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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Anniversary Clock

After 15 years of marriage, I have somehow come to the point where I'm buying even my husband's anniversary gifts at a thrift store. What does this say about me? The answer to that could be complicated, but let me just say that when I first saw this little clock at one of my go-to thrift stores, I hadn't planned to give it to my husband for our anniversary, but then again, I didn't know what to do with it. But I knew it had potential, and that's all it needed to convince me to bring it home.




At the moment, I've been thinking a lot about the library, a.k.a. our home office. (I think I can call it that officially since I finally got a desk in there.) I have a plan to decorate this room in a travel theme. Someday, there'll be bookshelves & curtains & all our travel memorabilia that we've collected thru the years, but like everything else, it's one step at a time.

So, it was a combination of needing to accessorize the library & the fact that I'm a hopeless romantic that inspired this clock. I started with a google search of a map. But not just any map: a map of the place that I first met my husband.

When I found one that had some nice colors I liked, I printed it out in the size I needed for the face of the clock.




Then, I carefully removed the hands from the face of the clock & cut a hole with an exacto knife to allow it to fit over the rod that holds the hands.



I also used a paper punch & punched a medallion out of black card stock for just a little more detail. And then I carefully placed the hands back on.




And because I wanted one more element of surprise, I used wire cutters to snip the end off of a sewing pin, then glued it in place, adding a pinpoint on the map of the exact location where it all began.






Don't tell him this whole project only cost $4. He might think I'm a cheapskate. Actually, after fifteen years of me spending his money, he knows me better than that!

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18 comments:

  1. Genius idea using the map for the clock face! Very cool and it came out lovely. Hey, my husband appreciates thriftiness and cleverness, so if yours does too it's a win win!

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  2. Oh, I love it - right up my alley...

    You aren't a cheapskate - you are creative!!

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  3. That is BRILLIANT! Happy Anniversary (for whenever the official date is).

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  4. That is completely romantic...priceless!

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  5. That is just adorable!! What a sweet and creative wife you are:) It turned out really great! Visiting from Southern Hospitality
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  6. So cool, I like this idea a lot.

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  7. Not only is that a romantic and sweet idea, but I love the way it looks with a map on the front! Perfect for a library a/k/a home office. : )

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  8. I LOVE that idea! It came out very sweet.

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  9. Oh, what a great clock! It turned out beautifully! You did a great job!!

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  10. julie,
    this is a fabulous re-do...love the map idea and how you personalized it for your hubby & to commemorate the first time you met.
    judi ;)

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  11. Wonderful! Please come by Thrifty Tickle on Friday to share a link to one of your re-dos on the first ever Vintage Suitase Friday! http://thriftytickle.blogspot.com/2010/07/vintage-suitcase-friday.html

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  12. I love it! My grandfather used to make clocks like this. Maybe I need to do one myself!

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  13. That's so awesome! Great Job! I'm stopping by from Tip Junkie.

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  14. I LOVE your clock! Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

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  15. I love how that turned out!! I have been wanting to redo a clock and now you have inspired me, thanks!

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  16. This is awesome, I love old maps & globes. What a great idea!

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  17. What a great idea. I love clocks this could be used for lots of memorable places!

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