Ah, the combination of hi-tech and handmade. It makes me happy. Our family just welcomed another member of the i-family to our home and our brand shiny new iPad mini needs a case, so I went Etsy browsing!
One-of-a-Kind sleeve style case, made from a piece of an oil painting that has been sealed to be weather resistant. Upcycled buckle and leather trim as well. Created by Bonspiel Creation from Victoria, BC.
Charcoal and lime green iPad mini case from Princess Tree Accessories, based out of Toronto. (on sale for $30.14 CAD with a free iPhone 4/4S case, too!)
Handknit Sock Monkey iPad Mini sleeve by downgirl, from Guelph, ON. ($29.11 CAD)
Padded iPad Mini sleeve in grey chevron with velcro closure by VintageFabricFinds from Annapolis Royal, NS. ($22.00 CAD)
Felt Fox sleeve, with small front pocket and included D rings to turn it into a small messenger back from Boutique Id in Montreal, QC. ($64.46 CAD)
Padded cotton sleeve with velcro closure from Molipop in Quesnel, BC. ($28.07 CAD)
Hand stitched leather sleeve with snap, and option for monogram. By Zenok Leather in Vancouver, BC. ($88.37 CAD)
Cotton sleeve with screen-printed branches and a bright cobalt blue flower appliqued on the front. Shibang Designs from Montreal, QC. ($46.78 CAD)
All of these makers and designers have lots more product available in their shops! Colours and sizes to fit lots of different devices. Enjoy :)
Tyler Kilkenny of Russell, Manitoba is – piece by piece – rescuing bits of Canadian history and turning them into really stunning artwork. Inspired by his Grandfather’s general store and the crumbling farmhouses and barns around his home in rural Manitoba, he worked to find a way to preserve some of the stories of Canada’s settlers.
Years of oxidization have lent some amazing colour and texture to these reclaimed tin ceiling tiles. Found in abandoned stores, homes and businesses around Tyler’s hometown, these truly are little pieces of history. Including with each framed and matted piece is a chronology of the building where it was found, along with a limited edition designation.
From the TinHouse Designs website:
It’s a great way to have some art with a story that is relevant to the owner,” says Tyler. “We all have a stake in the stories of the men and women that settled this country. This is a small way to salute those that have made Canada what it is today.
Tyler Kilkenny is not only a collector of ceiling tin, but a collector of stories as well. Each piece of TinHouse artwork includes a chronology of the building that it was salvaged from, some of which have suffered through fires and years of neglect, and giving you a great conversation piece for your home! Until you have your own TinHouse piece, you can visit the Stories section of his website for a glimpse into prairie history – did you know that many of the village communities along the Assiniboine River are 7 miles apart, because that’s as far as the ox-drawn carts could travel during daylight? Often when the convoy stopped for the day, someone would leave the wagons and put down roots on a homestead.
Thanks, Tyler, for choosing to preserve and share these wonderful, oft-forgotten stories from our Canadian past.
*All images from TinHouseDesigns.com