Thursday, August 30, 2007

Homemade Simple

I am trying to jump onto the green bandwagon. Trying hard. The downfall is, I may decompose before I get there.

The first step, quite literally, was to try eco-friendly shoes. Made of recycled materials and natural materials, these Simple brand shoes are also for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Since I subscribe to Real Simple and Readymade magazines (where I saw the ad for the shoes), I figured it was going to be great conversation starter:

"Nice shoes, wanna--"

"I made them myself."

The materials arrived in a neat bag, string, needles, a thimble, two large pieces of brown leather to sew together (the soles were already attached) and shoe laces. They came Monday. I started to put them together Monday night...and lost one of the needles. I couldn't continue. On Tuesday night, after dinner, Steph found another needle around the house that I could use, but the string they sent with the shoes wasn't long enough. I had to stop. Wednesday night, I was armed with enough string and two needles and finally finished the shoes.

They look elvish. Something a "Lord of the Rings" dork would wear with green tights while walking around with a Nerf bow and arrow waiting in line for "The Hobbit" once it hits theaters whenever they figure out who'll direct it.

(I only know this because I get Entertainment Weekly, people)

But I made them. They remind me of moccasins. I almost feel like one of those people that go to CVS in the rain with house slippers on. Like I shouldn't be wearing them in public, just secretly around the house (while I play Dungeons and Dragons).

What? You don't have people like that at your CVS? I'm sure you have something of the equivalent. Buttcracks all hanging out? No? Something...