If you’re observant, you may notice I have a favorite pair of boots. They are my go-to for events, photo-shoots, videos, church, tooling around, etc. Basically any time I need to wear “real clothes”.
They are the Deerfield boots from LL Bean and Jeff bought them for me for Christmas a few years ago. They don’t carry the exact style any longer, but they offer a few that are similar. Anyway, they are comfy and they just get better with age.
I honestly don’t mind that they are scuffed and wrinkled, but I figured they could use a little TLC.
Kriste wrote a post for the MMSMP blog about hydrating and polishing her leather booths with our Hemp Oil and 100% Beeswax Finish. Her boots looked amazing and I happened to have both products on hand (duh), so I tried it on my favorite boots.
Believe it or not, I haven’t used Hemp Oil on my leather boots before! I’ve used it on a lot of other leather pieces, but I don’t wear my boots to the studio very often, so I just didn’t think of it.
Well, the Hemp Oil hydrates the leather and cleans it a bit as well. I applied it like I would on a piece of furniture – brushing it on and then wiping off all excess with a microfiber cloth. I then applied some 100% Beeswax Finish to polish to boots and bring back some shine, again, using a microfiber cloth. The nice thing about the Beeswax is it adds a very warm, natural shine. These boots just wouldn’t look right really glossy.
And wow! I couldn’t do the other boot fast enough! Well, I had to take a picture first, but then I couldn’t do the other boot fast enough. I am a blogger, after all.
The color did fade again as the oil dried, but they looked so rich an beautiful. I have another pair of favorite boots that will be getting this treatment.
Kriste shared more of a detailed tutorial on the process, so you can check that out on the MMSMP blog, if you’re interested.
It does make me happy, though, that our products are so versatile. If something does one thing well, that’s awesome. If it does a lot of things well, that’s a staple.
I do need to take my boots to a cobbler (Are they still called that?), though, and have some repair done to the heel. They are such beautiful boots that it will be worth it.
Since I’m sharing about wearable items today, I thought I would also share about the linen smock apron I’ve been wearing lately. I spotted it at Stephanie’s shop when I was teaching the workshops at Me & Mrs Jones. There was one on a mannequin and I gravitated right to it. There’s something nostalgic about a smock-style, cross-backed apron and this one was linen.
I tried it on and asked Shaunna if it looked like a linen sack on me.
She smiled and answered in her southern drawl, “Um… Yes. It does. But, not really in a bad way.”
I shrugged the apron off and scrunched my nose. I really don’t need to wear things that are sack-like. They just don’t do anything for me.
But, I really, really loved it. I’m sure you’ve been there before. You know what you’re wearing might be a shapeless sack…it might even constitute a moo-moo, but you still love it.
Well, I borrowed one of Stephanie’s paint-splattered cotton aprons in the same style as I prepared for the workshop and I fell in love with the apron even more. It has cute pleated pockets I could keep things in or tuck my hands in, which I tend to do when I feel fidgety. I like the cross-back style and how generous the fabric is, so it’s comfortable and not cinched around my waste.
I grabbed it back off the mannequin before the workshop started and thrusted it in Stephanie’s hands in resignation.
“I’m buying it. I don’t care if it’s a sack.”
Stephanie ended up gifting it to me, but I had to argue with her over it for a little bit. Our horns were locked. She wanted to give her guest a gift and I wanted to support my hostess and fellow creative entrepreneur.
She said I could show my support to the vendors at the Fancy Little Flea. I backed down and accepted the smock.
I have received several comments and e-mails asking where they can be purchased. If you live in the Memphis, TN area, you can buy them at either of the Me & Mrs. Jones locations. (They are made by a local seamstress for Stephanie.)
Me & Mrs Jones does not have an online shop, but if you’re not local to her and interested in purchasing one, you can send an e-mail to Stephanie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get pricing, measurements, and to place an order.
I wear mine all the time and I find that it makes me want to wear actual clothes to the studio, not just my painting clothes. I’ll wear those when I know I’m going to be doing a lot of dirty work, but it’s nice to wear a pair of jeans and a nice shirt, or some leggings and a casual dress sometimes. I can just throw my smock on and not worry about paint splatters.
And, this is totally silly, but it does make me feel a bit more like a “real artist”.
Any preschool student knows that an artist needs a smock…