Tag: art

How to make a silhouette portrait: A DIY with an easy cheat

I love gifts and artwork that have personal touches – if it has a monogram, sign me up. Our new house has so many blank walls just waiting to be filled, and one piece of personalized art that I knew I wanted to make for it was a framed silhouette portrait of my toddler. Once the realm of skilled paper cutters, if you have a computer and a printer, and you’ve always wondered how to DIY, I’ve got an easy shortcut for you so you can make your own silhouette portrait. Have an older child? Get her in on the action too and...

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Web Coolness: The coolest Bento box lunch for kids, when Internet comments blow up, and lots to laugh about

Here’s our favorite links we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Make your kids’ day with these awesome Transformers bento box lunches. Have you seen this dads’ funny Frozen parody video yet? If so, watch it again. Worth it. Kittens vs Babies. (We can always count on How to Be a Dad to make us laugh.) One kid’s hilarious memory of this past school year. Must read: the comment apocalypse on this cake tutorial. Oh, Internets.  [h/t @schmutzie, @suebob] New in our indie shop: Downton Abbey Floor Plan art. Too awesome. Don’t make the same kids’ summer camp mistake that our...

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Teaching kids bathroom manners through art

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a lovely little poster on her bathroom wall reminding us of all kinds of old fashioned bathroom manners. My favorite was the reminder not to “keep the bath an hour or more when other folks are wanting one” because, well, I always thought that seemed like a pretty long bath. All those years reading that poster, though, and I’m now surprised (and admittedly a little disappointed) that my current bathroom wall is completely bare. But, that’s about to change now that I’ve discovered these sweet bathroom manners prints from Etsy shop, Niko + Lily. They are...

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12 favorite sloth picks to kick off Sloth Week. Yes, that’s a thing now.

They aren’t as sly as a fox, as wise as an owl, or as puffy as a hedgehog, but the unassuming sloth is poised to be the next big thing for kids, as Liz and I noticed as we toured Toy Fair earlier this year. These slow-moving, surprisingly adorable creatures even have their own week dedicated to them, with Sloth Week 2014 beginning today, June 20 so you and the kids can view online videos and sloth-related TV programming on Animal Planet all week long. (Kind of the kinder, gentler alternative to Shark Week.) If you too want to surround yourself or your kids with all things sloth,...

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An easy way to find cool, contemporary art for kids

None of us at Cool Mom Picks has an original Picasso in our living rooms as far as I know, but we do believe in finding cool art for kids that engage, inspire, and yes, decorate. LittleCollector has long been a favorite online spot of ours for their carefully curated selection of kid-friendly, affordable contemporary art. So we are happy to learn that they have partnered with Artsy, one of the world’s biggest online art platforms, to bring the cool artwork they feature to a wider audience and make it even easier to find. The LittleCollector gallery on Artsy features art from quirky to sweet, colorful...

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This watercolor artist made sophisticated superhero art. Our hero!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a really lovely watercolor of your favorite superhero, and it’s ready to frame! As much as we love covering cool artwork for kids, we’re excited to have found a collection of sophisticated superhero art that you would expect to find in your favorite local gallery. We’ve brought you artsy movie posters and Star Wars art, and now we’re excited to see some of our favorite characters brought to life in atmospheric watercolors by Clementine, a French mom of two living in Australia. Her Blule website gallery includes everything from cats to fairy tale shoes, but what we really...

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Frazier and Wing mobiles: You don’t have to be a baby to smile up at them

I’ve been singing the praises of the gorgeous handmade mobiles from Portland’s Frazier and Wing for a while now, and as much as I love the artistry Heather brings to her paper mobiles and reusable handmade paper garlands, I’m so excited to see her getting into new materials. She’s just introduced the striking new Auden mobile made from German felt circles and  natural maple. It’s a gorgeous piece of original art that can transition from a baby’s room to pretty much anywhere in the house. If you love wood, then you may like the Sandro mobile in a dark walnut that looks...

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Our favorite Maya Angelou quotes, in honor of one of the best human being in the history of the world

I can’t tell you how sad we all are about the death of Maya Angelou today at 86. Starting with the must-read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings back when I was a kid, I was instantly captivated by her amazing command of the language, and how profoundly she could find truth and convey meaning even using the most accessible prose.  The older I grew, the more important her essays and poems became to me. In fact, there are so many quotes we have all commonly heard, that you may not even know they originated with Dr. Angelou. If you feel like surrounding yourself with a little more of her remarkable...

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Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought author series. Because burritos go better with bon mots

While we try to cook most of our meals at home–with the help of all of the awesome recipes curated on Cool Mom Picks by our resident foodie, Stacie Billis–sometimes dining out is a necessity. You get it. And now Chipotle’s new Cultivating Thought author series is a very cool effort that just put the chain at the top of my list for our next pit stop. Author Jonathan Safran Foer apparently came up with the idea to print writing selections on cups and bags after stopping for a bite at Chipotle one day, then finding himself with nothing to read. He pitched the Chipotle CEO, who loved the...

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Custom peg dolls that become fun, modern family portraits. Bonus: you don’t have to pose on a chaise lounge.

Family portraits have come a long way since mom was draped across the chaise lounge, dad stood stoically behind, and the kids and cat were perched stiffly around them. I’m not sure when this was ever a good idea, but I’m thrilled that artists these days are taking a fun, interpretive play on the traditional family portrait, from the personalized embroidery hoops in our Mother’s Day gift guide, to custom embroidered portraits on pendants to the awesome custom LEGO family portrait we just found. One of my new favorites at the moment are the custom wooden Waldorf peg dolls by Bazar...

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12 of the most awesome Star Wars posters and artwork for Star Wars Day

We love Star Wars posters and the fact that its imagery, icons and lines never get old. The evidence being that there are still so many great artists finding inspiration from the series and creating terrific Star Wars inspired artwork of all styles. If you’re looking for a cool, modern Star Wars poster for a kid’s room–or just you know, your own room–here are a few of my favorites in honor of Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you, friends. Retro-modern Star Wars posters at the Handz Shop   DIY Star Wars cross stitch pattern at Wee Little...

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Everything is awesome when you’re part of a custom Lego family portrait

When it comes to family portraits, everything is awesome when you don’t have to wear matching shirts and comb everyone’s hair. With Legos, this is possible, and everyone’s going to look fabulous. Plus, you won’t have that one photo where everyone is smiling and looks great–except for the kid who had to make a monster face. These Lego Family Portrait prints from Peanutoak Print in Lisbon, Portugal are a great way to capture your family in a playful way that appeals to kids and doesn’t require them to say cheese. Just tell the artist what everyone looks like, and she’ll...

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PhotoPlay! The cool coloring book gets bigger and better.

When I first got my hands on the open-ended coloring book Fotoplay! back in 2012, I fell in love with the way photographer M. J. Bronstein used her snapshots as prompts, encouraging kids  to draw all over them to create their own personal masterpiece. Her new coloring book, PhotoPlay!: Doodle. Design. Draw. is just as cool, and with more than double the pages to keep kids engaged for a good long time on a road trip or a rainy day. Every page in PhotoPlay! features an interesting black-and-white photograph with a prompt or idea for how to finish the picture, like Jesse and...

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Oh Joy for Land of Nod: A new line of baby gifts and decor bursting with fun.

When we heard that one of our favorite design bloggers, Joy Cho, was launching the Oh Joy for Land of Nod baby collection, we seriously couldn’t wait to get a look at it. All of her design collaborations have been terrific and we figured this one would be both terrific–and affordable. And so it is. Well, not like thrift shop affordable, but definitely in the realm of baby gifts that people outside the 90210 can afford. Starting today, you’ll find cute, colorful, playful baby gifts with modern touches from artwork to bedding and decor. Even three fun patterns of an elephant...

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15 funny art quote prints that we’d actually hang on our walls

I’m not one to hang inspirational quotes on my wall, but if they make me laugh out loud, I’m all for it. We’ve seen so many funny quote art prints cropping up lately that wanted to share some of our all-time favorites.  From the vaguely inspirational to the irreverent (maybe not in the kids’ rooms) I hope they make you giggle (or guffaw) just when you need it most. Chocolate Doesn’t Ask Silly Questions print ($9 at ExLibrisJournals on Etsy, above) Masquerading as a Normal Person ($5 at PrintablePixels on Etsy) *get a limited one-time discount code on your first...

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Cool artwork for coffee drinkers: We like big cups and we cannot lie

If you too are among the ranks of caffeine junkies, get in line for a nice cuppa. Right behind me, that is, because Mama always needs to wake up. These gorgeous typography posters by Noodlehug on Etsy are just the cool  coffee artwork  to stare at until the first cup of Kona kicks in. Each poster is available in three sizes starting at $18 (no, not tall, grande and venti). They’re printed to be beautifully vibrant and ready for framing. And they’re making me thirsty for my next amazing Chemex coffee experience. Because my name is Delilah and I am a...

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Handmade wall art that’s so very very pretty.

I recently discovered the Australian shop Castle and Things and fell in love with their handmade wall art. The graphics and text-oriented artwork is so up my alley. Inspirational quote posters have been a trend lately, and personally, I love it. But these pieces I just found take the art form to the next level. Look around the shop and find handmade wall art of vintage French linen, flax Belgian linen, wool, velvet and even moleskin. They are gorgeous. And with a spendy price tag to match. As in, really spendy. This is definitely artwork for collectors looking for...

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Web Coolness: LEGO as art, perfect nail-polish pairings, the coolest dresses you’ll ever see.

It’s Friday again, so it’s time to share our favorite links from around the web this week. We think they’re some pretty fantastic finds. Enjoy! Show your kids: This LEGO photographer photography series is wonderful. Must wear: Love this chart pairing nail polish colors for the flip-flop season we’re dreaming of. Good reminder:  How to parent with respect. Watch this: The Okee Dokee Brother’s new trailer, just released today. We love them so. Read this: We’re so thrilled for our friend and cool dad Whit Honea on his new book, The Parents’ Phrase Book. So helpful for new and seasoned parents alike. Oscars...

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Honoring Black History Month with inspiring quotes from Maya Angelou

The history of Black Americans is filled with stories of inspiration and strength, so in honor of Black History Month, I was so happy to find artwork inspired by one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Each piece features quotes that have been turned into artwork and speak of that resilience, hope, and courage. I also love how universal they are in their messaging, and how her beautiful words speak to all kinds of people. Wise words for us all. Etsy’s Finding Sunshine Rae creates typographical prints on photo paper (at top) which feature a mix of lettering and colors to spell out...

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The red balloon

I adore simple graphic art for kids’ rooms that isn’t necessarily too babyish–I’ve witnessed firsthand how fast children’s tastes can change. And the graphical Big Red Balloon Print spotted at Brika is a great find. Designed by Becky Hui Chan of Honey & Bloom, she makes the kind of simple graphic designs in strong colors that look great anywhere from a nursery to a playroom to an adult’s bedroom. And yet she has a sense of playfulness that instantly has her pegged as a cool mom. Suddenly, I want to go watch The Red Balloon on Netflix. Hm, wonder why....

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