The Glad Game

I’m just back from a quick visit with the family in Ohio.

It happened to be 80+ degrees there so I didn’t get that hit of Midwest Fall I was hoping for but the family is good so no complaints!

I stay with my sister Paula and I truly wish you all could meet her.

Polly is funny, kind, thoughtful, astoundingly-creative and endlessly patient (which I’m told it was a useful skill when dealing with me as a child – though I think we can all agree that just crazy talk).

I was the ring-bearer at Paula’s wedding. I may or may not have caused problems.

Paula has a unique ability to find the positive side of pretty much any situation.

When she does this, finds the up-side, she refers to it (self-deprecatingly) as “Playing the Glad Game.”

But it’s not a put on or a learned, practiced thing.  She’s not being a “Pollyanna” – which is where, it turns out, the term “Glad Game” originates.  It is, I believe, truly instinctual and totally sincere.

She doesn’t ignore the negative by any means.  She embraces it AND finds the potential good too.

Though I do believe we are related (ignore the rumors!) ….that is just not my nature.

But I’m gonna give it a whirl!

You see, things have been….fine….here at Cheltenham Road.

Store orders keep coming in.  New stores find me.  Online sales do the usual ups and downs.  Bills are paid etc etc.

But, honestly, I’ve been struggling.

Struggling to stay on top of things.

Struggling to stay inspired and engaged.

And it’s been like that for a while.

And then, just Friday, I got rejected from a big, fairly important, Holiday show that I have done for the last several years.

I can’t say it was a total surprise.  I debated applying because I had a feeling……

But it was still a blow.


Glad Game!

I think it’s the wake-up and the kick-in-the-pants that I truly needed right now.

I think there are a lot of things that need attention that I’ve been putting off.  (For instance,  I have, for years, failed to get a decent website up and going.  Years!  I mean, everybody has a website.  My dry cleaners have a web site!)

Etsy, Amazon, new designs, packaging, wholesale resources…and on and on.

And now I have both the real-world “get it together” message AND some unanticipated free time in which to work on these things.

So, Glad Game (thank you Paula).  I’m glad this happened.  I’m glad it’s woken me up and lit a fire under me.

(also with the extra time in December my annual Holiday Party is gonna ROCK!… see?  I can do this!)


And thanks, very much  for listening.

Back soon (and more regularly) with projects, updates and a fully formed web-site.


….For those of you who have been on the edge of your seats waiting for the next installment of “Building an Over the Table Display” I promise it is coming!

As exciting, thrill rides go it may be a bit of a disappointment but it is coming!

11 thoughts on “The Glad Game”

  1. Sometimes a NO is a yes to something else–bigger and better. I don’t mean that as a cliche`. More than once in my life I was told NO, but I found a better opportunity. (If you only knew one of my current Glad Games–so huge.)

    Make your Glad Game the best thing it can be! Pulling for you!


    1. So very, very true! My mom often said to me that “you can’t tell a good break from a bad break up close” which always resonated with me. I don’t always have the patience to hold onto that thought but it has proven to be true over and over again. Thanks so much for the message and all of your support Denise!

  2. I think anyone is crazy for rejecting you! I personally think you are super talented and have mad skills..from one Buckeye to another.

  3. I agree with Karen. Anyone who would reject you is WRONG! But you are right that this is an opportunity. Just keep saying “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, People Like Me!

  4. I hope you realize how encouraging and energizing this blog post and the comments of your readers are to those of us who have also had rude awakenings—and thought we were the only ones.

  5. Good Morning!! I was so happi and thrilled with my coasters i got for Halloween, omg too cute and awesome!! I LOVE LOVE them and your work. Bad thing and reason why I am contacting you, my new puppy got ahold of one of them and i was wondering if i could order just that one or if i had to reorder whole set. I was so bummed first night we had them and she chewed it all up…. 😦

  6. I’m sorry to hear that. But I definitely like the Glad Game concept–there’s always a silver lining, if we would just bother to look. Sounds like you have. Good luck getting more organized. I share your intentions, but continue to travel the road to hell… 😀

  7. “One door closes, and another one opens” and all that. The extra time will give you opportunities you might have missed. Don’t be bummed.
    from another Buckeye now living in Texas

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