I really was all packed up, but then Kale-Gate happened (see also here, here and a ton of other places...just google "new york times new orleans kale"). I knew a glittery, ruffly, leafy kale shoe needed to be my first shoe for the 2015 season, and once I mapped it out in my head I wanted to make it ASAP.
I started by mixing three glitters (approx. equal parts of forest green Jefferson Variety glitter, kelly green from Oriental Trading and Martha Stewart iridescent onyx which has a slight green tint) and glittering a nice little pump in my stash:
|Glittered, but not embellished yet|
I bought a roll of green glittery tulle from Michael's and make a nice leafy looking ruffle by folding it in half and running a needle and thread through the middle of the halved tulle to gather it. Tulle ruffles are super easy to make by hand and there was a ton of tulle on the roll. If it's still on sale when I next hit up Michael's (it's in the bridal section of my Michael's in Memphis), I will definitely get some more colors.
|Turning a roll of tulle into my kale ruffle|
When my ruffle was about the right length, I hot-glued it around the exterior edge of the shoe to kale it up. When I reached the end I adjusted the length and tied off the black thread so it would fit perfectly.
|Shoe and ruffle ready to be joined|
Lastly, I printed and re-sized the old "New Orleans Proud to call it home" bumper sticker so I could match the font and traced, changing "call' to "kale." I used lighter colors than the original (silver instead of black, lighter purple instead of dark purple) so the contrast would be a little better on the dark green base of the shoe.
|"New Orleans" on one side|
|"Proud to kale it home" on the other side of the shoe.|
Here are some pictures of the finished shoe:
Some pictures with flash to show the sparkle a little better:
Of course the drawback to working year round and starting this early on shoes is that the joke won't be as fresh in anyone's mind a year from now...but I have faith that New Orleaneans are have long memories and that Kale-Gate will survive.