Friday, April 4, 2008


I'm trying to get organized. Do you know how hard that is for an ADHD person?

Well, it does have its upside. I get a lot of things done, many of them unexpected.

For instance, yesterday I set my favorite pair of casual shoes next to the front door, preparatory to removing the shoe laces and throwing them out. (You'll see why in a minute.)

One of my goals today was to get the entryway and porch tidied and swept, so this afternoon I walked over to the front door and picked up the shoes. I had every intention of carrying them out to the dumpster, and then sweeping the floor.

Dang. I just couldn't do it. I know they're cheap shoes. Cheaply made, and bought even more cheaply, at the Goodwill, but they're really comfortable. The soles are soft, and even with that leg-lengthening heel, they feel good, and they let me run. (Yes, I am often too impatient to get where I want to be to walk.)

I started to pull the laces out, but I was thinking, There just has to be something I can do with these shoes. I don't want to give them up!

See how the toes are peeling? That's all that's wrong with them.

I carried them over to my sewing table, and started rummaging through the fabric samples. Maybe I could cover them with soft fabric. Then I spotted the zippers on the table.

The germ of an idea

I'll just show with photos what I did, because it's late, and a picture is worth a thousand yada yadas.

Marking the spot

Now the other side

When I was finished, this is what I had. I think I like them even better now!


Susan said...

Wow! These are so great with the zippers. And I'm inspired -- how many things do I toss without a second thought?!

Anitra Cameron said...

I'm so the opposite. I grew up hearing, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without," and I can't throw much of ANYTHING away.

Case in point: Just this morning I put the pages I'd cut out of the book into a ziplock bag. And for what?!

Anitra Cameron said...

Eeek! I forgot to say thank you.

Thank you!

Cate said...

Cute! That's such a wonderful idea!

sukigirl said...

See..... sometimes procrastination is a good thing!

søren said...

Those would go right along with my Converse - it was driving me crazy how the tongues wouldn't stay in the middle, so i sewed a loop on them so the laces could go through and hold them in place - and I made the loop from an old tape measure! we should make a whole set of sewing supply shoes!

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