Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The 10 Most Expensive Shoes in the World.

Flip Flops, Footwear, Sandals, Shoes  Ok, I admit, I prefer flip flops or bare feet.  Unfortunately you can't wear flip flops or go bare food when its extremely cold out. I end up wearing shoes (boots or sneakers depending) way more than I like.

I hear people talk about Prada or Jimmy Choo when discussion shoes but I wouldn't know either one if I tripped over it because I usually go for whatever practical shoe is on sale.

I do know that both brands cost a bit more than I'm willing to pay, well a lot more.  So have you ever wondered how much the most expensive shoes in the world cost?  Who makes them? 

Well, eight out of ten of the most expensive shoes are made by Stuart Weitzman who head a shoe company by the same name.  The following list is from cheapest to most expensive.

10. The Stuart Weitzman Diamond Dream Stilettos sell for a cool $500,000.  These beautiful shoes are covered with 1420 diamonds.  They have not been worn since 2007.

9. The original Ruby shoes from the Wizard of Oz are worth $612,000.  Actually, only one was sold for this price, the other one was also listed for $200,000 but it didn't sell.

8. Stuart Weitzman's Retro Rose Pumps went for $1,000,000.  These shoes are covered with 1,800 diamonds and are similar to shoes from the 1940's.  These were last worn in 2008.

7. He also created the Marilyn Monroe shoes are also valued at $1,000,000.  Miss Monroe never actually wore these shoes but they were designed with her in mind. The diamonds on these shoes match the satin.

6.  His Platinum Guild Stilettos are worth $1,090,000.  This sandal like shoe has 464 diamonds attached to it.  It was last worn in 2010.

5. Stuart Weitzman created his own version of the "Ruby Slippers" which go for $1,600,000.  The 642 Burmese rubies match the beautiful red satin.

4. His Tanzanite heels take their name from the fact the shoes have 185 blue Tanzanite stones in them.  They cost $2,000,000 due to the additional 28 diamonds spread around the blue stones.

3. Stuart Weitzman also designed his "Cinderella Shoes" worth $2,000,000 due to the 565 diamonds decorating these stunning shoes.

2. He created a beautiful pair of shoes for Rita Hayworth who loved wearing them.  Her daughter now owns the $3,000,000 shoes.

1. Harry Winston created a set of Ruby Slippers to honor the 50th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. These shoes are beautifully decorated with over 4,600 gemstones and are the most expensive shoes at a price of $3,000,000.

I feel bad when I spend over $50 on a pair of shoes.  I'd hate to spend a few million for a pair of shoes I'd be scared of loosing stones from.  I assume most people who buy these shoes treat them as art and not as clothing.

Let me know what you think.  Have a good day.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

8 Homemade Stain Removers

Animal, Animal Photography, Carpet, Cat  I hate buying tons of cleaning supplies.  If you believe all the advertisements, you'd have to have stuff for clothing, carpet, dishes, floors, etc and your house would be overrun with products.

I usually keep a few basic supplies around so I can clean stains without relying on a ton of products.  I have enough stuff without adding to the clutter.

Stain removers do not have to be complex or fancy and most use things you have around your house.

1.  Stain remover for clothing.  Mix one part Dawn dish washing liquid with two parts hydrogen peroxide.  Add one to two tablespoons of baking soda till you have a paste.  Place some on the front side of the garment and rub or brush in.  Repeat on back side so you've attacked the stain on both sides.  Let set at least an hour, then wash.  Make sure the stain is out before drying.  If the stain is not gone, repeat procedure.  Store remainder in a sealed jar or plastic container.

2. The above recipe without the baking soda makes a nice liquid which can be sprayed on stains to remove them.  Its said to work on grease, chocolate, and other tough stains.  In addition, it works on carpets.

3. To remove ink from clothing, apply either hand sanitizer or non aerosol hair spray to the area with ink.  Let it set about 10 minutes before washing.

4.  Years ago, a lady who worked in the garment industry recommended white rain hair spray to remove permanent marker from clothing.  I tried it on a something I bought with marker across the back.  Although it took a few applications, it worked.  I sprayed it on, let set, then rinsed.  I use that anytime I need to get rid of permanent marker.

5. If you want to remove ink from the carpet, use equal parts of milk and cornstarch to create a paste.  Apply it to the ink and let set till dry.  Vacuum up the powder.  Repeat if needed.

6. Use club soda to remove pet urine.  If your pet leaves a wet area, blot it up, apply club soda, blot and use a diluted carpet cleaner to clean it up.  This also works on coffee and tea stains.

7.  Equal parts of lemon juice and water are great for removing sweat stains from clothing.  Mix, scrub, and wash. 

8.  Another way to remove sweat stains its to rub white vinegar into the affected spot, then wash.

Have a great time using these.  There are more out there but this is a small collection which can easily cover all your needs.  Let me  know what you think.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Oldest Man in Village Passed On.

A few days ago, one of the elders passed away.  I tried to find a picture of him on the internet but I didn't find any.  This man, David Boyscout Senior, died at the official age of 96 based on his baptismal certificate which only noted the date he was baptized.

Alaska, Wilderness, Tundra, MountainsHe was born on the tundra in the days before women went to hospitals to give birth.  I don't know what season it was because they talked about being born in berry season, or fishing season according to the substance calendar.  They didn't record the actual date of birth because the western calendar had not fully arrived in the area.

The Catholic Church was just coming into the area so when he had been on the earth several years, he agreed to be baptized into the church.  No one is sure of his age when this happened.  His family say he was around eleven which would make him 107 when he died but I don't know.  I agree he was over 100 years old.

What is so remarkable about this man is what he accomplished in his life.  He worked for others with little knowledge of the English language. Married twice and was father to at least 5 children.  He spent his Sunday's leading church services when the priest was not in town.

Yet his biggest accomplishment dealt with education.  I do not know how much he had if any other than what the church provided locally but he valued it.  Many years ago, when a court case determined all students had the right to be educated from K to 12 in their own villages, villages were put together to establish school districts.

Mr. Boyscout and four other elders fought to keep their village a single site school district. They had a vision for the village children which could only be accomplished by retaining control of their school.  It was not an easy fight but they persevered and got their wish. 

This one school district has its own school board who work hard to fulfill the elders vision.  The elders come to meetings to express their opinions in the local language because they are more comfortable.  I usually ask one of my friends to summarize the message.

Mr. Boyscout was one of those men who seldom slowed down.  One time when he broke a hip, he was medivaced into Anchorage.  As soon as he was able, he took himself out of the hospital and had his family bring him home.  Every Sunday, someone made sure he got to church for the service.  One Sunday, I saw him riding on the back of a four wheeler driven by a police officer. 

He spent several days a week at school, observing its workings.  He'd speak to the children, watch everything from his seat in the office, and shake hands or talk to people.  He loved to share his wisdom with the younger generation.  Even after he broke his hip, he'd still come to school, sit in a wheel chair and continue his mission of watching over the school.

I'll share one last thing with you.  One time, years ago, I accepted a ride from him.  I sat on the back of his snow machine while he sped across the lake to my house.  I kid you not, that man was worse than many others in that he was truly loved speed.  I prayed all the way home because I didn't know a snow machine could go that fast.  Yes he had a reputation as Speedy Gonzales.

I saw him driving a four wheeler, a few months back, headed to the store.  One of his grand daughters rode on the back with her face covered.  I think she was embarrassed as his machine crawled along, being passed by walkers.

He was ready to move on.  He will be missed by all.  His funeral was held Saturday afternoon.  I will miss his presence at the school.

Good bye Mr. Boyscout. 



Friday, March 24, 2017

The Children's Garden

Every adult in the group had to go through the multi level experience with hidden corners, small narrow pathways wandered through the area. 

 The above is small fountain with painted lily pads and flowers. Very whimsical.  The dragon below was on oneside of the walkway while the tail was on the wall across the way.
 The dragon attracted little children.  There are paint brushes just to the side in a box which are used by children to paint the walls.
 Sprinkled around the area are water ponds such as this one with the birds.
The below is a nook hidden off to the side with chairs on each side of the stained glass window.  
 There are more animal shaped water fountains sprinkled around.
 So cute and fun.  I loved the children's garden with all its fun creatures and displays.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures I've shared over the past few days.  I love taking pictures of flowers more than people.  Let me know what you think.  Have a good day.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tree Houses of Longwood Gardens.

I do not know how many acres Longwood Gardens cover but I do know there are several tree houses spread out around the place.  Since it is spring, I was unable to get to all the tree houses but I managed to take pictures of two fun ones.

This first one you stumble across if you follow the path to the right around towards the water garden.  It is a small two to three story building with a class window at the very, very, top.  

When you climb up the stairs, just before you enter the building, you come across this beautifully carved mythical creature who is guarding the door.  

 As we followed the path along toward the cafe, we came across this huge place with two different tree houses.  The front one is more open while the back one is a bit more finished.
Behind the part you see in the above photo is the hall you see in the photo below.  I love the curved roof.

 Inside both of the buildings, you can find these steampunk like creations with bells at the end.  I wasn't able to figure out exactly how it was supposed to work but the guys with the group spent some time playing with them.

Yes, everyone had a blast.  Tomorrow, the whimsical children's garden. I hope you all enjoyed the pictures.  Have a good day.  Let me know what you think.