Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fancy Footwork


At a recent estate sale, I spied a large shoe box with clear tape across the top under one of the display tables. I pulled it out and, to my delight, found two pair of vintage shoe forms--and a lonely, single newer tree shoe--inside.


Made by Jones & Vining, Inc., the vintage adjustable forms are in excellent condition. I didn't care for the light wood, though, and wanted something a little richer--more aged-looking. So, I thought I'd test out the Annie Sloan dark wax I had just purchased (and hadn't tried, yet).


The existing slots in the top of the forms seemed perfect for displaying photos or postcards or other ephemera. I have a wonderful souvenir envelope of mini photographs from my favorite place on Earth:  Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. I think those photos look wonderful displayed in the shoe forms.




You may not be able to tell from the photos, but the dark wax added just the right amount of color and patina.

These are so fun they make me want to dance a little jig.

Make it a great day!

26 comments:

  1. Ann, I think they look much better with the Annie Sloan wax. Nice find.

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  2. Great idea, I have some of these so now I know what I can do with them!

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  3. Fabulous! and to think I got rid of a couple of these when I moved!!

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  4. They look wonderful, Ann! The wax brought the color out beautifully, and I love the graphic look of the photos!

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  5. These are wonderful! I love the photos you displayed in them! Great idea! Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. I'm now following on Linky Follower and GFC.

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  6. Very Nice... I love the patina you got from the wax, and what a wonderful way to display old photographs! Great Job!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  7. That was a great idea to use the was to "age" the color. I use a Minwax spray stain and sealer that does such a wonderful job of giving wood a deeper, older looking color.

    Your photos look great in them!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  8. What a good, quick project. The wax made all the difference.

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  9. Great idea! Visiting from the Linky Party Hop!! I hope you’ll visit – www.LaughterandGrace.com – and follow me.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. How clever! Love how you're displaying your photos in the old shoe forms. Makes a wonderful vignette. Thanks so much for stopping by and all your encouraging comments. I'm your newest follower on GFC and Linky.
    Mary Alice

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  11. This is a great idea for old shoe forms. I like how you've used the wax on them. I am a happy new follower from Potpourri Friday.
    Laura
    http://imsovintage.blogspot.com/

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  12. Such a cute photo display. It's a shame for old pics to hide in drawers. Great idea! Thank you so much for linking up to the "Cowgirl Up!" linky party! Be sure to join us again this Tuesday♥
    Linsey

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  13. Cute idea! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  14. I love these-newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  15. fancy footwork indeed! love this idea of using these for display - your newest linky follower! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  16. You are right it added the right amount of patina! Like the photos in the shoe form. Laura

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  17. yay! HELLO dearie - I've featured you over at NORTHERN COTTAGE. Come on over & grab a button to spread the word! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  18. How beautiful! I love the way they turned out. Are you from Colorado Springs? Because I am and GOG is one of my favorite places too!

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,
    Judy

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    1. I'm not from The Springs, but had my first job there out of college (in the '70s). It's one of the places my husband and I are considering for retirement.

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  19. Such a wonderful way to display both the shoe forms and those photo treasures!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17! This week’s party is already in full swing. Hope you’ll join us!
    Your friend,
    Jenn

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  20. Nice find and makeover. Love how you're using them with the photos! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

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  21. This is such a cool idea! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--hope you'll be back this week!
    Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style

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  22. They look great - much better waxed.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  23. What a charming way to display those photos! Love it.

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  24. I love the way you used these shoe forms with the photos! Thanks for sharing this at my link party. I have featured you here: http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=7055

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