A few weeks ago we went on a road trip to Anderson Island, WA to this down-homey apple squeeze being held at historic Johnson Farm. We woke up early, did the drive-thru breakfast thing, drove for an hour, took the ferry for 20 minutes. The boys were super excited to be there. We pulled up and parked when I realized I wouldn't be able to actually go with them because it had been a long car ride and Mikey needed to nurse. So I sent them off with Dave to enjoy the festivities while I stayed behind in the van. Whatever. Par for the course. So I'm sitting there with Mikey when a red sports car pulls up and parks in front of me, but no one gets out. Next thing I know the young couple in the car is making out passionately and is totally unaware that I can see everything. Gah--some people! Get shaded windows already! So I tried to avert my eyes and think pure thoughts (ha ha). When they were done with their business, they stepped out and, lo and behold, the girl was wearing the most beautiful coat I'd ever seen: Long, dark brown tweed with large felt flowers in fall-harvesty colors hand-appliqued along the bottom. Not the most discreet girl ever, but at least she had some fashion sense.
These little shoes were inspired by that coat. If I had a girl I like to think that I wouldn't just stick to pinks and purples. I really like the "peasant" look of these shoes. One of my friends is having a baby girl and these shoes will be going to her. But I figured they wouldn't get much use if she didn't have something to wear them with. So I had to make her a top. Do you know how hard it is to find plain onesies in earthy colors? Next to impossible. So I took my first foray into fabric dyeing, and am pleased to say it was actually pretty easy. The hardest part was to keep the kids from touching the dye bath because they were so intrigued.
FYI, in case you're interested:
The shoes were made from a placemat from Crate and Barrel.
Rit dye: cocoa brown
Oh, and one more thing. Look what I had today. MMMMMM. Peanut butter pumpkin cookies. Recipe courtesy of AfricanKelli found here.