Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I'm having a bit of a "nothing" day as I've been looking after my puppy who was desexed on Monday. Trying to keep her quiet and resting is near impossible! Just before she was madly racing around the yard, with me screaming after her (which only made things worse). Thankfully she is asleep right now. I can't wait for things to go back to normal!
While she was having her "supervised" outside time in the yard, I decided to use the time to make a terrarium.


In it I placed two small porcelain dogs.


Also, the other day I found this awesome bag at an op-shop. It's from the 50s or 60s, and it's a "lucky penny" bag, as there's a small plastic pouch inside which (usually) holds an Australian penny- except someone had removed it! Grrr!
Instead, I've decided to put one of my Moroccan Dirhams inside. I'm sure that will bring me all sorts of luck!


It's now my "every day" bag. I've reached a point where I can't stand all that new mass-produced shit out there. Recently I've bought a few dresses from the 70s and 80s and I noticed that ALL of them were made in Australia! How rare it is to find Aussie-made clothing now!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Breathe new life into an old pair of shoes!

I had a great pair of shoes that were a faux leather metallic mint green. I wore them into the ground and they got so scuffed and sad I considered throwing them away. Then I realised they had potential for a second life. So I painted them a bright metallic lime green. And I wore them into the ground again (and got LOTS of comments along the way).
I was going to paint them green again then I thought perhaps they had potential for a third life.
So I painted them the green again, then COVERED them in green glitter!

So how did I do it?
I covered the entire shoes with binder medium using a large paint brush, then while still wet, I sprinkled the glitter on small amounts at a time, tapping the excess off and spreading the glitter evenly with a paint brush.
When that layer dried, I applied more medium, then more glitter until I was satisfied with the thick coverage. Then when dry, I applied further coats of the binder medium to seal the glitter.
It's very messy work so I had my table covered in newspaper! I still got glitter all over myself though!

Don't laugh at my veiny feet! I like them.

They are seriously sparkly! The photos do not do them justice! I'm a total glitter junky.

I have already worn them a few times and they are holding up well, with minimal glitter loss.

I'm not sure of the longevity of my work, instead it's all about prolonging the life of a great pair of shoes in an imaginative way!

I have even glittered another pair of shoes, this time a pair of heels in holographic silver glitter. Photos coming soon!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Hello and welcome to my blog (if anyone is reading!). I plan to make this blog an offshoot from my regular site http://www.nellmckellar.com with art updates, links to cool sites and also some creative and crazy ways to breathe life into your wardrobe. It will also showcase my love of all things vintage, with a look into my wardrobe at some of my favourite vintage pieces.

So stay tuned!