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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

No longer forgotten....

Precious little shoes....worn by a little girl's favorite doll or
maybe silk ruffled booties that have once been on a chubby baby's foot ~
I love them all!
If they're dirty, scuffed or even smashed doesn't matter.
They can still be brought back to life.
It just takes a little tender loving care and these little forgotten
treasures can have a new purpose and make someone smile again!

I've been a busy bee the last few's what I've been up to:

A tiny doll shoe transformed into a pincushion ~

Just add a few embellishments...tiny bits of antique lace...and pretty trims ~
it doesn't take much to turn something ordinary into something precious!

Here's is what I've been up to sweet friends ~

All are now in my little Etsy shop!

I didn't really have any pretty pins to place in these pincushions
so I had to make a few ~
I've shared this with you before but it's so easy, I had to share it again.
The supplies are simple....straight pins, a few old pearls, tiny beads and a little jewelry glue!

I usually prepare a few...feed the beads or pearls onto the pins, only about halfway ~

Then put a little jewelry glue near the head and down the pin about a quarter of an inch.
Slide the beads up to the head and wipe off any excess glue that blobs out onto
a piece of scrap paper....then just lay the pins down to dry for awhile.

My pretty little pins are now ready for a pincushion!

Easy, huh?

Take the ordinary and transform it into something extraordinary!

Have a beautiful Wednesday precious friends,
hugs and love,


Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! These are so darling! I love all the sweet little shoes and how you've transformed them. You're really talented. I knew you were, but you just keep doing these wonderful projects.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Karen B. said...

Sweet Dawn,

they are so lovely!!! Such beautiful little creations!!! love,love, love them!!!

Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Melanie Statnick said...

What a wonderful beautiful they are. You have great talent.

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Sweet Dawn...

Love these precious little shoes...They are wee little treasures made by a lovely!

Warm Hugs,


Dorthe said...

This is the sweetest bunch of pincussions, dearest Dawn, I love the ones so very used , the tiny sweet ones, and the doll shoe, they are all special effects from dayes gone, -worn and beautiful, made even more beautiful, with you altering them in your own gorgeous way, precious friend.
I love your photoes of the pins and buttons and pearls--I have to go play , I can use some beautiful pins ,also :)
Hugs and love from Dorthe

Bee happy said...

These pin cushions are so beautiful, I couldn't use them they would have to be for display only :) love the pin idea, you are so clever.
Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are wonderful, Dawn! I want to say "adorable", but they are also so pretty, so I guess they are "pretty adorable"! : ) Thanks for the tip on the pins. I have looked for these and never seem to find them in the craft stores, although, I think I did see some at Hobby Lobby. I have a bunch of creamers and sugar bowls that I want to make into pincushions so I will definitely try making my own pins.

Dixie said...

Baby (and doll) shoes whisper sweetness... yours **SING**

blessings. Dixie

Theresa said...

These pin cushions are precious! I was just thinking... where does she get those cutest ever pins and there was the HOW TO:) THANKS!

Have a blessed day dear Dawn, HUGS!

Vee said...

What a lot of history is represented there. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a timeline of each shoe? From here to there? I'm a strange thinker. I know's lovely to see them all lined up and ready to move on to their next phase.

Shirley Hatfield said...

I was going to ask where you got your pretty pins...then you answered the question! The perfect solution...but one question more..."How do you keep from sticking your fingers together with the jewelry glue?" I have some, but I've been scared of it! Help me overcome my fear. =D

Curtains in My Tree said...

They look so precious

I made one for myself a couple years ago amd my 7 year old granson came in the studio and seen it and tore it all apart, said gradma that show was not right. He didn't like the baby shoe made in a pin cushion. I was a little upset when I noticed what he was doing LOL

Pat said...

Dawn...LOVE these beyond belief!!!
Thank you for showing me how to do these...soon as I find that glue, pins will be made here and I'll think of you with each one! pat

Luv Creating Cards said...

Ohhhh Dearest Dawn
These tiny shoes are adorable,you are such a talented soul, and whenever you create you create magic and beauty. Thank you for sharing your treasures with us. I feel sooooo lucky to have found your beautiful blog from across the miles and cherish the time I spend looking and enjoying your amazing treasures.
Take care and keep well my dear friend. I'm hoping to chat to you again soooooooon.
Warmest best wishes,

imsteelefullofscrap said...

They are just precious!!!

Anonymous said...

Dawn, you are amazing!
Such a gift to be able to take something simple and do such a transformation. Thank you for sharing with us.
I have a pair of my son's baby shoes (he is all grown up now)and am going to make an attempt to do a pincushion with them.
They wont be as fabulous as yours, however.
Love Carole R.

Anonymous said...

you are my favorite blogger--have a lovely day...Terry Pompeo

lipstickcamouflageandfarmlife said...

I don't sew but oh how cute are those litle shoe pin cushions. I make flower arrangements in little shoes. Please drop by NEW blog to see life as a farm girl and much more.

Margaret Lambdin said...

I absolutely love your blog. You create such wonderful things. I adore the baby shoes and doll shoe pincushions. I would love to know where you get the used baby shoes. I live in a small town in a rural area of Kentucky and we only have 1 Goodwill store. So far, I have only been able to find one pair. Can U help?


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