Who is Bronzedshoe?

A quiet, quirky, often silly almost-adult who just graduated from Notre Dame. I majored in political science and peace studies with minors in Catholic Social Tradition and theology, and now I’m back home living in Atlanta and serving an Americorps term with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. I love Starbucks bottled frappuccinos, my overstuffed Queen Anne-style chair, penguins, homemade sweet tea, Ingrid Michaelson, used book stores, apple pizza at South Dining Hall, Carbon Leaf, Mediterranean cuisine, Catholic Workers, brown sugar, cozy coffee shops, and brand new notebooks.

Question #2: What’s up with the blog title?

My babysitter/ 3rd grandmother, who really helped to raise me when I was little, had a delightful collection of oddities in her trailer park home, such as a present that had never been unwrapped (REALLY got on my nerves), an endless supply of porcelain horses, and little colored glass vases. She also had, on one of her many knick-knack shelves, two baby shoes that had been bronzed, presumably having belonged to her two sons in the past. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another bronzed shoe, although I hear that at some point it was a common practice. I wouldย ask herย about each unique item, but especially the shoes, because she loved to tell me stories about her sons, one of whom died in the military, which was very exotic to me at the time. Anyway, the image of those two little bronze shoes stayed with me, and to me it represents preserved memories and good times with my beloved babysitter. It kind of represents what I want this blog to be: a record of memories and snippets of my life for others to look in on and for myself to look back on. We’ll see how it goes.



25 responses to “Who is Bronzedshoe?

  1. I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. SilverWolf

    I just wanted to tell you that I send you my best wishes for success with your blog. I love the story of your inspiration in naming your site. Stick with it!

  3. bhstats

    Liked your blog Bronzedshoe–thanks for linking to us at BustedHalo. We’re changing our blog and I’d like to talk to you about possibly getting involved. Please contact me at billmcgarvey@bustedhalo.com
    Bill McGarvey
    405 West 59th Street
    NY, NY 10019
    212-265-3209 x206

  4. What? The guys at busted halo like you? Tell me you answered them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • bronzedshoe

      I did, but we both decided that now is not the time for me to commit to contributing to their FABULOUS site. But I was very honored that they asked ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Greta

    What?? You like Carbon Leaf too? No one up here has ever even heard of them!

    Anyway: now I’m delurking after checking out your blog after YOUR delurking. So glad you like mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ How did you find it? Are you a senior at Notre Dame for THIS year, or did you just graduate?

    p.s. I hope I get a monster avatar when I post this. And I hope it’s pink.

    • bronzedshoe

      NICE. That is quite the avatar you’ve got there ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for de-lurking! I found your blog through Annie Parsons’ blog, I think. Does that sound right? I will be a senior this year. We move from GA to ND tomorrow. Carbon Leaf = AWESOMENESS. They played a free show at ND and the rest is history- it was love at first set. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

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  7. danmihalache


  8. Thank you for your comment. I think the sketchbook is a great idea, too. I think the idea of the sketchbook project is more about connecting with people using your ideas, feelings and expressions rather than being able to draw or paint really well. I think with your photos you have a great ability to capture a moment that a person can relate to and if you put those in a sketchbook it would make a great story. Think about it!

    All the best in everything,


  9. Hi Bronzedshoe! I just saw your blog and HAD to stop by and say hello.

    My grandmother was the mother of baby shoe bronzing. She started the whole thing way back in the late 1920’s. And since she started it…and my father grew it, I’ve also kept the family business going.

    We DO still bronze hundreds of baby shoes each day for sentimental mothers all over the USA. And just like you, each time they look at a pair of bronzed baby shoes, a flood of happy memories comes back to them.

    Just thought you’d like to know. ๐Ÿ™‚

    All the best!


  10. Congrats on graduating! Do you miss ND yet? And seriously, I think for a long time I thought of the Lou Holtz statue on campus when I thought of the “Bronzed Shoe” – go figure!

    • YES, I miss ND all the time. I’m sure I will miss it way more when football season rolls around! Thanks for your awesome front porch post ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Popping over from Gypsymama’s place. Looking forward to coming back and checking out more.

  12. Stopping by from Lisa-Jo and having fun reading around on your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations on your graduation! I know the job search thing is hard, but keep your head up. The good things God has for us are always worth waiting for.

    I’ll be back to visit you here soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday!

    — Sharone

    p.s. I could eat brown sugar with a spoon, all by itself. Maybe I do, sometimes. Who’s going to say?

  13. bahava

    Stopping by from Lisa-Jo’s and excited to poke around a bit and get to know you better! Congrats on graduating ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi,

    I just HAD to comment on your site! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My grandmother was the mother of baby shoe bronzing…and now I run the family business.

    When YOU have a baby, won’t you please let me know so I can bronze THEIR first precious shoes for you? No charge…it’s on me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This way…you can continue the tradition.

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