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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Personalized Union Station Clock

Eeeeeek! I'm so excited I could spit. Or squeal. Neither really sounds that attractive, but I'm excited!



So last week I showed you my chic Parisian clock makeover, and my bff, Kim begged me to do a Union Station clock, too. I was sort of dreading it because I had started it and knew it was going to be a bugger to get all those Roman numerals the right size, in the right position, at the right angles, etc. BUT, what's a bff if she's not willing to spend a couple hours for a Christmas present (albeit an emailed one she'll put together herself)??  My hubby had just finished a 30-hour shift and had the day off yesterday. He wanted to spend some daddy/daughter time with the girls, so he took them shopping, and I had a quiet house to myself. HOORAY!!

I've also been trying to decide what to get as a present for my impossible-to-buy-for, super fab sister-in-law who lives in Israel. I have to send it by tomorrow to get to her by Christmas, so I had asked the crew to also watch out for a gift for her while they were out.

Inspiration struck about 15 minutes into the project...I was trying to think of what wording I wanted to use instead of the Union Station No.570 on the Pottery Barn one:


I really wanted to give her something personal, but she's uber classy, so I didn't want anything that screamed "cheesy" or "homemade".  {{lightbulb moment}}  What if I put their last name and the year they were married on the awesome Union Station clock??

And thus, my Personalized Union Station Clock was born.

Here's what I started with:



Thank you, Walgreens for providing the clock "bones" I needed and for only charging $5. :) I actually found a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $20, so I bought 4 clocks for $15! {{happy dance}}

Then after a few hours of designing, I printed out my halves (see the Parisian clock for more details), and this time I used a simple glue stick to glue the paper onto the clock face. The Mod Podge seemed to tint the ink a green shade if any got on the front. It was also harder to work with. I love the glue stick, and since it is going behind glass, I wasn't worried about it getting bumped and peeling off. I also used a black Sharpie to add the circle around the center of the clock to keep the bright red candy cane print from showing through where I cut the hole.

I was a little worried since I didn't add the lines like the Parisian clock. I thougth the cut was going to be really obvious, but you can't even tell!





Can a person fall in love with a piece of decor? I may have found my soul mate...

Quick Recap:

PB Clock:  $89
My Clock: $3.50 (or $5 if you can't find a coupon)


Aloha,
charlie

I'm linking to some of the fabulous parties on my sidebar!

UPDATE:  Sorry for any confusion, ladies. This clock is not available as a free printable anymore! I do offer personalization in my Etsy shop for $3, and you will be emailed a PDF.

Thanks!

126 comments:

  1. How, What a great idea. It looks prefect, you can't tell where the cut was made. My daughter's getting married in January so I guess I better get busy. How can I get a copy of the file? cozarts@sbcglobal.net

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  2. I'd love a copy of the file. This is so cute! I posted about your giveaway on my blog.

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  3. me, me, me! :)

    Young
    2011
    myrepurposedlife@gmail.com

    thanks!

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  4. Hi, I got your freebie for the little girl clock. You sent me an email about a boy clock design, and I was just wondering if you got the email I sent back to you? Thanks for your time!
    binghamamber@hotmail.com. :)
    P.S. LOVE THE UNION STATION CLOCK!!!!!!

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  5. I'm a follower. I'd love a copy.

    nquinn94@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  6. I'm your newest follower, I read about this on Joy's blog, Thirfty Parsonage Living. I'd love to try this, love the look of it♥ Now I'm going to have a look around your blog:)

    Konat
    rondell1951(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. OOHH! Love it! Now if this darned snow would go away so I could get out to Walgreens!!! (Yeah- never missed the snow when we lived in Hawaii - I'm a warm weather kind of girl!)

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  8. OMG...I am off to FB this...I love it..and would love to have one...
    I have the perfect spot for it.....

    Nancy
    quilt(at)centurytel.net

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  9. Blogged about it! Now to decide will it be for me or my impossible-to-buy-for cousin that I got saddled with in the family grab...

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  11. New follower here... I LOVE this clock.
    I am heading to Walgreens tomorrow... I have 3 daughter-in-laws that would love this clock for Christmas. Thank You Thank You
    ( stopping by from BNOTP : )

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  12. I'm sending another comment because after I posted on facebook and became a follower, I checked back here and my comment was missing. Not sure what happened. I'm very excited about making my own clock. Can't wait for your help. Thanks so much.

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  13. Love the clock! Thanks for your kindness!

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  14. I love this and will be linking to it on facebook momentarily! Awesome project. It turned out gorgeous!

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  15. Absolutely ADORABLE! I am a follower, posted about the deal on my blog, and will be e-mailing you here in a sec. Thanks for this offer I am so excited!!!! :)

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  16. Great project idea! Thanks for the generous offer. Now I need to go buy me a clock! I'll put a link to this post on Facebook right now.

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  17. love the clock... posting on my blog and will be sending you an email- great idea..

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  18. love the clock and want one a pdf..our anniversary is in March so I will have plenty of time to get this made..so excited!! Creating a post on my blog about your wonderful offer!

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  19. Found your blog through Tattertots and Jello, and I am having a hard time dragging myself away to go to work! I would love a pdf. for the clock project for my mom and dad's 50th anniversary. Of course, I will have to whip one up for myself! Thank you for your generosity. Can't wait to get home from work with a cup of coffee to peruse the rest of your blog :)

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  20. LOVE this! I am a new follower! This is exactly what I have been looking for. I am heading to Walgreens!
    suerogers7@gmail.com
    2001 Rogers!

    Thanks so much!

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  21. This is awesome! I would love a copy, I just became a follower!

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  22. This is great I featured you on my blog today - Today's Top 20. Would love if you could stop by!
    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com
    P.S. Also, would greatly appreciate it if you could click the widget in the top right corner. Each click we get P&G will donate 1 day of clean water! It's free! And you get great samples and coupons if you would like! Thanks!

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  23. Your sister-in-law will love it! Personalized gifts are fabulous when done right, and you did a great job.

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  24. I LOVE it! How fun and such a cute way to personalize something for someone!!! Thank You!!!
    onenjen@yahoo.com
    Kangas
    1999

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  25. I am a follower and I posted it on Facebook!!

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  26. That thing is amazing! Your sister in law is going to love it!

    -Rene

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  27. What a great gift idea!! Definitely doesn't look "cheesy" or "homemade".

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  28. I'd love to get this file. If I'm not a lucky winner I would be glad to purchase it for a wedding gift. Thanks~ Leisa

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  29. WHAT a metamorphosis... sooooo creative !!!

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  30. I am a new follower and I have posted on my FB! I also emailed you my information :)

    tara.smith14@gmail.com

    SMITH 2009

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  31. Hopped to your bog from the DIY Show Off...wonderful job! Just became follower #90. :) Would love to have a copy of the PDF file you designed...will send an email with my info. Thank you for the wonderful offer!

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  32. Love this as a personalized gift.
    ron_katie@yahoo.com

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  33. I love the clock and would love a printed copy for me.I just hope Walgreens still has the clock!!!! The nname would be: JONES established 1975. Thank you!!!!
    cindyj729@gmail.com

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  34. How creative!! I'm headed to Walgreens to look for a clock!! Dennis est. 1990

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  35. I am a new follower and just love this idea. I just redid the master bedroom and it needs this clock! :) Also our anniversary is in Jan. This will be the ideal gift. Thank you for so generously sharing. I will email you my info if that is o.k.

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  36. Glad my begging has inspired you! LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I'm so happy I could spit and since I'm not very ladylike I can say that. I love this even more than the pb one b/c it will have my name on it and I'm vain like that.

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  37. Just signed up to be a follower. I just love this clock. Thanks so much. I am off to blog about this post.

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  38. My friend just sent me this link and how my heart is going pitter patter. I high kick love it! This would be an awesome wedding gift ... which I have two to attend the week after Christmas! Thanks for solving my gift dilemma!

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  39. This is such a great idea! Thank you!!

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  40. OK! To this point, we have had 39 individuals comment, so we've still got another 60 to go! Everyone to this point should have your files already. If you DO NOT have your file, it is because you did not leave me a way to contact you. Please email me!

    Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,
    charlie

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  41. Coming over from Coastal Charm and I love your clock! New follower! =)

    Jeanine

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  42. Also comming from CC. Love yoru clock! I'm a new follower. On the way to blog now!!!

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!
    *hugs*deb

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  43. Oh, I was reading along, in complete awe and amazement at your clock transformation, and then I saw the end where you offered this generous gift. That did it. My jaw hit the floor. This is such an awesome project, and now I am so excited because I can copy you! I love this! Thank you so much for offering this to us! :)

    And also, thank you so much for your kind words about the book ornament ball! It makes my day!

    Blessings,
    Jenni
    {Beautiful Nest}

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  44. I just noticed that I need to blog about this...I will do this first thing in the morning! I hope that is okay. If there are already 100 comments before I do, please just disregard my entry! I would have waited to enter if I'd seen that! I will comment again after I post!

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  45. Great and fabulous! Thanks for sharing:) I am a new follower and am so excited for more ideas!

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  46. Love your clock. I would love the print of the clock Sheila @ Raggedykingdom@aol.com

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  47. Love the clock! Found you through Today's Top 20!

    Amanda

    Frillsandfrolic.blogspot.com
    Frillsandfrolic@yahoo.com

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  48. This is awesome, I'd love to make one! Please send me a clock print...
    mommyroo02 atgmaildotcom. Thanks so much!

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  49. Fabulous! These would make great wedding or anniversary gifts! Thanks for the inspiration as you sit in that all so horrible place called HAWAII!!! LOL!

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  50. I would LOVE to have the image! I want a clock like this sooo bad!

    My email is bethanycreger@gmail.com

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  51. I absolutely MUST have this!!!!! I posted on FB and am a follower. My email is uyevents@yahoo.com

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  52. Love this and am now a follower! I will be putting you in my post today.
    Thanks!

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  53. Okay, we are having a guest blogger today, so I am going to put this at the top of our sidebar. Will that work?
    If so, my email is beautifulnest@gmail.com

    I hope you have a wonderful day! And thank you so much! :)

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  54. I love it, I posted on FB and I just became a follower. My email is sherristotlerATgmailDOTcom

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  55. Great idea, hope I make the first 100!
    Keep coming up with great ideas. I will post on FB.

    Love2admire

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  56. I would love to receive a pdf of the clock face Thanks. I think it is just wonderful of you to share.
    debbiekirk1@mac.com

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  57. LOVE THIS! Can I have a PDF please? I'm following and as soon as I post on my blog I'll email you. You see, I tried to do this with my own clock months ago and failed miserably, so your post is a wonderment to me. Going to my blog and linking now.

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  58. This is such a fabulous idea! I would love a PDF please. Thank you so much for sharing and now it's time for me to spread the word! :)

    sovannachhith@gmail.com

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  59. This is a wonderful idea and you did a great job.
    Your friend will be thrilled with her clock.
    Even if I'm not one of the "100" so that I can get my freebie - it was "inspiring" to see what you've done and to find out about your blog so that I can more of your wonderful ideas!
    Happy Holidays!
    ~Katrina
    kpburrell@yahoo.com
    http://www.facebook.com/kpburrell
    (BTW, I've already followed you and posted it on FB - Thanks!)

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  60. Love the clock, love the blog, and love the offer! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to attempting a clock for my in-laws, sister, and sister-in-law!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Michelle

    PS - I would love a pdf as well! :o)

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  61. SO pretty, do I still qualify for the free PDF??? Thank you for the offer

    Merry Christmas

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  62. This is comment number 70, and Pink Princess is the 59th individual to comment. Forty left. :)

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  63. How awesome and amazing is THAT!! I want one :) I am never lucky enough to think of stuff like that though. I hope I am lucky enough to get the pdf :)

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  64. I found your clock idea through a friend on facebook. I would love to get the free PDF. I am in need of christmas ideas and I, like always, waited until the last minute. This is so cute...How do I get the PDF for the little girls clock too?
    Thanks and keep on sharing those fabulous ideas.
    Sarah

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  65. gorgeous and so creative! Would love the PDF!

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  66. You're so amazing! I would love a copy. I'm so excited to get this darling clock. Thanks for the love:)

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  67. I;d love to get a copy! I'm posting on my FB!

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  68. This clock is so cute! I'd love to have the PDF!

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  70. This is Awesome! I would love the file.

    Sharing on my facebook page:
    KV Creative Designs
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/KV-Creative-Designs/122677107772106

    Artful Blessings,
    KV

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  71. I love this! I am a new follower

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  72. This is so gorgeous!! I am a follower! Thank you so much!!

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  73. I love this! I need a new clock! Thanks!

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  74. I can't believe I found this post. I have begun to experiment with refacing clocks, and could really use the help from your post- so thanks!

    PS Having trouble becoming a follower, but will keep trying....

    Jean

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  75. Oh, I'm so excited. I think that I'm still "under" #100. I am making a post for facebook right now!!!

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  76. What a great idea and such a nice offer! Can't wait to make one of my own.

    I am now following your blog and I posted about this project on mine.

    http://carein.blogspot.com/2010/12/pb-knock-off-union-station-clock.html

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  77. Hey, This is cool! I am SO not creative! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!
    I'm trying to follow your steps, will send the email now.
    Brenda

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  78. I would LOVE one of these. Would go great with my "time" theme for Christmas! Have tried to do the Roman Numerals before and gave up!

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  79. This is very pretty!
    Brookelusby2@gmail.com

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  80. You are so creative and what a nice offer.
    I am following your blog now and posted about your great offer.

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  81. I have been looking for a union station clock and I love that this one is personalized!!! I am now following and posting on FB!! Thanks for the great post!!

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  83. I would love a pdf. My last name is Smith and the anniversary year is 2002.

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  84. I love this clock and would really be so appreciative if I could have a copy. This is the first time I have seen your blog...and just love it. Beth

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  85. I think I'm still in the running for this generous opportunity. I am a follower and I posted the link on FB. I'm not sure how to show you I did that though.

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  86. Hello! Thank you so much for this great opportunity:) And I am your newest follower whether I get the freebie or not. I will link up with this post on my blog My Own Snug Fireside.

    cheryl

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  87. This is so cute! Did I make 1 of 100!?

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  88. Love the clock! How clever of you. I'm (about to be) a new follower. Would love the instructions (if I made it in time).

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  89. This one is amazing! The minute notches and Roman numerals are perfect.

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  90. I love this idea!! I've been wanting to tackle a clock, but have been dreading the process. I think I'm going to make this my weekend project! thanks!!

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  91. Love this one too! A gift my husband will really like!

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  92. Saw your union station clock and am now a follower too! Would love a template if at all possible. Thank you!
    tinapowers3@hotmail.com
    thecountryheart.blogspot.com

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  93. I love this idea! Was hoping to use this for some last minute gifts so I tried to purchase it from your etsy store but it says sold. Will you be offering it again?

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  94. WAY cute! I love a good knock off. You did such a great job! Hope you'll come link up to Made with Love Monday :) The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  95. I am a follower and I love all of your ideas! My wedding anniversary is coming up, December 28 and this would be a great gift for my honey. Our last name is Cooney and my e mail address is scc11@psu.edu. Thanks so much. Happy Holidays!!

    Michelle Cooney

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  96. I just bought 5 of these in your store! What an awesome idea, these will be GREAT gifts. thank you!

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  97. Wow!!! This is beautiful!! So smart little lady!!!

    Would Love one if I am still under the 100 mark!!! Following you and subscribing!!!!!

    :)Kristyn

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  98. I love this idea!! If I email you will you send the jpeg or pdf so I can personalize?? I cannot decide whether I want this or the teacher one. Love them both!!

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  99. Wow! Just found you blog while perusing links on another creative blog. I am in LOVE with this clock & was just thinking earlier that I would love to redo the clock in our living room.

    I see that I am past the 100th comment :( But I already followed all the steps so I though I would comment anyway. I am posting the link for the teacher clock on my blog since that one hasn't received the maximum amount of comments yet.

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  100. Charlie, I love love love my clock. Thank you so much. Not only was it the quickest project I have done in months, it is also the least expensive.
    FYI the clocks are half off at Walgreen's right now for the after Christmas clearance sale! $2.50 baby!!! Mahalo

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  101. Personalized gifts
    When I shop for gifts I traditionally look for unique on of a kind gifts and personalized gifts, as I've said many times before I think they make gift giving way more fun and personalized gifts.

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  102. Looks great! It looks so chic now. And to think it used to be a gaudy holiday clock!

    I'm following. :)

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  103. I am a new follower! Found you through TT&J! I absolutely LOVE this clock and would love to make a couple of gifts (and of course one for me) using it. May I steal a copy of the file???
    jenvanhorn1@aol.com

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  104. I just came across this blog (I think someone posted your wire baskets). This clock is awesome. If it isn't too late, I'd love to have the file too. lizcolville (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Thanks!

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  105. Hi just hop over to check out your blog after seeing you on Tatertots & Jello. You're one clever gal and I'm a new follower. Could I hop on the bandwagon and ask for a copy of your station clock file?? It's gorgeous. My e-mail
    kathrynmcnee@hotmail.com Thank you.

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  106. Just found your blog from tatertots and jello and would love a pdf copy of this clock file if its still available. My email is cewilson1018@bellsouth.net. Thanks so much

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  107. I just came across this post and LOVE this idea and think it would look perfect in my newly redecorated office. Can you please share the file with me? thanks. lizney@lizneysievert.com

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  108. I just found your blog...and your work is AMAZING! This clock would be perfect for my daughter...she just purchased her first home and I'd love to make this for her kitchen. Could you share the file with me? Lovin' your stuff, Tina B
    tinab158 at hotmail dot com

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  109. I would love a copy of the file. I was thinking of buying this clock. Not any more. Thanks.
    bsurrounded@gmail.com

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  110. Is anyone finding the clocks relatively cheap (I don't see them on Walgreen's website)? Also, are the pdfs still being sold on the Etsy shop - it says "Sold"

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