Like so many people, I opened last December's Romantic Homes with great enthusiasm. I love to see all of the beautiful holiday pages. When I came to Cathy Scalise's hand painted pink ice skates, they took my breath away. What a clever and creative idea! I absolutely loved them. I never thought to work on a pair myself. It seemed somehow out of my league.
A year passed, and I opened the December 2009 Romantic Homes and saw pink skates, this time made by a reader named Rosanne, who had received her inspiration from Cathy Scalise.
Feeling more confident in my craft, I bought a pair of white ice skates and went to work. I hand painted mine pink, and painted the black heels white. I also painted the blades white and added a thick dusting of ulta fine white glitter. I included some pink rick rack where the heel meets the leather. At the top I added some white marabou trim. Lastly, I added 13 pink ribbon roses for trim near the laces.
I like the way mine came out, although I admit I still think Cathy's are the prettiest I have seen. If not for Cathy's skates, I never would have thought of making a pair, so I am grateful to her for the inspiration.
To read more about Cathy and to see her amazing creations, please go to http://www.eleganceandwhimsy.com