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Slow Progress and and Update!

I interrupt this update for a quick PSA:

The folks at Plaid are having an awesome sale on all Mod Podge branded products on their site (so, Mod Podge, tools, brushes, melts etc – lots of stuff)! 

Photo courtesy of Plaid Enterprises.

It’s 40% off your order and free shipping if you spend $60 or more.  So, if you need to, now is the time to stock up.  I bought 6 gallons (#holysmoke) of Mod Podge and saved a ton of money.

BUT!!! It ends tonight.

Just go to their site and use the code MPDAY18

We now return you to your regular programming:

I’m baaaack….sort of

OK, so my To Do List for the last three weeks has looked like this:

As you can see my priorities are solid!

But I finally did #1 today.

It took 30 seconds.

May I present my card:

Actually, there is a lot more to do (full-fledged site redesign, shopping widget etc) but I do at least have the space now to do a post.

And you’d think, “David, with all that free time, what with not accomplishing your goals, you must have done lots of stuff!

And you would be wrong….and possibly new here?

Actually, that’s not true. I did a lot.  Just not necessarily in an organized, well thought-out, photographed sort of way.

I had my first in-person show of the season in Pasadena and finally FINALLY! Put together a booth set up that I liked!

I had a nice, corner spot and this arrangement gave me plenty of space for display and for everyone (including me) to move around!

It looks a bit dark in the photos but I actually thought it was welcoming and cheery in real life.

I worked out some new ideas too.

Sticking with my “use your scrap wood theme” I came up with these vintage sign photo holder boards.  Which combine my love of vintage graphics and a certain amount of practicality.

I made a few more for the show:

Pi also finally pulled his weight by looking really cute and luring unsuspecting future customers into the booth:

A long-time “I have an idea but I haven’t gotten around to it yet” project came to fruition with some coaster holders to sell along with the actual coasters.

First up- little Library Drawers to go with my Vintage Library Card Drink Coasters (again, made from scrap wood)

They got a lot of attention at the show:

and I kept working on those scrap wood flower holder crates which are fun to make.

So I guess I was busy, just not particularly focused.

I have my next big show this coming Sunday in downtown Santa Ana and will report back with details, designs and new ideas shortly.

Thanks for bearing with me!


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.

18 responses »

  1. When your scrap wood pile level becomes critical, I could send you some of mine…unless, of course, California scrap wood is as prodigious in self reproduction as Ohio’s is!

    • I’m afraid California scrap-wood piles are self perpetuating…..and vegan….

      • Love the library drawers! So glad you’re back. I wanted to comment on your previous post but I was afraid that one more single word would bring the entire site to collapse. Kinda like a Jenga thing where you’d hold me responsible for all past and future failures (which is not to say there have been any or will be any). But honestly, it’s Pi I was missing the most.

      • I’ve come to accept that Pi is pretty much the only reason people come to my house nowadays.

  2. Midwest Lorrie

    I absolutely LOVE the drawers for your library/book coasters! Cute, functional and genius!
    Maybe for your Halloween coasters….make the back a taller looking tombstone and the front and sides plain as you have done? Like you already don’t have enough projects in the works..ha. Welcome back…your business card made me laugh.

  3. Joan Sommerfield

    Your booth looked amazing.
    It is nice to know that I am not the only one that doesn’t get me to do list completed in a timely fashion.

    The dog is so cute…..more pictures Please!!!!!

  4. Joan Sommerfield

    Oooops! Should read my to do list not ‘me’.

  5. Your booth setup always looks fantastic, I definitely would advance in to see Pi (and look at your wares). The library drawers are a genius idea and very well executed.

  6. I’d shop that booth!

    How did you fit it all in your car? Plus, Pi?


  7. “some coaster holders to sell along with the actual coasters.”
    Oh please let this mean that other coster holders are also progressing
    (nudge, nudge…)

  8. I love the library drawers; they make me feel totally nostalgic. And the display is wonderful. I now intend to document what I accomplish when I am not accomplishing anything. If it is half as much as you do I will be happy.

  9. The coaster drawers are brilliant!! I love them!! I want them!! lol…very very cool. Your booth set up is so great–I hate all of my set-ups, and they vary from show to show because, well, I hated the way I did it the time before. One day, I will find the perfect arrangement. So congrats that you have reached booth-set-up-nirvana…I guess Pi was the finishing touch? 🙂


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