Can I be honest with you?
Where in the world is the time going? I feel like it’s flying by!
My oldest is 15 and is begging me to let him drive, and I have to tell you the truth. I’m not ready.
I am that psycho-mom who sits outside while her boys ride their bikes to make sure they are looking for cars (they never are), or that they’re riding their skateboards with their helmets on (they never are).
I’m the one warning them of everything they should and should not do when they go away for a sleepover and then I can’t sleep when they’re gone because I miss them.
How am I going to let my teenager drive? Alone. Without me… eek!!
Well, for now, he’s not driving, which means I’m somewhat sane. For now. And begging for time to stand still.
My boys think time flies by too. Especially with school starting in just two weeks.
School mornings… ugh!!
Trying to get two boys up and ready for school is complete torture! They swear I’m lying to them when I tell them how much time they have left to get ready. I frequently hear..
“THERE IS NO WAY I ONLY HAVE 5 MINUTES LEFT!!”
So, in anticipation of school
nightmares mornings, I decided the other day that we needed a large clock in the house. One that I can point to in the mornings to remind the kids that they only have 20 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes left to get ready for school. I hoped if I made it big enough, there would be no mistaking it.
I can hope, right?
I had seen several pictures of farmhouse clocks in magazines and online, so I had a general idea of what I wanted.
My sweet husband built the clock with four pieces of wood we had sitting in our garage, and then cut it into a large circle.
My husband used the Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to hide the screws that hold the boards together.
We added two boards to the back for extra support, and hangers to the top to make hanging on the wall easy.
I decided to stain the wood prior to painting because I knew I wanted to be able to sand the paint off later and reveal a distressed look.
After the stain dried, I painted it using Annie Sloan’s Pure White chalk paint.
Once that was dried, I used sandpaper to distress it.
After sanding it, I wiped it down to remove any paint dust. This is important for the next step, so the vinyl will stick.
Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out Roman numerals on vinyl for the clock. After they printed, I cut them out and put transfer tape on top.
Next, I laid the vinyl down, with the transfer tape on top, and then slowly removed the transfer tape to reveal a box with the Roman numeral inside.
After the vinyl was peeled away, I made sure the edges of the numbers were all firmly down on the wood. This part is important so paint doesn’t bleed under the vinyl.
Next, I painted over each of the numbers with black craft paint.
After it dried, I peeled away the remaining vinyl leaving behind a perfect Roman numeral. I’m not gonna lie.. I absolutely LOVE this part and I may or may not wait for it to completely dry. 😉
Finally, I added the clock hands that I bought off of Amazon.
For now, I decided to prop it up on the fireplace mantel until we have time to paint the walls, and then it will most likely find a new home.
And then I’ll need to redecorate my fireplace mantel.
I’m pretty sure my boys will
not see this clock this school year! Maybe it will save my sanity.. maybe.
So mom’s or driving children.. I have to ask…how do you do it? How do you let them get behind a wheel and drive away? Oh the thought of it gives me anxiety!!
I may need to up my medicine! 😯
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Love you all!!