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Monday, August 12, 2013

My Daughter's Baby Shoes ..

Hello my dear friends,

it has now been a few weeks now since I have painted our master bedroom but unfortunately it still is missing some of the final touches that I would like it to have but I am working on it. That's why I haven't shared any photo of it yet.

One of the things I always have on my bedside table are my daughter's first baby shoes. Years ago I didn't like the look of them as they were ( they were white made from some sort of man made leather lookalike material) and that's when I changed them the first time.  At that time I was into the vintage look of metal like pewter, so I took to my paints and brushes and gave them a tarnished metal look by dry brushing them and I have loved them for years like that ... until now!

I was on the search for a new look and I found one!

 I love the look of ceramic where the glaze has crackled so I decided to try and give the little shoes that look. I am still not sure if I should apply a coat of stain that will make these little shoes look older and a little more distressed. Even thought they might not be quite done just yet I would like to show you the before and after photos of my daughters baby shoes today.

These are they little shoes before I worked on them a few days ago ...

... and this is what they looked like now!

Doesn't the new finish really looked like the glaze of ceramic that has crackled?!
 I so love their new look!

Now they can return to their rightful place ... on my bedside table, next to where I sleep so when ever I open my eyes I can see them and think of my babies.

And last but not least ...

... whilst I was writing this post, early in the yesterday morning there were three little feathered critters that caught my eye and also my camera lens.

The first one was a woodpecker, who decided that our house siding and especially the foam under it was a perfect place to start pecking holes into.

I was sitting at my dining room window and heard this somewhat weird noise and headed outside with my camera  (always prepared) and there the little critter was making a racket against the siding.

This photo might look a bit unclear especially where the critters beak is but that isn't the photo or camera ... it is the pecker pecking away on my wall!  He was so busy, that he didn't even notice me and that's how I got so close to him. ... I was only 5 feet away from him!

The second little feathered creature was a little sparrow that landed in our maple tree and sat there and started schimpfing loudly (complaining) about something that he didn't like at all ~ you should have heard him carry on.

By this time I was back inside at my dining room window and he was so busy telling the world he wasn't happy that I again got some lovely photos of him and this is the little guy here ... so neat!

And finally ...

... the third little feathered friend was a bright red cardinal on the search for a little something to eat.

It would be nice if you were to stop by and visit me here at Todolwen soon again and until then ...

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Love what you've done to those shoes Karen, they are so cute, especially the ones with the bows. Also love your bird pics, we have woodpeckers and sparrows but wow, the red cardinal is spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing these today. Margie x

    PS My DIL and I made your little origami butterflies last night - great fun x

  2. Preciosas fotos, me encantan los zapatos y los pajaritos, bss

  3. Hallo Karen,

    toll was du aus den Schuhen gemacht hast, sie sehen toll aus.
    Wow wie viele verschiedene Vögel bei euch im Garten sind, da würde ich auch immer auf der Lauer liegen um sie zu beobachten.

    Ich wünsch dir einen schönen Start in die neue Woche

    Liebe Grüße


  4. Karen! Those shoes turned our adorable! I love the crackle look. How nice to get that close to the wood pecker, great pictures!!

  5. Love the "new" look of the baby shoes. Seems like a much softer look....just like baby would wear.

    Haven't managed to see a beautiful red cardinal out here, yet, but do have loads of blue jays!

    Keep well and enjoy the rest of the summer.

  6. I agree the new look is amazing... I've always liked that crackled look too.
    Great bird pictures. We've been enjoying the antics (now 3) hummingbirds. We don't get them here for very long, usually a short time in the fall when they're heading south. But the mtns. (Idaho) are dryer this year and that's why we figure we've got some now. First it was just one.. or at least the ONE who first found the feeder.. and she's a force to be reckoned with. Definitely the alpha bird. She has kept that feeder all to herself for over a week, and just today has allowed a second (smaller) hummer to feed. The 3rd bird... no way. She comes out of the tree (next to the feeder where she pretty much hangs out all the time)and goes after that one, dive bombs him/her and so far has not allowed that one a little sip from the feeder. The feeder isn't to far from our front porch, and it's been quite entertaining watching her.

  7. Wow! What a transformation! They actually look better after they were altered. The new look is totally awesome. You are such a genius. You definitely did a great job on those shoes. How i wish i could also do some successful alterations on my baby's shoes. I'm afraid i might just ruin the entire shoes.