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A Sudden Vacation

As my Instagram followers know I actually left the house recently!

Friends somewhat randomly scored a suite in Las Vegas and it was an invitation I couldn’t refuse.

I did almost refuse it though because, well, here’s the deal.

I don’t like Vegas.

I’ve been there three times and pretty much hated it each time.

It’s not really a mystery why Vegas and I don’t get along.  I’m insanely cheap pretty frugal.

When a friend asked me if I planned to gamble I had to be honest and say:

“I don’t even like to spend money when I’m guaranteed to receive an actual product at the end of the transaction. “

So it’s not really Vegas’ fault.

But this time I did Vegas on my terms!  And I had a blast.

What are my terms you may ask?

Let’s just say my favorite part was the Neon Museum.

They’ve gathered all the old, discarded neon signs from all the casino’s and resorts. Las Vegas Neon Museum They’ve restored some and plan to restore moreNeon Museum Boneyard Las VegasYou can take a tour of the “Bone Yard” which, as you can see, is a giant, vintagey, chippy paint, letter lovers PARADISE!!!The Neon Museum Las Vegas Nevada

(I highly recommend the tour  – just don’t do it in the summer.  It was 114 degrees that day…..)

Also, in a town full of fake (fake New York, fake Paris, fake Rome, fake Egypt) I found an authentic, from the 50s, greasy spoon diner with a terrific staff and great(ish) – it IS a greasy spoon after all -food.  Vicki’s Diner is a hot pink, retro throwback.Vickis Diner Las Vegas

And I discovered an unexpectedly huge antique mall that was full to overflowing with cool stuff.  (I didn’t really peg flashy Vegas as a resource for vintage but I was wrong).charleston-antique-mall

And I couldn’t pass up the Mob Museum!Mob Museum Las Vegas

Housed in the old Post Office it also offered huge banks of these awesome old PO boxes.Las Vegas Mob Museum  I want a wall of these in my house.  You know, for storage….

So, I managed to go to Vegas and neither gamble nor drink.

Because that’s the kind of crazy hedonist I am!

But now I’m back home and working on Halloween!Vintage Halloween Decor by Cheltenham Road

Getting ready for the first of two big shows.

Up first Midsummer Scream in Long Beach!  It’s a huge show and the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31st.MidsummerScream Long Beach

And up next?  My first Craft Ambassador project.

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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.

13 responses »

  1. Okay I can maybe get the “no gambling” (secretly I don’t get that at all), BUT no drinking! Next time you need me to drag you around by the earlobe (ala your mother) and show you how to be a bad boy (good boys finish last!).

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    • ……I may have had a margarita. does that help?

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      • Only if it’s the kind where a jug of Margarita is fashioned as a hat on your head with a long straw attached so you can drink and walk – hands free! And they thought that man on the moon landing was the stuff of genius…….

  2. I live in Henderson, NV, about 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. I don’t really gamble either, only on very rare occasions. To be honest, my husband and I are really only on the Strip when we are heading to a show. It sounds like you discovered some of our gems – the Boneyard and the Mob Museum – congratulations! I tell everyone who visits to try to squeeze those two into their trip.

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  3. chris aka monkey

    on my favorite vegas trip, we drove somewhere out of town to a small mountain, where there was real snow, horse drawn sleds with jingle bells and this really cool restaurant with a big giant fireplace pit in the middle, i lived in florida at the time and this place made me burst into tears xx

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  4. Now I like you even more, not because you have already started on your Hallowe’en creations, but because you don’t like Vegas (I thought I was the only one).

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  5. Yep–I’m with ya! NOT a gambler.
    If I’m going to give up some cash I HAVE TO get either dinner, jewelry, shoes, clothes, furniture, a trip, some kind of ACTUAL entertainment—you know, SOMETHING.
    I’m frugal too! ; D
    Catherine

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  6. I’m not much of a gambler–usually stick to nickel slots and a set amount of money I’m willing to lose (not much being a frugalista gal). Been to Vegas once and AC several times. On the bus trips to AC, they used to give a voucher for tokens and that was usually all I spent. lol.

    I’m jealous of your visit to the Bone Yard. Have wanted to go since I’ve seen it on TV shows.

    D

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  7. Oh I bought that years ago – very funny!!!!

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  8. A Nonny Moose

    Love that antique mall. I bought something breakable and they were so nice to wrap it all up and lots of bubble wrap so it would make it home safely. Whenever I go I look everything up online first where all the thrift stores and antique stores are.

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  9. We unfortunately lived in Las Vegas for one forgettable year back in 1991 and couldn’t wait to leave. Our motto was, “the best view of Las Vegas is the one you see in your rear view mirror.” It’s been that long since we’ve been back, and living in Germany currently kind of makes it a bit too far. But I must admit that the Mob Museum, antique mall, and neon boneyard, might actually make us change our minds when we head back stateside (our home back in the US is coincidentally the same state, but another city, Reno). So glad you had a great time and best of luck in Long Beach!

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