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Valentines Pressure!

I’m a guy who for Christmas and birthdays etc either has THE PERFECT PRESENT or I’ve got absolutely nothing.  There is no in-between.

So, if you’re on my gift list you can either expect something that is so great that it will make you cry or….socks and an apologetic note.

And I usually fall into the latter category when it comes to Valentines Day.

V-Day,  like New Years, feels like one of those “pressure holidays”  (and I can never escape the suspicion that Hallmark made it up) where you’re supposed to have FUN and be ROMANTIC  whether you’re feeling it or not.

So, you can imagine that when the retail stores started saying “what do you have for Valentines Day?” I said “oh you’ll see!” and thought “oh crap I’ve got zilch.”

So the pressure was on!

Hearts and cherubs and flowers aren’t my thing.  And I couldn’t imagine anyone wanted Valentine Coasters so I was a little stuck.

Until I started thinking about phrases and fun signs.  I was inspired by a post over at the awesome Maple and Magnolia and came up with this.

What do you guys think?

I’m a little on the fence myself.  I like the basic sign but I’m not sure abut the crumbly, aged finish….

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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.

21 responses »

  1. I love that it looks old! Love that will last 🙂

  2. I love it so if that special person doesn’t care for the finish – send it to me and make another one!!! Yay! It will be like a giveaway to me!

  3. Jenniffer Dorsett

    It’s perfect, and I wish I lived close to you so I could by it! It’s something that my fiancé and I say to each other.

  4. Get off the fence…it is PERFECTION.

  5. David, I love the look of the actual product
    though not too crazy about the “crumbly, aged finish.”
    I could picture this in a “Glittered” finish, Add the glitter
    right into some Mod Podge and paint it on.
    Paint the insides of the letters a shade darker or lighter than
    the front?
    I am sure you will think of something, you are a master when it
    comes to finishes.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  6. Thank you all very much! I really do appreciate the feedback.
    And Walter, I like the idea of the darker shade on the inside of the letters. Maybe I’ll try that on version part duex.

  7. Can you make me one in pale blue? PLEEEEEEZE??? I LOVE this. Plus it’s my birthday! Well, next month. ha
    Seriously though, I HAVE to have one of these.

  8. LOVE this sign! I feel ya… I am kind of the same way when it comes to gift giving.

  9. I think it’s great! You could do other finishes as Walter suggested, but I really like this!

  10. Love, love, love it!!!! Hope to see some in the etsy shop soon 🙂

    • Thanks very much Cindy! I too hope to see it in the Etsy shop – so many projects – so little patience with trying to photograph them (and figure out their shipping costs) but I will do it!

  11. I really like it, and I like the distressing as well. Love endures (doesn’t it?)! I can see it being both ways.

  12. Thanks Ken!
    Yes, I couldn’t decide if I was landing on the side of “love endures” or “we’ve been at this too long and it’s crumbling around our ears.” Glad to know your first thought was for the former and not the latter.

  13. What a sweet sign!!!! I like it….and I like Walter’s idea of something darker under the red, too. And, to add my own personal preferences….the chippy look vs. the edges looking worn, I like the edges worn look that you do. In my house anything looking chipped would look like I didn’t care!! LOL!! I seriously love how it looks in other people’s homes but for some reason in my house it doesn’t work and it looks…..just old…and not in a good way!!! :). Does that makes sense?? Again, I love it and I’m not being critical!!! I just thought I’d share my weirdness!! 🙂

    I’m the _exact_ same way with gifts!!! It made me laugh out loud to read that cuz it’s so me!!!!!!! ….still chuckling!!! 😀

    • I’m with you Laura. My original intent was the lightly sanded edges rather than the I super crumbled “our love is decrepit” vibe but something went, um, wrong and I couldn’t get the paint off. It never happened before. Next time around I’m gonna go for the “slight aging” version.
      Thanks so much!

  14. I love that sign. I’m looking for something like this in a grey or navy color for my wedding cake topper. Is this for sale?

  15. I would like it painted black then the edges distressed and the whole thing stained with special walnut stain 🙂

  16. Are you selling these


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