I'm so excited to be sharing my recent SVG Cuts project.
It's probably one of my favorite projects that I've done!
It's a CUCKOO clock!!!
I've been meaning to do one of these for the longest time...
but none of the files worked as the clock base until THIS one came out recently.
I've tried simply doing it on a Spring Birdhouse, or even some of the Gingerbread Houses...
however, everything was a bit too small to make it work.
So, when this advent calendar one came out - I just knew that this was the one.
I kept some of the openings from the calendar but simply removed the doors,
moved some of the compartments and deleted others -
to make the clock base fit.
For the roof, the base and the pendulum, I used my to-go cut file - CRATES.
For the top compartment -
I put in my Cuckoo Love Bird...
and attached it onto the house with a wire spring.
I love the little love letter he's fetching in his mouth!
To make this project -
I totally researched on what makes beautiful cuckoo clocks.
I studied their accents, their balance, and their colors...
For the middle of this clock -
I really wanted to do one of those animals that rotate around the clock -
goes in one end, comes out the other!
However, that would be nearly impossible to make and to explain how I did it!
I decided to simply add in a bunny into each of the compartments,
carrying a big heart for each other.
The side doors can open and you can even put a little treat in there if you're giving it as a gift!
The clock kit that I used here can be found at any of the crafting stores,
or even better - if you can plan it in advance -
Amazon is super cheap.
The arm colors were a bit 'off' from how I wanted -
(it was a shiny gold!)
so I simply spray painted them with a beige paint.
I accented both the sides of the base by adding in some pretty roses.
You can totally change the theme of this clock with how you embellish it!
For a wintery one -
it would be so cute to have wintergreens on the side, with snowflakes as the weights.
For a springy look -
add some garden flowers or even some fencing on the base.
Autumn clocks would be so cute with woodland animals and fallen leaves.
For the weights - I adhered 5 of the hearts scored down in the middle vertically onto one another.
It was important to have the beads at the bottom as well to create some weight.
In case you're wondering about how the back looks like,
and if battery changing is possible - YES!
It's very clean at the back,
and the top part of the roof where the crates meet -
there's a triangular opening which you can use as a hole to hang it up on the wall.
I hope that you liked this project today!
If you're interested -
here are all the kits and collections that I used.
1. Santa's Village Advent Calendar SVG Kit (house base)
2. Be Mine Valentine SVG Kit (decorative accent/bird)
3. Maison de Madeline SVG kit (clock base)
4. Caramel Apple Pie SVG kit (crates)
5. For My Valentine SVG Kit (hearts)
6. Crush on You Boxes SVG Kit (roses)
7. Valentine Country Home Elements SVG Collection (bunnies)
Refer to the SVG Cuts blog for detailed files used, sizes and instructions.
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Now... onto my announcement.
A bit of a surprise to many of you...
If you see the title above... it says the 'FINAL' project.
Yes, I'm stepping down from the SVG Cuts team.
For those of you that saw my announcement last week,
I'm also stepping down from the Unity Stamp Company team.
Why, you ask?
Is Thienly okay?
Did something happen to her?
Everything is fine.
I'm healthy and I'm happy.
I just wanted something different in my life.
More time to explore other things that interests me.
More time to enjoy with the family.
Just wanted the flexibility without having deadlines.
Life is too short - I want to make the best out of it,
without any regrets knowing that I've tried/done everything that I wanted to do.
Who knew that this little machine I bought from Michaels on the Black Friday sale
would take me so far!
I just bought it because it seemed like all the crafty ladies were doing it...
I had no idea about the amazing journey ahead of me!
I've been with the SVG Cuts team for almost 4 years,
when they have been in business for 5 years.
I was their FIRST member of their design team...
I remember celebrating their 5,000th follower on FB -
and now, they are almost at 50,000!
It was the hardest decision to make.
Leo and Mary are the sweetest people around.
They have treated me like I'm a part of their family.
I've seen them get engaged, get married, win an American Made Audience Award.
I'm honored to have designed with this company for long as I have -
creating ... design team projects.
You can see all my projects HERE.
The design team and SVG Cuts' friends are also very special to me.
I've created some very special friendship with some of them,
and know that no matter what we all do - we'd be friends.
My mom tells me that this 'stepping down' event should go in my life history book!
So what am I gonna do from now?
Of course, most importantly, be there for my family.
I want to volunteer more at school.
I want to be there for kids after school without having to tell them -
I need to take project pics before the sun goes down!
I want to watch movies with my husband without telling him I have a post deadline tomorrow!
Well, I still plan on doing some paper crafts and using stamps.
However, there are new crafty things that's captured my heart and I need to pursue it.
Needle felting, and leather crafting.
Paint and wood-working.
I want to work with different mediums and extend my crafty knowledge to these areas.
I'm super excited about leather crafting -
making miniature shoes and bags,
and eventually would be cool to design my own iphone case or something! :)
I'm leaving on a vacation for a couple of weeks to Japan in February.
When I come home, I should be all refreshed and ready to try something new!
Thank you so much for your support and understanding :)
I will continue to post here when I can and share my new interests, too!
I hope that you will continue to visit here now and then!