My Little Diversions

The things I love

My Awesome Iron Man Shoes April 24, 2012

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So I know it’s been a while since I last posted but I finally feel like I finally have something to blog about!

I made shoes! Well…not made shoes I guess…I enhanced a pair from Target and thought they were cool enough to share with everyone. I also thought it was appropriate to post about them now in case anyone else wants some great shoes to wear to the Avengers movie coming out on the 4th.

Originally I wanted to make some Star Wars heels but first, I couldn’t find any cheap heels then, I couldn’t find any Star Wars comics. I was so disappointed about the comics that I had to call my mother for moral support while I riffled through hundreds of cheap books at a local store. That’s when I decided I’d make some Wonder Woman shoes, until I found they didn’t even have any good Wonder Woman comics! So I spent the next hour and a half trying to figure out what comic series I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen walking around in. Although, I came to the realization that there isn’t anything that I would be particularly embarrassed about, but it was more the fact that I wanted them to be recognized. I wanted people to look at my shoes and say “OMG! Those are the best___________ shoes I’ve ever seen! Where did you get those?” and I would reply, “I made them and no, they’re not for sale” and crush their dreams under my awesome shoes.

Sorry about getting off topic. Anyway, I finally found a great classic Iron Man comic and a decent newer one and bought those for a total of $3. With the shoes my grand total came to $15. Yep, $15, that’s all for a custom pair of superhero shoes.

So, to make the shoes I cut out the comic pieces and painted the back of the comic with the decoupage glue, glossy Mod Podge. I did leave some excess paper around the edges of the shoe and when the Mod Podge dried I just trimmed it up with the edge of my kitchen shears (since they come apart and I can use them as an exacto knife, I did). Once all the comic pieces were on and trimmed, I went over the shoe with three coats of Mod Podge, drying between coats. The next day I added about another three coats of Mod Podge to repair any tears from wearing.

The process was time consuming and sticky (in fact I think I still have some Mod Podge under my fingernails) but totally worth it. The shoes I used were man-made leather with puckering at the heel and seemed to work just fine. If I were to make another pair I would absolutely use heels (mainly because that’s all I really wear).

Without further ado, here are the shoes:

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I hope you are inspired to make your own!

–Aly

 

Free Web Comic April 14, 2011

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I have been in love with this web comic, The Dreamer, for about a year now. I came across a copy of it at Hastings in the used comic book section.

When I got home that afternoon I cracked open the cover and was immediately entranced with the description of the Revolutionary War as told by Lora Innes. This is not your ordinary web comic, it is something much more.

I devoured the first graphic novel and had to know what happened after it ended. So I followed the recommendation to go to the web site and found that there was quite a bit more to the story that I originally anticipated. This pleasant surprise quickly turned to anguish as I realized that I would have to wait week-by-week for more installments of this fascinating story. Although I have to wait for updates I am still enthralled by the story and the art and this seems like a small price to pay for the ability to read this amazing comic for free.

Here are a few pages from the series:

I am so in love with this series that I am eagerly awaiting the next set of issues to be printed. Ms. Innes said that volume 2 should come out some time soon!

As always, I am eagerly awaiting the next updates.

–Aly