Does this post sound familiar?  Last week, I posted “The Girl and The Guitar Gift.” (Check out The Girl’s Guitar Gift HERE)  I decided to take a spin off that title by using “The Boy and the Guitar Gift.”

Ever seen a guitar made out of a cigar box?  Well, here you go.  My son made this cool guitar for his dad for Christmas.  So how did he do it?
He locked himself in his room for a day.  He sanded and sawed (yes, in his bedroom!).  He glued.  He used tung oil to finish.
Check this video out for more detailed instructions The Easiest Way to Make A Cigar Box Guitar.

Here is the “Grand Opening”.

I love this picture with Rob’s big smile as Dad sees the guitar.

I have a few more pics with some details below.

As usual, I kind of messed up something.  Rob needed a cigar box.  We had one on our coffee table.  The cigar box was empty and just sitting there collecting dust.  I suggested he use the cigar box.  He did.  So, what’s the problem?  The cigar box was given to us with cigars when our daughter was born 20+ years ago.  Oops.

Why did Rob make this for his dad?  I have no idea.  Obviously, Rob has a desire to create and make things.  He makes music, lots.  Recently, the “art thing” has begun to evolve.

Rob making this guitar for his dad made his dad real happy.  Rob making art for his dad made his mom real happy.  It was a Happy Christmas at the Ray house. 

Then, we went to Minnesota ice fishing…But that is a story for another day!
Cold, I tell you.  Happy, but cold as ice.
Look at this cool guitar shelf!  Oh boy, I just love it…My son’s girl, Anna, made the guitar and gave it to Rob for Christmas.  You see, Rob is a guitar player and an artist. Check out these links to see some Rob Art.
Rob Art for Dad
Rob Art for Mom
This guitar was just the perfect gift for Rob, folks!
Here is a closer look.  The mosaic you see is broken painted records.  Nice, huh? 

These two kids have been hanging out for a few seasons.  They met at Winshape Camp in Rome, Georgia.  WinShape Camps is where thousands of campers come together each year to experience life-changing awesomeness! Created by the founder of Chick-fil-A™.  These camp counselors came together and been together ever since.

I just love handmade gifts.  They are the best.  When you give something that you made away, it is more than just a gift.  A DIY gift is a part of you that is shared with another and no one else.  Nothing better, I tell you.
Rob shares his artistic side with his music.  Here is Rob singing his song “Bulletproof” at a coffee shop in Macon, GA.
Oh yeah, one more thing.  Happy Birthday, Rob!
Love, Mom (1965)
I had a request from my son to paint him a guitar.  You see, he had “Sharpied” me a guitar last October.  Click HERE for Rob’s guitar designed with Sharpies.
I have a son and a daughter.  Of course, my daughter got wind of this request and became interested in a hand painted guitar of her own.  Check out the results below.
The Process? 
I purchased kid guitars.  Each guitar cost about $75 each.  Rob had requested a small guitar that he could just “grab and go”.
I sanded the guitars in my classroom.  My art teacher friend, Laura Harrison, was about ready to kill me.  There was lots of noise.  Also, there was a cloud of dust floating in our building for a few days.  During Christmas break, I feel certain that the dust settled.  Ha Ha.

Once I got the guitars sanded, I put a coat of Kilz primer on each guitar.
Then, I began painting the guitars.  On some designs, I would draw with pencil.  I freestyled most of both guitars.
I had to hide in the bedroom to get finished with the guitars.  My kids were both home from college and I wanted to keep my guitar presents a surprise.

Have a look at the finished guitars!

Callie’s guitar is below.  I gave nods to Howard Finster, Pearl Jam,The Who, Woodstock, music, angels, doctors, The Allman Brothers, peace, and love.

Rob’s guitar was a bit of a challenge.  I could not just put random designs on his guitar.  I thought that the guitar would look a little too “girly”.  I included Picasso, Jimi Hendrix, America, Young the Giant, Peter Max, the Atlanta Hawks, and Jesus, in his design.

I debated on whether or not to put polyurethane on the guitars for protection.  I decided no on the polyurethane.  I did not want to take a chance on the yellowing effect that polyurethane sometimes causes.

Funny thing, we went to Minneapolis last week and toured Prince’s Paisley Park.  Paisley Park was pretty cool for the Prince fan!  Guess who had the coolest guitars?  Prince!

Love Symbol Guitar

MadCat Telecaster Guitar

 Cloud Guitar
Unfortunately, we could not take pictures on the tour at Paisley Park.  With the purchase of Prince’s purple flash drive, McKenzie (our awesome tour guide) used the Paisley Park camera and took a picture of us in front of Prince’s Purple Piano and Guitar. 
Prince could really play the guitar.  Check out this video below with Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, and Jeff Lynne.  Prince has a pretty amazing guitar solo in the video.
The song is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
As I toured the Paisley Park, Prince’s guitars sat in silence because their artist is gone.  No more strums with Prince’s fingers.  Prince’s screaming guitars and Prince’s screaming fans stopped making noise on April 21, 2016.
Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called “life”
Electric word, life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world

from Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” 

Last October, my family gave me a red electric guitar for my 50th Birthday.  Also, they gave me guitar lessons.  It is a year later and YES, I am still taking lessons.  I practice almost every day.  I am almost done with Book 2.  So, you can give me a cookie.

I have made an observation over the years.  Once you get a guitar, you want another.  Yes, I did want another and I did want an acoustic guitar.  I mentioned the “want” to my kids.  On my birthday, my son came in the house with a Winshape Camp blanket wrapped around a something. Rob was grinning and said that I should open the blanket.   I opened the blanket and FOUND THIS AMAZING GUITAR.  Wow, this was special on so many levels.

You see, Rob, is a very good guitarist.  The guitar is where the creative blood flows out of Rob.  He never took an interest in drawing or painting.  Sure, he enjoyed doing art, but he just never got hooked.  

So, how did he do it?  Well, he got a guitar.  He got Sharpies.  He drew amazing designs on the guitar.  Seriously, I have never seen Rob put together designs and colors.  Without question, he has natural talent.  What a happy mom I was!  My boy made art for me.  He stepped out of his musical creative state into my visual creative state.  

I have been strumming at some Georgia Bulldog tailgates.  Our tailgates last 8 hours +.  I am just trying to work on those basic chords so maybe I can have a really good jam session with Rob during Thanksgiving break.  I think he enjoys seeing me progress in his guitar world. 

You may ask, how did Rob get interested in guitar?  Well, I signed him up for running, guitar, and tennis lessons.  The running and guitar stuck.  The tennis, not so much.  I did a post on Rob’s running awhile ago.  Have a look HERE. The Arts are a great place for creative folks.  If you know someone that has that creative “thing”, and yes, it is a thing, show them the way.  

Happiness is….Finding your Thing….

Do what you love and love what you do.

There are lots of guest appearances in this video.  Haha.

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