Friday, March 18, 2011

Vintage Ballet Slippers

I adore ballet.   Ever since I was a little girl and spotted those tutus in the Two Guys store (long since gone), I've been hooked.  I took ballet/dance lessons until I was 22.  My oldest is in love with ballet now too.

I found this vintage, tattered and previously loved pair of ballet slippers and gave them a complete makeover.

They have been stuffed with moss, adorned with satin pink ribbons and vintage rhinestone earrings.  I hand painted pale pink roses on the toes.


Here they are hanging from the vintage 3 legged chair I posted about here.

My almost 15 year old ballerina fixing her shoes. 

Joining up today with:

How Sweet The Sound's Pink Saturday

18 comments:

Ginger said...

Oh Roselle, you did a fabulous job on those sweet ballet slippers. Just darling. I have a pair of those but smaller, I might spruce them up a little. I took a couple of years of ballet and loved it. Your 15 yr old ballerina is so beautiful. Love the post.
Ginger

Atelier de Charo said...

So lovely ballet slippers!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Xoxo
Charo

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

I love how you've embellished these sweet shoes! Absolutely gorgeous!

Self Sagacity said...

Nice job! And how clever. Happy PS.

very merry vintage style said...

How beautiful! What a lovely decoration; can't resist the rhinestones! HPS!
Mary

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Oh, I just love this pretty shoes. I wanted to do something special with my daughters ballet shoes, and you gave me a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Isn't this weather gorgeous!! I'm in Edison about 45 min from you.

Debbie

Pamela said...

Hi Roselle!
I too absolutely adore ballet!!!
My entire room was ballet themed growing up . Oh how I wanted so badly to dance. Unfortunately my mother hated it and would not put me in it. I still long for it ...having a dancers shape..oh well.
You are so blessed to have had lessons and now pass on the dream to your daughter!
Pamela xo

Barbara said...

How lovely! And how wonderful that your daughter is in love with ballet also.

Hugs XX
Barbara

Light and Voices said...

I really like the background paper you picked with the music score to go along with the ballet post. Very nice. HPS!
Joyce M

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Roselle,
What a great idea for the slippers!!
And what a beautiful daughter you have!!

HPS!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Suzann said...

Hello Roselle,
Love the ballet slippers I also took ballet when I was young
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment.
Enjoy your day and Happy Pink Saturday!!
Suzann ~xoxox~

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love your sweet altered shoes!

Last Monday I did a tutorial on a pink party favor which you might enjoy.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Roselle!!! These are totally STUNNING!!! You're a genius! So beautiful and feminine...they're going to fly off your shelf!
XO
Cindy

Tammy said...

Hi Roselle!

I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such encouraging comments. Your ballet shoes and your daughter are just lovely. You always have such beatuiful posts! Thank you for sharing with us. Happy Pink Saturday my sweet friend! Blessings,
Tammy

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your daughter is beautiful, she looks like a ballerina! In all my thriftng I have only come across one pair of ballet slippers! they sold right away! My antiques booth is in downtown Orlando about 20 minutes from Disney, so we get all of the Disney tourists. With Harry Potter opening at Universal we have had the best year ever.

Carol

Jeanne said...

It is nice to meet you Roselle. Your post is so charming. I too LOVE ballet and your daughter is beautiful and graceful. A true ballerina. The roses you painted on the ballet slippers are so pretty. Nice job.

Happy Pink Saturday.
Hugs, Jeanne

sissie said...

Hi Roselle,
I'm in love with your ballet slippers, they are so sweet.

Your daughter is a beautiful ballerina too.

to answer your question about painting the hat box suitcase. I used regular latex wall paint in a color called chantilly lace by Benjamin Moore. You can get it at Home Depot or Lowes in any brand.

It takes a few coats but the results are always good. I love painting vintage cases.

hugs
Sissie

Lynn said...

Love what you did to the ballet shoes, the pink roses on the toes and how you altered them. Stunning way to showcase them. My younger daughter took ballet and still has her shoes. Funny, we were just looking at them this past weekend. My granddaughter even tried on her mommy's ballet custome and shoes for a picture. Really small world, even in blogland. Blessings

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