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Today’s Post is Brought to You by the Letter J!

I love it when people commission things.  I love the idea of making something specific for someone.  I love working with people to get exactly what they want.

Well, I love the idea of it.

The reality is that I always give an enthusiastic “yes!” when someone has a custom request and then I spend the entire creation period worrying that they won’t like it.

If you’ve visited my Etsy store you may have seen my New York City HOME sign

I was recently contacted by a woman who had seen it but she wondered if I could make just a single letter “J” for her and make a collage of NYC images for it.

I, of course, eagerly said “yes!”

And then commenced my campaign to make her think I was a lunatic.

I’m sure she thought she could make the request, settle on the price and then sit back and wait.

But she had no idea who she was dealing with.

The poor thing got (almost daily) long emails discussing possible fonts, possible sizes, possible images and finally, just when she thought I was gonna pop it in the mail she got another email because I’d had a brainstorm about how to make a base for it that would allow it to stand on its own.

She responded graciously to all my missives but I could tell, after a while, that she was probably thinking I was a bit of a nutcase.

Ah well.

It’s off in the mail today and, honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with how it came out (actually what I couldn’t be more pleased with was that I managed to cut it out correctly on the first try!  I assure you this seldom happens with me and I had assumed I was going to have a lot of failed attempts).

Its 12 inches high and 1 ½ inches thick and, despite these pictures, comes with its own, clever, base!

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.

3 responses »

  1. Absolute fabulousness. She will be thrilled!

  2. Jenniffer Dorsett

    That is awesome! Thanks for making my day a bit brighter.

  3. Thank you both very much!

    I’ve still got my fingers crossed that she likes it. I hope I hear from her (sometimes you don’t)


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