Sunday, February 13, 2011

Do-over Done

If you remember, a few posts back I decided a project I was working on wasn’t working. I was still a fan of the basic idea but I thought it could be done somewhat better. It looked like this on the outside. I liked these colors but not for what I was hoping to achieve.


The doors were giving me grief too. I liked them opening in the middle but alas, it became a no go.


And here’s the inside. I wasn’t certain if I was going to be a fan of altering this image – I was hoping it would be for the better.


So, what was the inspiration for this piece?

I think it goes back quite a ways actually. As a child, I loved swinging on the swings we had in the back yard. When we went to visit my grandmother, she had a porch swing and that was great too. The porch was where wonderful stories got told.

On my front porch, we have a swing where we often pass a bit of time on nice afternoons when the weather is nice, or take in a storm when it isn’t. In our back yard, my husband built a set of swings that is big enough for ‘someone’ to use that isn’t necessarily a five-year-old.

The image below is one of my favorites because it captures all those great memories and the feeling you get when you are gliding effortlessly through the air on a swing. It was my jumping off place for this piece.


This is the Do-over Done:


This is called “I wanna go higher . . .” and this is the (new) front.

Here is the inside left with quotes about childhood, playing, joy and being alive.


The inside right - complete with a tree swing and a teddy sitting on it.


And here is the same side without the bear. As my daughter noticed, the tree provides a natural frame for the bear on the swing. More quotes on this side too.


What I’m thinking now is that if it was warmer, not the wee hours of the morning and I had something besides my PJ’s on; a few minutes on a swing would be a right nice idea. Tomorrow it is supposed to be warmer here, so maybe, just maybe . . .


  1. You are so creative Ginger! I love the concept of giving your bear a story as part of the packaging.

    I Love everything from the box to the bear. Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation =)

    Hugs, Wayne

  2. Wonderfull Box i love it.
    Einfach nur Genial diese Ideen mit den Boxen. Gratuliere zu soviel Kreativität. Die DBears aus Deutschland. -- Dirk --

  3. A little sitting on the swing is wonderful. It's one of my favourite childhood memories too. I always enjoyed the wind blowing in my face and hair.

    The new teddy sitting on the swing is just great! :)

  4. Oh, I like the tree in the redo much better and the font. How do you manage to write like that or do you type it and than paste it on....the Bear looks so sad, though....what happened to the doors opening in the middle...I like to swing, too.
    Mama Bear

  5. Fabulous new creation, love the tree in the redo better

  6. Looks like you really are in the swing of things Ginger ... love all this new creativity!!

    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

  7. Very cool box idea... I love the colors of the outside now!

  8. Love how this box turned out - nice job. Bear is darling also!!

  9. Your miniatures are so great I have become one of your followers. I also make miniatures. Please visit my blog.

  10. Love this wonderful piece Ginger - definately brings back special childhood memories - thanks for sharing!


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