The New Glass Slipper… Birkenstocks!

I guess you could almost call this a contemporary “Cinderella” tale of sorts.

It all started with a wedding (not mine!)

Weddings, of course, are generally dressy occasions, and for someone who loves to create and “alter” clothing, I absolutely hate getting dressed up, myself.

But the occasion mandated that I bite the bullet and do it.

So I put on my “new”, very lovely and feminine ivory colored high heeled shoes, which perfectly matched my vintage-style floral skirt, and off I went.

 Only to turn back a short time later because MY FEET WERE KILLING ME!!!

creme heels

But what, then, was I to wear? All my other shoes were either black or brown leather, mostly mules and in no way would they have properly adorned my feet for such an important occasion!

And then I remembered.

I had a lovely pair of pink (lavender, really) suede Birkenstock’s that my dear friend, Esther had given me for my birthday in January, and I had yet to wear them.

Honestly, the moment I slipped my feet into these blessed shoes I heard the angels singing!

Can a girl fall in love with a pair of shoes?

I am hooked.

On Birkenstock’s.

I’ve already picked out my next pair, which I’ll be ordering promptly. I’m not going to tell you which ones, though, because I don’t want anyone to copy.

Oh. And who says you can’t “upcycle” your pink suede shoes with a bit of vintage bling???

pink birks 3pink birks 2



Is There a Downside to Upcycling?

If there is a downside to upcycling, I haven’t found it yet. In fact, I can’t think of anything about upcycling that isn’t a good thing: It’s resourceful,  eco-friendly and responsible. I like upcycled clothing because there’s no end to the creative possibilities of taking something mass-produced and ordinary and making something new & unique, totally one-of-a-kind. I love linen and I love denim. And I love vintage textiles. I can’t think of any reason why these two (or three) things should not be joined together.

Here is a sampling of some recent creations that you can see at my etsy shop:

boho linen maxi dresses

boho linen maxi dresses

Cottage Chic Denim Vest

Cottage Chic Denim Vest

country linen wedding dress

country linen wedding dress

tattered shabby grunge chic vest

tattered shabby grunge chic vest