Spooky clock transformation

Before we get to our spooky clock–which is about as Halloween as it’s going to get around here–we want to say something about the bathroom projects we’ve promised to post about (but haven’t yet): We are going to get to them…

This (sorta) Old LIfe: Measuring height and depth for drawer shelf

Figuring out just the right height and depth for our over-the-toilet shelves made from old drawers.

…just not today.

We are discovering that once the rush of a project is done, we don’t have much interest in blogging about it. And, while it’s true that we write this blog for you, we’ve gotta be honest: We’re also writing it for our own, personal kicks.

We want to share how we made the shelf drawer–because we think a lot of you might find such a post useful–but how-to posts are the hardest for us to write, doing so is taking us longer than we thought it would, and we made the dang thing back in July. The thrill of that project is definitely gone for us.

We want to write about what’s going on now, not what we were doing back when paint rollers were flying.

This (sorta) Old Life: Flung paint roller

Hard to believe our grass was this green just a few short months ago…

So, we’ll get to those last few bathroom posts (promise!), but in the meantime we’re going to blog ahead in real time. Which means telling you about what’s up with our spooky face clock.

If you follow us on Facebook, you might remember this creepy clock I brought home from a thrift store last summer:

This (sorta) Old Life:  Creepy clock

(Then again, you might not–because so few of our followers ever see our posts in their feeds. Highly recommend following us some other way.)

I thought maybe someone had gotten all creative with this clock and taken the face shots, but no. This is actually how the clock was sold from Target a few years back.

I was sure I could do something all creative with it–and several readers gave us great suggestions for better ways to fill those round frames–but the creepy faces have been keeping time in our family room for more than two months.

Well, not any more. Last week I finally got on this project.

All it took was a little disassembly…

This (sorta) Old Life: Clock disassembly

See all the circles on the back of the clock? Little doors that open, which makes swapping out those faces super-easy.

…some spray paint and some scrapbook paper…

This (sorta) Old Life:  clock materials collage

I  painted the hands and face with some left-over spray paint (oil-rubbed bronze and red).

…and an evening with scissors, glue, a warm fire, and the presidential debates.

This (sorta) Old Life: Playing with the clockAnd now, the creepy faces are no more!

This (sorta) Old Life: DIY clock face


This project was something I haven’t experienced for a while–easy and fun.

It reminded me of how much I enjoy futzing around with paper and pattern and scissors and glue–just like back in 3rd grade.

This (sorta) Old Life: Clock update

This was a super-easy project. Just had to peel off a face to create a pattern for the paper to cover it.

It reminded me of how important it is to do creative things just for the fun of it–for no other reasons than they engage my hands and imagination and cause me to lose sense of time.

I mean, this project isn’t exactly a showstopper.

This (sorta) Old Life: DIY clock detail

Nor is it the magic bullet that will cure the various ills of our in-early-progress family room.

This (sorta) Old Life: DIY clock detail

It’s gonna take more than a clock to make this fireplace pretty.

It’s not even just the one little thing that will help us make some kind of important progress in the family room.

This (sorta) Old Life: Clock on family room mantel

But it’s better than what we had before and making it was fun. That’s all I need for this to be a home improvement thrill, something I’ve been sorely needing since our grueling summer projects.

It seems to me that we don’t give much value to fun for fun’s sake–especially if it’s fun we’re having all by ourselves.

This (sorta) Old Life: having some fun

While I treasure–and make time for–this kind of fun, it’s easy for me to put aside the kind of fun I have when I get immersed in something I’m doing just for my own enjoyment.

We let ourselves have fun only after we’ve taken care of business. Problem is, there’s so much business that it can be easy to never get to fun. Or–most tragic of all–fun starts to feel like business, another thing to check off our to-do lists.

I think we forget that fun can serve the others around us, as well as ourselves. It’s not just a selfish thing. I’m pretty sure I was a more enjoyable person for Cane to spend his evening with on the night I tinkered with my clock than I was on another recent evening when I was filling out insurance forms.

This (sorta) Old Life: having some fun

Still dealing with the fallout from this accident in early September…

And I was way more productive at work the next day, too. I think it’s because I wasn’t feeling cheated somehow. I’d had my fun, so it was easier to get to work.

This (sorta) Old Life: Making workplace like home--office view to library

After all that fun, I’d like to say that this is a project I can cross off my list, but…it’s not.

I like the numbers way better than the creepy faces, but they’re not really me. And the clock isn’t really going in the direction we’ve now realized (thanks to the clock) that we want to go in this room.

We’re thinking something brighter, something that works with this painting…

This (sorta) Old Life: Family room painting

…and the colors in this vintage Grandma-blanket:

This (sorta) Old Life: Vintage Grandma blanket

But that’s no problem. It just means I’ve got even more fun to look forward to.

This (sorta) Old Life: Colored paper

Right after Halloween. Just kidding about having nothing Halloweeny around here.

This (sorta) Old Life: pumpkin


What projects have you been working on for fun? We’d love to hear from you about them.