Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fairy Shoes

Tomorrow, I am traveling up to Asheville, NC for the Once Upon a Dream, Prarie Fairytale Event that is being hosted by Jennifer Hayslip.  To say that I'm excited is an understatement.  To say that I'm nervous is beyond an understatement.  It is a true art retreat where I will be learning from some very talented women.  Women who have been published in magazines.  Women who get paid for their craft.  Women whom I respect.  Tonight, I made the mistake of checking out some other swaps on some of these women's blogs.  (A swap is when I create an item and someone else creates an item and we swap.)  And I immediately panicked.  I know that "garbage out brings garbage in..."  What I mean by that is if I'm negative about my creations, everyone else will be negative.  However, as much as I know that, I couldn't help but have a little panic attack.  Their items were so gorgeous and vintage.  And I'm just learning to be a vintage girl.  It's new to me.  Bottom line, my panic attack is a reflection on the fact that I do not want to offer someone a creation that is subpar.  Once I calmed myself, I did realize that art is in the eye of the beholder.  My artistic expression is just that... mine.  That is what makes it unique.  So, I'm going to this retreat to learn and to give.  That is all I can offer.  I will post pictures of this fabulous weekend when I return! 

I wanted to give you a look at my swaps.  There are 7 in total and I'll start with my Fairy Shoe swap.  The instructions for this swap were to take a shoe and alter it into something worthy of a fairy.  So, I started with a flat that is glittery and champaign in color.  Don't fairy's like glitter???

It's so pretty, isn't it?

I went to Hobby Lobby and found some fringe that had baubles and pom-poms.  It matched perfectly. 

Hot glue easily attached the fringe to the shoe. 

I used my harvested crocheted flowers that I removed from a skirt I found at the thrift store and...

I paired that with some lace that I cut from another thrift store find.  A beautiful lacy, green formal dress.  I formed the circle that I cut in the shape of a flower and attached it with hot glue to the crocheted flower.  I cut a pom-pom from the fringe and used it as the center of the flower and attached it with hot glue as well.

Next, I felt the shoe needed a little "more"...  So, I went back to Hobby Lobby and found hair ties that were feathery.  BINGO!  Fairies love feathers, right? 

Because the feather was a hair tie, it had a clip.  I just clipped it on.  I thought it was so cute!

What do you think?  Do I have a future in Jimmy Choo Designs?

Thanks for visiting!  I'll show more swaps in future posts.  Please come back soon and check them out.  I'd love your feedback!


  1. Crazy girl!! I am so glad you calmed yourself down. This is going to be FABULOUS!! You are amazingly creative and a beautiful person inside and out. Move over Jimmy Choo - fairy bling is in the house. xxoo H

  2. Good grief ! I think you've got it ! I would LOVE to have gotten your shoe.

  3. Hi from Canada Tracy.
    Now I know why I just couldn't do ANY swaps. If you could get stressed, can you imagine how I FELT??? And you are a crafter!!!
    I LOVE your shoe. I hope whom ever received it LOVED it.
    I'm so glad to have met you in Asheville.
    Love your Canadian friend