B-b-b-bad t’the bone…

Click here to see more of Dylan, the Gun Metal Silver Faux Bear, born today at elle Vintage.
Click here to see his bros.
Click here to see his closest relative.

Brass toes make them more original, distinctive, and collectible

From the time I started making teddy bears, I have often heard, “Oh..collectible teddy bears — like Steiff bears?”

This is a Steiff Teddy Bear!

I had never heard of them and had never actually googled them until today! So cute, and such an inspiring and interesting company history!

I had been told that each Steiff bear is branded with a metal logoed button on their ear, and that I should do the same on my bears. This was interesting to me, but I felt that a button on my bears’ ears would distract from the beauty of their faces. and besides, that had apparently already been done..

I decided that I would take advantage of the shape of the leather toes I make for each bear. I contacted Accessoires Magiques, a small casting company located in Montreal, specializing in the custom creation of metal tags.

grill3grill2I worked with Pat to design this antique brushed brass oval toe that I could sew onto the bears’ paws. Pat went above and beyond to customize them for me, even creating a slight bend in them to fit the curvature of the paw. I love them! From now on, all my bears will have one of these brass elle tags on the middle toe of their left foot 🙂


Chillins like villains. Willa and Hettie are available here — and they are 15% off, until June 12, using Coupon Code SHARETHELOVE at checkout.

Special Sale – 20% off Real Fur elle Vintage Recycled Fur Teddy Bears — Now until Tomorrow, May 22 at Midnight


If you ever had your eye on one of these sweethearts, maybe …now!

Visit www.ellevintage.com and make one yours. At the checkout, enter Coupon Code: iwantone0517 and the price will magically reduce by 20%.

My real fur teddy bears are on sale now, until tomorrow at midnight, but each week for the next few weeks, I will be offering 20% off the product line in my shop that I have spent the day — cross-eyed and brain-fried — listing and tweaking on elle Vintage.

(PS: There is FREE SHIPPING for my very first online shop customer.)