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Happy Anniversary to my Folks!

Happy Anniversary Sign by Cheltenham RoadToday is my parents 70th Wedding Anniversary.

70!!!!!

Isn’t that amazing!?

My sister’s and I worked up the sign to commemorate the occasion.

My folks, as you know if you’ve read along for a while, are still going strong. They take classes at the local college, do the book club, run committees – bottom line they are just the bee’s knees!

My Dad, determined to keep the world spinning (and condiments handy) has tossed off a new lazy susan (it’s the star shaped one)ES Cheaney Lazy Susan Designs

And, you know, just cause he can, made this beeee-u-t-i-ful cherry wood cabinetES Cheaney Display Cabinet

And his latest is this lectern made from salvaged wood.Dads reclaimed wood lectern

He was commissioned by the Historical Society to come up with a use for salvaged wood from a building they had to demolish.

It has lights! (adjustable of course – that panel flips up for easy maintenance)Lights Camera Talk

The angle of the bed can be adjusted to suit the speaker.

It has a drawer!drawer

And what is that thing in the drawer?

It’s a freakin’ cupholder!!!!!!! (which, of course, can go on either side depending on the speakers hand-orientation)Cup Holder

Even the back is pretty!ES Cheaney Reclaimed Wood  Lectern Design

Show off.

My mom has, of course a million projects ongoing – amazing embroidery, needlepoint etc

But I love these that she makes for the Church Christmas Bazaar

Felt Number and Letter Books.Moms ABC and Numbers Felt books

Soft so as to be easy to play withFelt ABC and Number Books

The number and letters come out so you can learn as you play!Felt Counting Books

As you can no doubt tell I am so proud of them both and completely awed by them both.

Congratulations Mom and Dad!!!!!

And, um, with all my heart THANK YOU!

Tiny Bathroom. Tiny Progress. UPDATE

It has been three weeks. THREE WEEKS! And, no, it’s not time for the big reveal.

I know, I know, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  But I’m quite sure that by WEEK THREE they had pretty much wrapped it up. Sure they were maybe waiting on a couple of statues and had an orgy or two to organize but, by and large, they were finished.

Not so much with the smallest bathroom in the world.

Oh, progress has been made.

Look MA! no pipes!no pipes

I mean, yes, a big hole in wall but….no pipes!

And a real floor! OK, not the “real” floor but a floor –  which is more floor than there was before.look ma' there's a floorAnd the pipes that are supposed to be there are now there! and the walls are patched.pipes are in place(and don’t worry that I’m being cheated by some conniving contractor. My man Dennis is the best! First off, he looks almost exactly like William H. Macy and he is totally a character William H. Macy would play.  But more importantly , you really couldn’t ask for someone who is more dedicated to doing a job right.  But “right” doesn’t mean “fast.”)

And the shower?!

The shower….well, the shower….not so much.shower still looks scaryBut the guys did the hot mopping yesterday and it seems to be holding the water. And the tile guy comes on Monday (Monday? don’t hold me to that – plans are a bit vague).

In the meanwhile I’ve found something that I want my sisters to make for me from an Etsy store called Threadlineo days without sarcasm

 

Scare LA Report

I may have to reconsider Halloween.

I kind of gave up on the holiday once people stopped giving me free candy and my mom stopped making my costumes (it also didn’t help that, being an actor, putting on unusual clothes and parading around pretending to be someone else didn’t seem like much of a change of pace).

But Scare LA was a hoot!  The crowd seemed to be having a great time and, as a vendor, I can say it was beautifully organized.

Set up on Friday was a breeze.

Kind of my usual deal (along with my usual bad photography….sorry!).

I modified a board for coaster display (since I had a limited number there was no need for the big boards)Halloween Coaster Display Cheltenham RoadSet up my blocks (I made a few of my new Bingo Coasters into blocks as well)Halloween Votive Holders by Cheltenham Road

The Halloween Potion Labels looked good all filled with free candy (note to self: never underestimate the power of free candy) (also, stop eating your own free candy)Halloween Potion Labels at Scare LA Convention - Cheltenham RoadAnd I put out the big version of the coasters just as eye-catchers.Fun Original Halloween Signs by Cheltenham RoadI discovered I had lucked into a great booth-neighbor in Silhouettes By Jordan.  (so sad he has such a confusing name for his business.  Doesn’t he know the real key to success is to name your company after an obscure yet vaguely Englishy sounding road in central Ohio?  Poor boy)Silhouettes by JordanIt was astounding to watch him work with his tiny little scissors.  If you have a moment be sure to check out his Facebook page and see all his fun and terrific designs.

As I mentioned previously I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the crowd.

Would they dig my vintage vibe or would they be all about the blood and guts?

They dug the vintage vibe !!!

The crowd was a great mix of truly elaborate costumesScare LA costumes from LA Weeklyand just plain folk who were into Halloween.

And I’m happy to report I sold out of quite a few things and my stock on the rest is running very, very low.

All in all a great weekend and a great show.

Boo! Halloween Labels

I’m continuing in my unseasonal Halloween mode because today (TODAY!) is the first day of the big Scare LA Convention.

I set up my table yesterday and it looks like it’s going to be quite the event.  I will be curious to see what the crowds are like.

What is great about this is that it has gotten my Halloween imagination going a bit early.

The Muse and I (with invaluable help from the amazing Graphics Fairy!) got to brainstorming on some fun Halloween labels along the lines of my Gothic Halloween Coasters.

My intention is to eventually make these available on Etsy – gotta figure out that digital download thing……..

Halloween Bottle Lables by Cheltenham Road

Mummy BandagesFun Halloween Potion Labels by Cheltenham Road

Vlad’s Virgin Bloody Mary MixDracula Halloween Bottle Label by Cheltenham Road

Hyde’s Transformative TabletsDr Jekyll Halloween Potion Label by Cheltenham Road

Eau Du Salem Witch HazelHalloween Poison Label Cheltenham RoadWe had a great time coming up with these and I’m keen to make some more.

As I mentioned, I plan to make these available on Etsy soon.  That being said, I had a bit of a negative encounter with a woman who had copied, word-for-word (and most of the design) one of my Gothic coasters and was claiming it as her own work and giving it away for free on her site.  So, although I know none of you would do this, please do not copy or reproduce any of these designs.  Thank you very much.

OK, off to finish packing up!  Have a great weekend everyone and if you’re so inclined (and local) come visit me!

David

Getting Ahead of Myself – New Coasters! New Show!

Well, I always hate it when the stores jump the gun on holidays or seasonal changes (my stomach still drops every year when that first “Back to School!” sale is announced).

So, in keeping with that anti-jumping-the-gun policyBingo Card Coaster Set for Halloween by Cheltenham Road

WELCOME TO HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

In my defense, it’s not totally my fault, I’m doing this because I’m participating in a big Halloween show on August 9/10 called Scare LA.

BVS_ScareLA_MailChimp1It sounds like it will be a really fun show.

And it turns out that August 9th is actually the 45th anniversary of the opening of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland so they are having a panel with some of the original designers (I may need to sneak away for that) along with vendors and shows and music and lots of other stuff.

I wanted to come up with some new products for Halloween so this has been a great motivator.

I designed these Halloween Bingo Card Coasters just for fun and really enjoyed the process.

Halloween Skeleton Bingo Card Coaster by Cheltenham Road

However, I do have a bit of anxiety about this show.

I was approached about participating by the powers-that-be because they didn’t have many (or any perhaps?) “vintage” vendors.Halloween Bingo Coaster Set by Cheltenham Road

So, that’s cool. I happy with that designation.

Except….. Halloween fans can go in a couple of ways and I’m concerned that these are going to be the blood/horror/gore/violence Halloween fans and I’ll be all, likeRetro Halloween Bingo Card Coaster Sety by Cheltenham Road

“I have cute, vintage pumpkins from the 50s!”

and they’ll be all like,

“we’re going to kill you.”

We shall see.  Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you are in LA and keen on Halloween come on by and when you go to buy a ticket online use the promo code “Cheltscare” for a 20% discount!SCARE LA Discount

David

PS:  I don’t want to talk about the bathroom.  Or the fact that in the midst of bathroom remodel upheaval I decided it would be a perfect time to repaint the interior of the house……more on both fronts to follow.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

Make a Hanging Mason Jar Herb Garden Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge RocksJust a quick note saying that my latest project is up at Mod Podge Rocks.

This one came out of Geralyn’s request for a vertical herb garden similar to one she saw on Pinterest.

Now, entrusting me with plants is never a good choice.   I kill plants.  I’m a plant serial killer actually.  Hundreds lay dead in my wake.   I’m sure, at this point, the plants at Lowes see me coming and picture a grim Silence of the Lambs future for themselves:

It puts the lotion on it’s fronds, or else it gets the hose again.”

But I have great hopes for these victims herbs  (mostly because someone else will be taking care of the them.)Vertical Mas Jar Herb Garden Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge Rocks

I found my vintage seed packet images from the always reliable Dover Publications, The Graphics Fairy and a new (to me) and terrific blog called Old Design Shop.

It was an easy and inexpensive project and, if you’re so inclined, head on over to Mod Podge Rocks for the full tutorial.

The Room is so Tiny! What Could Go Wrong? Bathroom Remodel Update

My small bathroom remodel is………progressing?

Yes, that was a question mark.

As I’ve mentioned I have a fixer upper house. Built in the 40s it boasts some cool details and beautiful floors.

…..and some seriously quirky construction issues.

Each time I tackle a project I can’t escape the feeling that, although the lipstick has been beautifully applied, I’m pretty sure I’m living in a pig.

And my pig eats money.

As I turned my attention to the smallest most depressing bathroom in the world I (foolishly) thought “this will be a snap! The room is so tiny! What could go wrong?”

On the Glass Half Full Side:

Demo cost less than estimated because all those shower tiles that were so haphazardly applied turned out to be REALLY haphazardly applied.Stunning Tile Job - Worlds Dumbest Bathroom Like they used mastic originally and once one was removed the rest, basically, fell off the wall! So…..yay?

Yeah. Yay! we’re going with Yay!

It looks so much better now, yes?Shower remodel in progress

On the Some Jerk Drank Half My Glass side:

The room lacks any form of storage and I decided to be super smart and put a big, recessed shelving unit between the studs in the wall over the toilet.Welcome

Easy!

Perfect!

There is no wiring on that wall. All one needs to do is remove the plaster and pop it in there.  Just like they do on TV!

Except for the giant, random, pipe.

“Pipe?” I asked the contractor. “Why is there a giant pipe in the wall?”Useless PipeIt turns out the giant, random pipe is the vent for the toilet (I didn’t know toilets needed separate vents so….thanks for the information).

It also turns out that that pipe was attached to……nothing! Yes!  nothing.

So I have a giant vent pipe that is both in my way and has been completely useless. And I’m very lucky that there isn’t a large pool of ancient sewage underneath the house so……yay?

“There are also these other pipes”

I’m sorry, was there once an organ here? What’s with all the freakin’ pipes!?

Nope. These pipes are the former pipes for the former hot water heater.

So now pipes have to be removed, pipes have to be re-routed (and, you know, connected this time just as a kicky change of pace). Oh, and roof venting needs to be capped.

…..and the shower controls need to be moved because the previous ones were, mysteriously, not remotely centered on the wall.

Oh, and the room needs a vent in the ceiling.

And the new vanity is smaller so the light above the vanity needs to be moved.Tiny Bathroom remodel in progress…..except that’s right where a stud is so the box needs to be moved and the stud needs to be rejiggered and the previous sink piping needs to be moved and, and………

and…..

My glass now needs to filled, TO-THE-TOP with some kind of powerful alcoholic beverage AND NOBODY BETTER DRINK ANY!!!!

I shall keep you posted.

David

 

 

 

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