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Anniversary Tutorial

I had mentioned a little while ago that June marked my one year anniversary of blogging.  I didn’t make a big deal about it at the time but it’s been bouncing around in my head.

To be honest, I hesitated to start a blog because I was convinced I had nothing to add the already crowded field of furniture/craft blogs.  I also was pretty doubtful that I would enjoy the process.

But I was wrong! (that’s twice that I’ve been wrong for those of you keeping track).

I thoroughly enjoy this whole experience and the main reason I enjoy it is because of you folks.  Your words of encouragement and support mean a lot to me and truly keep me going when I’m feeling a bit over (and under) whelmed by all this Cheltenham Road craziness.

And I LOVE that you get my sense of humor!  And I really LOVE that you join in with your comments and cracks – it’s so much fun to read!

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks.

It also seemed appropriate to revisit my very first post.  Partly, of course, because it was my first post and it’s an anniversary but also because, for some reason, that post has become quite popular of late.

I had linked it up back in December with Becky at her terrific Beyond the Picket Fence blog party for projects under $100.  And I’m not quite sure what’s going on over there but, all of a sudden, low these many months later, it has shot up the charts and is earning lots of views.

So, for those of you who weren’t around then, if you’d like to revisit my Tragic to Fixed to Shabby transformation of this dresserbureau makeover tutorial

into this dressershabby chic chest of drawers tutorial

you can visit my very first post here:

And for the rest of you let me say Thanks Again!


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.

9 responses »

  1. waltersilvausa

    Happy Anniversary, David! Love that Red dresser!

  2. Congrats on your first year im fast approaching my first year to i never thought anything would come of my blog but now i feel the same as you i really enjoy it xx

  3. Congrats on your first “blogiversary!” Really enjoy your postings!

  4. And another happy anniversary. I’ve followed your blog from the beginning (traveling over from Amy’s site). Although I don’t often reply to posts, I click on your site every day from my favorites. Again, my only complaint is that you don’t post daily (okokok…I am a “virtual employee” and don’t come into contact with people everyday…it sounds tragic but it’s really not, perfect for me).

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your life, your “makings”, your home and your family with us all. (I “get” the humor…dry, witty, self-deprecating…I love it).

  5. Happy Blog anniversary… your blog is at the top of my list of favourites, it’s original, colourful and humourous. (Note the use of all the Canadian “u’s?”) I’m always interested to see what you’ve come up with and especially the way you write about it!

  6. I’m always looking for new blogs to follow for inspiration and, TAG, you’re it! I’m glad I’m not the only person who won’t buy somethin because I think I can make it myself. Happy blogiversary!


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