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So, last week was all about big and this week is all about smaller.

The good thing about this slightly slower time of year is that I have time to play around and experiment (look for Positive Thinking: The Upside of Making No Money by Cheltenham Road – coming to your local Barnes and Noble store)

The Muse came up with a smart idea (for newer readers “The Muse” is an actual person, not a voice in my head or some imaginary conversation I’m having with Olivia Newton John so don’t be alarmed).

She suggested that perhaps I could make smaller HOME signs that would work as key holders.

I really like the idea because I’m a big fan of making practical stuff.  I mean I’m all about decoration but if it can be useful decoration that’s even better.

So I started playing around.

I made 4.5″ HOME lettersHome Sign Keyholder by Cheltenham Road

Attached them to a base boardWood Sign Key Holder by Cheltenham RoadAdded little hooks (there would be more hooks of course – these were the only two I had on hand).Vintage Los Angeles HOME sign keyholder by cheltenham roadI like it!

Well, I sort of like it.  This is where the playing around comes in.

I think perhaps the base board doesn’t need to be as thick. Maybe two strips of wood rather than a big solid backer wold be better?

Some magnets along with the hooks?

I will re-consult with The Muse.

What do you all think?

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to all!

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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.

10 responses »

  1. What if you just glued the letters together with no backer at all? that way the O in HOME would be clear to the wall paint? just a thought. I like the tiny homes! (and what’s wrong with Olivia Newton John???)….

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  2. Looks good to me. That is the beauty of creativity, your mind starts thinking of all sorts of things you can do to the project.

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  3. ChrisinanRVinMN

    Love the idea! It does look a little thick. What if you did one that said kitchen and had hooks where you could hang measuring cups or utensils?

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  4. ChrisinanRVinMN

    Love the idea! What if you made one that said “kitchen” and had hooks for hanging measuring cups or utensils?

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  5. I think I still have the Xanadu soundtrack. )n cassette. Love ONJ!

    Denise

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  6. I liked the suggestion to have the letters together w/no backer board and the wall color showing through. Another good project! Go BRONCOS … (I take every opportunity 😛 )

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  7. Cool idea! As soon as I saw it, I thought of how – in a household with many people coming and going – it would be neat to have this same design, but instead of spelling “home,” the letters would be the first initial of all the household drivers’ names and they’d all have a place to hang their keys. It would definitely make shuffling cars a lot easier.

    You could do all sorts of clever things with this idea, like hanging a sign by the back or front door that says “Before You Go” and there could be hooks for keys, sunglasses, etc.

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