MOG Mother of the Groom Reception Dancing Tennis Shoes







These tennis shoes are soon to be on their way to the Mother of the Groom for a September wedding in the state of Lousiana and they were a commissioned item request. Ellie said she works hard and plays twice as hard and would I, could I , create some over the top; just short of "tacky", reception tennis shoes so she could really enjoy her sons big day. My first thought was "painted" but along the way something happened which always seems to be the case of late. The colors for the wedding,,,,mustard yellow, poppy red and robin egg blue and she had no fabric swatches for me to go by. I emailed some photo colors to Ellie and she was good with what I provided. When I started to paint I was just not a bit happy with what was happening; therefore the switch to material. The tongue and the very top front of the sneaker is gold lame which wasn't the easiest of fabrics to work with and me a REAL novice in this area. On the gold lame front are MOG done in rhinestones and on both sides of each shoe there are silver charms which read "to love and cherish". I loved working with the silver material and it worked up nice and easy. I found a great glue which worked great so therefore I used it for everything that needed to be attached, so it would STAY attached. Finding some small flowers and ribbon the color of the wedding took some hunting but I am hoping that what I used will be close enough to blend. She still has not purchased her dress so maybe once she has the shoes she will have something concrete to work with. I had to make my own pattern pieces and they didn't work from one shoe to another so each shoe piece had to be done seperately. The rhinestones that I used are in a mustardy gold, blue and clear. The shoes are done and now all I have to do is add tissue paper to the poof bows, wrap carefully and send them on their way... to dance their way to Ellie in LA. My fingers are crossed that she will like the transformation and that she will enjoy herself and dance the night away....... The photos are pretty self explanatory..... from conception to completion. And Oh, the only painting I did was done on the rubber sole portion using a heavy body Silver Metallic Paint and then a coat of Opal Dust. Ellie has to be one of the kindest, sweetest ladies I have met on the internet and a we have had a lot of laughs as these tennis shoes were discussed. She has not seen them, and won't until she receives them and opens the box...

2 comments:

  1. I love these shoes! My granddaughter wore painted running shoes to her prom. I'll have to post the picture some day.

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  2. They are so cool Diana. Very funky. I hope she likes them.

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