As was stated in our New Year blog post, I am trying a new recycled craft project each month, and here it is! Sorry that I was this late, I have had other arts and crafts I’ve been in the process of finishing up.
The project for January ended up being this cute little box. I don’t know if you can classify all the materials as “recycled”, but as a rule, I am not buying any new materials for the creation of the project. Anything I used was already in my house! So the box itself was from a gift received at Christmas, and we’ve been trying to use up some older bottles of paint, so I used some of those for giving the box a new look. The flower design on top was crocheted with some black crochet string I had waiting around.
I really had no plan on how it was going to look, I just took some inventory on the available materials, and then let it come together.
I also thought you might enjoy seeing the collection of coffee cans I’ve painted. I did a blog post earlier on my first few, and I have painted many more since! Mostly I used acrylic paints and then sealed them with acrylic gloss, but I do notice the ones that I painted with multi-surface outdoor paint seems to have a better result, with less paint chipping off.
Not sure yet what I’m doing with all of these, I’ve kept a few for storing art supplies and jewelery. I’m sure there’s many other things they could be used for, and I’d love to hear if anyone has any other ideas on that!
So that’s it for my January post, and I’ll be back in February with a new craft!
Kai: I am very excited to present my new short story for the New Year! This short story/poetry novel is about a spirit who continues to live on no matter what troubles it faces in it’s many bird lives. It was of course inspired by the avians in my life, but the idea for the tale came to me when I was listening to the empowering song, “Fully Alive” by Flyleaf. With that, I added much of my awaiting poetry to the abstract story to make it complete. However, the birds did not seem to think it was complete – A day after finishing this book, a sparrow hit our window and perished in my hands (which I have never experienced before). This moment was somber, but surreal – I took it as a sign that this story will continue to craft me, and others who care to read it. That is my hope, anyway.
I am very proud to share this book, as it is more full-length than much of what I’ve shared so far. So I hope you too, will face your phoenix this year, and claim the kind of life that is rightfully yours.
In addition to kicking off the New Year with this new book, we at Sacred Visions Studio have many plans for this year. As I did last year, I would like to once again, release one digital book a month. Arianna plans to try one new recycled craft project each month, and share it with you all. And Avery continues to develop awesome new animations/film projects.
We of course have much more than just these plans going on, and we hope to share as much of it as we possibly can.
We wish everyone a beautiful new start, and a happy, healthy, inspiring, New Year!
Winters and Summers, the Beauty of Emotions captured in Poetry, is a collection of prose depicting the complexity of emotions. I’m very pleased to finally share these pieces, as some of them are many years old now.
The photography I picked to be featured in this book, was all shot in Florida.
Photos and poetry by Kai, digital designs by Avery.
This educational, kid’s story book was inspired by our growing permaculture food forest. We’ve been planting many plants, herbs, and trees on our once, rather barren landscape, which has brought back much life to our yard! I hope you enjoy my short, but sweet, water-colored, manga-style children’s book. -Kai
This is A pebble in the pond. A film described as a feel good documentary film that tells the story and history of the Assistance League and it’s founder, Anne Banning. And explores their signature program, Operation School Bell.
The film is an extension of their docu-series Ann Asks. The series hopes to inspire change in the world, and that change starts with YOU.
I Avery, animated a short animated sequence that appears in the film. It’s actually one of eight animated sequences that appear throughout the film, each uniquely crafted by a different animator.
Arianna and I have a new kid’s book! Mr.Slime’s Best Halloween is about a green Great Dane who loves Halloween, but finds out that it means a lot more than just fun and games. What does Mr. Slime discover? Find out here! -Kai
This is a little project i worked on over the course of a few weeks. I love space/surreal themed art if you didn’t already know. If I don’t know what I want to create, my default thing to go to is almost always space themed art.
This project was created inside of the blender 3d software.
I had a lot of fun creating this animation, especially the music and sounds, I think it feels really immersive! Enjoy!
On August 7th, 2019, at the Wakulla County Extension Office in Wakulla County, Florida, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the unveiling of their courtyard mural. The mural was designed and painted by us here at Sacred Visions Studio, Arianna, Kai, and Avery Nakashima along with additional help from multiple volunteers.