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

In Abstract Dimensions – Poetry Collection

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!

-Kai

“A Pebble in the Pond” Virtual screening + IG Live Chat

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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-
www.allb.org/ripples

Additionally, I did an Instagram Live Chat with director Paul Howard on his instagram, check it out!

Child and the SunGods – My new novel

For this month’s book,I decided to post my second full-length novel. Child and the Sungods is an Alice-in-Wonderlandish adventure fiction about a scientist and his little brother who get lost in another world. They battle zombies, meet talking animals, pirates, and look for the legendary king whose all-powerful “Wings of Ra” have been stolen from him. Meanwhile, a boy called Chike, seeks to restore the “living library” that holds all of humanities’ knowledge.

Both nonsensical, and thought-provoking, Child and the Sungods was inspired by characters and concepts from dreams, music, and various inspirations. I did no research for this story, so don’t expect any of it to make sense! It is very fantastical.

It belongs to my novel “universe” (Which I have not decided a name for quite yet), so you can expect to see familiar faces within my novels, though each story is very different from one another.

I am quite proud of this fantasy, even if it makes no sense to you, but it is still a great read if you like a good, twisted-fate tale.

Please take a look!

-Kai

A Reason For Changing: New Poetry Book

Here is another new poetry collection by Arianna and I. I regret not having pictures to fill this book, but I wanted to get this particular poetry theme out as soon as possible, so I had to forgo them. The theme is children; both children, and the inner-child. I wanted to put forth this poetry collection as quickly as the idea came to me, because I feel that right now, we need to be inspired by children – ours, our inner-child, and children of humanity. We owe so much to the ones that we have dismantled the futures of. These poems are not coming from individuals who have kids themselves, but from a place of knowing, and remembering how it felt to be a child in a world that was taking a steep turn right before our eyes – and still is. We were all once children, and I think deep down we all know what we wanted to be as we grew older – good people. This is something we can still put into practice for the sake of those who have not even lived life yet.

So please, be good to the world that your children are going to be living in.

-Kai