Category Archives: Wall clocks

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

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AuburnGrayDesigns?

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Getting Serious again

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

https://www.bonanza.com/booths/AGdesigns

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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              https://www.etsy.com/shop/AuburnGrayDesigns

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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.           www.auburngraydesignes.com/OpenCart/

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.    www.auburngraydesignes.com/OpenCart

Almost Done

 Auburn/Gray Designs  redesign of our clocks and web site is all but complete , we made our wall clocks lighter and non intrusive with a new mounting system which we see has opening up a promotional market for us and the new web site design is much simpler and straightforward. We did not change the American made quality of our products we just improved it

Something New Something Changed

Well it has been awhile  since there have been some new clock designs here at Auburn/Gray designs ETSY store , Not that we’ve been slacking well maybe we have a little. So we will be adding these designs over the next few weeks.new things  Also we are adding to are open face clock line a new surface material, This is a polyester fabric that give the clock face a texture look, while still providing a durable surface. There have also been some been some minor changes to some old favorites. We are still committed to providing you with a unique addition to any decor that is functional art and a quality time piece, so all your times can be interesting.

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Had the chance to take a few days and do something I haven’t done in over 10 years , take a multi day hike on a The Appalachian Trail . So me and two friends threw our packs in the back of a pick up truck and off to the Smoky Mountains for  a three day Hike. I checked my ETSY shop one last time before I turned the computer off, an order had just come in, well nothing for it. Will and Donnie  waiting in the truck I will send them a note when I get back and let them know it will be a little late. I made sure there was no birthday or wedding deadline, I get those occasionally.

The view from Clingmans  Dome  was magnificent and the hike to the first shelter was on, and I realized as I walked, long over due.  We hiked together talking and taking pictures for a while. but I learned a time ago you hike at your own pace if possible and do not try to match somebody’e else s pace be it faster or slower. So Will being younger was faster, Donnie is almost my age but a little slower  so that left me in the middle with long stretches of solitude. So here I am hiking the Appalachian Trail on a beautiful summer day singing the Beatles  When I’am 64 , because I am 64, but I could not remember all the words like the grands kids  names, because I am 64.  So for three days I left my cares down in the low lands breathed clean air, drank water from mountain streams, slept under the stars, and hung out with two good friends. I talked to people I met along the trail, some like us out for a few days,  day hikers, and some long distance Hikers ( The thru hikers had already passed through where we were months ago.)  and met my first Ridgerunner, A young woman who works for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy  and who had thru hiked the trail several years ago, Showed me how the cables worked shared a little about her thru hike and made the lunch stop at Double Spring Gap a whole lot cooler.  20 miles and two nights later back in the truck and heading home.

Back home the first thing is to custom print the clock face for that last order. The big Epson printer didn’t get to go a vacation so it decided to throw a hissy fit but I got it printed anyway. I then sent the customer a short note apologizing for the delay in contacting them but that I had been out of town and that there new clock had been printed and would ship as soon as possible. The next morning I had a short note from thanking me for getting back to them.

A few days later   as I am putting the last of my camping gear away and marveling that I have no new pains or blisters and seem none the worse for wear and  lost only a pair of sunglasses and a few pounds. As I check my shop I find that the customer from West Virginia whose clock was a little late as posted the best review I have ever received. I some times need to be reminded to be grateful, a great hike in beautiful weather, and healthy enough still to do that, good friends, a great review for one of products and most important of all, I got sing “when I’am 64 ” on the Appalachian Trail  which was my major goal for this year. and no one heard my off key singing ,How cool is thatinto lightFC  022 Monarch ButterFly

Knew it would be late

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