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iPad Mini Case Round-Up

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!

Bonspiel Creation - Victoria, BC

Bonspiel Creation – Victoria, BC

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.

Leather iPad mini case - Toronto

Princess Tree Accessories – Toronto

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!)

Sock Monkey case by Downgirl - Guelph

downgirl – Guelph

Handknit Sock Monkey iPad Mini sleeve by downgirl, from Guelph, ON. ($29.11 CAD)

Etsy shop - VintageFabricFinds - Annapolis Royal, NS

Vintage Fabric Finds – Annapolis Royal, NS

Padded iPad Mini sleeve in grey chevron with velcro closure by VintageFabricFinds from Annapolis Royal, NS. ($22.00 CAD)

BoutiqueId - Toronto

BoutiqueId – Montreal, QC

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)

Molipop - Quesnel, BC

Molipop – Quesnel, BC

Padded cotton sleeve with velcro closure from Molipop in Quesnel, BC. ($28.07 CAD)

Zenok Leather - Vancouver, BC

Zenok Leather – Vancouver, BC

Hand stitched leather sleeve with snap, and option for monogram. By Zenok Leather in Vancouver, BC. ($88.37 CAD)

Shibang Designs - Montreal, QC

Shibang Designs – Montreal, QC

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 :)


Thursday on Wednesday

If you remember our Canada Day giveaway, you might remember the fun spring tote bag that was part of the prize pack… that bag came from My Girl Thursday, and since she’s just relaunched her Etsy shop, I wanted to share a couple of my favourites from her line-up!

Hailing from Peterborough, Ontario, Chantilly (aka Thursday in the online world) has always been a thrifter, and finds ways to include what she calls “second chance textiles” in all of her projects. She’s just relaunched her Etsy shop, and it’s full of fun, colourful fabrics. These reversible aprons are adorable, with great big pockets and a sweet button detailing on the shoulders.

Reversible Apron by MyGirlThursday -

Now here’s an interesting idea – Thursday has added chalk cloth to her popular tote bags, so that you can write your to-do list right on your bag! Pretty clever, right? These have been pretty popular for Thursday, so if you see one you like, don’t dillydally (no one says dillydally anymore, right? Sorry, just channeling my inner Grandma for a minute!).

Chalkboard tote by MyGirlThursday -

In addition to keeping busy crafting, Thursday also runs a popular blog at, and you can find her on Twitter and Flickr, too! If lovely fabrics are your style, please drop by for a visit and see the variety available.


P.S. Friendly Tip: If you like to win handmade goodies, you should definitely check out her blog since she features a group of new artists and crafters every month, with a contest to win something from each of them! Very fun!

Handbound in Halifax

Back in high school and university, I indulged in a mild office supply addiction. Living in France for a year, with fountain pens and all the lovely notebooks and papers, didn’t help. Sadly, for the last few years my laptop has taken over and I hardly ever write with pen and paper anymore.

I just discovered these handbound journals, though, and they are so lovely that I’m already dreaming about a trip to the office supply store to stock up on my favourite inks and pens!

Rhonda, at Etsy’s My Handbound Books, lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family. She discovered book binding while she was still at library school and immediately felt a connection to the art. Rhonda’s collection of handbound journals and notebooks are often covered in leather or suede, with straps, buttons or twine to help keep them closed and tidy.

I have a bit of an affinity for the Medieval era, and this notebook made in the style of the 1600’s struck my fancy immediately:

Replica Medieval Notebook - MyHandboundBooks

Love the button and strap detail!

I love the different straps and wraps that she uses to keep the notebook together in your bag or on your desk – this mini journal looks very elegant, and I think it would be perfect to use as a small travel journal or idea book!

Mini Suede Journal - myhandboundbooks

The perfect size for an always-handy notebook!

All of the notebooks have torn-edge paper, many with recycled papers, and the combination of the rough paper and the leathers and suedes make these notebooks very special.

Leather Journal - myhandboundbooks

Charming, for grocery lists or your next manuscript!

You can find Rhonda’s books at her shop on Etsy, or visit her at her blog (check out this post, where she makes notebooks out of the boxes from “As Advertised on TV” products like the SlapChop and the Snuggie!). You can also follow her on Twitter (@myhandboundbook) or on Facebook! Rhonda is everywhere!