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DIY Magnetic Memo Board and…….Halloween?

I, David,  the man who has recently managed to goof up what day he has a big craft show will now speak of organization techniques.

Stop laughing.

Seriously.  It’s one of my (many) summer goals:

  •   Get organized (or re-organized ’cause I was, at one point, pretty well organized)
  •   Get work-flow streamlined, and
  • FIND A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING (desk-piles will no longer be acceptable).

The first stop on that last item is a real-life Pinterest board.

Pinterest has been great but sometimes,  I need to pin actual, tangible, things and have them readily available.

Did you know you could do that?

Now, technically this could qualify as Use What You’ve Got Project 7 but it’s a double agent functioning as my latest Mod Podge Rocks project as well.DIY Magnetic Memo BoardYou can check out the pleasantly simple tutorial over at MPR.

I like the fact that this works magnetically but also serves as a place to jot down notes.Magentic Bulletin Board Tutorial by Cheltenham RoadIt was easy to put together and while I was “using what I had” the same thing could be created with any number of different pieces-parts that you might have around – picture frames, pallet wood scraps etc etc.

Speaking of being organized and getting things planned, did you know that Halloween is coming?

OK, well not super-soon but even before the actual day there is Scare LA!

I did Scare LA last year and really didn’t know what to expect and was completely blown away.  The crowd was large and enthusiastic but, even more importantly, it was a beautifully put together event.  There were speakers and panels, demonstrations and craft areas – truly something for everyone.  And the costumes!!!!  It was pretty awesome.

It’s coming around again this year (August 8th and 9th) to an even bigger venue in Pasadena and I am happy to be participating.

All that was the lead up to say that, if you are a Halloween connoisseur you might want to put it on your calendar (organized!) and, for a while you can get a discount on tickets using the code: SCARECHELT – just click on the pic below to be taken to their siteSCARE LAWhich reminds me, I need to get going….here in June….on Halloween projects!

I also need to clean up these piles on my desk…and make a couple more magnetic boards.  I’m thinking a small one could go right next to my monitor here (in place of the picture) Turn a closet into a desk area

that way I could jot down ideas and keep track of “to-do lists – quickly……because “stop losing your to-do list” should also  be on my To-Do list.

 

Father’s Day Project Tutorial and Calendar Challenges

Simple Father's Day Project Tutorial Cheltenham RoadDid you all know that the Patchwork Long Beach Festival that I had signed up for was, in fact, NOT on June 14th but rather on June 7th?

You did?

How funny that you didn’t mention that.

I myself did not realize that fun fact until Monday.  The 1st.  Monday the 1st is when it suddenly became clear to me that I did not have two weeks but rather had five days to restock what had sold at the Santa Ana show.

I, of course, approached this crisis with a Zen-like calm and poise.

My week was filled with with stressed out panic chamomile tea and brunching with chums.

In the midst of brunching and chatting I got this idea for a Father’s Day Project and, as we know, when I get one of these ideas I feel overwhelmingly compelled to make it. Luckily it came together very,very fast leaving me time to lounge at the pool consuming bon-bons as I am wont to do.

I started out with the followingSimple DIY Father's Day Project by Cheltenham Road

  • Three 2″ wood blocks from Michaels
  • Two 3/4″ nuts
  • Wood Stain
  • E6000 glue
  • Mod Podge
  • 8 graphic prints (more on that at the end of the post) sized to 1.75 inches square
  • Electric Drill with a good sized bit
  • Sandpaper

I gave the blocks a light sanding just to smooth things out and marked the center of each.

After quickly drilling the hole in the center I stained the blocks, allowed them to dry and applied my graphics.Quick Father's Day DIY Pen Holder Project by Cheltenham Road

The graphics went on three sides of what would be the end blocks and just on the front and back of the center block.  Once they had dried I sealed them with another coat of Mod Podge

A little E6000 got the bolts in their place and I used two books to brace them while the glue dried.Pen Holder Project for Father's Day by Cheltenham Road

Done! Easy and quick.Easy Pen and Pencil Holder Project by Cheltenham Road

I, of course, used patent prints for my images because patent prints are all I can think about these days but there are so many options.DIY Pen Holder Desk Accessory Cheltenham RoadMaybe use scanned family or school pictures?  Perhaps scan and reduce kid’s drawings?

Scans of cool, old stamps would be fun.Pen Holder Tutorial Cheltenham Road

Or, getting away from Father’s day what about fruit crate labels, or tea label graphics (not that dads cant like fruit or tea)?  The blocks could be painted white and scrap book paper applied. It just seems like there are a lot of fun possibilities.

So there you have it.  And now I’m off to lie down for a little while several days because, you know how it is – all that relaxation can be soooo draining.

PS:  The show went great!  I was a bit groggy and the basic math skills required to run a booth did, on occasion elude me, but the weather was perfect, tons of stuff sold and the crowd was awesome (and I had the assistance of my terrific niece Sabrina who charmed pretty much everyone that came along.  I’m a very lucky, if calendar challenged, guy!).

 

Craft Show Display Project

Craft Show Display Idea Cheltenham RoadAs I was getting ready for the Santa Ana Patchwork Show I went a bit into overdrive on my new passion – Patent Graphics.Vintage Patent Prints Cheltenham RoadI’d made large ones but I’d also made some smaller ones that I thought might be appealing.

I wanted some way to display the small ones without having to hang them up on a wall and while I was poking around Michaels I saw this, I don’t know what it is actually…..shelving unit?Michaels Hanging Shelf

It was too small for my needs but it did get my mind going.

So, as I was maniacally trying to finish up all the various coasters, trays, signs and projects for the show I decided that now, YES NOW! was an ideal time to launch into a new display project.

And so, a somewhat unofficial, Use What You’ve Got Project was born  because, you see, there is STILL leftover wood from the dresser.Trash To Treasure Dresser Project Cheltenham RoadThat thing is clearly magical and I’m growing concerned that it was actually a portal to Narnia or something and I’ve totally screwed up.

So I started out with this motley pile.  It’s a piece of the top, one of the supports that held the drawer up, a drawer front and a couple of drawer sides.

Scrap Wood for Craft Show Display Project Cheltenham RoadI used the larger pieces for the base and backer  and I used the rail for the front retaining piece (25″ long). I cut the other piece of wood down to make four dividers.Michaels Display Idea Knock off Cheltenham roadA quick assembly with glue and screws and it was looking OK.  Craft Show Display Project Cheltenham RoadI gave it a quick, light, once-over with some watered down white paint just to cover up the raw wood.  And, since I hate to miss an opportunity to use the Lenk tool these days I decided some text would make it look more official (and cooler).

I just typed out some text, reversed it and attached it to the front and Lenked away!Transfer Text to Wood with the Lenk tool  Cheltenham RoadAnd it worked!  Craft Show Display Idea Project Cheltenham Road It let people flip through their options quickly and because the wood was so old and dried out it is quite light considering its bulk.Image Transfer for Craft Show Display Cheltenham Road Project(Is putting patent images in a Patent Office box a bit too on-the-nose?  I can’t decide.)Craft Show Display Project Cheltenham RoadIt was up front in my booth and the signs got looked over and purchased quickly – mostly sold out by the end of the day.

And now my mind is spinning on a totally new look for my booth in the future.

However, that “future” is soon because up next is the other Patchwork show in Long Beach this coming Sunday!  Lots to do!

Build a Hanging Wall Shelf

I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend!

I spent my Sunday at the Patchwork Festival – more on that later because, in the meantime my latest Mod Podge Rocks project is up and ready for review.

Is anyone in need of a vintage themed shelf for their sewing room?

The Mod Podge Rocks project I teased is up and ready for review today. It was inspired by my mom and sisters and their amazing fiber arts skills.DIY Vintage Sewing Shelf Tutorial Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge Rocks

It’s sort of a continuation of my Use What You’ve Got project -a few pieces of scrap wood (not from the dresser!) and some odds and ends.

The idea started forming when I was home visiting Ohio a few weeks ago. My sisters, (Paula and Phebe, both have these enviably comfy, well stocked, sewing rooms in their homes. I don’t sew at all but even I want to curl up in there and get to work. Anyway, Paula and I had put our heads together for a sewing themed project. If you ever need someone to bounce creative ideas around with ask me for Paula’s number. She’s awesome with this stuff – always up for the creative brainstorming and we have fun doing the “what if?” game.

This one started out with “what if we used old spools as hooks?” and morphed from there. She even provided me with the spools!

And a project was born.

Make a decorative wall shelf Cheltenham Road Tutorial for Mod Podge Rocks

DIY Sewing Room Decor Shelf. Cheltenham Road Tutorial for Mod Podge Rocks

It was a pretty easy project and I think my sister(s) will be pleased with the outcome.Sewing Room Project.  Make a wall shelf.  Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge Rocks

OK, Patchwork.  Firs off thanks very much to all of you for the good wishes. It worked! It was a great day both for weather and sales.

I came up with some new product designs.  These trays were fun to make and pretty easyclassic bathing beauty tray by Cheltenham Roadand continued my obsession with finding new ways to display things.Craft Show Display Idea by Cheltenham Road

I’ll share more pics next time around.  I’m giving myself two days off (I’m an awesome boss!) because although it was great it also kinda wiped me out. The build up was seven days of 5AM -11pm work and although the big day itself was enjoyable it was also long.

As I was hauling the heavy boxes back to the car at the end of the day (seriously, whose dumb idea was it to make everything out of wood!? My next business will be entirely feather based) I kept repeating the manta “I’m not insane I am a creative entrepreneur!!!”…..I almost believed me.

Getting Ready for the Santa Ana Patchwork Festival May 24

I’ve spent the last few days in over-drive mode getting ready for the big, spring Patchwork Festival that is this Sunday in Santa Ana.PATCHWORK FESTIVAL SANTA ANA CALIFORNIA

I’m really looking forward to it. It’s always a great show and in such a cool setting.

I’m also excited to see how some new stuff goes over.Vintage Patent Prints Cheltenham Road

I’ve gone crazy lately for patent images! (you’ll be seeing them in a lot of projects)

So many possibilities

Of course millions of coaster are done…..or at least drying (and dusty…..)Retro Coaster Sets by Cheltenham Road

I grabbed some of the last few pieces of the never-ending dresser and put together a fun (I think) way to display the smaller patent prints.Vintage Style Display for Craft Shows

I snapped that picture before it was done. I’ll give a blow by blow of the final project next week.

And, while all this was going on I also put the finishing touches on my next Mod Podge Rocks project.  A small tribute to my mom and sisters for their crazy awesome fiber arts skills!Chletenham Road Tutorial for Mod Podge Rocks

If you are remotely local please do come to Patchwork. It’s an awesome show with free admission and live music in a totally charming revitalized downtown setting.

Scare LA Report

I may have to reconsider Halloween.

I kind of gave up on the holiday once people stopped giving me free candy and my mom stopped making my costumes (it also didn’t help that, being an actor, putting on unusual clothes and parading around pretending to be someone else didn’t seem like much of a change of pace).

But Scare LA was a hoot!  The crowd seemed to be having a great time and, as a vendor, I can say it was beautifully organized.

Set up on Friday was a breeze.

Kind of my usual deal (along with my usual bad photography….sorry!).

I modified a board for coaster display (since I had a limited number there was no need for the big boards)Halloween Coaster Display Cheltenham RoadSet up my blocks (I made a few of my new Bingo Coasters into blocks as well)Halloween Votive Holders by Cheltenham Road

The Halloween Potion Labels looked good all filled with free candy (note to self: never underestimate the power of free candy) (also, stop eating your own free candy)Halloween Potion Labels at Scare LA Convention - Cheltenham RoadAnd I put out the big version of the coasters just as eye-catchers.Fun Original Halloween Signs by Cheltenham RoadI discovered I had lucked into a great booth-neighbor in Silhouettes By Jordan.  (so sad he has such a confusing name for his business.  Doesn’t he know the real key to success is to name your company after an obscure yet vaguely Englishy sounding road in central Ohio?  Poor boy)Silhouettes by JordanIt was astounding to watch him work with his tiny little scissors.  If you have a moment be sure to check out his Facebook page and see all his fun and terrific designs.

As I mentioned previously I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the crowd.

Would they dig my vintage vibe or would they be all about the blood and guts?

They dug the vintage vibe !!!

The crowd was a great mix of truly elaborate costumesScare LA costumes from LA Weeklyand just plain folk who were into Halloween.

And I’m happy to report I sold out of quite a few things and my stock on the rest is running very, very low.

All in all a great weekend and a great show.

Boo! Halloween Labels

I’m continuing in my unseasonal Halloween mode because today (TODAY!) is the first day of the big Scare LA Convention.

I set up my table yesterday and it looks like it’s going to be quite the event.  I will be curious to see what the crowds are like.

What is great about this is that it has gotten my Halloween imagination going a bit early.

The Muse and I (with invaluable help from the amazing Graphics Fairy!) got to brainstorming on some fun Halloween labels along the lines of my Gothic Halloween Coasters.

My intention is to eventually make these available on Etsy – gotta figure out that digital download thing……..

Halloween Bottle Lables by Cheltenham Road

Mummy BandagesFun Halloween Potion Labels by Cheltenham Road

Vlad’s Virgin Bloody Mary MixDracula Halloween Bottle Label by Cheltenham Road

Hyde’s Transformative TabletsDr Jekyll Halloween Potion Label by Cheltenham Road

Eau Du Salem Witch HazelHalloween Poison Label Cheltenham RoadWe had a great time coming up with these and I’m keen to make some more.

As I mentioned, I plan to make these available on Etsy soon.  That being said, I had a bit of a negative encounter with a woman who had copied, word-for-word (and most of the design) one of my Gothic coasters and was claiming it as her own work and giving it away for free on her site.  So, although I know none of you would do this, please do not copy or reproduce any of these designs.  Thank you very much.

OK, off to finish packing up!  Have a great weekend everyone and if you’re so inclined (and local) come visit me!

David

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