Those of you without small daughters - and possibly those with - should feel free to shake your heads in pity at any point during this post.
Once upon a time there were two little girls who were terribly deprived because their mean mummy wouldn't pay for Sky. So imagine their excitement at visiting friends' houses and being able to view the delights of NickJr and the enticing adverts therein. Including one for 'the cutest shoes' (allegedly). How could they resist?
So they asked mummy, over and over, if they could have a pair of Lelli Kelly shoes - also known in this house as Yelly Kellys, not only because of mispronunciation but also because of the excitement in small voices when the requests were made.
Dear reader, you'll have guessed by now that I am that mean mummy, and I hope you'll sympathise when I say that I nearly fainted dead away at the price of these shoes - the best part of £40, per pair, for glorified plimsolls! Not in this lifetime, darlings.
So, instead, we bought 2 pairs of white plimsolls (£2.25 each), 2 pots of fabric paint (£1.95 each), raided my stash for buttons, baubles and beads, and did them ourselves. Well, they wielded the paint tubes and I stitched the beads on. They're not the shop versions but I think they have a certain charm nonetheless!