Thursday, January 27, 2011

One down, three to go.

Yippee and yea! Words of the day!

I have completed one of the boxes for my bears&boxes series that I have been working on for what seems like ages. I started this one last fall and got stuck for whatever reason. I put it aside and turned my attention to other things. I would say when I left it, it was 50% done – or maybe 35%. I never seem to remember to factor in making the bear that goes along with them.

Anyway, this is it:

A Day at the Beach


This is the front.  I found the shells last August when my husband and I were there for a nice weekend visit.  I had no idea at the time how they would factor into my work.


This is the box opened.  What follows are some of the details.


The left side.


Overhead, among the clouds, a plane pulls a banner that reads:

One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach -
waiting for a gift from the sea.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh


And below – sand castle, shells, sand filled bucket, and Mama’s best silverware for digging in the sand.


On the right side are places in the sand where the tide has left imprints of the bear’s feet and a bottle with a message inside
that rests in a puddle of water. 

Overhead another plane pulls a banner that reads:

There is  more to life than increasing its speed.


Finally, the little beach bear with armature in his arms clutching his inner tube waiting for the next big wave to come in.  Oh, he’s not going to ride any waves.  He just likes to jump over them!

Whew!  Since I started with a rhyme, I’ll end with one too.

Now it’s onto other things - magical ones like fairy wings.


  1. Awwwwwwiiiiieeeee I adore this box of you, maybe he'd like to come to live with me, lol, because we're in summer and it looks really summery to me. It's lovely the way turned!!!!, <3 congrats!!!!

  2. this is such a cute & neat idea!!! Love it so much x

  3. Ginger, this is really very well done. The concept is great - what a nice new direction to go to.

  4. This is wonderful, what detail into this piece. You have thought of everything. I love it.

  5. Oh! This is all together too wonderful!! I love your descriptions too... like dear bear is just going to jump over the waves.. that is so me- ha ha! I love the way the box turned out and how your shells look like butterflies on the front. Everything about this is so special.
    Hamlin says hello and to tell you that he is busy making you a valentine for Valentine's day to be sent by snail mail. :)

  6. Lovely Ginger! What a great talent you have!

  7. Oh, how I just LOVE your bear and boxes!!! I was just thinking about your Madelaine bear and box from last year's TBAI--boy, I should have snagged that one!
    Heaps of Hugs,

  8. OMG that is soooo cute !!! So much work. You are a special artist my friend ~~~

  9. I love everything inside the box! Especially the delicate sand castle. How did you make it?!

  10. Absolutely beautiful. You must have amazing patience.

  11. How lovely..beautiful work! Great details,


  12. Hi Ginger,

    Just want to pass on the Stylish Blogger Award to you from me:

    I love this bear and the little details you made for the box.


  13. Hi Ginger!
    Wonderful work! I very much liked idea - a plot in a box!
    Hugs, Alla

  14. Oh that's fab, the wee sandcastle is amazing

  15. Es una escena encantadora.

  16. Sooo cute! It came together very nicely. I love the little planes pulling the banners, and the bear is darling with his inner tube. How tall is he?

  17. Oh that little guy is so cute, love that box as always Ginger you've outdone yourself, see you soon, yay!!!xxx


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