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back from the edge of a crafting disaster

March 25, 2012

Last December, my brother-in-law spotted a discarded clock left out for the trash as he was out running an errand.  Quick as a flash, he tossed it into his truck.

Back at home, his wife said no thank you to the clock.

A week or two later when Cristy and I were at their house visiting, he offered the wayward clock to us.  Cristy said yes immediately.  She loves all clocks.

It was a little bit, um, shall-we-say, gold for my taste, but the size was good.  I thought to myself I could tone it down somehow – maybe a white ground with black numerals.

The plan took shape over the course of a weekend and  I was encouraged by the results.

But sadly, I could not get the clock hands reinstalled correctly.  They bent horribly and my frustration got the better of me.  I took the clock out to the trash can. DONE!

Back in my craft room, I still had the circular frame and the glass that covered the clock.  Didn’t have the heart to throw them out too, so they sat there for a while.

Then I decided to make a mirror, salvaging the parts remaining.  I wanted something positive to come from this experience — anything.

This was the first time I used Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint.  The reflective glass turned out darker than I anticipated.

I decoupaged  a variety of colorful paper around the plastic frame with Mod Podge,  Then glued the mirror to the frame and added a hanging wire to the back.

And now it has a new home in the crafting room.

I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Another crafting disaster averted.

Thank you for dropping in – hope you are having a wonderful weekend!




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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2012 6:08 pm

    As soon as I began reading this post, the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure came to mind!

    “Then I decided to make a mirror, salvaging the parts remaining. I wanted something positive to come from this experience — anything.”

    You GO, girl! And I ADORE what you did with the frame. It’s sooooooooo cool-looking, and I love how it looks in that room! In fact, I LOVE the whole room!

    Thanks for sharing another crafting disaster averted.


    Hope you and Cristybella had a lovely weekend!

    Much X to you both!

  2. Gail permalink
    March 26, 2012 5:34 pm

    Great save!

  3. March 27, 2012 4:37 pm

    stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post! VERY cute!! new follower!

  4. March 27, 2012 4:38 pm

    stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post! new follower!

  5. March 27, 2012 5:41 pm

    It does make a really great mirror! That looking glass spray paint is kind of tricky, but I like how it looks like an old mirror.
    The face looked like it was really pretty, too. It’s too bad about the hands!

  6. March 28, 2012 7:16 am

    This post I will need to hide from the boy as he will be sad to see a clock go…however I love what you did with the left over parts! Very creative!

  7. April 2, 2012 8:20 pm

    look at you… so creative!!!!

    missed you my dear. i’m back from my hiatus…. look forward to catching up on your stuff!!!

  8. Lora permalink
    April 2, 2012 9:36 pm

    That is so cool! I have about a million disasters laying around…thanks for sharing!

  9. krod permalink
    March 7, 2015 12:30 am

    Why didn’t I see your blog before I decorated my mirror? Lol. Anyway, it was a good idea using various colored paper instead of just one. This is what I made:

    I’m happy with my finished worked but I’m definitely gonna try using different colored paper like you did. Good thing I have a other mirrors to decorate. Thanks.

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