Saturday, September 8, 2012

Back to School Day

What I wore my first day back to college where I teach painting & drawing.
I dressed feet first today.  Why?  Well, just take a look at those awesome shoes I'm wearing.  I upcycled them yesterday.

I have been so craving new shoes lately.  Really massively lusting after them.  So...I went through the back of my closet and found a bunch


of candidates for remodeling. I coated some black Mary Janes with mat fixative first, then sponge-painted them with copper particles suspended in an acrylic base. While it was still wet, I sprayed an oxidizer on which (over the next 1/2 hour) turned the copper that aqua-colored patina it gets when it ages.  So cool.

A look down at my groovy hand-painted copper oxidized shoes

The dress I have on under everything is a navy sheath I made from scratch. The mini sheer dress as top I refashioned a couple times. (click on bold type to see post on that item.) The transparent over jacket was store bought ages ago. You can see a detail of the jewelry I'm wearing below. 3 necklaces, all bought - the scarab from Egypt. And the bracelets I made, except for the obvious one that's my Mom's.

an attempted shot at the jewelry
Scarab necklace I bought in Egypt
all the bracelets I made + the one of  Mom's

I'm participating in:

EBEW - Back To School


10 comments:

  1. Those shoes are seriously awesome! I love your layering and mix of florals and sheer, and also the weight carried by your scarab atop great necklace arrangement, mom's bracelet, and self-made pieces.

    How cool to learn you are a painting / drawing professor - what a perfect match for your creative thinking and incredible range of skills together with your fierce organization. :)

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    1. Thanks Amber, oh I love my new old shoes. Hope that takes care of my illicit cravings...
      I teach at one of the city colleges, which means I'm not a professor - I'm an instructor. Although I've been there for nearly 25 years! And it's just 2 classes, but I really enjoy it. I've taught art at universities and grad school before, but the demographics are so diverse at city colleges that it's way cooler.

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  2. You look funky and cool like an art prof should! Great shoes!

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    1. Yea, I gotta live up to the expectations of my students, right?!
      I know, I'm like, why didn't I think of that a million years ago?! my shoes, that is.

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  3. Hi...I just discovered your blog. I LOVE your style. I will be attempting to make the tshirt kimono that you created. two thumbs up!

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    1. Welcome Blair and have fun playing with the t-shirts, it's an easy one.

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  4. I love your style, and your blog so very much.
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    1. Oh, I'm delighted you visited my blog, Sacramento. Now one of my dreams has come true. You are the queen of styledom.

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  5. The shoes look amazing. I love them and they really make the outfit.

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    1. Glad you like them Sharon, and thanks for stopping by!

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