Monday, May 22, 2017

Momma needs a New Pair of Shoes

Have you ever started a project, sorta get bored/blocked/forgot about it- only to start a new project half way through the other one? Me too.

     This project started many months ago (about 10) this past summer in 2016 when my family and I took a road trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto. I knew I wanted to bring a road trippin' project on our travels, but I couldn't make a decision on the perfect project.
A pair of decorated shoes seemed to be a fun idea so I brought along a pair of cheap-o sneakers, some embroidery thread, needle and fabric markers.

I really didn't have a solid idea of what I wanted to do. I just sorta went for it!
I thought I'd get my feet wet (no pun intended) with the embroidery, so I started easy and on an easier area like the tongue of the shoes.

A little pink stripe will be nice!

I embroidered that pink stripe on the other shoe, then, with snacks, 
a nap, a coupla pit stops, and before I knew it,
 4 hours later into our trip we saw the border bridge!!! Yay!!

I was pre-occupied with road trippin, navigating, husband, snacks, and a 6 year old, 
so the shoes were put away for a bit.

While we were in Canada, we went to a pretty cool city art museum and they had an exhibit of Native Canadian artifacts. I was totally inspired by the shapes and stylized flowers and bead work of these vests and bags.

Just gorgeous, and I was totally inspired!

Four days later, on our way back to the U.S. 
I used my inspiration from the Canadian Native artifacts 
to draw and embroider more on my shoes.

We also saw an amazing glass blowing Chihuly exhibit, that found its 
way into some shoe inspiration too!

Aquarium colors!!!!

The Falls, snail friends, and my daughter's first experience with Ethiopian food.

Inspiration can be everywhere! 

I picked the shoes up again, and finished a few details. I am sick of this Midwest winter, and I want to wear my Spring/Summer (now 2017) shoes and frolic in the weather!
I wore them to school. They were perfect to wear on Friday (jeans day) since the weather is getting better!

See you next time!