Recently I was shopping in one of my favorite discount stores and I found this clock. When I got it home, I was very disappointed that even after putting batteries in it, the timepiece did not function. Maybe that is why it was in the "deep" clearance section. Well, instead of trying to take it back to the store, I thought about doing an upcycle project with it.
Look how cute it turned out and it was relatively easy. I think the hardest part might be taking the timepiece out. That will depend on how it is assembled. I was not concerned if I bent the clock arms, but if you are going to try and keep your project as a usable clock, you will need to take it slowly when disassembling as all of those pieces are very easy to damage.
I used a purchased digitized sewing machine design from "Designs By Sick" along with some standard text in my embroidery software. You could really get creative with this project. I can think of so many ways to customize with names or themes for kids bedrooms and nurseries. You could also make yours for different occupations. I think your hairdresser or veterinarian would absolutely love to get one of these. My local thrift stores always have clocks that have been donated. Once you get them home and take apart all of the pieces, you could have unique gifts in a very short time. An added bonus is you are helping the environment by keeping a clock out of a landfill.
Mine has a special place on my wall right above my sewing machine. I have a download below to show how easily you could make your own Upcycled Clock. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Much like my previous post on "Undermade Dolls" this project was so enjoyable. The little doll was found in a second hand store and came without clothes and feet. In the picture below you can see how she looked right after I purchased her with the price tag still on her belly. Great care was taken to clean her up by washing and conditioning her hair. The factory face paint was carefully taken off also and a new face painted on and sealed. Her feet/shoes were hand colored and molded and clothes were sewn especially for her. A portion of the factory hair was pink and because of the location it was strategically trimmed to remove most of it. Once braided, the pink is barely noticeable. Several inches were also taken off as the ends were damaged and prone to tangling.
Here she is all ready to go in her bedtime story PJs. Can you say Hey Diddle Diddle?
The change is unbelievable when you look at them side by side. I am working toward finding a very special home that she will go to be played with and cherished. One less used toy in a landfill. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
Playing with dolls. What more can I say? If you let yourself relax and not think about what you should be doing like housework or other chores, you can really get back to your childhood by grabbing some dolls. In recent years I have begun collecting all of my favorites that I had when I was a child and keeping them in a glass cabinet so I could enjoy looking at them. That was until I found Tree Change Dolls. What a lovely site. If you have not heard of this movement to make dolls over in a simpler way, then please start there. I have to admit that it looked like so much fun, I went to our local thrift shop and purchased a couple of dolls who had been scrapped in a large Tupperware box along with many "naked" babies. I brought them home, gave them a good wash and hair condition first. Then I took their faces completely off. It is intimidating at first to see that blank slate and know you have to fill it up or that poor little doll will be far worse off than when you brought them home. I have some before and after pictures below and a little slideshow of the progress. At any rate, this project was by far one of the most special I have done in many years. I hope to keep doing it in the future and sending the dolls to new homes for special little or big people.
This little Brunette started out a tangle of wild hair and no feet. She is washed conditioned and re painted
This little Blonde was in quite a mess also. She has also been washed, conditioned and re painted
Such a sweet little doll!
The change is so dramatic. It is hard to believe they are the same.
The progress of each doll can be seen in the above slideshow. Again if you haven't seen the site I mentioned earlier, please make it a point to visit. It will make you smile! I hope you have enjoyed this post, pass on what you learn and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
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