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DIY Photo Display and Global Economics

DIY Photo Display Tutorial Cheltenham RoadSo, one of the symptoms of my DIY-illness is that I seldom see something in a store and think “I should buy that!” Instead I almost always think “I want to make that.”

I also want to drop everything and make it RIGHT NOW!

That’s fine but the downside is that I often find myself really, really chomping at the bit to make my version of something that is already being mass-manufactured overseas – which can feel a bit silly. I’m not keen on falling into the category ofwhy make itBUT! (you knew this was coming)

When you DIY it you can customize to make it your own.

That’s my justification and I’m sticking to it.

Such was the case when my friend Aimee pulled me into Michaels, pointed at one of those Maker Market photo display and asked if I could make one for her but in different colors.

“HAH! Perfect justification!” thought I – and got to work. The project also doubled as my latest Mod Podge Rocks Tutorial – so you can see all the steps if you are so inclined.  Spoiler Alert: There aren’t many.

It proved to be fun and sooooo easy and versatile that I actually made several. Some using scrap book paper,Easy DIY Photo Display Tutorial

some using prints of old postcardsPhoto Display Tutorial by Cheltenham Road

and some just painted and distressed.

Shape, size, color – they sky is the limit on these!  So why buy them?!

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New Products, Puttering Around and PIE!

Thanks very much to all who entered the Big Book of Mod Podge raffle!

I had added the question about “where did you hear about Cheltenham Road?” out of pure curiosity and had anticipated that most people would say “I’m your sister’s friend.”

I did not anticipate that many of you would simply say really, really nice things (I didn’t expect you to say mean things either I just didn’t expect the compliments). It wasn’t my intention to go fishing but boy the fishing was fine and VERY much appreciated.

The lucky winner (randomly chosen by Rafflecopter) was Suzanne who did admit that her husband is an actual factual magician so there may have been some Harry Potterness going on there but I’m not going to question it.

July is usually a pretty slow for me but this year has been a good balance of steady sales (keeping my one-man-factory chugging along) and time to toy with new ideas.

The latter is truly the most fun – just puttering away and playing the “what if I…..” game.

Would you like to play along?

I’m getting ready for the big Scare LA show in a couple of weeks so my thoughts have turned to Halloween.

I love the graphics on Ouija boards and thought they’d make fun coasters. But I can’t decide if I like the ones I made that show the full boardvintage Ouija Board Coaster Set by Cheltenham RoadOr if I prefer the style that just captures a section of the board.fun Halloween Coasters by Cheltenham Road

Thoughts?

All I know for sure is that the packaging should say something like, “useful for summoning dessert.”

Well, actually it should be “useful for summoning spirits” (meaning alcohol but I can’t figure out how to make the joke work).

Or perhaps just “not for use at graveyard dinner parties or in homes where the host has recently been murdered.”

I also wanted to try a slightly different version of the Glowing Eyes Luminaries I created for Mod Podge Rocks last year Last Minute Mod Podge Halloween Decoration Tutorial Cheltenham Road

but use smaller candle holders.spooky, glowing eye Halloween candle holders by Cheltenham road

I played around with adding glitter to one but I’m not sure I’m ever actually in favor of glitter. I was hoping it would make them kind of ethereal but it strikes me as more of a “yay! Unicorns and ponies!” effect than a “creep me out” effect at the moment.

I do kinda like the “blood” dripping down the side though – always pleasant.

I’m a bit stuck as to size. Small tea light size or bigger so they have more impact?

Of course, not everything was Halloween based as I was getting my next Mod Podge Rocks project goingDIY Photo Display Tutorial Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge RocksAnd finally, though this is not a food blog I did make these beauties for a Sharknado 3! viewing party.peanut butter pretzel chocolate pies

It’s a long standing gathering – a group of us have hooted through all previous versions and I’m often in charge of dessert.

Chocolate, peanut butter pretzel pie.chocolate peanut butter pretzel pie in a jar

I put them in jars to make life easier.

The recipe was courtesy of Becky Sue at Baking the Goods  and it was very easy to make.

OK, back to puttering – and perhaps the gym since I ate about four of those pies (good cooks test their food!)….I should probably clean the house too.

Or I could putter some more!!!!

Tiny Bathroom Makeover: DONE!

So.

A long time ago in a makeover far, far away I started work on the teeny tiny bathroom just off my office.

I got the ball rolling, got it pretty much all the way done and then, as I often do, got distracted by something sparkly.

And there it sat. The most expensive makeover of the smallest room imaginable was sorta stuck in between.

Some of you, very thoughtfully, asked about it a few times.

I ignored you (and I apologize.  I was kind of embarrassed).

But, I’m happy to report that it is now:

DONE!

Almost DONE!…..

Done enough to show you!

To back up, this is the tiny, Keebler Elf outhouse situated between my office and the laundry room. It is 3′ 6″ wide 9′ long, possesses two doors and no storage.  In other words: Perfection!Worlds Dumbest BathroomIt was awkward, poorly thought out and. as you can see, in pretty sad shape.

The initial goal was just to spruce it up. But, as often happens, that goal morphed and “sprucing it up” became “almost gut it and try again!”

Trouble started early when we discovered that the wall was full of giant pipes that did nothing but had be removed – along with the usual old-house-randomly-placed-studs –  to make room for the space-saving wall cabinet.stupid pipes

(warning, the “after” pics herein are a bit goofy. The space is so small that there is no way to back up enough to capture it. In some of these pics I’m, basically, lying on the floor in the next room. In a couple of them I’m actually standing outside on a ladder shooting in through the window and thereby giving my neighbors yet another reason to describe me as “pleasant but odd”)

It was a hassle (and sorta expensive) but the final result came out better than I’d imagined.Between the Studs wall cabinet

between the studs wall cabinetUp next was the sink. Worlds Dumbest BathroomI found a small one at Ikea but, to make the space seem bigger, wanted it to mount to the wall rather than the cabinet they provided. But, I still wanted storage space. A clever cabinet maker came up with this solution. wall mounted sink for a tiny bathroomThe sink sits on a shelf, with a drawer beneath that fits around the plumbing.

The rather iffy shower Stunning Tile Job - Worlds Dumbest Bathroomgot a nice subway tile makeover (the floor got new tile too)Subway Tile Shower

and more wall niches mean bottles and such are available but out of the way in the now stylish, coffin-like compact space.Shower Niches save space

And for a finishing touch, my sister Paula had given me these awesome vintage camera prints (she’s clearly been paying attention) vintage camera print gallery wal Cheltenham Roadland with some black frames they go perfectly with the black/white look of the room.

Tiny Bathroom Makeover

So, makeover done! Now I just need some very tiny people to come over and visit.  Anyone out there connected with the Barnum and Baily operation or a traveling production of The Wizard of Oz?  If so, please give them my number.

REMINDER!

Don’t forget!  Today is the last day to enter my giveway for a copy of  The Big Book of Mod Podge.  Please head on over to the raffle site to enter!

The contest goes until midnight tonight (Monday) and is open to folks in the US and Canada.  No purchase is necessary.

Your Turn To Shine Link Party

The Big Book of Mod Podge and a Giveaway!

Publish or perish the saying goes.

I am happy to report I will not be perishing any time soon (at least not metaphorically. Well, not otherwise either I hope. Bottom line: I’m anti-perishing) because I have just been published!

A while back the folks from Plaid Enterprises – the company that makes Mod Podge -asked me if I would contribute to an upcoming project called “The Big Book of Mod Podge.”

I was totally flattered and, since I use Mod Podge for pretty much everything except meal preparation, it was a bit of a no brainer to say “yes!”

They requested two projects:

A photo cube/pen holder (it’s like they know me!)easy DIY photo cube pencil holder

And a quick transformation for a thrift store TV tray.TV Tray Makeover

I shipped the finished project to them along with various parts of it “in progress”Tutorial for photo cube

and Plaid photographed all the steps (this will answer the question burning in your head “Did David get a manicure?” I did not) and staged the final photos.

I’ve been waiting patiently to see the result and the day has arrived!The Big Book of Mod Podge

It is available and it’s just as advertised. BIG!!!! MOD PODGY!!!!!

There are tons of great tutorials, ideas and inspirations.

As part of the launch the publishers are giving away a few copies and they have made one available for Cheltenham Road readers.

The raffle for the giveaway runs from, well,  now until midnight on Monday and is open to folks in the U.S and Canada.

Because the platform that hosts Cheltenham Road doesn’t allow the raffle tool to be installed here I must ask you to go the Rafflecopter site to enter.

Click HERE to enter the raffle.

All you have to do is enter your email address (so I can tell you if you won) and answer the question “How did you hear about Cheltenham Road?” You can be as elaborate or as succinct as you wish.  It’s just that easy!  I will let the winner know next Tuesday.

Can’t wait to get your copy?  The Big Book of Mod Podge is also available for purchase via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Please do check it out and let me know what you think!

Sincerely,

David

Published Not Perishing Person

Hanging Wall for Craft Show Display….the saga continues

I’m not entirely sure when I ceased to be aware of where my head was in relation to other solid objects.

I don’t recall a childhood filled with embarrassing encounters with monkey bars, desks and other seemingly very avoidable obstacles.  (of course “not remembering” could be the first sign of the problem I guess)

But it has become an……issue.  Which brings me to my latest craft show display idea.  Or rather a revision of an older idea.

You may recall that, a while ago, I came up with this plan that allowed me to display my subway signs by hanging them across the top of the tent.Easy to Make Craft Show Display It looked great!

It worked great!

I smacked my head on it!

Incessantly!

I would say to myself “there’s that thing there don’t hit your head on it” and promptly hit my head on it.

I think we can all agree that nothing says “trust my skills and craftsmanship” like greeting your customers with a trickle of blood rolling down you face having just run into your own display.

Sooooooo a change was needed.

(Also I discovered that while it was great it was also a bit long to fit easily in the Fit)

This time around I wanted to display my new, large, Patent Image signs but I also wanted to survive the experience. So, out came the saw and a redesign.

The goal was smaller pieces that would fit in the car and could also be put together in various combinations.

I cut the slats shorter to make a 3′ squareEasy Craft Show Display Cheltenham Roadand, as before, used hook and eye connections to hang them from both the tent and each other.Craft Show Display Wall Cheltenham Road

It worked pefectly!

They are easy to fit in the car and can either be 6 ft. tall or separated into 3′ long pieces.  Craft Show Display Cheltenham Road Project

But best of all they create a very solid looking wall of stuff. No one could possibly run into it.

NO ONE!

OK, I ran into it.

But just with my shoulder! That’s totally different! (It sounded like the world’s worst designed wind chimes – all clanking wood). Didn’t hurt! Didn’t break (me or the product)!

Craft. Show. Display. Nirvana!

 

DIY Magnetic Memo Board and…….Halloween?

I, David,  the man who has recently managed to goof up what day he has a big craft show will now speak of organization techniques.

Stop laughing.

Seriously.  It’s one of my (many) summer goals:

  •   Get organized (or re-organized ’cause I was, at one point, pretty well organized)
  •   Get work-flow streamlined, and
  • FIND A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING (desk-piles will no longer be acceptable).

The first stop on that last item is a real-life Pinterest board.

Pinterest has been great but sometimes,  I need to pin actual, tangible, things and have them readily available.

Did you know you could do that?

Now, technically this could qualify as Use What You’ve Got Project 7 but it’s a double agent functioning as my latest Mod Podge Rocks project as well.DIY Magnetic Memo BoardYou can check out the pleasantly simple tutorial over at MPR.

I like the fact that this works magnetically but also serves as a place to jot down notes.Magentic Bulletin Board Tutorial by Cheltenham RoadIt was easy to put together and while I was “using what I had” the same thing could be created with any number of different pieces-parts that you might have around – picture frames, pallet wood scraps etc etc.

Speaking of being organized and getting things planned, did you know that Halloween is coming?

OK, well not super-soon but even before the actual day there is Scare LA!

I did Scare LA last year and really didn’t know what to expect and was completely blown away.  The crowd was large and enthusiastic but, even more importantly, it was a beautifully put together event.  There were speakers and panels, demonstrations and craft areas – truly something for everyone.  And the costumes!!!!  It was pretty awesome.

It’s coming around again this year (August 8th and 9th) to an even bigger venue in Pasadena and I am happy to be participating.

All that was the lead up to say that, if you are a Halloween connoisseur you might want to put it on your calendar (organized!) and, for a while you can get a discount on tickets using the code: SCARECHELT – just click on the pic below to be taken to their siteSCARE LAWhich reminds me, I need to get going….here in June….on Halloween projects!

I also need to clean up these piles on my desk…and make a couple more magnetic boards.  I’m thinking a small one could go right next to my monitor here (in place of the picture) Turn a closet into a desk area

that way I could jot down ideas and keep track of “to-do lists – quickly……because “stop losing your to-do list” should also  be on my To-Do list.

 

Father’s Day Project Tutorial and Calendar Challenges

Simple Father's Day Project Tutorial Cheltenham RoadDid you all know that the Patchwork Long Beach Festival that I had signed up for was, in fact, NOT on June 14th but rather on June 7th?

You did?

How funny that you didn’t mention that.

I myself did not realize that fun fact until Monday.  The 1st.  Monday the 1st is when it suddenly became clear to me that I did not have two weeks but rather had five days to restock what had sold at the Santa Ana show.

I, of course, approached this crisis with a Zen-like calm and poise.

My week was filled with with stressed out panic chamomile tea and brunching with chums.

In the midst of brunching and chatting I got this idea for a Father’s Day Project and, as we know, when I get one of these ideas I feel overwhelmingly compelled to make it. Luckily it came together very,very fast leaving me time to lounge at the pool consuming bon-bons as I am wont to do.

I started out with the followingSimple DIY Father's Day Project by Cheltenham Road

  • Three 2″ wood blocks from Michaels
  • Two 3/4″ nuts
  • Wood Stain
  • E6000 glue
  • Mod Podge
  • 8 graphic prints (more on that at the end of the post) sized to 1.75 inches square
  • Electric Drill with a good sized bit
  • Sandpaper

I gave the blocks a light sanding just to smooth things out and marked the center of each.

After quickly drilling the hole in the center I stained the blocks, allowed them to dry and applied my graphics.Quick Father's Day DIY Pen Holder Project by Cheltenham Road

The graphics went on three sides of what would be the end blocks and just on the front and back of the center block.  Once they had dried I sealed them with another coat of Mod Podge

A little E6000 got the bolts in their place and I used two books to brace them while the glue dried.Pen Holder Project for Father's Day by Cheltenham Road

Done! Easy and quick.Easy Pen and Pencil Holder Project by Cheltenham Road

I, of course, used patent prints for my images because patent prints are all I can think about these days but there are so many options.DIY Pen Holder Desk Accessory Cheltenham RoadMaybe use scanned family or school pictures?  Perhaps scan and reduce kid’s drawings?

Scans of cool, old stamps would be fun.Pen Holder Tutorial Cheltenham Road

Or, getting away from Father’s day what about fruit crate labels, or tea label graphics (not that dads cant like fruit or tea)?  The blocks could be painted white and scrap book paper applied. It just seems like there are a lot of fun possibilities.

So there you have it.  And now I’m off to lie down for a little while several days because, you know how it is – all that relaxation can be soooo draining.

PS:  The show went great!  I was a bit groggy and the basic math skills required to run a booth did, on occasion elude me, but the weather was perfect, tons of stuff sold and the crowd was awesome (and I had the assistance of my terrific niece Sabrina who charmed pretty much everyone that came along.  I’m a very lucky, if calendar challenged, guy!).

 

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