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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 :)


Romance in recycled materials

If you’re looking for something unique and a little romantic to wear this summer, look no further than Edmonton-based Pondhopper.

These gorgeous dresses and accessories are all made with reclaimed, previously- loved garments and bits and pieces of textiles and sparkle. The many layers and overstitching are Pondhopper signatures, and lend even more texture to these pretty pieces.

The dresses in particular, with their jagged hemlines and almost patchwork effect, remind me of some long-ago (and imaginary) Shakespearean wood-nymph!

Something as simple as grey and white t-shirts can become… this breezy little number:

Pondhopper tshirt dress - featured on

Swing it, girl!

Unchain My Heart dress by Pondhopper on Etsy - featured on

The "Unchain My Heart" dress - so romantic!

This Promenade Jacket is In.Credible. Incredible!

Promenade Jacket by Pondhopper on Etsy - featured on

Stunning and gorgeous and spectacular.

Grenada Fog skirt by Pondhopper on Etsy - featured on

What a fun, summer-filled skirt!

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d say: These spats are so pretty!

Forbidden Liaison spats by Pondhopper on Etsy - featured on

A fun way to add some spice to your outfit!

You can find out more about Lorraine and her creative, organic pieces on her blog, her Facebook page and you can certainly do some shopping from this Edmonton based artist at her Pondhopper Etsy shop!


Meet Sarah, Jaki and Katie!

I met the lovely Jolanta of Jola V. Designs on Twitter, and then at the OOAK Vancouver show last December. Not only is she on the “tall girls” team with me, but she also has a bag called the “Sarah”. Match made in heaven!

The Sarah bag, like all of Jolanta’s pieces, is made using leather that is pre-cut, overstock, repurposed or liquidated. I appreciate that the hides she uses are being being turned into beautiful bags rather than shredded or sent to landfill. This means that Jolanta often has limited (but fabulous) colour runs for her bags, making them that much more special.

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A group of Sarah bags - love the colours!

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Having seen Jolanta’s super-soft bags in person, I love the extra special details (the ruffles, the braided strap, the added knot of leather) and the way those are incorporated into very functional and roomy construction.

The Katie bag by Jola V Designs -

The "Katie" bag

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Jaki Tote by Jola V Designs -

The lacing is a great detail on this Jaki tote

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She has also recently added canvas totes to her line, which are adorable (no surprise there!). These would add a little fun to your travel or beach wardrobe, or fill it up at the local farmers market!

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The ruffles! I love the ruffles!

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So, do you love them?! Here’s some good news – Jola V Designs is celebrating 2 years in business, and Jolanta is offering a chance to win one of her popular Sarah bags – drop by the Facebook page and comment here for a chance to win!

You can also find Jolanta on Twitter, and all of her bags are available on her website at If you’re an Etsy fan, you can visit her shop there, too but it is a limited selection – check her website for full range of colours and styles!


Pip pip hurray!

It’s still winter, despite the balmy +4 temperatures in Edmonton right now, and I don’t think a person could ever have too many scarves. Or, cowls for that matter!

Pip Robins is a shop chock full of stylish cowls made with fabulous thrifted and salvaged fabrics. Gillian Hyde, the creative energy behind the Nova Scotia-based business, spends time every week seeking out fabrics that will eventually be transformed into her lovely cowls of all shapes and sizes.

Silk cowl by Pip Robins -

100% silk, reversible cowl. Sumptuous.

Silk embroidered cowl by Pip Robins -

Gorgeous for a night out!

It is obvious that Gillian takes pride in her self-taught seamstress status, and each cowl is made 100% by her from beginning to end, including the modeling. I love her mysterious one-eye peeking look! Because the fabric that she uses is often limited, you can be assured that each piece is either one of a kind or a limited edition.

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So posh!

Pip Robins has a wide range of colours, fabrics and sizes to choose from (and options for the man in your life, too!). You can visit the Etsy shop, her website, Facebook and Twitter, too! And here’s a challenge for you… see if you can find the listing in her shop that actually shows her whole (very lovely) face – there is one, I promise!

Stay warm, wear a cowl!

P.S. Rumour has it (okay, it was in an article in the Halifax Commoner that featured her work) that Gillian used her earnings from last year’s holiday sales to buy herself a motorcycle! Fun!

Everything’s Folky Dolky…

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!

Felted from upcycled wool clothing, they are an earth-friendly choice too!

Or get them with a monogram!

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.

These soft neutrals compliment almost anything, and the layers of petals give it added dimension!

This cream one is my favorite! The middle showcases a vintage reclaimed button.

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.


A peek into Peeko Apparel

So, you guys know that the Make It! show was this weekend in Edmonton, right? ;)

I went to check it out on Saturday, and did some shopping and scoping out fantastic vendors to tell you about! One of the highlights for me was this scarf style from Peeko Apparel.

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Brook Fung, the designer behind Peeko Apparel, explained that she uses reclaimed fabrics for many of her projects, which made them that much more interesting to me. She is very conscious of the environmental impact that our “disposable clothing” lifestyle has generated, and takes pride in giving a new life to unwanted clothing. The scarf pictured above is made from crepe suiting and can be worn a bunch of different ways, depending on whether or not y0u keep it domed up tight or loose or unbuttoned like a traditional scarf. I very nearly bought one for myself, but I kept my promise of only buying gifts for others at Make It. It was difficult, though, and I’ve already sent my husband a link to her Etsy shop :)

Brook’s esthetic is really unique and full of life – you can see from her model shots that she’s got a style all her own. I love the flirty tiered skirts she makes out of men’s dress shirts, and the fact that they can be worn with the ruffles to the front or back is genius.

Custom tiered skirt by Peeko Apparel -

Two tone shrug by Peeko Apparel -

This two-toned cardigan can be worn a couple of ways as well, and most of her pieces have multiple stylings to make them more versatile. There are wraps made from men’s dress pants, obi belts and “the boyfriend shirt” that has been turned into a shirt/dress combo and looks super comfortable.

Boyfriend shirt by Peeko Apparel -

Brook’s Facebook page has a great album full of photos of more of her pieces, including some pretty fantastic photo shoots that show off her style perfectly and photos of her runway collection from 2010 Alberta Fashion Week 2010. I highly suggest you check it out, if you like what you see here! Her pieces are all truly one-of-a-kind since they are made using previously-loved clothing and fabrics, so there is a ton of variety in her line. You can see her current line on Etsy, and learn a little more about Brook via her Etsy Storque Spotlight interview from earlier this year.


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.

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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!).

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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!