Guest Post and FREE OFFER- Charlie from Attempting Aloha

Happy Monday everyone!
Did you have a Very Merry Christmas?!
Are you still totally stuffed on good food and cookies and did you get totally spoiled on Christmas?! I HOPE SO!

We are still out of town so I have some more fabulous guest bloggers for you.
First up this week, the adorable Charlie from Attempting Aloha.

My name is Charlie (pink Charlie, not blue Charlie), and I’m joining you from the middle of the ocean and a tiny island you may have heard of…Does Oahu ring a bell? Yeah, the lovely travel destination and location on many people’s minds during this winter season is the place I now call home. I’ll try not to rub it in too much! 😉
But this is where we were this week:

We just purchased our first home in September, and I started my blog immediately after unpacking. So my fledgling blog is less than three months old, but I am having a blast! I’m an inventor and small business owner anyway, but this laid-back blogging world (particularly the craft and home decor peeps) are so much fun and so inviting! Such comaraderie! It’s been a true Aloha experience for me so far. 🙂

Well, today I wanted to share my most recent projects. I am truly a slacker shopper! Never clipped a coupon in my life. Don’t go to the store unless it’s an absolute MUST DO RIGHT NOW (which means I most often miss the big “sales”). But, hey, I have three kids under 6, a husband in residency, and a house that’s completely torn apart. Cut a sister some slack!! So after I’m done writing this post, I’m off to whip up a few Christmas presents for my kids, and tomorrow night after my hubby gets home, I may brave a couple stores…wish me luck {{cringes}}.
So here I was two weeks ago with no gift ready to send to my amazing sister-in-law in Israel, whose name I had drawn for the family drawing, and not even an idea floating around in my head, when I stumbled across some $5 clocks at Walgreens (I was only there to pick up some desperately needed, last-minute pics). Here’s what they looked like:

Bless those sweet designers’ hearts for their efforts…but mostly I’m sure their target audience was my thrifty great-grandma and not so much a hip, young mama who’s trying to spruce up her new house in “Chic on the Cheap”. But $5 caught my eye! And I had just recently finished purusing the latest edition of PB where I had found this:

Hmmmmm. I could work with these…My mind started turning as I tried to decide if my mediocre graphic design skills were good enough to hack a PB classic… I decided to go for it and snagged up 4 with my “Save $5 off $20 or more” coupon (Hallelujah, the girl USED A COUPON!). It was a very proud moment for me.
So I happily skipped home and spent a good hour trying to figure out the Roman numerals and failed miserably. Boo. So I decided to try something more simple to start with. I ended up designing this for my girls’ room:

CLICK HERE if you would like to see more of the Shabby Chic Parisian Clock and for a free download of the PDF’s and a tutorial of how I put it together.
I was feeling pretty confident after putting that one together, and my friend, Kim, shamelessly begged me to try the PB Union Station Clock again, so I gave it another shot. As I was working, I was trying to decide what to write instead of the standard “Union Station” on it, and I came up with the perfect present for my sister-in-law! A PERSONALIZED clock with family name and year “established”! Chic, yet personal. Classic, classy, but made with love. Perfect!! And it took me awhile (a very long while), but I finally got all the numbers pretty much perfect! Whew.

After getting this one all wrapped up and shipped to Israel, the next person on my list was my daughter’s teacher…”I’m on a roll with these clocks, and I’ve still got two waiting for me in the closet, so I might as well design one for her! But what?”
Subway art seems to be everywhere this season, and I’m loving it! So I thought I’d put my own spin on it by adding it to a clock! Here’s what I came up with: words that I think of when I hear the word “teacher” along with a teacher’s name to make it personalized!

I think I’m far from done with the clock designs, but will probably be holding off on any more big ones until after the holidays are over…still have lots of shopping to do, right?
But I made this Beiber clock as a gag for that same Kim friend. Ha! I have no idea where I got the pic, but I claim no rights to it, and I’m not making any money off of it. Just for your laughing pleasure!

And I just finished this one for the little boys! We’re an all-pink household, so I’m not sure when I’ll get around to actually building one of these… But it will be available for free download on my blog with a generic word like “Zam” instead of Carson.

This is my first guest post, and I was so thrilled when Allison said she was looking for guest bloggers!
So I’m going to offer you lovely ladies a freebie!!!!!! To the first 50 individuals to comment (MUST BE A FOLLOWER OF “A GLIMPSE INSIDE”), I will personalize and email you any one of the clock PDF’s for free!

Here’s what will make my life easier, so I can get these to you faster.
1) Leave a comment here on this post
2) Email me and tell me which comment is yours and which clock you’d like and what personalization you would like on it! attemptingaloha at gmail dot com

That’s it! And if you’re really feeling the Aloha, you can check out some of my other fun posts and follow me as I craft my way through Oahu. 😉

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,

Thank you so much for guest posting for me Charlie!
And that is TOO SWEET of you to offer the free personalization!
Everyone go take Charlie up on her offer, visit her blog, and give her some love!

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  • Megan
    December 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I would simply LOVE a personalized clock PDF! =)

    My email is megan dot byers at yahoo dot com

    I'll send you an email and follow your blog!!!

  • Sara DeMay
    December 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    The teacher clock is such a wonderful idea!!!

  • Mallorey
    December 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    That is such a great idea!! I wonder if our Walgreens still has some of those lovely clocks!

  • Angela McInnis
    December 28, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Thanks for this great offer! I will email you with the info.

  • Pam Foster
    December 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I love the clocks — would love to give one to my teacher friend/mentor. I'll email you. I love your blog too!!!!

  • Tiffany
    December 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I would love one of these clocks! I will email u the info! Thanks!

  • Krafty Kat
    December 31, 2010 at 2:17 am

    This is fabulous! You have done a really great job on these clocks!

  • Anonymous
    February 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

    hi, new to the site, thanks.