Monday, 8 August 2016

How to make your own time - or your own clock

It has been just over a week since my blog break started and the observant among you will notice that I am here again and that I have in fact not stopped blogging at all.  Just like The Reduced Shakespeare Company though, my blogging is reduced!

Today I made my own time.  Literally!  Yes, you can make time.  Unfortunately it takes time to make time so it isn't really a practical way of making time but there you go.  Shall I stop wasting time and tell you what I really mean?

Ta Dah!  My own time!



Lovely Jo from Three Stories High held a giveaway a little while ago for a make your own clock kit.  I was lucky enough to be one of the winners of the giveaway.  You can read all about Jo's experience making her own clock - or time! - here.

The clock kit comes in a box like the one below from needcraft.co.uk and includes all that you need to make your own clock, you just have to provide what you want for the face of the clock.


Jo made the face of her clock with fabric and I chose to do the same.  I had grand ideas of sewing together 12 wedges of fabric for each of the hours.  I soon came to my senses and just decided to go with one flat piece of fabric.

It is really easy to make your time clock, you stick a circle of clever sticky plasticy stuff to the fabric, stick tape to a metal ring, stick that to the circle, tuck in the edges and add the clock mechanism and hands and voila, one clock!  Well, it takes a little bit more than that, but not much.  It is vey simple and you could turn all kinds of things into a clock.  Wallpaper or a childs drawing perhaps?

I tried my clock in a couple of places and it is now hanging here in my office  and when I am in my new podcasting location in September I will be able to see it to keep an eye on how long I am talking for!!


Thank you Jo for the giveaway and clock and the inspiration, I love it!

As for the blogging thing?  Well I really have had loads more time over the last week, I have done four - yes, four! - small embroideries, a small and fiendishly difficult cross stitch, loads of work on a blanket and am well through hand patchworking a cover for my swift - a yarn winding device.  So pretty darn busy hey! 

Not too shabby overall and proof of how much time I spend blogging as I can get loads done when I don't blog.  I have still been reading your blogs though! 

I have also cleared through all of my outstanding magazines, I only have September's Country Living to read - which arrived maddeningly in July, why do they do that! - and I have cut out all of the crochet patterns I want to keep from my crochet magazines and then tossed all of the read and cut up magazines into the recycling so that I don't get tempted to keep them.

Yarn and fabric have been sorted and tidied, I made a new blog header and a new Five On Friday badge.  This week I have plans to actually do the ironing, and the dusting, get the swift cover finished.  I also have some things to photograph and film for the podcast and then put away.  A shawl to block, pattern to write up, another small pattern to write and more blog sorting out work to do.

That should keep me busy for the next seven days or so....

Oh, and we built a pond in our garden on Saturday.  I will show you that soon too.

Good job that I have made some extra time and that I am on a blog break isn't it!!

I hope that all is well with you and that you are enjoying yourselves.  I missed you all on Friday!

Amy

p.s. this isn't a sponsored post, I just wanted to share Jo's generosity with you because she is lovely and because it is a great kit.

48 comments:

  1. Love your clock and what a lovely win too. Always nice to have something at home you can look at and appreciate that has a little story to it.

    So pleased you are finding time to enjoy some crafting projects.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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    1. It is lovely isn't it! I will think of Jo when I look at it!

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  2. Making your own time sounds like a perfect idea. What a lovely giveaway to win, your clock looks very pretty. x

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  3. What a great kit. I like the idea that you can use whatever you want for the face of the clock so that it fits in with whatever theme you've got going on. Looking forward to hearing more about your pond, we put a small one in our garden a number of years ago and it brings so much wildlife in, I wouldn't be without it now.

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    1. Ah, the pond yes well, ahem, it might not be as much as you think!! You will see what I mean!

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  4. I've often wondered what those kits were like and if they were worth the effort. Love how yours turned out. You have been busy, waiting patiently for photos.

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    1. Yes, they are worth it, they also do lampshades and I think that would be good to have a go at too!

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  5. I really like the fabric you chose for your wall clock - so fresh looking. It's amazing how much can be accomplished when one focuses on tasks and doesn't get distracted...by various things, like blogging (ahem). Says she who is painting the master bedroom today.

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    1. Glad to know I am not the only one who gets distracted! Hope the painting has gone well!!

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  6. If that was making time, when you draw on your own clock are you just marking time? And if you put a clock in the bin are you wasting time?
    The clock is lovely and such good colours!

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  7. I like your clock and choosing a clock face makes it unique; for a child's room you could pick a book or movie illustration, etc. You built a pond, wow.

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    1. Exactly, lots of different ways you could use it. The pond might not be quite what you are expecting!

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  8. Love your clock, what a clever idea. I think time is something we could all do with more of xx

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    1. You are right, we could all do with more time!

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  9. Wow you have been busy! The clock looks great and I love your fabric choice.

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  10. Big smile...I know you're supposed to be on a blog break. I've made a couple of clocks, a wooden one I painted and on a metal plant hanger. Pretty cool pattern on yours.

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  11. Dear Amy
    You have really accomplished a lot recently. The clock looks lovely.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  12. Hi Amy! I am trying to catch up on blog reading and commenting since my camping trip. Your blogging break posts leave me breathless with all you are accomplishing :) I'm glad you are enjoying your change of schedule. I admire your new Five on Friday badge and your finished clock. For several years I ordered the UK version of Country Living and think it is the best magazine...and got an issue not too far ahead due to having it shipped to the USA. Wishing you happy days :) xx

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    1. Thank you Gracie. I hope you enjoy your magazine!

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  13. Well done with the clock and all that you are getting through. I think you must have put a couple of extra hours on that clock. You'll love having a pond and next year maybe even tadpoles. We get them in ours and can hear frogs most days at the moment. I did notice the new header straight away. Have a good week and take care.

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    1. If only it was this easy to make time hey! Glad you like the header!

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  14. Wow - you Go Girl!! That list of crafts is impressive! And that clock is just darling. I love how it looks on your wall there too! Great job Lady. ;) xoxo

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  15. You have been very productive! I think your clock turned out great. Good for you!

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  16. Lovely clock!

    Wow, you've gotten so many things done (and in the proper order too - craft before cleaning!). Massive accomplishment envy going on here. :)

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  17. Now that is an impressive clock, loved your fabric choice. I am impressed by the amount of things you have got done. I am enjoying visit after visit, so accomplishing very little but I do hope I am making some wonderful memories for the Grandchildren to treasure. Enjoy your break.

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    1. Thank you. I think that grandchildren time is a wonderful way to spend your time!! Enjoy it and make many happy memories!

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  18. Great idea. The possibilities are endless. I can see a favourite wedding photo making a lovely souvenir of a happy day.

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    1. We are on the same wavelength - or timeframe??!! - so many ideas!!

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  19. Wow, Amy, so much crafting indeed. I love the clock, and I'll be looking out for a clock kit myself now, it is such a good idea. You achieve a great deal - I wonder if you sleep?? xx

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    1. Yes, I sleep! I am just lucky that I have lots of time do use as I please!

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  20. What a pretty clock Amy, you make my head spin with all the things you have done and are about to do you will need another break to get over your break haha have a great week. :) xx

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    1. It is funny I always think and wish that I had done more!! You get loads done too you know!!

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  21. Wow! You've been productive! Love your clock!

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  22. Hi Amy! Oh, congratulations on winning the clock and it looks so cute! You're just the busiest one.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. Very cute clock, Amy! You are keeping very busy! Enjoy this time. xx K

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  24. Hi Amy - What a lovely clock. I see you are still crafting away. Joan Jepson.

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  25. Catching up with your posts as I've been short on time during the hols. I love your new clock. It really annoyed me when I got magazine editions so early when I subscribed to CL.
    Well done for chucking out the old ones though, it's so easy to keep them!
    Lisa x

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