Condo Blues: Glitter Tennis Shoes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Glitter Tennis Shoes

 For Valentines Day I got:
  • A dozen sustainability grown roses 
  • A half dozen Godiva dark chocolate covered strawberries as big as a baby’s fist 
  • And a kidney stone 

That explains why I’ve been carrying this kidney infection around like luggage for the last month. It won’t be gone in time for my Blissdom conference trip.


Needless to say, preparing for this conference is a little difficult because I feel like I’ve been kicked in the kidneys all day every day.

On the upside, it has kept me from being too nervous about my Newcomer Community Leader duties and the session discussions I will be leading for the Food niche bloggers.

I'm trying to conserve my personal energy to try to be well enough to be at my very best for Blissdom. I don't want to let everyone down! To reduce my running around, I shopped my closet for clothes to wear to the conference.

I still needed some cute and comfortable shoes to wear because the Gaylord Opryrland Hotel is ginormous! It's about the same size as an airport terminal. I don’t want to relive last year’s blisterfest which left my feet covered in swag SpongeBob Squarepants band aids. Which I rocked, of course :)

I hit the mall and later the web. I was cranky, sore, and depressed I could not find anything that fit my kid sized feet. My fellow Blissdom Community Leaders empathized and tried to cheer me up saying it didn’t matter because once I get to Blissdom I will be surrounded by love and glitter. Those gals luvs their glitter!


That gave me an idea.

I pulled a pair of white tennis shoes from the bottom of my closet and tossed them in the washer. I rarely wear them. If my experiment turns into a huge green craft fail, it is no big loss.

I removed the laces. I taped the sides and toe caps with tape I had on hand because I was out of painters tape. I didn’t want to run to the store because I wanted to strike when the idea iron was hot and it was a extra kick in the kidneys kind of day when I started the project.

I stuffed the inside of the shoe with newspaper in case of accidental paint splatters.

I painted my shoes with purple nontoxic Tulip Shimmer Fabric Paint. I didn’t want the original white shoe to show. The paint is thin. It took around 4-6 coats of paint to paint my shoes solid purple.

I like Tulip glitter paint because the glitter doesn’t shed before, during, or after you finish the project. 

I removed the tape after last coat of paint dried and laced up my new to me glitter tennis shoes.

Shimmer! Shimmer! Glitter!
I think I'll wear these shoes more often now! 

I am going to wear them with the pretty, pretty Shabby Apple dress I wore on my birthday.

Read my Blissdom updates (and video from the Men's Restroom) on Lazy Budget Chef and Condo Blues. Yep, two blogs = more stuff to talk about!

 It’s a kooky look but I’m going to need a little quirk to keep me going while I’m working at the conference.

 This might be the reason why no one asks me to speak at conferences.

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nicole said...

I love it! Those are so cute and fun! I'm sorry you are having to deal with this kidney issue, at all, but especially during Blissdom.

Anonymous said...

I love the shoes, too! You will get many compliments on them. Have you had kidney stones before? I have and wanted to share some advice since you are always giving us helpful ideas. If it's possible, try to catch the stone so it can be analyzed to see what caused the stone. I was given this funky plastic container to put in the loo before I go...excuse me if I'm oversharing I just thought it might be helpful. Now I just realized that you will be at a conference so perhaps this isn't a great idea...your fab shoes would be overshadowed by your kidney stone catcher. Knowing you, you could craft up a cool and chic container holder...ha, ha. Anywho, have fun and be well.

Marsha said...

Fun project. I hope you feel better.

Simply Tasheena said...

The shoes are too cute! I would love for you to link up at my Link Party via:

Mrs. Delightful

MJ said...

Love the colour!

Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life said...

Oh man I love all things glitter! I definitely want a pair like these, except in pink! You did an awesome job. I featured you on today's Show Off Saturday!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

That is so clever!

I love your saavy adorable self!!! Those shoes are rockin!

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