I have a penchant for the unusual, and I enjoy reusing old vintage items and creating odd decorative displays from them. The following represents just one way of doing this. Perhaps it will get your creativity flowing, and you will discover unique ways of displaying your own treasures. This is one of my latest projects, and involves time itself.
I have always had a fascination with the concept of time. I collect old watches and clocks, egg timers, sundials, desk calenders, and of course books about time. When I needed a way to display this ever growing collection, I had to get creative.
At the very least, I needed a small shelf for my books, and something to display a sundial and some watches on. I had a very lovely old wood and brass towel shelf, but our current residence has two tiny bathrooms, and no real need for it. I used the shelf to stack my books, and the brass towel hangers to display a small clock. I also hung several old ladies watches from the bottom hanger.
I added a few more touches by displaying a vintage metal desk calendar on either side of my books. Above my new found little bookshelf, I hung an old brass hourglass that was missing its glass. I hung this on its side.
For the sundial, I found a little wooden shelf with a niche across the top. This was originally intended to hold a decorative kitchen plate, but I found it held my sundial in place just as well. There was also a dowel running across the bottom of this shelve, intended to hold a decorative dish towel. This now houses more of my watches.
Have you detected an underlying theme here yet? With the possible exception of the books and the desk calendars, which are manual, none of these things actually work. Symbolically, at least, I have made time stand still. Furthermore, in the case of the hourglass, I have turned time on its side!
I love making unusual displays of the odd things I collect. This little project was almost complete, and since I also keep some of my herbs in my workroom, this helped me to find one last finishing touch. To one of the shelves I have now added Thyme – in a bottle, of course. What better way to finish off my little “timey whimey” display?
Source: Over 30 years as an artist and crafts person.