Skull and Butterfly eReader Sleeve


I like things made by loving hands. And when the making is empowered by two generations of crafty women, there is a lot of love to be had. Kourtney learned sewing and quilting from her mom, Roxie, and now they’ve turned their imaginations and efforts into Kindred Kollections.

Kourtney and Roxie “find inspiration from all sorts of places. Online, stores, books, trends…” Yet, they aren’t always attracted to the same styles. The latter might be what gives the Skull and Butterfly eReader Sleeve, with which they are sponsoring Witches in Fiction 2013… to the Bone’s fourth giveaway, its wild but gentle touch:

A Skull and Butterfly eReader  Sleeve to protect the words you love to read
- fully functional lined ereader sleeve
- rendered embroidery design (courtesy of Urban Threads)
- will fit most mini tablets and e-readers
- magnetic closure on the front
- two pockets
8.5 h x 6.4 w x 8.4 d
Answer the following questions, for a chance to shield your ereader with pretty bones:
Did you learn a craft, skill, art… from a parent or parental figure?
If yes, what was it, and is it still part of your life? If not, what kept you from doing so?

for extra entries:
- visit Kindred Kollections, on Etsy; come back here to tell me about your favorite item (one entry)
- I was really taken by the image of the polished skull, falling leaves, and flying butterflies on the ereader sleeve; they made me think of life, death, and the beauty in between. care to share your reactions? (two entry)

* This is an international giveaway  
* Ends Tuesday, April 16th at 5:13 pm EST
Happy 4th Blogoversary, my Wicked Darlings ;-)

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75 comments:

  1. Nice! But the only e-reader I have is my cell. I'm going to go check out her shop though :)

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    1. This sleeve is so cute that if I didn't have an ereader, I would stick a book in it lol

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  2. Firstly I really LOVE the flashy pink ribboned memo board & the Victorian tote at this dynmic duos shop & marked them & the shop as favs, Kindred Kollections e-reader sleeve is a magical juxtaposition of objects/life/death/pretty/macabe which works fabulously...

    Actually, while looking at their shop I thought they should make slings for broken arms don't know why, and it would be a limited market, but they could make anything look like a fashion accessory!

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    1. Slings would be wonderful! And running backpacks, too. I love those tiny bags that wrap around my back, really tight, so that they don't jump around while I'm running.

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  3. Oh yes my love of drawing was instilled by my grandad - a patient & beautiful man who never said no when I asked him to draw with me although his hands were crippled with arthritis & his eyesight limited, always a wonderful man (and taught us all the softshoe shuffle too), I could tell you who I learnt my gambling & drinking from LOL, those people are close to my heart also, but I better stick with grandad for now ;)

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    1. I can close my eyes and see your grandpa teaching how to do this and that... you staring at his hands with a huge smile on your face ;-)

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  4. My mother taught me how to cook, and my father taught me how to change a tyre. Does that count? ^^ I cook almost every day (for the days when I don't ahve the energy, the gods invented pizza), and although I have not changed a tyre in years, I feel confident that no unreliable piece of rubber will leave me stranded in the middle of nowhere at night.

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    1. You can feed yourself and you can get yourself out a tight situation; sweet!

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  5. And from the shop, I liked the skull and butterfly drawstring tote best. I am on a mission to find all things pink and pretty. ^^

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    1. "pink and pretty" you need to elaborate...

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  6. I don't even have an e-reader and I still wants!!!!
    My mother taught me to knit when i was still quite young...she taught me to read a pattern by getting me to knit dolls/baby clothes :D Haven't done any knitting lately, but by age 19 I could knit an adult jumper in 3 days. I guess i stopped because my boys would only wear sweatshirts once they got past 7.....ought to start knitting again now :D XXX

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    1. Ha! I just told Reba that if I didn't have an ereader, I would stick a book in it lol

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  7. and from the shop...the amethyst adorned memo board...so I could use it to hold all the lovely letters and cards from crafty friends...in my craft room :D XXX

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    1. I'm quite enchanted for the memo boards, too. Perfect to stick little notes when I'm working on a new story ;-)

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  8. I learned how to work those little hook-rug kits you buy at the local store from my mother. Our county fair gave free entrance to all who submitted at least two items for judging. We three girls were expected to enter a craft & a food. I haven't kept up with it as I don't like the finished texture. I also watched my mother embroider & cross-stitch. The cross-stitch I've kept up with as it calms, soothes, & pleases.

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    1. I bet that took all kinds of time... I was looking at hook-rug pics on Google, and wow!

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  9. The image on the ereader sleeve reminds me of times' cycle, of change & metamorphosis.

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  10. The Dragonfly Memo board is my favorite :)

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  11. Love, love, love this case! The imagery on it is quite amazing and I love the pockets inside! Hmm... well my Dad who owns his own Waterproofing company taught me how to do a lot of stuff with my hands (building, fixing, etc). He also showed me how to play most sports. (yes I am a nerd trapped inside a jock's body).

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    1. Waterproofing company, there is a job you don't hear about all the time.

      I hot "nerd trapped inside a jock's body" ;-)

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  12. I did learn a craft from a parental figure. I moved out of my home at age 16 because I was pregnant. I ended up moving in with a friend and his family. His mother, who became my parental figure at the time, showed me how to crochet. I still crochet to this very day. I like making scarves for family and friends. I also love making baby blankets. The thing about this craft for me that has evolved. Because I am witch, I do like to place a protection and sweet dreams spell into the blankets. This art has also pushed me to want to learn more about embroidery. And of course that has wonderful 'crafting' abilities ;)

    I did check out Kindred Kollection's wonderful items. My favorite is the embroidered skull wallet.
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/126624068/embroidered-skull-wallet?ref=shop_home_active

    I have a love affair with skulls! I have always loved skulls especially sugar skulls. And lately I've been learning the art of Tapping the Bone, which is working with the Ancestral Spirits through the Bone. So, my love of skulls has more meaning! I love the colors used. The light purple of the fabric against the darker purple and white for the stitching really brings a nice harmonizing feeling. But, the design of the skull itself is really beautiful!! Very unique.

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    1. Protection in blankets, I like that a lot!

      And I need to read more about "the art of Tapping the Bone." It sounds super interesting ;-)

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    2. I'll see if I can find some books. I took a class and I'm learning from someone in North Hollywood that teaches British Traditional Craft. But, I believe conjure has something similar. Tomorrow is a Vision Quest / Bone quest. I'll be bringing my Bone for tomorrow's working. hmmm Bones I could write about this! YAY!!

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  13. I *love* the dragonfly purse! But I also love the 'skull and butterfly' motif... so much to love! lol

    The motif on the ereader is really interesting because (to me) it looks like a horse's skull with antlers, which makes it a mesh of two powerful animals. Very cool.

    My mom tried to teach me how to sew and embroider, but I didn't really start doing a lot of either until adulthood. I'm grateful for those early lessons, though :)

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    1. Sometimes, all we need is a little push. My dad gave me my first driving lessons a few years before I learned how to drive. I always remember his lessons best ;-)

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  14. I learned how to cook and sew by watching my Mom, I still cook all the time but only sew occasionally because I spend most of my spare time glued to my art board!

    I really like the Steampunk Dragonfly Purse over at Kindred Spirits, but then I am a sucker for dragonflies! I love the way she listed the skull and butterflies ereader cover at $999.99! That made me laugh really hard!

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    1. I, too, learned how to cook by watching! And asking to taste. Now we need to read Like Water for Chocolate together ;-)

      P.S. I thought it was funny, too. The $999.99.

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  15. Yes, my mother taught me to cross-stitch. I do still makes cross-stitch pretties, but not as often as I used to.

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  16. I love the dragonfly wallet in her etsy store. :)

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    1. I see you not only like to cross-stitch pretties, you also like to collect them ;-)

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  17. LOL, the thing I remember best is my mother teaching me how to make rice. Rice was a given at every meal I had growing up - it was part of the culture I grew up in. And that rice, with a bit of salt, oil and a hint of garlic every now and again was the epitome of comfort food. I kept up with making it that way for years, until I got an automatic rice cooker. The rice cooker was to help me cook brown rice (my mom only ever made white rice, so the perfect pot of brown rice always eluded me until I got it). I still make white rice now and again, but rarely do I use a pot. I may have to go back to it though. I can't imagine letting my kids go off to college without learning how to make white rice.

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    1. Cooking an nice pot of white rice is an art. I'm Dominican, I should know lol

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  18. Ha ha! I learned to feel guilty about doing nothing from my Dad but how to make it look like I was doing something from my mom!

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  19. I indirectly learnt many things from my Nana by watching and listening to her. She wasn't the most patient of teachers -- a fact I attribute to her upbringing, but I was an attentive little sponge. My Nana cooked, baked, did needlepoint, knitting, and crochet beautifully. I'd sit (or stand) and watch her as she did these things, listening and learning all I could, and then going off on my own to try and do what she was doing. Eventually, I succeeded *wink*.

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    1. I think children do the most learning when people are not pushing them to learn (hence they learn all the bad words). I learned a lot "indirectly" to speak to plants, to the animals, to feed wild things, not to let the chickens see me collect eggs... all from watching my grandma ;-)

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  20. This ereader case is wonderful! It's so nice how the skull and the butterflies have been embroidered, very realistic, and I LOVE the colors! I also liked their Embroidered Skull Wallet, the skull is not visible at first sight, very nice visual effect :)
    Thanks to all these crafty folks who gave us opportunity to win their works!yey!

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    1. Now: I didn't learn almost any craft from my parents, but they always used to give space to learn myself. So I learned bead work from a book, crochet from my friend, and other crafting just is an inspiration :) All this is a big part of my life.

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    2. I think the fact they gave you space to be yourself is one of the greatest skills a parent can give a child: the space to learn to make their own decision, but still be there if they are needed. Best skill ever ;-)

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  21. My mom has tried to teach me so many things! Like papertole, knitting, cross stitch, cooking. I don't know if I really succeeded in any of them? LOL! But, the one thing that I truly get from my mom, is that when I make something, I am so particular! If, something is not right, I have to fix it! There is no rush jobs! One more thing, if you don't love what you are creating, it isn't going to be fun!
    The ereader is very beautiful! I have to admit, I don't have one, but I think I could use this case for things, like holding my special little book ;o)

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    1. One of the best things anyone can teach is to be proud of one's accomplishments, and to work on them until they are finished. I like your mom, but you already knew that. And I think the idea of keeping a special book in the sleeve is fantastic!

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  22. One of my favorite items from the shop, is the Sea Turtle sweet dreams pillow ;o) I would have sweet dreams with this pillow ;o)

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    1. a Sea Turtle whispering sweet nothings while you sleep? Of course you'd have sweet dreams ;-)

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  23. The image on the ereader makes me think of the cycle of life. The butterfly is the symbol of metamorphosis and transformation, just like the cycle of life. I love the bright colors on the leaves and the butterflies. Nothing to be frightened about! All to be celebrated!

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    1. Whenever you wonder why I like you so much, just read this comment ;-)

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  24. My mother tried so hard to teach me things - I was a really bad student for her. She tried to teach me to sew, to drive (that ended when I ran into a stop sign), to knit, to crochet. The things that stuck were the things I learned on my own that she didn't know very well ... how to cook, how to stitch... but I'm realizing that that IS what she taught me - my whole life, I'd see her deliberately learning something new all the time, reading, researching, then practicing til she got the hang of it, and I do that too. I wish I could go back and learn the things she meant to pass on, but I'm really glad she gave me that student's heart, even if we couldn't get it together as partners.

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    1. Like I just replied to Stacy, the best lessons are those we learn while living.

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  25. Ooh, the dragonfly wallet is lovely!

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  26. To me, the butterflies emerging from the skull show that life comes out of death. Whether we think of that in terms of an afterlife concept, or the reality that life becomes soil, out of which living things grow, this is just the truth - death isn't the end. It's a vital stage required for there to be life. To me, that's hope.

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    1. Life emerging from dead... beautifully hopeful, indeed ;-)

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  27. What a lovely sleeve...my Grandmother taught me to crochet and I did a lot of that for many years...everything changes...deep sigh...

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    1. I never learned to crochet. I've been thinking about teaching myself... I've been saying that for a while.

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  28. I learned the love and healing properties of nature from my mother and grandmother, which leads to almost all of my creative inspiration. I think that counts. ;-)

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    1. Great woman raise women just as great...

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  29. I paid a visit to Kindred Kollections and though I loved everything, this featured item is just exceptional.

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    1. I'm in definitely lust with her purses.

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  30. I learned how to make wontons from my parents.

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  31. The Victorian Butterfly Tote looks very nice!

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  32. I thought the image on the ereader sleeve was very striking and evocative. #1

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  33. I thought the image on the ereader sleeve was very striking and evocative. #2

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  34. My mother taught me the importance of words, both written and spoken. She helped teach me how to read, and how to write, like a true writer... And that has never left me.

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    1. What a great gift to get and give. One that will never stop growing ;-)

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  35. This is so cute and would work great for my ipad mini. I learned to cook and crochet from my grandma. They are both definitely part of my life. I love to crochet hats and scarves for my kids and nothing beats a home cooked meal :)

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    1. The idea of your babes wearing hats, which you learned how to make from your granny is such a lovely thought ;-)

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  36. I really love the Skully Patchwork Tote

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  37. I love your Steampunk Dragonfly Embroidered Purse. For our anniversary, my husband but me an Android Tablet that has 2 e-readers on it so I can enjoy ALL of my favorite books. Best thing he ever bought me! I'd love to have a sleeve for it to carry it around with me everywhere (because it goes EVERYWHERE) I love the idea of life and death with skulls and butterflies. Butterflies are messengers from those we have lost and carry our messages of love to the heavens. Skulls remind us that even in death there is beauty...Art people are weird but in an awesome way =)

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    1. I'm in love with that bag, too! Have been eyeing it for a bit now ;-D

      And I believe many people would lead happier lives if they remember the message held by skull and the butterfly. Sweet.

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  38. I never learned any skills from my parents, I wasn't raised by them. I took care of my daughter and I by myself from a fairly young age. Everything I learned, I taught myself. From the time she could sit up, I would place my daughter on the counter or table whichever I was working at and I would have her help. I taught both of us to cook this way. No real measurements, just going with what feels right and we both still cook this way today! (She will be 22 next month!) The case is very lovely btw, thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. I totally get the no real measurements. I still have issues writing recipes of the things I cook, I never know how much I put in it. I just sprinkle, add, and taste until it's yummy ;-)

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