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Happy Anniversary to my Folks!

Happy Anniversary Sign by Cheltenham RoadToday is my parents 70th Wedding Anniversary.


Isn’t that amazing!?

My sister’s and I worked up the sign to commemorate the occasion.

My folks, as you know if you’ve read along for a while, are still going strong. They take classes at the local college, do the book club, run committees – bottom line they are just the bee’s knees!

My Dad, determined to keep the world spinning (and condiments handy) has tossed off a new lazy susan (it’s the star shaped one)ES Cheaney Lazy Susan Designs

And, you know, just cause he can, made this beeee-u-t-i-ful cherry wood cabinetES Cheaney Display Cabinet

And his latest is this lectern made from salvaged wood.Dads reclaimed wood lectern

He was commissioned by the Historical Society to come up with a use for salvaged wood from a building they had to demolish.

It has lights! (adjustable of course – that panel flips up for easy maintenance)Lights Camera Talk

The angle of the bed can be adjusted to suit the speaker.

It has a drawer!drawer

And what is that thing in the drawer?

It’s a freakin’ cupholder!!!!!!! (which, of course, can go on either side depending on the speakers hand-orientation)Cup Holder

Even the back is pretty!ES Cheaney Reclaimed Wood  Lectern Design

Show off.

My mom has, of course a million projects ongoing – amazing embroidery, needlepoint etc

But I love these that she makes for the Church Christmas Bazaar

Felt Number and Letter Books.Moms ABC and Numbers Felt books

Soft so as to be easy to play withFelt ABC and Number Books

The number and letters come out so you can learn as you play!Felt Counting Books

As you can no doubt tell I am so proud of them both and completely awed by them both.

Congratulations Mom and Dad!!!!!

And, um, with all my heart THANK YOU!

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.

13 responses »

  1. Great tribute David!!
    I am in 100% agreement with you. I love you Mom & Dad.

  2. Me too! Loved this post about our amazing Mother and Dad!

  3. Wonderful pictures–makes me realize how lucky I’ve been in parents and siblings

  4. Congratulations!

    Wonder where you got the DIY Genes? Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

    • I think this apple fell off the tree and rolled down a hill near a less majestic tree. His stuff is soooooo much better than mine (the man has the patience gene in spades). I keep trying to think of ways that I could just be the idea man and he could execute. I know child labor is illegal… there such a thing as senior labor?

  5. Being a woodworker, I really like your dad’s projects, but… those felt books are fabulous! That sign you made is the best though, what a talented family.

  6. Congratulations to your Mom & Dad! 70 years is really amazing! That sign is awe.some.sauce. 😋

  7. Very sweet tribute, and amazingly talented family. I guess you could say you were born with a wooden spoon in your mouth. (why does that kinda sound creepy?)

    What is it that is in your dad’s gorgeous cherry wood cabinet? I can’t tell.

    And that lectern is the trifecta: 1) downright artistic, 2) graciously green, and 3) efficient & practical. It’s evident he put a lot of thought and consideration into it.

    You should have your dad in as a guest blogger, and let him show us how he makes those lazy susan’s….

    Your mom’s felt books are unbelievably detailed. The dog and doll with the letter D, the 5 flowers–this is proof she is a VERY patient lady. 🙂 Many little hands, mouths, and minds will be blessed by it. I bet they’ll be a best seller!

    Congratulations on 70 years, Mom and Dad!

    • Thanks Jenni! The cabinet hosts a rotating display of resident created items. I think, on that occasion, it was wooden, half-boats (probably not the technical description). Dad as a guest blogger…..interesting idea!

  8. A whole family of amazing human beings!

  9. What a great tribute and one not realized by the majority of married folks…70 years!!! What talented people they both are which probably explains why they are still alive. I love the lectern that your Dad did and isn’t it genius that he added a cup holder? Your Mother’s books are a wonderful tradition and I hope people explain to the children that read them where they came from. Lucky guy for having a family like this!

  10. Congratulations to a role model for us all!

  11. Love this! xoxo


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