Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's Time for Winter Blooms....

Hello Everyone!

Hope you had a fabulous. fun filled Valentine's Day!  I found some time this weekend to upcycle a vintage mantel clock. 

I purchased this small clock a while back at one of my favorite antique shops.  Since it didn't work, I dismantled it, and have been using the parts in projects here and there. 

I'm not quite ready for spring yet, so I went for a snowy white and icy blue color combo for my embellishments.  I cut the flowers from white cardstock using my Silver Bullet Professional cutter.  I gave the white peonies just a hint of color, with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink on the edges.  For the flower centers, I painted jingle bells with Picket Fence Distress paint, in keeping with my wintry theme.  The smaller flowers were inked with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks, as was the seam binding bow. 

The leaves were inked with Vintage Paper and Bundled Sage Distress, and then over stamped them with a script stamp and Frayed Burlap Distress.  I thought a mini clock face would be a fun detail on my full sized clock.  I lightly dabbed Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint on the Idea-Ology clock face, dried it just a bit with my heat gun, and then wiped most of it off.  I finished off its center, as well as the centers of the little blue flowers with turquoise rhinestones from my stash.  

One of my favorite elements is the gesso 6" wide, loosely woven jute. I placed it in the clock frame from the open back.  It was a happy accident that it bows out from the inside, adding dimension that I didn't expect. 

I considered painting the clock case white, but after cleaning it, I realized that it has a terrific
authentic patina that I don't want to ruin.  I also like the contrast between my bright and icy elements and the dark finish.   

I am happy to be playing along again with the current Frilly and Funkie Challenge, Winter Blooms,

and the Lessology Challenge 44 - Tick Tock,  Along with upcycling the clock case, I also used recycled telephone wire to wire the jingle bell centers, and re-used a piece of poster tack to attach my seam binding bow to the clock case.  (I tell you this in case you didn't know it could be reused.  I almost never throw the stuff away!  I keep a wad that looks like chewing gum stuck to my work table at all times, LOL!)


  1. It looks fabulous! Love how you upcycle. :)

    Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

  2. I like the contrast between dark wood too - & I agree, the jute looks fabulous! LOOOVE your project - so happy you shared it with us at LESSology!!

  3. Super upcycling project. Your flowers are so pretty and I love the little clock face peeking out. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  4. Wow this is fabulous, I love you way of upcycle and recycling. Thank you for playing with us at LESSology :)

  5. Wow. this is wonderful Elizabeth! What a happy accident with the bowed out burlap...would have thought you done it on purpose if you hadn't mentioned it! Your flowers are gorgeous, the jingle bell centers are brilliant!! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Winter Blooms' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  6. That is SO clever Elizabeth! LOVE the bell in the centre of each of the larger flowers. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x


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