The day is almost here. After six months of preparation, my dear friends are getting married Friday. And I have the honor of playing a small part in their celebration as a bridesmaid.
As I packed my bag last night, I took a moment to appreciate my shoes. The bride chose for all of the bridesmaids to wear silver shoes. This wasn't a problem for any of the other bridesmaids — one was recently a bride and had all of her bridesmaids wear silver shoes.
With that in mind, I thought, "How hard could it be to find silver shoes?" I soon received my answer.
I spent an hour each week visiting a different store and trying on a few options. The few silver shoes I could find were either too big or too small. And when I could find a pair that mostly fit, they were unfortunately ugly or too expensive to be worthwhile.
I took along my mother on one of these quests as she couldn't believe this task could be as difficult as I claimed.
Between the second and third store, she posited a question: "Are you sure you don't want to just get some spray paint?"
“I'm about to embark on a crafting adventure. If it goes well, I'll share the results later. If not ... know I went out doing what I love.”
I refused. At first.
The more I thought about it on the drive, the better the idea sounded. I had been looking online at a pair of silver glitter covered ballet flats, but the delivery time and cost made it an impossible selection.
But a few months ago, I had spent an evening helping a different friend, Reba, add glitter to the outside of three dozen mason jars. Reba had a bath product business called "All Bath Glitters" and was using the pretty jars as part of her promotions. I'd never added glitter to shoes before, but I figured the process couldn't be too different.
After failing to find a pair of silver shoes at yet another store, we decided to pick up a cheap pair of denim flats, silvery glitter spray and glitter glue. The worst that could happen is that I was out $10 for the supplies.
Nevertheless, I dramatically crafted a Facebook post about the mysterious project: "I'm about to embark on a crafting adventure. If it goes well, I'll share the results later. If not ... know I went out doing what I love and that it involved glitter."
After taping off the insides of the shoes and stuffing them with newspaper, I got to work with the spray. Two coats of glitter glue and another layer of spray, the blue had nearly entirely faded into a shiny silver. I visited with Reba to use some of her varnish for a final coat, to make sure that glitter wouldn't spread everywhere I stepped.
In the end, I was pretty happy with the results. I had a pair of shoes that fit and matched the wedding theme. All it took was a spark of creativity, encouragement from my mom and a little help from my friend.
Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She can be reached at 218-834-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.