So…here is how this post was supposed to go:

Before we get to the final reveal of the DIY Giant Clock Face Project, I had a few last things to do.

When I painted the black roman numerals on the surface of the metal clock face, I decided they looked too new so I sanded each one lightly.

Here’s a photo of the difference between the sanded and un-sanded roman numerals…

DIY, Giant Clock Face, Project, metal

After typing that, I looked at the picture to see which roman numeral was sanded versus which one was not…and noticed…oh.  oh, no.  No!  NO!  NO!

Look closely at the picture below.  Did you notice the mistake I made?


I have a college degree and a firm grasp of most things…but I was easily distracted by HGTV ‘s Fixer Upper and I made a huge mistake.  I was tired, had chocolate nearby, a cute pooch on the floor around my feet and an awesome house makeover reveal on my laptop playing  and was distracted and…I used four I’s instead of a IV for the number four.  I messed up the roman numerals and only noticed it right before I was about to hit “publish” on this blog post.

I saw it and my head just dropped…I couldn’t believe it.  I was almost done and realized I wasn’t nearly done.  Suddenly I was exhausted and frustrated.  I called my Mom, yelled how much of a doofus I was and begrudgingly agreed with the smartest woman in the world that, yes, I could fix it.

So, what is perseverance? Perseverance is not packing up your DIY project in your car and delivering it to the nearest Goodwill or ARC by way of driving INTO the building and booting it out of your car before driving to the nearest source of chocolate, leaving a building, that looks like a meteor hit it, in your wake,  because  you let a simple, stupid mistake tempt you into checking your sanity, like a coat at the door of a restaurant and get down to the business of completely losing it.

So, I walked away and watched Friends, ate pizza, hatch chili poppers, sangria, brownies and ice cream…and one leaf of lettuce just to make sure I didn’t get scurvy and decided to deal with it tomorrow.

There’s always tomorrow…and more pizza.


  1. Charlene
    May 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    It’s perfect that way!! I absolutely love it…..don’t change one little thing. It’s those wonderful little goofs that add spice to life!!

    • Bernadette
      May 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Charlene- I love your positive spin. A quirky spice of life!

  2. Susan
    May 14, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Not at first, I didn’t notice it! Know the feeling so well, however. I even did it on our Wedding reception invites, almost 40 yrs ago! I do love the clock face finish!! Will you try again? I’d love to see the process.

    • Bernadette
      May 28, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Susan- thanks for the encouragement! If you haven’t already found the process in some of my other clock face posts or still have questions, send me an email or leave your question in a comment and I’ll try to help!

  3. Jo
    May 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Oh thank you so much for this chuckle! I think we can all share in your frustration and that slap in the head moment, ” I can’t believe I did that!” Thank goodness for pizza, chocolate, alcoholic beverages and the unwavering affection of our dogs… Oh – poppers count as a veggie and sangria is your fruit! Scurvy avoided!

    • Bernadette
      May 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Jo! Such creative thinking- poppers do have a veggie in there somewhere and I think I read that red wine is good for the heart! Genius!

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