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1  Land & Sea in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: July 23, 2012 01:06:44 PM
I've been working on some pretty fun things, much to the dismay of my studio, which is currently overflowing with shoes, and my horsehair walls, which cannot support shelves in order to display them. (Does anyone have any experience with horsehair walls that could give me a little tip? haha)

Anyway, these two I actually only made one of each because I was feeling sculptural. One of my bathrooms is under the sea themed, so maybe someday I'll be able to get a shelf in there to display, but I don't know. What I'm trying to do (and this won't happen until after the wedding) is get a land & sea/surf & turf themed photoshoot going on with my friend, in which to feature both of these as a pair.

I get giddy just thinking about it.


This one I did because of the popularity of that 'Oasis' wedge that I did so many moons ago. I wanted to do something similar, but with a little more elegance. I'm not a big fan of wedges myself. I don't know what possessed me to buy them. No wonder they went unworn.

The base here is 6inches, with no platform, something that was a real challenge for me. I'm sure you've noticed that I've been using mostly platforms and that's because there's a sort of safety in them. Taking that rug out from under my feet really forced me to work outside of my comfort zone, which I need to do WAY more often.

As before, the moss and the sticks are from the earth, the flowers and butterflies are artificial. I'd love to work with taxidermy butterflies, but I'm not sure they would be very flexible  Undecided

These were, eh, I want to say more fun, but maybe not really since I was pulling my hair out a lot in the process. I think the reason I want to say they are more fun is because there are more elements involved so I had a lot to experiment with and learn about.

Sand, for example, sucks. Well, it doesn't suck, but it took me a good 3 days to get it looking the way it does. So yeah, it sucks.

Salmon leather, on the heel there, does not suck. It's really cool looking, and feels kind of like a pineapple, minus the pokey-ness.

Other materials include sea-life, crushed shells, pearlized rocks, which are actually just glass made to look like rocks (the packaging lied. I broke them up and saw the truth), rounded shell beads, and various freshwater pearls. I tried to incorporate everything that reminded me of mermaids, minus a fork.  Tongue

As always, thanks for looking, and stay inspired! Smiley
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2  I wanna go out tonight! in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: April 10, 2012 11:42:39 AM
We're having a surprise party for one of my bridesmaids this weekend and I've had my outfit all planned out for about a month. But no shoes. So yesterday I got off my butt, headed to the store, grabbed me some 5.25 inchers, and got to work on something I had wanted to do for a long time.

I won't be driving in these. (Hooray fast flats!)

I originally planned for these to be my summer flats. I do have a pair of flats coming in for that exact reason, so I'm pretty sure I'm still going to do the flats too. They're so colorful and fun!

I give most of the credit to my mom. After a church dinner months ago, she gave me a giant envelope and said, "I'm sure you can think of something to do with these!" Behold, the raffle tickets!

They look stellar with black tights. Absolutely stellar.
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3  Wedding shoes OMG in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: April 10, 2012 11:36:55 AM
So......... I'm getting married in August. The biggest question everyone asks me is, "what shoes are you wearing?" For a long time it was a huge: I HAVE NO IDEA!

Monopoly Money?
Harry Potter?

I really had no idea what I wanted to incorporate through footwear. So I thought and thought and thought and thought and finally decided that I want something simple(er), classy, yet still bold. And I want to wear them to dinner on our honeymoon cruise.


This blue is my absolute favourite color. It's also the theme of our wedding. I wouldn't exactly say these shoes are my 'something blue', as half of my outfit is this color haha

I snagged these super comfy 3 inchers at DSW for $40 Cheesy

I love bows.

The only downfall to these is that the satin ribbon is so silky, I'm going to need to put heel grips inside so I don't reenact Cinderella walking down the stairs haha
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4  Re: Pregnant Mom, New Baby & Toddler Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by frenchonion on: January 30, 2012 07:01:10 PM
I received from carmenmarie the other day! Please pardon the phone pictures. My camera isn't cooperating. Sad

The items, wrapped in my favourite colour~ I love the print of the green tissue!

Unwrapped! Skunk Hat (skunks are my favourite :3), argyle card (Looks like her kids signed it as well! Cheesy) that's hanging on my fridge now, a plaque with Nikolai's name spelled out with Classic Pooh characters (his room) and a super rad electric blue tee with argyle AND his initials! Cheesy

Super awesome

Craftster images keep rotating this one to the side for whatever reason, but there he is, enjoying his new hat! The car seat, not so much hahaha

Thanks so much, Carmenmarie! I've been showing off to everyone!
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5  Candy wrappers are more useful than you think in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: January 02, 2012 12:11:14 PM
I've been having sort of a mental block as far as shoes are concerned. This is probably due to the business of the holidays and my inspiration to get back into all my old hobbies (drawing, sewing, baking, reading). Well, as I was making my tray of Christmas cookies, I finally found some inspiration. There I was, leaning against my counter, unwrapping Hershey Kisses like my life depended on it, when I realized how pretty the colored foil was. Being a supply hoarder, I was debating keeping them (who doesn't love to smooth them out and admire the shiny?) when my brain came up with these:

Unfortunately for me, the base shoe I ordered was..... HALF A SIZE TOO BIG. In my haste, I had forgotten that the particular brand ran a little big. Sad times Sad I didn't want to return them though, because I reeeaaallly wanted to make these, so I decided to make the red one, then I'll soon be making a silver one and they will be part of my Valentines Day decor. Problem solved; yippee! (I will be purchasing a pair in my size though, because I can't NOT have a pair to wear.)

Here are a couple more shots:

As always, thanks for taking the time to look and remember: Stay Inspired! <3
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6  What I've Been Up To in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: November 28, 2011 05:08:38 PM
It's been quite a while since I posted here and while I try to poke in every now and then to see what you all have been up to, I haven't really had the time what with the baby running around now =P

Since I'm all laid up on the couch with a stomach bug, I figured now is a good a time as ever to show off what I've been up to in the shoe world since my last post. Enjoy~ <3

I was a bit rushed with the photos of this one, so they're pretty sub par, but you can get the idea. This pair was designed post haste for a gallery in Detroit (I was dancing on my bed for like an hour when they contacted me hehe). I sent them over with the Oasis wedge heels some of you might have seen Smiley

My winter boots. I have been dying to get these finished since last winter. I have always had a fascination with skunks (they're so cute!) and their pelts and knew that I needed to use them somewhere in my life.

I get really frustrated looking for winter boots because I hate hate hate faux fur. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to get into it. Real fur boots are like, a bajillion dollars, and when making this boot, I know why. It's very expensive and a real pain to work with. (also now I have skunk heads and tails hanging out in my studio lol)

It all worked out though because even though they aren't lined or anything, they are incredibly warm. Because I used genuine skunk (really, who else wears skunk?) I can wear them in the snow without worrying about any damage. Woohoo! Perfect for New England winters! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I wore these to a concert that my fiancee's students held. He's a guitar teacher and his students range from ages 5-15. They got a kick out of these babies haha

I haven't worn these yet. Sad I need to go out with grown ups more often haha Finally found a use for my old cellphones though!

These I wore for almost the whole summer. (when I wasn't wearing my oatmeal shoes :3) They were so much fun and went with just about everything I owned. Can't wait for spring to come so I can pull them out again. Smiley

Thanks for looking guys! Stay inspired! <3
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7  Free Parking in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: June 19, 2011 07:56:01 PM
Are you tired of me yet? I'm so sorry, I just get so excited every time I make a new shoe, I feel the need to share with everyone!

This pair here is the pair I personally am going to be wearing (for like 10 minutes) in Vegas. I felt the need for color, glitter, and something related to money. Even fake money. I also secretly love Monopoly.

Five inches of rent collecting, rule changing, GO passing good times

Free Parking was inspired by the unwritten rule: "whoever lands on Free Parking gets all the money in the middle." It used to make me rich, and with any luck, these puppies will grant me the same luck in Las Vegas.

I really wish I could have captured how vibrant the colours are. Though maybe since Monopoly is so widespread, it's understood?

Yummy. I love hidden platforms.

Thanks for looking! Hope I win the big money Tongue
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8  Double or Nothing in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: June 16, 2011 08:46:14 PM
Here I am again with some more wacky shoes. My girlfriends and I are going to Las Vegas a week from Monday, so naturally we all need some pretty cool shoes. This is a pair I made for one of my friends, and I've already had a couple of others request a pair as well  Shocked

I think my favourite part about them is that there is no sealant over the cards. Having them exposed gives not only texture, but a vulnerability that I think adds to the 'risk' of a gambling shoe.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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9  Have You Seen My Readers? in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: May 31, 2011 10:36:27 PM
It's me again with another pair of shoes to which I have given some new lovin'  Cheesy Because it's so early in the morning here and I'm lazy, I'm copy/pasting my description in from an outside site, so sorry that it's boring and impersonal Sad I'll be ready to talk more tomorrow, but I'm so excited about these NOW

This pair of shoes was inspired by my love for reading and an old pair of shoes that I found at a thrift store. Designed around the idea of romance and intelligence, this shoe desires to be a part of your love story.

The base shoes I used are vintage CONNIE brand shoes. I do not know exactly when they were made but my guess (I know very little of vintage things) would be late 80's.

The book pages are sealed with a high gloss lacquer but are NOT waterproof. (I wouldn't trust it. Would you?)

Thanks for looking!
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10  Oatmeal Cookies in Shoes: Completed Projects by frenchonion on: May 23, 2011 01:11:57 PM
In keeping with my 'if it doesn't belong on a shoe, I'm going to put it there' philosophy, I have a new pair! This time I decided to play with some flats because I have the cutest pair of denim bermudas and I needed a weird, yet relatively neutral pair of flats to wear around with them this summer. Thus, the oatmeal cookies were born!

Like the Candy Coated shoes, I was concerned about buggies, more so with these due to the crazy sweetness of raisins. I was also concerned about flexibility because we all know that flats move differently than pumps do. I used both glue and sealant that dried flexible and so far, so fabulous! It's been pretty nasty here in Rhode Island, but once we actually get some decent spring/summer weather, I'll get an action shot with a full outfit. I'm considering wearing these for my engagement shoot later on in the season, but I'm not sure yet. :3

Crazy bony feet. Boo Sad

Wooooo!! Tasty!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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