too!

Titles featured above:
Singer: The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing
First Time Sewing
Sewing Machine Magic
Sewing 101
Hand Sewing Magic

If your gift recipient already has the basics of sewing down maybe they'll enjoy learning about sewing with a Serger or quilting. Either way you go there's plenty to be explored in these books including easy to follow step by step guides.

Titles featured above:
First Time Sewing with a Serger
Quilting 101
First Time Quilting

Learn more and purchase other titles from Quarto Knows online.

If sewing isn't your gift receivers thing and they enjoy knitting I have some great book ideas for you too. One's even a coloring book that will give them something to do for fun in between projects!

Titles featured above:
Margeau Chapeau: A New Perspective on Classic Knit Hats
• Let Margeau show you how to knit the hat of your dreams, from a stylish tweed cap to a playful beanie or a classic beret. Fifteen patterns, all well within the capacity of novice knitters, include earflap caps, a turban headband, watch caps, and other items.

Creative Haven Knitting Notions Coloring Book 
• From a portrait of penguins wearing sweaters to a yarn-bombed forest and a mandala of mittens and socks, this adult coloring book offers an incredible variety of inventive items that knitters love.

• Knitters of all skill levels will rejoice in this colorful collection of 15 original shawl patterns. These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak.

Christmas Color By Number
Give yourself the gift of fun and relaxation with this festive Christmas coloring book! Forty-six picturesque holiday scenes feature beautifully decorated houses, cozy fireside settings, quaint town squares, and all things Christmas — snowmen, Santas, sleighs, stockings, and much more. Use the corresponding color chart, or let your imagination lead the way. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Christmas Color By Number and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Learn more and purchase Christmas Color By Number online.

Magical Unicorn Christmas Activity Book
More than 70 holiday-themed activities feature all kinds of colorful, seasonal treats: gingerbread men, sugar plum fairies, Christmas trees, flying reindeer, and, of course, happy unicorns! It's packed with all kinds of festive fun, from memory and matching games to spot the differences, word searches, mazes, math challenges, drawing lessons, and lots more. Answers included.

Learn more and purchase Magical Unicorn Christmas Activity Book online.

Creative Haven Inspiring Proverbs Coloring Book
Your spirit will soar with this moving collection of 31 inspiring images. Each illustration features a beautifully lettered verse from the King James version of the Book of Proverbs surrounded by lovely frames of flowers, birds, and other meditative designs. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Inspiring Proverbs and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Learn more and purchase Creative Haven Inspiring Proverbs Coloring Book online.

Meditative Origami: 10 Origami Models to Fold with Designs You Color
Two mindfulness techniques in one book! Spirituality seekers can begin their meditation by creating their own origami paper — it's just a matter of detaching and coloring one of these 23 pages, which are preprinted with intriguing designs. Then step-by-step directions provide guidance for the peaceful folding of 10 origami models, including a swan, butterfly, unicorn, and rose. Inspirational quotes throughout the book provide thought-provoking boosts your day as you practice meditative origami.

Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, Montroll offers readers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow them to create better models with fewer steps. These original designs to color and fold will delight origami enthusiasts of all ages.

Learn more and purchase Meditative Origami online.

24-Hour Quilting Projects
It doesn't have to take months or years to make a quilt ― believe it or not, these patterns require only 24 hours or less! Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced quilter, these simple instructions for 20 projects offer everything you need to know from start to finish. You'll discover innovative, time-saving techniques that make fast work of cutting and sewing heirloom-quality quilts.

Full-color photos illustrate directions for pinwheel layouts, zig zag arrangements, patchwork designs, and appliqué motifs. Create wall hangings, decorative throws, and traditional quilts of all sizes that will add charm to any room. This wealth of projects — many of which can be finished in just six hours—offers designs that look as if they took months to stitch. In addition to their keepsake value, the quilts make wonderful gifts for all occasions.

Learn more and purchase 24-Hour Quilting Projects online.

Creative Haven Patchwork Quilt Designs Coloring Book
Blankets of splendid geometric configurations — drawn from time-honored patchwork quilt motifs — fill this festival of traditional folk art. Thirty-one designs offer endless coloring possibilities and will surely delight quilters, collectors, and colorists alike. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Traditional Patchwork Quilt Designs and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

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