On May 18th, we began creating a new mural at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Center in Crawfordville, Florida (near Tallahassee). Around this same time last year we had been painting a large outdoor mural in their courtyard, completed in June. This year we had the opportunity to do another mural of a smaller scale, this time indoors.
For Valentine’s Day this year, I present a book of poetry written by Kai and me. The theme being love, it covers not only romantic love, but love in all other forms as well.
I gave it the title “The Unlocking Of The Heart”after the very last poem in the book. That poem was written several years ago, but I feel it’s story and emotion has become more important to me, hence I gave it’s name to the book itself.
I truly hope you enjoy reading these poems, and that they remind and reveal to you the many faces and forms of love. And knowing that in the end, the most important thing we can give this world is the unlocking of our own hearts. For once we can do this, who knows what is possible?
A very Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.
It’s that time of year again, to create art and support charity! We’ve finished our cards for Twitter Art Exhibit! What is Twitter Art Exhibit you ask? It is an organization/event where artists from all over the world can submit a post card sized artwork that will be sold at the event to raise money for charity!
You can learn more and register on their website, and we recommend you do! It’s fun to create art that can help bring good to the world! And we thank the founder David Sandum for creating it! We have participated for many years now, and always look forward to it!
It is a brand new year, and we hope to begin it with a bang! We have lots of exciting projects ahead, and want to share them in a fresh, new way in 2021!Continue reading “Into 2021 + Short Story”
For the month of December, I have a delightful craft to share with you!
This is a small doll outfit I embellished upon. It was originally on a stuffed toy that was found in a Little Library box. Kai kept the outfit and then asked if I would add on to it. So here it is!
Interestingly, from looking at the seams, it looks like it was a homemade piece to begin with. I then added the pink lace trim( a garage sale bargain) and a few beads to brighten up the neckline. I think it ended up pretty cute! Now I just need to find someone to wear it…
These guys weren’t quite the size, but we thought you’d enjoy seeing them! Kai has been giving new looks to old stuffed animals, and some of them look almost real at a distance.
Kai made these by taking apart old Beanie Babies and re-stuffing them with scrap cloth. They were then re-shaped by sewing and then painted and decorated into a whole new character. I think she did a great job creating these little critters.
So I hope you enjoyed the last post of recycled craft projects for this year. Doing these blogs definitely gave me a new challenge in crafts and maybe it gave you some new ideas and inspiration. Thanks for reading, and I truly hope you found some peace and beauty during the holidays, I know this year has been a rough ride for us all. I wish you a joyful New Year, and many blessings to come.
Hi again to everyone! I give to you another recycled project, this one being a fairly simple one. It is also functional, as it is a basket, it will be used to hold things in. Kai found this one being thrown away and saved it for me, as I recently have taken a liking to wooden baskets.
It had some discoloration, so after cleaning it, I found a similarly colored paint( I used an outdoor paint because they withstand more without chipping) and I painted over the damaged area. You really can’t tell where the discoloration was!
Here are a few other baskets that I have rehabbed, which now hold all of my yarn and knitting/crochet supplies. These ones were cleaned up, and to prevent mold I rubbed them down with a mixture of olive oil, peppermint and tea tree oil. (Now they smell really good, too!)
Hope you enjoyed viewing the baskets! Peace and love to you, my friends!
For the month of October, the recycled project is again for the garden. A repaired bird feeder and a makeshift bird bath are now helping the wildlife in our yard.
For this month, Arianna and I got to work on a new children’s book, “A Truly Wonderful Christmas”, is a sweet, and warm story-book style tale for kids. It turned out to be a cool little book, so I hope you’ll be happy to read it as well!
I wrote and hand-drew the characters, while Arianna added the color and depth to the illustrations. Avery (as usual), did the great digital touch-ups.
You can read our new book here!
I’m also proud to announce that this is the thirtieth publication on our site! I can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished over the years, and I am so grateful to my siblings for pitching in their own art, writings, work, and time, to make all of these stories come to life, and to make them available to share! I still have many books, novels, and poetry collections in progress, so you can still expect more next year!
Please take a look at our other content as well, you can find more children’s titles, poetry pieces, short stories, and full-length novels in my gallery – HERE.
Hello everyone! This month’s craft project is a beautiful necklace that was made of used materials. In addition to that, I also want to show you some other jewelry projects that Kai and I have created over the years.Continue reading “ARIANNA’S RECYCLED CRAFT PROJECT: SEPTEMBER”
In Abstract Dimensions is another poetry collection I put together, full of both rhymed, and free-verse poems of no particular theme. This collection spans from poetry I wrote years ago, to poetry I created this year. Inspiration came from experiences, dreams, and brain-stormed ideas. Although I did not put any of my art in this one (except for the cover) this book ended up being over 40 pages of poetry!
The backgrounds are my hand at digital art, so I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Avery: on Nov 8th, “A Pebble in the Pond”, a documentary film I contributed to, will have a fundraiser private virtual screening! Every ticket is tax deductible and supports the assistance league of long beach and their philanthropic programs. So not only do you get to watch the film, you get to support a good cause! One ticket (50$) is all you need for the entire family to watch. The film will be provided as a private YouTube link, and will be available to watch for a couple of days after. The film will return to film festivals afterwards, so this is the one and only time to watch the film online in the foreseeable future! This will be the first time I’ll be seeing the film myself, so I’m very excited! The film is self described as a “Feel Good” movie, and will make the audience ask-
“How can I create ripples too?”
Get tickets, watch the trailer, and learn more info at-
Additionally, I did an Instagram Live Chat with director Paul Howard on his instagram, check it out!