Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sweetly Fabulous.

I feel so scatter-brained lately.  I have various weekly Fabulous Features scheduled throughout the month, and I have been thinking I'd incorporate them into my regular postings.... but I also have my 365 post ready plus I've got recipes, DIY's and tons of other things rolling around in my brain, all ready to be spewed out there to you.  I almost don't know where to begin.  Can anyone else relate?  It's the holiday season, in all it's fabulous-ness isn't  it?
I decided this week's Fabulous Feature would be all about sweetness.  (And my November 365 will keep for a couple of days.)  The sweetness of my sponsor, Miss Barbara, who I'm here to introduce you to, is first and foremost in my mind.  Barbara has been partnering alongside me in the blog world for some time and is most commonly found at her blog, San Fernando Street.  She is also one of my most favorite Instagramers in the whole wide world and you would do yourself a huge treat by following her at both those places.  (You can find her Instagraming @LM_4_BN)
This girl can cook and she inspires me constantly with her yummy creations.  She is also extremely thoughtful, both with her words which bless my heart constantly, (and I'm pretty sure bless others as well from what I read) and her actions- last week I found a box on my front porch and she had shipped me a darling California dishtowel along with this turquoise pitcher just because "it looked like me."  (And we've never met in real life.) Thoughtful, I tell you.  I keep trying to convince her that Fed Ex would probably also send me some of her Pear Cake. What? Okay so yeah, I might be pushing my luck a little with that one. (wink) But seriously...pear cake... with vanilla glaze.  Yes please!  If you don't know Barbara, please, please, please hustle on over to "meet" her either by clicking the San Fernando Street button on my sidebar, or here, and go say hello! 
 And for another little bit of sweetness.  A sweet DIY that blew my on-a-Dave-Ramsey-use-what-you-have-or-pay-cash-budgeting mind.  Glitter shoes.  (I know, right?!!)  My mama would call these "party shoes."  My man came home and announced his company Christmas party date to me, and I instantly went into planning-my-wardrobe-and accessories mode.  (Apparently I'm typing with many hyphenated words today.) Here's the thing.  I will be wearing a very old dress- it's a classic little black dress number that works year after year so I'm good with it.  I'll also be carrying an old shimmery golden clutch, and I'll be wearing jewelry I already own.  So that leaves shoes, naturally.  I found these adorable golden peep toes for $300.  Gasp!
 So yeah.  About that.  I was back at square one, standing in front of my three pairs of pumps. (It's not like I need to wear them often and I've had the other two pairs since before having kiddos.)  Sometimes a girl wants a new pair though.  Right?  I grabbed these Nine West peep toes last summer at a consignment store for under $5.00.  I'm sooo happy I didn't walk away.  I had bought them to wear to a wedding.  The problem was, the back of the heel was all nicked up and scratched.  So when the idea to glitter these hit, I felt no remorse what so ever.  (I would advise that you do this on an old pair of course.)
 I researched and read about thirty DIY's on Pinterest.  (So you don't have to) Here's what they all basically said.  Find the shoes, use glue or mod podge, (it didn't seem to matter which you went with) glitter of your choice (fine glitter looked way better from all the shoes I reviewed) and some sort of sealant.  This is where the research dropped off, as most people either didn't seal them or used random clear sealants, mod podge, or whatever they had on hand.  I felt no pressure to run out and buy anything because of that, so I used some sort of satin-finish polyurethane spray that I had in my garage.  (It worked just fine.)
 I had a ton of glitter in my studio, so I picked four shades I liked and mixed them all together in a bowl.  I had that tingle- you know the one... where you think, "Ooooohhh this is gonna be good!"
 I covered the shoe in small batches with Martha's glitter glue, because that's what I had, and it worked wonderfully. Then I dusted my glue covered shoes with a generous pile of glitter and knocked off the excess.  I did see DIY's where they recommended sanding the shoe lightly before this process, but mine were a soft leather that didn't have a lot of shine so I didn't do that step. 

I made sure to go back and touch up any areas that were banged up or thin, once the first coat was dry.  Then I stuffed each shoe with a bag and gave them a coat of sealant (above) to finish them off.
 They are spectacular. And shiny. Of course some glitter is bound to rub off over time, but they seem awfully solid after drying over night and I'm thrilled with the price tag since I didn't go out and spend a dime on them. 
 I tried telling my man that I had "basically saved him $300 but he walked away, laughing and rolling his eyes.  What's up with that?
I loved this project from start to finish and I can't wait to wear these babies for real.  I'd say that's a DIY that's both fabulous AND sweet.  Wouldn't you?

(Don't forget to go say Hi to Barbara, my sponsor for todays post!)



40 comments:

  1. oh my goodness! those shoes are a-mazing! Seriously! Somehow I think if I tried it though, it would look like my 3 year old and 5 year old daughters had gotten their hands on momma's shoes! I seriously laughed out loud at your comment about researching 30 Pinterest DIY's so we wouldn't have to! you definitely are gonna be one hot momma at the party! be sure to post a pic of you and the hubs before you go! XO

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  2. Sweeeet! I agree with Kerri, the shoes wouldn't look as awesome if I made them...you have talents I can only dream about :) Please, please share a photo of the two of you before you head to the party! Now I am going to go check out your friend Barbara.

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  3. Those are beautiful!!! You are making me want to dig through my closet right now! I can't wait to see them put together with your outfit! (my husband would have probably rolled his eyes at me too :) )!!

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  4. OK, just added Barbara to my Google Reader. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. There you go again, being fabulous:-) I love these! Oh my and you have inspired me for other goodies. Ms. Barbara has a yummy blog. Oh those tomatoes on her site are divine, thank you for introducing her to us.

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  6. You are SO talented! They look awesome!

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  7. I'm not even a glittery girl, but those shoes are fantastic, Sasha!
    WOWEEE!
    I love following Barbara, too. She so so very sweet!
    xoxo

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  8. What a great idea with the shoes! Those actually look comfortable! Thanks for sharing! Have a great Sunday!

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  9. I adore Barbara. She's one I want to meet in person someday. Those shoes are fabulous. I love your crafty scattered brained self. That's me by the way...I'm wearing off.

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  10. Wow! They look like they came glittered! I love them!

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  11. Never in a million years would I have thought to put glitter on my shoes...that is awesome. They look great! I could never wear that particular pair, because my feet cry just looking at that heel, but you can rock that heel, lady!

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  12. OH MY Goodness! Those shoes look great! Way to go! :)

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  13. girl, you are so organized. i have like 500 church Christmas events/parties to go to and will figure out what i'm wearing like an hour before. maybe, i'll have time when my kids are in school?? please say YES! : ) these are so fancy. so fancy and lovely. your feet are going to look FINE!!!!

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  14. So today I watched a DVR episode of Katie and J Lo was her guest anyway she had on these shoes, I just kept looking at them because they were so amazing. You are so talented, and now you can add shoe cobbler to your list of #isthereanythingshecantdo.

    Thank you so much for your great words. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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  15. So darn cute!! Love those!! I spray painted a pair of heels red once for a halloween costume. But glitter - what a great idea!!!

    Have fun at the party!

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  16. These are sooooo awesome!!! Way to go!! Now...black dress and gold accessories...what color are you going to paint your toes for the party!!??

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  17. The shoes are nothing short of amazing!! Beautiful! So stealing that idea!

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  18. That has to be one of the most clever solutions to an otherwise frustrating dilemma (nice event, no nice shoes) I have ever heard. Kudos for "thinking outside the box"! Be sure to take pics of the whole outfit when the day comes.

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  19. I don't know what to do with you?
    you entertain me...you bring love bubbles to the top
    of my heart
    ok..that was weird but it is early..earlier than my usual..time change maybe?
    anyhoo...I think they are spectacular and you will be a knockout and your husband will be guarding you with his life that night.
    We spray painted Grace a pair of shoes for a minnie mouse halloween outfit two years ago and it was perfect! LOVE love them..they sparkle just like you my dear - it is true...don't self talk yourself..just listen!!
    xo

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  20. They are the cutest!!!!
    What a great idea and the shoe you chose is perfect!
    You'll have to show us your whole outfit before the party ;)

    Deborah xo

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  21. Absolutely amazing!!! These turned out beautifully!! Can't wait to see your completed outfit!!
    Holly
    McCall Manor

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  22. Love this! I also love blogging friends...am heading over to "meet" yours now.

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  23. Love love love! They look gorgeous. I think red toe nail polish with these is a must especially for a Christmas party! You have a great time at that party!

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  24. Gorgeous! I can't wear heels at the moment because I am (shhhh!) a fatty! But, I'm totally loving these. Maybe one of my niecy-poos would like!

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  25. You have BEAUTIFUL feet....even without the glitz :)
    I can't wear high heals yet due to my injury, but it's fun living vicariously!!
    GORGEOUS! Well done.

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  26. Congratulations. Your shoes are stellar. And so is your attitude. I think you should definitely get some sort of reward for saving 300~! Go, you!

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  27. Look at you! Amazing shoes! I thought your first pictures was the $300 pair until I kept reading. They look awesome.

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  28. It's always sweet to receive something unexpected in the mail. She was right, the pitcher is so you.

    Now those pumps, those are too cute. I would of never thought to glitz up a pair of pumps. They even look great on your feet too.

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  29. These are amazing! I have a couple pairs of plain black heels in my closet that I don't wear, and I'm thinking they need a glitter makeover like this! What a great idea! :)

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  30. I've looked at the glitter shoes DIYs on Pinterest too and had the same questions about the sealant. They look absolutely marvelous. Please, if you would be so kind- update us after your party on how well they held up... thanks! I wonder if touch-ups would be possible for any future scratches? Anyhoo- you created a steal of a deal!

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  31. Those shoes look so awesome...I love that you mixed all the glitter colors!!! I just know there have to be some shoes in my closet that need a glitter makeover!!!

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  32. Those are fabulous and Dave would love your creativity! Yay, use what you've got Sasha!!!

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  33. i'm more than impressed with you....
    diy glitter shoes?? how awesome is that! they look wonderful....never would have guessed they were "homemade."

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  34. The shoes look amazing!! When I saw the first picture of them, I would NEVER have known they were something you'd crafted yourself. Thank you for the reminder that, rather than constantly buying new items, it's good to look in my own closet to see what I could repurpose into something new.

    And P.S. = have fun at that party! =)

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  35. Wow! Those shoes are fabulous! What a great idea that was!

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  36. za,za ZING! nicely done!! can't wait to see the whole ensemble!! :)

    ~H

    http://www.sincerelyheidil.blogspot.com/

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