If you don't know her, Cari is an estate liquidator based near Detroit, Michigan. (A fellow Michigander!) She also has a shop where she sells antique finds and re-purposed items. My favorite quote from her is this: "Everything was once worth something to somebody, and it can be again." This couldn't have been a more perfect pairing!
Aside from all of that, Cari is incredibly down to earth and so sweet! She has already been responding via Twitter, to member inquiries about likes and dislikes, and has expressed in advance excitement and gratitude for all of the handmade goodies she will be receiving. Which just makes it an even greater pleasure to gift to her.
It took me forever to decide a color combination for her shoes. Her three favorite colors are green, orange and turquoise. All colors I love myself. But, I finally decided on orange and turquoise because I thought the warm color fit her warm personality.
Then it took me forever to decide on the embellishment. She doesn't strike me as overly flowery, so I decided on a bow. I had planned on putting it towards the back, but it just wasn't working visually. So, it ended up near the front. I simply adore the sumptuous silk it's made from.
The orange fabric was a remnant I had on hand. It looked fresh and modern and bright and cheerful. All words that came to mind when thinking of Cari. The turquoise silk is fabric I have held onto from my college days. That's a long time, and let's just leave it at that.
The soles were made from re-purposed suede. (Let's face it, I have no business wearing suede pants these days.) And the little turquoise beads on the bow were taken from a belt I bought at the Country Living Fair this year. I know that Cari was there as an exhibitor, so I thought it was fitting to add them!
I lined them with fleece, because I happen to know it gets really cold here in Michigan! Oh my gosh, I hope she loves them.