Neat & Tidy Dance Shoe Labeling

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If this looks familiar to you, you may have tried to label a ballet slipper with a Sharpie:

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That’s the kind of thing that makes me twitch with annoyance.  Now that I’m about to have TWO tiny dancers, I had to find a real solution.  I wanted it to be something clear enough for them to read (or at least Chloe, who can recognize both names) so I can have a little help keeping track of dance shoes while teaching responsibility.  Then it hit me.

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STAMPS!  These were left over from one of our annual Christmas tree ornament projects and the pink dye ink pad was left over from some things I made for Chloe’s ballerina birthday party last year.  The new ballet shoes I bought had a place for a name to be written in.  Someone was thinking on these.  This is Cora’s first pair of ballet shoes so I wanted them to be extra neat.  I framed Chloe’s first pair in a shadow box (after fussing for 9 months of classes to keep them clean by only wearing them at dance class) and will likely do the same for Cora.  Chloe takes dance very seriously and has a knack for an organized and aesthetically pleasing world (a nice way of saying she’s type-A).  I’m very happy with how this turned out.  It looks so much nicer than my previous attempts at labeling with a Sharpie.

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