Archive for “October, 2011”

modern retro clock tutorial-FREE DOWNLOAD

When I saw this clock I just knew I had to make one. When I repainted my office this summer I decided that it was time for a new clock as well.  I tore apart my cheap clock and threw it away, except for the mechanics. It was rough not having a clock to look at for a few months, but I totally think it was worth it. I was just waiting for the right clock to pop up on the internet somewhere. I was browsing Restoration Hardware’s site, when I spotted this clock! Isn’t it fabulous!

I wanted a retro modern clock. This clock is a replica of a clock from the 1940’s in the bustling train station in Britain. I think I did a pretty good job catching the whole feeling of the clock. Mine is a touch more modern though.

I started by finding just a plain circular clock with clean lines. I found this one at a local “new” thrift shop in town just down the street from me for only $2.99. I tore off the hideous bubble plastic front, and spray painted the wood black.

Then I just printed out the clock marks on a piece of card stock, cut it out and glued it on cardboard. The hardest part is cutting out the hands. Yes, those are paper too. I have this things with making clock hands out of paper. Funny huh?

Then I just glued the paper hands onto another sheet of card stock to make them extra thick. I used a black sharpie marker to color the sides of the white paper.

That’s it. Hang it on the wall and you’re done. Simple huh?

You can download the FREE clock here {right click to download}. I’d love to see pictures of your clocks!

leather scripture case


My brother-in-law, Nick, asked me to make him a scripture case for his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Instead of sewing him one with fabric, I decided to make him one from leather. I’ve never sewn with leather before. I went to Tandy Leather in Provo to get the supplies. I think it turned out nice. The best part is, is that both his hymn book and scriptures are each wrapped with leather and can be bound with the strap either together or separately. 
This is Nick. Isn’t he handsome! I’m so proud of him for choosing to serve a 2 year mission.
This is a picture of the side. You can see how the hymn book comes out. That’s why there are 2 snaps.
Since I had all my leather out, and I needed to practice a snap on a scrap piece first, I decided to make myself a bracelet. I’ll probably do a tutorial on this leather bracelet later. But for now, here’s a picture.

I also made Charlotte one. Except I hot glued lace to here to make it more feminine.