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Thursday, November 20

DIY Clock Using Vintage Objects

By Emileigh Rogers

With the holidays coming up, it’s about time to start thinking about presents for others (if you haven’t already!). Some of the most difficult gifts to come up with, for me, are gifts to give the men in my life. However, after trying this tutorial to make clocks a couple times, I’m convinced this DIY project may have to be my man-gift go-to!

I’ve actually done the tutorial twice below to show you the process using a different item as the “base” of the clock. The options for what can be turned into a clock are endless, and you can be creative in deciding what your giftee would appreciate in a clock! I used an old cigar box and a piece of scrap wood advertisement, but, basically, if you can drill a hole in it, you can make it a clock!

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To make a clock, all you will need is an item to turn into a clock, a drill (with a bit appropriate for whatever you’re drilling through), and a clock face kit. (Clock face kits are available at most craft stores.) If you would like to hang the clock on the wall when you’re done, then you’ll also need picture hangers.

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The first step is to decide where on the item you would like the clock face to be. When you find a placement you like, mark the center point of the clock hands. Carefully drill a hole on that point that is just large enough for the clock mechanism to fit through.

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Next, take the motor part of the clock mechanism and push it through the hole you just drilled. The battery pack should be on the back of your clock item. If you find the hole you drilled is a bit large for the clock mechanism and it won’t stay in place, just add a dab of glue on each side of the hole and glue the motor to the back of your clock base.

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Lastly, attach the clock hands to the motor piece as the kit directions show you. If you’d like to hang the clock on the wall, this would be the time to attach the hangers.

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You just made a unique, one of a kind clock!

Yes, it really is as simple as drill, put in the motor, and attach the clock hands! Just to show you how easy it is, I’ll go through the process one more time using a different clock base item: a piece of scrap wood advertisement.

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First, decide where you’d like the clock to be placed on the item. I wanted to keep the advertising prominent, so I opted for putting the clock on the left side of the wood. Drill a hole.

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Push the motor mechanism through the hole you just drilled.

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Attach the clock hands as the directions show you.

 

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Voila! Another amazing clock!

I love how deceitfully high end this project can look. It’s easy to make a fabulous, one of a kind statement piece for the man cave, garage, or office that ties in a guy’s interests or hobby, all in just a few steps! The possibilities of what can be turned into a clock are endless. Some other items I thought could work well are a vintage oilcan, an old radio, a camera, a hubcap, or a vintage lunchbox. If you can drill a hole in it and conceal the clock motor behind it, it can be a clock for that special guy!

25 days of holiday inspiration!

Remember to join me for 25 Days of Holiday Inspiration For Harried Homemakers- Finding 10 minutes of peace a day to celebrate the season! Click HERE to get signed up. Each day I will send you an email detailing a bit of inspiration on how to pamper yourself, create a less stressful holiday, and create loving memories with your family. If you are already subscribed to my weekly email list, you can either wait until Friday to get them or sign up HERE to get them each day. These emails start on November 30th.

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Tuesday, November 18

Pro Tip: This trick saved me sooo much time!

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This post is brought to you by Glad. Freshness, wrapped up.

As a mother who considers herself artistically inclined, I was thrilled when my youngest child seemed to be as interested in art as much as I am. What I wasn’t so thrilled about was the total mess my 3 year old makes as she is honing her skills. I don’t know what I was thinking, but the first time Ariella decided to paint I got distracted and walked away for what I swear was only 30 seconds. I come back to see her covered with paint, the table covered with paint, and the floor covered with paint. It was a total disaster!

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After that huge mistake I quickly learned to put down newspaper when inspiration struck and she wanted to do an art project. The only problem was, most of the time the paint went through the newspaper and ended up creating a big soggy mess! I swear it was even worse than no paper at all! So in a fit of desperation I grabbed my Glad Press’n Seal hoping it would stick to the table and create a plastic barrier that I could just pull up and toss when Ariella was finished.

And guess what? It worked! It was like the clouds opened and the angels sang to me as I quickly cleaned up her “disaster”! I had dreaded art time with my daughter because the clean up was such a pain. Now I could just peel off the plastic and throw it away! It was amazing!

The best part was, if by some miracle she didn’t make a very big mess I could just leave the Glad Press’n Seal on the table after a quick wipe up! 

Another bonus was figuring out if I covered the leftover paint with the plastic, it would stay wet for a few days, so I didn’t have to throw it way each time Ariella was finished. This has saved me a bit of money when it comes to art supplies. 

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So if you have kids who love to create messy art projects, I highly recommend using Glad Press’n Seal to help keep your table clean and for a super easy clean up! 

This post was sponsored by Glad Press’n Seal but all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, October 21

Bundle Sewing

 

By Emileigh Rogers

“Sewing is beneficial if we plan our work ahead so that we do our sewing happily at convenient times. I find I can get the most done by planning ahead, and then I have the added satisfaction of seeing my plans work out.” – Home Arts, Fall 1936 issue

The 1930s were difficult days of making due with far less because of the Depression. People had less money than ever, and many women took in sewing jobs to help supplement their families’ incomes. Women in these days also had to be creative in making their own clothing in order to be fashionable on a small budget (like many of us today). In order to get the most out of their time and complete the most amount of sewing possible, a magazine article from the Home Arts from the fall of ’36 shares tips on “bundle” sewing.

The article describes the “bundle” sewing woman like this, “Her home and her children, as well as she herself, are always beautifully dressed, and yet she has time to be charming and time for social things.” Don’t we all want to have time to be charming and social? You can make efficient use of your time and complete more projects faster by “bundle sewing,” just like they did in the 1930s! Here is how:

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How to Bundle Sew:

     1. Cut out all the pieces for several projects.

     2.For each of these projects, do all of the machine sewing, pressing, etc. that is needed. Don’t do the handsewn parts.

     3. Take each project and all of the notions required for it (snaps, thread, needle, buttons, scissors, etc.) and separate them into piles.

     4. Place each pile in a large Ziploc gallon bag, reusable tote, or container. (I’m using an old cloth bag that was once the packaging for some new sheets. I also recommend the plastic               packages many new curtains come in.)

     5. When you’re commuting, on a road trip, or waiting in an office somewhere, take a bundle with you in your purse.

     6. Work on the hand sewing while you wait.

Enjoy your finished garment!

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