Saturday, September 24


There's something irresistible about tiny old shoes.

 (photos by my friend, Miss Jodie LeJeune )

I like to line them up,
I like them under glass.

I love to use them in my art.

I love them handmade.

These were 'cobbled' by my precious friend Dawn.

Ever since she sent them to me I've wanted to try my hand at shoe making.

First attempt.

I used a pattern from one of my Japanese Zakka books.
Although they're written in Japanese, the step by step illustrations are easy to follow.

I used an old felted sweater & vintage buckle on  this one.
This little elf shoe is inspired by a vintage pair I own.

I know it's only September but I can't help but look ahead to Christmas.
 It'll be here before you know it!

 Remember my altered ballet slippers?
Well I've restyled them for Christmas.

If you'd like to make a pair, I'll be teaching this class on
 October 28 for Paper Cowgirl.
(information will be on the Paper Cowgirl blog)
If you don't have time to make them, you can buy these
 in my esty shop.
I plan on making more, I'm trying very hard to get my etsy going.

I made the little stars by hand with German glass glitter.
They should age beautifully.

Lily & I got an unexpected package from Denmark last week.
A few weeks ago I saw Dorthe had made this amazing heart for her sweet Mathilde. 

Well I loved it of course, so look at what she sent to us!

These are awesome!
 Dorthe used 2 of my favorite pictures for these hearts.

Lily feels very special when she receives gifts from my friends. Someday when she's older she'll realize how truly blessed she is to have wonderful art made just for her!

Lily chose the pink heart for her room, & the sepia heart now hangs on the memory cabinet in my bedroom.
Dorthe you are such a gifted artist & a true friend.
Thank you!

Believe it or not I am alone in the house today!
Lily & Daddy are on an Indian Princess camp-out & the boys are with their Grandparents.
It's too quiet, I can't concentrate.
Hope you have a great, loud weekend!


Rhonda said...

As they say, enjoy the silence.

Oh, how I love your petite shoes, sweet sweet sweet.

Anonymous said...

Those little shoes are so darling! You did a great job on them.

English style said...

What a lovely collection of these tiny baby shoes!!
I have also lots of button up schoes, so nice
have a nice weekend

Beth Leintz said...

wow, you can craft in two languages. Love the shoes, and how you're always trying something new.

And anything made by Dorthe is a treasure, but the Lily pillows are forever keepsakes. LOVE the picture of Lily in her frilly skirt.

Anonymous said...

Lisa, Just wanted to stop by and say Hi! Hope it's cooler there! Have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Diane

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Love your little christmas ballet shoes Lisa - they are just TOO cute.
Have a wonderful weekend.
xo Tina

vicki said...

Lisa- these little shoes are precious- you will have people lined up around the block wanting to take your class! How fun would that be!

What a precious gift from Dorthe for your sweet Lily- it's perfect. Dorthe has such a kind and generous heart- don't you wish she lived just down the road? She makes beautiful treasures.

Good luck with your etsy creations- you won't need it- your every creation is so coveted!!

Hope you are having a great weekend-

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Vintage children's shoes are a weakness of mine too. Love your altered ballet slippers! :)

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Lisa,
Thankyou so much ,for showcasing the little hearts- I enjoyed so much making them for you two sweeties :)
Your shoe colection are wonderful, and I love the ones you made. The new ones in felt, are so very sweet, and the christmas ones- like a fairy adventure ,Lisa- so lovely with the beautiful bling and lace inside the sole.
The ballet slippers I bought from you-now hangs here in my new computer room- I love them.
Hugs and love, Dorthe

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh the little slippers are just adorable!!! I'll attempt to make a pair, but I'm so glad that YOU have my back if something goes wrong (like ... NO TIME!) and I can buy them from you! Love, love, love them!!!

mylaughingmagpie said...

Love all those shoes!! I too love the little old ones! I bought a pair of Mary Janes a year or so ago with the idea of altering them somehow & have also held onto my daughter's first pair of ballet slippers! You have inspired me to get cracking on those two projects!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey Lisa girl, The Christmas slippers are just gorgeous!!! I love the ones you made from felted sweaters too.
Dorthe is such a sweetie to send those beautiful hearts for you and Lily.
Enjoy your "home alone weekend" :-)!
Big hugs,

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhh Lisa your little shoes are absolutely adorable! I just love them so much!
The hearts from Dorthe are beautiful ~ such a precious friend ~
Have a wonderful day!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Good Morning Lisa
What a gorgeous collection of the sweetest shoes and hearts! The "Dream" pair really made my heart go pitter patter.
Your artwork is such an inspiration to all of us!
Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my blog - it means a lot to me!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


June said...

I LOVE Jodie's pics of the shoes!!! What a darling collection Lisa. I have little pair of Striders that every one of my six wore as babies and I think if there was a fire they just might be the first thing I grab. (next to Dale and Landon of course;)
Dorthe is so dear to send Lily such a pretty handmade hearts. She must have felt so special.

I love with your little felted shoes too.
I hope you had a productive day alone...I know it is a rare thing for you.
sending hugs from here...

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful collection, Lisa! I pinned your sweet little dream shoes on Pinterest - they are gorgeous!
Happy day to you & yours,

A Cottage Muse said...

Love these sweet shoes...especially love the shot of them all lined up ~ pinning that one for sure!

Little Leslie said...

I love small shoes too. I guess I love larger ones too, you know, like the ones at the department store that are high priced. I think Manolo Blahnik is a genius artist.
but back to small shoes. I have a friend who makes Christmas ornaments out of them. They are gorgeous.

Charlene said...

We spent the weekend at Lake Ray Roberts... BEAUTIFUL!!! The sunset stunning the breeze cool... ALMOST makes me forget our horrible summer.

LOVE what Dorthe sent you. Of course Lilly would choose the pink... & you would have chosen the sepia so it all worked out! Wish I could join you for the shoe but, that's annv. weekend so I'm sure honey & I will do something special. HAVE FUN!

Linda said...

Oh Lisa...all your little creations are beyond charming...just lovely! And the gifts from Dorthe are so sweet and thoughtful...XO

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Lisa,
your ballet shoes are absolutely gorgeous and your felted one is just adorable!!!Love the hearts
dear Dorthe send you. She is such a sweetie. Have a wonderful start of the week.

LizlovesVintage said...

That's all I have to say!
xxx Liz

Miss Gracie's House said...

I am right there with you...and the tinier the better! I think under the cloche is my favorite or is it the teeny-tiny one in a frame...I love them all!
Your girl is beautiful...and what a special memory pillow you have there.

Curtains In My Tree said...

Oh that makes me want to get in the studio and play with my little shoes

I think it just makes us remember our childhood of our grandparents etc? it does me some of those little shoes was worn by MOM

Shopgirl said...

What a great post this is...I love the shoes. For some reason, I have a thing for shoes, and baby shoes are the best. I find a story behind them, who was this little person? Your blog is so lovely, always a treat to be here, Hugs, Mary

Erica said...

*gasp* Those ballet slippers are stunning! I hope I can attend your class.
I hoped I'd see at Maureen's on Saturday - it was a great sale.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Lisa
I just love those dear little felted shoes with buckles and buttons - how goregous and the little ballet slippers - just WOW! You are such an inspiration.
Dorthe has shown such kindness again in sending those dear little hearts - so beautiful! A dear friend indeed!
Hugs from Suzy

The Feathered Nest said...

Hey KNOW I have a serious shoe fetish and I'm pretty sure you do too!! Your booties are so precious and you know how I feel about the beautiful ballet slippers! Dorthe is such an angel to send you these treasures and Lily is adorable featured on them dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Laurie said...

I love all your little shoes, Lisa! Amazing. Coming to your blog is like a little vacation -- you like it loud, but your blog writing is so peaceful and quiet! Those little hearts are precious - I love reading about all the love and generosity out there amongst artists. Hey, I mentioned you on my blog today, Front Door Inspiration!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Lisa, What a Sweet post, I love the line up of Sweet Vintage Shoes... I Love the little ones from Dawn, she is the Best~ also Love the Ballet slippers you created... Just Beautiful~ I am with you, keeping my fingers crossed that Home Companion ME comes back, that would be the Best Treat~ Have a wonderful weekend

Storybook Woods said...

Happy first of October!! Such sweet shoes. Your work always inspires me to do more. Thank you xoxo Clarice

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

So, so pretty! Lisa, you are so talented and the little shoes are exquisite! Lily was indeed blessed! She is adorable!! Then and now!


Barbara Jean said...

I'm having fun catching up on all your wonderful posts.
have not been on comp to look around, or post much last couple of months. Life got busy!

Hugs and blessings
barbara jean

Zane Wooder said...

I always find baby shoes to be adorable. I guess small feet are cute.