Monday, July 30, 2012

Altered Shoes Part Two

 Start with inexpensive canvas shoes. Wash and dry them. Tape off the rubber with painter's tape.

Let the fun begin.

I used a combination of Textile Paints by Jacquard and  Lumieres by Jacquard. The Lumieres I mixed with fabric medium. I also used some acrylic paint, again mixed with fabric medium.

My inspiration for these shoes was a beach sunset, so I focused on colors of water and the shades of reds, golds, yellows, and pinks of the sunset.

I then sewed large sequins around the seam using embroidery floss and a tapestry needle. I had a pair of jewelry pliers handy for when the needle got stuck, as canvas is a pretty tough fabric. I actually broke one needle.

I added a charm that says, "dream" to each shoe.

I dug out blue and green beads that I had in my stash and used the same embroidery floss to sew them to the back seam of the shoes. I looped them in threes for a sort of scalloped effect.

I liked the look of the beads so much that I added beads to the sequins on the top seam.

I finished the look with some fun laces I found at Target.

And now I can kick back and enjoy my custom shoes.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wallpaper for you

One of my groups has a desktop wallpaper challenge every month. This month, I am sharing it with you.

Summer Storm

It isn't summer in the South without a thunderstorm or two. While in Gulf Shores, we had a DOOZY of a storm. The wind gusts actually sent a chair from the deck to the beach side of the sand dunes. Crazy stuff---and I loved it.

Stepping into Art

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gulf Shores with the Husband

This was my third trip to Gulf Shores. FINALLY, Brian made the trip---and I doubt I'll ever come without him again!

Just love it there....

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Obligatory (traditional) Wedding Photos

The wedding party and family portraits look pretty much the same in every wedding book. However, they ARE traditional, so...

Monday, July 02, 2012

Gulf Shores Vacation

No plans. No schedule. No routine. Plenty of food. Fun People. The crash of the waves. The salt in the air. Perfection.