Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Week 7: Shoes

This week's challenge is "shoes". The story of the ruby red slippers is special to me now because of where we live. The little home that we live in use to be on MGM's lot back in the 30's while they were making the Wizard of Oz. This house was the tailor's shop for that movie. Our landlady is the granddaughter of the tailor and she has memories of sitting by him while he sewed the munchkin costumes in this home. I like to imagine that his expert sewing spirit lingers here and when I sew he helps me along. :)

Our home is very special. It actually has two very large windows that go most of the length and heigth of the house on one side. Our tailor friend requested the windows to be that large so that he could look over the studio lot as he sewed. When he retired, he asked to live in his tailor shop. So, MGM picked up this little tailor shop by truck and let him pick where he wanted it placed. And, here it has stayed in a beautiful neighborhood with a rare, beautiful backyard in this crowded city.

We love being a part of this little history and it's fun to feel like we own a little bit of those ruby slippers. :)

(Does the black and white striped background remind you of anything from the movie? First person to guess right gets some candy.) :)

21 comments:

valerie said...

Another absolutely gorgeuos card and what a fantastic story to go with it, do you have a photo on your blog of your house I would love to see it. Is the black and white the stripes on the wicked witches tights

marie said...

wow wow wow what a great story,your kids will have a great story to tell at school.
love the card heaps.
don't know about the black and white stripes, but now i'm in the mood to watch the movie.
love to see photo's of your place

jess said...

My FaVOUriTE card of yours so far!!!
Awesome!!

Lis said...

What an absolutely beautiful story and card. How special is it to have a home with such a history!

ania said...

Such a lovely story, and it matches your card perfectly!!

Jenny said...

What a cool story! That is so awesome! Oh, and I love the card. What a great idea for the prompt!

Penelope Crackers said...

Hooray! You got it Valerie! It's the wicked witch's tights. I have a pair and love to wear them around sometimes with different skirts for fun. You get the candy, only I don't know how to get it to you. :)

Lynn said...

Love the story behind this! Great card!

Rachel Whetzel said...

Yes! The black and white is from the Wicked Witch of the EAST'S tights! I love your shoe story! Perhaps the best of them all that I've read so far!

rachel

Dutchie in Canada said...

What a great card, looked at all the other ones,girl, I like those!! Very beautiful how you paint/draw these!!!
Love the story behind the shoes too!

Kristen said...

Look at you, being a stud! Awesome card Crackers! I only wish I had visited sooner so I COULD HAVE THE CANDY! You would have no problem getting it to ME.... :)

jessica said...

I never knew that about your house. That is awesome! Love the drawing too by the way.

Seth Hippen said...

Hey Lady, loverly stuff you've got here. You are a wonderful artist. I really like those shoes, especially the heel! The swirly yellow brick road is great too.

Nat said...

What a cool story- I so love this and as always your amazing drawing!!!

suebaru said...

Beautiful card, I love the story behind it!

lusi said...

How awesome! Gorgeous card :0)
Lusi x

Aashild said...

I'm sitting here - looking at your beatuiful, no, stunning card, reading the lovely story, looking at your card again... I'm sooo impressed by your paintings!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kathy O said...

Wow, you are so talented. I am in awe at the thought and work that goes into each of your cards. I can't wait to see the end result in future weeks.

Emily Falconbridge said...

oh my - what a cool story! i must come to your house at once to see the magic! love the ruby slippers. you need to illustrate a book karralen, you are SO talented, this is just the type of thing i would love to look at as a kid (and a big kid!)

happydays525 said...

Really, very special. Love all of your cards and the stories that are attached to them. Thanks so much for sharing!

Debbie said...

I absolutely agree with all the other comments. Beautiful card! Wonderful story! Please, please, please show us some pix of your house!