Saturday, April 25, 2009

My Forty Shoes

And no two are alike!! I collect shoes and this is where I keep them. On top I have my French enamelware but I cut off the top of the coffee pot. The middle one is a French lunch box. Way too cute!! Any way back to the shoes. When my Grandmother passed away I inherited her "boot collection" as she called it. There were probably 10 in all and as you can see I have added lots and lots to the collection. I'm always on the lookout for an unusual or one I don't have. I have a couple that are similar but no two are alike. The newer styles in the pictures were all gifts. Hallmark has a shoe collection and people thought I should include those but I like the old ones and that is what I buy. When I go somewhere new I always bring back a shoe to remember my time there. Even a special day.
As you can see I need a new cupboard to keep them in. I bought this one at a flea market a couple of years ago. It sits on top of a small bookcase where I keep some of my cookbooks. Did you catch the word some?

The green shoe is Vaseline glass. I purchased that on in Canton, TX. Believe it or not I remember where most of them were found. The little one on the left is a pin cushion.

The boots in the last row were some of my Grandmother's collection.

The glass shoes on the left are all Fenton.

The small boot on the right with the purple flower is from Cape May, NJ. The little pitcher was my Grandma's too. The sandal has a magnet top so the shoe actually is two pieces. What you would put in it would be any one's guess because it is so small.

See the shoe with the baby on top of it.

I love the one with a picture of an old lady too!

And some of my cookbooks. You notice I said some. This is where I keep Ina, Giada, Martha, Julia, Jacques and all my French cookbooks. Or at least most of them. As you can see it is overflowing and some are stacked between the bookcase and the wall. I hope you enjoyed seeing my shoe collection. I always smile when I look at them. Wonder what I'll find this summer at the flea markets and my adventures.

And last but not least is this beautiful award I received from Nancy. Thank you Nancy!! It is a beautiful award.


FancyHorse said...

You're welcome, itmatches your wallpaper, doesn't it? :-)

My mother-in-law had a large collection of shoes similar to this. Most of them were sold at the estate sale before she moved in with my brother-in-law. I kept her George and Martha Washington shoes, and one small one that is just like a larger one that my mother has. I'll take pictures of them and post them for you some time.

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Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh my gosh Judy! I love little shoes too .But your collection has far surpassed mine !

M.Kate said... really fooled me and I thought you collected the real shoes. Well, the shoes are really pretty and such a beautiful collection....wish we have these here too. Happy Sunday..hugs/M

Cherdecor said...

Good Morning, Judy,
I loved looking at all your collections. How very, very interesting! The little "boots" are so cute! AND I couldn't believe all the cookbooks you have! I love cookbooks too but you have many more.

Thanks for letting us see your collections and enjoy them too.

LaundryBasketCase said...

Wow Judy, what a beautiful collection. I was also fooled into thinking you were posting about pairs of shoes :). But I don't mind, these are even more lovely to look at. Inspiring collection!

Simone said...

What a vast shoe and cookbook collection! I think I like the green glass shoe the best. It makes me think of the glass slipper in Cinderella!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Such a cute collection. Two of my favourite things, shoes and cook books X

Shellmo said...

Those shoes are so pretty and dainty!

Melissa said...

What a wonderful collection and even more wonderful way of keeping your Grandmother's memory alive.

Love Melissa

Libby Murphy said...

Cookbooks and shoes, oh la la I love it. Only my shoes are in my closet. Thanks for visiting with us at TwirlandTaste.
Happy Twirls

Bren said...

This are wonderful! I am so happy you stopped by my garden today and left such a wonderful message so I could stop by your page. The shoes are WONDERFUL!!!!

Enjoy the spring new friend.

La Donna Welter said...

Love the shoe collection!
Thank you also for the congratulations! : )
La Donna

Barb said...

Hi Judy,

Oh my gosh, you do have the shoes. Fabulous! I really like the cabinet also. Wish I could find something like that.
Congrats on your award. YAY!!!!


Calming Scents said...

what a neat collection! I've never seen so many and never knew anyone that had a shoe collection.

the cookbooks i can identify with-i never tire of them


Hi Judy,

What a lovley shoe collection, made special because they were your Grandma's :) and with memories of places you have been.
Thanks for sharing them.
What's for dinner??? You sure love your cookbooks..I still haven't tired anything new or even looked thru some of my cookbooks...too busy blogging!!
Deb :)

Kim's Treasures said...

You have some great collections! How nice to had the boots handed down to you!

sewtakeahike said...

I love all your boots Judy! That's really cool that you inherited some of them from your grandmother, what treasures.

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun collection Judy! I really like that cute little one with the baby on top. And, of course, I'm very happy to hear that you have Ina in your collection ;-)!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow what alot of cook books you have !

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Judy, Your collection is amazing. I collect baby shoe planters from the 1940's....something I started doing when my grand-daughter was born. It's a fun and inexpensive thing to collect although I have noticed prices starting to rise. When you decide to fix a big meal using all the cookbooks, please know that I will be standing in line. :) ~ Lynn

Claire said...

The shoes are precious!

Lydia said...

Hello Judy,
I love your shoe collection! A friend of mine also collects shoes and I've bought some for her on birthday.
Have a great day,

FancyHorse said...

I'll try to remember to take pictures of the small and larger shoes tomorrow. They are at Mother's house. I'll take a picture of G. and M. Washington, too.

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Melissa said...


Once again, I must thank you for your kindness.

Love Melissa

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Judy~This is one wonderful "Boot" collection! I enlarged every picture so I could see every detail.
Of course I picked out my favorites.
The ruffly and frilly Marie style shoes caught my attention.

Looks like you've also got great company in the kitchen with Ina and Giada...not to detract from Anna and Baileys culinary contributions of course, LOL!

Sweet wishes,

Natasha said...

I was perusing blogs tonight and came across your delectable shoe collection photos. Thank you for posting them! I fell in love with a Louis IV inspired porcelain shoe at first glance approx. one month ago, but discovered the blessed shoe had already found a new home with another admirer. Your blog entry has given me the inspiration necessary to discover 'MY perfect shoe', wherever it may be hiding at the moment. It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance!