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Eye-Catching "Boot Mirror"
Looking for a way to use old cowboy boots? Why not cut them up and put them around a mirror? That's what Bree Poppe and Reon McBride did to make their cowboy "boot mirror".
    The 19-in. dia. circular mirror is lined with overlapping boot tops in many different colors and styles. It takes about eight pairs of boots to make a 19-in. dia. mirror.
    The two friends grew up on ranches in Colorado and wanted a way to honor that lifestyle, so they started collecting old cowboy boots from friends and family members. To make a mirror, they cut off the boot top down to as far as the leather will lay flat. Then they glue and staple the boot tops in an overlapping fashion to a wooden frame and attach the mirror.
    "It makes a nice gift. The different colors and styles and stitchings make each mirror unique," says McBride. "We also can make a sunflower-shaped boot mirror by cutting the boot tops down the middle and then placing them horizontally. You see the yoke of the boot along with its pulltops on the edges. We also plan to make square mirrors, hair barettes, and bracelets."
    The mirrors sell for $250 to $300.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Reon McBride, 7380 Maine Lane, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80923 (ph 719 591-6288 or 719 469-3057; poppelivestock@gmail.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1