Tippie Toe~

I picked up a pair of brand new childrens black ballet slippers at a yard sale for .25¢ a few weeks ago. I had remembered seeing some ballet slippers somewhere on the web where someone had taken a pair and made them look old. I wanted to try my hand at it... and for .25¢ I couldn't resist. Firstly, I went over the black slippers with gold paint~ Using what I had on hand in my large stash of stuff... I made some ruffles using some off-white fabric. I wet the fabric and then just squirted some black paint onto it and began rolling it around in my hands until it was black. I wanted to add some black pom-poms... and of course, I only had white ones. So, I did the same thing to the white pom-poms to make them black.I used cardstock inserts which I covered with muslin fabric along the sides and the bottom to stiffen up the ballet shoes a little bit. Then I just dirtied them up with some watered down paint, giving them the appearance they had been worn for years in different ballet performances. I had intended to put them under a cloche-- but for the life of me, I couldn't find where I put the wooden base that went with it...... then I thought, a large jar filled with mica flakes. Um, where are my mica flakes? I betcha next to the cloche base.....


  1. YOu truely are the ever amazing cheryl! YOur ballet shoes turned out wonderfully! they are gorgeous...
    and as usual, I am not surprised, because you my friend can do anything!!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Cheryl,

    You did an amazing job on those slippers, but I want your nativity set......light divine! How old is it? I have one from the late 40's that I put out every year...except this year. Read my blog and you'll see why I haven't done this. Happy Holidays.


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  4. Fun and sweet idea. No, we don't eat the store bought gingerbread house..they come from China..
    Merry Christmas!

  5. Cheryl, thank you for the comment on my Chloe's purse. I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her. Your ballet shoes are beautiful, how creative. I will be back to look thru your posts. I have just began to embroider and I am loving it. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Hi Cheryl, Please excuse my rush to Valentine's Day. I'm absolutely ridiculous at times! I'm going to mull over the right swap to host as it will be my last. Look for a post again towards the END of January. LOL! Do please forgive my over eagerness. Elizabeth

  7. Those shoes look great. I would love to see what they looked like before your improvements.

    The lining makes the second picture look like a couple of decrepit feet are inside them.


  8. so very clever, love the look.
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas


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