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Thursday, June 27, 2013

More Shoes and a Mug!

Illustrated by Tracey Fletcher King
Last week I forgot to post the amazing illustration of my favorite mug done by my friend Tracey Fletcher King !!  I am such a fan of Tracey's humorous fun blog and always stunning visuals!  Tracey always deserves top billing, be sure to check in on her icad cuppa series of bloggers cups she's illustrated.

 This is my summer of color contribution for the purple and lime green theme. A digital edit of the following acrylic I did!! Unhappy with my last two SOC I'll be replacing them with colorful shoes too!!
When I was three, long before car seats,  mom enrolled me in ballet lessons. Another lady drove us to the studio since mom didn't drive.  Dressed in a black leotard, ballet slippers in hand  I opened the car door  and fell straight into a very deep ditch. I was full of muddy goo and very traumatized. I don't remember ever taking another ballet lesson after that!
original done in acrylics
During the seventies I bought a  pair of very high platform sandals. Proudly strutting  out of the store down Granville street  I fell flat on my face.... a grungy looking hippie stood stared down at my stunned self repeating," Hey Man, what's happening man, what's happening?"  Meanwhile a suited business man, twice my age ran to my aid, scooped me up making sure I was okay! I hung my head, hobbled to the bus,  with my bruised leg and ego!

 When my daughter was five we went on holidays with my perfectionist cousin and her family. All day we swam in the motel pool and dined out each evening. One night we  arrived at the restaurant where my cousin proceeded to tell the story of her previous visit. She had mispronounced the  Grand Prix Burger, ordering a Grand Pricks  instead. Causing quite a commotion  in the male dominated kitchen. All the servers came out to to put a face to  the awkward blunder.....Just as the tears were running down my face in laughter at her faux pas..I looked down at my shoes only to realize I had mismatched flip flops on my own feet....They were completely different colors  and style.  We laughed so hard I almost peed my pants!!  Seems like faux pas fox paws run in the family!!
Happy Canada Day to my Canadian Friends!
When I was young girl runners were about a dollar ninety nine with not much selection they were plain tie ups in either red, blue, black or white. I NEVER liked them. I pleaded with my mom to buy the stylish square toe five dollar runners. She balked. 
 After a lot of nagging and whining, (which normally never worked and resulted in a smack,)  she conceded! Every time I tried to wear those fancy runners she'd say "don't wear your five dollar runners" eventually I outgrew them in their near new state!   I have hated any kind of runners except Chuck Taylor converse runners ever since!!!  Which I have never worn either!

The only runners I ever bought Cupcake were a mock pair of high top pink chuck taylors, (now she has every color imaginable) but as we all know little kids get dirty. So I threw them in the wash and the navy blue stitching ran into the pink canvas, rendering them tie dyed. So I bought her an outfit  to match and she continued to wear the shoes anyway.  Everywhere  I went moms begged me to tell them  where I bought them.... now that's what I called a happy accident!!


When  Cupcake was a toddler she was obsessed with " My shoe book" She made me read it repeatedly. Not only was I a bad influence, buying her way too many cute shoes, she also had her own inbred affinity for them as well!! Yesterday she added two more to her obscene Chuck Taylor collection!!


Over the last five decades there is one comfortable shoe that I have probably worn the way people wear white runners, and that is the clog.... I loved clogs in the sixties and I still love them today!  Only now I wear a replica type clog in the form of a merrell

Cupcake was a baby who could crawl so fast I looked haggard chasing her!   One hot summer day her dad was sitting on the couch in his flip flops enjoying a television program when Cupcake motored up to his feet and munched down so hard on his toe he screamed. No toes were safe from that girl until she learned to walk!

Thanks to those who shared your shoe stories and preferences last week!! Do you remember anything you over indulged your child in that has continued  on over the years?

This is my contribution to Icad and Paint party Friday where you can find many more wonderful creatives!! 
 

53 comments:

Ayala Art said...

OooOohhh! My favorite shoe is the one with the "ego" quote, I love it!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Great shoes and a pretty mug! I mailed you a couple of weeks back about Tag Tuesday blog. If you are still interested in joining, please contact me asap! Valerie

Paper rainbow said...

Loving the whole shoe festival thing you have going on at the moment! I had a pair of platform wedges just like that too, fell over in a similar fashion, how were we not seriously hurt by such dangerous footwear!? Traceys watercolour of your mug is delightful, she has such a soft and beautiful style of painting. :)

sharon said...

The last pair look like my Ugg boots that I am wearing trying is keep my tootsies warm! Love them all.

soulbrush said...

Love love love the shoes. The grass is always greener where you water- love that! Happy PPF to you.

Linda Richardson said...

fun shoes again! Would love a pair of ugg boots right now :-) HPPF! xo L.

Anne Manda said...

Great shoe paintings - and great shoe stories! Thank you for sharing the good and the bad! <3 :)

Zafaran said...

Enjoyed reading your shoe stories as much as the cuppa with Tracey! Each shoe looks very unique! I love heels but I cannot handle them quite well so in order to avoid any 'fox paws' I stick to flats! ;-)

Susan said...

Loved travelling down your colorful shoe memory lane.
Wonderful art and post! Happy PPF

Jessica Sporn said...

Your post brought up a lot of my shoe memories! Thank you for that and for all your wonderfully whimsical illustrations and apt quotes! Happy PPF!

Netty said...

loving your terrific selection of shoes. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Christine said...

funky shoe collection you are so good at these, and your stories are hilarious!

Faye said...

Sherrie, you are one fine shoe woman!!! I love your paintings of shoes. You are talented beyond measure. Your accounts of the shoe episodes had me laughing out loud, especially the grand pricks. Funny!!! I also love clogs and have several pairs. I don't feel very safe in them anymore at my age but one pair is relatively low heeled and safe. Thanks for not scolding me about my fox paws in accidentally using the URL that was on my clipboard (at 2 a.m. I am not the sharpest tack in the box). Loved your post today. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the visit to my blog today.

Ilona Heimböckel said...

I laughed out LOUD at the fox paws!
I'm curious what you are going to do with all these beautiful, funny, great ... shoes and quotes!

Happy PPF
hugs from Ilona

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sorry I missed last week, will have to check it out. I love the idea of tie died sneaks as I would call them, Cupcake was a lucky kid to have such a wabi sabi Mom like yourself. When my boy was little we would go for walks he in the backpack and one shoe always came off somewhere in the neighborhood and we would have to retrace and find it.....I am a clog person too.......still laughing about your mismatched flip flops....Happy PPF xox

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I have been away. I can truly say I have missed your posts. Wonderful way for expressions through shoes.
Nicole/Beadwright

Kim said...

A girl can never have too many shoes! Fun post. HPPF!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the way you've been weaving your life stories and gorgeous shoe artwork. Although they have very different personalities, I have 2 daddy's girls, so I've most certainly have indulged them. However, I've also had high expectations of them, so they're not spoiled. I LOVE and am very proud of my girls too. Blessings!

Linda said...

Love the mug Tracey painted! And your shoes -oh my!!! Must've taken you some time to paint all these and then add the words and I appreciate it so much!!! I have always been such a girly girl and have always loved trendy clothes and shoes and sneakers. I got what my parents could afford and they weren't expensive things but I got to choose and loved them. I'm really partial to your pink ballet slippers. I guess I over indulged my son with homemade- always from scratch foods and decorated cakes for special occasions. He's 25 and still comes by for a home cooked meal once a week and I usually ask him what he'd like me to make :)Thanks for another fun and refreshing week!

Maria said...

Absolutely wonderful!!

Gloria in CA said...

Love Traceys work. She's awesome. Your shoes are FAB! I love Converse and I still have mine with little holes on the side and still wear them:) Nice work as always. Happy PPF!

Debbie said...

Great shoe series! Your colors are bright and wonderful.

Phoenix Peacock said...

so many shoes!!! I love shoes :)

Kristin Van Valkenburgh said...

Xo

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

I love reading your posts, they are always so witty and let your lovely personality shine through. Your shoes and Tracey inspired tea cup are great as are all your anecdotes, thanks for the smile:)

Shahrul Niza said...

LOVE you shoes story again!!!. Enjoyed reading & giggling :). I LOVE that funky chucks!!

Aga Gasiniak said...

Fantastic post, great shoe stories and art works. Very inspiring idea, brings so many memories. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a lovely and creative week. Much love and big hugs to you.

Debbie said...

your mug is pretty and so are the shoes! Love your fun stories too!

Debbie said...

your mug is pretty and so are the shoes! Love your fun stories too!

Ginny said...

I love this series. I like shoes but they don't like me. They never have so I am a clog person. This summer I actually found two pairs if sandals that fit and were really pretty. Unfortunately, my back doesn't like them as much as my feet do. But, I'll keep on trying. Some day I will find some that are both comfortable and pretty. Have a great week.

kat said...

Ah Sherrie all your great stories and art are always such fun! The only things I really indulge my kids with are stories and books, my oldest writes his own stories now!

Valerie said...

Really love all the quotes you use in your artwork :-)

bellefrogworks said...

Your posts are full of smiles - love the shoes! My feet are not really happy unless they are flat but with support!

minnemie said...

Hahaha, love this fun walk down memory lane with you! I am with you on the clog - I have a pair of Birkenstock clogs that I have literally worn to pieces and refuse to retire. Ever.:-)

Elisa said...

sometimes i wonder how you remember all those good stories of yours. i am forgetting mine already. lol. enjoyed your tales and oh so pretty shoes with quotes!

Lorraine said...

I am not surprised Tracy is your friend as you both have the same sense of humour always making me laugh about life which is so refreshing as many talented artists such as yourselves are too serious. Great shoe drawings happy ppf

Deborah Weber said...

Your art is absolutely delightful and your stories had me snorting with laughter. What fun!

denthe said...

Love reading all your shoe stories, and the quotes you have on there are wonderful.

Tam Hess said...

Great post, stories, shoes and everything!! Love to read what you're up too, thinking about and remembering! Happy Paint Party Friday, I'm so late. ;) Thanks for sharing your work!!

stefanie stark said...

Your artwork is super-cool! Even the header of your blog has these great color combination. It's wonderful!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I continue to be enthralled by your shoe stories. You have so many of them, and I love them all.

Sarah said...

You are so talented! All of your shoes are fabulous and I love that you pair them with a quote that matches them!

Andria said...

Your shoe stories make fun cards even more entertaining...thanks for sharing!

Natasha said...

Love the stories and the painted shoes. They went together so fabulously and I am in love with your work. I love the style. Reminds me a bit of the work of Maira Kalman that I am in love with.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

late to checking out and catching up after a couple of days away from the computer... and thanks so much for the shout out... glad you liked it... and have to say those bottom boots look a bit like these ugg boots that my sister used to have ... they were that exact colour!!!

Sharon Fritchman said...

I love all of your shoes so much! Very creative and beautiful, and so much fun, too!

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I was laughing so much reading your post this week!! I loved your stories - Mr Mac + I giggled so much about the 'grand pricks'! I am like your cupcake obsessed with my chucks! (And of course my three girls all have their chucks too!!)

Love the paintings this week!!

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

I just can't imagine that one could come up with so many types of shoes :D It's all so lovely! And yes, Tracey's art is lovely!
I was under the impression that I am already your 'follow'er! :)
Deepa
http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

SAMARA said...

omg you are hilarious! chuck taylor's - tell me about it - they are coming out the walls of my house! the latest coming are cat in the hat's!!!! i love your pics and what a story about Granville Island. Hey, good hunk magnet - i'll try it! oh god - those platforms! my daughter of 24 wears them now. we should have saved everything! and the flipflops...hilarious. my daughter's boss wrote on instagram he went to Ottawa and discovered for a week's vacation that his 6 year old got in the van in sox!!!!! shoes are a thing of the past. i love your uggs!!! i so love how you write. there has to be a book in your writing. did you ever think of getting Blog-to-Print to print up your blog? i got it done about a month ago (300 pages) but it is a great keep or gift. Yours would be amazing with all the stories!!! I'd love to buy it because you have such an art gift and such family funny stories and so many wonderful stories from your past and cupcakes childhood antics (and yours with her! lol) Giggles - i love being here - you make my day. oh, and i took the house off the market. too many people thought i should "give it away!" oy!!!! i guess it really is "home"! lovies my dear. xox

Ariel said...

So many pretty shoes and great memories. I especially loved the story of the 'fox paws':)
Susan

Melisa said...

You have the cutest stories. I enjoyed my visit, as usual! I moved my RSS feeds to Feedly, after trying a few different ones. I don't think I tried Bloglovin, though.

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Fantastic stories and great shoes! Oh dear, I feel for the bitten toes... I don't have any little ones to overindulge, but if I did, I'm sure clothing would be an issue (I love clothes and everything is cuter smaller...).

Pia Rom said...

Great collection this time ;) of course my favorite is the converse: much comfort and lovely pattern ;) ♥ Conny
http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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