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The Final Stretch!

Things are getting a little nuts around here!

The big Unique LA show starts on Saturday and I’m in the final push to get everything done, dry, wrapped and ready to go.

I must confess that I’m a bit nervous.

I was kind of surprised that I was accepted into the show (it’s juried so you have to submit your work and hope the judges like it) because my impression is that it’s a place for “cool” crafts and the edgy stuff that the kids are all into these days.

I’ve never thought of myself as cool and while I don’t think of my stuff as edgy,

who am I to argue with a jury? So….Thanks!  to whoever said yes to me!

Also, although I’ve had a regular booth at the Rose Bowl Market for a year or so, this is my first, official, CRAFT FAIR. 

At the Rose Bowl (which is mostly a flea market) I stand out because my stuff is, well….clean – it doesn’t look like it was recently found it an attic somewhere and people are pleasantly surprised by this.

But at a CRAFT FAIR I will be surrounded by really skilled artists and crafters and though  my stuff will of course still be clean it won’t be unusually clean compared to what’s around it so I will have lost that competitive edge.  This will require me to fall back on the “isn’t this cool?” factor.  And, as I mentioned, cool isn’t my strong suit.

I’m contemplating wearing a leather jacket but fear I would  just look like an aging Fonzie wannabe.  I’d get a Mohawk but I’m what is known as “hair challenged” and/or bald so the effect would be very, very subtle.   Perhaps a beret….Eh, I’ts probably best to just wear my old baseball hat and lots of sunscreen.

On the bright side, I was pleasantly reminded of my mom this morning as I looked at my jammed dining room table and the new auxiliary table in the living room. 

Mom always had a million projects going on and they were, most often, spread out around the family room and dining room.  You’d have to move things to sit down or risk needle punctures (bad) or “felt pile disruption” (REALLY BAD). I now have so much more respect for my Mom and how she managed running a family AND all the her projects AND my elaborate Halloween costumes- but that’s for another blog post

I’m totally cool in following in mom’s creative footsteps.  Proud actually. 

However, if I mention in passing, that I drifted off watching a “really good episode of Murder She Wrote” please stage an intervention.

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.

2 responses »

  1. your stuff is definitely unique L.A. show worthy. i love your work. I wish I could quit my day job and refinish furniture instead, but for now I’ll just read your blog and daydream. thanks & keep posting.

  2. I’m so happy for you, and I know you’ll be wildly successful! Keep us posted 😉


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