December 2, 2010

On the second day of Christmas . . .

My creation

I have a close friend from college named Laura who just happens to make the most adorable Converse® shoes that you've ever seen. Really. These shoes are so crazy cute that even my husband commented on how much he liked the pairs she made for Kenna and Michal.

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Laura starts with a pair of Converse® shoes and then draws zen-like designs ALL over them. Each pair of hand-decorated shoes is literally covered with beautiful, intricate designs.

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They really are adorable. And unique. And truly one-of-a-kind.

And these just aren't shoes. They're shoes for a reason. Laura, and her husband Ric, have a darling little boy named Elliott. Elliott has autism and Laura is making and selling shoes to pay for a yellow lab, named Orbit -- he's pictured above -- who is being specially trained for a year to be a service dog for Elliott.

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And now you, or a special little girl in your life, can also have a pair of these shoes. Laura will create a custom pair of these darling Zen-verse shoes for three of you! Not one, not two, but THREE different winners will be able to select the size and color of one pair of Zen-verse that Laura will create just for you.

To enter, go visit the Will Work for Dog website and then come back and tell me what color shoes you would choose.

Deadline to enter is December 6 at 12:00 midnight Central Time. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Cindy M.! Congratulations Deborah! Congratulations Mandi!



• And remember you can get a second entry by grabbing the button to the right and posting it on your blog. Please then leave a second comment letting me know you did that.

• The winner will be posted on December 7.

138 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness these are darling! I really love the pink ones with white ties- so feminine! :)

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  2. The pink ones are just too cute!

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  3. Anonymous6:19 AM

    She is very talented. The pink ones are just too cute for words...but I love them all! Love to see all the MJC poking out in all the pics!

    Nancy

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  4. Oh I noticed when the girls were wearing these and actually looked for them in online. They are awesome! And what a great cause. They are now on *my* Christmas list. I am an all pink girl and so is my sweet cousin's little girl. She would love these.

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  5. How beautiful! And such a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful cause. Let me just say that this hits close to home. I love the white ones...my little guy who is almost 2 would look darling in such a creative pair.

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  6. Pink ones for girl size 1. Very original. Love them.

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  7. Wow, what a great idea for a great cause. I too love the pink ones with the white ribbon ties. Mylee would LOVE these.

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  8. ok, selfishly I like the Zen converse for me, but the kids pink are adorable!!

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  9. also have your button on my blog, thanks :)

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  10. LOVE the ladies white/cream with black scrolling!! but also love the pink with black ink for the little girls!! thanks!!

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  11. have your button :)

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  12. i love the pink or the purple, would love to see a black pair with white drawings.

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  13. Anonymous7:09 AM

    How adorable! Simply one of a kind, love it! We would be happy to receive any of the artist's choice :)
    Staci
    my2girls1boston@optonline.net

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  14. I have noticed these before in pics of your girls and thought they were so precious! This effort is so special, and I love what God places in our hearts as moms to do ANYTHING to help our babies!! I love the hot pink with white ties...GIRLY!! I would need a size 6 for baby Alexandria Lynn who is 1/2 of my other set of twin grandbabies (brother Camden would approve)!!
    Thank you!!!

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  15. red! red! red!

    keri

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  16. So cute! My little girl would love a pink pair.

    franksmelanie@yahoo.com
    www.franksmelanie.blogspot.com

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  17. I also posted your button on my blog.

    www.franksmelanie.blogspot.com
    franksmelanie@yahoo.com

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  18. I've never seen anything like these. They are so unique and adorable. I know my daughter would love the blue ones with the blue ribbon ties. She loves to dress up and these would be great with jeans or other pants. I also love that she puts a special message on the tongue ; a little secret for my daughter to read and read just for her.

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  19. They are adorable. I love the red/white ones with the red ties!

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  20. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Love the red ones!!! too cute

    kristina

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  21. I love these! I would choose the grey ones, I think or perhaps purple.

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  22. I love them! I would choose the grey/black, I think.
    SusieWeber@hotmail.com

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  23. LOVE these shoes. Marissa would have to have pink, though! Right now everything must be pink. I also love the name of the shoes Zen-Verse. How cute.

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  24. oh I LOVE the pink!!! What a wonderful story!

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  25. I posted your link on my Ciao Bella blog!

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  26. These are too cute! Love the pink ones.

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  27. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Very Cute!!! I think I would go with the pink. Hard to decide.
    Kathleen

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  28. Those are AWESOME! I would definitely be getting pink for my little princess!

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  29. I love them all but would probably have to pick pink. What a talented artist!

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  30. Go, LoMo! She is so talented! I think Rae and I would have to go for the pink ones!

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  31. Pink Please! Darling!

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  32. I love the khaki ones for woman. Very sweet family.
    I also put the button on my blog.

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  33. So cute! I really like the pink ones, but I think I'd choose the red (maybe maroon) ones. I love them!

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  34. These are so cute and for such a great cause. I love the white shoes with blue design that your adorable daughter is wearing.

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  35. Laura9:50 AM

    The pink ones are so cute!

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  36. Oh, these are SO cute! I think my baby girl needs some white ones with pink designs.

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  37. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Love the white with the brown design. I am so impressed with what this mother is doing to provide the dog for her son.

    Kat

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  38. Second post. I posted this on my blog. I love this one because it is such a great cause.

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  39. WOW! So adorable! Thanks again for the info - my husband, however, will not thank you as our budget will continue to dwindle with each post you write!
    The pink shoes would be perfect for my little Ethiopian princess!

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  40. Love these.... how cute. I have to say the pink ones with the black contrast. SO MANY choices. =)

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  41. Love the white with blue writing. So sweet.

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  42. I love them all and couldn't possibly pick my fave! I love the pinks...but those Cinderella blues are pretty awesome too. And the fact that she is raising money for such a good cause is icing on the cake. I will be doing some Christmas shopping for sure!!

    Kate

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  43. I love the white with the blue design!!! Super duper adorable shoes!!!! We would choose size 6 and size 8 womens!!!

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  44. i saved my $ for a whole year in sixth grade to get my first pair of converse. it was so worth it. i still like the cream colored shoes with red laces. my daughter will love the pink ones, as any 4 year old girl who loves pink!

    thanks kristi for the cool memories of childhood

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  45. Your friend is so talented! What a great cause and what a great idea! Love them all, especially the pink and purple ones. Wendy

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  46. Oh, I am so onto those pink ones with the white ties....how absolutely adorable!!!

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  47. I've always wondered about those adorable Converse shoes you sometimes take photos of. How sweet that they are for a good cause too! I love the purple ones or red ones...what an awesome idea!

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  48. I love the blue ones!

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  49. I love the pink! My daughter loves the dog! What a great cause!

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  50. When I saw your post at first - for some reason the photos wouldn't load on the first few tries for me - I read the description and couldn't imagine what these shoes would look like. When I finally saw the photos I gasped! They are SOOOOO lovely! :)
    And the dog... well, we are raising our first future guide dog puppy, and he is a yellow male lab. :) All my best to their family!

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  51. Oh my goodness, I forgot to add... I love the pink/dark pink design shoes!

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  52. What talent!
    I LOVE the purply-pink ones for my friend's daughter. :)

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  53. Anonymous1:12 PM

    Very fun, and a wonderful cause to support. My daughter would love the pink ones, so that would be my choice : )

    Suzanne M.

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  54. Anonymous1:19 PM

    My daughter enjoys being fancy and would LOVE these shoes. She really likes pink and I think they are just too cute! What a great cause!
    Thanks!
    Lori K.

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  55. What a wonderful cause.

    Love the pink ones with the black laces!



    Grace

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  56. OMG these are the cutest shoes my daughter says she loves the pink so pink it is

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  57. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Hello Kristi

    I think I love the white shoes.
    Thank you so much again for doing this, it is so fun.

    greeting
    Lathi

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  58. Anonymous1:52 PM

    They are so adorable I wouldn't care what color they were.

    Karen P

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  59. I love the pink ones for my Girl's since they have a lot of pink.

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  60. I also grabbed your button and it is on my blog. :)

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  61. Beautiful tennies!
    Love the red ones with the red ribbon laces. So creative!

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  62. I love the red and white ones! They would be precious at Christmas and Valentines Dat.

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  63. LOVE, love, love the white/red ones with red ribbon laces!! And what an awesome "cause" your friend is making the shoes for.

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  64. I would pick the pink, they are too precious!!!!

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  65. I'd pick the white ones with the red ties and either red or black ink/paint? would be fine.

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  66. You had my heart at CONVERSE. Oh boy. I love the red ones.

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  67. Your finds are always so fabulous it is hard to pick just one---but I think my daughter would def go for the hot pink pair!!!
    BA

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  68. Red or blue, red or blue...How will I ever choose? Thanks for this idea...Now I know what I'm getting my 16 year old niece for Christmas!

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  69. These are done by hand??? It just blows me away how adorable they are... I think I would have to go with pink and black...

    Lisa

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  70. Oh my birthday girl would love the pink ones.....you know pink is the color of princesses

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  71. Anonymous5:57 PM

    Love...love...LOVE the pink ones! How cute & clever!


    Kim Evans

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  72. Julia7:07 PM

    What a clever idea. I hope they bring their new dog home very soon.
    I'm partial to the white with blue design, but they are all super cute!

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  73. I love the red ones, but my almost 7yr old loves the pink ones.

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  74. Anonymous7:48 PM

    What a great idea! I pick natural.

    Sara C.

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  75. PINK!! Love them. And what an awesome cause. I work with children with autism so the cause is near and dear to my heart.

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  76. Button is on my blog! :)

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  77. These are amazing and what a wonderful idea. I love the pink ones and so would my little princess!

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  78. Red, a favorite Chinese color! Neat idea, neat shoes.

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  79. Desirae M8:19 PM

    Aw I love them so cute!! I have 2 7yr old neices that would love to wear some cool shoes like this totally loving the Pink ones with the Black ink :)

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  80. These are darling! We love Converse! I just bought my first pair for myself. I think that we would go with the light pink, although I love them all! Very unique!!

    Rochelle :)

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  81. I don't think I ever saw K&M wearing those but I want a pair! Love them all but either the pink or blue for me, forget Sophie!

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  82. I facebooked your link - that's how much I like the shoes!

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  83. Those are amazing! I personally love the blue ones but I think my daughter would always pick the pink ones :)

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  84. Oh my little Molly would love these. She is a complete shoe girl. She would adore the white ones with red and the red ribbon tie. Yummo she would say!! Gotta love age 5!! Thanks for sharing.

    Diane
    graceful.living4me@yahoo.com

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  85. The pink ones would go over well at our house!

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  86. How cute! I adore the blue and white little girl's pair. We have a little boy, so they wouldn't be for him. :)

    I would give my pair to 9 year old Abby. Her mother and I met in a restaurant when we were 5 years old and discovered we were neighbors and would be in the same kindergarten class. That was 27 years ago and we still keep in touch. I'd love to surprise Abby and her mom with these shoes for a cause. They'd love them!

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  87. It's a toss up between the pink and blue - I think I'd have to let my daughter choose, and i bet she'd pick pink.

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  88. Oh my - these are truly amazing - I had noticed them in a few pictures of the girls and figured they were "store-bought". Can't believe they are hand done AND for such a great cause! Love the natural ones for women...my niece would love the pink ones, but I think I might take them myself!

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  89. Kristi - I also posted you button on my blog!

    Blessings to you guys this holiday:) Ashley

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  90. Pink with white ties would be lovely!

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  91. I would have to choose two....for my twin girls :)

    One in red for sweet E, and one in blue for LK.

    They are too adorable and what a wonderful cause!

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  92. They are all cute but love the pink ones!!

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  93. Pink with black writing!

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  94. I love the brown design for me or
    My daughter or me!

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  95. Pink for my little princess!

    matzn5 at hotmail dot com

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  96. Wow. What a wonderful cause. We are converse lovers in this house, my daughter has had a pair of pink ones since she was 6 months old and they are the only shoes she would wear ... even with her Easter dress! They are her "signature" shoe. I would love for her to "sport" these around so we could spread the word!

    Pink would be our choice!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Nicole

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  97. I have a college friend that would die for a pair. :) Must go order now.

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  98. Red with red ties. Currently, my oldest's favorite color after years of everything being pink!

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  99. I adore all of them, but the pink ones jump out at me!

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  100. Those are the most adorable shoes ever!! I love the pink ones with white ribbon! I raised Gudiing Eyes dogs for the blind and my cousin had a service dog. These animals are miracle workers!

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  101. ooh, and I have your button too!

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  102. This is a tough choice...pink is adorable for my daughter, but the zen white with tan would be great too (for me:).

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  103. What a great idea, the pink ones are just adorable, my little girl would love a pair.

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  104. got your button on my blog!

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  105. These are amazing! I love the pink ones and the light blue ones for the girls as well as the women's! They are all amazing!

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  106. Darling! We like the brown/grey color.

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  107. Anonymous8:44 PM

    I love the white with the red ink!
    Heather
    homccutchen@triad.rr.com

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  108. Anonymous8:59 PM

    I would pink the pink for my 8 year old she would reveral in them :)
    Kathleen in COLD OHIO

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  109. Since I've always wanted a pair of pink Converses, I'd definitely go with pink!

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  110. Fabulous cause!! Gorgeous kicks! Love the tan and my daughter would love the pink! Hmmmm..dec. 6th...just happens to be a very special day at our house! ;)

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  111. love the pink ones with white ties! too cute!

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  112. button on my blog
    www.mylittlelantern.com

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  113. Oh good gravy how precious!!

    Love them ALL but baby girl would probably want the pink with black!!

    1prince1princess@comcast.net

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  114. Button is on my blog.

    http://1prince1princess.blogspot.com/

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  115. Anonymous2:53 PM

    I love the pink ones! So cute!
    Ana
    anajuliaa26@yahoo.com

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  116. Pink ones with white laces are just too cute. My gdaughter is still very girly but also likes converse. So cute !!

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  117. Oh, how I would love to win a pair of these for Caroline! I love the purple ones or the blue ones with the flowers on them.

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  118. Posted your button to my blog, too!

    www.nextfiveminutes.blogspot.com

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  119. Love the blossom star. I have def added this seller as a favorite on etsy.

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  120. Would have to choose the pink and black ones for my girl.

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  121. Do doubt...pink is the ones our sweet Sojo would love. She is a lover of pink and purple. Not a girly girl so Converse is just her style.

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  122. Sharon12:44 PM

    Love them all!!! My converse wearing girl would love these!!!

    ~Sharon

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  123. It would have to be pink.

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  124. Love the pics of the girls in these shoes Kristi! I would love a pair in black/pink! May have to save up for ones for Aa and I! :)

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  125. They are all so cute. I would have to order some in purple for my granddaughter.

    clarkclay@bellsouth.net

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  126. I put your button on my blog.
    http://prayersformymom.blogspot.com/

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  127. Janet H.8:14 PM

    Such a touching story and cause. I'm hopeful that sweet Elliot can be united with Orbit as soon as his training is complete! As for the cute shoes, I like the pink & black the best for my daughter, Flynn.

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  128. Janet H.8:15 PM

    Trying to post your button on my Facebook page and having trouble with it. I'll work on it some more....

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  129. Anonymous11:27 PM

    Pink and black are the favorite with the kiddos. What a great idea!
    Polly
    pollyheb@yahoo.com

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  130. Love the womens zen verse! Thanks for sharing this site!

    Debbie

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  131. Anonymous12:20 AM

    Thanks for sharing this site, love the womens zen verse!

    Debbie

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  132. Suzanne8:28 AM

    Love her work. They are amazing! I would love the Womens natural or pink converse with peace as a theme, in size 7 1/2.

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  133. Oh my!! As the mother of 4 INTENSE lovers of Converse, I love these. My girls would love them, too. They are just amazing and beautiful!

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  134. I really love the pink ones.So cute!

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  135. I just LOVE the pink ones with the black laces! Too cute! They are all so unique!

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  136. The pink are definately the best!

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  137. As my daughter is so picky about shoes, I think I'd like them for myself!! The ones on display (cream with scrolling) on the women's page would be perfect. (And once she sees me in them, I bet she'd start to want some for herself...)

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