Didn’t think I could but I could and I did

This is Cheri, a lamb shearling bear that I made last spring. In May, I shipped her off to Debby in California. I loved Cheri so much, and I had a hard time shipping her off!

She was so special and I wished I could make another, but it wasn’t a very big coat and I estimated that I didn’t have enough of the fur left to make another bear like this.

–But it turns out I did, and so meet Cerise, below. Quite the twin!


Cheri, and Cheri packing up for her trip to California.

Meet Cerise:


IMG_1631Cerise, the Sunset Red Lamb Shearling Fur Teddy Bear with Red Fox Ears and Handmade Silk Dupioni Bow, US$160 at elle Vintage.


Isab-elle, off duty.

Sitting, ever faithful, my mascot. I noticed her across the way here today, and it struck me how beautiful and appreciated she is. She models my earmuffs and hats. She has been responsible for so much of my success.

I chuck her around and implement her without too much thought, usually. She serves me. She serves me well, with her unique, cartoonish, art deco, and yes, in-your-face beauty. She is Isab-elle.

I adopted her in 2012 at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. She is definitely the best $60 I ever spent.


June? wuh?…New month, new sale!

I have 25 items on sale in June, 10-20% off.

I know its summer and you’re not thinking about earmuffs and hats and hat poms — but it’s still fun to look! And anyway, any season is the right season for love: Joey is June’s bear of the month and he’s huggy — and he’s on sale until June 30.


My customers are resourceful, creative and talented

~Sandal photos — before and finished product — sent to me by D. in Tucson, AZ~

D. in Tucson, AZ fell in love with a US$595 pair of mink Givenchy mink fur slides, while on vacation with her husband in New York City, in March.

Wanting to actually stay married to the man she loves more than these shoes, she walked away (in her existing shoes –and with her man).

Determined to rock the look however, she bought a pair of slides, then contacted elle Vintage for the mink fur she needed to make them herself. And all the better: recycled fur.

I sent her two pieces of the mink she wanted, made-to-measure, and she took it from there. She created these beautiful, black and brown striped one-of-a-kind mink fur slides!

Now, for less than US$90, she has real mink slides and they, like D., are fabulous!