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Attempting Aloha: Girls' Room - Project 3 - Shabby Chic Parisian Clock (AND Freebie!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Girls' Room - Project 3 - Shabby Chic Parisian Clock (AND Freebie!)

My faux Christmas tree bit the dust today, so Christmas decorating has been post-poned yet another day...

Soooo... I found something else to occupy my time.




I went to Walgreens to pick up some pics, and they had a bunch of clocks there at the counter begging me to take them home and give them a better life!  For $5 each, who can resist??  I could envision a possible gift for one of my sweet sisters-in-law or my mom or mom-in-law!!  But, of course, I had to test it out for my girlies first!


They had three or four differnet frames and pics. This one is a silverish color, and there was a gold one and a cherry wooden one that I saw. I decided to try my hand at making my own face since I had seen a VERY similar frame on the PB site recently:

Pottery Barn
 While I like their Union Station clock, it's a bit drab for a little girls' room...

I found this one at Ballard that was getting closer to what I wanted, but still not exactly what I was looking for:

Ballard Designs
So I started from scratch using InDesign and Photoshop, and I made one all by myself! Every single tick on the face (trust me, it took some math skills to get each line turned to the right degree/angle...yes, I'm anal like that, but I love math, so it was a treat).

Then, since I didn't want to bother with having an enlarged photo printed, I separated it into two 8x10 pics and then combined them together. Thus the lines became part of the design for this particular one (to detract from the natural line I knew would be there).

Once I had printed them and cut out the main circles, I taped the two together and then cut directly across that middle line I had made. By cutting them on top of each other, it made the two halves fit perfectly together to avoid any gaps that would be there naturally from my unsteady hand.


Here she is all dressed up and ready for the ball  wall...



And here are some lame pics I took the night I made it and like an idiot linked to a few parties...doh! Should have waited. Oh, well.



Here she is propped up against my ugly red kitchen wall (still have to kill that one, but I adiosed the dining room one this weekend!).

Aloha and mahalo,

charlie

42 Comments:

At December 6, 2010 at 6:49 AM , Blogger tt.scraps said...

Thank you!!! I am your newest follower!!! This is an awesome project and I would love to have a copy!
If you could change the words to read "Dream Big" it would be perfect for my girl's room! I am posting a thank you and link now!
Tammy
talkleighton@sbcglobal.net

 
At December 6, 2010 at 8:44 AM , Blogger amber bingham said...

I have been following you for a little while. I love blue and silver by the way. :)I don't have a blog of my own(crazy right) but I did post this on my FB page thanks you. Hope that's good enough. If you would change the words to "A boy's best friend is his brother." Instead of the fleur de lis, a star. Thanks!!!! binghamamber@hotmail.com

 
At December 6, 2010 at 11:08 AM , Blogger Frenchy said...

I am a follower and would love for you to link this to my French Obsession. Make sure to have a link back to me somewhere on you blog. I would like to Feature you !
http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-giveaway-day-1-and-french.html

It is up until the 11 th.

 
At December 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

LOVE it Charlie! Looks even better all done than I had imagined.

 
At December 6, 2010 at 8:04 PM , Blogger Suzanne said...

This is a really neat project, you definitely have a knack for envisioning the finished product. That little clock went from Walgreens shabby to French chic!

 
At December 7, 2010 at 6:07 AM , Blogger Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love clocks... I can see one for London time, Italy time and MY time!

 
At December 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Terry said...

I too love this clock And your name. My son's name is Charlie! I would love one of these but on the front I would prefer, "A Time For Every Season". I am a new follower. Thanks Terry

 
At December 7, 2010 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Rene' said...

How beautiful!! You did a wonderful job!
Thank you for the sweet comment!

 
At December 7, 2010 at 5:58 PM , Blogger Rene' said...

I tried to follow but the follw thing isn't showing up...I'll check back later :)

 
At December 7, 2010 at 9:35 PM , Blogger AmericKim said...

I love what you've done.

 
At December 8, 2010 at 12:48 AM , Blogger Attempting Aloha said...

Thanks, ladies! You should have received an email from me if you asked for personalization. Please send me an email if you haven't heard from me yet!

And keep 'em comin'! It's fun to get to know you and see your ideas.

Aloha,
charlie

 
At December 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Asunción said...

Fantástico¡¡
Besos desde España ;)

 
At December 9, 2010 at 7:33 PM , Blogger gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

how cute! I never go to walgreens.... hmmmm

funny that we were side by side on the link party!

gail

 
At December 9, 2010 at 7:36 PM , Blogger gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

ps what size is this clock? I might take you up on the offer of my customized words.
and.... did you know you are a no-reply blogger?

You left a comment, I was going to reply to your comment, but I couldn't.

 
At December 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Craftberry Bush said...

Perfection ! xo

 
At December 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM , Blogger HouseMama said...

I just saw these clocks today at Walgreens. The price was definitely right, but the design...not so much. I LOVE your transformation!!! What a great idea.

 
At December 10, 2010 at 6:19 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

This is gorgeous! I would have never guessed this was a cheap $5 clock that you made into something fancy!

 
At December 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great! I can't believe they were $5.00! What a nice size and a really nice gift.

 
At December 10, 2010 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Quinn Family said...

What a gorgeous clock! Nicely done. I am a new follower and so glad I found you. Can't wait to see what else you do. I'd love one without the wording. My husband thinks I go overboard on "words on the wall." He just doesn't get it. Although, if it said "TRUST" in french (I don't speak french), he wouldn't be able to read it and may not razz me about it. Ha, ha...

 
At December 10, 2010 at 2:03 PM , Blogger Judy said...

What an absolutely beautiful clock. Wow!! I am already a follower. I would love if you could do one that says Dream. It will be for my daughter's room. diybydesign@gmail.com. I will be adding your link and a thank you to my post today.

 
At December 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Lynda said...

oh my! What a great project! I would have never dreamed the clock could look that grand! I love clocks...the Eiffel tower without words would be great...if you have time...lyndalhcropshop@gmail.com Merry Christmas!

 
At December 11, 2010 at 3:25 AM , Blogger SusieQ said...

Love it. Tuesday morning always has alot of cheap clocks, as does wal-mart. My project tomorrow.

 
At December 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM , Blogger One in the SAHM said...

What a great clock and gift idea! I think I'll try my hand at it and make sure to link back to you as the origination for inspiration!

 
At December 11, 2010 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Love your project. My 14yo daughter would like to make one for her sister. Could you put J'adore Paris on it? Thanks for sharing! EMulvey57@gmail.com

 
At December 11, 2010 at 1:12 PM , Blogger ilovepoodles said...

Hi, I just joined as a follower. I love your clock! I love all the graphics on the clock--would it be possible to send a file without the "Thank Heaven for LIttle Girls" wording, or any wording to replace it? That way I can make a clock for my office and my daughter's room. Thank you so much for your generosity!
ilovepoodles@me.com

 
At December 12, 2010 at 4:44 AM , Blogger Cindy @ LeChaiseParfait said...

Very nice clock, I love how it turned out.

 
At December 12, 2010 at 8:03 AM , Blogger Christy said...

This is a fantastic idea! I am just getting ready to re-decorate my kids rooms. My daughter is so chic and loves all things French. Would you please be so kid as to send me one that says, "Oh,la,la. Tres Chic!" Thank you so much. It is very sweet of you to do this. I am now a follower. christy.bohlen1@gmail.com

 
At December 13, 2010 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Attempting Aloha said...

Quinn Family! If you find this, I am unable to contact you. Please leave an email, so I can get you your clock. :)

Aloha,
charlie

 
At December 13, 2010 at 6:32 AM , Blogger Attempting Aloha said...

Up to this comment, everyone should have your PDF's! Please email me if you haven't yet received yours (with the exception of those waiting for a boy clock).

Aloha,
charlie

 
At December 14, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Shelly said...

Love, love, love this!! I am your newest follower!! And I would love the image... skrwolf@hotmail.com

 
At December 14, 2010 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Mr. B, Mrs. B, and Baby B?!!?! said...

I would love this image as well minus the fleur de lis! uyevents@yahoo.com

 
At December 17, 2010 at 5:01 AM , Blogger Moe said...

This is so great!! I saw your union station one on It's FUN to craft link party. I love it :)

 
At December 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Susan said...

Just saw this and had to be a follower! I was wondering if I could get the teacher one. I couldn't download anything myself. Waiting to hear back from you. Happy Holidays!!

sanchezs3019@yahoo.com

 
At December 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM , Blogger freckled laundry said...

Beautiful clock! Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday.

Hugs,
Jami

 
At December 19, 2010 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Sherree said...

I have just found your site. Love it. WOuld love to have the download.

 
At January 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM , Blogger Terry said...

You must be busy...I never got my download of the clockface.

 
At February 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM , Blogger Venessa said...

Could you please send me a download of the clock just like you made for your daughter? I did not see where to do it for myself.
CinderellaTencer@gmail.com
Thank you

 
At March 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM , Blogger Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

This is just brilliant! I need a clock for my bathroom and I just love this idea! I had to feature it in my latest post on great typography ideas! I just love it!

 
At March 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Lauren @ 31diy said...

Another fabulous clock makeover!!! You were right - you have been whipping the out like it's nothing. Definitely inspiring me to redo my other clocks.

 
At November 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM , Anonymous Rachel said...

I absolutely loved this! I was hoping to do this for my daughter's room. But I was unable to find the link to print this. I would greatly appreciate the link to print it or the pdf. scrc1119@gmail.com
Thank you

 
At July 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM , Anonymous kim said...

I just found your page and i love it so so much! So many great idea's on one page! Would you be able to make on up for me that says- Life's a journey...not a destination. My email is kimnant05@live.com.au. Thankyou so so much

 
At January 28, 2013 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Micky said...

sono nuova qui e ti leggo dall'Italia!
Bellissimo questo orologio e il disegno che hai scelto è molto chic!
Non riesco però a trovare il link per scaricarlo forse non è più disponibile?
Ciao!

 

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