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Upcycling shoes and bags is for those of us who love to break the rules, express ourselves, have fun, and come up with highly individual designs. Once you let Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter show you how easy it is to transform your plain, unloved, or worn-out shoes and bags into fantastic new accessories, you’ll regret the day you cleaned out your closet and took your old shoes and bags to Goodwill! To get a taste of what’s possible — and how to do it — take a look at our DIY shoes and upcycled handbags, read our Getting Started section, and shop our online store for paint, our own formula of glitter for shoes and bags, embellishments, kits, books and expert advice.

“It’s like Martha Stewart meets Manolo Blahnik!”

OUR FIRST VIDEO WORKSHOP is now available at the Sassy Feet store! Shot in our own studio, we show you step by step how to paint GORGEOUS, professional-looking shoes and bags. It’s easy when you see how! The workshop includes more than an hour of information and demos with four bonus tracks on how to add sparkle to your shoes and bags using our own Glitter It! Glaze.

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If you’ve never tried revamping or upcycling your shoes or handbags, you are in for a treat! In this book you’ll find all the inspiration, examples, tips, tricks, and how-info you need to paint and embellish leather, manmade leather and fabric shoes and bags. Authors Margot Silk Forrest and Destiny Carter, the lively and irreverent divas of the shoe-it-yourself movement, present more than 80 of their DIY designs that you can copy or adapt for your own use. Also includes detailed how-to information on painting shoes and bags, stitching and gluing on embellishments, choosing the right paints and glues, and much more.

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Since starting our project-oriented blog in February 2009, we have published nearly 250 posts on how to paint, glitter, and/or embellish shoes, bags, accessories and clothing. You won’t find one post about our pets, our kids, or our hospital stays! Just all DIY, all the time. You can search for any topic on the blog or on this site using the search bar at the top right of every page on our site. For fun, search for paisley, “metallic leaf”, or couch.  

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    5-stars-transI purchased the Crimson and Pearl Emerald Lumiere paints. They are fantastic! The brush on very smoothly, and I love the pearlized/metallic sheen.


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