Painting Shoes with Nail Polish

A couple weeks ago, I was gifted these shoes. They had flex foam inside, so they were almost like walking on air when wearing them, and they were canvas, so very breathable. Perfect summer shoe. Just one problem. The shoe in question was a mixture of pale tan, and white-

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Which for some people, that’d be great! A neutral color that goes with just about anything. Except, when paired with my skin tone, it clashed. I made me look like I belonged on the set of iZombie.

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I knew if I just added a splash of color, the great washing out effect would be greatly lessened. So, I went to my favorite place to do research- Pinterest. I’m a Pinterest junkie. I’m always on it. I may look like I’m trying to solve the worlds problems, or typing out some revolutionary theory to some great professor, but no. I am in fact, almost always, on Pinterest.

I found many people had used sharpies to color their shoes. Most doing crazy impressive pieces of art on them,  which, I know, I cannot do. I am no great artist. I can barely even draw a decent looking star.  So, I spent some time thinking of what I could do. “That’s it!!! ” I thought. The shoe did already have a design on it, so all I had to do was color in the white parts with a different color.

Now, obviously, if you are a better painter than I am (which I wouldn’t be surprised if you were), you can most definitely paint whatever you’d like on your shoe.

My next step was picking a color. I had concluded that an army green would look great. Which brought me to my next bump in the road. I couldn’t find an army green sharpie. I’m sure there is one somewhere. But, it was hiding from me. I then looked over to the box I have sitting in my room, full of nail polish. There was a bottle of army green polish that I didn’t use all that much, because it dried with an extreme matte color, but for this project….you wouldn’t see that.

So, there I went and sat, outside, on the cement at the back of my house, with a paper plate (to make sure if I needed to set anything down, I didn’t make it dirty or paint the cement), a damp old towel to wipe anything up if needed, a bottle of paint, a paint brush (with a smaller tip than the one in the bottle), and my shoes.

After, about 15 minutes they were all done, and dry. Although, to be on the safe side, I would recommend you let them sit for at least an hour after, to make sure it’s fully dry.

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Also, I highly recommend you have a bottle of nail polish remover, and q-tips, so if you mess up, you can immediately treat it, and have a chance of making the mistake totally invisible.

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There are so many possibilities for revamping your old shoes, new boring shoes, or ones you found at a thrift store (after you clean them, of course). 🙂

GF, Vegan Blueberry Scones

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved blueberries. When I was younger, I remember really disliking the large seeds in most other berries, but blueberries had this great flavor, with a mix of tart and oh-so-sweet, without too much of that crunchy seed action. As I matured of course, I grew to love all or at least most berries. I mean, what’s not to like? There’s such a variety of flavors, sizes, and seeds. And I, for one, love having variety….then again, who doesn’t?

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Anyways, back to my love of blueberries, they’re amazing, and can be put in such a wide array of baked goods, and dishes. My favorites being ones like, soft blueberry muffins for on the go, blueberry pancakes on Saturday morning, cold blueberry + banana smoothies to cool down on a hot summer day, and finally, scones. I love a good blueberry scone. Haha But, I tend to be rather picky when it comes to scones. You see, I often find scones to be rather dry. Which then leads to that awkward, this-won’t-go-down-my-throat…my-mouth-is-coated-in-scone…how-much-liquid-can-one-person-drink-while-eating-such-a-small-thing, situation. Which is not pretty, nor enjoyable. To me at least.

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Occasionally, I’ve stumbled on these scones that are more tender, but still maintained that slight crumb that makes a scone, a scone in my opinion. What’s the secret to make them more tender and moist you ask? More cold butter. It’s as simple as that.  I swapped the traditional butter, with Earth Balance dairy-free butter, and you honestly could not tell the difference.

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I’ve recently been trying out a new gluten free flour blend, it’s a measure-for-measure from King Arthur Flour, and I absolutely love it. If you bake gluten-free much, and are looking for a more accessible flour mixture (so you don’t have to deal with figuring out the right measurements of each individual GF flour), I highly recommend this one. I haven’t found it to have much, if any, after taste, nor does it seem to weigh down the baked goods as much as other blends I’ve tried have. So, that is the flour blend I used for this recipe. You’re welcome to try using a different one, but do so with a bit of caution, as not all blends react in the same way, so it can be harder to know if they’d come out right or not. 🙂

GF, Blueberry Scones/w Almond Glaze-

Dry Ingredients-

  • 2 C.  Gluten-Free, Cup-for-Cup Flour Blend (I used Measure for Measure blend from King Arthur Flour)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tb. Baking Powder
  • 1/3 C. White Sugar

Wet Ingredients-

  • 1/2 C. Cold or frozen, Butter, cut into chunks, or shredded (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 Flax Egg (1 Tb. Flax-meal + 3 Tb. Water)
  • 1/3 C. Milk of choice, plus some for brushing (You can used dairy-free milk, just add about a tablespoon more butter, to balance out the fat)
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 C. Blueberries, frozen

Glaze Ingredients-

  • 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tb. Milk of Choice

Directions-

Preheat oven to 400°, and line baking pan with parchment paper, or silicone mat.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, until well combined.

In a food processor or using a fork (I recommend using shredded butter for the latter), mix with dry ingredients, until it resembles, course meal.

Add the flax egg, milk, and vanilla, mix with a wooden spoon until combined (this took a bit of time)

Gently fold in the blueberries.

Transfer dough to prepared pan, press into about an 8″ disk, and cut with sharp knife or pizza cutter, into 7-8 pieces.

Gently separate pieces on your pan, and brush each with milk.

Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Once they’ve cooled for about 5-10 minutes, using a fork drizzle glaze all over each one.

For the Glaze-

In a small bowl, beat together all ingredients, until smooth.

Makes: 7-8 Scones