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I keep hearing variations on the phrase “if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life.”

When I was all about acting I would have interpreted this as “you may love it but you’ll never get a job.”

But now that I’m a little more….in control of things (acting is all about other people telling you when you can act) I’m finding the sunnier side of that turn of phrase.

I spent a good part of my weekend “working” on new ideas.

It’s an odd sensation this enjoying what you do.  I keep having to remind myself that what I’m doing is actually my job.  Playing around with designs, and futzing with graphics counts as labor.  I find that while working I have that feeling of “I really should be doing something else” and by “something else” I think I mean work but I am working so…….I guess I should be dong this!Retro-Black-and-White-Custom-Knobs

That recent make-your-own knobs project really got my brain percolating Custom-Knobs-Black-and-White-Vintage-Style I’ve been having a blast playing with graphics and trying out ideas using a bunch of old knobs I had lying around (these aren’t finished yet but I couldn’t resist taking some pictures).Vintage Dairy Cabinet Knob

Vintage-Dairy-Labels-for-Cabinet-KnobsI think these vintage dairy labels could be fun in a kitchen.

And then, on a totally different note, I had a brainstorm about brides.

I’ve been looking for something new to do with my candle blocks and  itching to try some image transfers.  And I thought, wouldn’t it be cool at a wedding reception to celebrate all the various brides and grooms in your family’s past?  Wedding-Candle-Blocks-Vintage-Brides-and-Grooms

(that’s me as my sister Paula’s ring bearer when I was, I think, 5 and my folks are next to us with dad in uniform)

I’m thinking the blocks could be part of the centerpiece or table numbers.  It could even be a game for guests to guess who the various brides are.Wedding-Decor-Vintage-Brides-and-Grooms-Candle-Blocks

I have some futzing to do with the execution but what do you guys think of the idea?

OK, I gotta get back to “work!”  I have an order for 200 coasters due on Thursday!

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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

7 responses »

  1. I love your creative mind…mine works the same way but I must say you are way better at getting the end result. I am an Accredited Home Staging Professional…I think you should pursue this as a career you constantly get to tap into your creative genious, huge market for stagers, you get to transform furniture to build your inventory. Check out stagedhomes.com. I think you would be fabulous.
    jeanne

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  2. Those bridal candles are AMAZING! The market could be huge, and with an average centerpiece for a reception running $60-100, you could easily charge $40 each with a minimum order of 50 and have a waiting list six months long. If there is a way to copyright that idea (not sure there is), do it now and get on The Knot, Brides.com and every other website you can. If I know of any upcoming celebrity weddings, I’ll send them your way.

    You have a great brain for this business!

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  3. Those candle blocks turned out gorgeous! I really like them. And the knobs are fantastic. I certainly envy your “day job”…..but glad you get to do enjoy your work now. J

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