I wanted blue shoes for my wedding. So I bought a pair of ivory fabric pumps and handed them to my trusty cobbler, who dyed them a light shade of my favorite color.
Alas, on our wedding day, it rained and rained, and then rained some more. It was great for the wedding – it created a cozy and romantic atmosphere. But it was bad news for my shoes, which apparently hadn’t been rain-proofed.
So they’ve been sitting in a box since March 2010. Until this week, that is, when I grabbed some blue fabric paint, fabric glue, and assorted crystal stick-ons from the local Michael’s store.
I put some painters’ tape around the bottom of my shoes to protect the wooden soles from getting splattered, and then applied two coats of the fabric paint with a makeup sponge. You can see the before and after above.
I let them dry overnight, away from the cats – to avoid waking up to blue-tongued smurf cats.
The next night I penciled in the line where I wanted the sparkles to start on the toe, and began gluing them on.
I started with two rows of the largest size crystal.
Then three rows of the medium sized crystal.
And I filled in the rest with the smallest crystals. I ended up having to use tweezers to pick them up and glue them on towards the end, because the glue had dried on my fingers and was creating a sticky mess.
Over the course of one episode of Mad Men and one True Blood season finale rerun (I like to watch tv or have music on when I craft), I was done!
Tada! They came out looking so professional — to my delighted surprise. And it was super easy to do.