Thursday, September 24, 2015

Oversized & Giant Metal Wall Clocks

Keeping Time in a Big Way with Decorative, Oversized & Giant Metal Wall Clocks

These over-sized to giant, metal wall clocks have many faces: from modern with Roman numerals, to decorative and contemporary, and just plain colorful and fun. 

I've included several styles of similar metal wall clocks but each have subtle differences while keeping within a budget-friendly realm. Notice how similar some of these oversized, metal monster clocks are, but the price and size may be your deciding factor.  Let's get started; time is of the essence (pun intended).

Not All Decorative Wall Clocks Share the Same Face

Same Over-Sized Metal Wall Clock Above
I'm starting with metal clocks with Roman numerals, as they'll work in a host of decors: modern, contemporary, and traditional to give you an idea of these metal clocks' versatility as both decorative piece of wall art and time keeper.

This oversized, black metal  wall clock boasts thin Roman numerals and is lightweight considering it's large size. Your wall color will meld with the clock and create its style. This piece is the same wall clock as shown above, and while I'm not a fan of the wall paper, you can easily see how your space's color, ambiance and lighting will work with the overall impression you'll finally realize.

  • 30 x 1.5 x 30 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Budget-friendly
  • Black Powder-coated metal
  • Silver painted center; Roman numeral design

Sizing Up Your Wall Clock . . . er . . . Wall

Oversized Metal Wall Clock: Large Rustic Clock with Roman Numerals

Over-Sized Metal Wall Clock by Howard Miller

Just like artwork, these oversized clocks will take a sizable expanse of wall to keep the piece front-and-center if you want the clock to be the wall's main attraction.

I would keep to walls with at least half the diameter in size on both sides of the clock. This 21-inch in diameter clock will need ten inches on both sides for a total wall size of at least four feet.

Just as you don't want too little wall around your clock, you don't want it to get lost in a sea of wall board or part of a cluttered arrangement of small picture frames, either.

Here's the specs on this over-sized Howard Miller, rustic metal wall clock with quarter-hour Roman numerals:

  • Quality-made by trusted clock company
  • 21.2-inch D x 1.8 and 7.4 lbs.
  • Rustic metal detailing
  • Good ratings
  • Aged iron with decorative accents

Where, Oh Where: Placing Your Decorative Metal Wall Clock

Giant/Oversized Metal Wall Clock: 36" Rustic Round Clock with Roman Numerals

Giant Rustic Metal Wall Clock with Decorative Fleur de Lis Roman Numerals

Giant and over-sized clocks like this three-foot diameter timepiece will need lots of room to stretch out. But clocks with specific decorative style, like the distressed detailing, Fleur de Lis and Roman numerals betray a unique, more-formal style.

There's a host of spaces this wall clock will look most fabulous: dining rooms, entrance ways and foyers, wine rooms, country French kitchens/rooms and spaces with formality and high ceilings. Here's the specs on this giant/oversized, metal wall clock:

  • 36-inches diameter 
  • metal alloy
  • decorative, rustic fleur de lis design
  • Roman numerals

A Mix of Mediums: Giant 45" Black Metal Clock with Decorative Wood Roman Numerals

While not the 'budget-friendly' decorative piece.  I love this over-sized--no, giant-sized-- 45-inch wall clock. The extra large, black metal frame is hand-welded and contrasts with rustic distressed gold metal hands and sweeping second hand. The hands are an artistic feature alone with their variegated tones but the wooden Roman numerals stand out in striking 3D detailing. For the price, this giant wall clock will grace any wall with its decorative, unique craftsmanship. Huge and hugely distinct as wall art.

Giant, Over-Sized Metal Wall Clock is Beautifully Decorative & Budget-Friendly BUT Two Words: Tick-Tock

Huge 50" Modern Iron Metal Wall Clock with Roman Numerals

  • 50-Inch (giant-sized) Modern Wall Clock
  • Black Roman Numerals & Hands
  • Top-Rated
  • Two-Tone Metal in Matte Iron Finish
  • Uber Budget-Friendly
I love this behemoth of a giant modern wall clock!

The downfall (hence the tick-tock reference) to this clock is, it often has to be waited for. I'm not used to having to wait decor but considering the size of this metal clock--it's over four feet in diameter, it's quite the unique modern timepiece.

As of this writing, the clock is shipped free. If it's out of stock and you don't mind waiting for a new stock, this clock is fabulous.

Delvan Hand-Finished Metal Over-sized Wall Clock

This hand-forged metal finish over-sized wall clock by Delvan is popular for its rustic detail and extra-large numbers on the quarter hour and regular-sized numerals on the other hours. 

These basic numbers have a contemporary and even playful style, one that would work in a family room, country or contemporary kitchen--anywhere the relaxed number font and wood are appreciated. 

While this clock is metal, it will work where wood is plentiful. Over-sized and imposing but relaxed and jus' plain nice.

32.3" L x 32.3" W x 1.5" D

Giant & Over-Sized Wall Clocks with Metal Gears

Giant Metal Wall Clocks: Industrial Rustic Clock with Gears

  • Measures 3 by 40-1/2 by 33-1/4' & 11 lb.
I'm lovin' these over-sized and giant metal clocks with gears for wall decor. The clock above a fabulous industrial, warehouse contribution  for your modern and urban loft space. While the clock isn't round, it's ideal for hanging above a long table, desk or quirky wall space: anywhere you need a horizontal, decorative piece of wall art. The gears aren't working gears, but the metal hardware element is surely there.

Oversized/Extra Large Decorative Metal Wall Clock with Gears

Extra-Large Metal Wall Clock with Gears Inside

This round wall clock has a bit of both decorative elements I've mentioned: Roman numerals and the two hues of forged metal in grey iron and rustic brass for a truly modern, yet rustic contrast that's ideal for modern industrial warehouse decor.

Pair this over-sized wall clock with other decorative, industrial accessories with gears but be careful not to go too much into high gear (pun intended) with the same decor, lest your wall clock get lost in the madness.

Too much of any similar decor will dilute your main piece--that being your giant-size wall clock.

Remember: Less is more.

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 30 x 30 inches ; 16.4 lbs.

Modern Over-sized Wall Clock with Working Gears Inside

Over-sized Black Metal Wall Clock: Modern Clock with Working Gears

Best Gift for Engineers?

I'm a big gift-giver along with decorator, so I love decorative gifts like this black, over-sized clock with working gears inside that actually function as a calender!

Who knew?

While checking out all the comments about this modern, metal clock, I wondered why it only weighed in at six pounds and was much cheaper than all the large wall clocks of its ilk (i.e. working gear mechanism) and found that while the outside (frame) is black metal, the working gears inside are plastic. That's the price difference but having an over-sized piece of wall art is a huge plus and a clock for your wall with a calender and gears inside is a plus-plus (or is that a plus-plus-plus?)
One more bonus to this modern clock is, you won't need re-reinforcements when hanging the clock on a wall or having to sacrifice the ideal wall without studs.

  • 22-inch diameter & 6 lbs.
  • Budget-friendly 

Adding a Giant Punch Color To Your Wall: Your Clock as Fun, Decorative Piece

Oversized Metal Wall Clocks: Rustic Decorative Large Clock

This over-sized wall clock has so many faces with its rustic, yet colorful detailing. Each number is made to look distressed (worn through).

I can see this metal 'button key' clock in any modern to primitive/rustic space, like office walls and fun, game or family rooms, country kitchens--anywhere color is lacking.

I have a family room with an odd layout, where there's a recessed wall. It's spaces like that one where this oval clock will do its best as a fabulous decorative piece. Lots of color makes this clock a great addition while serving as wall art and functional timepiece.

Doesn't this clock have a 'county fair' persona?

  • Dimension: 27"H x 21"W

My Pick for 'Budget-Friendliness:' Color and Over-Sized Metal Wall Clock 

This over-sized clock has the playful, rustic numbers like the one above, and the metal number panels are distressed as well. Like the other clock, this one will fit fabulously into a rec or game room, as it has the look of a dart board. And the mix of color is a healthy bounty of red, blue, green and more popular hues, that you can easily hang the clock on any wall. Note how the white background in the image allows the clock to pop. If you have boring walls you can't change (or don't want to), adding color via your wall art is the answer to leading the eye away and onto your most decorative pieces.
  • 24" Round; 3 lbs.

How Decorative Do You Want Your Metal Wall Clock To Be?

Oversized Modern Metal Wall Clocks: Decorative Metal & Crystal Clock

There's no shortage of metal wall clocks, but add in the other requirement: giant or over-sized, and your chances slim just a bit.

All-metal wall clocks are even harder to find if you want highly-decorative pieces. This over-sized, metal clock has lots of crystal accents. The crystals promise to add an air of light in darker spaces, while keeping time. place a lamp in the vicinity as shown in the image, here. I like the idea of how, depending upon where you're looking from, the clock takes on several hues, like a prism's.

Another positive of mixed medium clocks is the price tend to be lower for the giant and large sized clocks, like this striking, unique timepiece.

Dimensions: 23 x 23 x 1 inches ; 6 pounds

Adding Light To Dark Spaces With Your Metal Wall Clock

Oversized/Large Metal Wall Clocks: Decorative Round Wall Art Clock

Like I touched on above, these over-sized wall clocks have the glimmer to add light to your darker areas. Obviously, there's no light bulbs in these clocks, but investing in wall clocks with silver metal finishes and/or crystals and glass will produce extra an air of light.

This metal clock has the silver metal decorative detailing in the floral stems. The tiny flowers are sweetly silver, not at all modern. I can see this floral clock in spaces like contemporary bedrooms and sun rooms, and paired with nice, floral accent pillows and rugs.

There's so much you can do with these highly-decorative metal wall clocks: they're like a giant piece of art, be it a wall sculpture or in place of wall art panels or prints. I only included a scant few of what's available among decorative wall clocks. You can see more at any of the links. Beware though, looking for these clocks is addictive!

  • 25.5 inches in diameter

TIP: Since these clocks are battery-operated, their mechanism creates a great 3D effect with the clock hanging out and away from the wall, meaning you can wrap a thin strip of light around the battery compartment for a glowing effect. Truly striking!

Leave me a note about what your fave is among these timepieces.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fun Desk Toys and Gadget Gifts for Adults to 'Work' With

Office Gadgets for Executives: Perpetual Motion Swinging Sticks Toy

Have Fun at Work: Desk Toys & Gadgets for Adult Executives 

These cool desk gadgets and  office toys for adults are a fun, budget-friendly way to give as gifts for fellow office workers, executive friends--even yourself. We all deserve a much-needed break from the stress of daily work.

I've included a host of different 'genres' from unusual and cool desk gadgets to plain ol' fun desk toys for the office. Whatever it takes to ward off the daily grind workday doldrums.

My quest for desk toys began when I was wondering where to buy that fun office desk-toy-gadget-thingy for adults seen on Pepper Potts' desk in movie, Iron Man 2 I found this one, and was excited to see a whole "world" of other office fun and executive desk gadgets that I've included here. This one is not a budget-friendly desk model, but it's a fabulous gift idea for people who have 'everything.'

Solar Powered Executive Desk/Work Toy: Airplane Ride Motion Sculpture

Kinetic/Perpetual Motion Solar-Powered Desk Toys 

Being ever the decorator, it was important that very piece on my desktop and above be attractive, much like this solar powered airplane motion sculpture. It's as attractive as it is a fun desk toy.
Powered through a solar panel aimed at a bulb or window, this decorative sculpture and lamp makes the perfect executive toy and office gift for any flying enthusiast or anyone with a penchant for kinetic art.

Airplane Ride Solar Powered Executive Toy

Executive Desk Toy for Work: Solar Powered Fascinations Solar Flier

Solar Power Makes Sense at Work

While it may seem my stressing solar powered desk toys is a carbon footprint ideal; it's truly important but with all those office lights, batteries seem an overkill of useless energy.

Don't you think so?

I'd simply keep the toy under any light after hours, or if you're lucky enough to have an office window nearby, it's even better. Fully charged, this solar airplane has a cool propeller that spins and its two LED lights fire up.How cool is that?

Solar Power Airplane Desk Toy for Adults by Fascinations

Solar Motion Desk Gadget Toy for Work: Bicycle Office Desk Lamp

A Note About Solar-Powered Desk Toys & Gadgets

Solar powered toys and gadgets like this cool cyclist is perfect for desks, as their reliance is on constant ambient light--if not direct light--is crucial for best performance.
If you or your office colleague or other gift recipient isn't feeling it with the airplanes above, there's plenty of other theme-related desk toys at the link at right; I just featured a sprinkling of the solar powered pieces, here.
I could go on and on with these guys but there's a host of other fun office-related toys, functional desk top gadgets and gift ideas to consider below.

Solar Motion Biker: Best Desk Toy for Us Adult Bicyclists 

Executive/Office/Work Solar Power Motion Toy: Ferris Wheel Desk Lamp

In our office, the mere sight of a cool desk toy creates an air of fun and whimsy while transporting the admirer away from stress-making situations. 
You would have thought we were a bunch of kids, than adults. Having fun at the office is part of de-stressing from the everyday rind and grind known to the business world.

I'm lovin' this solar-powered ferris wheel desk lamp!

Perpetual Motion Office Desk Toys: 9-to-5 Fun at Work

Perpetual Motion Desk Toy: Asteroid Perpetual Motion Office Toy

Budget-Friendly Desktop Perpetual Motion Office Toy for Adults

These oh-so-fun perpetual motion office toys make for a fun work environment. 

Make a virtual amusement park with several desk toys grouped together, although at times our office seemed like the amusement park and on really buy days, it could bet be described as a 'zoo' in need of a keeper. 

This Asteroid desk toy and those cool, perpetual motion gadgets below look like total office fun.

What do you think?

Perpetual Motion Newton's Cradles: Ideal Office Executive Gift

Cool Perpetual Motion Desk Gadget: Metal Ball Newton's Cradl

I'm thinking kinetic art with this ever-in-motion Newton's Cradle. It's not the imposing desk toy; rather, it has a unique, predictable sound you can actually think by--like white noise.
Many people believe (rightfully so) that this marvel of energy conservation is the namesake of Sir Isaac Newton but really the science of "quantity proportional to mass and velocity squared' was the brainchild of Christiaan Huygens and other scientists who outlined the principles in papers to the Royal Society in 1662. I've read that Newton was the more notable scientist of the era; hence, his moniker won the 'Name That Tune' contest (well, not really but you get the idea).
The story behind the Newton's Cradle is quite interesting and the toy is a favorite among the most discerning executive.
Under $20 (as of this writing)

5.25" Metal Balancing Balls: Newton's Cradle Desk Toy/Gadget

5.25-inch Newton's Cradle: The Ideal Small Desk Gadget

If you're like me, the monotony of the nine-to-five desk job can swing from crazy-busy-stressful, to ho-hum in the same day. But Newton's cradles are a fun solutions as a desk toy.

There's tons of these and I included the cheaper ones, but you can click on this all-metal style and see this one and their 'cousins.'

It's a Group Thing: Real Office Fun

Can You Imagine Time Machine Office Gadget for Executives

Can You Imagine: Cool Kinetic Time Machine Desk Gadget

Just turn this Kinetic Time Machine on and its precise mechanism transfers a chrome ball every 60 seconds for perfect time.
With its custom acrylic display case and ultra-modern design, this fun office toy is bound to be a favorite workplace gadget. Trust me on this one; where I worked, we loved anything we could tinker with as a group.
This time machine would grab all of our attention and there would always be someone in the group that knew 'everything' and someone would be quick to refute them Oh, the drama over a toy! Some people never grow up.

Office Gadgets for Us 'Executive' Adults: Inspirational 'Blue Men'  Office Gift Ideas

Inspirational Blue Men Desk Gadget for Adults: Executive Desk Sculpture

'Blue Men' Office Sculpture for Adults: Desk Gadgets  with Inspirational Messages

Blue Man Kinetic Desk Toy for Adults: Inspirational Desk Sculpture
These executive grade toy sculptures are a gotta-have for adults. I'd consider this the perfect, affordable executive gift. Be warned, though: it's so popular and often has to be on back order.
It's also ideal for giving as a 'secret Santa' gift at work for under $20. It'll get a lot of attention when you 'present this present.'
The inspirational message is one we all can relate to and appreciate: " Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success." The sleek blue stonework~like design projects an element of strength in a purposeful arrangement. Fun but useful, this executive-grade blue men tape dispenser by Lifelines makes a lovely sculptural element ~ a perfect desk gadget and ideal gift for the intellectual professional.

For Office Wall or Desk Toy for Adults: Perpetual Calender

Truly a office fascinator for office wall or desktop gadget for adults: a perpetual clock. The 'toy'  reference is still pen for debate.

For Us Action Movie Fanatics:

The Infamous, Perpetual Motion Swinging Sticks Like the One from Pepper Pots' Desk in Iron Man2

Kinetic Swinging Sticks Desktop Office Sculpture

Perpetual Moving Sticks Iron Man 2 Desk Toy for Adults

Here's what started my maniacal quest for the ultimate office toy : The Swinging sticks seen on Pepper Potts' desk in Iron Man 2. It's pricier than the desk toy I pictured, earlier. This piece is definitely a desk toy for adults!
This toy sculpture is museum quality. The sticks move silently and perpetually, and are quite the mesmerizer you can appreciate when you feel a bit overwhelmed. The dimensions are a generous 16.2 x 10.5 x 3.8 inches, so you can expect a decent exhibition.
Batteries are included, so it's ready to go right outta the box. Sure to be a fun part of your work day ~ watch and relax at their fluid movement while you're lulled into submission from all the drama. 

My #1 Unique Desktop Toy Faves: Sandbox Toys for Us Kids  . . . er . . . Adults

Execs Need a Diversion at Work, Too

Desk Top Sandbox Toy for Adults: Deluxe Zen Garden Sandbox
Here's my idea of the #1 desk toy for adults: Zen and other Desk sandboxes. Desktop sandboxes are perfect gifts for work: they're not expensive; there's a sandbox for every personality, and everyone can appreciate its thoughtfulness.

If the sandbox is for you, take yourself away from the office and create your own little Zen garden or oasis with a desk top beach  sandbox. 

Or, head out to the golf course if only for a minute or two.                                                                             My fave is the desk top beach sandbox--talk about getting away.
Executive Sandbox Desk Toy for Adults: Beach Sandbox

These office toys for adults are true stress busters and really do help take your mind off things at work. I'm willing to bet there's a sandbox for every passion. Give yourself a vaycay from all the office madness--even if it is all in your head.

Tee Time Executive Sandbox for Adults: Desk Golf Set Sandbox for Work

These sandboxes for the office are uber-cheap and most are under $20 (if not under $10!) as of this writing, so for the nit-picker at work, these sandboxes for us adults are spot-on the best office gift ever!.

Cool Office Gift Idea For iPhone Users:

Fun Desk Toy for Adult Executives

  • Has lots of free apps like: Blasteroids, Alien Invaders, Ping, Stacker,etc.
  • Authentic design, including 8-way joystick and A & B buttons
  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5S & iPod Touch 3,4 and 5
  • Screen is in 4:3 ratio, making the Arcadie an almost perfect scale model

Ever Wondered Who's Making All those Office Decisions?

Fun Executive Desk Decision Makers 

Desk Gadgets for Work: Fun Decision Maker Dart Board for Men & Women
Decisions, decisions, this fun executive decision maker dartboard will help you get through your work day's important executive decision-making conundrums.
Advice is given freely with the spin of a wheel with such solutions as, "Take a vacation (my fave). See your analyst. Leave early and Play golf" among other sound advice you might pay hundreds for from a professional (well, that's a bit of a stretch but we're talking humor, here). While there's no guarantee on its effectiveness, the fun and laughs is for sure!
Dart Board Executive Decision Maker: Cork Board Wheel & Darts

  • Measures: H: 10.5 x W: 4 x D: 6.5
  • Budget-Friendly
  • Top-Rated
  • Funny Answers to Executive Decisions 

Spinner & Paperweight Decision Maker for Work

Best-Rated Executive Decision Maker for Work: Paperweight & Decision Maker

I love this decision maker for its dual purpose role as fun and functional.
Doubling as a paperweight, you have a novel reason for keeping company with a toy as you work.
Come time to sign out for the day, you have the beginnings of an ideal stress buster everyone can appreciate. Can't you envision the fun already?

Swinging Pendulum "Dear Decision Maker" - for That Important Executive Advice

Desktop Pendulum Decision Maker: Chrome & Swinging Ball

This bosses' decision maker is just what the stress doctor ordered. Why make those big decisions yourself? 
Consult the expert (of course, it's all in fun). With such sound advice such as, "Tomorrow, Reorganize and Pass the buck," you'll have quite the reputation as office adviser.
 Swing the pendulum for your personal prompting on the next move. Always at your disposal, this dedicated "office assistant" comes to your rescue. Who knew?

The Office Toy with a Purpose: Desktop Suction Cup Punching Ball 

Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball: Punching Bag Office Stress

Office politics got you stressed out? 
Find your way out of a tough situation as you vent your frustrations on this punching bag with a heavy duty snap~back~for~more~action spring. 
This cool red punching bag might have everyone in the office lining up for a turn. Might I suggest they "take a number?" Helpful pump is included with this gotta~have.

Accoutrements the Cubes: Ted

These too-cool office desk toys for men and women are simply fascinating; they're an extension of our childhood and allow us adults to break away from the office hum-drum and set up 'shop' our very-own way! this Ted guy below gives you an idea of what's 'out there' in 'Accoutrements the Cubes!

BE WARNED: the addiction starts here. What's a little office fun between us adult me and women?

Office Desk Toy for Adults: Fun Office Executive & Cubicle Set
  • Budget-friendly
  • Novelty toy figure sets for your office
  • Includes cubical walls, computer, file cabinet and more
  • Comes with accessory stickers
  • Build a replica of your own work space


Taking the Office Home: Something to Think About

It's vital to health and happiness that one enjoys their job, as when time spent each morning getting ready for work, commute time and hours spent on the job are figured into the equation, it's clear that most of our waking hours are consumed by our job.
Factor in the time spent sleeping, and there's little room for total waking hours expended on relaxation, which after all is taken into consideration, we may have a scant two hours (for some of us parents, it's even less) left for ourselves.
Now, suppose you're one of the unfortunate workers that don't like your job for reasons out of your control. Both personal and quality time is affected by the negative "baggage" you're sure to lug home from the office or work site. Such negativity can permeate our sleep state in the form of bad dreams and restlessness, contributing to fatigue and even depression. Our thoughts become burdensome as we recall our day and the trials of an unsatisfactory workplace.
When I was in my last days of tolerance on one job where I was in management, I'd just about had enough but needed to convince myself that a change was necessary. Not that I needed much prodding but after 15 years, my job was more like a bad habit I needed desperately to break. I was tired of rehashing a terrible workday in my thoughts while on my way home.
It seemed my every waking moment ~and now my dreams ~ was affected. There was no free time away from the job. I wanted to scream, run away.
When I factored time spent on my job, worrying about my job . . . the job . . . the job, the job . . .
my life was my job. And I was miserable.
It wasn't until I became proactive, furtively seeking out other opportunities, that I became empowered and felt the weight of my world shifting in a positive direction. My sun peered out from the dark clouds borne of dead~end jobs.
Interviews became my therapy sessions.
Could it be ~ a glimmer of hope?
I got it! I got the job I'd grow up with instead of grow old with.
When I dare reflect on my darkest moments, I can't help but ask myself one question:
What took you so long?

What's your fave among these too-cool office gadgets and desk toys for men and women?