I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a positive comment on my last post. I really had no idea what the reaction would be, I just knew I needed to write it, come what may. All of your sweet and loving comments sure meant a lot to me, so thank you! I've taken a couple of blogs off of my reading list that were making me feel less than content after reading them, I don't need that pressure in my life. I haven't been perusing Pinterest quite so much either, wishing and wanting and feeling poor because my house isn't magazine worthy like "theirs." And you know what? I've been better for it. My whole attitude is so much more positive and I just feel happier and more "in the moment." I will always love decorating, that's just who I am, and I'll always love projects and yard sales, I can't ignore that side of me. But...when a thought starts to come to mind of, "Man I wish I had...." I just stop it right there and focus on what I do have. I still have things I want to do to the house, but all in good time. I no longer feel so anxious about it.
Anyways....on to today's post!
I've slowly but surely been plugging away at the kids' bathroom makeover. I put up a mini-gallery wall in there a couple of months ago, but I've never shown it to you because 1) I'm a terrible procrastinator and the frames STILL don't have pictures in them (I finally ordered them though!), and 2) I was missing the last piece of the collection.
I knew I wanted that last piece to be a small wall clock and I found this cute retro one online and just loved it. It had the perfect look and the perfect size. BUT....
It cost $60!!
There was absolutely no way I could afford to pay that much for a small clock, nor would I do it even if I could afford it. That's a bit much for my taste.
So, a few weeks went by while I pondered my dilemma and then I came up with an idea. A few more weeks went by before I finally remembered to look at the clock section at Walmart. (Procrastination....air-headedness...see the pattern?)
I was thinking I could probably find a basic clock for around $10.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this one for only $4.
I brought it home and took it all apart.
I don't have pictures of the next few steps because I was figuring it out as I went, but basically I found an image online of a vintage school clock that I liked. I uploaded the image to PicMonkey and edited the clock hands out of the picture. Then I brought the image into my Print Master program on my computer as clip art, enlarged it to the correct size, and printed it out on card stock. I very carefully cut it out, made a hole in the center for the clock mechanism to fit through, applied a tiny bit of glue stick to the back of it and laid it in place.
I put it all back together...
and ended up with this!
I'm pretty happy with my newly "retro" styled clock.
The only thing I need to change is the second hand. A friend suggested that I paint it red like the inspiration one, an idea that hadn't even occurred to me before that. I love the idea and I plan to do it....probably a few weeks from now. :D
The pictures for the gallery wall should be in soon and when I get it all put together I'll be sure to show you. There are some other changes on that same wall that I've kept a secret as well, and I'll reveal it all together.
Until then, I'm quite satisfied with my $56 savings and loving my new little $4 "vintage" clock!