One of my lovely coworkers came up with a grand idea for our “step into spring” display for April – staff could decorate shoes and show off our crafty talents. Last year’s staff craft display was a hit with our patrons. People are often surprised to find out what librarians do in the spare time – hint, we don’t sit at home with our cats and shush people – not all the time anyway!
Here’s what I came up with…
I had a pair of slip on shoes that I bought for a muddy waterfall trail we hiked in Hawaii – a whopping $3 investment that I have more than gotten my money’s worth from. They are my back yard shoes now, but they had potential… and I had the white and silver paint pens already. With a little doodle inspiration:
I was willing to invest another couple of dollars into this project so I headed out to the thrift shop and found exactly what I needed – a child sized pair of blue jelly-ish shoes with holes all over them (reef shoes perhaps?) and a bunch of fake flowers in brightest yellow. Ten minutes later I had these:
As a little bit of a filler, I offered up my pink Thai silk slippers, encrusted with beads. (Another friend chipped in with her own ones, a silver pair)
And then finally, with the anonymous assistance of another friend, I created a monstrosity of crafting silliness – a pair of legwarmers fashioned from the cut off sleeves of a Cosby-esque sweater (sacrificed from the thrift shop) attached to platform flip flops (quite unwearable) – a kind of winter pedicure boot gone wrong. An awful sight:
Not my finest work. But apparently I have no shame. As it turned out these didn’t make it into the display (there were technical difficulties) which is probably a good thing! It looks great without them. Several other people “stepped up” with their own crazy and wonderful designs and our display queen pulled it all together on a shoestring. woo hoo!
Ooh oh oh LOVE the winter pedicure boots – just for sheer bizarre creativity. I think they should be displayed on a pedestal all their own. Your doodles are exquisite and classy, the reef shoes just nicely ott….
oh, I was planning on consigning them to the dustbin! (well, the flip flops were going to the thrift shop) but thank you! yes, it’s fun to let them mind run free and see what it spits out…