Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Making Good

This blog post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy.  The carriage leading up to mine is A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E by The Accidental Mom Blogger.  Adeline is a Stay-at-home-mum and also a jewelry artisan, so check our her creations!

We've been lucky that when our kids were born, there were lots of hand-me-downs and we hardly had to buy any clothes other than the occasional splurge.  But when it came to Little One's turn, most of the items were already 4th hand.  Being 4th hand meant that the home clothes were nicely seasoned and softened until there were very comfortable, which is great for little ones!  But when it came to footwear, they were all in various sad states.  Fake leather on some cute mini shoes started flaking off. Other shoes had the entire sole fall off!  This particular pair of sandals started coming apart:

Sandals falling apart

The strange thing about this pair of sandals was that the Hubs actually asked me to repair it when I was ready to chuck it in the bin!  Why is that strange?  Because the Hubs is usually the "thrower" in the family.  Maybe he realised that the part that was still holding on (see ugly glue bits in the top photo) was actually the part where I used the glue gun on.  Anyway, I set about fixing this using my trusty glue gun:

Glue gun to the rescue!

After lots of glue, glue and more glue, the sandal is back in one proper piece again!  Yes I know, there's hot glue peaking out everywhere.... but my goal was to make it wearable, not to make it look brand new :p  Now, this pair of sandals will be reserved for wading in water when the Little One goes fishing in the river.  Hopefully all that water wouldn't make it disintegrate again.  If it does, I suppose a little drying and gluing will get it ready for the next fishing session.  I'd rather Little One keep his other newer, nicer shoes away from the water.

All fixed!

Now that I'm done with my repair, let's see who's in the next carriage - Yaney from Adopt an Ami!!  She is a multi-talented crafter who dabbles in various mediums.  Other than her cute amigurumis, what caught my eye were the Harry Porter series items - kawaii!!!

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on "Making Good".  What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have?  Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives.  Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft.  The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the "Making Good" blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with.  Have you mended anything today?


  1. Oooh, hot glue gun the rescue! Let me know how long it will last with the sandal. Thank you for taking part!

  2. It looks like your repair should hold until the sandals don't fit any more.

  3. hot glue guns are dangerous! that said, they are also fun :) what a great idea to use the hot glue, I don't think any type of regular craft glue would hold. my first thought was staples (haha)! Great repair and hopefully he gets a lot more use of these sandals!.

  4. Nice repair! Shoes are often given up and I am huge on repairing and even refashioning shoes. Well done!

  5. Hot glue guns are great for so many things!!! And, they out grow shoes SO quick, you have to get the full use out of them... I wouldn't have wanted to throw them out either. Thanks for sharing!!

    Joining the blog train on May 14!

  6. So far, the glue has held up to 2 wading in the water fishing sessions of about 1/2h each - still in 1 piece! Now these are left in the school for outdoor play and no complaints from the teachers yet :p yeah.... Little one will soon outgrow these. Hope the bigger hand me down shoes are still ok