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Voices & Visions: David Sandum

David Sandum is an artist and author, notable for his highly praised 2015 book, “I’ll Run till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir about Depression and Discovering Art”. But many of you will know him as the founder of the Twitter Art Exhibit, an organization that exhibits post-card sized artwork submitted by artists from all over the world. The donated artwork is sold to help raise money for charities and non-profit organizations.

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Here Be Life: Nature Poetry

Another nature-themed collection of poetry by me and Arianna. Enjoy the prose and art inspired by the natural world!

We are meant to be in a relationship with Mother Nature, and even when we are not, life still goes on. No matter where you are in the world, even if in the midst of a city, take a moment to “see”.

A single tree, a single bird, even a single flower, can still remind us that life is always here, and always will be.

-Kai

A Love Poetry Collection; Happy Valentines Day!

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.

-Arianna

Twitter Art Exhibit 2021

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!

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ARIANNA’S RECYCLED CRAFT PROJECT: DECEMBER

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.

-Arianna

ARIANNA’S RECYCLED CRAFT PROJECT: NOVEMBER

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!

-Arianna

A Truly Wonderful Christmas – Book for Children

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.

-Kai