Not Bad for Two Bucks

Check out my new shoes! They are from a party at the G-Dub.

Btw, G-Dub is short for Goodwill, as my friend Dee calls it. Also known as the thrift store, or second-hand shop, or charity shoppe if you are fancy and spell shop with two P’s and an E.

I wish I could pull off fancy spelling.

Well, while I was the G-Dub Shoppe, I got my artistic brain juices (technical term) going by challenging myself to make One Pretty Thing out of Two Ugly Things using $2.00 or less.

I won’t show you pictures of the two “ugly things” for fear someone will recognize the items and think I have deemed their personal possessions “ugly”….Heavens to Murgatroid, that would be rude, so you will have to settle for  the recipe, or shall I say, equation;

         One pair of teal satin 1980’s bridesmaid shoes

      + One 1970’s tapestry needle point thing of a a scary clown 

       =Pretty New Party Shoes!

Just slice up the tapestry into 2cm strips and  and glue to the shoe. Regular white glue works on lightweight materials, but heavy stuff does better with tile adhesive. There are oddles of variations on this method …check out some of these super cool decoupaged shoes!

That’s it. Complicated, right? They looked a little sloppy, so I embraced it and added some raw, red, Frankenstein style stitches. Done.

No one will ever consider them elegant or refined, but they are a pretty nifty. Not bad for two bucks!


  1. says

    Oh, callou callay, I love them! The Frankenstein stitching works so perfectly. I can’t believe it’s just strips glued on, this looks quite finished and polished. It’s just adorable and cool. I sure would have loved to see the clown tapestry, tho!

  2. says

    If those were my shoes, I’d be walking around admiring my feet all day (a dangerous combination as I am a clutz at the best of times). They are gloriously FUNKY, and the price ain’t bad either!

  3. says

    Love your re-do! I love creating something new from other items, and thrift stores are the best place to look (other than our own closet, of course!)

    I agree with Michelle, though, i would have loved to see the clown tapestry before. Clowns are cool!

  4. says

    You give me hope that there is still good in the world. I want to go to the charity shoppe and pick out the two uglies, send them to you and see what you come up with. Sounds like good times to me!

  5. says

    I heart G-Dub! I visit G-Dub and other thrift stores at least once a week! (sometimes way more often ;)

    Oh the treasures you can find!

    I adore your new shoes!! Your creativity is outstanding!

  6. Suze says

    I lurve G-Dub! I’m addicted to it. The Hub pokes fun at me but I tell him I’m doing it for the a good cause. I have started taking stuff to donate when I come to shop and yesterday I saw a lady looking to buy one of my sons old sweaters! LOL

  7. says

    You should have a contest to see who can make the best shoes. I think I will use a pair of my old shoes because I know they fit. Just think of all the old crappy needlepoint one could cut up. I wonder what cowboy boots would look like. I didn’t know that you knew Dee. Ann

  8. says

    omg. my jaw just fell off my face. those shoes are freaking amazing!
    you’ve done the world a favor by ridding it of a scary clown needlepoint tapestry thing. that sounds terrifying.

  9. Anonymous says

    How do you keep the yarn in the needlepoint from unraveling when you cut it in strips? Don’t the edges fall apart? Your seams look neat/finished. Thanks!

  10. says

    Good question, but actually the seams are pretty rough. What helped….
    *the original piece had a tight weave
    *I used super sharp scissors
    *I covered the sloppy bits with the red top stiching.
    ….. However, if you wanted to avoid all that, just paint your needlepoint piece with watered down mod podge first — that’ll make anything fray-proof!


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