Ooooh that Miss Lemur! I swear, we’re like the same person sometimes. Proposals, bunting…always writing about things at the same time.
This post has been sat waiting patiently to be published, and when I logged on the other day I saw this post. One mind! One mind, I tell you! But never mind, I shall continue with my original post and you can all just forget you read that one last week, OK? Good.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
The saying is often known as the “four somethings,” and for some reason the last part is always missed out.
Still, I wanted to keep in line with the full tradition (and maybe encourage some wealth my way!) and tried to figure out a way to comfortably wear a sixpence in my left shoe. We all know how much I like my feet to be comfortable, so this could be tricky.
I’ve not yet introduced you to Chatty Man, the best man (who can shut me up and I talk, a lot). He’s Jack’s songwriting partner, and he is round at our house at least once a week. Chatty Man likes to turn up with “show and tell” items that he’s found in the past week, and this particular week he had brought round an original stylophone and a Meccano car from the 1920s.
A sixpence costs £30 from the Royal Mint (?!), and as Chatty Man can source just about anything from anywhere, I knew he’d be able to find one for less than £1. And so as we were looking at his latest finds, I asked if he’d try and get one for me.
He happily accepted this challenge, and not even one week later the doorbell rang and he was outside with a present for me.
Not only did he find me a sixpence, but he presented it so wonderfully.
He found old sheet music of “Eternal Flame” and stained it with tea to make it look vintage! I loved it. We’re so lucky to have someone like Chatty Man in our lives.
Then the question was how I was going to use this in my shoe. I didn’t really want to wear it inside my shoe because of the comfort thing, and my shoes were flat so I didn’t think I could wear them by the heel like in this picture I found.
Image via Photos by Jessica
But I thought I’d give it a go anyway, just to see. There was a tiny gap by the teeny tiny heel on my shoe, and I thought if I put it there it might make a tapping sound on the floor when I walked. So just to try it out, I stuck the sixpence on with a dab of nail glue (the only glue I could find at the time). And what do you know…it worked!
Oops, new shoes on the table / Personal photo
Can you see it tucked in there by the heel? The sixpence doesn’t even come close! And a little dab of that nail glue worked—that baby isn’t going anywhere! (Good job I got it in the centre, eh?)
I’m soooooo pleased that this worked. I showed my shoes to the ladies in the bridal shop when I got my dress, and they loved it! They said they’d never thought of putting the sixpence on the shoe and would recommend it to any girls who were having trouble.
Has anyone else kept with the sixpence tradition? How did you do it?