In Defense of Crocs

So, Crocs (the lightweight plastic clog-type shoe, not the animal) had their hey-day (quite?) a few years ago, and I’ve always been someone who thought they were ugly and couldn’t imagine wearing them no matter how comfortable they were.

Yea. So this past summer I was huge and pregnant and hot with swollen feet (and an aching back) that desired a little more support than what my beloved flip-flops could provide. And then I saw a pair of light pink Crocs in my size at a favorite thrift store for $1.50 and thought well – maybe I should give them a try…..just while I’m pregnant, of course, because it’s not like I was putting a ton of effort into anything else I wore at that point (or, who am I kidding? ever) and when I slipped them on in the store they were oh so comfy….

And I basically lived in them for….months. Let me tell you, there’s a reason these shoes were/are popular, and I think we can all agree it’s not because they’re stunningly stylish. My feet have never felt so supported yet free!

Fast forward to a month ago. Baby is born (um, she’s 4 months old) and I’m still spending a good portion of time in my light pink Crocs (I’d started wearing socks underneath them. Because it’s winter. Wow, I just realized how ugly/ridiculous this sounds/is).

Then one goes missing. (Only in this house can a shoe just up and go missing).

So when I just HAPPENED to come across a bright pink, Mary-Jane style pair, in my size, at that same thrift shop, well…..

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Let’s just pretend I’m wearing them ironically, mmkay?

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Sprucing up plastic shelves

Debut post 🙂

I got this plastic shelving unit at Goodwill a few months back on half-priced-everything day. It was buried in toys for a while, but then I started working from home and the kids (so graciously) gave up their playroom so I could have an office, so it now houses a lamp and a couple of paper trays.

But it just seemed so plain and boring, and one night I decided it was time to spruce it up.  I didn’t have any plastic spray paint on hand, and toyed with the idea of covering it with contact paper or decorating it with craft paint. Then I remembered some cute fabric scraps I had that were too small to use for much of anything and I knew that they would be perfect for lining these shelves.

I used hot glue and had the whole thing done in less than 20 minutes. It’s far from flawless, but that’s fine with me. If I’m working on something that will be frequently used or seen by many, then I’ll certainly do my best to make it perfect.  But it’s just not worth spending two hours on something that sits in a corner with files on it.

The ribbons weren’t in my original plan, but the edges of the fabric weren’t perfectly even and were fraying a bit.  But once I added them, I like ed how they looked.  Overall, I’m very happy with how this turned out – it definitely brightens up that little corner of my office.

COST – $2.00 (shelves), $1.50 (Fat Quarter – the top fabric, also used  here), $2.00 (the other two fabrics, which were remnants) TOTAL SPENT = $5.50