Tag: art

Making your walls a little more literary

I love prints that play with typography. Clever, modern design has a way of turning what could be a cheesy inspirational quote into a piece of art I could live with.   That’s why I love the work by New York graphic artist Evan Roberts on Etsy. These cool literary quote posters inspired by the likes of T.S. Eliot (no, not from Cats), JD Salinger, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemmingway, Kurt Vonnegut. It’s refreshing to see he hasn’t generally picked the most ubiquitous of quotes. Each one is printed beautifully on heavy, archival paper. Look closely and you’ll find lots...

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Independence Day indeed: the best indie shopping in celebration of the original 13

Of course today isn’t just about barbecues, sparklers, and if you’re lucky, a big fireworks display that kicks off a four-day weekend. It’s about those awesome forefathers (and foremothers, ahem) of ours who transformed the original 13 colonies into the beginnings of our beloved US of A. In their honor–and in honor of independence–we present 13 outstanding indie, new-to-us Etsy shops that we’re happy to support, one from each of the original 13. –Liz [After the jump, check out 13 can’t-miss Etsy artists from up and down the East Coast] New Jersey: BubbledogThis shop is like kawaii central, with...

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The walls are alive with the sound of music

This collection of prints in bright colors will make you as happy as a nun on an Austrian hillside. But if you’re not a Sound of Music fan (cretin!) there’s so many other wonderful prints in this super Etsy shop we found. These lively, vibrant prints from Ali G Douglass, an Asheville-based artist, are based on her gouache paintings and printed in archival inks for art that lasts a lifetime. And what’s great is that they’re perfect for that very thing, going beautifully from a nursery to that between-little-kid-and-tween time. Frankly, if my kids were sick of them, I...

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Web Coolness: Father’s Day and bacon, chalkboard babies, and Sesame Street tackles a tough subject

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Take one cute baby and some basic supplies, and you’ve got the  most adorably inventive photographs of babies against chalkboards.  This Father’s Day, say “I love you” with bacon. Yum. Taking on one of the most difficult subjects, Sesame Street tackles incarceration. Our editor’s Liz piece on the Huffinton Post, There Is Only Now, really has parents thinking. Support Climb Out of the Darkness on June 21st to help raise awareness for postpartum depression and other anxiety disorders. (via Boston Mamas) Breastfeeding Wouldn’t Matter to Me...

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The hippest paper dolls in the history of paper dolls. (Possibly a true fact.)

My kids have definitely developed an obsession with paper dolls since I unearthed the ultimate guide to free printable paper dolls on the web. But if you’re willing to spend just a few dollars, I’ve found some that are seriously fantastic. And uh…not just for kids. The paper dolls by illustrator Clauda Varosio are mindblowingly fun, because they’re based on pop culture icons from David Bowie to the Big Lebowski, and even (be still my heart) Annie Hall. They’re as arcane as Vincent Gallo from Buffalo 66, and as sweet as Holly Golightly which would happen to be adorable...

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Happy birthday Maurice Sendak! From Google and from us.

Today would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday. And while we’re still missing him, just about a year after his death, he lives on through some of our favorite Maurice Sendak children’s books. And today, through one of the coolest Google Doodles ever.     Check today’s Maurie Sendak Google Doodle and don’t stop until it finish playing. And pst, let the kids watch too. Also, be sure to click over for some our favorite Maurice Sendak children’s books (including some you might not remember) and use today as an excuse to get that Sendak library up to snuff....

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Web Coolness: Super Father’s Day links, teacher appreciation, and being the relaxed parent this summer

Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Artist Giulia Pex turns her dad into a superhero, just in time for Father’s Day.  (via Laughing Squid) Get the kids some crayons for this fun, free Father’s Day Card/Printable Coloring Sheet. We love being included on this great “For Dad” Pinterest feed. And don’t miss our own Father’s Day board for great gifts and cards for dear ol’ dad. Sage advice: Make Time for Your Friends Because Moms Need Them Most of All. These printable School House Gift Boxes could hold something sweet for...

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The coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Personalized Father’s Day gifts are always some of our favorite to track down, but this year we kept an eye out for personalized gifts for dad that were a bit off the beaten track. So no mugs. Just these cool custom gift ideas. Don’t miss our huge Father’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway! Details below Personalized Keychain for Dad We’re not sure if there’s anything sweeter than this sterling keychain personalized from your very own kiddo. The more imperfect the handwriting, the more perfect the gift. ($48+ from Cherished Sentiments)   Custom Pocket Square  We love that this pocket square...

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Inspiring words for aspiring adults

I’m not generally one for inspirational quotes around the house. But sometimes there are phrases that I just want to think about all day–and I wouldn’t mind my kids spending time mulling them over either.     The Work Hard and Be Nice poster from prolific graphic designer Anthony Burrill is a lovely message to have around, especially over a child’s desk. In fact, he has quite a few in his shop that would fit the bill. Take a look around–one is bound to make you think. Or smile. Or both. Plus they’re so beautifully hand-printed onto recycled paper...

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The prettiest coloring book in the world

First thing each morning my kids usually plop themselves down at our kitchen table and proceed to sketch, color, and print until they’re practically late for school. I love how focused they are on their little projects. I also love that it gives my husband and I some peace and quiet while we prepare for the day. Having just discovered The Secret Garden coloring book, I think I’ve found the perfect way to enrich their morning art party (and my quiet breakfast) for weeks to come. The Secret Garden is an “inky treasure hunt” filled with elaborate black and white...

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Affordable art makes a very cool mom gift. Maybe even for yourself.

When we were young and carefree (i.e., had no children), my husband and I decided that nothing would grace our walls but original artwork. Flash forward ten years. Yes, there’s original art hanging, but most of it was created by our kids. It’s not that we gave up entirely on our art-collecting dream; it just took a backseat once the babies came along. And that’s where a very nifty site saves the day. Tappan Collective is a terrific site designed to encourage young student-types to decorate with something other than cheap framed Monet posters. But, psst, guess what? I think it’s...

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The perfect personalized Mother’s Day gift for faraway moms (and grandmoms)

With both of my kids’ grandmothers living far away, we don’t get to celebrate Mother’s Day with them in person. But this lovely gift turns the distance between us into something beautiful. [Don’t miss details of this super limited time sale after the jump–hurry!] Our friends at City Prints are offering a special personalized Mother’s Day print at an amazing price. Now through April 26, you can order one of their lovely city prints, with a heart for where grandmom lives and then hearts for where all the grandkids live plus the sweet saying, all for $99. That includes...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are five of our favorite tech picks from this week, just in case you missed them. 1. A wonderful fundraiser started by the tech community to help raise money for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. 2. We see this brilliant gadget getting lots of use in our cars. Lots. 3. A round-up of kids’ foreign language apps just for Android users at the request of a reader. (Yes, we take requests!) And for iPad users – an educational app for big kids that also happens to be stunning. 4. We can’t believe what created this amazing artwork. 5....

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Web Coolness: Talking to kids about Boston, touching photos of special kids, and Earth Day ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Our thoughts are with Boston this week. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about tragedies, there is a lot of help online for families. Great read: Five Certainties Following the Boston Marathon Bombings, from our friend Christine of Boston Mamas. Beautiful photography series shows how a photographer helped a child with Muscular Dystrophy go to all those places in his mind. (above, via Laughing Squid) This is Autism: Add your own photo to this amazing slideshow...

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Peace.

Today, we celebrate these 6 artists who find inspiration from peace. Thank you. Peace on Earth card box set, Rifle Paper Co Dove ornaments, Cookie Dough Creations   Mod Dove Brooch, Anthaus   Dove pillow, Joom   Dove illustration art print, Orange Optimist   Peace, Love, Bird wall decals, Great Walls of...

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Maurice Sendak prints. A.K.A. Where the wild things art. (Ha.)

You can’t grab an original piece of art by kid-lit favorite and real-life wild thing Maurice Sendak unless you’ve got super deep pockets. But you can snag the next best thing: Sendak’s artwork, already framed, and hand-selected by the master himself. Oh, and it’s on sale, too. Our pals at Fab.com are currently hosting a gorgeous collection of fine art reproductions presented by 1000Museums and hand-selected by Maurice Sendak himself from his portfolio. Each 1971 piece from one of eight books (including faves Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, and In The Night Kitchen) comes in a black...

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Web Coolness: Crazy crayons, the best baby shower gifts ever, and an app we wish were real

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Crayons become tiny works of alphabetical art. Amazing! Did you see our brand-new and super amazing (if we do say so ourselves) Baby Shower Gift Guide? Don’t miss all the great picks, and the chance to win $500 from Gap! That bittersweet moment when growing-up-kids stop believing in “magic.” We parents of tweens wish this clever app for parents was more than an April Fool’s joke. Hilarious! No, this one isn’t a joke, and it’s not from 1952: New Study Says Dads Want Moms...

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Need an affordable, personalized baby gift? Hoop, there it is!

Custom artwork is such a sweet gift and keepsake. These pretty, hand-embroidered hoops are affordable, unique, and light enough to hang over the crib without worrying about concussing those squishy little babies. The personalized embroidery and felt hoops from Blue Without You on Etsy are an adorable and customizable pop of pretty for your wall, starting at only $20. Really! Each design is available in colors of your choice on a four- or six-inch embroidery hoop with pretty paper backing. Select from flowers, trees, arrows, pennants, and clouds raining hearts and add your favorite word–or baby’s name. Or just...

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Some walls like to be drawn on.

There’s something about wallpaper that feels like more of a commitment than paint. Maybe it’s the glue. Maybe it’s the hours of labor spent lining it up juuuust right. But I think I’ve found a cute wallpaper idea that might be worth the investment. The new i see you wallpaper from Cavern is covered in black googly eyes on white paper. That’s it. Sounds kind of weird, right? That’s just until your kids have at it with an array of rainbow-colored crayons. (Uh, just make sure they’re old enough to understand exactly which walls of the house they can draw on.)...

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Minimalist movie posters with maximum appeal

In a world dominated by explosions, CGI, and overly detailed movie posters, we’re loving this affordable collection of posters with an iconic and refreshing spin on our favorite films — and our favorite films to share with our kids. We fell braid over umbrella for these minimalist fairy tale posters for kids at Society 6, and now we’re digging on a similar collection by Hyl& Design pairing famous and beloved films with the alphabet. From movies you love watching with your kids, like My Friend Totoro, Charlotte’s Web, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, to movies that still give you nightmares,...

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