Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tick Tock

P1010068 One of my favorite idioms is “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” – meaning different people have different ideas about what they find to be beautiful. That is what makes us unique from each other.

Some folks think that old things should be tossed away in landfills, like these old clocks. I love them and have them scattered around in my home for display. Someone else may think they are hideous because they don’t work or have a rusty and worn metal body and might ask what good are they if they don’t keep time? Sure, I guess that makes sense, but look further than their intended purpose.P1010069 These old clocks gleam in the light and have bright and cheerful faces – almost as if they are smiling back at us. They are handsome, sturdy and a tad bit whimsical.

Marvel, Ring, Tix…..perfect words for old clock faces.P1010074 In a group they make for quite an impressive vignette, lined up like a chorus line, ready to break into a rendition of “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by WHAM.P1010082 Their metal frames are pitted, worn and a bit wobbly, like a tipsy seaman. But I love them, they are imperfect and get better with age. (Like us!)

Beautiful little pieces of art from the olden days.P1010080 This little charmer is from Germany and has the most adorable chipped enameled sides with a scattering of delicate flowers. And it doesn’t work, but it’s perfectly beautiful nevertheless.P1010076I am nostalgic when it comes to old bits and bobs. They are beautiful to me and that is that.


I will leave you with this today:

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh, and don’t forget to “spring forward” for the time change tonight.

Till next time….tootles.


Vee said...

I have a white enamel clock that hasn't kept time in eons, yet it has a place of prominence. Love your line-up of old clocks and I'm so glad that you haven't taken them all apart to use in other projects. It is nice to think of old and wonky as beautiful because I'm growing older and more wonky every day. Have a great weekend, Becky!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I have a small collection of old clocks. many don't work but fine by me :) I have them all through the house in little groups. I love the last one that is enamel! Gorgeous..
Come by, I am having the 3rd annual Flea Market Style magazine giveaway!
You didn't win last year, maybe this year you will be lucky :)
Have a fab day!
xo, misha

Linda said...

I love all your old clocks...I have a very old one I rescued from my Grandparents house many years ago! Have a great weekend!!

fiberdoodles said...

What a wonderful collection! They are all beautiful in their own way!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I love vintage alarm clocks! You have such a charming collection!

Deborah said...

Oh Becky they are beautiful!
I love old clocks too...especially the old well-won ones.
I wish I could find an old turquoise one.
Have a great day!!

Deborah xo

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You have the most fascinating collections and don't even get me started on your vintage linens. Oh my.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I just love your clock collection -and what a marvelous post. Truly.

It is beautifully presented and perfectly well done.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Clocks were the very first thing I started collecting. I have never tired of their charm and still get excited when I find one that rings my bell! You have a wonderful collection.

sissie said...

What beautiful photos of old clocks. I love them too and have a small collection. I just love putting them on a shelf, passing by them and smiling, which I'm sure you do as well.

Old stuff full of memories and nostalgia.....what could be better.


Tracey said...

Another clock lover here... thanks so much for sharing your collection with us! I will have to be on the lookout for some of these cuties :^)

Oh, and thanks for the reminder to "Spring Ahead" before we retire tonight.

Tami Hacker said...

I adore your clocks and how you have them displayed.

I have several myself - most do not work, they are tattered & worn, but I adore them.


Tami Hacker said...

I love your clocks & how they are displayed.

I have several myself - most do not work & are tattered & worn, but I adore them.


wendy said...

Wake Me Up Before You Go I will be singing that all night.

and what is so cool about the ones you have collected
Is not just their "style"
but think of the HOURS and MINUTES they recorded in someones life
a job
time for church
the time a baby was born
the time a loved one died

All time recorded..that adds up to a whole life. They have a story (if they could talk)

Elsie said...

Becky I LOVE your clocks!!! I have several vintage ones in my bedroom and I think only one works. I started collecting them because I kept my mom and dad's. I don't mind if they don't all work. I could never keep all of them wound anyway. I do good keeping my grandfather and wall clock wound. I love your German clock, sooo pretty. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

NanaDiana said...

I think I love clocks because I am always fascinated with the passage of time. I've been that way since I was a child. And, even if the clocks don't work there is an old saying that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Love your collection-xo Diana

Happy@Home said...

What a perfectly charming post for "spring forward" day. I have admired the way you incorporate these old clocks into your decorating. In fact, I bought one at a thrift shop after seeing a similar one in one of your posts. I doubt I would have thought to buy it if it hadn't been for your inspiration. So, thanks for the inspiration :).

Kit said...

Oh how I love your clocks! I am too a collector of clocks. I think they are just beautiful and so lovely to look at, working or not. Nice display! Kit

Donna said...

I love old clocks myself! You have a wonderful collection. If they all work you will have to spring them forward tonight :)
Big Hugs,

Linda said...

Love the clocks and the way you fit in the reminder of the time change. More sunshine.. yay!!! More scottie playtime.

Stephanie said...

I love your clock collection. I wonder about each one....who owned it....what was their life like? It's nice to have a bit of history in our daily lives.

Pondside said...

I do like clocks! In the dining room is the clock that was passed down to the Great Dane from his grandparents. Each of the children has an old clock from the family - I'm making sure that they inherit my interest!

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Enjoyed this post! I'd never thought of grouping all my old clocks together. Thanks for the idea!

Mimi Sue said...

I love little clocks too. The more imperfect the better! I set the time on each one for a birthday in our family. (7:03-July 3rd) Makes it kind of fun. Mimi

Debbie Kay said...

Love those clocks Becky, you have them displayed so nicely.

Smiles & hugs,


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love old clocks...especially the old travel clocks! Happy Spring! I'm making bunnies today..they are multiplying! ♥

Deanna said...

Hi Becky,
I adore your collection of clocks. I would never think of tossing those away. They just have a certain charm when they become chippy and worn.

I've not been fortunate enough to come across any vintage clocks but you can bet I will keep my eye out for them!

Deanna :D

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I love your beautiful collection of vintage clocks Becky! I think I need to start collecting some! Are you getting rain as we are today! Love it. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.


KayteeJane said...

I love old clocks too. You have a great collection. I look for them at sales but they are sort of hard to find. They look great on display.

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

Dearest Becky,
"In TIMES like this we need a Savior"...Your clocks are such a reminder of the overwhelming need we all have to have Jesus in our lives. I love your wonderful collection of clocks...such classic time pieces.
Blessings, sweet friend!
Thank you for your dear comment on my new blog! xoxo

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I have an obsession with old clocks too!! Love your collection!