Archive for the vintage Tag

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 :)


Light as a feather

Ah, feathers. I picked up some lovely little purple feather earrings recently, and I’ve been seeing feathers everywhere ever since.

Tianna Grey of Vancouver’s Tetrik has been making pretty accessories, many of them featuring feathers for years (and actually began crafting in high school making purses and other accessories for family and friends). After taking a little break, Tianna came back to Tetrik in 2008 and has been incorporating feathers and vintage bits and bobs ever since.

Tetrik Parrot Feather earring - on

Image from Tetrik on Etsy

The parrot earrings above, and the fab colour of the peacock feather earrings below are calling my name…

Peacock earrings by Tetrik -

Image by Tetrik on Etsy

… and this ostrich feather hair comb is so stunning!


Ostrich feather hair comb by Tetrik -

Image by Tetrik on Etsy

Tetrik offers a range of accessories including pendants, rings and headbands! You can find Tetrik on Etsy, as well as at Cargoh and Facebook.



The rare Ruby

I’m in love. It’s true – this cuff from Ruby Star Designs has me swooning. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to wait until this post goes live before I buy it (I like to give you guys a shot, but all’s fair in love and war, right?!)

Flower Pattern leather cuff by Ruby Star Designs -

I'm already picturing the outfit I'd wear this with...

The artist is a photographer and graphic designer from Vancouver, who doesn’t share their name on Etsy but does let us know that as a child they once made a set of blue corduroy, satin trimmed shoes for their cat. That’s creativity that I can get behind. What I’d like to know is whether or not the cat deigned to wear the shoes!

Back to the current project – the cuffs are decorated with the artist’s own illustrations and photos, mixed up with some vintage illustrations as well. They are unique, modern yet retro at the same time, and somehow the thought of wearing a moose on my wrist seems classic and elegant in this form.

Moose leather cuff by Ruby Star Designs -

Pair this with your favourite LBD. Dare you. You'll be the best-dressed in the room!

Vintage birds on leather cuff by Ruby Star Designs -

*dreaming of Spring*

Someone we know well here at Canadian+Handmade (ahem *mygirlthursday*) is planning a craft-themed tattoo. The less adventurous among us craft-lovers might choose this cuff instead!

Sewing Machine leather cuff by Ruby Star Designs -

Classically elegant machinery

The cuffs are all adjustable for small to medium sized wrists, and some are available in a narrower version as well. You can check out the full selection on the Etsy shop at Ruby Star Design!


Ah, sweet nostalgia

For those of you playing along with our Handmade Holiday challenge, I suspect I’m not the only one facing a hurdle when it comes to the husband. Sports-loving, tools and gadget guy who wears a lot of plaid work shirts BUT he likes shoes more than the average guy and covets a great designer sports jacket. Contradictions.

I suspect that this shop can help. If your guy-of-choice is a fan of Han Solo (and who isn’t?!) or a poker player or aspires to be a stunt pilot, Jennifer at Nostalgic Links can hook you up! Working out of Vancouver, she has an extensive collection of fun and funky cufflinks and accessories.

Han Solo Cufflinks by Nostalgic Links -

Star Wars!

Ace of Clubs cufflinks by Nostalgic Links -

Ace in the pocket

If you have a Lego man in your life, Jennifer has an entire section in her Etsy shop devoted to Lego cufflinks. No, really!

Lego Pilot cufflinks by Nostalgic Links -

Pilot Lego minifigs

Lego Blue translucent by Nostalgic Links -

Add a little touch of blue!

She uses both new and vintage pieces, and is open to custom requests. There really is something in Jennifer’s shop for all the guys on your list – from snowboarder to George Washington afficionado, golfer or lifelong fan of The Boss. She even has a couple of things for the ladies and I love these letterpress necklaces, which would be fun to have in your initials or a child’s name!

Vintage Letterpress Necklace by Nostalgic Links -

You can find Jennifer on Etsy and Cargoh, and follow along with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Steampunk confession

Okay, folks. Here’s where I let the secret out of the bag and let you all know that I am not cool. At least, not cool enough to know what “steampunk” was until I Googled it just now after finding this ring from Alberta’s A Second Time that was described as a “steampunk ring”. I’ve been seeing steampunk all over lately, so it was time to investigate.

Steampunk Ring by A Second Time -

Vintage watch face and gears

Wikipedia tells me that steampunk is:

a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

Once I was up to speed – thanks for indulging me if you already knew all that! – the rest of A Second Time’s shop intrigued me, too. The creator (who chooses to remain mysteriously cloaked on their Etsy profile page!) uses non-functional vintage watch parts for their pieces, and they all have that wonderful Victorian-era look but with an updated twist. I especially love the pendants, like this one below:

Steampunk necklace by A Second Time -

Vintage watch bezel and filigree

Steampunk necklace by A Second Time -

Vintage watch movement on antiqued gold toned floral and vine patterned filigree

Steampunk bracelet by A Second Time -

Turquoise cluster charm bracelet

You can find many more pieces in A Second Time’s shops on Etsy and Cosa Verde, and follow along on the blog, Facebook and Twitter!


Event Alert: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Artistic and crafty folks in Winnipeg be warned, you don’t want to miss Saturday’s event at Aqua Books.  Known as Winnipeg’s “Cultural City Hall”, it is so much more than a bookstore.  If you head down to 274 Garry Street on Saturday, you will find Crafty Minions: The Handmade and Vintage Sale.

Curious as to what you will find at Crafty Minions?  The Aqua Books site says it best:   “Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains…think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics…”

Sounds fun, right?  Admission is free, and more info can be found here.  Doors open at 11:00 am and the show runs until 5:00 pm.

~Wishing I was prairie-bound this weekend,

*As always, if you have an upcoming show or event that our readers should know about, let me know and we will help you spread the word!

Off on a Tangente

It’s finally feeling like summer in Alberta, so when I saw this lovely halter top from Tangente (pronounced like tangent, but in true Canadian style, Cathy chose to include a little french flair with the added “e”!)  I definitely wanted to check out more of this designer’s collection!

Black Halter by Tangente -

Love the bold graphic

Cathy now lives in Ottawa but grew up in New Brunswick. She creates her own patterns and sews each unique piece herself, often including vintage fabric and scarves. I enjoyed browsing through her Spring/Summer 2010 collection on Etsy, which she also has available in a few independent boutiques.

That halter top above is really versatile – it comes with one of her vintage scarves, but you could switch it out for another of your own, or use a ribbon or fabric braid for a different look altogether. Very fun.

Here are a few more of my favourites from Tangente:

Summer Doily Top by Tangente -

Love the gather on the hip!

Wraparound Cardigan by Tangente -

Such a stylish twist on the standard cardigan

You can see more of Cathy’s designs and keep up with her at her blog and on Facebook.