~Winter Charm~ Leopard Coat set for the Little Darlings is revealed…

I hope you like the name… I had narrowed it down to three… “Old Fashioned Winter”, “Fur Baby”, and “Winter Charm.” I just thought it was the best of the three. It is now listed on Ebay and you can see it by cliking the picture at the right side bar or you can click HERE.

It was sort of misty and dreary all day today but I ventured out with Janie in her coat and we had a short photo session outside. It was productive and I hope you can see the details of the coat much better in my outside photos. She looks so cute with her head all wrapped up in that furry hat!

I mentioned in my listing that this was a Victorian Styled Leopard coat… That sounds kind of strange, but I did it anyway. Sometimes the “out of the ordinary” is what grabs peoples attention… I guess we’ll see.

Well, I won’t add any of my previous pictures, but you can see them all in the listing… if you didn’t look earlier, you can take a peek… (HERE.)
Everyone seems to be wondering who will be next… I guess I better go decide! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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You asked for mittens and a muff….

…so I tried to deliver! There wasn’t any snow coming our way, so taking pictures outside sort of got derailed. I had to be creative inside so I used some silky like white fur for my snow… I got out an evergreen tree, and we’ll call this a white out!

The next thing you need to know is BLACK IS VERY HARD to photograph. I tried setting my lights in all different places and that coal black fur just didn’t want to show its true colors. Some of my pictures I intentionally made a little washed out so you could see the details, otherwise, it would have just been a black blob.

I found a piece of black stretchy (almost like a boucle knit) fabric and stitched a piece of stretchy velvet ribbon with a ruffle at the top section and then sewed the mittens in “mitten shapes!”

Rory stole them once and was trying to bury them in the snow…

I found some small black pom poms in a package at Joann’s and stitched them to the ends of the shortened bow ties. It makes the neck area look more finished off, especially if the capelet isn’t worn.

The muff was made of the same fur fabric as the trim on the coat. It’s just padded and rolled and stitched up like a pillow case would be and then turned…hand stitched closed, and a cord attached that goes over her head and around her neck.

Again, it’s one of those outfits that only the winner and I will know just how sweet it really is. My camera just cannot do this one justice.

I didn’t get it listed, but hopefully I can ASAP.

Hope you like it,

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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A furry leopard cape for a wintery Saturday…

YAY! I have something to show you! I was concerned that it was going to be non-productive day, but it wasn’t! I found time this evening to make the little capelet I was telling you about yesterday. I’m glad I made it as I think it adds an extra bit of charm to the coat.

The coat fastens in front with just one snap, but I might add another one to keep it centered. The hem is weightier and seems to hang sort of like a bell. I want it to stay in place, so an extra snap just might do the trick.

I stitched a bow made from some cording to the center of the coat, not to the capelet.

I left the cords from the bow long and may see if I can’t find some tassels or black pom poms… the ones I have are too large.

The capelet is detachable and just fastens with a snap added to an extension underneath.

The bow is just pulled forward to show on top of the capelet.

I wish you all could see this coat in person…it’s totally different than in my pictures. The black fur is that curly silky soft fur that is similar to minky dot… if you know what that is… and the coat doesn’t have that greenish cast that it seems to have in my pictures….and Janie looks so washed out in my pictures, but in person, she’s just as beautiful as ever!

There was so much fur up around the neckline on the front of the coat and on the capelet, so I reluctantly decided to pass on the muff which would have been another cord around her neck, and instead Janie found a friend in the toybox… I don’t know why but she named him Rory! ? Anyway, he’ll be included in the set.. I’ll do a muff next time.

Maybe it will snow before I get it finished and I can take some outside pictures of her in it… I can’t believe I’m saying that!

I hope you have a wonderfully, warm, worry-free, Saturday! I’m hoping to!

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Let’s try a ONE DAY SILENT AUCTION today…

I wanted to do some sewing today even though I was in the middle of cleaning my sewing room… (now I have to clean up the mess I made tonight!) Guess what I wanted to sew? Yep, a doll coat. I could have picked just about any doll to model it, but Nora was in the front row and she was kind of looking down at the floor, trying to tell me “pick me” in a quiet sort of way…so I did!

Anyway, I looked through my “wintery” stash of fabrics, and decided I’d make a furry gray and black leopard coat… (on my monitor, the fur sort of looks like it has a greenish hint to it… it doesn’t!) It’s just gray and black! This fur isn’t a polar fleece, but a soft pile-like fur. I’ve tried to take some close up shots so you can see it. This is the pattern I’ve used hundreds of times because I wanted to get it done quickly so I could do the auction.

The front of the coat closes with a 3″ piece of soft and flexible Velcro and the buttons are just sewn on for looks. The sleeves are hemmed by hand, but the rest of the coat is topstitched along the edge about a half inch in. A black band of shimmery fold over elastic was used at the neck and on her tam.

I found these 2 pictures in a 1943-44 winter Aldens catalog I had… so this really would work well for Molly dolls… the first picture of coats were priced around $18…

These were fur coats and were a a little bit higher priced…

OKAY…so here’s what we’re going to do today… I’m going to have a ONE day silent auction with this coat and hat set…right here on my blog! You’ve seen the pictures and this is what you can do, if you’d like to try and win the coat… NO PRESSURE at all… if you like it, fine, if not, don’t worry about bidding!

Since I’d like it to be a silent auction, where you can’t see who else is bidding on it, you’ll have to SEND me the dollar amount of your what you’d like to bid… (you’ll have to do it through “Contact Me” just under the header at the top of my blog) or you can copy and paste my email


with your $$ bid. A few times through the day, I’ll post the high bid amount, (not the person’s name), at the bottom of this post, and maybe in the comments, just in case you want to “up” your bid… but again, no pressure… I just thought this might be fun. I’ll take bids until midnight (Central time zone), Wednesday night… and we’ll see what happens! :o) (Just like on Ebay, if 2 bids are placed for the same amount, I will go by the time the bid was placed, and the earliest time will take precedence.) The high bidder will win the coat, hat and sweet kitty! I’ll send the winner a Pay Pal invoice or you can send me a check…whichever you like. We’ll do FREE shipping on this set!

Here is the silent bidding so far…I’ll keep updating it here if needed.
At 6:18 a bid was placed for $22.55
At 10:26 a bid was placed for $25.00

At 3:33 a bid was placed for $38.40

I hope I’ve thought of everything… Here’s one last picture…

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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