Etsy Fort Worth – Craft Challenge using a shoe

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 Mixed Media ungrouted repurposed shoe

Anyone who knows me, knows my history, or has seen my closet will understand that if I start using my ‘extra’ shoes as the ‘canvas’ for my mosaic art designs, I will engrave the monicker “Shoe Lady” forever on my forehead!

So we begin with a classic low heeled mule.  I believe this was a pair of gold fabric mules with beading and sequins all over them.  Fabulous and worn to a nub (almost).  Despairing over throwing such beauties away, I decided to turn them into art so I could keep them, display them and yes, even sell them!

To create a mosaic shoe:
Supplies –
Old Shoe
Clay
Black Esso
Mirrored mosaic squares, beads, baubles, assorted glass pieces and other found objects
MAC Glue (www.macglue.com)

First, stuff newspaper or some other substantial paper into the toe of the shoe to help it keep its shape once the clay has been applied.  The shoe will end up a LOT heavier than it began, so this is important.  You don’t want a lumpy or collapsed shoe!

Now cover the entire shoe with clay.  I used Sculpey clay that can be oven baked to set.  

Paint entire baked and cured shoe with black esso or some other sealant.

Now begin using your goodies to embellish your shoe, using MAC glue to hold them in place.  MAC glue dries clear, is lightweight enough for delicate objects and is water proof and weather proof.

Depending on your method of mosaic, whether mixed media or glass, you may need to grout.  If grouting, allow glue on shoe to cure for at least 48 hours.  Then mix your grout as per the directions (I use sanded poly-blend grout).  Grout, wipe down, clean and let cure for 72 hours.

Once your project has fully cured, seal it all in Modge Podge to maintain the beauty and keep moisture and dust out.

Enjoy! 

Glass Mosaic shoe with grout

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How do you like my new logo?  It was done, free of charge, by a person I have never met in Canada.  How we ended up together in the creation of my logo is a complicated affair, yet really quite simple.  Someone shared my website.  Through the simple click of a mouse, my website was shared with who-knows-how-many people and I got a response from a gentleman in Canada who shared with me, HIS new logo.  I expressed how much I liked it and he ‘hooked me up’ through facebook with Diablo.  Diablo is a musician and an artist!  He is just getting his feet wet with digital art, so he used my logo to spread his wings, so to speak.  I offered to send him a piece of art for his work as well as spread the word of his expertise in translating a clients’ needs and obscure descriptions of their wants into a viable, beautiful logo.  

I am encouraging Diablo to pursue his art.  As all artists in the beginning, he doubts his skill, is unsure of his talent and just needs a bit of encouragement to ‘go for it’!  If we all could just give a little encouragement and praise to each other, it would be amazing what we could accomplish.  This piece of time we are living in is a pretty cold, unforgiving place where speed, short-cuts, and instant gratification rule the day.  I have seen a trend among those of us who have been hit by the economic plunge in that we are, through necessity sometimes, being forced to find alternate means of income.  I learned a long time ago not to put all my eggs in one basket.  That the key to financial independence and success is to have multiple streams of income.  They don’t have to be large sources, just steady and many.  I also believe that we are learning to use what we have, save our excesses and create out of necessity.  I remember the days of shopping at the mall for recreation.  Oh, the blissful high of acquiring ‘stuff’.  My closet is full of clothes that don’t get worn, shoes that take up space and other assorted items that probably should be donated or recycled.  My older children remember shopping as sport (as I like to call it).  My youngest has learned the art of thrift shopping.  I get more of a ‘shopping buzz’ getting a great bargain at a thrift store than any sale item find at the mall.  It amazes me how often I find designer items, with tags, in the Goodwills and Thrift Towns of the world.  Repurposing has taken recycling to the next level, friends!  I remember as a teenager going to the thrift store as a lark.  We would go buy a ‘bag of jeans’ to repurpose into purses, etc. for something to do over the summer.  However, we would not have been caught DEAD wearing anything bought second hand.  I guess I’ve always been a hippie at heart.  I’ve embroidered my cut-off jeans.  I’ve worn gauzy shirts.  I’ve worn bell-bottoms and halter tops.  I have resumed wearing my hair long, straight and parted down the middle.  Oh, how my mother hated my hair that way!  I see the potential of old furniture by the curbs in the neighborhood and no longer feel the slightest bit embarrassed to stop and haul it away hanging from the trunk of my smallish car.  While a car payment is NOT in my future, I sure wish a truck was!  My son just bought a van.  A rather large van.  You know, I bet I could get a lot of treasure in that thing and it IS trash day in my neighborhood.  Oh ye wasteful souls….your trash is my next art project!  The word for today, March 19, 2012, is….SHARE!  Blessings!

Update on Spotz – the confused, eunuch cat

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Spotz kissing the Ho’s foot

Update on Spotz, the confused eunuch kitty….he has an abscessed tooth and a black cat from across the street keeps coming over and kicking his poor butt. He’s defending the female’s honor (a sketchy honor – at best) and she’s a kitty ho! Plus he can’t do anything about it anyway! What a guy. He’s actually good husband material.