Deciding to Stay

After some soul searching about staying on ETSY  even with the recent increase in cost,  I again decided that the benefits continue to out weight the any negatives. Alright I still miss the old system where you went to the top of your product page when you listed or relisted your item, that was the best deal on the internet for a small business. But what is still there is the buyer and seller protection that has they say, If anything goes wrong, ETSY global support team has got your back weather you’re a seller or a buyer. I don’t mind being held accountable for the quality of my product and my customer service. With the end of net neutrality there is the possibility that a small company like me will have a harder time getting noticed on the web, so having a big friend is also a plus. I have found that it is less costly and time consuming than a personal web site which leaves me more time to devote to product and customers. Not perfect and I haven’t found anything that is yet, but it is cost effective, not time consuming, and easy to use.      word press mast head new cop23ay


Getting Serious again

Decided to get the shop on Bonanza open again  getting serious againart deco mix012

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Solar Eclipse

Been away for while working on the shop and life and that goes with it it. Took a day to watch the Total Eclipse with some friends and shoot a few photos, This is the first total eclipse I have ever seen, never made to Nova Scotia, so thought it would make a cool new clock 17 eclip link incheck it out in my ETSY shop    

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Don’t follow just because someone wants to lead you — Simple living…with kids

The world is growing increasingly partisan. The political middle ground seems to have fallen away, leaving people clinging to the edges of extreme political thought. But I’m saying, don’t follow simply because someone wants to lead you. When longstanding friendships come to an end over political disagreements, and people are “unfriending” their friends and family […]

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Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo and a little history

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

And the Auburn/Gray Designs Mayan Calendar Clock myan calendar 2

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Splash Of Color

With the total resign of our open face clocks completed, our next decision was what next, well? How about color just for the sake of color. Functional art and a contemporary look with lighter recyclable materials and a new none intrusive mounting system for our new Quartz Wall Clocks. 

color for its own sake

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One of the benefits of being a small company

A A O B clockOne of the benefits of being a small company is that we have the ability to move quickly. When a friend asked for a custom design clock has a gift for their A A club we were more than happy to help them out. With the total redesign of our open face clocks completed we decided to donate one of the first ones to a facility that has helped so many in our area.

After Rigorous Testing the ETSY Shop is Open Again


Now Lighter, and non intrusive to walls  and back on ETSY

Lighter  means that we have achieved one of our original goals, That our wall clocks are non intrusive and do not require you to make a hole in your wall with either a screw a nail or a anchor that may need to be repaired later. By using existing technology we were able to develop a mounting system that is both secure and non invasive to walls and still allows for the clock to be easily removed and reattached to your wall  for battery replacement and time changes. Placement of the clock is quick and easy without the need to make a hole and the clock can be moved just has easily without leaving  any evidence such as holes or residue on your wall.

Non intrusive means that Auburn/Gray Designs wall clocks can be used in places where you do not want damage your wall or where conventional wall clocks cannot, such has the office or a dorm room, or any place where putting holes in walls is not permitted or feasible because of wall material such has plaster modular wall board or brick.

With the new lighter base material and the non intrusive mounting system we can now offer low cost, low impact, and easy to place promotional clocks the can be placed by a sales representative in seconds without damaging the clients wall. Limited run, custom designed, and sized clocks to promote your business or origination.

Lighter also means less costly shipping in both an economic and ecological sense. We can now offer Free shipping in the lower 48 states and reduced shipping cost everywhere  else, and this also reduces our carbon foot print. The new material used to fabricate the clocks structure besides being lighter can also be recycled. All excess materials from the manufacturing of Auburn/Gray Designs wall clocks is now being recycled.

Auburn/Gray Designs wall clocks are still a basic open face design, and they are still each custom made when ordered with the clock face custom printed on a ink jet printer with a acrylic laminate to protect it from moisture and scratches. Although our custom made wall clocks are light weight they are still manufactured to highest standards, and will sit more securely to your wall then most much heavier clocks   And has always Auburn/Gray Designs Wall clocks are American Made using American made materials and Quartz movements, We did not change our American Made quality we just improved it.

Functional Art  by  /  Auburn/ Gray Designs  / Innovation in Time


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Daily Prompt: Maybe

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Maybe doesn’t mean yes,and not alway no. I use it a lot on my job working with young men  new to recovery, it means I will think about it,it means we can talk about it, and it can mean get out of my face. It’s ambiguous  and it gives me time.  maybe i will maybe i won’t,maybe we should maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe i’m done or no maybe about it.