Most of you already know that Margot started this craft in 2006. I wasn't there at the beginning. In 2007, as a birthday gift, Margot invited me over to show me how to create a pair of shoes. I brought some plain black, 8-eylet Dr. Marten's boots with me and we set off.
My grandfather was an artist and designer. I'd been taught to draw from a very young age. But I'd never painted anything except a canvas before, so I felt sort of lost. Margot guided me through my chagrin by suggesting the simple technique of color blocking (I used Pearl Blue and Pewter) and I learned quickly. I called the boots "Doc Out Loud" because of the Magnetic Poetry words we dangled from the chain, which is a bracelet blank.
Margot was so impressed with my creativity and design that she asked me if I wanted to apprentice with her in her newly created DIY shoe biz. Of course I said yes, and here we are in 2013 with me as lead designer for Sassy Feet. Wow! Time flies!
Speaking of which, "What do you get a DIY shoe designer for her birthday?" A free 20 minute shopping spree (with next to no vetoing) in the Sassy Feet stash, of course! And that's what I got to do today! I set my iPhone timer and methodically moved through the trays and stacks and boxes and bags of fabulous bling and beauty that Margot has accumulated during seven years "doing" bags and shoes. Take a look at what I got!
You are looking at washers of copper and brass, resin doughnuts, silver buttons, Celtic buttons, steampunk buttons, stampings of all kinds, charms, keys, vintage watch faces, Asian coins of all shapes and sizes, wings, metal mesh roses (big and small), multicolored stick and freshwater pearls, doughnuts made of various types of stone, skull buttons, Italian buttons, lengths of chain ... *takes deep breath* ...
... and all the things that come in our Affix It! kit, 4 colors of Glitter It! Glaze, a piece of "dichroic" leather, 7 Gypsies bracelet links, all manner of Tim Holtz embellishments, clamps, two types of pliers, a marking chalk, a cutting mat, a silicone glue mat, a bottle of Fray Check, a tube of Beacon 527 glue, five stacked pendants we made, and zipper tape in a bunch of assorted colors. *pants heavily*
I'm sure I'm forgetting something. What am I going to do with all this cool stuff? Whatever I want! Haha! My creative juices are already flowing. I'll probably create some more stacked embellishments and pendants. Or alter a few shoes and clothes in my own closet (for a change, haha). Whenever I do create new goodies, I'll surely show them off here.
Thank you, Margot, for sharing all your goodies with me. I have the makings of a bonafide stash of my own now. All the sorting, picking and stashing was entirely too much fun. Why can't it be my birthday every day? :)
Margot replies: I almost had more fun than Destiny did, watching her eyes light up with every new drawer she opened -- it's rare that we get all our "stuff" out at the same time and it was quite an impressive array, I have to admit! Probably the only thing more fun than Destiny getting to pick out whatever she wanted was being able to watch her delight at doing so! Happy birthday, dear snarky creative partner and friend!