Archive for May, 2011
As people become more and more environmentally conscious, the idea of recycling basic housing items is becoming more viable for people. While some people wouldn’t have thought of using a dresser or bureau from a thrift store, the push to use the resources that have already been produced have led many people to start sifting through their local bargain bins. Plus, if you’re not entirely happy with the item as is, you can always invest a little bit more pocket change to spruce the item up.
Maybe it needs a new finish or stain on the wood job. Or maybe it needs some replacement drawer handles for the piece to look exactly to your likings. You could even cruise your local thrift stores for unusual wall clocks, like a musical cuckoo clock for example. These can make quirky and unexpectedly delightful additions to your guest rooms. Whatever adjustments need to be done, you can definitely decorate your home on the cheap while helping contribute to less waste.
The first cuckoo clock was crafted in the 17th century, when modern Germany was still a loose collection of principalities. A nobleman living in the Black Forest region perfected the clock’s reliable inner workings. Soon after, the Swiss, who are famous to this day for their clock-making prowess, modeled the cuckoo clock’s exterior after the architecture of the region. That’s why even today the clocks are built in the likeness of a German or Swiss chalet.
Although cuckoo clocks are now available in many distinct styles and designs, the classic German and Swiss influences continue to manifest themselves. The two largest such clocks in North America are located in Wilmot, Ohio and Frankenmuth, Michigan, respectively. Some clocks are more ornate and intricately designed than others; they vary from finely crafted, elaborate woodwork to a straight-forward, two-dimensional front.