Saturday, 30 August 2008

Completely losing the plot

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!

48 comments:

  1. Infinitely better then "Yelly Kelly" without a doubt! I'm a mean mummy who won't have Sky either!

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  2. they're gorgeous, and much more unique! oh and I'm a mean mummy too, for lots of reasons, including not buying a £300 lego model so if you can sort me out a DIY version of that I'll be for ever grateful!

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  3. Dear me, it seems there are some benefits to having produced male offspring.

    Much prefer your versions! They've got soul (sorry, been ODing on reality singing programmes - no Sky either).

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  4. I've seen quite a few pairs of Lelli Kellys in the shop lately, and your version is so much cuter!

    And good thing I don't have children, as we don't even have a television. I'd be the meanest mummy ever! K x

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  5. One definitely needs to earn bad mother points daily otherwise what is the point of labour??

    Take heart from the fact that you have had a fabulous time playing with your girls doing this PLUS it will be a memory they will share together years later over dinner in a rather nice country pub. Why yes, my sister has just been visiting! How could you tell??


    Plus we have no Sky, no video game console things and tv v. limited (so long as their father isn't home).

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  6. That is just the loveliest idea for the upcoming October holidays.

    I am a very poor stitcher. Do you think super glue would do the trick!!??

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  7. hey customised is way better than a version thousands can buy- good for you!! i dont think you're a mean mummy at all, more like a cool fun one!

    x

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  8. we only got sky a year or 2 ago, and that was for the football (poor DH just couldn't cope any longer!)
    I LOATHE yelly kellies, over priced plimmies - I am however) LOVING those homemade ones. Fab idea!!! (I am also a terrible mother - we have no TV in bedrooms, kitchen, dining room etc - and our TV is normal sized....my theory is if you have a huge TV, you are unlikely to have books and if you have no books you are not a proper person. Oh, such a snob...must be all the gin, hahahaha!)

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  9. I'm beyond mean, as I don't even know what Sky is! I assume it's some kind of satellite television, which I don't have either. In fact, the only thing my TV does is play the occasional video. Primitive!

    Your version of the shoes is ingenious -- love 'em!

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  10. Beautiful shoes, a busy afternoon and the satisfaction of knowing that they are unique because they made them themselves.

    Infinitely better than any shoes from any kelly!

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  11. How I would have loved small daughters to do such crafts with. Boys liked other things.(I still wouldn't have paid for the shoes, or Sky..even though LOST is lost..)

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  12. Mean mummy indeed!!! But I love the craft project rather than just getting the over priced finished product ;-) I think one day I shall be a mean mummy too .... until then I'm practicing by depriving our dog of the designer balls and doggie toys!

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  13. So much more fun (and cute too)than buying them surely!! Despite the fact we don't watch her, we're suffering from the Hannah Montanna merchandise nightmare here!

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  14. So sparkly, so lovely - just perfect for Teeny Tinies! How lucky they are to have a crafty Mum.

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  15. I too have two daughters obsessed with the very same shoes...They too are known as Yelly Kelly's...I think the obsession stems from the fact they get a free mobile phone lip gloss!! What every 2 year old needs!
    Can you believe all the doll adverts that have started to appear already? The "I wants" are already starting for Christmas presents and it's still August!! I give up!

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  16. You're so good at this sort of thing. I think you should write a book and share your ideas more widely!

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  17. ooh! I think they're much better than the otherones. Well done! x Perhaps you could do a few extra and sell them on Etsy!

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  18. I too am an extremely mean mummy. We do not pay for Sky. Luckily we have managed to avoid the want for the Lelli Kelly's, but yours are so much better and far more individual. Great idea!

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  19. Hello PetticoatLane - Ha! My 6 year old is already starting to talk about her birthday party - which will be next June!

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  20. Hooray for you, Your version of THE shoes is much nicer. As for Sky we have it but only because the ordinary signal is useless here. But we only have the original basic package which is better than today's version. Don't worry you're not really a mean Mummy. Jane x

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  21. Yikes! What a price difference. I'd be the mean mommy too, only glad my DD is 24 and I don't have to deal with that much. Just a 20 YO DS who has that mentality still....o.0

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  22. how fantabulous!

    apparently I am a horrible mummy too because I never want to buy anything (namely a Nintendo Wii... hello?) and always ask Father Christmas to pay for the big stuff.

    Sigh.

    I guess one day they'll know, right?

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  23. I detest those Lelli Kelly adverts (I am a bad mother and have Sky and am currently hanging my head in shame, but UKTV Food is so fab). I hear the sugar-sweet Annie voices piping up and want to retch. Then I look at the shoes and the little girl in me wants them! They're so sparkly! Horror! Luckily Miss P1 would often rather play with stickle bricks and doesn't notice the adverts much.

    Your versions are infinitely better though, as your littlies made them exactly how they wanted them. Plus you shared a seriously fruitful activity with your smalls that they'll remember whenever they skip around in their gorgeous footwear!

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  24. Oh they are fab! Definitely better than any shop bought over-priced nonsense! We don't have Sky either - far too mean for that! Lucy x

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  25. Good for you, DC, they look brilliant!x

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  26. What a brilliant afternoon you must all have had, sparkles and shoes! The yelly kellys are fab.

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  27. I've never heard of lelli kelly but the shoes are adorable..what a great job they did!..I'm such a mean mum I won't even let my girls watch any commercial tv! (unless it's David Attenborough which is their favourite show..then I turn the ads off in between LOL) :D

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  28. What a fab idea - if only you'd posted it earlier we could have whiled away one of the many rainy days over the summer hols whilst creating masterpieces! We have cable(almost like Sky) and my children refuse to watch it. Instead they insist on singing along to The Sound of Music with subtitles. Very loudy. Almost daily. Roll on school!!
    Cathy X

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  29. Soooo cute!! But such fun bonding time with your girls :o) I think I'd like pair of happy shoes like those! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  30. Who needs Yelly Kellys when you can produce something like that - much nicer!
    I've just read your post on Chawton and remembered that it was on our list of "must dos" this holiday, which of course we didn't - it does look wonderful (we did make it to Bath though)
    Kimx

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  31. That's quite inspired - and has given me an idea.... Jx

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  32. definitely a huge improvement on the yellies (don't get me started on the evils of modern marketing methods aimed at children!. Mean mummies make the world a better place x

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  33. They look fabulous! You’re so clever!
    Love yours’ so much better than the ‘original’ version!

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  34. Yummy mummy OR yelly kelly
    Love and time OR money and fads ??
    there will be something else next week,

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  35. Much better than Lelli Kellys. I'm with Liz- you should write a children's crafty/science book :)

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  36. Good on you for sticking to your guns, but still giving the girls some pretty shoes.

    I am SO much meaner than you all. We have Sky. So many channels, so much rubbish. And now at the end of the month, 90% of it's going.

    How mean is that? They have experienced all that Sky has to offer and now their meanie mum is taking it all away!

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  37. Glad I'm not the only mean Sky-free Mum.....although I did succumb to demands for a cr**py High School Musical schoolbag instead of making one!(bet it doesn't last a month!!)
    I love your Yelly Kelly's :) Great idea!
    xxx

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  38. I entirely approve of this, who needs branded loveliness when you can make your own?

    x

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  39. good for you! I'm so glad someone else out there says no to their children.
    So many of my friends give in to the pestering and then moan when it either breaks, gets ruined or the children get bored with it.

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  40. Brilliant, utterly, utterly brilliant. I think Lelly Kelly manufacturers should be afraid, very afraid.

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  41. Hello Samantha - Good luck with getting rid of Sky! If truth be told I think I am be the worst in the house for watching rubbish TV, but I'm usually knitting or sewing or emailing at the same time so I don't feel so guilty about it ;-)

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  42. Far, far better than the real thing. My daughter isn't yet aware of glittery shoes, she spent the whole of summer in old crocs, but if a request ever comes my way, out will come the glitter glue!
    Julia xx

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  43. Fabulous! What an excellent and crafty solution :)

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  44. Shoes like that make me glad not to have had girls! Although my 5 year old niece has a pair - she calls them her Hurly Curlies!

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  45. Very cute Idea! I think they are cuter than the others!

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  46. Nice idea --- as everyone else has said, so much better, and unique! I do hope that the little ones feel the same way.

    Our little ones are small enough that we get to impose the channels on them rather than them on us --- and tivo means that they rarely watch shows as they are broadcast, but only the ones that we
    have recorded for them...

    Nick Jr is strange: some of the shows are good, but the ads are so insidious....

    N.

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  47. Yes, I'm too mean to let my kids watch ads too. But how fantastic that letting them watch an add led to creativity, activity and groovy shoes. I bet that's not what Lelli Kelly intended to happen.

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