Friday, June 23, 2006

Don't ya step on my blue suede shoes



I didn't make these shoes I bought them online from Payless shoes for $9.99 (now they are even lower priced at $7.99). They arrived today in their plain blue appearance. I took them back to the studio room and at first I was going to appliqué some teddy bears and bows out of blue and pink fabric but they were so flat, they just didn't have any pop. So I dug around in my box of goodies and found two matching bunnies that I had gotten for a $1.50 each from Diaso (Seattle location). I came up with matching flowers, strawberries and hearts from my magic box as well. The bunnies were iron on, so that was easy. I tried to hand sew on the others but my needle wouldn't go through the thick canvas easily. So I ended up using fabric glue and pinning them down until they dried, which looked rather like voodoo. But I promise there is no magic involved here. The flowers are on the inside of the shoes in alternating colors, same for the strawberries on the outside.I hope the glue holds up under the wear and tear that shoes endure. Guess I'll find out, it will be an experiment!

31 Comments:

Anonymous cruststation said...

My goodness everything you make is so cute! Lovely :)

1:39 AM  
Blogger weirdbunny said...

I can't beleive how busy you are, you just don't stop making stuff!!!!

2:16 AM  
Blogger madhatter said...

whoo-hoo!
*cutecutecute*
would you mind me stealing your idea for the next "plain" shoes i buy? it´s just lovely!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Just wondering Miss Gina if you have a pattern or know of one for a good floppy hat.. you know, with a wide floppy brim that can be turned up?

You are too clever. xox Nicole.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Cute! I love the voodoo shot of the shoes too.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Killasandra said...

Love it! The matching materials at the back of the shoes are so very lovely!

5:15 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi crustation, glad you're on my page : )

7:41 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

weirdbunny, just can't seem to help myself, compulsive creator I suppose. Although I should start redirecting myself towards my animation jobs (I actually did do animation work all day today). You're not doing so bad yourself!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi madhatter, thank you! Please, yes steal my idea, and post photos!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi nicole, I don't have a pattern but I found a home made way online for you, it's for kids but it should work the same for adults. The top might not be what you are looking for.
http://www.everythingsewing.net/floppyhat.htm

Another alternative, if you go to ebay, go to Crafts, Sewing/Sewing Patterns, and then punch in the words floppy hat, there are currently 19 results.
I'll try and give you the link but blogspot might break it up:
http://crafts.search.ebay.com/floppy-hat_Sewing-Patterns_W0QQbsZSearchQQcatrefZC6QQ

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hQQcopagenumZ1QQfgtpZQQfposZ98115QQ

fromZR2QQfsooZ2QQfsopZ2QQftrtZ1QQft

rvZ1QQlopgZQQsacatZ28174QQsadisZ200

QQsaprchiZQQsaprcloZQQsargnZQ2d1QQs

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(just copy those in parts before you hit go in your address bar)
And thank you for your kind words!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thanks cathy, glad to see you've got a sense of humor too! : )

7:55 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Too sweet! Thanks killasandra.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Wow Gina, I haven't visited you in a while. You have been a busy bee!!!

I love your shorts and t shirt set. I have had some little skirts made up in vintage fabric for Lizzy and have made some little t shirts in the same way as you to match. Sooooo cute :-)

12:38 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi dons, so good to see you again! And thank you, thank you! I bet with your fabulous taste and talent your sets are adorable!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I think I just dont have the crafty gene...very very cute shoes!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Your Favorite Wife said...

The only magic involved ... is you! ;-)

Fantastic job, as always, Gina.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

You rock Gina, thank you very much sweetpea! xox Nicole.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hi Monica that's a neat cool way to say it! Thanks.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Awww, your favorite wife, what a clever response, thank you!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thank you nicole! I just hope it helps!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

nicole, I found another floppy hat pattern at Vogue:
http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V8213=x&TI=20015&page=1

2:56 PM  
Blogger norththreads said...

Thats really cute, & thanks for the compliments! Very cute & yes it does look & wee bit voo-doo ish!
~Ang~

5:18 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Giggle! I couldn't push them in very hard since the canvas was so thick, just enough to hold the appliqué in place. Looks sort of funny doesn't it!
And your welcome, it was well deserved.

5:34 PM  
Blogger *Kumi said...

This is soooooooooooo super-kawaii!!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thanks Kumi, I couldn't ask for a better word!

5:36 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

OK, I lied - I like these even better! (The voodoo heels are my favorite! Very clever).

Someday, when I have time again....

Tara

8:20 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Aww thanks tlc, that was too cute how you said that!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

I like how you pictured the pins (?) I like to think of it as the spped of lightening rate in which you work and create!!
Payless should take you as its creative drector!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

tongue and cheek antiques - My pins have funny ends don't they, I like them with cute hearts, flowers and moons. Guess that goes for shoes too! You are so kind to me!

12:57 AM  
Blogger nico said...

yay love them gina,,, and the pjs too!

1:21 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hey thanks nico!

2:15 AM  

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