Wednesday, January 26, 2011


When your young and at your first dance, and your sitting on a small gilt chair with your eyes lowered, terrified that you'll be a wall flower. Suddenly, you see two black shoes, a white waist coat, a face, it speaks.

-Anna (The King and I)-Shall we dance?
We've just been introduced,
I do not know you well,
But when the music started
Something drew me to your side.
So many men and girls,
Are in each others arms.
It made me think we might be
Similarly occupied.
Shall we dance?
On a bright cloud of music shall we fly?Shall we dance?
Shall we then say " Goodnight and mean " Goodbbye" ?Or perchance,
When the last little star has left the sky,
Shall we still be together
With our arms around each other
And you shall be my new romance?On the clear understanding
That this kind of thing can happen,
Shall we dance?Shall we dance?Shall we dance? - The King and I -

The King and I is one of my favorite movies and while I love the remake starring Jodie Foster the original version starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr remains my favorite version. The scene where he asks her to dance is one of my favorite. I have never donned a ball gown nor slipped my foot into a fancy dancing slipper but I always imagined those were my feet tripping across the floor to the lively tune of Shall We Dance. Having recently watched The King and I while sick I was inspired by the dance scene and imagined my own version of a dancing slipper that Anna might have worn to dance with her king.

This soft sculpted fabric collage shoe is my latest piece of artwork. I have begun working in a series exploring making sculpted fabric collage pieces. The demitasse cup and saucer from my last post was my first experiment and this dancing slipper, which is completely handmade, is my second. My daughter said if she had not seen me make it in stages she would have sworn it was a real shoe!

Thank you all so much for the sweet well wishes and prayers for my mother and myself. I am still battling a nasty cold and my mother, well, the situation is not good. We are trying to wade through the proper medical channels to get a correct diagnosis and if our suspicions are true we have some long and difficult days ahead. I so appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.

On a brighter note, speaking of new romance as in the song above, romance is afoot here at the Quill. The young man who comes to call on Darling Daughter asked her to be his bride and to dance through life at his side!!! We are beyond excited and wedding bells will be chiming in June!

I am linking to Faded Charm White Wednesday. (I don't think you can get anymore white than announcing a wedding can you?)

I hope your day is a bright cloud of music upon which you too fly!


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I hope you can get a diagnosis for your mom soon. And what exciting news a wedding. Beautiful shoe! and gorgeous pics.

Robin said...

I too hope you get a diagnosis soon for your Mom. Your collage pieces are simply stunning and they do look as if they are the "real" thing! Congrats on your daughter's upcoming wedding!! Have a wonderfully creative day.


Claudia said...

I'm so sorry about your Mom. My mother is very frail and declining rapidly, so I understand your fears and worries.

Congratulations to your daughter!

And lastly, I love The King and I, as well. I've been in it twice, once playing Lady Thiang, and once playing Anna. This was many years ago!

Still, to the day, no matter what other roles I played in my many years as an actress, my father always said "You know I liked you best in The King and I." Makes me smile.

The shoe is absolutely gorgeous.


Terri Steffes said...

Sigh... I think I could be Cinderella with that shoe!

Unknown said...

Beautiful shoe!

Monica said...

Sending sunshine your way, Sandy!
And congrats to the bride! A Wedding in June- oh joy!
Your shoe creation is beautiful.
Monica x.

Lady Jane said...

I too hope you get a diagnosis soon for your mom. You both are in my prayers.
One of the best moments was seeing Yul Brenner do the King and I in person. What a magnetic personality he was on stage. He was older when I saw him but time had not dampened his charisma. Constance Towers played Anna and it was just wonderful... This post took me back to that wonderful play. Your slipper is beautiful. It looks like tatting in your slipper, how I wish I could tat...

Sonya Badgley said...

I cannot believe you made the slipper!! You have so much talent Sandy, you amaze me everytime. The slipper is just beautiful. I love that movie too (older version)but I have a soft spot for the older movies.
I am so sorry to hear that your Mother and you are ill.I am praying for you both, dear friend.
Congratulations to your daughter! How exciting and thrilling! I remember when my daughter was getting married, so many good memories...
Thank you for sharing your precious slipper and other news with us. Please take care of yourself.
Many blessings of good health are being sent your way.

Unknown said...

I've been through this with my mother and my in-laws. I know how difficult it is. My sympathies are with you. Your shoe collage is just beautiful. So delicate and lacey.

Unknown said...

MY goodness, I would of thought your shoe was real. I love it so much, what a fantastic job.
A wedding, how exciting.
Thanks for sharing.

Shopgirl said...

Amazing, so lovely. And i remember the song from the king and I. I took my little brother and Sister to the movie. I loved the big skirts on the dresses she wore.
I hope your mother is well, Hugs, Mary

Tanya said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh - I loved the King & I, as a kid...Yul Brynner was IT! The shoe is absolutely beautiful, and congrats un the impending nuptials. It's a great White Wednesday - Tanya

time worn interiors said...

Loving your newest creation!

Vee said...

Life has such wide swings...concern for your mother on the one hand and great joy for your daughter. All the very best to the happy couple and I'm so excited, too, because I know that you'll document it all so very well.

Now I'm humming this song and John will probably wish to wring my neck. I'll blame you, of course. I love the original version, too.

marilyn said...

Your blog always offers a beautiful visit. So wishing that things will go well for your Mother and I know there is much excitement in store for you and your daughter.

Unknown said...

If i were cinderella I would prefer your shoe instead of the glass slipper.
You made it look fantasic like usual.

busyascanbe said...

I hope you can get a diagnosis for your mom soon. I am sending happy thoughts your way!

Anonymous said...

Well the shoe certainly fits my taste! i love the lace, it is so very elegant..gorgeous...a wonderful creation!

I am your newest follower..and I just wanted to congratulate your Somerset 'exposure' for that is where i found you!

Come by and visit with me anytime.
I crochet and make tea cup sculptures too...we'll have a blast sharing our creative worlds!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Lesley said...

Good morning, the shoe is absolutely enchanting. You have enormous talent. I hope with all my heart that you and your mother will regain your health in the near future. Blessings

By the way, the lyrics say 'gilt' not 'guilt' chair Maybe you were thinking of the 'naughty chair'

Tina said...

So sorry to hear about you mom Sandy - I hope you get it all solved and soon get a diagnose.
Congrat with you daughter and the upcoming wedding - how wonderful.

Love you shoe project- it´s so pretty and wonderful.
wishing you a lovely day.
xo Tina

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Ok, this is beautiful and that's all there is to it. Love the colors and the textures in combination with the soft style of it. Great piece!

bikim said...

love your work!
lovely blog!~

kathy said...

Praying for you today !!!!!!!!!!!!KAthy - ga ♥

Gwendolyn said...

Just stunning! I'm beyond words. My hands would not allow me the nimbleness of working the threads as you do! Or maybe it's the brain behind the hands that I have trouble with! Ha!

But congratulations and the very warmest blessings to the engaged couple!

Decor To Adore said...

I am keeping your dear mother in prayer my friend.

I must say the original King and I all the way for me as well.

The slipper~ well it is fit for a princess.

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Oh Sandy This Is Lovely! Truly a Slipper made for a Princess or Queen!I Love the King and I as well. A Wonderful Movie.
I hope this finds you Getting Well and You and Your Dear Mother will be in my Prayers.
Many Blessings

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,
congratulations with your daughter, may she live happily in her new (june) life.
As for your mother, it makes me very sorry for all of you, I hope they can soon start treating her, medically.
And you, dear friend,-you are a so amazingly creator, -this shoe is surely a fairytale shoe, and so beautifully made- and so wonderfull presented, Sandy.
Big hug ,dear friend.

Anonymous said...

Sandy, I haven't been reading blogs much this past week, have been so busy myself and am sorry to read that your mother's health may be worse than you thought. Please know that my heart is heavy for you.

On the other hand, blessings to your daughter and her young man. It must feel very much like a silver lining in your sadness of late....

And the made them? I thought they were purchased shoes you had decorated!
Making 3D items is NOT easy! Nor were the boxes! The boxes...fiddly work until the decorating of them begins! But the shoe in this post...oh my! Exquisite! Inspiring! If you sell them, they will fly!

Hugs and blessings to you and your family. And my apologies for being so long away....

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