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Time On My Hands

I have to confess I’ve been having trouble getting back into blogging mode since I returned from Ohio.

And I’ve been trying to figure out why because I really do enjoy this.

I finally decided that it was partially due to the fact that I feel that the posts should have something important, or at least interesting, to share.  A tutorial, a good before/after furniture transformation or tips or something.

But my problem of late is that, with all the shows I’ve been doing, I haven’t had time for much that is new.  I’m just kind of a factory reproducing my designs (I’ve made 275 coasters, 120 magnets, six HOME signs and three Subway signs since getting back from Columbus) and I imagine that blog post after blog post of “I made some coasters!” and “I made some more coasters!!” might get a little old.

However, that is about to change!

Because I screwed up!

I know, I know, your shocked!  Shocked that I could have messed something up.  But it’s true, I, David, have made the first and only mistake of my lifetime.

I discovered today that the Renegade show that I thought was happening in two weeks is not, in fact, until the end of July (June, July they both start with “J” and are four letters long people get them confused all the time, right?  RIGHT?).

Then I discovered that I had missed the deadline to apply for Unique LA’s summer show which would have taken place a couple of weeks after the Renegade show if, in fact, the Renegade show was actually happening when I thought it was happening – which it isn’t.

Sooooo… schedule has, um…. opened up.

At first I was bummed but then I realized that this is my window.  My window to launch all those new projects that I haven’t had time for.  My chance to really get back to the creative part of this big-ole-creative-life-change I launched.

And, surprisingly, this had totally re-energized me.  I’m very excited to get going!

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. You should blog more often because your blog’s my very, very favourite. But not in a spooky ‘I’m your number 1 fan’ kind of way’ (and anyway I’m across the pond, so couldn’t be spooky from 1000’s of miles away, it would be just plain silly and I couldn’t be getting on and off planes to be spooky, when I’ve got loads of furniture to paint and all those bills to pay) 🙂 But I like your blog because it makes me smile and laugh and mirrors the disasters/hiccups we all have when running a small business.

    So, do blog more often, if only to keep one Brit smiling during the coldest, wettest, English summer you could imagine.


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