Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Disney Clock Housewarming Gift

One of my younger sisters moved out of home earlier this year. Cue need for the perfect housewarming gift.

She mentioned that she wanted a wall clock for the kitchen, I begged to be be the one to find the perfect clock for her.

Mission and a half!

Source: www.disneystore.com
MissT is a big fan of all things Disney..after a trip to Disneyland last year, she came home with kitchen utensils, cutlery, tea towels and mugs so her kitchen has a bit of a Disney theme, but in a rather subtle way. Most of the goodies are kept in drawer/cupboards etc.

The rest of her living area has a black/white colour scheme and the walls have a collection of the famous 'Top of the Rock' images (google 'Lunch on a skyscraper' if you're not sure what I mean) which she collected when she was in New York.

I decided I definitely wanted something personal/customised, and chose etsy as my store choice. I mean, who doesn't love something from etsy? It's like supported the small business of a friend.

Much to my delight, I discovered this store...

(Click to head to the etsy store)

 Vinylclockwork is run by the lovely Scott (you'll see why I think he's so lovely soon!) who turns old vinyl records (preferably scratched ones) into beautiful clocks.

He makes two designs...
This design he calls the 'Numbers' design. As you can see it was made from an old Cher album.
And this one is called the 'Circle' design, made from an old A Space Odyssey album.

Can you guess which one I chose?

I'll give you a hint. Can you see a familiar face hiding under the 9 in the 'Circle' Design?

Once I saw the hidden Mickey I was sold.

Now the hard part, choosing an artist! She's a fan of the Beatles, but those albums are hard enough to come by as it is. I then wondered if there were many Disney albums around...

A quick trip to ebay showed me that yes, there definitely were and some were very reasonably priced ($0.99 anyone?). A short message off to Scott confirmed he would make one from a supplied album and that I could get it posted directly to him.


I bid on a Disney Dumbo record, for $0.99 + $6 postage. Ebay seller took their time, but Scott had it in his hot little hands about a week later.
And it looked like this!

Needless to say, I was as shattered as the record :-(

Scott came to my rescue though and offered to source a record from his local record shop. Not Dumbo, but 'It's a small world'. Happy enough with that and definitely can't complain about the service!

Scott made the clock and had it on it's way to Australia within a few days. It arrived on my sister's doorstep just over a week after he found the replacement record for me.
As quoted on Facebook "Mickey clock for housewarming=amazeballs!! Xo"
If the text she accompanying this Facebook picture was anything to go by, I think she's pretty darn happy with it :-D

Housewarming present success!


  1. Oh wow, what an awesome housewarming gift idea!

    I'm filing that one away for later...


  2. That is the cutest clock ever! I am glad your sister loved it.

  3. Okay, that is the most amazing gift ever!!!

    I am a Disney fanatic too and this is too adorable!!!

    Boo to the eBay seller, yay for Scott!

  4. That is a great housewarming present from a very thoughtful sister!

  5. Amazing presents! I want some of that disney stuff too

  6. Great Blog Post, Love the comments and all the kind words. Makes all the hard work worth it. Thanks again everyone.

  7. Amazing post! Loved the clocks and to meet your blog.
    I'm a new follower thru Google, follow back please. :)


  8. That is awesome! You do the BEST presents.

    I bet she was pleased :)

  9. What a great gift! I love the subtlety of it, and it's such an original idea. I bet your sister will love it.

  10. Your sister is so lucky to have you! You really went the extra mile, as did Scott. What great customer service!

  11. Your sister is so lucky to have you! You really went the extra mile, as did Scott. What great customer service!