Greetings Campers! In this episode we are celebrating summer! Sandals and summer memories! Here in the desert, the heat is upon us! 110 degrees this weekend! I'm pretty sure summer has arrived. Every year I find myself wishing we had a pool!!
When I think of summer memories growing up in Vegas, I think of swimming at the public pools, walking to the arcade at the Chapparel Apartments in the next neighborhood (which was a looong walk!) and playing kickball in the street with our neighbors. When we got older, my sister and I, and just about all of Las Vegas back then, would head out to "the cliffs" at Lake Mead. It was just one big ol' party out there all summer long! Cliff diving, boating, and there may have been some alcohol involved. We had so much fun, it should have been illegal (and probably was, lol).
I also think of spending summers in Florida with my grandparents. I would help my grandmother by working the window on the lunch truck they owned (long before lunch trucks became so popular!) serving the best sub sandwiches on the beach! I can still hear her saying, "Always ask the customer if they want chips or a drink with their sandwich!" I miss those days, my grandparents and the beach! Family, cool waves and my toes in the sand!
And since we are all going to have our toes in the sand or the grass sometime this summer, they may as well look cute! That is what this tutorial is for! Decorative footwear. The beauty of these "barefoot sandals" is that you can wear them two ways! Barefoot, or with your favorite pair of flip flops! This is a fun, easy craft, and I will show you how I make these cute decorative beaded sandals. I made a pair for my sister and already shipped them to her. The pair that I'm going to make for this tutorial is going to be for my niece.
BAREFOOT SANDAL TUTORIAL
1) Hemp cord or similar (make sure it's thin enough for beads to slide onto)
3) Any other decorative hardware you want to add to your sandal
4) Piece of small bent wire (for pulling cord through beads) or large beading eyelet/needle
And that's it!
Cut two separate lengths of about 60 inches of hemp cord, one for each sandal. A good way to make sure you have enough length is to wrap the cord around your middle toe and then your ankle about 4 times. If you want gladiator style sandals, wrap cord up the length of your calf and leave about 6 extra inches. You can always cut off any extra length. The sandals I am making are not gladiator style.
Place beads in the order you wish to string onto hemp cord, or you can just wing it like I do and start beading until you figure out what looks cute or what you like! I just used the lid to my craft container to keep beads in place. Also, you can use whatever kind of beads you want.
Fold hemp cord in half evenly and measure about 2 inches down for the toe loop and tie a knot. Or you can just place over your toe and knot where you like it.
Bend your piece of wire and loop both strands of hemp cord through at the opposite end bottom of strands as shown.
Place both pieces of wire through the bead.
Pull bead all the way through and down to the toe knot.
Now thread just one strand of cord through the wire.
Pull a bead through, or you can keep the strands doubled for a single line of beads instead of separate strands for your sandal. (you will see what I mean by taking a peek at Step 11)
Thread the second strand with a bead.
Thread about 4 or 5 beads down (depending on the size of your foot, which you may want to measure, or place sandal on your foot to see how far down the beads should go)
Then place a bead through both strands to lock the other beads into place as shown.
And now you are going to thread each strand separately with beads, these wrap around your ankle.
You can place sandal on your foot to measure length of beads you will need for each strand to wrap around to the back of your ankle. They should stop where they meet. (Please excuse the ant bite on my foot!)
Double knot each end to hold beads in place.
Now just copy what you've done for the other sandal!
Now try on your sandal and tie around your ankle. You can tie it in the front or back. If there is too much cord, cut the extra now.
And there you have a super cute pair of barefoot sandals to wear!
THE END OF TUTORIAL
Go forth and run barefoot through the grass or the sand, with the sunshine on your shoulders and beads on your feet! Enjoy making memories this summer!
Love and light,
Greetings Everyone! So this is it! My first blog post and launch of my new website! Well, technically, it is my second blog post, as I accidentally deleted the entire first one, lol! As if you needed any further proof, let me just start by saying that I have no idea what I am doing! But we are just going to give it a go and have some fun doing it, so bare with me and lets learn and laugh together!
So, what I love most about my hometown of Las Vegas, is that it is so much more than the "strip" and its famous tag line "What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas". Oh sure, we have great night life and clubs and casinos here, but we also have some incredible outdoor life!! We have mountains and trails and lakes and some of the most beautiful desert you have ever seen! Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead & Laughlin River are just a few of our great local outdoor treasures! We really do have the best of both worlds here. And you know what else? All of our 7-11's and drugstores are open 24/7! Midnight snack attack? Uncontrollable Slurpee craving at 2 AM? In desperate need of hair color or a prescription after hours?? No problem, we got ya covered ;)
Today I would like to share one of my other favorite places to go on the weekends here in Vegas, the Springs Preserve! As the blog title suggests, it is truly a Jewel In the Desert! It is a great place to take the kids, visitors or just yourself when you need a break. There is quite a lot to see and do here : Museums, Botanical Gardens, Cultural Events and Exhibits, Historical Exhibits, Learning Events and Exhibits, a great restaurant and my favorite, the trails! Which is where I went this past Saturday. Unfortunately, a lot of the trails were closed so I didn't get any pictures of the cool historical remnants, but I did get some nice shots of the other trails. The cool thing about this place is that if you are a Nevadan, the trails and gardens are FREE! If you are planning to visit any museums or exhibits the entrance fee is $9.95.
The first thing I always notice upon entering the Springs Preserve is that it is filled with beautiful bird song! I am a die hard music lover, but when I hike I prefer the sounds of Mother Nature! I got to see a family of furry critters scurry across the trail. I saw a lizard attempt to cross the road, he changed his mind when he saw me coming, lol. And there were lots of birds and other flying things! Here are some of the pictures I took on a beautiful Summer Saturday!
After walking the trails in the morning, I wanted to see the Butterfly Habitat Exhibit. What a lovely experience that was! Beautiful butterflies fluttering all about and beautiful flowers, it was almost like being in some kind of magical fairyland! Then on the way out they have to check you for "hitchhikers", lol. Make sure you don't leave with any of the butterflies! I got a few pictures of the habitat and even a few butterflies! You can't imagine how difficult it is to get a good picture of a butterfly!
And after a good hike and a good show, one needs a good meal! The Divine Café at the Springs Preserve has good food, good service and a good view! Jeez, think I could fit one more Good in there?? lol. What I especially love about this café is that they always have vegan options on the menu! Oh and they have a nice beer selection, too.
And that ends our trip to the Jewel In the Desert, the Springs Preserve! It was a lovely day. Hope you enjoyed reading about other fun things to do in Las Vegas besides gamble! Until next time!
Love & Light,