Friday, January 28, 2011


I am creatively inspired by fabric and paper of the vintage variety as well as nature. These are almost always my go to supplies. In the case of the three handmade shoes shown above, each element is represented. I have had in mind for quite some time to create special boxes with a mixture of vintage and new supplies to complete these pieces of art.
This week the worktable has been littered with handmade shoes in need of boxes.

I thought that I could purchase some ready made Paper Mache boxes and then just decorate them. I could not find any in the right sizes for the larger shoes, they were either too small or too large so I had to resort to making them from scratch. You might remember some of these shoes from past posts, they have been waiting ever so long for boxes!

I will try not to bore you to death with older art pieces but I am determined to finish up some things before I move on to something new and I have several partially finished projects nagging at me. I so want to turn over a new leaf and start seeing things to completion before jumping into the next thing. Yesterday was really frustrating for me to work on just the one box because there was so much drying time in between but I stuck to it and just need to finish the embellishment on the top of the box now that it has dried over night.

One thing I can tell you for sure, I will NOT be quitting my day job to become a shoe box maker! Measuring, cutting, fitting, assembling, and leaving enough room to add stability to my flimsy structure and then layer on the pretty parts was not an easy feat. The lids were tricky. I have two down and one more to go. Thank goodness I was able to find ready made boxes for the smaller shoes!

This past weekend I made a new Pixie Shoe using a lot of dried naturals that I collected and pressed last spring and summer...Then I assembled the box, I just loved this vintage photo of a darling little girl named Patsy Ruth age 2 years. I hand tinted the black and white photo to use as the box lid logo...I spent a good portion of my day yesterday making a box for the dancing slipper from my last post...I wanted to make the lid have a recessed scene inside. I chose a ballet dancer twirling on her toes in muslin rosettes and vintage millinery flowers...I love this vintage flocked wallpaper on the lid, I only have a little bit of this left so I use it sparingly...Today I plan on working on a box for the little brown paper toddler shoe and then move on to the ready made boxes for some baby shoes...I hope you will return next week to see the finished products because it is time for a give away! Somehow it slipped right past me that I had past 500 posts and then I noticed that it had also slipped past me that I have over 500 friends following along on my creative journey. I think that calls for a celebration!

I will post the sign up post next Friday and in case you are wondering, two of the little baby shoes and their boxes will be prizes, plus, I am adding three more items so there will be five winners in honor of my 500+ posts and 500+ friends. Thank you so very much for all the support and encouragement it truly means the world to me.

I am linking up with Debra of Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

I hope your weekend is a wonderful one!

P.S. Thank you so much for all the thoughtful prayers and well wishes, I am fully recovered, back up, and running.


Tina said...

Those boxes are awesome Sandy. So beautifully created and I can just imagine how much work have gone into them.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
xo Tina

Margott said...

So beutifull things...much work and all "made with love"
I wish You a magic weekend:-)

Anne said...

What delightful creations! I'm really intrigued, will definitely check back to see what you come up with!

Blessed Serendipity said...

You are so talented and so creative. Love your little baby booties and your decorated boxes.


Unknown said...

Lovely slippers and shoes.
Beautiful work Sandy as always.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a sunshine weekend.

Susan deGeneres said...

These shoes and their boxes are just exquisite! I am never disappointed when I visit your blog for inspiration.

I don't often sign-up for giveaways, and am even more rarely disappointed if I don't win. But you can bet I'll be entering for a chance to win one of your lovely shoes!

Thank you for sharing your talent and providing so much inspiration.


Kelly said...

These are some of the most unique creations I've ever seen!


Vicki said...

Sandy these are amazing. I love the pixie shoe. The tinted picture of the little "pixie" on the front is perfect. The box you made with the recessed lid is just gorgeous. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy, I will never get tired of seing your gorgeus creations, OLD and new, so lovely they all are.
And the boxes you created for those wonderfull shoes, are art creations,too.- your new little natures fairy shoe, is a wonder of natures gifts, and fantastic, art work.
Blessings, Dorthe

Lesley said...

I'm so pleased you're feeling better. Your shoes are wonderful. I love the one with dried flowers. It's truly enchanting. Blessings

Debra@CommonGround said...

Sandy, these are such lovely little creations. I can't imagine the work and detail you've put into these little beauties. they're just precious. thanks for linking up with VIF!

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet friend!!! Oh Sandy...these precious little creations are all so beautiful to me! And I love that you're making them their very own shoe box to match ~ I feel so honored to own one of your precious handmade shoes... I hope you are doing so good dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Lady Jane said...

What a gorgeous home you have made for your slipper. It is so precious. I always enjoy looking at all your creations.

Monica said...

Ooohhh, tiny beauties! The love you put into them shows off, Sandy...
Hope you're doing well.
Happy belated VIF,
Monica xo.

Monica said...

Oh sorry, I had missed the P.S ;)) xx

Angie said...

Oh my gosh!! The shoes are so lovely. And you made gorgeous boxes too.

They're beautiful. I love all, especially the lacy slipper.

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