Today is January 29 and most places in the US are experiencing the Polar Vortex that has descended on us in a most unwelcome way. But today is far more than that, yes. It just so happens to be the same day that the state of Kansas became the 34th state of the Union in 1861! A little history lesson here on the Christmas blog today, hehee. But, there is a party involved I understand.
According to wikipedia, the people of Kansas have been celebrating this momentous day ever since 1877! It took them 16 years to find a way to commemorate the day, but once they did they never let go. That is a LONG time, like 137 years long. Have you heard of this holiday? I hadn't until just the other day, and it made me start thinking about Dorothy and those ruby red slippers of hers. What, you don't instantly think of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz when you think about Kansas? Okay, well here's another question for you. Do you know any little girls that would like to have a pair of those ruby red slippers? Maybe for Christmas? ;)
The ruby red slippers could be used, obviously, as slippers, or for dress up, or they could sit on the shelf next to favorite dolls and simply represent the dream world of a little girl. They could be mounted in a shadow box and hung on the wall, never to be worn but always there as a reminder of the importance of dreaming. Whatever lesson you wish to convey, these adorable shoes would really please I think, don't you think so?
I found several places online that give tutorials on how to make these metaphorical shoes, but I'm not sure we really need super detailed instructions for this project because it really is pretty simple. Here's all you have to do"
1. Just start with a pair of ballet shoes, and spray paint them red, two coats.
2. Allow to dry thoroughly, 48 hours should do it.
3. Lay out red sequins, and using a glue gun, attach the sequins to the shoes. (warning, this will take awhile)
4. Again, allow to dry. Once dry, shake them to see if any of the sequins fall off. If they do reapply.
And, that's it. A really nice gift would be to give the book The Wizard of Oz along with the ruby red slippers. Any little girl would love these....and some big girls I know would too.