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Unique LA!

Well Yay!!!!!!!!

And ACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been kinda nervous all day waiting to find out if I did or did not get into the Unique LA Holiday Show.  You may recall I did their summer show which was a lot of fun and a big succes.

But I’m happy to report that I made the cut!

I think what probably put me over the top was that I paired up with a new Etsy friend, Trisha who runs a shop called Matchbook Memories.

Trisha takes what are called “feature” matchbooks which is this absolutely cool “lost” art where the matches all have images on them so they look like this:

Trisha takes these and, so that you can see the entire book makes these fun pieces of art

and since matchbook art is a huge part of what I do (you can see examples over there on the far right column) our styles blend nicely.

I knew the competition to get a slot was tough – they had 600+ applicants for 300 spots – so I was honestly anxious.

So now a brief celebration but then I’ve really got to get cracking because, along with creating enough stock for the two day Unique show (and designing a booth), I just got a wholesale order for 300 coasters and another for upwards of 120 custom (I have to design them) corporate coasters.

So, it’s off to the workshop for me!

If I don’t post again soon please send someone to check under the largest pile of sawdust in the garage.

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.

5 responses »

  1. That is amazing news!! Congrats!

  2. Congratulations on getting in the show! Can’t wait to see what you create next!

  3. Congratulations, that’s awesome! I assume you’ll share it all with us…

    PS your comment about fabric stores cracked me up. I still hate going into them. That’s Whitney’s job.

  4. Doin’ ANOTHER happy dance for you here in Nova Scotia David…isn’t it GREAT to be out of the corporate world, and into creativity-plus!? WOOT!!

  5. Jenniffer Dorsett

    Congrats!! We’ll keep an eye out for you under the sawdust!


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