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 :)
Everyone loves a cute furry little critter. The little round bellies, the soft ears, their sweet little noses… But not everyone really wants them all living in their house. I think chipmunks are adorable, and have a well-known affection for little monkeys, but that in no way means I want one in my living room! (Good Lord, I would need a live-in maid and a lot of Prozac!). But don’t worry, you can indulge your love of precious furry faces without having to turn your home into a small zoo.
In a small town in New Brunswick you can find McBride House, home to some of the most lovable critter-types you could ever hope to see. Bella is a talented (and patient) needle felting artist, and she loves to create these fantastic fluffy friends:
With Easter fast approaching, Bella has reduced the price of all her bunny and chick sculptures by 10%… all the more reason to bring one home for the holiday!
If you want to bring one of these sweet creations home to live with you, stop by the McBride House Etsy shop. You can also learn more about Bella and see new works on her blog, or drop by for a visit on Facebook.
P.S. I know that it is just barely spring, and Christmas is a loooong way off, but if you are a “shop-ahead” kind of person, you won’t want to miss Bella’s felted Santa sculptures, they are lovely!
I love our Christmas tree. I love that the ornaments are all different, and have been collected over the years. Sometimes I admire those colour co-ordinated, perfectly put together “decorator” trees, but in the end they always leave me feeling a little cold. For me, I think the heart and warmth of the tree comes from the tradition and stories behind all the decorations. The other day I found these cute little felt penny rug ornaments from Folky Dolky, and I think I may have to stock up for next year!
Then, after I had already fallen for Julie’s ornaments, I saw something else that caught my eye (and my breath!). These pretty little felt brooches would add a stylish touch to almost any outfit. They would also be a great stocking stuffer or gift exchange idea for the fashionista on your list.
Julie gets plenty of inspiration from living in Newfoundland, and loves the added touch of history that comes with using upcycled materials. I have to agree, and I think her pieces would fit right in on my tree… and in my wardrobe!
See it all in the Folky Dolky Etsy shop, and put a little bit of “the rock” on your tree.
It’s an almost magical moment for a kid. Getting everything ready for the jolly old elf’s arrival. Hanging (or placing) your stocking, putting out the milk and cookies, and trying (really trying!) to feel sleepy so that morning can come THAT much faster. The stocking is so special, and it is so much fun to dig through it the next morning and see all the little goodies inside. I know that as a new parent, one of the things I am most excited about is watching my little girl experience the holiday magic for the very first time.
So what to do if your stocking is looking a little worse for wear? Or you have a new little person who needs a stocking of their own? Try a handmade felt stocking from Rikrak! They are stylish and fun, and even eco-friendly. Custom work is also available for those truly unique folks (or critters) gathered around your tree.
Don’t miss these stylish retro themed ornaments to dress up your tree!
You can find the whole selection at the Rikrak Etsy shop. You can also visit the Rikrak Studio Art and Design blog to see all kinds of beautiful, inspiring, and creative things. Or, if you like to Twitter (and you know we do!) follow the Rikrak twitter stream.
Wishing you all a beautiful day,
UPDATE: The RikRak Studio is running a fabulous Mega Happy Holidays contest on their blog – gorgeous handmade goodies to be won! Head on over there and get your entries in (tons of ways to enter!) Click here for all the details.
My daughter has been bugging me to make her an eye patch to go with her pirate hat. Good thing I found Her Flying Horses – eye patch problem solved :) Natasha, the creator and crafter behind Her Flying Horses and her 3 year old muse must have a lot of fun imaging at their house!
There’s still some time before Hallowe’en if your kids haven’t quite decided what they’d like to masquerade as this year, and Natasha has some fun choices – of course, there are black cat ears as well as superhero capes and accessories, but also some more unique ideas. Ever have a kid who wants to go incognito?
Her costumes are definitely not just for Hallowe’en, though! This adorable felt crown would be fantastic for a little birthday girl or just as an addition to your family tickle trunk. Natasha also has a collection of hairpins and clips, as well as some other jewellery that you can check out on her Etsy shop.
Kay creates incredible sculptures of animals, using a technique called needle felting. Her creations are lifelike and adorable, and she even does custom work! You can send her photos of your precious Fido (or in my case Sunshine the semi-wonder cat**), and have a gorgeous replica made to treasure forever.
Not only does she make these fantastic pet sculptures, she also does incredible wildlife pieces. Check out this amazing bengal tiger!
There is also a selection of smaller items, like key chains and purse clips, so that your favorite animal can stay with you anywhere.
~Jennifer (and her furry companion Bijou)
** Sunshine was the family cat when Sarah and I were growing up… a very special kitty to be sure! Bijou is the feline queen of my current home, and is also very special.
No matter where you are, I bet you can take a look around and see at least one techno-gadget… Either a cell phone, blackberry, iPod, iPhone, or any number of other gizmos are probably lurking nearby. Sometimes we even have multiples of the same items. My husband and I had identical cellphones for a year or so, which was a pain, and I was always having to check and make sure to grab the right one while rushing out the door. We no longer have that problem, but I still have an affinity for things that help distinguish, decorate, and even protect those handy little gadgets that keep us in touch and entertained. So I was definitely excited when I found NORMandLOU from Thunder Bay, Ontario. They put together fun and functional hand cut felt covers and cases for the hand held devices that we use every day.
Head to the NORMandLOU shop on Etsy for the full range of products. You can also follow on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest scoop. Custom orders are welcomed, just let them know what you would like!
Yours in techno-geekery,
So, I was at Big Box Technology Store the other day looking for an accessory kit for my iPad. While there, waiting for someone (anyone! please!) to answer my question, I noticed an entire wall of vinyl and plastic iPad cases. Knowing there had to be better choices, I came home and did some searching and look what I found! Boutique ID is one of Isabelle Dansereau’s 3 Etsy shops, and it’s full of cute gadget cases and backpacks made out of felt and fleece. This wise owl made me smile, but the penguin is also a favourite!
Isabelle’s shop is in Saint-Bruno, near Montréal, and her products definitely have a sense of humour. I love the little gadget cases that would fit a cell phone, mp3 player or even a small digital camera. For the young at heart or for your tween or teen’s back to school gear? Fun!
For the even younger kids, or someone who wants to stay a kid for a little longer, her fleece and minky backpacks are just so sweet. I love the flower pack below, and if our baby could reliably walk without losing her balance, or our oldest daughter didn’t already have her pre-school backpack, I’d be snapping this one up!
Not everything in her shop has a face or a cartoon esthetic – check out this gadget case, or this iPad messenger bag made of industrial felt and leather in her other shop. Felt comes in a myriad of colours, too, so she’s got some really fantastic options. Magnolia pink? Kiwi green? Yes, please!