As you might already know, clocks are one of those things I can't get enough of, if you didn't know that you'll understand, when you see our Steampunk jewelry. Like almost of everything we have a small collection of old clocks too. The one on the left is made before the Turkish Republic was established (1932), when there still was an arabic alphabet. The one next too that a friend in Kütahya gave it to me during my last visit for a wedding (blogged about that here), the third one I can't remember, proberly a score of mum in a antique store or flee market. The one on the right is only the 'house' of a clock, I found it in a rubbish/antique shop in Kütahya when I was about 12 years old, and looked very sweet to the seller and got it for free. I cleaned it for hours, then varnished it and bought glass for it which I attached to it. After all the hard work mum adopted it... well I still enjoy it daily.
Now I was curious to see what kind of clocks others have, funny thing is now a days alot of people do not own any clocks, it was really a task to find people with clocks as alot of people only use their PC, TV and mobile clocks.
First, we are going to Portugal, to see the lovely clock of Kerrin, owner of Sigmosaics, she makes beautiful mosaics but also magnets, perfect little gifts. You can read more in her lovely blog.
Here is her story:
''This Pukeko clock is the most special clock I own. A friend actually brought it as a wedding present for myself and my now, ex-husband .. the clock has lasted, the marriage didn't! It travelled with me from New Zealand to Portugal, 7 years ago and it will travel back with me when the time comes to return there.
The clock is ceramic and is made by New Zealand artist Lynda Harris. It features four hand painted Pukeko's milling around a swamp near some green grassy hills in New Zealand. If you click on the word Pukeko you can read more about what type of bird this is. They are a dime a dozen in NZ and I remember in particular one area of Auckland where you always had to be careful driving along as these birds would insist on crossing the road during peak hour traffic! They are potentially not the cleverest of birds, but I think one of the prettiest.
The clock sits in my 'workroom' on the windowsill so when i'm feeling wistful and dreamy I can take a peep and remember home and gaze out into my garden, which it blends rather nicely into. Usually the clock is surrounded by enormous bits and pieces of work drying up on the windowsill but I thought it better to try to tidy (just a little) so there's not too many gasps of horror at the mess in here.''
Greet aka Fleurfatale, is mother of four, wife, always busy never enough time, it is really a miracle how she manages her family life with her successful jewelry bussines and she blogs often.
Here is her story:
''As time flies by....The main clock in our house is a simple Ikea clock. It is 15 years old now, as we bought it when we moved in here!
We don't have many clocks in the house, some digital in the bedrooms and of course one in the doll house too! That's all, too many clocks would make me nervous, I think... I need that clock in the living room to know when I have to bring and get the kids, and of course for being in time at the doctor, the dentist, the therapy,...you bet I spend a lot of time in waiting rooms (having 4 little kids). And that clock is also very handy to show the kids when it's bedtime :-)But I don't need one to be in time on my workplace as my workplace is here at home and I am my own boss :-) (4 years ago I quit work, after the birth of my youngest son)... For 15 years I had my own business as a graphic designer, I enjoyed it a lot, but now I am happy I entered another phase in my life. I do miss the creative work, but not the deadlines! and now I have time for doing all the things that I dreamed of when I was at work, like making jewelry !
The clock is now in the dinner room, but it has travelled a lot in our house. Hubby and I like to change the interior from time to time, not with new stuff, but rearranging the furniture. As we have a house with only one big place, no rooms or doors on the first floor, it's easy to move things from one wall to another. We rearrange it when the kids are in bed, and the morning after they are so happily surprised with the 'new house'. I think you can sort the style of our interior in the 'bazaar style' as the furniture and decoration are a miss mash that mostly comes from thrift stores and flea markets.
And no better way then to end this post about 'clocks' with my most favorite quote about 'time', from Andy Warhol "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself! So, go ahead!'' ''
Mum and I are both fans of Jessica Doyle's work, she designed our shop banners and bussines cards, a great experience. Jessica makes her magical illustrations in Canada, she also blogs.
Her clock has quite a history:
''This New Haven Co. Mantle Clock has been in my family since the early 19th century. It's been passed down generation to generation on my father's side. Ever since I can remember it's been sitting in the front hallway leading up the stairs for the last 35 years. The clock itself was built by the New Haven clock Co. in New Haven, Connecticut (USA) and made its way to Canada via my Great Great Great Grandfather. There could be another Great in there... Haha!
It's a beautiful clock that winds up and functions perfectly. The brass pendulum chimes on the hour and tick tock tick tocks every minute. It has beautiful wood carving scroll detail, gold glass painting and black ornate numbering. I just happen to catch my cat walking down the stairs while taking pictures of the clock. Her name is Missy Two Shoes.''
Malene lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a clinical psychologist and part time jewelry artist. She works in a treatment center, where they treat traumatized refugees. She started creating jewelry 8 years ago and has a very diverse taste therefor she has two shops, one features very modern, simple metal and gemstone designs at mkaae. The other shop has vintage style jewelry, elvesgarden. You can read more in her blog.
''This alarm clock was a gift I bought for my boyfriend about 5 years ago. I was away on a meditation retreat in the south of France and spend a few days afterwards in Montpellier. Apart from a very pleasant and sensual visit to a french hairdresser, I went shopping for a gift. I was happy to find a toy/collector shop where they had this fun clock. It's a "Road Runner clock"...you know "Mic - mic....hrrrnnn" I love that cartoon. The poor coyote allways gets into trouble and hurts himself trying to catch the road runner.
My boyfriend loved the clock. He is a big time collector. Mostly he collects vintage Disney items and Donald Duck cartoons but he absolutely does not limit himself to that ;-) About one year ago we moved to a bigger apartment here in Copenhagen. It's a beautiful old apartment with lot's of great details, but it needs serious renovating. We hope to be finished with the renovating around Christmas. My boyfriend does most of this work, as he is extremely thorough and patient! All our furniture is cramped into two rooms while the rest of the apartment is being renovated. The clock sits on my boyfriends desk, but it was just too messy to show :-) So I moved it to my own desk...if you look closely you can see the 3 cute Star Wars Mice I got from TheHouseOfMouse.''