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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Altered vintage shoe forms cobbler's lasts

 Hi guys! I wanted to share a few things I have been working on. I have more things to show you, but I am trying to not cram them all into one post! These altered vintage wooden shoe forms or cobbler's lasts are my latest. I really like how these turned out. I have a couple milk crates full of vintage wooden shoe forms left over from my antique store days. We literally bought 2 steamer trunks full at an auction one night. I sold tons. I was surprised how much these have gone up in price over the last 4 years. I guess the "industrial" decor thing has hit hard! I wanted to jazz some up a bit for a show I am supposed to be doing at the end of this month in Knoxville.
 I painted some in shades of palest pink, palest blue, pale grey and cream and distressed them.
Then I decided some needed to be converted to a useful item. I pondered quite a while and then thought Shoes! I added a vintage wooden spool covered in French text and a handmade wire heart photo holder.
     I love the "Marie" flavor of these! I think besides a photo, they would be great for a fancy menu holder.
  I added a chandelier prism to the heart for a bit of bling and sparkle (and some glitter of course)
                        These could also prop a small book or framed piece
I wanted to go further and add a paper rosette with a rhinestone middle or vintage buckle but my hubs gave me the old "HOW much are you planning to sell these for?" ...... I still may.... don't tell... sssshhhhhhhh... 'Til next time! Julia


Laura Beth Love said...

These are really neat, I love the spools as heels!

Unknown said...

great way to save these shoes! lol

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, people will love these, just the right color and they have a purpose....I know what hubs means, but sometimes I can't stop myself because it is fun!