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Mountain Living Clock Time

I grew up in the mountains in Basalt, Colorado. I love making these clocks because I think they are a fun representation of Mountain Living. The mountains, snow covered cabins, Aspen and Pine trees and wildlife. The clocks are 24” or 18” round and are colorful and a bit whimsical. (Click on article to see BIGGER video)

They are also fun to make because of all the different applications. I outline all the images with a burning tool. These clocks are stained and painted and burned. I love the different textures and colors.

Special orders welcome, takes 4 to 6 weeks.

EBCA 2018 Studio Tour

The East Boulder County Artists (of which I am proud to be a member) have a studio tour every year. Each year many EBCA artists unite to show their talents in their studios. The 2018 tour is no exception. On April 28th and 29th, you will have opportunity to view work by the artists previewed here. Look below for the links to the map, so that you can find your way around to the 16 studio stops showcasing 38 artists. I hope to see you at stop #12!

The EBCA 2018 Studio Tour pdf with map and stops is in two pieces:

EBCA 2018 Studio Tour Page 1

EBCA 2018 Studio Tour Page 2

You can also RSVP to the Studio Tour on the EBCA Facebook Event Page.

More Artists You Can See on the EBCA 2018 Studio Tour

The Making of a MacKenzie-Childs Look Alike Clock

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I love love MacKenzie-Childs.  It is a line of bizarre, colorful and off the wall home decor.  I’ve been to their store on 57th Ave in New York and it is an experience like no other.

Photo One-I took this old clock that I love but hasn’t worked for several years.  24″ in diameter and made of plastic and metal.

Photo Two – I took the whole thing apart, not knowing if it would go back together again. Might as well try. Right? I painted a sealer on the different parts so that my paint would stick to the surfaces.

Photo Three – I always have a MacKenzie-Childs catalog laying around that will show the correct colors for my project.  Black, White and Gold are the main colors  Brown and light Blues for the clock face. I painted the clock numbers Black.

Photos Four and Five. I put in a new mechanism and a fresh battery and new clock hands. Close up photos show the detail of using the initial clocks curves and indentations.

Finished clock that now hangs over the fireplace.  So fun and different and inexpensive to create.  My husband Paul and I are big fans of MacKenzie-Childs.  For your own fun ideas visit them at

The Making of a Toy Box

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Thatcher is 2 years old.  He loves balls and trucks.

Step 1. I bought a Toy Box from Unpainted Furniture in Boulder and away I went.

Step 2. I woke up one morning and said out loud “Ball Trees”. That’s the inspiration.

Step 3. Started with burning in the design that was in my head. What balls would grow on trees?  Footballs and basketballs.

Step 4. Soccer balls as clouds and a Baseball tree where the balls are falling from the tree like apples.

Step 5. Add a few cars and trucks.

Step 6. Paint and stain in bright colors with an Espresso stain for the rest of the box.

Paul came up with the lettering of “Team Thatcher” for the top.
And there you go!

Very excited to deliver our Grand Prize to the Nina’s Art Designs contest winner – Scot Kaiser! (Shown here with the Grand Prize). We are honored that it will be in your home! ~Nina



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