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Halloween? Srsly?

I got an email yesterday.  Starbucks was happily announcing the return of the pumpkin spice latte.

I checked my Etsy stats and Halloween was the most commonly searched term in my shop.

Apparently it’s fall.

However, it’s like 100 degrees in LA and I’m just not feeling very…..pumpkiny

But the internet cannot be argued with!  So I put on my Halloween Hat and got to work.Halloween Coaster Collection Cheltenham RoadI’ve  long wanted to redo the photos for my Gothic Victorian Halloween Coasters so I gave it a shot.

(a request: if you want to Pin these I’d really appreciate if you pinned from my Etsy shop.  Clicking on the pics will take you there)

I came up with these a while ago – a collaboration with The Muse actually  - brainstorming all the businesses our favorite classic Halloween characters would start after their literary adventures.W Wolfs Barber Shop Gothic Halloween Coaster Set Cheltenham Road

 The Wolfman’s Barber ShopDracula's Count Me Inn Gothic Halloween Coaster

 Dracula’s B&BJekyll and Hyde Razor Blade Gothic Halloween CoasterJekyl and Hyde razor blade businessSleepy Hollow Cough Cure Gothic Coaster Set Cheltenham RoadEdgar Allen Poe Raven's Cure Gothic Halloween CoasterSleepy Hollow Cough Cure Gothic Coaster Set Cheltenham Road

And I recently stumbled across the idea of a Spook Party.  Have you ever heard of these?  Apparently they were very big up through about the 60s.  They sound like a hoot and they had great graphics.Mel Roy Spook Party Coaster

 Spook Party Coaster Horrors of the OrientI mean who wouldn’t want to see a “living zombie” (though I think there is an inherent contradiction in that phrase)Ghost Show Coaster
And quality entertainment pretty much always means ladies need a male escort, no?

 And finally,  last year I’d worked up a Halloween themed subway sign for a display but I keep getting asked about it so I made a version for sale on Etsy.Halloween Decor Subway Art

So welcome fall!  You’ll forgive me if I hold off on enjoying hot pumpkin spiced beverages until the temperature plunges to the mid 80s.

(that’s three this week! …but whose counting)

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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.

14 responses »

  1. I LOVE these! I mean I really, really LOVE these! (I teach literature, so there may be something there.)

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  2. These are great, David. I like the spook show coasters, especially the font that “ghost” is written in… :) cute! And your subway sign is cool, too. If it’s too hot for you there, you can always come visit Atlanta: temps in mid ’70′s or better this year!!

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  3. Lori Stokes Wright

    These are great! I’ll be pinning from your shop for sure.

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  4. Very cool! I have kids, so the moment they go back to school, I’m in the Fall/Halloween decorating mode.

    They may not have those parties anymore, but around here, it’s big to have haunted experiences–more than a hay ride and haunted house, almost like a mini theme park of haunts. There are 3 major ones in my area–reap a lot of money. Popular with the teenagers.

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  5. Just pinned these, my friend. Hopefully it will spark many sales to your AWESOME Etsy shop.

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  6. Spooktacular… But, David dear, hate to tell you but really you should be crafting for Christmas now!!

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  7. Reblogged this on Speak Happiness and commented:
    David Cheaney is my favorite new artist. And you can add him to your collection pretty easily these days. Go ahead, be impressed.

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  8. The vintage Jeckyll & Hide, Frankenstein, Sleepy Hollow images are amazing. Were these created by you or are clip art that has been modified/distressed?

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    • Thanks so much! The designs are my own. I used a couple of clip art images (the raven on the Poe coaster)and the razors are actually an add from the early 1900s that I just futzed with to add the Jeckyll text. Basically its a fun-with-photoshop product. I’m so glad you like them.

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