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I Lettered in Letters

The truck is packed and I am Rose Bowl Ready!

It’s been raining  all day but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and chilly which is perfect!

Since I didn’t have to work on new pieces of furniture I focused on some new odds and ends and totally indulged in my love of typography and letters.  There are some new HOME sings including Columbus Ohio:

as well as one for Pasadena (since I think Columbus Ohio might be a kind of a hard sell in SoCal).

And then I got it in my head that what I wanted were some painted, distressed letters.  So I got to work with my scroll saw, some paint and and a little candle wax.

OK, I know when you put letters together for photographs you’re supposed to spell out words like “HOPE” or “BELIEVE” or something.

But……

What can I say?  I was thirsty.

I just really dig all the chippyness (is that a word?  spellcheck says no but I’m going with it!)

Also, when I was a kid my dad made a script NOEL that would hang on our front porch every holiday season.  I loved that sign and it dawned on me I could make my own (my dad still has the original and hangs it every year).  So I rooted around for some scrap wood and came up with my version (and I’m clearly playing with my new Action tools in Photoshop….bear with me).

OK, I have a few odds and ends left to do before tomorrow.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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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.

11 responses »

  1. Aw. Love the Noel. You brought Cheltenham to the West Coast!

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  2. David, love the home signs and the noel sign. But those letters…OH MY. They are perfection. Best of luck tomorrow at the Rose Bowl!

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  3. So will these letters show up in your Etsy shop?

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    • Hmmmmm. I’ve been hesitant to put them (or others) on Etsy cause they are kind of labor intensive (plus shipping costs). But, now that you’ve suggested it I’m thinking Etsy might actually be a better place for them……Thank you!

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  4. Do you have a Philadelphia set of letters yet?

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  5. Loved your Noel…I can think of three other people who have fond memories of the front porch NOEL sign too who don’t have one because their parents still use the original one…can you think of anyone like that????
    Phebe

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  6. I love your letters and Noel is just charming!!! I wanted to do some words so I’ve been collecting wood letters at our local thrift store…at this rate I’ll never be able to spell anything intelligent!!!

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  7. Hi David,
    Great seeing you on Sunday. I always enjoy your visits. One of these days I’ll be able to get away and see your beautifil booth in person instead of just pictures you post.
    Nicki

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  8. Have you lived in Columbus, or was it just a random choice? I live in Cols and was surprised to see it was one of the cities you feature…I didn’t think people really consider it a destination like NYC, Boston, Chicago, etc so I was just curious. I think I see the Horseshoe in there…that should be big around here.

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    • Hi!
      Yes, I was born in Columbus and most of my family is still there. I named my business Cheltenham Road after the street I grew up on in Columbus (Upper Arlington). It’s a great city well-worth being a destination!

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