I am an unfinished work, and so are many of my projects. This blog is just an odd collection of things I make and do.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Make a Note of This

Our stake president, Paul Johnson, recently said in a talk that we should always have a little notebook or paper with us.  If we feel inspired or have thoughts come to us about something, we should write them down before they go away.

In keeping with this theme, Donetta decided to give each of our young women a little notebook for going back to school. She chose the word "Believe" from our 13th Article of Faith, which is our theme for the year. Each girl also received a pencil with one of the value words on it. 

I hope they will each keep them handy in their backpack or purse and make good use of them.  You never know when inspiration may come and the thoughts of your heart are clarified.

A New Time in My Life

My life and my mindset is changing. Today is truly a new day, every hour different and new from what it has been before.  In celebration, I recreated an old clock for my living room.

I had this old clock, which was cute in the 80's but is faded and dated, though the clockwork still works.  It's been in a box, with no battery, for a year.

My living room is a mix of old and new, with an antique barber chair and trunk combined with a modern love-seat and chair, and lots of black and white for bookshelves, accents, and curtains.  In keeping with this theme, I decided to create a retro/modern clock.

I reused the face and clockworks from the old clock to create the clock below for my living room. I bought a record at a thrift shop and used an outdated software cd for the middle.  Total cost: $1 for the record, plus one new AA battery. I had to drill the hole in the record a little bigger to accommodate the clock post, but otherwise it was easy to do.

The key is to take the clock apart piece by piece, laying out the hands and little nuts and washers in the order they are to go back on.  I then cleaned the old face and the CD thoroughly before putting them together. A few dabs of E6000 glue keeps the CD from slipping down since its hole is bigger than the post.

An Inspired Friend

Donetta and her daughter made some darling aprons recently. She is so talented!  I told her about the two I had done at Christmas, and she says I inspired her to whip some up for her grandchildren.

This little number is made from pieces of denim jeans and scraps she had around.  It is so adorable!  The picture is from a cell phone; I need to go to her house and get real pictures of the others.