Monday, April 28, 2014

What to Do When Your Dog Eats a $230 Pair of Shoes?!

Just to be clear, I did not pay $230 for the shoes. I thrifted them from Goodwill for $5.96. They were my favorite pair, and I absolutely loved them because they were very well made, comfortable, and really cool. 

And Buckshot ate the right shoe. After we found the destroyed shoe, Jared looked up how much they were worth--out of curiosity or masochism, I'll never know-- and discovered that a used pair went for $230 on ebay. 

Shoot me now.

Anyway, once I finished throwing up, I decided I couldn't just throw the other one away! It was worth $115 just by itself! (Spare me the talk about how a shoe without it's mate is useless since the market for amputees with no right foot and a left one around size 8 is very small and so therefore the shoe is worth nothing. I don't care.) So what do I do with things I'm not sure what to do with? I turn them into a planter.

So, here's my shoe. Beautiful, wonderful shoe.


I started by drilling some holes for drainage. It was fine and easy closer to the toe section of the shoe, but DARN YOU BRUNO MAGLI AND YOUR FINE HANDMADE ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP! The center section was supported by a metal plate of some kind, and I didn't have the right bit to cut through it. The same went for the heel.


I added rocks for more drainage.


I made my own special dirt for succulents and cacti using a 1:1 ratio of potting soil and sand.


These little guys were on sale for a dollar a piece at Walmart.


And this groundcover has been taking over the world and is very hardy, so I thought I'd add that to my shoe as well. I don't know it's name, but it get little yellow flowers in the early summer.


and TA-DA! It's a cute planter!


I was still a little worried about the drainage, so I pointed the toe downhill, so that the water would hopefully go towards the holes in the shoe. Thankfully, our entire property is downhill, so that worked out nicely for once.

So, what about y'all? Do y'all have any funky planters around your house? I'd love to see them! Send me the links!

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