I’m Not Dead, Yet… and a clock

Right. I know it crossed your mind, but no, I’m not dead, yet.

The past three years have been a bit of blur (yes, it has been three years since I posted — I know, I was shocked, too). And while I thought about writing a long, deeply moving, painfully revealing look at what’s been going on, that seemed hard.*

So I thought, “F*ck it, I’ll make a clock.”

Yesterday's Garden Clock

Yesterday’s Garden


Yesterday's Garden

Yesterday’s Garden – back

You see, when I first started using a metal detector to explore the seven acre north Florida property Mr. Jivvy and I now call home, I had no idea what I would do with the rusted relics I found. To be fair, for most of what I find, β€œrelic” is actually a bit fancy: discarded jar lids, food tins, and many items rusted beyond recognition.

But there are also a number of old machine parts — like the one that forms the body of this clock. I’m not sure what its original purpose was (I suspect an air filter cover of some sort), but the instant I saw it, I knew it was destined to become a clock.


And most everything you see in this clock was found in the new Jivvy family yard. There’s an old Clorox bottle lid, bits of screen, links from a chainsaw chain, and more.  The pedestal is made from an old lawn mower blade adapter that could no longer perform its duties.

The heavily rusted bits received several coats of sealant –  to both protect the surface texture and to increase stability.

(And because I hate touching rust nearly to the point of a phobia. Which Mr. Jivvy says makes me weird, but I think not hating to touch rust makes you weird, Mr. Jivvy.)

Yes, there are also a few objects thrown in from my art stash (such as the park bench in the upper right corner and the isinglass I stained to form the heart background).

Of course, I did some intentional cosmetic damage to the 1 1/16″ Mini clock insert, but it still keeps perfect time and is easily removable for battery changes.

And for anyone who is concerned, I promise you – no lady bugs were harmed in the creation of this clock. Which is not the same as saying, “I didn’t collect dead lady bugs, pluck out their guts, shellac their pretty bits, and use them in my clock project.”

Because, that’s kind of exactly what I did. And that’s okay, because I’m pretty sure Lady Bugs love being immortalized in art.

And when the clock won a prize, I thought, “hey, that’s something I could write about,” and here we are.

You’re all caught up now. You’re welcome.


PS: Dear Carolyn, my most faithful commenter, I hope you’re still out there.  I almost posted when you came back from your hiatus, but everything I owned was in a box and I was much too cranky to post anything nice. But I missed you and noticed your return. <3



*Alright, here’s the short version: A little over three years ago, Mr. Jivvy and I:

  • decided to sell our house;
  • sold our house (eventually);
  • moved a few hours north;
  • rented a house while we looked for a house to buy — which, most assuredly, would NOT be a “project house”;
  • bought the most projecty-project house EVER;
  • spent six months making it livable;
  • moved into the still-an-unfinished-project house;
  • lived happily ever-after, never ever to move again. Ever.



















15 comments for “I’m Not Dead, Yet… and a clock

  1. Shelly Norris
    May 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Great to see your posting Jill. I surely did miss you…

    • Jivvy
      May 22, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      I’m not Jill, but it’s good to be back. πŸ˜€

      • Cheryl Clingen
        May 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

        Glad to hear from you again! Welcome back

      • Jivvy
        May 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

        Thanks, Cheryl!

      • Brian Terry
        May 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

        Glad you’re back, Jill! Excellent work! πŸ˜‰

      • Jivvy
        May 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm


  2. Minicat
    May 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Love the clock! You know I still have a variety of non-working clocks…some that work…

    • Jivvy
      May 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Oh thank you! My contest prize is more clock stuff (lots more clock stuff)… maybe at least one of my relatives should get a clock for Christmas, lol.

  3. Gretchen
    May 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, very cool, Ms.Jivvy. Love it.

    • Jivvy
      May 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Thank you, m’dear.

  4. Carolyn
    May 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I feel like I just won the lottery “Jill”;);0. I got goose bumps and tingles when I saw your post! Leave it to a groupie to get giddy upon your return!
    Did you really need to change your name now that you changed your address- “Jill” just does not suit you but I do like the way Jack Jivvy rolls off the tongue. On second thought Jack and Jill Jivvy aka JJ squared sounds pretty good.

    LOVE the found object clock including the immortalized beetles! Obviously I am not the only who loves it – 200 entries – you rock!

    Thanks for the sweet comment – your biggest most chatty fan.

    • Jivvy
      May 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      CAROLYN! I’m so glad you’re out and about and particularly right here. Big hug!

  5. Esther
    June 3, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Great to have you back : I especially love the little bench corner in your clock; love tiny worlds. How much fun to have a detector to find materials for your art πŸ™‚ I used to live a big town where people trow their garbage on the street everyday so I always found bits of old jewelry, buttons, old messing handles of furniture etc for my door.
    I was struck by your sentence:’ Everything I own is in a box’ that’s my situation right now ( hubby got a job in another country; we rent now a tempera rely completely furnished house, we sold our house and are now looking for another and all my artist-tools and materials and Art books are in a box in our old country πŸ™ and my cat at my parents house waaaaaah!) So I know exactly how you felt then; I have lots of creative ideas right now which I will have to store in the back of my mind until we find a new house. And I don’t have internet yet in the new country(I am now a few days visiting family in the old country and can finally check up with all my emails)

    • Jivvy
      June 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Yes! It sounds like you know EXACTLY what I was going through.

      I’m so sorry. πŸ˜‰

      • Esther
        June 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Thanks for your concern, I just occupy myself by reading a lot(became a member of the library) and discover the new town on my bike.Its a very beautiful town with lots of parks, culture etc.

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