The story behind the painted tekkies.

As an artist, it has always been my desire to make money from my art.  I mean….which artist doesn’t want to be world famous and become a millionaire??

Last year, round about July, my then husband was, once again on at me about “contributing to the household”, as he had been doing for years.

The fact that I painted, assessed, was a mom, a granny and ran a tented camp was not enough.  He wanted me to bring home the big bucks! (Does that ever really happen?)

Nothing I ever tried or did before was good enough for him, so I have no idea why he was always on at me about “contributing”. Little did I know that he had someone else in the wings and was already in the throws of “prepping” me for the final discard.  Mmmmmmm…. A story for another time…

I digress….  So round about July, my amazing gentle cousin sent me a photo of a painted pair of tekkies, better known as sneakers to anyone outside of South Africa.

I looked at the picture and immediately thought, as most artists do – “I can do that!”.

I would paint myself a pair.  I went out and bought a white pair of tekkies for myself and got painting. After some trial and error, I was eventually happy with the finished result.

When I finished painting them I loved them so much that I posted them on my FB page to see what other people thought of them.

To my utter amazement I had an immediate inquiry from someone, to buy them there and then.  I was obviously delighted!

From that day I posted pics every time I painted a new pair, and every time they were sold.  (Thanks you Sharmaine).

During the time of the #enoughisenough movement is protest against women and children abuse, I did the #enoughisenough range, which sold out very quickly.  The best part of doing this painting is that the art is functional and I LOVE painting every single one of them. I can be as creative as I like.                                                                  Each shoe is completely different so there is little chance that I get bored, and you will NOT see someone else wearing “your” tekkies.

Thank you Shendy for giving me the idea and thanks to all those who have supported me and continued to buy my “Shelbsneakers”. I am incredibly grateful to have been given the talent and creativity to see the world “differently”, and thank the Lord that there is a way I can contribute to my household,  all be it that there is one less at home.

If you are interested in lessons, in buying a pair of tekkies, or stocking them in your shop, please contact me directly at or  give me a call  on  +27 82 841 7279.


READ THIS….  Seth Godin’s latest post: “Today’s the 11th year in a row of daily posts on

this blog. Nearly 5,000,000 words since my first post twenty years ago, and I haven’t missed a day since 2008. Streaks are their own reward. Streaks create internal pressure that keeps streaks going. Streaks require commitment at first, but then the commitment turns into a practice, and the practice into a habit. Habits are much easier to maintain than commitments. I’m pretty sure that the blog would still have an impact if I missed a day here or there, but once a commitment is made to a streak, the question shifts from, “should I blog tomorrow,” to, “what will tomorrow’s blog say?” And once you’ve made that shift, it’s 100x easier to find the voice that you’re looking for. I didn’t set out to have this particular streak (I don’t remember the day the blog went from ‘most days’ to ‘every day’) but I’m glad to have gone on this journey”

Having just read the blog post above, I realized that I really find it hard to make commitments.  REALLY hard! There is no excuse.  I just don’t like doing anything I don’t feel like doing. I like to make the excuse that I’m an ADHP and that’s why it’s difficult to commit long term to anything. BUT…I have never actually tried, so here goes….

I’m going to commit and try my utmost to do a blog post about anything and everything at least once a week, to start with, preferably on a Monday, and I’m asking all of you who read my posts to hold me accountable….eeeek!!

Let me start with this – Last weekend I was at the Ngwenya market day exhibiting and selling my hand-painted tekkies.  Although it wasn’t a sell out day, it was a wonderful day and I met some awesome people. One of these people was a beautiful woman, who I later found out was 70 years old!

I couldn’t believe it! What drew me to her was her hair…she had the most stunning dreadlocks. She was “young” and funny,  funky and gorgeous in an age appropriate way. I stared at her while chatting and thought, I hope as I grow older, I can look and be like this. I hope she doesn’t mind that I have posted pics of her and her beautiful hair.

As my darling friend, Caren always said “what’s the lesson?” …we all have the potential to be beautiful in our own way if we make the effort. Be nice, be kind and make people laugh.