Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mama needs a new pair of shoes

Well, *I* don't actually need a new pair of shoes, and I'm not really a high heel kind of girl. At 5'10", I already tower over a lot of people. Plus, I have a terrible time walking in them - I never really learned how. And although I can appreciate a beautiful shoe, sadly, when you wear a size 10, it's hard to find really cute shoes. Instead, I live vicariously though two of my friends who are confirmed "shoe-a-holics" and absolutely adore shoes. (And can walk in ridiculously high heels)

This first one is for one of my closest friends. We've known each other since I was 8 and she was 3, and she loves, loves, loves shoes. When she was moving to her apartment, her dad was helping and as shoe box after shoe box appeared, he started to wonder out loud just how many pairs of shoes one person needed. For that matter, how many pairs of *black* shoes? All explanations of flats, heels, casual, dress, and seasonal shoes went out the window - a foreign language to a man who owned sneakers, black dress shoes, brown dress shoes and winter boots.

But back to my friend. For as long as I can remember, blue has been her favorite color. She wasn't digging the pink when I showed her the original chart, and I assured her it didn't have to be pink at all. This is what I came up with:

The Shoe Shopper by JBW Designs
Stitched on 32 ct. Antique White with
WDW Americana (dark blue) and Morris Blue (light blue)

I am so excited with how it came out, and how COOL is that frame? I loved it so much I ordered it for another piece I want to frame up for my husband. I like the black on black detailing - it makes the frame a little more special without being over the top.

The frame came from American Frame, and I must say, I HIGHLY recommend them. Their service was excellent, the shipping was FREE and you can preview what your pieces will look like online by uploading a photo.

They will even send you samples of mat board and frame pieces ahead of time, though you are limited to five total samples before ordering. You can order additional samples when you place an order. I do have a teeny tiny complaint that if you want a complete set of mat samples at once, you do have to purchase them. Another framing company I use will send you a complete set for free, but it's not the same brand of mat. (These are Crescent mats) I figure there must be tons of scraps from mats they cut - surely they can send out free sample sets, but the savings on shipping makes up for it. I ended up not matting this piece anyway, but I do suggest (strongly) that if you are ordering mat online to order from an actual sample, NOT from your monitor color. The color on your monitor can give you the general idea, but when you're trying to match colors, an actual sample is the way to go.

For a relatively inexpensive price, the quality of these frames is excellent - very sturdy and well made, and impeccably packed. All my pieces were neatly and securely packed in the box - not a scratch, dent or ding. You can also order acrylic and backer board, and they offer an acid free foam core CUT TO SIZE for each frame. YAY!!! You have no idea how happy this made my husband (my chief framer and often disgusted with my cutting jobs).

And I did say PAIR of shoes. This is a second version of the same piece, for another shoe-a-holic friend, done in colors to match her apartment.

Stitched on 32 ct. Vintage Buttercream with
WDW Straw (tan), Crescent Colors Cupid (red) and GAST Dark Chocolate (brown)

She was absolutely thrilled when she got it, even if it was almost a year after I told her I wanted to stitch something for her. To be fair, it had been STITCHED since about March, but it sat around waiting to be framed. With the free labor I get, I can't be too demanding when it comes to getting things without a specific deadline framed.

Wow, I am on a ROLL!!! And there's still more to come. At this rate, I should surpass my posts total from 2011 by the end of February 2012. Or not, especially if Pinterest gets involved. Which it very well might.


Vickie Niggemann said...

Great job! Thanks for the framing info. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

Catherine said...

Both of your versions are wonderful! Great gifts!

Sally said...

Love those shoes! Beautiful frames too.

Marnie said...

Both versions turned out beautifully! The frames are perfect. Great going! Happy Saturday.

Kathy A. said...

Love, love, love those shoes. And that frame!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

As a size 9+, totally understand. Isn't it amazing how that cute little sample looks so different from the boat-like reality that looms in the box? Anyway, these shoes are adorable! And framing tips are always appreciated.

Carol said...

Now that's a lot of shoes!! Gret job on both, Jennifer!! I'm not a high-heels kind of girl either and I'm only a bit over 5'1"!! Just never could walk well enough in them to justify wearing them :)

Thanks for the frame shop tip--will check them out...

Anna van Schurman said...

I only brought 40 pairs with me to college my freshman year. Fortunately, my father's seen my mother's collection so I don't get guff. Since she *only* wears flip flops these days...well most people would be surprised to see her collection. The pieces came out great. Love the frame.

Lynn said...

I am loving your shoe finishes! Great find on that black frame! I'll bet your friends were thrilled with them.

I love shoes but I have wide, flat feet and lots of difficulty finding shoes that fit. I can't stand in high heels for any length of time now so my shoes are pretty boring.It's too bad because I'm short and could use some height.

Maureen said...

i'm not much of a shoe person myself - frankly, i look ridiculous in heels,( now handbags, that's a different thing altogether-) but those shoe desigsn are pretty cute!

C in DC said...

Love the colors on both pieces. Those frames are terrific.

At 5'8" and a size 10.5 narrow foot, I too find shoe shopping challenging.