skating away.

Who remembers the old show Ally McBeal?  Am I seriously dating myself with that one?   It was on back in the olden days when you actually had to watch a TV show when it was scheduled to be on.  Ah, the memories.

Well anyway, I was a fan of that show and at the time I purchased their Christmas CD which is mainly Vonda Shepard, but also a couple of numbers by the actors from the show including I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus sung by Jane Krakowski and the song River sung by Robert Downey Jr.

Who knew that Iron Man could sing?

Well, that song is one of my favorites from the CD.  It’s a bit melancholy, but it’s so beautiful.  Normally I give myself permission to start listening to Christmas music on Thanksgiving, but I’m starting a little early this year.

I don’t actually wish I had a river that I could skate away on, but somehow that song always pops into my head when I see ice skates!

When I dug that pair of ski’s out of the back of the carriage house that I posted last week, I also grabbed this pair of skates.  These are another item that was left over from my occasional sale last year.  They weren’t quite so grungy at the time of the sale, but a year in the carriage house lean-to did them no favors.

So I decided to paint them.  Because … duh … that’s what I do!

I started by removing the laces and putting them in a bucket of water with some OxyClean to soak.  Then I washed the dirt off the skates with some Dawn dish washing soap and water and let them dry.

Then I painted them with Fusion’s English Rose.  After all, I did decide to have a pretty in pink Christmas this year, remember?

It only took one coat to get this beautiful coverage by the way. Once the paint was dry I added a couple of rub-on’s from my scrap-booking stash.  Unfortunately, I’ve had the leafy rub-on that is on the side of the skate so long that I doubt you could find it to purchase anymore.  If you want to search, it’s from the Sabrina line from Making Memories.

Didn’t those laces brighten up nicely from their soak in the OxyClean?

I also added a few random number rub-on’s from Tim Holtz.  Some on the heels …

and some on the toes …

By the way, if you know anything about ice skates you might have noticed that these are training skates.  You can’t really tell in the photos, but they are little bitty … only about 8″ long, meant for a little girl who is new to ice skating.

But I really think of them as a home decor item rather than for actual skating.  They are perfect for draping over a vintage sled, don’t you think?



28 thoughts on “skating away.

  1. That Ally McBeal soundtrack is such a gem! I have (no joke) seven versions of River and that version has always been my favorite. 🙂


  2. Absolutely adorable! Love this post….the album (I have it!), the skates (I had them), the pink is so pretty, and you are a wordsmith. Nice to wake up to such a lovely read this morning.


  3. I still have my ice skates! We have a pond so one year it actually froze well enough to skate, so I tried them out. I used to be so good at it, but years and added weight will keep me from doing that again! Lol. I may have to paint mine! Now if I just knew where I put them! I need help purging. Lol


    1. Well, I was never good at ice skating … although I did have skates both as a kid and as an adult. I think Mr. Q and I went skating about twice before I decided it really wasn’t for me. That was during my ‘trying to find a winter sport that I enjoy’ phase. Since then I’ve determined that the answer to that question is ‘indoor painting’.


  4. I love the little pink skates!! I received my milk paint giveaway.. thanks so much hoping for some time over the holiday to try it out!!☺️


  5. I purchased a Vo da Sheppard cd due to the show… not the soundtrack, though. I loved that cd. I’ll have to see if I still have it. And then see if I can track down theriver song 😉


  6. Hey there! This is Jill from the Chaska MMS event. Omg, I loved that show and I, too, bought that cd! Gotta see if I still have it. I’m starting early with music too…!


      1. Hi, sorry, I totally forgot to mark the post to let me know when you reply..! Lol

        We are moving to Ohio so I’m packing and painting the house to get it ready for the market. Planning to paint this Sunday finally…! Can’t wait!!!

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    1. I wonder if it is on Netflix, or maybe Hulu. Hmmmm. As for the skates, although they didn’t sell last year, once they were pink I brought them in to Reclaiming Beautiful and they flew off the shelf 😉


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