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It is that time of year . . . the air is getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and the stores are starting to bring out the holiday decorations and supplies. If you are thinking of creating your own holiday decor this year, Leisure Arts has some great books to inspire you.
Every year at the holidays I think I end up making at least a few items. Christmas stockings, wreaths, ornaments, decorations for around the house or gift to give . . . oh, and cards and gift tags . . . lots of those! I find my inspiration in the stores, online and of course in crafting books.
Open House Merriment will help guide you as you create home decor items for the holidays, ornaments that could be given as gifts or treats for a holiday gathering.
Each page of this book is filled with project ideas to inspire you. You will also find a full list of supplies and step by step directions.
Not only does this book contain great holiday decor items, but it also has recipes for your holiday gatherings. I don't do a lot of cooking, but at the holidays I always seem to find some time to bake, and I cannot wait to try some of these treats! The Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes (pictured above) would be perfect to bring to a party or potluck at work. Other recipes include Lemon Shortbread Tartlets, Chocolate Mousse and Amaretto Peach Desserts . . . YUM!
There is also a whole section of this book called Christmas is for Kids, which includes projects you can make with your family. The holidays is all about family so why not do some crafting and share your hobby with the kids!
If you are a yarn crafter, Yarn Whimsies is filled with projects just for you . . . some of them you could create from scraps you probably already have in your yarn stash! Who doesn't love a project that uses up all of those scraps that you already have!
For the paper crafters, Holiday Papercrafting will give you a few new ideas for the holiday season. I have already started working on a project from this book, and I will be sharing that with all of you once I complete it.
Another feature I like about these books is that they include patterns and templates in the back of the books for some of the different shapes and images you will need for the projects. Some of these projects are easy enough that you could complete them in an evening, or do them with your children/grandchildren for a family project.
Are you ready to get crafting? Let's make this holiday season special with inspiration from books from Leisure Arts!