The Fairy Shoemaker

Faerysteps started a blog way back when the internet was practically pedal powered (that was in 2008). These days I tend to use Instagram as a daily record but sometimes you just can't beat a good old fashioned diary entry...

Home is where the heart is... Part 3

Two rooms into one, with a small bedroom there at the end, turned into a Pantry with a new doorway to access it from the kitchen.

Home is where the heart is... Part 2

Once the Pantry was useable it was time to turn the old dining room into our new sitting room. 

Home is where the heart is... Part 1

And so it began... 4th November and right up to Christmas Eve (and still there is a huge 'to do' list).

Lately...


Its been a while since Ive written a post so apologies for the long time away.
Lets drop right back in with a round up some recent makes... Lots of Clara's on the order books recently so had to share the 'rear' view of these glorious peacock blue ones. Gosh I love blue so much. Its the colour of sky and water, life essentials, maybe that's why Im drawn to it so much as I get older?


And...

Season on the change...


There is a definite nip in the air. I felt it on Wednesday and its got progressively cooler since. Plus the ever rampant Virginia creeper is blushing so that's a sure sign if ever there was one that the season is on the move. Summer has dusted off her golden coat and will soon be leaving with the Swallows.


Talking of dust, gosh did I have a good clean up in my workshop. Nothing like a...

Childhood Summer revisited...


Straight back to age 6 when the great drought of 1976 happened...


The grass is tinder dry and we are rather feared of fire. Fires in various parts of the country already :( so we are being extra vigilant.


Late evening trip down to the river to swim. Well... they did, I didnt... Im a terrible wuss about water ;) 


Youngest had little fish nibbling her toes which was tickly....

Camping in November...


Me in reflective mood earlier today. Post boot pattern making, pre boot marking. Hair washed earlier, but unbrushed. How slovenly of me, but, the leather never notices the state of my hair, so preening was going to wait till later. My head has been bursting with boots so I've been keen to crack on.



PYRAMUS from earlier in the week. 


Lovely LUNA in waxy coffee leather.


More...

Latest boots and first pies...


Faerysteps Cobweb fairy boots. My last custom Cobwebs for a while, made for a really lovely customer :)


Mustardseed fairy boots.


Mustardseed fairy boots with starlight applique work. Very much Harry Potter boots these. Intense violet and seaside contrast.


And Wisp in darkest violet, again with that seaside contrast on the back heel covers. So much violetness lately. That isnt...

Getting chilly now...



Gosh, another busy week WISP booting :)

Plus, I used some of that heavenly polished conker leather to make some stock Esthers. Love these with the longer toe shape.

The weather turned decidedly nippier home here so more layers were called for. I always find it a toss up between warmth vs movement... thick wooly jumpers arent an option because I find I get caught up in everything Im...

Mocs and Rockers...


Last Saturday I had a little play ;)


While tea was cooking itself and I forsaw a relaxing evening ahead ;)


By Sunday I was still playing in the sunshine. Sat on the bench handstitching. Boot one made. Boot two almost :)


Decided to finish these short moc boots ‘wander’ with a contrast teal fringed top. If I can ever get round to it I may make a few of these with outdoor soles for...

Sunshine in Neverland...


I was so pleased this little chap came and helped with the last lot of pictures...


These NEVERLANDs in conker and greenwood turned out as woodzy perfection.


EDITH in violet with lavender lovehearts are in fact a birthday gift for a wife, so extra special. I make lots of shoes as gifts that will be given...


PRICKLEs in mermaid with lovely damask pink insoles. 


And, I...

Early February catch up...


A catch up on missing blog posts...
A few snapshots from the Fairysteps studio showing work in progress and a few finished orders from this month. It was a busy one and featured rather a lot of black footwear!


And images from daily doings at home. The first lambs... lots of crochet on the sweetie shop blanket which I hope to get finished before March begins. It even included a mended...