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The other baby shoe….the untold story

Well you saw the pink baby shoe that was altered into a pincushion.  That little beauty was sent to live with someone else. Who loved receiveing it.  Now I bet you wondered whatever happened to the other baby shoe….left all alone… well in the process of things called a life and the fact that it takes time to blog….I forgot to post what I made with that other darling baby shoe….so here it is….the untold story of the other baby shoe….now as you can tell this shoe looks quite a bit different than the pincushion baby shoe….truth is I cut off the high top of the shoe….at this point I wasn’t afraid to cut and trim and repurpose it since the first shoe turned out so fine.  Well getting up my courage, I then mod podged on vintage sheet music I was lucky enough to purchased a whole book at an estate sale for 50 cents. The sweet old lady had been a piano teacher and had around 100 books….seriously why did I ever pass up a find like that?!? Well never thought I’d actually use them…..so moving on….the shoe turned out perfect….I was hesitant to do more with it…I could have just put on a flower and called it good….but of course not….I love to alter things and the more I put on something the better I feel in the end….anyone else feel that way too?? The more the merrier?  Looking at the shoe it needed something….with the height gone on top I decided to give it height from below so to the bottom of the shoe I glued on a wooden spool to make it look like a heel.   Yep I know I could have used anything for a heel so why a spool?? No idea maybe it was the wood color I really liked….anyway from there I had to add something inside….I did try to fill it with a stuffed burlap, but it just didn’t look good….so I browsed the internet and found a very pretty vintage image ….honestly I’m not sure where I hyperlinked to get the image….should  I come across it again I’ll be sure to put up a link and share it.  Well of course  I distressed the picture with Tim Holtz crackle glaze. If you’ve never used it, go out and buy some…best stuff EVER for putting a fun crackle glaze on things AND best of all it’s super easy to use.   At this point it still needed more so what do I add……vintage lace, pearls, handmade flowers (a youtube find and I’ll be sure to post the link) a buckle, a fleur de lis, a little vellum bow, feathers……honestly I didn’t want to stop adding…but there comes a point where there’s just no more room to add more so you stop…..and voila! A vintage altered baby shoe!!  I know you’ll never see baby shoes the same….well I don’t…I’m always on the hunt for more cute shoes to turn into fun altered items…..This little shoe treasure found a new home with one of my swap ladies…..it actually matched an easter egg I had altered and sent her…but that is definately another story….till then enjoy!!


Lightbulb resurrection!!

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In the theme of altered creations and the fact I hate throwing away anything that can be reused….I had a scentsy bulb burn out a few weeks ago…this is one of the larger warmers so the bulb is small and perfectly round…it’s cute small…if you know what I mean….well if you’ve ever pinterested “bulb ornament” you’ll get all kinds of ideas to make a christmas ornament out of a lightbulb since it’s of the right shape and size…. well I did one better and made it into a hanging plant holder…pinterest “lightbulb plant vase”…I wrapped hemp cording around the opening after busting off the metal part…this was one of those times when a good pair of safety glasses came in quite handy…I hot glued hemp cording around the perimeter of the bulb to give my loope something to cling to so I could hang it up….I rinsed out the inside of the bulb very carefully, added some water and placed my little plant inside….Isn’t this cute….a little hanging plant orb that could be an ornament too….just another idea to get you inspired