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Nov 17, 2011

...a coat to really fa-la-la-la-in love with!!

...i have a slight confession...

i have a thing for lovely overcoats...
perusing the Anthropologie catalogs.
although, that is not where i spend my shiny pennies
(they don't take shiny pennies, only crisp $100 dolla' billa's!)
but none the less
i adore Anthropologie's romantic spin on clothing
they inspire me

 one day thrifting,
i came across this wool coat.
not really a head turner i know,
but i loved the heathered oatmeal and cream color combination
and the simplicity of it...
nothing fancy,
just a nice ~
i don't care,
kick around in it,
warm coat

it was also just my size
(that rarely happens! it's either too small or too big)
and truth be told ~ i don't like heavy coats
no sirree
(heavy makes me tired!)
 but i knew i needed something warm for the winter
 as this year is said to be bitterly cold
(just the thought of jack frost nippin' at my nose makes me shutter)

so the fact that this coat is 100% wool,
was perfect!
it is lightweight enough,
and the wool will serve me well
and wrap me in warmth...

after i had it dry cleaned
i brought it home and viewed it for awhile...

viewing ~ viewing ~ viewing
(say this while singing the tune "rawhide")
you know
"rolling, rolling, rolling,
keep those doggies rolling"


after many pondering passes

 it hit me!


it needed
of roses!!

but not just ANY kind of roses
i wanted cashmere ones!!
(hey, just 'cause there's shiny pennies in my pocket,
doesn't mean i don't appreciate a few finer things!!)

so thrifting i again went.
 i was on a mission...

you would think that any oatmeal and cream sweater would do
but  ~ ya' no!!
there are 101 shades of them out there
so i had to be patient.
it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack
i tell ya'
but perseverance does pay off
i found 3 perfectly colored, 100% cashmere sweaters!

3 sweaters gave me 44 roses
...it took me three days of snipping and sewing

but aren't the divine??!
my coat rather seems to think so!

each rose was hand sewn in love
and attached down the front of my Anthro inspired coat.
no scraps were wasted,
i used them to make leaves...

there is not much that bespeaks romance
quite so much as roses...

i am most certain,
that this coat will keep me wrapped beautifully in warmth
for a few seasons to come

and it will still be my ~ kick around in ~ coat
i have no worries if i were to, let's say,
spill a drop or two
of my favorite holiday treat,
  a salted carmel latte, on it,
for they are the same color!!

 as i bounce around town this year,
gathering treasures for my dear loved ones and friends,
you just may hear me humming the tune...

'tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la, la la la la

(with foam on my lip!)

Don we now our gay apparel

FA - LA - LA 
LA - LA - LA
la - la...


oh well, at least i am happy:)

sharing this post with:
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled Laundry's: Air Your Laundry Friday
Romantic Home's: Show and Tell Friday
Vintage Farmhouse's: Creative Things Thursday

and don't forget to enter my dreamy giveaway
~ HERE ~

here's to being snuggley buggley ~ beautifully!!


  1. Wow! That coat is definitely divine! Love how you fluffed it up!

  2. oooooooooo dit is werkelijk prachtig ..pfffffff wat een werk maar dan heb je ook wat !!!! super braaavoooooooooo ....
    hugs viana

  3. Beautiful ! I would snuggle in that coat too ! W0nderful remake !

  4. YOU CONSTANTLY AMAZE ME Rosemary!!!! Just beautiful!!!!
    Sandi@Wayside Treasures

  5. Oh, so beautiful. I love the colors. Some work to make all that roses.

    Hugs from Bente

  6. That is beautiful, Rosemary! You took a plain coat and made it so special. I give you lots of credit for all the work you put into those roses ~ making them and sewing them on!

    Visiting from Vintage Inspiration Friday! : )

  7. Rosemary that coat is breath-takingly beautiful! Love it.


  8. I LOVE this! This is like the perfect coat--I want one too! Hopefully I'll have your luck finding one. Thanks for sharing! Have you shown how to make those flowers here before?

  9. Oh Rosemary....that coat make over is simply amazing.



  10. Totally cute...Anthro isgoing to be green with envy!!


  11. You are amazing, my dear! What genius you possess! It's beautiful!

    Thank you for linking your lovely creation to Potpourri Friday!

  12. I love how you added your own touch to the coat. Just perfect and at a great price.

  13. And I thought putting new buttons on boring coats was clever - this is genius! And gorgeous. I bet you get compliments where ever you wear it.

  14. What a beautiful vision you have!! The roses trun this piece into WOW!

  15. Snugly bugly!!!!!??? Really????? lolol! I say that EXACT same thing to my Maizie Grace when she's all curled up on the sofa, Rosemary!!! Oh my gosh!!! You and I ARE alot alike! :) I just adore your Anthro coat. Those roses truly make it look like a $1000 coat. Seriously! You amaze me, girlie. Seriously. ♥

    xoox laurie

  16. Rosemary,

    I love love love it! I especially love the way not just anything would do. It outshines anything in Anthropologie my friend (although if I had lots of crisp $100's, I must admit, I might be lured there for a PSE-Positive Shopping Experience). BUT you AND your coat are truly one of a kind and isn't that just the best???? And you know what else? I TOTALLY got the viewing viewing viewing song. Sounds like something I would have been singing myself! I've said it before, I'll say it again: birds of a feather...


  17. That is gorgeous! Get ready for major compliments when you go around town in that beauty. I love it!

  18. So beautiful! I linked to this transformation on my Facebook page :) LOVE it.

  19. I LOVE this!!! It looks custom! So adorable! I predict that people are going to swarm you to find out where you got it!


    Lou Cinda :)

  20. OMG!! It looks fantastic. I will definitely on the search for a cheap wool coat now. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
    P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.
    P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  21. You are going to get stopped everywhere you go with this coat. Everyone will ask where you got it. Beautiful!

  22. Oh, Rosemary, this is so romantic and stunning! How did you make those roses? Their many petals look just like a real flower. Enjoy wearing your coat this fall and winter!

    Erin @ Carolina Country Living
    (visiting from Creative Thursdays at The Vintage Farmhouse - link #17 - stop by, I'm holding a giveaway through Sunday!)

  23. That looks amazing. Those little flowers are the perfect addition to dress up the coat. Love the soft creamy color. Did you use a template for the flowers or just cut away!

  24. Your coat is beautiful ~ you did a marvelous job on it! Your work is magical...love it!!

    Have a great week,

  25. Your coat is so pretty now! I wish I could find a coat like it, I would enjoy it so much. You are the queen, lady, in that coat!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  26. oh!!!!! my!!!!! goodness!!!!! that is the most gorgeous coat ever!!!! i am in LOVE with your roses!!!!

  27. This is just BEAUTIFUL!!! I'll take one in my size! ;-D


  28. Oh! Oh Rosemary! Oh my! I'm lost for words! Gorgeous!

  29. I am sure that you look absolutely gorgeous in that amazing coat! It is stunning, Rosemary! Leave it up to you to prettify something with cashmere roses... Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! t.xooxxo

  30. brilliant!! oh, your new fangled coat is divine!! and inspires me so...i have just been to my local goodwill and picked up a few treasures that need a little special something and now i am so inspired by your coat to EMBELISH away! thank you.

  31. I linked over from vintage farmhouse and my chin is still stopped down in awe! Oh my goodness! It is perfection!


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