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.
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.
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!
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.
Avery: While not necessarily an animated short film, you can think of this as an animated art piece. Dialogue was written by me and was included in a separate art piece I had done quite some time ago, this animation is a sort of reboot of that artwork. Voice performance was done by me, and was the first time I have ever used my voice in a creative way like this. Enjoy!
“Spirit Animal Meditations” is a new project we have just completed. I had a stroke of inspiration to do something different than the usual art I create, and the idea of recording a guided meditation came to me. Because of all of the stress and upset that has been going on in the world for many months now, I know a lot of us are needing a way to get calm, regain some clarity and just breathe! Adults are surely stressed, but this has been very hard on children as well. A guided meditation seemed like a good way to offer a space for some relaxation and centering to take place. Kai suggested I use the animal themed meditations she had written awhile ago. These were written with kids in mind, though adults can enjoy them as well! I had a good time narrating Kai’s lovely journeys with the Mother Bear, the Loving Dog, and the Magical Rabbit. And as always, Avery’s audio ambience adds a calming background music. I am very pleased with how these turned out, and I feel this was a project I was called to do during this difficult time. So please enjoy these, whether you are a child or adult. I encourage parents to participate in the meditations with your children. We wish you all love, courage and clarity in these changing times.
You can download the Mp3 files Here
Please take a look at I and Arianna’s new art and poetry book. I have joined our poems, photos, art, and a few of my comics into an entertaining compilation of funny and amusing poems we’ve written over the years – some of them, more relevant than ever. Much of the content is based on the joy and humor our beloved companions share with us, including a comic/short story called Milo the Millionaire! I wish to make light of some of the things we’ve all been going through lately, so I hope this book can bring a laugh, a smile, or even if just a little breather to your day. This is sure to bring pet lovers a little joy, so please share!
A big hello to all of you, and welcome to our blog again. For this month’s project, I had a bit of help from our little parakeet, Gypsy! Here she is doing one of her favorite things: enjoying the sunset.
This was a fairly simple craft, but it did take some delicate touch to make sure it came out as neatly as possible. I used some black colored cardboard as the canvas, and attached a few feathers that came from Gypsy. The parrots molt their feathers once or twice every year, and Kai keeps all the feathers, so we have quite a few!
I put them on the cardboard with some scraps of laminating vinyl, which was a careful task to keep the feathers neat and straight.
I think these arrangements turned out pretty nice, and I think Gypsy agrees.
Here is a photo of a collage I did a few years back, incorporating feathers from both Gypsy and Milo, our Quaker parakeet. It also has a few pressed flowers that Kai had picked for me, which are purple wood sorrel, a common wild plant we see here in Florida.
These were all enjoyable projects to do, and I definitely give Gypsy and Milo their due credit and thanks, since they were the ones who made the feathers!
Thank you for reading, and I send my best wishes to you all during these difficult times. Stay strong, be creative, and see you next month!
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.