Friday, March 13, 2009

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football ClockWith Daylight Savings on the brain this week I thought it might be appropriate to share one of my little projects I put together for the boys' room.

I've mentioned their deep affection for the game of football so I thought it would be fun to make a football-themed clock.

First, I bought a pre-made wood circle (and I know that's cheating but I don't have power tools to make one myself).

Then I bought a clock mechanism and a pack of football cards which proved to be a troublesome issue. You see, my boys LOVE their cards and collect them like crazy so when I bought a pack for myself to use they were thrilled. However, I asked Spencer to point out the best cards in the pack which he did, not knowing what was up or what I'd be doing with them.

As soon as he showed me the best cards I said thank you and proceeded to glue them to the painted clock face which provoked the loudest squeals you can imagine.

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING???"

That was pretty much the gist of their reaction when they saw me gluing football cards to the clock.

I gave them the extra cards but it took a good solid week of the clock on the wall before they forgave my sacrilege.

Unpainted wood round $6
Clock mechanism and numbers $5
Pack of football cards $2.97
Spray paint, varnish (I already had on hand) $2

Total: $15.97

Hearing boys say "It's half-past Troy Polamalu"? Priceless.

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Newsflash: People have been asking if I'm going to BlogHer this year in Chicago. I went last year as a presenter and worked with Melanie Nelson of Blogging Basics 101 fame and have the chance to return for an encore in the Geek Lab section of the event.

BlogHer is collecting data to determine where the interest is and if you'd like to see us presenting or to hear what we have to offer please visit the BlogHer link, log in to your account and click the "I would be interested in attending" link under the header to let them know. Thank you so very much.

And here are a few other fun crafty links I've collected. May you craft in joy.

A knitted bunny washcloth pattern just in time for spring from Susan B. Anderson
A yarn basket from a Friend to Knit With (you'll have to see it to understand what it is)
Goldfish-in-a-Bag soap from Craftster
A dozen ways to make a play kitchen by One Crafty Place
A flower crown from Tiny Happy

Sponsored by Pink and Blue for unique baby gifts to make them "ooh" and "ahh" and by Pak Naks--Decorate your stuff with these adorable rubber charms.

15 comments:

Lucy said...

How cute. You could do that with many themes. Mine was(is) a NASA freak. That would be cool. Sigh....I'm not going to do it though. I love the talent and 'thinking up things' other people have. The closest I've come is finding all the Apollo astronaut patches one year and had them all put into a frame for a Christmas gift. It came out pretty neat.

One Mom said...

What a great idea! And I bet it will help you get to know your players!

Half past who???

Kara said...

Echoing the really great idea sentiments - and you can really customize this based on the topic. So much fun - I seen endless possibilities with this one.

illahee said...

that is a fabulous clock! pretty (probably not what your boys think, but there you go! lol)

Jenni said...

Okay, I'm feeling yor boys pain a bit and have a suggestion that is too late for you now but will help anyone else who wants to do this in the future:

Along with the cards, buy the clear plastic sleeves for collector cards and glue the sleeves to the clock and slide the cards into those.

This way, you save the cards and, bonus, you would be able to change the clock whenever you want. Put in different players, as football ends and baseball begins, change to baseball players.

So, great idea; but as a person who married a collector who barely lets me breath on his cards...next time buy sleeves (they're really cheap).

jacjewelry said...

What a great idea that is inexpensive!

Madeline said...

What a cute idea! Love the other craft links as well.

Alison Kelley said...

You did a beautiful job! How fun and memorable the clock will always be for them too.

Neas Nuttiness said...

I had no idea that you could do this so inexpensively. I think that I'll try making a Pug clock, with pictures of my dog. Boy will my husband love that - NOT!

I headed over to the Blog 101 site. Gosh - you can find just about everything you ever wanted to know about bloging there. Thanks for the tip.

Melissa said...

I kind of expected the reaction to the glueing if they didn't know in advance. I got in trouble with my older brothers for contact-papering my baseball cards in my attempt to preserve them. Instead I was just messing them up. Live and learn, I guess. :)

Headless Mom said...

I'm so making this for my son to commemorate his first season playing tackle football next fall!

Also, I will also be at BlogHer and look forward to meeting you again. I doubt you'd remember meeting me last year!

Cynthia said...

The clock looks great! Very creative, and it gives your boys something unique and personal. Maybe they can find some more of the good cards to keep without glue on them :)!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so much fun and so perfect for them! I love it! I'll be linking.

kari and kijsa said...

love this idea! Cute way to learn time too!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Chrissy said...

Glad you liked the play kitchen round-up! Thanks for the mention!