New this week!

Each day, I make sure that all of my orders are created and sent out for delivery on time. Sometimes I’m actually running from room to room, just to beat the clock until the time I have to bolt out the door to make it to the post office before they close!

There are also a lot of administrative, communications, marketing and promotional tasks that must be done every day to keep my online shop relevant and competitive.

..but my day is NOT complete unless I take the time to make at least one new item and list it at elle Vintage.

Every Thursday, my blog will feature all of the new things I have made and listed in the past week. When you see the elle Vintage blog email floating in your sea of emails that says “New this week!” take a minute to check it out!

Here are the new things I have created and listed this past week.

Luscious Glowing Mint Green Faux Lamb Fur Large Pom Pom
Fluffy 5+ Inch Recycled Fur, Detachable Coyote Fur Pom Pom
Faux Grey Beige Red Fox Fur 3.5-Inch Pom Pom for Baby’s Knit Hat
Light Beige Sandy Blonde Coyote Fur Pom Poms for Your Knit Hat


Dark Pink Alpaca Acrylic Blend Hand Knit Women’s Winter Hat
Asymmetrical Vibrant Beige and Black Coyote Fur Pom Pom



Mookie, the Gold Eyed, Black Mink Fur Artist Collectible Teddy Bear





New at elle Vintage

It’s my busy season and I have been caught up in a whirlwind of orders and making and developing some new products. Here are some that I have worked on in the past few weeks. Come visit and see what else is new!

Burgundy Faux Fur Shoe and Boot Poms
Mink Boot Lace Poms


Sterling Silver, Swarovski Crystal Sapphire Mink Earrings
Black and Brown Faux Fur Earmuffs
Golden Frost Raccoon Knit Hat Pom Pom
Aqua Lemon Faux Fur Hat Pom Poms

Say it with sterling silver, freshwater pearls and recycled mink fur

Handmade at elle Vintage.

Violet Mink Fur Pom Pom Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings with Freshwater Pearl Accents
Real Mink Fur with real sterling silver and genuine freshwater pearl chain and real sterling silver hooks
Poms are a petite 1.5″ in diameter
Fluffy soft violet mink [very light, shiny purple-grey accent tips]
Earrings hang 4″


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.


Taking apart and prepping a vintage fur coat for the making of fur art

It takes me about an hour and a half to take apart a coat and get it ready to make something. I prepped two coats today. One is a medium brown beaver coat and the other is a geometrically-cut mahogany mink fur coat. I’ll be making two pillow covers from each. See some of my other recycled fur and faux fur pillows here. I’ll definitely be making a couple of teddy bears too.

There is sO much going on inside a fur coat, and I have to take my time and a lot of care to not cut what I’m not supposed to cut! And since I don’t have a studio with a giant table, the floor it is. So..ow.

Scroll down to see the process…

This is the mahogany mink. It’s a pretty big coat, so I will be able to make many things.
Opening up the coat, you can see a silky brown lining — I’ll recycle this fabric to line the pillows.
I start at the bottom hem and work my way up. 


The lining is off and underneath is a layer of white batting,that is sewn into the pelt eeeverywhere. 


I use an xacto knife. I used to have an antique brass furrier knife but I lost it (sorry Nick and Alex).


The infrastructure inside a coat is meticulously crafted and detailed. For me, it all has to go. I always feel kind of bad undoing such hard work.
This is what the pelt looks like inside. It’s all small pieces sewn together.  Things I make with these types of coats take much longer, because I have to examine EVERY single seam to make sure nothing is undone. It’s torturous, but worth it — these styles of fur make dreammmy things!
Ha! My lucky day? This Canadian Looney slipped out of the pocket as I cut it off!  woohoo! (…are McDonald’s Summer Drink Days still on?)
Closer inspections reveals that it is a 1988 Looney. That doesn’t date the coat at all, of course..but it probably means this baby is Canadian! Guess I’ll charge $1 less for this pillow…
The collar is one flat piece — perfect for earmuffs, shoe poms and baby hat poms!
And there it is. Stripped of the extras and laying flat, ready for me to cut the pillow pieces.
These clean, shiny beautiful fur pieces are ready to be made into 12″ x 18″ bolster throw pillows.
The same goes for these beaver pieces I cut from the beaver coat earlier.
The coat linings are headed for the washer and dryer then to be transformed into the pillow linings.
…Can’t stress THIS enough…haha!


Update: Mink Set completed 🙂 See my Etsy listing here.


Update: Beaver set completed 🙂 See my Etsy listing here.