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Photo shoes

 

As Christmas was approaching, I saw an episode of Home and Family (Season 4 Episode 35) and on the show they demonstrated how to take a pair of shoes and add comic book pictures to them. They did it to a pair of high heels. My step daughter is getting married in April, so I immediately thought of making her a pair of shoes for her wedding- but using photos instead of the comics. When I tried researching to see what I needed to do, I found no one had made any posts about doing it. I saw glitter heels, the comics, even fabric, but no photos. So I decided to a trial run to see if it would work. I went to the Goodwill got a pair of patent leather shoes, tried my idea on the toe area and waited for them to dry. Would it work?  It did!

The concept is similar to doing the comic book shoes- I printed the photos on plain copy paper. I used my regular standard printer but I did reduce the size of the photos down to the size of comics. I will say it is good to have some smaller and some larger photos to fill in the gaps. Since this was my only pair, I did learn that along the way. If you need a step-by-step tutorial, look on YouTube for a comic book shoe tutorial and just replace your printed paper photos for the comics they recommend in the supply list.

I did everything from my iPad. I bought the app, Print to Size. I think I paid $2.99 for it. In the app, photos are measured in centimeters. I made my photos around 4 centimeters. I saved the files to my Dropbox account and exported it from there to my printer app.

I’m giving her the shoes tomorrow so she can take them to her mom’s this weekend where she will have her bridal portraits done with them on. I just hope she loves them as much as I do.

The possibilities are endless. Think Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Maid/Matron of Honor gifts. You can print the photos in black and white and make a statement that way. Be creative as you want and have FUN!!!

 

New Year, New Home

We moved!!! Well, not completely, but we are getting there. Life has been very hectic lately and it seems we take one step forward and two steps back when we try to do anything lately, but the biggest obstacle has been conquered: we have moved. We are at least living in our new digs. We still have stuff in our rental, but we have plans on getting out of there as quickly as possible.

My husband had pneumonia and was then upgraded to acute bronchitis. Now his mom is in the hospital with a life threatening infection. She had the same infection at Thanksgiving so luckily the doctors knew immediately how to treat her. The bad part is the infection may take longer to respond to the antibiotics. But I digress…..

I am a veteran….and I am living in the barracks! Really!!! My husband’s grandfather purchased part of a WWII Army barracks from Fort Gordon in the 1960’s and moved it to the lake. He, nor my husband’s dad, never updated the inside very much (they did put in a working toilet, running water and new windows about 20 years ago.) and on the outside they put vinyl siding, added a huge covered front porch and my husband’s mom and dad dug a basement. The basement isn’t enclosed, but it does have a nice cement floor.

My husband lost his dad in May last year. We started renovating in July. We didn’t have a lot of money and our initial plan was to do one bedroom and move in and renovate as we could save and pay cash for it. Our plans quickly changed. God blessed us. My husband is a fishing guide. One of his customers who we lease hunting land from, is a contractor. He stopped by, took a look at the place and decided he was taking on The Barracks as his own personal project. He has called in personal favors to help reduce to the price of materials for us, sometimes getting them for us for free (or at least for a fishing trip- all our lighting was done for a fishing trip thanks to him!) This man is a God-send!!! So between his personal favors and my husband’s bartered fishing trips for labor and sometimes for materials, my husband’s mom, who was the beneficiary of his dad’s estate, helped us financially when we needed it. God has blessed us abundantly!

I’m sitting here and we have everything done with the exception of the kitchen and even some of it is done. The cabinets are being worked on now, they just aren’t ready yet. How amazing is that? We got our central heating and air for a fishing trip. Our bathroom tile, both for the tile and the labor to have it installed was the cost of a fishing trip. We bought paint, mud, lumber, those kinds of things…..but the labor was bartered. In the living room and kitchen area we have tongue in groove pine. Yes, we paid for that.  But to insulate the house, a gentleman had a bunch of it he was getting rid of, we just had to go pick it up. How amazing is that? God’s hand has been in every step of this renovation and it is so very humbling.

Once it is completely finished and we have all the finishing touches (we don’t even have all the curtains hung yet) I will try to figure out how to share some before and after photos. They will simply amaze you.