Cheltenham Road began several years ago as a hobby and quickly grew to take over my life to become a full fledged hand-made business. I started out fixing up and painting old furniture but quickly tired of lugging it around to shows. Almost accidentally I began making smaller home goods (coasters, candle holders) and combining those with my life-long passsion for vintage graphics and, behold, a business was born.
Cheltenham Road products can now be found online and at retailers across our fair land. I’m a contributing blogger for Mod Podge Rocks and my work has been published in Star Trek Crafts and the Upcoming Big Book of Mod Podge. My projects and tips have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine, BHG online, Lowes Creative Ideas Online Magazine, and several other popular sites such as Apartment Therapy and HGTV.
I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My companies name is a tribute to my astounding family and the place I grew up learning from them.
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 – cause it just wasn’t cool for a 13 year old boy not only to know what a chenille pipe-cleaner was but that you could make some really cool things out of it.
Happily I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. So, 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 I like to be honest, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing.
(About the blog)
I started the Cheltenham Road blog, well, because that was what you were supposed to do. But it has quickly become one of my favorite aspects of this new adventure
Through the 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.