Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Monday!

Good Morning Everybody!

I feel like I've been working on the railroad!  So many things going on over here that if I think about it long enough I would probably go into panic mode.  Bahahaha!  So, I bounce from one thing to the next trying to accomplish as much as possible.  I know we have all been there....Sorry about being off and on lately.  My real job has been VERY busy and any spare time I get, I try to get a few things done.

Anyway...Today I wanted to share a gift I made for a friend's child.  Lately we've been calling it "The Swing."  I'm sure these whirly chair things have a real name, but for know lets just go with The Swing....LOL!   My Inspiration???? I had never been on one of these until last year when we went to Chicago for the trade show.  We walked over to Navy Pier and hitched a ride.  I had a blast on it and laughed so hard...Still gives me a grin!  So I hope this gives my friend's child a grin too!

Here's a shot of the Navy Pier Swing Ride that I nabbed off of Google Images....



Made from Graphic 45's Mother Goose paper collection, I present...
 
THE SWING

 
 

 
The Swing is made from chipboard for the base as well as the hexagon central tower.  The swings are made from Tim Holtz Configuration boxes.  Once again, chipboard was cut into circles and added to a large paper mache lid to enclose it.  A small plastic spinning Lazy Susan was added just underneath the top to make it GO! 
 
When you twist the finial, this spins the top and moves the swings.  Just like the real deal.  Hope you like it...
 
Have an awesome week gang and as always, Thank You for coming by to visit!
 
Jim
The Gentleman Crafter
 

36 comments:

  1. How cool is this? I absolutely love it Jim, you have quite the imagination! I'm not quite sure how you put the lazy susan in, if you show it on your show Tues. will you record. Of course I have to work again. I'm really missing out on the chit chat before the show. Did you finish last Tues. project and the recording didn't work? Mine ended abruptly and was wondering if you finished.

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  2. Owlbsolutely Owlmazing Jim my Friend! LOVE it & I know your Friend's child will too! Your such an heARTistic soul & I truly needed to see your talent as it made me smile too.
    HUGGLES
    xoxo
    Nichole L.

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  3. This is just "THE BEST', brilliant imagination and anyone receiving that would be in awe!!!

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  4. You are clever! I'm sure the receipient will be thrilled with it!

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  5. WOW Jim, that is so awesome!!! You really do some great pieces of art! Thanks for sharing, hugs,Patty

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  6. Great to see you in the creative swing of things again. (tee, hee for my little pun there). Turned out great. So clever.

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  7. WOW!! How amazing is this?!! Your mind works in wonderful ways Jim!! I love it!

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  8. Jim...really? I'm in total gaga over this; you sure are making tracks since getting your bootie off & getting the other one in motion; what's next??!!! THX. for sharing!!

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  9. As always, you simply amaze me with your total off the wall creativeness!!! Whodathunk about making a replica of the swing ride...only you my friend!! There's a reason you're The Chipboard Cowboy...and this is a perfect example!!

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  10. Totally awesome Jim and I am sure the child will enjoy! You are soooo ingenious!

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  11. Totally Awesome!!! Jim the Gentleman Crafter is back!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

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  12. Oh my goodness! That swing is just incredible! WOW!

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  13. Too much fun!!! That was always one of my favorite carnival rides - just went on the one at Disneyland last year... alone - no one would go with me LOL.... What a beautiful job you did

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  14. Wow! That is soooo amazing! That was my favorite ride as a child!! I love it!!! Your designs are so fabulous and unique, just like you!! So glad to have you back!

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  15. The crash you might have heard was my jaw hitting the keyboard. I am in awe. That is one of the most wonderful & gorgeous things I have ever seen.

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  16. OMWow!!! That swing is just amazing!!! I call it the 'swing' too and loved going on it in my younger years. Some of the swings today go up up and up higher than I remember and well I'm not so sure anymore... A wonderful gift for your little friend! :)

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  17. You have an amazing talent! The Swing made me smile and remember some really great times! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. Your creative ability is amazing. This is such a great project. Going to do a pattern of it that we can purchase? I would LOVE to make it!!

    Sheila

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  19. So glad you are feeling better. Love your new creation - will you be posting a tutorial on Etsy. I would love so much on how to create this. You are so talented. Hope you continue to feel better every day in every way!

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  20. my gosh, you have such an amazing imagination and endless creativity!

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  21. Well that is one wild ride, Mister! Your creativity blows me away, pal. Love it!

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  22. You are absolutely a genius! Your creativity always amazes me, really wonderful

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  23. OMG!!! THAT, sir is simply AMAZING!!!!!!! What a wonderful gift you have! Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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  24. paper engineering at its best!!

    ~Kate~

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  25. very cool! I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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  26. How cute is that! That Mother Goose Collection is fun! I think they'll love it too !

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  27. Wow! I've seen some amazing scrapbook projects, but this goes far beyond!

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  28. My first thought was UNBELEIVABLE. After looking more at what you did AMAZING Came to mind. I love it.

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  29. You never cease to amaze me! This is FABULOUS!!!!

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  30. wow that's cool, i know you made a child very happy.

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  31. That is so totally cool! Love it! I am working on a Halloween Carnival. Maybe I will make a swing!

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  32. That is just too cool. Where do you get your ideas? And how do you execute such a design. Amazing!

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  33. I am a bit late in telling you that I think this is fabulous! I have been so busy, that I am just now trying to catch up on my commenting! I hope you didn't think that I forgot you! LOL... I would never do that! Just sometimes life gets waaaaayyyy to hectic, I know you understand!!! Hugs!!!

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